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About Shamanic Breathwork



Shamanic Breathwork 

The Path to Awakening the Aquarian Shaman

"The Healing is the Training, The Training is the Healing."

~ Linda Star Wolf ~

About Shamanic Breathwork
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The Shamanic Breathwork ceremony is a powerful transformational journey that inspires individuals to Awaken the Shaman Within and reconnect with their own inner shaman. As old wounds and dysfunctional patterns are released and transformed, individuals begin to regain lost soul parts and remember the magic of who they truly are. Empowerment brings wholeness and healing back into their own lives, to the lives of those they love, and to the world at large.

This SBW process is highly experiential and the wisdom and healing gained comes from each individual’s inner experience. Shamanic Breathwork honors and blends the timeless wisdom of ancient traditions with the emerging new paradigm methods of healing and teaching. It functions as the rainbow bridge between these two worlds honoring the best of both worlds while creating a bridge for body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.

About Shamanic Breathwork

In the past, and still in some remote areas, the Shaman was sought out much as a physician, counselor or minister is today. In the Shamanic tradition of old, the healer (Shaman) attempted to restore healing and balance to others by performing sacred rites or ceremonies which usually included prayers, songs and chants. They would also journey into other realms while being assisted by power animals, spirit guides and allies.


While honoring the ancient shamanic lineages, Shamanic Breathwork focusses on Awakening the Shaman Within. There is ample support from Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators and co-journeyers to assist during the session to enable a safe journey for the participant.

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About Shamanic Breathwork
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The SBW ceremony begins by establishing safe and sacred space through various rituals and ceremonies such as smudging with sage, cedar, and sweet grass while offering prayerful invocations. Individuals lie down and focus on surrendering to their Shaman Within, calling upon that which is most sacred and holy to them, such as spirit guides, power animals, and higher powers. As the drumming begins, journeyers are invited to connect with rhythmic breathing and a chakra-attuned musical journey varying in length typically from one to two hours. As the individual uses the power of deep connected breathing to create a natural altered dreamlike state, the Ego defenses are released and the journey unfolds in a variety of magical ways.

About Shamanic Breathwork

Each person’s Shamanic Breathwork journey is a highly individualized process and no two are ever the same. Some of the states of consciousness reported range from divine, otherworldly bliss states to the struggle to be released from negative forces in the psyche. Rebirthing is a common occurrence, as is the life review where one relives or observes their lifetime experiences. Old patterns of dysfunction may be brought to the surface. Addictions are sometimes transformed during this process, as feelings such as grief, fear, rage and anxiety are released.

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About Shamanic Breathwork

Venus Rising’s Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators have undergone this process many times in the course of their training and are loving guides for the participant’s journey. The process may require the Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator’s skills and attention; a variety of Shamanic-Psycho-Spiritual tools may be employed to assist the participant. Some of the most commonly used methods are Bodywork, Shamanic Reiki (energy work), Soul Return, and Extractions.

The most powerful healing tool our SBW Facilitators bring to the person breathing is their open, loving hearts and minds, with a willingness to support and travel with the journeyer wherever they may need to go. This is the essence of what Shamanic Breathwork is all about. Describing the process really does not do it justice. One must experience this powerful shamanic journey and its transformation directly.

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Shamanic Breathwork


Shamanic Breathwork weaves together modern-day consciousness with ancient wisdom. Shamanic Breathwork provides individuals with a safe container where they can experience the healing transformations that unfold during altered states of consciousness. Through this process, individuals are able to undergo a transformative journey through the breath — Awakening the Shaman Within

Venus Rising and the Shamanic Breathwork Process was created by Linda Star Wolf in 1996. For more than 30 years Star Wolf has continued to study the lineages of: Integrative Breathwork, created by Jacquelyn Small; Holotropic Breathwork, created by Stanislav Grof; Rebirthing Breathwork, created by Leonard Orr, along with many other forms of altered states breathing/healing techniques. Star Wolf also received  a variety of teachings and transmissions of Wolf Clan Wisdom Teachings directly from Yeh-Weh-Node, Twylah Nitsch, her adopted Wolf Clan Grandmother. The Shamanic Breathwork Process draws upon each of these lineages, as well as other Ancient Shamanic Mystery School teachings.

Star Wolf 's personal and professional experience in the fields of psychological counseling and addictions, for more than 30 years, creates a solid foundation and safe container for the integration of Shamanic Breathwork and Shamanic Psycho-Spiritual principles.

The merging of Shamanic Breathwork with modern day consciousness is a powerful shamanic tool for everyone on their path to "awakening" in today's world. 

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Level 1: Initiate


The Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (S.H.I.P.) is the entry point for all students who seek to become a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator, be ordained as a Shamanic Minister, and wish to pursue a degree from Venus Rising University. 

~ Be Ordained as a Shamanic Minister upon the completion of S.H.I.P. ~

Walking the Spiral Path: the S.H.I.P. Initiations


The S.H.I.P. program provides a path of direct experience that transforms consciousness. Venus Rising Graduates are committed to letting go of self-seeking consciousness and becoming the change they wish to see in the world, thereby assisting in the rebirth of Shamanic Consciousness for our times.

Each initiation consists of creating sacred space for the Shamanic Breathwork Journey - a safe and powerful healing ceremony that uses cyclical breathing, chakra-attuned music, focused bodywork, artistic expression, and community sharing. These shamanic initiations support individuals in Awakening their Shaman Within!

  • Water: The Sacred Wheel of Life and The Spiral Path

  • Earth: Re-membering our Ancestors and the Cosmic Tree of Life

  • Fire: Soul Loss and Reclaiming the Shadow

  • Spirit: Opening to the Beloved- Contacting your Spiritual Helpers and Guides

  • Air: Awakening the Shaman Within & Discovering your Sacred Purpose

  • Imaginal Cells: Activating your Future Self

S.H.I.P. is designed to assist individuals and professionals in learning how to embody shamanic consciousness by journeying beyond the limitations of your ego identity and shape-shift into your sacred soul purpose. 

  • Embrace shamanic tools to create real and lasting change in your life.

  • Transform troubling issues from the past that still impact you today.

  • Reclaim your passion and your power by recovering lost aspects of your authentic self and remember who you truly are!

  • Deepen your connection to unconditional love for self & others.

  • Enhance your ability to support others through these times and share your unique gifts and Sacred Purpose with the world.

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You can participate in any of the S.H.I.P. workshops for your own personal transformation and/or as part of the training program.

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Upon completion of the S.H.I.P. program, you will graduate as a Shamanic Breathwork Initiate

At this level, you are encouraged to practice with friends and family. It's important that you are up front and transparent that you are mid-way through your training, and are not yet a fully certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator. Think of this as your practicum; your opportunity to gain hands on experiences while honing your SBW skills and building your confidence! 

*We ask students at this level to not charge for their services, as this is an energy exchange. 

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Shamanic Breathwork


Level 11: Facilitator

Facilitator Skills

The Facilitator Skills program is the the next step for initiates who have completed the Level I: S.H.I.P. program, and seek to become certified as a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator, with all the rights and privileges of.  

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Facilitator Skills Initiations

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The Facilitator Skills Accelerated Transformation and Training program focusses on providing future Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators with the necessary skill sets and grounded experience required to take this sacred work out into the world.

In the Facilitator Skills program, participants experience in-depth training and exposure in the following areas: Bodywork, Music, Art, and Processing. Throughout each segment, participants discover:


  • How to create a safe container for shamanic psycho-spiritual work

  • The facilitation of Sacred Ceremony

  • Developing and trusting your Intuition and unique gifts

  • Shamanic Bodywork such as rebirthing, resistance, conscious touch, and energy clearing

  • The use of Shamanic Musical Journeys

  • Shamanic Shakti Art Processes

  • Experiential Group Processing, Integration, and Grounding. 

Each initiation builds upon the other in a spiraling fashion, providing students with the knowledge and experience to facilitate a Shamanic Breathwork Journey.


In this segment, students develop and create a deeper relationship with their physical bodies. They will learn a variety of bodywork techniques to utilize during the Shamanic Breathwork Journey.


These techniques include shamanic tools and processes such as rebirthing, resistance, conscious touch, and energy clearing. Our Bodywork segment prepares students and allows them to understand first-hand the importance of creating a safe container for themselves and others during a Shamanic Breathwork Journey.

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An instrumental piece of the Shamanic Breathwork Process is the music. The musical sets selected and played for Shamanic Breathwork Journeys are customized and designed to activate the chakra system and energy fields. Students will learn how to use their intuition and bodies to select appropriate music to engage each chakra. Students will also learn how to compile music and create a Shamanic Breathwork Musical Set from start to finish.

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The Art segment teaches students the importance of tuning into and communicating with the subconscious mind through archetypal symbols that arise during Shamanic Breathwork Journeys. They will discover how to create art processes, and how to read artwork using the Elemental Five Cycles of Change and other symbolism.


Group Processing

During the Processing segment of our Facilitator Skills Training, students will learn how to create and hold a safe container where participants feel energetically held and comfortable with sharing their Shamanic Breathwork Journeys. Students will also learn how to give meaningful feedback and counseling as Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators—remembering that at the core of every individual resides an inner shaman guiding their journey.

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Upon completion of the Facilitator Skills program, you will graduate as a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator

At this level, you are certified to host Shamanic Breathwork ceremonies with individuals and groups. ​This can look many different ways: from in-depth containers that meet over a period of days, to introductory sessions at bookstores, festivals, yoga studios, etc. 

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Shamanic Breathwork

Level 111: Master Practitioner

Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship Program is for certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators who have completed both the Level I: S.H.I.P. program, the Level II: Facilitator Skills program, and who feel a deeper calling to planetary service and embodying Shamanic Consciousness in their everyday lives and sacred work.

Stepping into the path of apprenticing with Venus Rising is for those who have a true calling to this work and of being in service to others.  In this 300+ hour training you will have the opportunity to work with a Mentor, who will guide you into deeper levels within yourself and the work, as you take it out into the world.  


The Apprenticeship Program is designed to be highly individualized, together with your Mentor you will create a personalized program that is led by your interests and desired areas of development. By the end of the program you will be able to demonstrate masterful proficiency in all steps necessary to set, hold, execute, process, integrate, and complete a SBW Ceremony with confidence and professionalism.

All Apprentices will re-enter into both the S.H.I.P program and SKILLS program on a deeper level. Master Apprentices are invited to step into holding the training as if it is your own. Just like being a parent or leader of a group, this comes with a lot of hard work and dedication in the responsibility of holding space for others. Apprentices are usually the first ones on site in the morning and the last ones to leave at night!

Overview Expectations as a Master Apprentice

  • Repeat S.H.I.P & Skills programs as an M.A. 

  • Attend 10 Mentoring Sessions (4 group, 6 private 1:1).

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the core elements of a Shamanic Breathwork ceremony.

  • Work with a designated Mentor throughout the program.

  • Provide feedback on trainings, your Mentor and self-assessment reflections.

Expectations during the S.H.I.P and Skills trainings as an M.A.

  • Set & maintain sacred space.

  • Create altars.

  • Facilitate the SBW Ceremony alongside staff. 

  • Participate in staff meetings.

  • Facilitate process groups.

  • Anticipate needs of students & staff.

  • Support students' personal healing and transformation. 

  • Do anything else that needs to be done - Learn by living in the Fire!

What’s Included

Your tuition includes:

  • Two in-person trainings - a SHIP Program and a SKILLS program.

  • 4 group mentoring sessions (before & after each training).

  • 6 private mentoring sessions.

  • Ongoing support of Mentor.

  • Library of Resources from Star Wolf & the VR Team. 

How to get started

- Send us an email to request more details and schedule an interview! 

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This is an important initiation within the Shamanic Breathwork Training, where students have the opportunity to fully show up in service for others, while holding their own personal process. At this level of facilitation you can expect to be included in the behind the scenes of the Shamanic Breathwork Training, from beginning to end. This includes participating in Staff Meetings, discussing and designing the schedule to create a safe and magical container for shamanic transformation. You also have more contact time with Venus Rising Staff behind the scenes to ask questions, work with different Facilitator Skill techniques, and experience how a variety of ways that Venus Rising Staff embodies Shamanic Consciousness in their lives. ​

At this level of training Master Apprentices are offered the opportunity to experience yet another octave of their own healing and transformation, as well as further hands on training in the work. 

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Venus Rising's Master Practitioner Program is registered with the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance as an accredited qualification. Upon graduation you are eligible to enroll with them as an Accredited Practitioner. We stand with the GPBA for quality of standards in breathwork training and ethics.

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Upon completion of the Apprenticeship Program, you are certified as a Shamanic Breathwork Master Practitioner. 

At this level, you are eligible to apply to become a Venus Rising Satellite. This can lead you to the honor and responsibility of hosting your own S.H.I.P. trainings! 

For more information on this Shamanic Breathwork certification, Contact Us

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