Posted on June 4, 2009

From Torah to Tipi:

Shamanic Healing in Jewish and
Native American Traditions

A Workshop for Healers of Self and Others

Carl Hammerschlag, M.D.
Author of Dancing With Healers and Theft of the Spirit

Rabbi Miriam Maron, B.S., R.N., M.A.
Kabbalistic/Shamanic Healer, Ritual Dancer, and Singer/Songwriter

Shawn Price
Traditional Dineh (Navajo) Flutist, Ritual Dancer, and Medicine Carrier

Rabbi Gershon Winkler
Author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism


At the Brandeis-Bardin Institute Retreat Center, situated on 3,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the scenic Santa Susana Mountains of Simi Valley, in Southern California.

Easy commute from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara (LAX or Burbank Airports).

Cost: $950 per person
Single Occupancy with private bath $875 per person
Double Occupancy with private bath Includes tuition, meals, and lodging

Commuter Cost: $565 includes tuition and meals only.

To register, visit and click on “Programs”

Discover the gifts of Jewish and Native American mystery wisdom for contemporary living and healing. This three-day intensive, the third in a series, features modern scientific as well as aboriginal teachings about how people get sick and how they get well. From contemporary research in psychoneuro-immunology, to ancient and early-medieval Hebraic and Aramaic oral traditions and source texts, to Native American wisdom and ceremony, participants will be introduced to eye-opening, challenging, and self-empowering life lessons. Spiced with drumming, chanting, story-telling, humor, entrancing movement and ceremony, this workshop will immerse you in the magical realms as well as the pragmatic.


The Facilitators:

Carl Hammerschlag, M.D. is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and author. After completing medical school, he took a departure from conventional medicine and worked with Native American tribes in the American Southwest. Native healers challenged his academic certainties and inspired him to re-think his understanding about how people got sick and well. He has summarized his journey from doctor to healer in three critically acclaimed books, The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, and Healing Ceremonies. He is on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School and lectures around the world on personal empowerment and the practical applications of the science of psychoneuroimmunology. His weekly on-line column �Schlagbytes� is read by a worldwide audience. For information on his seminars and workshops, visit:


Rabbi Miriam Maron, B.S.N., R.N., M.A. is a founding member of the Association of Independent Rabbis. She also serves on the board of directors of Walking Stick Foundation and is the Director of Operations for the foundation as well. A spiritual healer and mentor in private practice, Miriam also performs sacred dance and teaches intensives on Jewish Kabbalistic and Shamanic healing modalities and has facilitated workshops and retreats across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel on healing and mind, body, and soul integration. A prolific singer and songwriter, her concerts, as well as her albums, �Wings of Light�, �Light out of Darkness�, �Chants of the Sacred Four�, �Mystic Convergence�, �Surrender,� "AngelSong" and �Call from the Narrows,� feature Jewish healing and mystical songs and chants, and have received wide acclaim from interdenominational sources across the globe. For information on her workshops and music, visit

Shawn Price is a traditional Dineh well-versed in the medicine chants and ceremonies of his people. He also joined the Jewish people in 1999 and practices Jewish rites as well. Committed to the restoration of the ancient ways of the Dineh, Shawn has long ago organized a troupe of young Dineh dancers who have performed at inter-tribal and other sacred gatherings across the country. He brings the richness of authentic Dineh tradition, lore and ritual to our retreats and has become a fascinating bridge between ancient rites and wisdom of the Dineh people and those of the Jewish people.

Gershon Winkler was initiated in 1978 in Jerusalem by the late Kabbalistic master, Rabbi Eliezer Benseon. Rabbi Winkler has devoted much of the past two decades to writing and teaching about the lesser-promulgated traditions of Judaism�s rich mystical wisdom, from theoretical Kabbalah to Hebraic shamanism. His most recent works, Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism, and Kabbalah 365, have won him wide acclaim as a pioneer in accessing the lesser-known indigenous mystery traditions of Judaism. Author of 15 books and grandfather of seven, Gershon has long been a pioneer in the recovery and dissemination of ancient and early-medieval Jewish shamanic wisdom and practice. For information on Gershon�s workshops, seminars, books and lecture CD�s, visit




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