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Shamanic Training:  The Heart Path Tradition

What is a Shaman?

There are many debates and disagreements about what a shaman is, and who can call themselves a shaman.  But the real power of the word lies in its imprecision, its meaning being in the images it conjures up.  It reminds us of another time, of another way of being - of rituals and chanting, of magic and stories.  The shaman is the original walker between the worlds, who delves into the archetypal realm and returns to share the tale.

The word itself derives from the Tunguskan language, from the name the Tungus people give to their spiritual leaders and healers, who use ecstatic techniques to enter trance states, journeying in this way to other worlds; spirit worlds. Shamans may journey for many reasons, including healing, seeking information, soul retrieval, guiding the spirits of the dead, or to seek favour or power from the gods.

Shamans also lead ceremonies, tell stories, dispense knowledge and wisdom, and mentor the members of their community.  All of this work is informed by the connection they forge to the worlds of spirit and soul, in their journeying.

Anthropologists have found that these practices are surprisingly similar around the world.  Some cultures may enter the ecstatic state by drumming and chanting, others by breathing and shaking, and yet others with the assistance of powerful plant substances - yet the ecstatic experience and its application are remarkably similar.

Thus shamanism may be seen broadly as a set of techniques and methods for personal and spiritual growth, and healing, which may be applied for self or to help others.  At the core is the concept of the ecstatic journey, a tool for a personal experience of the great mysteries at the heart of life.  Ecstasy is also the tool of the mystic, who seeks experience of the divine.  The shaman can be thought of as a practical or applied ecstatic - who seeks the experience of the divine, and brings it back to make a difference here and now.

Shamanism as Spiritual Practice: The Heart Path Tradition

At the core of the Heart Path Tradition is a process for both strengthening oneself and for opening oneself up.  It leads to a clear knowledge of who you are and what you truly want - of your Soul and the Path of your Heart.  It leads to an accumulation of ‘personal power’ - the power to make life happen for you.  It leads to an ability to dialogue with the living world around you, and all its aspects - communication with spirits, without delusion or loss of self.

Following the Heart Path, you will learn to speak the languages of myth and story, poetry and symbol, song and dance - the languages of the soul and spirits.  To free yourself from the confines of the logical world, the realm of Apollo, and unleash that part of you that you hold on a leash, the wild one, entering the realms of Dionysus.  This requires a fearless honesty, and willingness to dig into the darkness within, the shadows, where you have buried parts of yourself from fear and shame; transforming them into sources of power and creativity.
What results is an attunement to the senses and to the world around us that lets us work what is often called ‘magic’, but is actually the natural result of unlocking our true capacities.  We come to know our own divine nature, and feel the raw power of the living universe flowing through us.

The aim is to live a life free of illusion, where we begin each day with a clear vision, stepping knowingly onto the path of our heart, and end each day with gratitude.  To walk with joy along the path of your heart, being of service to those around you, with ease and grace.

Shamanism as Healing Practice

Shamans traditionally fulfil a necessary role in their communities, that of healer.  From a shamanic perspective, illness is often seen in terms of our relationship with our own soul, with our community, with the natural world, or with the spirit world.  The shaman brings about healing through trance journey and ritual, combined with hands on healing, and sound advice.  The shaman may direct a person in the steps they need to take to find healing for themselves.

Training in the Heart Path Tradition will give the student the skills of ritual healing, visionary healing and divination, soul recovery, energy-based healing and emotional release bodywork, which students may incorporate into existing modalities or use a basis for therapeutic practice.

Shamanism as Counselling Practice

Above all else, the shaman is the steward of the soul.  From the shamanic perspective, each person is a unique soul on a journey through life.  The shaman’s role is to and support this journey, through soul-based counselling, and ceremonial work to facilitate transition through life’s stages.

The Heart Path Tradition teaches the skills to guide and coach others, while respecting their autonomy and uniqueness. These skills include deep listening, intuition, deep rapport, story-telling, personal myth exploration and ceremony creation and delivery.  Applied properly, these skills orient a person to their life and world, allowing them to grow into their potential and find their own Heart Path.
More than six years ago,
Marcus Ferguson went through
shamanic initiation in a five-
day ordeal in the Central
Desert of Australia.  This was
the culmination of a long
apprenticeship, during which
he also earned a diploma and
an advanced diploma in
shamanic practice.  Marcus
has also trained with and
taught alongside masters of
the Taoist and Tantric spiritual
and healing paths, including
internal alchemy meditation, 
kundalini yoga  and sacred sex
practices, and has earned
black-belt level in two martial
arts.

In addition, Marcus is a
counsellor and psychotherapist
with over 20 years’ experience. 
He holds degrees in both
physics and psychology, and is
currently undertaking post-
graduate studies in psychology.
He holds diplomas in
counselling and coaching,
multiple certifications in NLP
and Hypnosis, and has trained
in gestalt therapy,
bioenergetics, and many other
therapeutic approaches,
including cognitive-behavioural
therapy, solution-focused
counselling and narrative
therapy. Marcus has been a
teacher and trainer within
these fields of knowledge.

Marcus brings to his work a
rare combination of practical,
results oriented thinking and
deep psychological and
spiritual understanding.  He
has the ability to make
complex ideas seem simple,
and to make the esoteric
practical.  His ability to impact
people and change their lives
is evident from the very first
encounter.


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Shamanic Training:
The Heart Path Tradition

What is a Shaman?

There are many debates and disagreements
about what a shaman is, and who can call
themselves a shaman.  But the real power of
the word lies in its imprecision, its meaning
being in the images it conjures up.  It reminds
us of another time, of another way of being -
of rituals and chanting, of magic and stories. 
The shaman is the original walker between
the worlds, who delves into the archetypal
realm and returns to share the tale.

The word itself derives from the Tunguskan
language, from the name the Tungus people
give to their spiritual leaders and healers,
who use ecstatic techniques to enter trance
states, journeying in this way to other worlds;
spirit worlds. Shamans may journey for many
reasons, including healing, seeking
information, soul retrieval, guiding the spirits
of the dead, or to seek favour or power from
the gods.

Shamans also lead ceremonies, tell stories,
dispense knowledge and wisdom, and
mentor the members of their community.  All
of this work is informed by the connection
they forge to the worlds of spirit and soul, in
their journeying.

Anthropologists have found that these
practices are surprisingly similar around the
world.  Some cultures may enter the ecstatic
state by drumming and chanting, others by
breathing and shaking, and yet others with
the assistance of powerful plant substances -
yet the ecstatic experience and its application
are remarkably similar.

Thus shamanism may be seen broadly as a set
of techniques and methods for personal and
spiritual growth, and healing, which may be
applied for self or to help others.  At the core
is the concept of the ecstatic journey, a tool
for a personal experience of the great
mysteries at the heart of life.  Ecstasy is also
the tool of the mystic, who seeks experience
of the divine.  The shaman can be thought of
as a practical or applied ecstatic - who seeks
the experience of the divine, and brings it
back to make a difference here and now.

Shamanism as Spiritual Practice:
The Heart Path Tradition

At the core of the Heart Path Tradition is a
process for both strengthening oneself and
for opening oneself up.  It leads to a clear
knowledge of who you are and what you truly
want - of your Soul and the Path of your
Heart.  It leads to an accumulation of
‘personal power’ - the power to make life
happen for you.  It leads to an ability to
dialogue with the living world around you,
and all its aspects - communication with
spirits, without delusion or loss of self.

Following the Heart Path, you will learn to
speak the languages of myth and story, poetry
and symbol, song and dance - the languages
of the soul and spirits.  To free yourself from
the confines of the logical world, the realm of
Apollo, and unleash that part of you that you
hold on a leash, the wild one,  entering the
realms of Dionysus.  This requires a fearless
honesty, and willingness to dig into the
darkness within, the shadows, where you
have buried parts of yourself from fear and
shame; transforming them into sources of
power and creativity.

What results is an attunement to the senses
and to the world around us that lets us work
what is often called ‘magic’, but is actually the
natural result of unlocking our true capacities. 
We come to know our own divine nature, and
feel the raw power of the living universe
flowing through us.

The aim is to live a life free of illusion, where
we begin each day with a clear vision,
stepping knowingly onto the path of our
heart, and end each day with gratitude.  To
walk with joy along the path of your heart,
being of service to those around you, with
ease and grace.

Shamanism as Healing Practice

Shamans traditionally fulfil a necessary role in
their communities, that of healer.  From a
shamanic perspective, illness is often seen in
terms of our relationship with our own soul,
with our community, with the natural world,
or with the spirit world.  The shaman brings
about healing through trance journey and
ritual, combined with hands on healing, and
sound advice.  The shaman may direct a
person in the steps they need to take to find
healing for themselves.

Training in the Heart Path Tradition will give
the student the skills of ritual healing,
visionary healing and divination, soul
recovery, energy-based healing and
emotional release bodywork, which students
may incorporate into existing modalities or
use a basis for therapeutic practice.

Shamanism as Counselling Practice

Above all else, the shaman is the steward of
the soul.  From the shamanic perspective,
each person is a unique soul on a journey
through life.  The shaman’s role is to guide
and support this journey, through soul-based
counselling, and ceremonial work to facilitate
transition through life’s stages.

The Heart Path Tradition teaches the skills to
guide and coach others, while respecting
their autonomy and uniqueness. These skills
include deep listening, intuition, deep
rapport, story-telling, personal myth
exploration and ceremony creation and
delivery.  Applied properly, these skills orient
a person to their life and world, allowing
them to grow into their potential and find
their own Heart Path. 








More than six years ago, Marcus Ferguson
went through a shamanic initation in a five-
day ordeal in the Central Desert of
Australia.  This was the culmination of a
long apprenticeship, during which he also
earned a diploma and an advanced
diploma in shamanic practice.  Marcus has
also trained with and taught alongside
masters of the Taoist and Tantric spiritual
and healing paths, including internal
alchemy meditation,  kundalini yoga  and
sacred sex practices, and has earned black-
belt level in two martial arts.
In addition, Marcus is a counsellor and
psychotherapist with over 20 years’
experience.  He holds degrees in both
physics and psychology, and is currently
undertaking post-graduate studies in that
field. He holds diplomas in counselling and
coaching, multiple certifications in NLP and
Hypnosis, and has trained in gestalt
therapy, bioenergetics, and many other
therapeutic approaches, including
cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-
focused counselling and narrative therapy.
Marcus has been a teacher and trainer
within these fields of knowledge.
Marcus brings to his work a rare
combination of practical, results oriented
thinking and deep psychological and
spiritual understanding.  He has the ability
to make complex ideas seem simple, and
to make the esoteric practical.  His ability
to impact people and change their lives is
evident from the very first encounter.

For information on events and training, please visit the

Facebook Page here


Like the page to stay informed of future events.