The Red Shoes Welcomes Cecile Carson, MD



Healing for our Times

 Through the Fire: A Shamanic Perspective

Saturday June 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm




Introduction to Core Shamanism: Returning Spirit to Our World

Saturday July 10 & Sunday July 11
9am - 5pm


Through the Fire: A Shamanic Perspective
Saturday     June 26     

6:30-8:30 pm


Pandemic, riots, economic, social, and ecological upheavals. How do we make it through the fires of chaos in our outer world today and within ourselves? How do we manage the uncertainty, the fear and grief, the vulnerability and lack of control that these times have brought?


Ancients through the millennia knew that chaos and order co-exist, and saw the inevitable “fire” as an initiation: a one-way door in which the momentous events that change us forever also help us grow broader and deeper. There is no going back to the way things were; the healing necessary for these times is a profound re-ordering.


The word “shaman” derives from the Siberian/Tungus word saman, meaning “one who sees in the dark.” Shamans, mystics and mythologists know that our experience of the outer events and challenges of our lives mirror that of our own inner life, a domain of depth and mystery that is difficult to examine.


Join Dr. Cecile Carson as she invites us to explore the ancient spiritual methodology of shamanism as an anchor and healing force in these times, to enter that mysterious darkness in which our soul’s work and healing are hidden. 





'Awareness is the Sky' by Claire Collette
'Awareness is the Sky' by Claire Collette


Introduction to Core Shamanism: Returning Spirit to Our World
Saturday  & Sunday

July 10 & 11  

9am - 5pm



Shamanism is the most ancient form of healing known. Cave paintings and ritual objects dated 12,000-40,000 years ago, found across all inhabited continents, attest to its potency. Throughout these millennia, humans have reached beyond their 3-dimensional world for survival, connection, and meaning. We all are their descendants, but in today’s Western culture, linear and scientific ways of knowing have come to be overemphasized as both primary and as the only way of knowing and healing, splitting us off from the world of spirit and soulful matters. 


In this workshop we will explore core shamanism, a non-indigenous spiritual methodology to access a greater reality, revealing that everything is alive with spirit. We will learn the shamanic journey, a cross-cultural form of shifting consciousness, and meet allies who will guide us in accessing deeper ways of knowing and show us rituals and ceremonies that can begin healing us and our relationships with all beings. 


For the workshop, you will need an eye cover (bandanna, sleep mask), a small blanket or throw, warm socks or slippers, a rattle or hand drum (if you have them), and a journal. It is important to be free of mood-altering substances (caffeine okay) 24-48 hours prior to and during our time together, unless it is a necessary prescription medication.


Please be prompt, and on Saturday plan to arrive 20 minutes ahead of time to complete registration and set up your space. 

 $175 Early Bird/ $195




Facilitated by Cecile Carson, MD, who taught for many years at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is an international shamanic teacher, practitioner, and a Founding Board Member of the Society for Shamanic Practice. She is also editor of the anthology Spirited Medicine: Shamanism In Contemporary Healthcare.

The Red Shoes is donating a portion of the proceeds from this program to The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, an organization dedicated to promoting Indigenous peoples’ self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations around the world. Indigenous people and their cultures, histories and spiritual technologies have been decimated, oppressed, overlooked and ignored for centuries by colonizing powers. As we derive healing ways from their ancient wisdom, we feel it is important to recognize the past and present struggles of Indigenous people.


As you choose to join us for this powerful exploration of “Core Shamanism”, consider making a personal donation to The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples to advance Native American issues, strategies, and perspectives.