What is Shamanic Breathwork™?

Shamanic Breathwork™ is a powerful healing modality that balances body, mind and soul through a combination of breathing, inner journeying, cathartic movement and chakra-attuned music. It also integrates modern shamanic psycho-spiritual techniques such as mandala artwork and group processing.

Down below you can find more details on our upcoming events in Portland, Oregon as well as interviews with it's founders and practitioners.

Brad Collins on Shamanic Breathwork, Addictions, Co-Dependency and Isis Cove Retreat Center

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Bradford C. Collins, Ph.D. is the co-founder and co-director of the Venus Rising Association for Transformation, Venus Rising University, and the Transformation House Process at the Isis Cove Community Retreat Center in western North Carolina.

He talks about how he's interested in exploring personal change within the context of community, and the best way to change the old, self-defeating behavior patterns that we carry around with us.

The primary modality that he's interested in is Shamanic Breathwork™, since he's personally experienced a lot of transformation, but has also seen people heal from a large range of different traumas. He talks about the range of cathartic movement that people experience during breathwork and how it helps to release the trapped emotions that are stored within the cells of our body.

Collins also talks about the changes that he saw in the participants in the 28-day Accelerated Transformation and Training Program for Shamanic Ministers & Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitators that happened between March 27 to April 23rd, 2011. The biggest change that he saw was that people were more embodied.

He also describes the five initiations of that are included within the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (aka S.H.I.P) including The Spiral Path, Family of Origin, The Shadow, Sacred Marriage and Sacred Purpose.

He explains whey there's a focus on "recovery from whatever ails you," which could include addictions such as alcoholism, substance abuse, co-dependency, workaholism, food, Internet, etc. And he further explains and defines what he understands as "co-dependency."

Finally, Collins talks about The Transformation House, the Isis Cove community, changing the world one psyche at a time, and how he sees the work that he's doing as helping people discover how to bring more meaning, purpose and belonging into their lives.

Linda Star Wolf on Shamanic Breathwork

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In this interview, Linda Star Wolf, Ph.D. gives an overview of the Shamanic Breathwork™ Process that she founded. She's the co-founder and co-director of the Venus Rising Association for Transformation, Venus Rising University, and the Transformation House Process at the Isis Cove Community Retreat Center in western North Carolina.

After a brief meditation, Star Wolf talks about the Shamanic Breathwork™ process in detail as well as how it differs from other Breathwork techniques such as Stanislav Grof's Holotropic Breathwork™, Jacqueline Small & Eupsychia Institute's Integrative Breathwork and Pranayama Yoga Breathing. She talks about the unique components of the Breathwork process including the sacred witnessing by a co-journeyer, the use of chakra-attuned music, and a heart-centering meditation at the beginning and end of the journey. She also shares some of her own personal experiences and sychronicities that have followed from her various journeys. From our own experience with the Shamanic Breathwork process, we can definitely attest to the potent personal transformation that happens from this modality. Star Wolf also mentions the Breath America event in Portland, OR, which was a free event that was held for 80 participants and was organized by Pam Sophia Savory and Barb Magdalena Westover of Freedom Rising Spiritual Community.

Testimonials from the Shamanic Breathwork Training

Jen and I recently participated in a 28-day Accelerated Transformation and Training Program for Shamanic Ministers & Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitators that happened between March 27 to April 23rd, 2011 at Venus Rising Association's Isis Cove Retreat Center.

It was an awesomely intense and transformational experience that is difficult to fully explain or capture into words. During the last week of the training, I interviewed some other participants who had been going through the process with us in an attempt to describe the indescribable.

Below are the raw interviews where I asked people to talk about their personal experiences with the Shamanic Breathwork™ modality as well as some of their experiences of the month-long retreat. I also had them give a testimonial about the staff of Venus Rising and Isis Cove, who were holding space for all of the participants for the month as well as what they'd tell people who were considering the next month-long retreat coming up on October 23 - November 19, 2011.


Tracy Roman's Testimonial

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John Deakyne's Testimonial

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Carley Mattimore's Testimonial

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John Livingston's Testimonial

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Laura Danforth's Testimonial

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Ruth Anne Brown's Testimonial

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Janet Johnson's Testimonial

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Anna Cariad-Barrett's Testimonial

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Theresa Saxon's Testimonial

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Brad Collins also had some things to say about the month-long retreat in this interview, which is worth listening to as well.

Finally, here's a few words from Linda Star Wolf talking about what happens at the month-long retreat and the types of people who are drawn to the retreat. She also talks about the five initiations that are a part of the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (aka S.H.I.P) including The Spiral Path, Family of Origin, The Shadow, Sacred Marriage and Sacred Purpose. And finally, she talks a bit about the Venus Rising University.

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Debriefing of a month-long Shamanic Breathwork retreat

Jen and I recently went on a 28-day Shamanic Breathwork™ Training and spiritual retreat in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We're going to have a free debriefing of our experiences on Wednesday, May 25th at 4134 N Borthwick Ave starting at 7:00 p.m.

Some of the big points that we'll cover is:

  • The Five Shamanic Psyco-Spiritual Initiations
  • Description of Shamanic Breathwork™ Process
  • Showing Art Mandalas from our journeys
  • Sharing some of the Neo-Shamanic Teachings
  • Sharing of our stories of transformation

We have found that the Shamanic Breathwork™ modality is an extremely powerful and effective tool for inner transformation for ourselves, and there are many others who have experienced it's potency as well.

Here's a preview of the presentation about our Shamanic Breathwork™ experiences that we'll be walking through:

Down below, you can listen to some testimonials from people who have experienced a number of Shamanic Breathwork™ sessions, and you can also listen to interviews with it's founder Linda Star Wolf, the co-director of Venus Rising Association Brad Collins, as well as from other certified facilitators.

Pam Savory on her healing journey with Shamanic Breathwork

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Pam Savory talks about her healing journey with Shamanic Breathwork as well as the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process. She also talks about some of the events that she puts on in Portland through her Freedom Rising Institute, which is a non-profit congregation of Venus Rising Institute.

Ruby Falconer on Shamanic Egyptian Astrology

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Ruby Falconer has been an astrologer for over 37 years, and she collaborated with Linda Star Wolf in writing the book Shamanic Egyptian Astrology: Your Planetary Relationship to the Gods. She explains how the Egyptian pantheon is older than the classical, Greco-Roman myths, which form the basis of modern Western astrology. She explains how Egyptian deities represent a language of wholeness and add a dimension of divine femininity to the astrological archetypes. The classical myths were heavily influenced by patriarchal wounding that was happening during ancient Greece and Rome, and so there are many stories where the feminine goddess are wounded by the hand of masculine gods.

Falconer provides some examples of how this patriarchal bias is still present within the traditional Western astrological archetypes, and explains how the corresponding Egyptian mythological stories can provide a more holistic story with richer dimensions and complexity. She talks about some of the current transits between Saturn and Uranus and talks about the corresponding Egyptian archetypes of Sobek and Wadjet, and explains the struggle between the ego's need to maintain security of Saturn/Sobek and the need of Uranus/Wadjet to allow new energy to come through. She talks about reclaiming the essence of Shamanism, which is about letting the ego regularly die in order to effectively embody different solar purposes and being comfortable with change. There is a part of us that needs to die in order to change, and she talks about how much our culture suffers from the fear of change and the prospect of death.