Professional Shamanic Practitioner Training2018-07-24T03:26:03+00:00

The Art and Practice of Shamanic Healing:
A Three-Year Professional Training and Initiation

Coming Soon

Tami Simon, the Founder of Sounds True and the host of the popular weekly podcast Insights at the Edge, who also happens to be Julie’s wife, interviews Julie about her upcoming 3Y training. The complimentary video of the interview will be posted here and available for you to watch by September 15, 2018.

About the “3Y”

This training is designed for those who would like to learn how to remedy spiritual illnesses and facilitate spiritual well-being on behalf of others. Those who intend to work exclusively as shamanic healers, as well as those who intend to offer shamanic healing in concert with one or more complementary modalities (such as medicine, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, energy medicine, any and all bodywork modalities, etc.) are equally welcome to apply. Throughout the course of this intensive training, participants can expect to develop a sophisticated array of shamanic skills, clarify and refine their areas of particular affinity as shamanic healers, and receive transformative shamanic initiations and empowerments.

The 3Y consists of six week-long, in-person, residential gatherings at the Sunrise Ranch Spiritual Retreat Center in Loveland, Colorado and eight day-long, virtual gatherings that participants will join from home. In between the gatherings, you will receive an at-home curriculum that consists of daily, weekly and monthly practices for you to undertake on your own time, as well as in small practice and study groups that you will meet with in person or by phone or Skype (in the case of participants who live out of state or out of the country). During the course of the training, you will also receive one individual healing sessions from Julie to help you mark the thresholds of initiation that you will cross as you refine your gifts as a shamanic healer. 

The 3Y is designed to offer you ample opportunity to cultivate your shamanic healing skills within the safety of a strong, consistent container. Through individual journeys, journeys in pairs, journeys in small groups, lectures, Q&A, demonstrations, and rituals, you will have the opportunity to develop the following shamanic healing skills: 

The Art of Divination

Successful divination lies at the heart of effective shamanic healing. During this module, you will become fluent in the language of your helping spirits, and refine your ability to receive and convey trustworthy, insightful, and helpful guidance to your clients.

Partnering with the Natural World

This module will provide you with an opportunity to discover and cultivate relationships with your allies in the natural world, including the benevolent spirits of the elements, trees, stones, plants, flowers, the sun, the moon, the stars, the guardians of the land, etc. You will experience rituals for visioning, discharging, grieving, and empowerment that you will undertake in partnership with your new allies, and that can be easily adapted to meet your clients’ own needs.

Becoming Transparent to the Divine: Merging and Transfiguration

This module will be devoted to practices for becoming fully permeable to the divine for the purpose of bringing through healing spiritual light. You will begin by enlisting the support of a gatekeeper and body protector, and proceed with an exploration of the spirit gates, which are the portals of communication with non-ordinary reality. With that foundation firmly in place, you will learn the shamanic healing techniques of merging and transfiguration, as well as the applications of these powerful shamanic healing rituals.

Healing Wounds from Other Lifetimes

Memories, fears, and unresolved issues from other times and places can accompany us into our current lives, making it difficult for us to be fully present in our current circumstances. During this module, you will learn how to revisit the other lives of your clients for the purpose of uncovering and resolving underlying issues from other lifetimes, freeing them from those entanglements.

Removing Foreign Energy and Energetic Enmeshment: Extraction, Cord Cutting, and Curse Unraveling

The focus of this module will be to restore sovereignty by way of extraction, cord cutting, and curse unraveling. You will learn three methods for diagnosing and removing foreign energy, two approaches to dissolving energetic cords, and the intricacies of unraveling intentional and unintentional curses. You will also discover the role that negative thoughtforms play in compounding illness, as well as the difference between feeling and sending emotions. Finally, you will experience the process of becoming inspirited as a means for prevention and protection against foreign energies of all varieties.

Restoring Lost Power: Soul Retrieval and Power Animal Retrieval

From a shamanic point of view, our well-being is a function of our connection to our spiritual power. When that connection becomes compromised or severed, we become vulnerable to spiritual illnesses such as soul loss and power loss. During this module, you will learn the symptoms and ramifications of power loss, the remedies for restoring lost power by way of soul retrieval and power animal retrieval, and preventative practices for continually strengthening your connection to your spiritual power.

Psychopomp and Compassionate Depossession: Shamanic Healing for the Dying and the Dead

Shamans tend to the spiritual well-being of the living, the dying, and the dead. As such, it is essential for shamanic healers to possess the appropriate skills and sensitivity for working with those who are actively in the dying process, as well as the souls of those who have already passed and are in need of shamanic support. Therein lies the focus of this module: to learn how to guide those who are actively passing to a peaceful crossing, and to provide support to those who have failed to cross over and are in need of loving assistance in order to do so.

The Practitioner-Client Relationship

As with any healing modality, the sense of safety that a client feels when working with a shamanic healer is critical to the outcome of the session. Safety is generated by strong boundaries as well as the experience of being held in one’s process with compassion and care. In order for you as a practitioner to be fully present in those ways, you must be clear about your boundaries, committed to your own self-care, and skilled in the art of navigating the intimate relationship between a client and a healer. This module will enable you to take a close look at both sides of the client-practitioner relationship, with the intention of bringing awareness, clarity, and thoughtfulness to the tending of that chalice.

Training Schedule: 

The 3Y consists of six week-long, in-person, residential gatherings at the Sunrise Ranch Spiritual Retreat Center in Loveland, Colorado, and eight day-long, virtual gatherings that participants will join from home. The dates for the virtual gatherings will be posted by September 15, 2018. The dates for the residential gatherings are:

Thursday, September 19 – Thursday, September 26, 2019

Monday, April 13 – Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday, September 14 – Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday, April 12 – Monday, April 19, 2021

Monday, September 13 – Monday September 20, 2021

Monday, April 11 – Monday, April 18, 2022


You must have completed an introductory shamanic journeying workshop of at least two days in length taught be a qualified teacher and have a strong working relationship with your helping spirits in order to apply to this training.


The tuition for the 2019-2021 3Y will be posted by September 15, 2018.

Application Process:

Application details will be posted by September 15, 2018.


Successful applicants will be responsible for making their own booking arrangements directly with Sunrise Ranch. More details related to this process will be posted by September 15, 2018.