"Shamanic Activism: Responding to Occupy Wall Street" on November 15 "Why Shamanism Now?" Radio Show

Top Quote On her radio show "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity", teacher, author, and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt talks to guest Lenore Norrgard, a spiritual activist and shaman, who leads "Shamanism for Activists" trainings and is currently involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 04, 2011 - Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network (www.co-creatornetwork.com) on Tuesday, November 15, at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time, on her show "Why Shamanism Now?: A Practical Path to Authenticity," shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt welcomes spiritual activist and shaman Lenore Norrgard who tells listeners "Rather than just appealing to or confronting the worldly powers that be, shamanic rituals bring the mass of people into a coherent collective that draws power from the unseen world, and collapses the dichotomy of 'us' vs. 'them'".

    In this episode of "Why Shamanism Now?" titled "Shamanic Activism: Responding to Occupy Wall Street", Pratt and Norrgard explore shamanic activism: what it looks like and ways that practitioners can respond to these unprecedented times. According to Pratt and Norrgard, shamanic skills allow us to work with the dynamic tensions between spiritual and social transformation, to use the richness and power of diverse faith traditions, to practice deep democracy, and to advocate for those without a voice. And shamanic ritual and ceremony allow us to engage these forces, human and non-human in the alchemy of transformation.

    Norrgard talks to Pratt as part of a series of "Why Shamanism Now?" episodes sponsored by the Society of Shamanic Practitioners (SSP). Throughout this series, Pratt explores how contemporary shamans are meeting the challenge of their world where the relations of things-the living and the dead, the humans and nature, and the technological world and the spirit world-are profoundly out of balance. It is the ancient role of the shaman in all cultures to tend the balance of things, and the question is asked: how are these shamans meeting this extraordinary need today?

    Christina Pratt is an authentic, non-traditional contemporary shaman. In practice since 1990, she specializes in mending the soul and transforming the parts of life that feel impossible. A teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration, Pratt brings the power of shamanism into the practical grasp of anyone willing to take responsibility for improving the quality of their life. Her well-received book, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism (Rosen), is an 800-page, two-volume set with over 750 in-depth entries that clearly discuss the basic concepts of shamanism, methods, and traditions of over 50 different shamanic peoples. Pratt is the founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, OR, and New York, NY, creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.

    Lenore Norrgard was called to the shamanic path in 1987 following 15 years of intensive social activism, during which she worked as a journalist for Reuter News Agency, earned a Masters degree in China studies, and lived in China for three years. From the time she was initiated into shamanism through a spontaneous healing from an animal spirit, she wanted to bring that miraculous healing power to bear on social ills. She experienced a life-changing paradigm shift around how to achieve profound social change, and started seeing herself as a social healer rather than as a social revolutionary. From very early on, her work as a shamanic healer, teacher and consultant has included working at the social level, most markedly through rituals for social healing. Norrgard offers "Shamanism for Activists" trainings; leads large, public peacemaking rituals, most recently for the opening rally of The Peace and Justice Studies annual conference; and she is currently involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Read about Norrgard's spiritual activism in her article, "Ritual and Activism: The Alchemy of Social Transformation" in Sacred Hoop magazine. www.CircleLivingEarth.org.

    "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity", a live internet talk radio with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time on http://www.co-creatornetwork.com/hosts/shamanism/host_bio.htm. Each week host Christina Pratt and guests explore the practical application of shamanic skills in our contemporary lives to create robust well-being, strong and clear community connections, and life enriching spiritual maturity. Listeners can ask questions by calling 512-772-1938 or via Skype. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free by visiting www.whyshamanismnow.com. Pratt also talks about Shamanic Healing on YouTube (www.youtube.com).

    For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and workshops and classes with Pratt, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit www.lastmaskcenter.org. Upcoming classes with Pratt include advanced shamanism trainings for experienced practitioners including "Ancestral Healing Training" on December 2-4, 2011; "The Basics of Living Well" series open to all starting in January 2012; as well as Shamanic Journey Circles the third Tuesday of every month; Wisdom of the Shaman talks every third Friday; and Qigong classes every Wednesday, all in Portland, Oregon. For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811, Woznicki.linda ( @ ) gmail dot com

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