Shamanism & Shamanic Studies in Canada

The Way of the Circle Centre, previously the Canadian Centre for Shamanic Studies, is dedicated to fostering leaders and growing sustainable community.

In the unified shape of the circle, we recognize the infinite potential of what we can achieve together as an empowered community.

Since 1996, we have offered a variety of shamanic workshops and trainings, nature adventures, and healing retreats at our centre Northern Edge Algonquin.

Connecting with the the spirits of the seasons, the elements, the nature beings, and our innate soul connection to the earth, we enliven, empower and deepen in our healing capabilities. Journeying deep within, we utilize our natural senses to find the answers.  These are universal themes that we have shared with many guests over the years, which transcend the word “shamanism”.

In 2019, we continued the process of evolving our language to be more universal, and we decided to rename the Canadian Centre for Shamanic Studies, to the Way of the Circle Centre.  Shamanism is a valued part of our roots, and the shamanic journey is is still practiced in our programs – but our language has evolved and now allows us to go deeper.

Our programming begins with the Heart Foundations, a series of four seasonal gatherings in which participants can take in any order. These create a foundation for living in ceremony and the Way of the Circle.

Heart Foundations retreats are prerequisites for other Way of the Circle Centre programs. Such other programs are co-created by active circle members – what they are yearning for and dreaming of at the time. Examples of such one year programs are: The Soul Pathways in 2015, or the Algonquin Journey: Reconnecting with the Songlines of Nature in 2017.

 

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Nourishing connection to Spirit, honouring ancient wisdom, co-creating Love, Unity and Peace.

~ Our Guiding Inspiration

Some words from our guests :

  • "Heart Flow was without a doubt the most deeply extraordinary experience that I've ever had which provided me with clarity and assurance that nature knows the way, when we are truly connected within ourselves and are brave and willing -- deep down we know the way, and that when we hold a dream within a community we can co-create the way. The way to love, to peace, to acceptance, to balance, to harmony, to beauty --- I'm on my way."
    -Courtney Sinclair, May 2016
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  • "Beautiful area set back into the woods on a lake. It was an entire weekend of meditation on a personal level, of which, assisted me to work through personal stressful events of every day life. Very clean, and organized, comfortable for certain. The Staff, are very kind, and friendly. LOVE THE EDGE!"
    -Jane Mathers, April 2019
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  • "It’s difficult to put into words just how much transformation can come from a weekend where all we do is eat and breathe into the question of creation, and dig into ourselves in a way we might not in our ordinary reality ...  Something changed in me. Something deep in the roots of my heart and something that outreached beyond myself."
    -Vanessa Brown, Trout Creek, February 2018
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  • "Nature has a way of creating a deep play for young ones, but also for adults too. At the Edge, I was able to dream, create, and become mindful at the moment, leading by my heart centre. My heart had been broken, my sense of identity lost. Coming to the circle, an ancient community practice, at the Edge, helped me understand what my new normal would become."
    -Jennifer Casement Buttineau, Barrie, September 2018
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