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.

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April 20, 2015-May 3, 2015

Please contact us for a personal appointment to find out more about this program.

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.


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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.

Join us for the 2nd of this series on Death and Dying.

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


Fire From Within:

August 9-August 15

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Shamanic Ceremonial Vision Quest 

Are you a spiritual seeker?
Since ancient times, the natural progression of human awareness has been such that when an individual “awakens” spiritually, they ask questions of themselves, of life, and of the people around them. Questions like “Who am I, really?”, “What is the meaning of life?”, or even “Am I destined for something greater than I am now doing?” The quest for answers that inevitably results launches the seeker on the archetypal hero’s journey commonly referred to as “The Great Work”. That is, growth and expansion into the full potential of one’s true nature.
Typically, indigenous societies integrated such personal spiritual transitions and into the fabric of their day-to-day life, and when individuals began asking such questions, typically around the age of 18, they were met with powerful rites of passage that would help them to navigate their internal shifts and spiritual concerns.
In the fast and chaotic pacing of contemporary life, with few, if any, rites of passage to mark our growth, we can be well into adulthood before the moment hits and we suddenly awaken to the knowledge that we want more substantial nourishment than the “fast-food” of today’s world. Perhaps we are lacking in health, happiness, or hope, and are wondering when it disappeared and how to get it back. Perhaps we are looking to close a chapter in our lives and start a fresh new one. Or perhaps we just sense a more spiritual “calling” and aren’t entirely sure what the next steps could or should be.

About Fire From Within: A Shamanic Ceremonial Vision Quest
This week-long shamanic retreat is designed to provide adult seekers of all ages with spiritual tools, wheels and keys of knowledge, purification ceremonies, and rites of passage from the lineage of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. The week builds up to your participation in a beautiful overnight vision quest ceremony that will help you to make Spirit your companion as you learn to navigate your life passages with grace and power.
The teachings and ceremonies that you receive will be personalized so that the knowledge is directly relevant to YOU, no matter what age or stage of life you are at.
You will:
- Develop a deeper connection to Grandmother Earth and all of nature.
- Learn how to heal your heart, body, mind, spirit, and soul.
- Learn about critical learning periods in your life (both now and in the future).
- Understand your current life stage and what life is communicating.
- Discover practical ways to support your evolution in these changing times.

Accommodation and Location
The retreat takes places on our beautiful 300 acre property called Rainbow Gate Farm, located just minutes south of Bancroft, Ontario, and about 3.5 hours from Toronto. Accommodation for the week is camping, with indoor kitchen facilities provided for you to prepare and eat your meals. There are indoor and outdoor teaching spaces, hiking trails, and the nicest outhouses you’ll ever use.

Is the timing NOW?
Only YOU know when the time is right for this jump in your evolution. If what you desire most right now is positive change and transformation, if you are looking to heal the past and change your future, if you are hungry for spiritual experiences that are meaningful to YOU, then join us this summer for Fire From Within.


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