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Shamanic Breathwork Training
level 1 - s.h.i.p®

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December 3 - 16, 2024
Goddess Garden
Costa Rica

Step onto the Spiral Path…

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Join Star Wolf & The Venus Rising Team In Costa Rica!!!

Join us in Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the Caribbean Sea for a transformational journey through the ceremony of Shamanic Breathwork - a powerful healing process that inspires individuals to reconnect with their own inner healer. It’s a journey taken by connecting the breath, chakra-attuned music, focused bodywork, art, and group sharing to leave you empowered with the magic of who you truly are. Through Shamanic Breathwork, old wounds and dysfunctional patterns are released and transformed, bringing wholeness and healing back into your life, your loved ones, and the world around you.

This SHIP Training will feature the Shamanic Breathwork process and six powerful initiations that will support you in awakening your shamanic consciousness in everyday life! Each segment will feature shamanic teachings, experiential processes, and various rituals & ceremonies that will support you in shifting emotional and mental patterning; propelling you into living a more whole and fulfilling life.

In union with the breath, you will undertake a journey through the Five Elements during a New Moon to Full Moon astrological cycle, initiated in ceremony and surrounded by a loving tribe. On this path of personal healing, we will become empowered to heal ourselves. Breathwork, ceremony, and the natural beauty of Costa Rica will leave you revitalized and reborn. 

"The Healing is the Training. The Training is the Healing."  - Linda Star Wolf

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If you’re ready to transform your life and awaken The Aquarian Shaman, this training is for you!

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What is S.H.I.P.?

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The Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (S.H.I.P.) is a series of five highly transformative initiations designed to awaken The Aquarian Shaman. Connected to the elemental world, each initiation will support you in releasing old programming, shape-shifting your own consciousness, and transforming your life.

Elemental Initiations

1. Water: The Sacred Wheel of Life and The Spiral Path

Each time we come back to something, we come back changed. Constant renewal is the shamanic path - the spiral of life. Everything in the universe flows in a spiral. Here we get settled in and see what’s stirred up in ourselves, as we are new in the space and like water, fluid. We connect with our new community and to the new practices.


2. Earth: Honoring the Ancestors and Re-membering the Cosmic Tree of Life

The family we choose is our family of choice. We begin to release the blocks and barriers of our own heart - the habits, patterns, and traumas or wounds developed from our family of origin. Here we see in a solid way what they are, and how to free ourselves. We tap into these family roots, and the interconnectedness of the tree of life as we embrace family and friends.


3. Fire: Soul Loss and Reclaiming the Shadow

Here we shine a light on our dark places - what’s beneath the surface, what’s following you, and what you can’t see. Fire transforms all it touches. In an intense and cathartic initiation, we use the power of fire to burn away our patterns; to release anger, frustration and blame; and finally come to a come to a warm heart space.


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

We all possess an inner beloved and have the capacity to connect to the divine. Here we learn to love our ourselves, our innate gifts and our inner other. Now that we have cleared so much, it is time to see how much we can open our hearts to our own inner self - that part of you that you show up for. Connecting to our inner masculine or feminine, we experience the union of duality.


5. Air: Awakening the Aquarian Shaman

The deepest human longing is discovering what we are here to do and why. We embrace forward movement - becoming empowered agents of change and enabled in our mission. Here we accept the seat of a teacher and learn how to carry this role forward into the world. We step into being the best versions of ourselves as we finally connect to our true life purpose.

These initiations will support in creating sacred space- a safe container where you will deepen your personal transformation with the Shamanic Breathwork® Process.  The Shamanic Breathwork Process is a safe and powerful healing ceremony that allows you to personally connect with and activate each initiation into your own heart and psyche. Using cyclical breathing, chakra-attuned music, focused bodywork, artistic expression, and community sharing, the Shamanic Breathwork Process will accelerate your own personal transformation and awaken your own shamanic consciousness.

Click Here To learn more  about the S.H.I.P. Process

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What's Included

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This 14 Day immersion will take you through the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (SHIP). The program is a series of five transformative initiations based on the 5 Elements. This highly experiential process taps into your inner self, releasing blocks to higher love and wisdom. As you re-integrate through embodiment of the 5 Elements, you will be set free to stand in the truth of your authentic being and walk a path with heart. You will journey beyond the limitations of ego identity and shape-shift into your sacred soul purpose.

You will have highly skilled facilitators to ensure a safe and meaningful journey. The founder and director of Shamanic Breathwork, Linda Star Wolf, and The Venus Rising Team teach in a blend of ancient traditions and modern methodologies. They bring to you open, loving hearts and minds, willing to support and travel with you wherever you need to go. Along with your initiation into Shamanic Breathwork, you will begin to learn Shamanic Breathwork facilitation skills. Additional practices could include Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Astrology, Shamanic Ceremonies, and other activities providing spiritual integration and a well-rounded experience touching body, mind, heart, and spirit.​


Surrounded by a high-vibrational community of change-makers and visionaries, the space will be held for you to develop a connection to your own inner healer and move into an incredible new level of shamanic understanding. You will find purpose, develop new skills, heal old wounds, learn more about yourself, find a tribe of like-minded seekers, and delve deep into yourself through the breath.

Each of the five S.H.I.P. initiations features a Shamanic Breathwork journey, utilizing the breath, sound healing through chakra-attuned music, energetic bodywork, soul return and extraction, shamanic art processes, scribing and group processing. Journeyers enter an altered state of consciousness that transforms and integrates trauma experienced earlier in life; creates a connection with their soul and spirit guides; and receive visions about their sacred purpose in the world. You will walk between the worlds: working on physical, emotional, mental, and energetic levels as you learn to embody the elements.


During the Shamanic Breathwork Ceremonies you will have the guidance of the teachers, as well as the support of a co-journeyer - a fellow student who will assist you with whatever you need during your psycho-spiritual voyage. You will switch roles with your partner halfway through the day, helping to create a nurturing, supportive, and safe space in which all participants can grow together as a community. Upon completion of the elemental journeys, you can feel fully embodied through each Shamanic Breathwork experience.  

In this Shamanic Breathwork Immersion, you will:

  • Learn 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

  • Deepen your connection to unconditional love for self & others

  • Enhance your ability to support others; and share your unique gifts and sacred purpose with the world

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The Goddess Garden in Costa Rica

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Our home for this 14-day fully immersive training will be The Goddess Garden, an intentional place for transformation in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Along the eastern coastline, you will be immersed in tranquility where the rainforest meets the Caribbean Sea.

This retreat center is surrounded by huge jungle trees, which follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless… in reality it is a temple. This beautiful setting will invite you to breathe more deeply.

With a commitment to sustainability, the retreat center buildings are distributed over an area of 14 acres using the natural clearings in the forest to build the resort. The water in the rooms is heated by solar panels to cut down the use of electricity. The restaurant serves mainly vegetarian dishes with organic vegetables and fruits locally grown. They compost their organic leftovers, and this compost is put back as fertilizer in the garden. 

The Goddess Garden Retreat’s spiritual center has two floors, where the view of the rainforest expands to almost 360 degrees. It is designed to give you a wonderful feeling, putting you in touch with nature during your Breathwork sessions. In the healing spa, on offer is a variety of massage and body work treatments tailored to your specific needs. Surrounded by stillness, this is a spot to reconnect to nature.

This peaceful, serene place will envelop you in the energy of the land. Wide, open skies will beckon you with spectacular nighttime starfield views, perfect for our astrology learnings. Abundant wildlife will serenade you, as birds fly on the gentle breeze passing above the sacred land. The lovely studio spaces host rainforest surroundings that wrap your breathwork and learning sessions in visions of lush greenery, tranquil enchantment, and stunning views. All within footsteps of the black sand beach and vast ocean.\

The Goddess Garden is several hours east of San Jose and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It creates a welcome, corrective balancing that makes it an ideal place for inner connection, and the deepening of your embodiment along the shamanic path. In oneness with the earth, it is magical.

Costa Rica is a peaceful country that disposed of the army many years ago and has a consciousness geared for peace and taking care of the environment. In the midst of awesome natural surroundings, makes it perfect for Breathwork and Shamanic practices.

Shuttle service will be available to you from San Jose Airport to The Goddess Garden at the beginning of the course, and back to San Jose Airport at its completion.

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Elegant, comfortable accommodations will greet you at The Goddess Garden. The housing will make you feel right at home, blissed and snug while meshed into the synergy of the retreat center, working garden, and glorious natural environment. The Caribbean inspired bungalows are nestled in the midst of the rainforest.


Accommodations are shared in spacious, clean and comfortable dorms. A fabulous shared experience, with the tranquil sounds of the forest and ocean to help you drift off to a sweet sleep. Air conditioner and fan, and towels, are furnished with your accommodations. The plush bedding and comfortable spaces will be yours to call home as we immerse ourselves as community and family for these two weeks. 


All housing is onsite, nestled in the rainforest retreat center, immersed in the lush surroundings. Together in this magical environment, we’ll have the opportunity to laugh, learn, and bond with our shamanic tribe.


**Stay at The Goddess Garden is a requirement for the training; and is the only option as the retreat center is located away from major towns. 

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Included in your accommodations cost are three healthy and delicious farm-to-table, buffet-style meals a day. Each meal stocked with healthy vegetables, fresh fruits and locally sourced meat such as fish and chicken to keep your vibration high throughout the training sessions.


The meal menu will consist of natural, wholesome, organic foods in a delightful array of vegan, and meat options. Meals will be primarily made with locally sourced organic foods whenever possible and all will be gluten-free. 


Prepared in a creative fusion of Eastern and Western styles, you’ll experience a symphony of yummy, healthy fare that will flood your body with nutrients and ignite your chakras. Vibrant, fresh cold-pressed juices will keep your energy high — and be thirst-quenching proof that it’s possible to both cultivate health and savor the deliciousness of it all.


Community meals will be perfect for getting to know your fellow tribe members and exploring the natural beauty of the retreat center grounds, either together or alone. Fresh and healthy as can be, mealtime will be a highlight of your stay here.

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The Schedule

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Sample Daily Schedule

(Subject to Change - may include late nights, day trips, and fun surprises)

10-1pm ~ Breathwork Ceremony or Elemental Transmission


1-3pm ~ Lunch Break

3-6pm ~ Breathwork Ceremony or Elemental Transmission


6-7:30pm ~ Dinner Break


7:30-9ishpm ~ Group Processing or Evening Session

Activities, Ceremonies, and Rituals

●      Rainforest Nature Walks 

●      Astrology Insights

●      Ceremonies – Fire, Dance, Cacao

●      Beach Visits

●      Onsite Spa with Massage and Body Work

●      Swimming and Relaxing by the Pool and Jacuzzi 

●      Shamanic Drumming, Dancing and Dreaming

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*This course will be running simultaneously as both SHIP and Skills trainings happening side by side. This means we have two separate trainings taking place at the same time, however both groups will be in sacred ritual and ceremony together and then go off into their own classrooms for the teachings. During our Dual Trainings, Venus Rising brings in more staff, which allows for a greater diversity and support than our other single programs. The result is a bigger container and a more dynamic experience for everyone. 

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Certification and Ordainment

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There are several ways to become certified as a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator and ordained as a Shamanic Minister. To review our Certification and Ordainment pathways, follow these links; 

Shamanic Breathwork Certification: Click Here

Shamanic Ministerial Ordainment: Click Here

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Breathwork Accredidation

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Venus Rising's Master Practitioner Program is registered with the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance as an accredited qualification. Upon graduating the Apprenticeship Program, 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.

Explore the Shamanic Breathwork Pathways: Click Here

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Meet your Shamanic Guides

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Linda Star Wolf

Linda Star Wolf has been a visionary teacher and shamanic guide to thousands of people over the last 35 years. Star Wolf created the Shamanic Breathwork Process as a synthesis of her personal exploration and direct healing experiences with breathwork, shamanic wisdom, depth psychology and addictions recovery methods. With over 30 years of recovery from her own experience with addictions, Star Wolf has dedicated her life to helping others to release dysfunctional patterns of all kinds and to radically transform their lives. She teaches people how to awaken to the bigger picture, embodies their own inner Visionary Shaman and steps into a life of passionate purpose.

Click here to Learn More; Linda Star Wolf


Nikólaus Wolf

Nikólaus Wolf holds a Master’s Degree from Venus Rising University in Shamanic Psycho- Spiritual Studies. He is the Co-Founder of the Shamanic Mystery Tours Company and Co-Director for Venus Rising. As Co-Founder of the Shamanic Mystery Tours Company, Nikólaus has facilitated shamanic journeys all across the world. Locations include places such as Bali, Mexico, Egypt and Peru. Nikó is a Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner and an Ordained Shamanic Priest and Minister through Venus Rising Association and Congregation for Transformation. As Venus Rising’s Co-Director, Nikólaus coordinates global events and is a lead trainer in Venus Rising's training programs. Nikó has served as Venus Rising’s Transformation House Staff and he has facilitated Venus Rising internships—mentoring and encouraging individuals to discover their Soul’s Purpose and follow their Holy Longing.

Click here to Learn More; Nikólaus Wolf


Levi Banner

With a warm smile, an energetic hug, and sly sense of humor, Levi Banner draws you into his world – teaching the spiritual sciences for healing and transformation. Yoga, Breathwork, and Astrology comprise his trinity of mystical knowledge. Divining deep astrological insights through the cosmic viewpoint. he creates a safe, peaceful classroom space where students can learn and grow to their fullest potential.


Levi is a Master Level Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator. Mystery, transformation, and healing magically combine as he leads intensive Shamanic Breathwork journeys, helping participants reconnect to their highest selves. By gifting students with personal empowerment and self-healing, he strives to create a community of open-hearted difference makers with world-changing potential.

Click here to Learn More; Levi Banner

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Judy Redhawk

Judy Redhawk has a PhD in clinical psychology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984, and cultivated her private psychology practice in Pittsburgh from 1996 to present date— working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is a drama therapist, specializing in psychodrama. Redhawk has supported hundreds of thousands of seekers use art to journey into their hearts. Merging her professional and clinical experience with her shamanic spiritual practice, Redhawk brings forth a rich and integrative perspective on art and shamanic psycho-spiritual studies. Through the fusion of her two passions—clinical psychotherapy and shamanic studies—Redhawk is able to walk between the world and gift readers with an integrative voice on how to use art and art processes to move through blockages, heal trauma, and create a life of freedom, wholeness, and inspiration.

Click here to Learn More; Judy Redhawk

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Program Cost (USD)

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Training Dates: 
December 3 - 16, 2024

Training Cost: 
$3500 Early Bird (pay deposit before April 10, 2024). 
$3800 USD (from April 11, 2024 onwards). 

*Inquire for local Costa Rican rates


In-Person Training Includes;
- Shuttle transportation between airport and retreat cen

- 13 Nights of Lodging
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- All Rituals and Ceremonies

A non-refundable deposit of $800 is required to hold your space in this In-Person Training. Upon completion of your deposit, a registration form will appear. 

*Full Payment due 60 days prior to program

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