Portland, OR, June 17, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network on Tuesday, June 18, at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern on "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity,” shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt notes that indigenous shamans share a quality of connection with the world that allows them to simultaneously sizzle with spiritual power, remain entirely grounded, and express a contagious joy, even in the face of very hard lives. Their approach to the day is qualitatively different from most western-trained practitioners. Shaman teacher/healer, speaker, artist and author, Evelyn Rysdyk, set out to find out why.
In this episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “Spirit Walking with Evelyn Rysdyk,” Rysdyk joins host, Christina Pratt, to share her new book, Spirit Walking: A Course in Shamanic Power. Pratt and Rysdyk explore the way shamans are in the world -- extremely power-filled and incredibly tender at the same time. According to Rysdyk, this is a quality of “reverent participatory relationship” that we must cultivate ourselves if we are to effectively address the illnesses of our day.
Rysdyk talks to Pratt as part of a series of “Why Shamanism Now?” interviews sponsored by the Society of Shamanic Practitioners. Throughout this series, Pratt explores how contemporary shamans are meeting the challenge of their world where the relations of things—the living and the dead, the humans and nature, and the technological world and the spirit world—are profoundly out of balance. It is the ancient role of the shaman in all cultures to tend the balance of things, and the question is asked: how are these shamans meeting this extraordinary need today?
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.
Evelyn C. Rysdyk delights in supporting people to remember their sacred place in All That Is. Whether through face-to-face contact with individual patients, workshop groups and conference participants, or through the printed word, Rysdyk uses her loving humor and passion to open people's hearts and inspire them to live more joyful, fulfilling and purposeful lives. She is a nationally recognized shaman teacher/healer, speaker, artist and author of Spirit Walking: A Course in Shamanic Power; Modern Shamanic Living: New Explorations of an Ancient Path; a contributor to Spirited Medicine: Shamanism in Contemporary Healthcare; and author of a regular column and numerous articles on shamanism, living in harmony with the Earth, and how ancient healing methods support individuals to feel more whole, confident, connected and empowered. In joint practice with C. Allie Knowlton, LCSW, DCSW at Spirit Passages, their training center for advanced experiential shamanism, Rysdyk offers a full complement of workshops, presentations and long-term trainings in advanced shamanism, eco-spirituality and shamanic healing. As founding members of True North, an integrated medical center in Falmouth, Maine, they collaborate directly with medical and other complementary health practitioners to bring healing of the spirit, mind and body to people who arrive at their center from across the USA. www.evelynrysdyk.com, www.spiritpassages.com.
"Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity," a live internet talk radio show with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern time on co-creatornetwork.com/hosts/shamanism/host_bio.htm. Each week host Christina Pratt and guests explore the practical application of shamanic skills in their contemporary lives to create robust well-being, strong and clear community connections, and life enriching spiritual maturity. Listeners can ask questions by calling 512-772-1938 or via Skype. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free by visiting whyshamanismnow.com. Pratt also talks about Shamanic Healing on YouTube.
For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and workshops and classes with Pratt, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit www.lastmaskcenter.org. Upcoming Last Mask Center programs in Portland, OR, include Shamanic Journey Circles the third Wednesday of every month, monthly Wisdom of the Shaman talks and a monthly “Becoming a Person of Power” teleseminar series. Pratt will also be teaching Masks of Illusion and the Authentic Self August 11-16 at the Stillmeadow Retreat Center near Portland. For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811, firstname.lastname@example.org.