Welcome to the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies

At ICSS, Shamanic teachings, tools, and ceremonial opportunities are available for the expanding wave of individuals who seek healing, fulfillment, and connection ― with themselves, with others, with Nature, and with Spirit.

If you have any questions about us, our programs, or registration, please call (416) 603 49 12 or e-mail info@icss.org

You can also reach us by filling out our contact form.

Shamanic De-armoringPhoenix_3-HQ

April 20, 2015-May 3, 2015

Shamanic De-armoring is 2 -week long, intense healing process utilizing pleasure to transform the cellular imprinting of past pain tapes held within your body. This modernized shamanic technique and ceremony restores your full presence and connection to your natural self. Vibration, pressure points, breath, and movement of your energy through your whole body are used to break up and remove your body’s armor, pain, and numbness.
Shamanic De-armoring awakens you to deeper levels of sensitivity, awareness, and connection.

What is Armor?
As you journey from childhood through adulthood, painful experiences and traumas imprint not only on your psyches but also in the cells of your physical body. This cellular imprinting of pain causes trace minerals in the body to coalesce into metallic bands of “armor”. This “armoring” restricts and blocks the free
flow of energy in your body, keeping you in patterned behaviors that produce dysfunction, illness and premature aging. You walk around inside a body that is bound by pain tapes of the past.Your true nature’s spirit, or soul essence, is trapped inside a prison!
We armor ourselves as a survival mechanism – it stops the pain. In so doing, we become numb and separated from our natural connection to ourself. We have moved far away from our original intent within the Grand Design.

Benefits of De-armoring

Your body was meant to be a temple for your spirit, not a prison for your soul.
Participants who have completed the de-armoring process have reported the following:

  • Increased sensitivity in the physical body, opening the way towards deeper intimacy.
  • Deeper connection to Self and a stronger resonance with Spirit.
  • More active and healthy commitment to your sexuality, awakening your natural sexual expression.
  • Stabilized orgone in the body that increases your metabolism and the energy available to maintain your vital health. You will have more overall energy.
  • Awakened senses and conscious awareness of your life force energy moving throughout your body.

A 2-week Intensive

Shamanic De-armoring consists of thirteen guided progressive sessions. Skillful coaching assists you to be fully present in your physical body during this process. In addition, specific teachings, exercises and ceremonies are offered to facilitate integration and awakening of your natural Self.

Strong vibration, pressure points, breath and movement of your sexual energy through your whole body are used to break up and remove your body’s armor, pain and numbness. This experience unlocks the deep-seated truth….  your life force energy has the ability to transform and heal.

This workshop is carefully designed to accommodate work schedules and family responsibilities. It is offered once a year at ICSS.

Gateways to Dreaming:
Journey to Palenque, Mexico

“The Wings of Intent”

Join us in the year 2015 and stretch your dreaming into intending.

“Dreamers have to be forever on their toes.” says Don Juan to Castaneda in “The Art of Dreaming”.

Feb. 20- March 1, 2015     Register here.

Join us in Palenque on this 9 day Medicine Journey to a rainforest dream landscape, with a mesmerizing quality, that calls and waits for our awakening. Come and dream with us in the land of the Jaguar. Dream the dreams of the new human world.

palliative careDeath and Dying
the Sacred Hoop of Life

Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 and Sat. Apr. 4, 2015



The Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies is offering two workshops on Death and Dying. These programmes are  led by Barbara Midnight Rose and John Thunderwolf.

Saturday January 31 2015 10 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.,
(includes a dinner break)
Death and Dying – the Journey of Completion
Acknowledging the inevitability of death while living
Strategies for living a full and vibrant life
Gaining Death as an ally
$150.00 plus HST $169.50

Saturday April 4 2015 10.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(includes a dinner break)
Companions on the Journey
Shamanic Perspectives and tools for being with the dying
Preparing for death
Grief, loss and mourning
The soul’s journey
Management of pain and suffering
$150.00 plus HST $169.50



A Shamanic Approach to Spiritual Sexuality

February 12-15, 2015

If you have been seeking deep healing in your relationship to your sexual energy, or are curious about exploring its spiritual potential, then look no further.
The Chuluaqui Quodoushka teachings are based in sacred Shamanic traditions which integrate spirituality and sexuality as an integral part of life. The wheels, keys, and knowledge offered in these workshops offer an alternative and enlightened approach to sexuality, as well as some beautiful ways to bring new understanding, openness and healing to our sexual selves.
The old ways teach that the word “Chuluaqui” refers to the primordial life force energy from which everything is created. It is the innermost essence of all beings; the whirlwind serpent fire of spiritual sexual creation. “Quodoushka” is the magickal energy created when two life force energies merge to create a new energy which is greater than the sum of its parts.


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