Canadian Centre for Shamanic Studies

 

Since 1996, we have offered a variety of shamanic workshops and trainings, nature adventures, and healing retreats.

CCSS is located on the northern edge of Algonquin Park, offering  group experiences enhanced through the beauty of nature. 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. 

A subsidiary of Northern Edge Algonquin Retreat and Awareness Centre, CCSS is dedicated to fostering leaders and growing sustainable community in the strengthening Way of the Circle. In the unified shape of the circle, we recognize the infinite potential of what we can achieve together as an empowered community.

Our programming begins with the Heart Foundations of Shamanism, 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 CCSS 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.  Those who commit to gradually deepening on the CCSS Spiral Path of Learning have the opportunity to evolve into mentors and co-facilitators of CCSS programs, as well as join as a member of our CCSS guiding council.

 

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

Upcoming Gatherings:

Some words from our guests :

  • "I was welcomed with open arms, love and so much faith and support. To be here exactly as I am, without the need to validate my existence or justify myself in any way. To just, be. I could feel myself gaining a small piece of my heart back, with the realization that I do have something to offer, that my story is worth sharing and that I am capable of teaching and guiding others. To understand that I have the answers to my questions and I don’t need to constantly seek out validation for them is completely empowering and motivating to keep looking deeper within myself."
    -Amanda Urbanski, May 2016
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  • "I had a wonderful weekend at the Edge, participating in ceremony with others and enjoying the natural beauty around us. Staff made me feel at home and well taken care of, and the other participants were lovely. I would highly recommend the Edge to anyone looking for a meaningful and rejuvenating experience in nature!"
    -Emily Hartman, August 2016
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  • "As soon as I arrived, I knew this was my home away from home. I had found my shamanic family. Martha and the circle of facilitators she has trained are all highly skilled shamanic practitioners, heart-centred and integrity based . . ."
    -Jan Beaver, July 2015
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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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