Shamanic Breathwork Training
Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (S.H.I.P.)
February 3-16, 2024
South Island, New Zealand
Unleash Personal Healing and Transformation Through the Breath
Step onto the Spiral Path…
Are you struggling with old wounds or emotional baggage?
Do you feel blocked on your journey to inner growth?
Are you ready for personal empowerment through shamanic initiation?
Join us on the South Island of New Zealand 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 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.
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
You will have the best possible facilitators to ensure a safe and meaningful journey. Master Level Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator Levi Banner and his team of apprentices 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 learn Shamanic Breathwork facilitation skills. Daily integration of Yoga practice, Pranayama, Meditation, Astrology, Shamanic Ceremonies, and other activities provides a well-rounded experience touching body, mind, heart, and spirit.
The training takes place at the Birdsong Retreat, located in Wainui, on the stunning South Island of New Zealand. A pristine place of beauty with quiet yet profound natural surroundings, an amazing view of the ocean, and sacred elemental temples. It is the perfect locale for spiritual awakening. By the end of this 14-day immersion, you will be a 1st Level Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, have the option to become an Ordained Shamanic Minister, and have discovered keys to unlocking deep personal growth, healing, and happiness.
Are you ready to step onto the shamanic path of transformation?
Are you ready to journey into personal healing through the power of the breath?
Are you ready to change your life in magical place brimming with earth energy?
Join us in New Zealand in February - The Time To Heal Is Now
You will process through five levels of shamanic healing, each an initiation based on one of the 5 Elements. The five initiations each feature 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.
In addition to the guidance of your teachers, you will have the support of a co-journeyer - a fellow student who will assist you with whatever your 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. There will also be time in the mornings for your own practices such as yoga, meditation or walking, as well as astrology insights shared throughout the course.
1. Water: The Spiral Path and Five Cycles of Change
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: Your Family Tree and the 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: Meeting the Shadow and Inner Work
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 Inner Beloved
We all posses 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: Rising to the Call of Your Sacred Purpose
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
(Subject to Change - may include late nights, fun surprises, and day trips...)
8-9:30am Optional morning practices
9:30-11am Elemental teaching and invocation
11am-1pm Breathwork - Journey #1
3-5pm Breathwork - Journey #2
7-8:30pm Group processing or evening ceremonies
Activities, Ceremonies, and Practices
Ceremonies - Cacao, Dance, Sound Healing
Local Excursions - Nature Boat Ride, Maori Museum
Beach Swims, Sacred Hiking
Shamanic Drumming, Dancing and Dreaming
What is S.H.I.P.?
The Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (S.H.I.P.) is a series of six highly transformative initiations designed to awaken the shaman within. Connected to the elemental world, each initiation will support you in releasing old programming, shape-shifting your own consciousness, and transforming your life.
Water: The Sacred Wheel of Life and The Spiral Path
Earth: Honoring the Ancestors and Re-membering 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
Imaginal Cells: Activating your Future Self
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
Become who you were born to be…
We are the Ones we have been waiting for!
Birdsong Retreat & Sanctuary is the name of Kathy’s & Bruce’s ten-acre slice of paradise located in the tiny hamlet of Wainui Valley on the Akaroa Harbour of the Banks Peninsula. We’re just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch Airport.
Sitting mid-way up the valley, our Victorian-styled house is near the end of the road, nestled in forest and serenaded by the song of kereru, fantails, and bellbirds. The peace here creates a space for wellness, spiritual healing, and soul nourishment. The Temple of Venus is our main healing space. Crafted from galvanized steel tubing, it forms a 7-metre diameter x 5-metre-tall geodesic dome built & situated using sacred geometry principles. The Temple and our other sacred spaces are dedicated to the purpose of love, beauty, and healing.Our home is our sanctuary. For this reason, we are not a traditional retreat center where we are busy year-round with bookings, guests, and woofers. We try to balance our own need for inner self nurturing and quiet reflective space with our desire to be of service to our communities.
Location: Wainui, South Island, New Zealand.
Think Lord of the Rings, Epic mountain ranges, Clean waters, Ancient Maori land, Night sky sanctuary.
Healthy and Delicious Meals:
Thirteen organic vegan/vegetarian lunches and dinners are included. The menus will consist of nutrient-dense, wholesome, healthy foods in season. We source our produce from organic growers local in Canterbury and some from our land! You’ll experience a symphony of yummy healthy fare that will flood your body with high-vibe nutrients to support you during this immersion. We will have two - three meal excursions off property to the nearby township of Akaroa where you can sample the local New Zealand cuisine.
Included in the Birdsong base price for this residential program is the option of camping. (you will need to provide your own tent or small campervan). There are several grassy terraces to utilize. Also, we have several twin-share rooms available for an additional cost and if you prefer to stay off-site, we can provide you with a list of Air Bnb/Booking.com rentals nearby. February is high summer season in New Zealand and the sun is strong in this part of the world. Expect average temperatures 17C/63F – 22C/72F.
Birdsong is a place where love, laughter, and fun abound. We are constantly evolving and like to share our knowledge and gifts with those who stay with us. We are conversant in an eclectic mix of subjects related to mind, body, and spiritual transformation.
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Certification and Ordainment
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
The 3 C's
We have some agreements that we ask Students and Teachers to abide by while in sacred space together. We call them the 3 Cs.
1 – Commitment.
We ask that you remain committed to the process. Please show up to all the sessions unless you are absolutely not able to. If that happens for some reason, talk to one of the Facilitators or Apprentices. Do not leave the workshop space, or – if you are staying on site – leave the property without first talking to either a Facilitator or Apprentice. Please remain committed to the process, even when it is difficult.
2 – Confidentiality.
What you see here, remains here. What you hear here, remains here. What we mean by this is, please do not share other’s process with anyone else, including your partner or close friend. If you choose to share your own process with another, that is up to you, but please respect the privacy of fellow participants.
3 – Chemicals.
We ask that while you are at this workshop, you do not use alcohol or recreational drugs. This also includes time when you might be off-site. Do not bring alcohol or recreational drugs to the premises. Please note that this agreement does not include prescription medications.
Meet your Shamanic Guide
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
February 3 -16, 2024
14 Day Training
**Inquire for indigenous Mauri rate
Full Payment due 60 days prior to program
Residential Camping. Inquire about upgrading accommodations.
13 Delicious Lunches and Dinners provided for you. There will be a small shared kitchen area for you to prepare breakfast on your own
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space in this In-Person Training.
The time to heal is now, the time to remember who we really are is now. Come to a place where Healing is the Teaching and the Teaching is the Healing. Are you to be transformed through Shamanic Breathwork?