Debra Chesnut, founder of the Four Winds Foundation in Fairbanks, will lead a workshop this weekend for individuals interested in the ancient spiritual practice of Shamanism.
This altered state, known as the "Shaman's journey," was once used around the globe by most indigenous cultures, according to Amy Taylor, owner of Healing Circle Massage, the business hosting the workshop.
Workshop participants will explore this ancient practice and learn how to enter a trance-like state by listening to rhythmic drumming.
The practice can help an individual explore inner desires, thoughts and gain a deeper awareness, Taylor said.
Chesnut, a lifelong Alaskan, is a registered nurse, and holds a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master's in Western esotericism from Exeter University in England. She has been a student of Hermeticism and the Qabalah for 32 years, and a member of the faculty for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 1996.
The two-day workshop will be held Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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