The Shaman's Quest 

Shamanic Practitioner Training  - Year 1 Certificate

 Dates for 2022/23        Friday 10am start to Monday 4.30pm close
Session 1 - Friday June 10th - Monday June 13th 2022
Session 2 - Friday  October 7th  - Monday October 10th 2022
Session 3 - Friday  February 3rd - Monday February 6th 2023
Session 4 - Friday  May 5th - Monday May 8th 2023

Year 2 Diploma level (dates to follow)  

Enquiries now being taken for 2022 start June 2022. 

Contact now for availability and cost

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I, Derek, have been teaching shamanic practice for 18 years and I am an experienced shamanic healer / practitioner. I am happy to guide you through the all aspects of shamanism and the Shamans Quest Practitioner training is now in its 9th year

The Journey:
On the quest journey, the hero sets out to reach their goal, to obtain their treasure, 
accomplishing tasks along the way and then return home with it intact. 

The Shaman on their epic journey, often with great exertion and struggles along the pathway endeavours to reach a full understanding of his or herself and to complete the quest.

On this journey, we will follow the wheel of the year, from death and rebirth, the verdant new growth to the rich harvest of our souls, exploring shamanic teachings and techniques that have been used for millennia to reach our goals. This is an in depth shamanic course where you will explore and learn in a friendly and fully supported environment. Suitable for novices setting out on their pathway as well as those that would like to explore to a greater depth the inner workings of the world of the shaman.

We will weave our story over four 4 day sessions, starting in June through to the following May, whilst we follow the growth of the year and of ourselves and explore the journey to reach our goals.  Each sessions will start on the Friday morning, and ending on the Monday. 

The sessions will comprise practical explorations, teachings, discussions, pair and group work and solitary and shared ceremony. This will be a closed group with limited numbers and you will be expected to commit to all of the four sessions with case studies to complete your training for practitioner’s certificate. There will be follow up work, and practice to carry out in between the times we meet which you will be expected to fulfil. There will also be regular Zoom group sessions where will share, explore and discuss. You will be given full group and private support throughout by your teacher, Derek Gane, the assistants, as well as your peer group. I have been teaching shamanic practice for 20 years and happy to guide you through all aspects of shamanism. The Shamans Quest is now in its 10th year and is accredited with I.P.H.M. 

This training is held at The Healing Tree Centre in North Cornwall, on 18 acres of beautiful private land and woodlands and we shall spend time connecting both indoors and outside throughout the seasons.

A guide to teachings explored - Year 1 Certificate;

Session 1- Creation - Air
Introduction to journeying, Energy body awareness, Ceremony of the drum, Spirit as teachers, Circle of reality, Lower world journeying, Earthwalks, Upper world journeying, Meeting our Totems, Transformational Drum Healing, Smudging,  Air Ceremony. Shamanic crafting, Creating your own personal healing mesa bag.  

Session 2- Strength - Fire
Fire ceremony, Earth walks and awareness, Journeying, Shamanic Counselling. The wounded healer, Shamanic view of illness, and healing, Walk of attention, Merging with animals, Dance of power, Working with the elements, Healing fire ceremony. Shamanic hunter / prey, Understanding shamanic view of power, Healing bundles, Power Animal retrieval healing. Guardianship of the Grandfather. Chanupa pipe ceremony

Session 3- Expansion - Water
Earth walks and awareness, Middle world journey, Ceremony as an act, Shamanic extraction healing work, Working with ancestral helpers,  Ancestral healing, Responsibilities with clients. Cord cutting, Space clearance, Water ceremonies.  Mesa Healing. Gaia Mapping

Session 4 - Solidity - Earth
Understanding soul loss, Mending the fragmented soul with retrieval. Soul remembrance, Soul theft, Elementals and the Middle world, Rock seeing. The Dance of your Animal. Earth Ceremony...  Sacred Heart Cacao Ceremony. Full healing integration session. Full Healing review., Shaman as psychopomp. Completion celebration.

This is the first year and will lead to the Certificate. There is the option to progress on to the deeper level of year 2, a further 3 modules, which will lead to the full Shamanic Practitioners Diploma. (dates confirmed later)

Accommodation; There is a limited and discounted amount of shared rooms available, @ £20 night. Please contact for availability and to reserve. Vans and Camping £7 night

Local B&B addresses available on request
Food; Lunch - Vegan soup / breads provided. Shared contributory food for lunches. 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday evening hot home cooked Vegan meal provided


Feedback from previous participants of the Shamans Quest

There are times in your life when you just know that you are experiencing a very rare and very special moment in time with exceptionally very rare and special people. The Healing Centre, Cornwall with Derek Gane. Apprenticeship Training for life   
GS 2022

I was meaning to get in touch to say a huge thank you for last weekend, it was brilliant! Lovely to be in such a nurturing, nourishing, supportive, beautiful space and with a lovely group. 
SM 2017

A life changing experience 
SB 2017

Highly recommend the "Shamans Quest" 
BM 2017

What the Shamans Quest has meant to me?
Life changer! I started the quest knowing I had to walk a shamanic path, but I was full of self doubt and anxiety. I was unsure how to integrate this calling into my everyday life. The Quest sorted that right out!! I have completed the journey and I am a changed person. I feel like I have stepped into a power I never knew I had, whilst remaining humble and aware of where that power really lies. I am confident, happy and content. I'm doing things I never imagined were possible in my work and my life in general. I am so grateful to Derek and Alison, and the wonderful Healing Tree Centre for all that you have done. I can't recommend this course highly enough. Aho!! 
SMc 2018

What the Shamans Quest journey has meant for me

It's enabled me to move on to a different phase in my life and make big changes that I was quite afraid of making. I've realised things aren't as scary as I thought, found an increased connection to nature, which I was in great need of, on many levels, and rediscovered the simplicity of healing, helped along by Derek's gentle and flexible approach. It's given me an amazing tribe, and nourished me when I most needed it. At the same time I'm aware that this is just the beginning, but I now have some really valuable tools to use going forward and a greater appreciation of the spirit world. Huge gratitude to all at the Healing Tree. 
Sue M 2018

The Healing Tree is an approved training provider and The Shamans Quest is accredited with I.P.H.M

See also Shamanic Introduction Days in groups or 1:1 specialist training on the Events page