In this week’s episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “Adults in a Culture of Children”, Pratt talks to Sparrow Hart, author of Letters to the River: A Guide to a Dream Worth Living. Pratt and Hart explore how we can move from a culture of adult children focused on “me” and materialism and gender wars into a culture of adults who are passionate about the gifts they have to give, committed to something larger than themselves, and longing to come together to create a better world.
Christina Pratt is a contemporary shaman specializing 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 book An Encyclopedia of Shamanism clearly discusses 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, 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.
Sparrow Hart, the founder of Circles of Air, Circles of Stone, undertook his first wilderness rite of passage in 1971, a five-month solo pilgrimage in the Cascades and Canadian Rockies, and enacted his first vision quest in 1980. Hart has been leading 6 – 8 vision quests per year in Vermont and the American Southwest since 1987 and the completion of his training at the School of Lost Borders with Steven Foster and Meredith Little, authors of The Book of the Vision Quest. Hart is a father, writer, creator of the Mythic Warrior Training, founder of the annual Men's Wisdom Council at the Rowe Conference Center, and a frequent workshop leader around the country. His work is firmly in the tradition of "joining Earth and Sky;" bringing spiritual life out of the heavens and into the nitty-gritty issues we face daily, affirming the sacredness of the emotional, imaginative, and sensual landscapes we travel on our individual soul journeys. He is the author of Letters to the River: A Guide to a Dream Worth Living. Hart’s work comes out of his own experience. His personal journey includes a wide range of shamanic practices; apprenticeship with the Native American teacher, Sun Bear; dream exploration;
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Upcoming Last Mask Center events include a Shamanic Journey Circle on March 19 in Portland, OR; a Last Mask Community Teleseminar on March 26; and The Basic Shamanic Journey on April 5 in Portland. For more information on these and other events, see the monthly calendar on http://www.lastmaskcenter.org/