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The Medicine Wo/Man Path

Shamanic Foundation Training 2024

A deeply healing and empowering journey through shamanic practices, tools, deep natural energy

medicine, ceremony, and connection, in real life, not online. This training is both practical, theoretical and most of all, experiential. It is an invitation to discover your own unique medicine and gifts, and how you may walk the medicine path in alignment with your souls highest purpose and capacity. We believe that each

soul here has the capacity to remember, call forth, and conjure the ancient wisdom and knowing available to us all, through nature, through our bodies, our minds and innate intelligence. This training provides a sacred, safe space for your innate intelligence to come back online in your body-mind, so that you can make an empowered choice in working with natural shamanic medicine, as well as in other areas of your life. Each module, each practice, teaching, ceremony and tool included in this training together form the sacred circle space through which these practices and teachings are fully integrated. 

The one aim is to facilitate the honing of your unique gifts, expressions, service and deep medicine

that is emerging or expanding and taking form at this time. 


Curriculum - what you will learn

  • The medicine wheel: working with the directions and the elements.

  • Circle, sharing, ceremony; sacred ways for deep medicine & connection

  • Shamanic Breath-work

  • Calling on and working with the ancestors

  • Fire ceremony and firewalking (the walking is optional) 

  • Somatic practices for body-mind and nervous system healing integration

  • Introduction to Munay-ki Rites

  • Journeying with the drum

  • Guided meditation journeys and transmissions

  • Vision Quest

  • Working with nature, the land, and sacred sites

  • Ceremony: specific to the content and the journey of the training

  • Sound - voice - the word - alchemical laws of creation - soul power

  • Tools and techniques for working with Self and others

  • Alchemy of laws of Creation - the word; sound, choice, prayer

  • Deep invitation and opportunity for individual growth, healing and the transmuting of karma, trauma, conditioning, shadows and blindspots

The concept of the “Medicine Path”


The concept of the “medicine path” holds profound significance within diverse indigenous and spiritual traditions. It refers to a personal journey of self-discovery, healing, and spiritual growth. 


The term “medicine” here, carries a rich and multifaceted significance. It goes beyond the Western understanding of medicine as a remedy for physical ailments and delves into a broader spiritual, energetic and symbolic essence. It refers to the inherent power, wisdom, and healing energy present in all aspects of existence – plants, animals, elements, and even experiences.  


It reflects a deep understanding that everything in the universe is interconnected. It emphasises living in harmony with nature, acknowledging the wisdom embedded in the earth, and recognising that everything is imbued with a sacred and healing essence.


Embarking on the “medicine path” involves a commitment to exploring one’s inner landscape, connecting with the natural world, and seeking harmony with the spiritual realm. It often includes practices such as ceremonies, rituals, meditation, and interactions with elements of nature, like plants, animals, and sacred spaces. These experiences are believed to offer insights, guidance, and a deeper understanding of oneself and the interconnectedness of all life.


The medicine path is highly individualised, with each person navigating their unique journey. It may involve challenges and transformative experiences that contribute to personal and spiritual growth. Many indigenous cultures view the medicine path as a sacred and lifelong pursuit, guiding individuals towards balance, wisdom, and a harmonious existence within the web of life.


Irish Traditions and Spiritual Quest


In the context of Irish spirituality and traditions, there isn’t a direct equivalent term to the “medicine path” found in some indigenous cultures. However, Irish spirituality is deeply rooted in nature, folklore, and a sense of interconnectedness with the land and its elements. 


There are concepts and practices within Celtic and Irish traditions that align with the broader idea of a spiritual journey or quest for wisdom. This involves a personal exploration of one’s relationship with the natural world, the divine, and the self. Just like the concept of the “Medicine path”, individuals might embark on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth through practices such as, connecting with nature, participating in rituals and ceremonies, and exploring the rich mythology and symbolism embedded in the landscape. Druidic practices, for example, involve seeking wisdom and guidance from the natural elements, sacred trees, and the land. The ancient Celtic concept of “thin places” refers to locations where the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is believed to be thin, allowing for a heightened sense of connection and insight.


While the terminology may differ, the essence of a personal and spiritual journey in harmony with nature is a theme that resonates in various forms across different cultural and spiritual traditions, including Irish spirituality.


Module details - dates & investment

The training takes place in Co. Sligo. All modules are in real life, in the flesh, bones and nature of our bodies, together in circle and ceremony, on the earth, in the waters, and under the sky. 

Modules are in Avena Leisure Centre, and in Nature, and participants are responsible for their own accommodation and food for all weekends.

Module 1: April 12 - 14 

Module 2: May 17 - 19 

Module 3: June 28 - 30 

Module 4: July 26 - 28

Module 5: August 30 - September 1 

Module 6: October 4 - 6 

Starting time on Fridays is 1pm.

Booking options

Full training: Includes all 6 modules: €2500 

Deposit: €400, each module: €350

Attend one module: €420 (this option is available for all the modules except module 5)

Attend one or two days: €144 / day



Full Overview of Course

  • The Power of Intention: Explore the transformative potential of intention-setting in shamanic practices. Understand how intention shapes energy and influences the outcome of rituals. Cultivate the skill of consciously directing energy and intention for personal and collective healing. 

  • Medicine Wheel and Elemental Connection: Overview of the Medicine Wheel and connecting with the directions and elemental energies. Understanding the symbolic and practical significance of each aspect of the wheel. Learn how to invoke and connect with the natural forces and energies represented by the wheel.

  • Ceremony: Introduction to shamanic ceremonies for prayer and healing. Engage in specially designed ceremonies, tailored to the course content, for personal healing, empowerment and connection.

  • Shamanic Rites/Initiations: Receive foundation rites; ancient energetic transmissions for spiritual evolution.

  • Sacred Sharing Circle: Experience the power of circle; supportive and sacred space for participants to share experiences, insights, and spiritual journeys. Benefit from a deep sense of community, belonging and interconnectedness.

  • Drum Journeys: Experience the rhythmic heartbeat of the drum as a tool for entering altered states of consciousness. Shamanic drumming may be used for wisdom, self-discovery, and connection with guides.

  • Meditation Journeys: Experience guided meditation and transmissions for spiritual insight, exploration and connection with universal and inner wisdom.

  • Breathwork: Engage in shamanic breathwork to unlock altered states of consciousness and facilitate healing. Explore the power of deep release through rhythmic breathing.

  • Ancestral Healing and Connection: Understand the importance of ancestral connection for personal and collective health and well-being. Delve into practices for connecting with and honouring ancestral wisdom. Cultivate a deepened connection with your lineages. Tap into the roots of ancient knowledge for guidance.

  • Visit Sacred Site(s): Embark on a pilgrimage to a sacred site in Ireland, connecting with its energy and significance. Integrate shamanic practices within the context of the ancient Irish landscape.

  • Connection with Nature: Attune to the sacredness of the land and the natural world in shamanic exploration. Embrace the wisdom of nature through plant, tree, animal and element. Deepen your connection with nature through practices involving the land, trees, plants and waters. 

  • Somatic Practices, including Voice: Somatic techniques for body-mind integration, including touch, breath, and voice. Explore the interconnectedness of body, mind and nervous system. Harness the power of the voice for healing and self-expression.

  • Practices and Techniques Integration: Develop skills for energy clearing, protection, and working with sacred tools. Learn hands-on shamanic techniques applicable for personal and communal healing. Integrate learned practices and techniques into daily life.

  • Vision Quest: Undertake a vision quest for personal revelation, clarity, and spiritual guidance. Embrace solitude and communion with nature during this transformative experience. Note: Involves fasting and and spending a night outdoors. While this is a solitary experience, facilitators will be available to support participants if need be.

  • Firewalking Ceremony: Participate in a firewalking ceremony for personal transformation and empowerment. A unique opportunity for introspection, release of emotional blockages and a shift in perspective.Embrace the challenge of walking across the fire, if chosen, as a powerful metaphor for overcoming fears.

  • Alchemy of the laws of creation: The intentional application of spiritual principles using the power of spoken word, sound vibration, conscious choice, and prayer. This course offers a profound invitation for individual growth and healing, leading to the transmutation of karma, trauma, conditioning, shadows and blind spots. 



Anne-Marie Southcombe

Originally from Dublin, but living in the beautiful county of Sligo since 2006, with my husband and kids. My adorable children are my constant teachers who have taught me more about life than I could ever have imagined.  


I facilitate one-to-one sessions in various healing/therapeutic modalities. I run courses, workshops, and events in the areas of shamanism, ancestral healing, women’s empowerment, personal development, self-care, yoga, breathwork, and meditation. I also teach weekly yoga classes in Ballisodare. 


Yoga and shamanism have transformed my life. They offer a profound connection to nature and spirit, providing me with a unique avenue for personal growth and healing. Through them, I have personally uncovered the power of awareness, intention, connection, and healing.  


I thrive on experiential learning, nurturing an insatiable curiosity to delve deeper into the mysteries of life. My passion lies in empowering individuals and guiding them in the cultivation of joy and self-acceptance. I firmly believe that every person possesses inherent strengths and capabilities, and I am committed to utilizing my own strengths, life experiences, and ability to connect with people to make a positive impact. My aspiration is to lead a conscious and meaningful life.


I am happiest when spending quality time with loved ones or connecting with nature. I spend a lot of time exploring the woods or walking on the beaches near where I live. When I feel brave enough I dip in the cold water or try my hand at surfing. My deep-seated love for nature and the land has been ingrained in me for as long as I can remember, and I remain eternally grateful for its wisdom and beauty. 


In addition, I am also passionate about music, art, singing, dancing, and various forms of creative expression.



An ex subtle body yoga teacher trainer, my service now is as a practical alchemist and natural medicine woman. The work facilitates knowing oneself as the perfect creation in God’s image in manifest reality; immensely, innately intelligent and pure magnificent love and aliveness. Interested only in present-moment truth, Veronica works through words of the principles and laws of creation ever present in all living things to facilitate deep nervous system healing, karma- and trauma release and transmuting conditioning without effort; free from dogma, delusion, concepts and ideology; but with distinctive choice! The alive splendor of God's Creation we are remains self-evident.


Scoliosis necessitated a life of in-depth exploration of the body-mind-spirit nature of reality. A 25 year healing journey and 2300 contact hours of training and certifying in Yoga and meditation, Lightbody Teacher Training, Journey (!) Practitioner Training (Brandon Bays: cellular emotional healing, NLP, and Enneagram), Shamanic Medicine Woman Training, and Firewalking instructor Training, amongst many other mind-body modalities, such as authentic movement and dance, breath-work, voice work, Qi Gong, fasting, Vipassana and Sumara meditation. Opening an organic award winning restaurant in Ojai, CA, as well as almost dying from organ failure and open abdominal surgery was a true awakening. An astonishing and humbling adventure, all in all, this gift of life!

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