This site introduces you to the exciting new programme with Amida Trust
- a programme of training and personal development in shamanism.
This programme will have two parts, one being spiritual accompaniment, with levels of initiation and the other being the workshop/pilgrimage series, called "Sacred Place & Ancient Ways"
The basic notion of shamanism is the spiritual journey. The shaman has to go out of him or her
self in order to encounter the spirit world. Shamanism is encounter in which a person learns
humility, acquires an openness to other powers and comes to appreciate the world of nature.
The term shaman derives from the Buddhist term sramana which means a person who has given up worldly attachment in order to follow a spiritual life. There are traditions of shamanism in many
parts of the world. All involve a close association with nature and a letting go of attachment to
conventional social thinking. The shaman is a “border person” who lives on the edge of conventional society in order to provide a bridge between ordinary people and the spiritual world.