“When our childhood needs were unfulfilled, they left a psychic wake: grief at the loss and a long, plaintive, interior cry for what we missed.”
Childhood is the most critical period of our human lives. Science tells us that 80% of a child’s brain develops by the time he or she is three years old. Our most foundational experiences happen in the womb, and who we become as adults is deeply influenced by experiences in our earliest days, months, and years on this planet. If we spent our first weeks of life in an incubator, or our mother fell ill before we were old enough to walk, or we experienced some other kind of deprivation in these early childhood years, it is likely we continue to yearn for the safety, holding, nurturing, and unconditional love we needed and did not fully receive. As adults we can feel ungrounded, disconnected, sad, needy, overwhelmed with a longing we have few words for and that no thing or person can ever fill.
But all is not lost. The ancient spiritual technology of shamanism – once alive on every continent – can assist us in going back to our earliest experiences and repairing them. In this day-long shamanic healing retreat, we will learn about childhood development and shamanism, and we’ll use embodied meditations, visualizations, and shamanic journeys to bring in the holding and nourishment our child selves needed to feel safe and seen, cherished and deeply, miraculously whole.
For more information, or to register for the workshop, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.