Are You Following Your Calling? 
Take a lesson from Jonah.  
One of my favorite tales of initiation is the biblical story of Jonah, who is called by God to go to Nineveh and teach the people there. Jonah is not interested in heeding this calling. He doesn't have it in him to be a messenger of hope, and doubts he could ever amount to anything more than a simple fisherman.

Terrified that he might fail at the task he has been given, Jonah boards a ship to get as far away as he can from Nineveh. When the vessel encounters heavy storms in the Mediterranean, the sailors suspect that someone has defied God, and they toss Jonah into the sea, where he is promptly swallowed by a whale. He remains in the whale's belly until he is finally spat out─on the shores of Nineveh.

When Jonah arrives at Nineveh, he is ready to follow his calling, unhesitant and fully able to access his power and to understand his mission.

The moral of the story is that life will drag us kicking and screaming to our destiny if we try to escape it. The shaman understands that there are more elegant ways to get to Nineveh than in the belly of a whale. Our choice is to be delivered in grace and beauty, which happens when we say yes to our initiation─or covered in whale spit, which happens when we reject it.

The whale in the story represents our emotions, a huge and irresistible power that threatens to swallow us and keep us trapped for days or years, until we come to terms with our fear, or rage, or insecurities.

During my travels in the Amazon, I witnessed many rituals that initiated young men into manhood, and young women into marriage or motherhood. Initiation is nothing less than an invitation to an unimaginable destiny. It is fraught with danger and opportunity. The outcome is not guaranteed. It requires a courageous response, and invites us to become the hero of our own journey.


In Munay,

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.


The Four Winds Society's 300-hour Shamanic Energy Medicine intensive certification program is internationally recognized as the Gold Standard in its field. Our training combines ancient shamanic wisdom teachings with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology and neuroscience to give you the tools you'll need to transform yourself and launch a successful career doing what you love.

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March 1-28, 2018 - California
 
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Residential Energy Medicine Training
July 7-August 3, 2018 - Germany
This program is fully bilingual,  
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Join Dr. Alberto Villoldo this spring for two life-changing workshops!
Techniques for Shamanic Ecstasy
Learn to use the techniques of shamanic energy medicine to dream the world that you want to live and play in, bring peace into your life, and heal rifts with your loved ones and yourself. This experiential program includes a fire ritual, a ceremony to release your ancestors, and practices to clear your energy field of obstacles to enlightened living; it also introduces you to neuronutrients to help you recover health and maintain lucidity in daily life.
 
Kripalu Center─Stockbridge, MA
March 2-4, 2018
One Spirit Medicine:
The Mind of God, The Brain of Man,
The Heart of the Shaman
Discover what shamans called One Spirit Medicine and learn how to wire your brain for bliss. In this potent, experiential workshop you will learn how to use sacred plants─widely available today as superfoods─to upgrade your brain so it functions in service of your heart. You will understand that the heart serves as the passageway between the visible and invisible worlds, and learn the practice of dreaming the world into being.

1440 Multiversity─Scotts Valley, CA
March 16-18, 2018
Join Deva Premal and the FWS  
for a feast of music and shamanic wisdom.
Explore sacred temples in the clouds. Come into harmony with the original sound of the Universe. Sit in ceremony with medicine men and women and receive the rites of initiation of the Earthkeeper.

Via Illuminata:  
June 3-10, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Alberto Villoldo, Marcela Lobos and Q'ero Shamans with special guests Deva Premal, Miten, and Manose
Open to all
Receive the blessings of ancient masters  
and heal the stories from your past.
A journey of ceremony to Mt. Pachatusan, the legendary protector of the wisdom of the Earthkeepers, the medicine men and women charged with the stewardship of all living beings on the Earth. 
June 10-15, 2018
Host: Dr. Alberto Villoldo
Open only to participants of Via Illuminata due to altitude acclimation
Rise anew where the Sun and the Moon
gave birth to the first Inca and Coya.
Journey to visit the river of consciousness, call on new life at the Temple of Fertility, and step into our becoming at Amaru Muru. Experience the purity and transformative energy of these power places.

Lake Titicaca:
Birthplace of the Children of the Sun
June 10-15, 2018
Host: Four Winds Senior Faculty Julie Hannon
Open only to students
Track a new destiny for yourself and  
craft the next chapter in your life.
Explore the hidden realms of shamanic awareness. Study shamanic cosmology and healing maps with accomplished indigenous medicine men and women. Like the jungle jaguar, track a destiny for yourself.

Amazon One Spirit
June 11-16, 2018
Host: Marcela Lobos
Open only to students
Discover your true beauty, inner wisdom,  
fierce wildness and feminine mystery.
Bring to life each of the 10 Tantric Wisdom Goddesses through embodied exercises, meditation, and sacred rituals. Tap into the endless transformational well of igniting and harnessing our sexual energy.

Women's Medicine Journey:
Awaken Your Shamanic and Tantric Wisdom
September 23-October 4, 2018
Hosts: Marcela Lobos and Monika Nataraj
Open to all women


Become Your Own Prophet and Visionary

Before there was language, there were archetypes that expressed caution, opportunity, knowledge, and power. Now, master teachers and healers Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron-Reid, and Marcela Lobos offer a doorway into the sacred with the Mystical Shaman Oracle. Beautifully illustrated by Jena DellaGrottaglia, the cards will help you summon wisdom and insight from Spirit and the great powers of nature.
 
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Available March 27, 2018.

 
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