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Taking Sculptural Body Positions to Explore Non-Ordinary Reality

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One Day Shamanic Workshop at Saranam Retreat Center July 27

Felicitas Goodman, PhD (1914-2005), linguist and anthropologist, discovered that small sculptures found in various cultural/archaeological regions tended to be similar, and to display specific positions.  Could these be ritual positions?  This possibility was so intriguing that she and her graduate students decided to ‘see what happened’ when they, themselves, took the positions while listening to a drum.  What happened is that they tended to slip into an alternative state of consciousness, and to have interesting adventures while the drum beat and they held the positions.  After years of study and experiment with positions illustrated in sculptures from non-western and tribal societies, and from archaeological sites, Goodman began to teach the positions through her Cuyamunge Foundation. (www.cuyamungefoundation.com)

In this experimental workshop  at Saranam, you get to take the positions yourself, and ‘see what happens.’  We will test four positions during one day, Saturday July 27, 2019, 9 AM – 5 PM.  I will show you images of the sculptures from which the positions are taken.  You will take the positions.  We will listen to the drum.  And you get to adventure.  After each position, you’ll have time to write down or draw what you experienced, and then we’ll share.



Location: Saranam Retreat Center, Montrose WV (www.saranamwv.com)

Cost: $45 per person.  Reserve your spot with $20 paid by June 29.  Send check to Saranam, ℅ Rogers, 531 Moon Run, Kerens, WV  26276

Teacher: Claire Cassidy, Graduate, Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-year Workshop on Shamanic Healing;  PhD (Human Biology/Medical Anthropology)

What to Bring: your lunch or a potluck contribution; drum and/or rattle, scarf or blindfold for your eyes, paper/pens; wear comfortable clothing.

Sign Up: Please email Connie Banta  cjbanta@gmail.com


Date: July 27
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Venue Name: Saranam Retreat Center
Address: Montrose, WV


Organizer Name: Connie Banta