The Soul Healing Way Program

A Program of Personal Healing and Liberation

There is an old wisdom. It tells us that we are all connected. It tells us every tree, rock, fish, human has spirit. And what you do in the physical world, spirit feels it. And what you do in the spirit world, tree, rock, fish, human feels it. This wisdom tells us that because we are connected, and because we are spirit and body, the personal is planetary. And the planetary is personal. One way to heal our planet is to heal ourselves.

The Soul Healing Way is a mystery school without borders, an online personal healing and transformational program grounded in earth-based shamanic perspectives and transformative justice principles. Developed by writer, healer, activist, and teacher Helen Klonaris, the Soul Healing Way combines shamanism, child developmental psychology, Jungian psychology, mythology, energy healing, and ceremony to co-create profound transformation and liberation.

In this deeply liminal time – an in between time of slowing down to listen, to turn within and face ourselves, to inquire as to the ways our lives have been shaped by the past, and forces greater than ourselves – The Soul Healing Way offers a powerful connection to community as witness and to an experiential process that will help us identify our spiritual and emotional wounds, and importantly bring to them the healing they need to transform. It will give us tools to recover parts of ourselves we thought were lost, and to identify and re-write the stories we have been telling that keep us from living our most exuberant dreams.

Each of us is a miracle. Like the great silk cotton tree, the little green heron, or the mangrove that grows long skinny legs to lift itself above the surface of the water, we too are miraculous creations that have the right to exist on this extraordinary, precious planet Earth. In this program, we will come together to witness and support each other in a healing process of retrieval and transformation, celebrating as we find and bring ourselves home.

 

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Benefits of the Program

We often struggle to create the life we most want to live. And, as a result of traumas, social inequities, and myriad forms of oppressions, we don’t always have access to the tools we need to help us get there. In The Soul Healing Way we will identify our wounds and the stories they tell; we will bring awareness to the interplay of individual and collective; personal, cultural and societal; and, using the ancient and contemporary arts of shamanism, we will tell new stories, rewiring our brains and forging new pathways to ourselves and our deepest longings.

 

 

Consider the following questions:

  • Where do you hurt?
  • Do you find yourself stuck in old patterns you can’t seem to shake?
  • Do you feel you just can’t seem to ‘get it together’?
  • Do you struggle to speak your truth?
  • Do you often feel like you don’t belong?
  • Is it hard to sustain yourself financially?
  • Do past experiences keep you from having the intimacy you want?
  • What is your soul’s longing?
  • What do you dream of creating in your life and in the world?

We’ll also ask questions like

  • How has racism impacted your womb experience?
  • How did sexism or homophobia impact your earliest perceptions of yourself?
  • What role did culture play in your creation and birth?

 

A Three-Year Journey

The Soul Healing Way is an embodied program that takes participants on a journey from pre-personal, to personal, and trans-personal healing. Science tells us that 80% of a child’s brain develops by the time they are 3 years old. Our most foundational experiences happen in the womb. Who we become as adults is deeply influenced by what we experienced in our earliest days, months, and years on this planet. In partnership with Spirit, engaging shamanic practices can help us to heal the past so we can live with freedom, purpose, and joy in the present.

 

“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.” -David Richo


Overview of the Program

Year One: I Come to Get Me! 

  • Introduction to Shamanic Practice
  • Journeying into the Shamanic Realm
  • Connecting with Nature and Plant Allies
  • Experiencing Soul Retrievals
  • Introduction to The Hero’s Journey
  • Introduction to Jungian Psychology
  • Reading and Discussing Creation Myths
  • Learning about Childhood Developmental Psychology
  • Healing the Birth Experience
  • Healing Early Childhood Wounds
  • Ceremonies for Childhood and Adolescent Initiatory Rites
  • Writing a Personal Genesis
  • Co-Creating Group Ceremony

 Year Two: Healing the World In Us 

  • Development of The Hero’s Journey
  • Development of Shamanic Practices
  • Connecting with Nature and Plant Wisdom
  • Experiencing Soul Retrievals
  • Introduction to Shapeshifting
  • Transforming Life Stories
  • Transforming Personal Wounds
  • Deepening into Jungian Psychology
  • Writing a Personal Mythos
  • Exploring Aboriginal, West African, Mediterranean, Indian, Celtic, and Caribbean Myths, Folklore, and Spiritualities
  • Reading and Discussing Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives on Trauma and Transformation
  • Co-Creating Group Ceremony

Year Three: Healing for the World 

  • Advanced Shamanic Practices
  • Connecting with Nature and Plant Wisdom
  • Transforming Family Life Stories
  • Healing Ancestral Wounds
  • Healing Past Lives
  • Accessing Divine Purpose
  • Healings for Colonialism’s Wounds
  • Healings for the Transformation of White Supremacy
  • Healings for the Earth
  • Spiritual Activism and World Work
  • Co-Creating Group Ceremony

Dates and Cost

There will be four classes each year of the program:

 

Starseed Program:

Year One: October 15-18, 2020; January 14-17, 2021; May 6-9, 2021; August 19-22, 2021

Year Two: November 18-21, 2021; February 3-6, 2022; May 5-8, 2022; August 11-14, 2022

Year Three: November 24-27, 2022; February 23-26, 2023; May 18-21, 2023; August 17-20, 2023

 

Earthseed Program:

Year One: October 7-10, 2021; January 6-9, 2022; March 31-April 3, 2022; June 30-July 3, 2022

Year Two: October 6-9, 2022; January 5-8, 2023; April 20-23, 2023; July 20-23, 2023

Year Three: October 5-8, 2023; January 11-14, 2024; April 11-14, 2024; July 18-21, 2024

 

Each group will meet via Zoom Thursdays 2-5pm (PST)/5-8pm (EST) and Fridays through Sundays 8:30am-5:30pm (PST)/11:30am-8:30pm (EST).

Each class is 30 hours and includes lectures and embodied experientials, including shamanic journeys, guided energy medicine healings, visualizations, group work, partner work, multiple breaks, and an hour each full day for lunch.

This is powerful work, and the extended time will allow participants to drop into the healing field and receive amplified healing over the course of our three and a half days together. Participants are invited to think of this as personal retreat time, and to consider ways of carving out sacred space within their household so they can feel freedom to surrender to the healing process.

The cost of each year is $2,240, or $560 per class. Payments may be made in installments, or in one sum via Zelle, Paypal, or electronic wire. For those experiencing financial hardship, please ask about our sliding scale and other possibilities for payment.

There is no obligation to sign up for the entire year. Take the first class and see if you feel called to continue!

 

Sign Up!

Those interested are invited to write to helen@soulhealingway.com for more information or to receive an application form. You may also send a WhatsApp message to 510-200-2826 introducing yourself and your interest in the program. I can’t wait to hear from you!

“Helen’s workshop helped me to understand and heal parts of my psyche that my psychologist couldn’t even reach. Devoid of Helen’s gentle yet wise and reassuring guidance, I’m not sure if I would have been willing to do the emotional work that was needed.” -Felicite Carroll

“Helen’s incredible ability to move beyond the obvious limitations of online technologies to guide us in deep, embodied practice and to connect with one another is worthy of an essay of its own, and in this moment I’ll just say she seriously threw down, holding space, love, compassion, curiosity, and invitation, all with an anti-colonial, anti-racist stance. The workshop was transformative. I learned that shamanic practice is an ancient technology, born of human ingenuity and spirit that allows all of us to use our wisdom, our imagination, and our collective myths and symbols and stories to directly access healing and insight for personal, ancestral, cultural, and -importantly- social need.” -Alissa Schwartz, Solid Fire Consulting

“Since I began working with Helen a lot has changed in my life. So much has settled and grown roots. Our group has become my soul family, Helen has become my mentor and guide. I’ve learned how to ground, protect and cleanse myself and those around me, and I’ve filled my spiritual toolbox with all sorts of new concepts and tools to help work magic in my everyday life. I now know where to go for guidance and answers, and I no longer feel alone. I am healing the traumas of my childhood in a safe and protective space, and in a gentle and loving manner. Helen teaches with unconditional love and without judgement, and I am grateful to be part of her Soul Healing Way.” -Allison Cross