Shamanic BreathworkTM Intensives

What is Shamanic BreathworkTM?

The Shamanic Breathwork ™ Process is a powerful healing process that inspires individuals to remember and reconnect with their own inner healer.  As old wounds and dysfunctional patterns are released and transformed, individuals begin to regain lost soul parts and remember the magic of who they truly are.  Empowerment brings wholeness and healing back into their lives, to the lives of those they love, and to the world at large.

This process is highly experiential and the wisdom and healing gained comes from each individual’s inner experience.  Shamanic Breathwork ™  honors and blends the timeless wisdom of ancient traditions with the emerging new paradigm methods of healing and teaching.  It functions as the rainbow bridge between these two worlds honoring the best of both worlds while creating an integral bridge for body, mind, heart, and spirit.

For more information on this and other breathwork Intensives, call Gary at 206-779-5870 or email him at

The Shaman in Shamanic
In the past, and still in some remote and indigenous areas, the Shaman was sought out much as a physician, counselor or minister is today.  In the Shamanic tradition of old, the healer (Shaman) attempted to restore healing and balance to others by performing sacred rites or ceremonies which usually included prayers, songs and chants.  They would also journey into other realms while being assisted by power animals, spirit guides and allies. To find out about the post-modern and the Integral Shaman, read the chapter on Integral Shamanism from Gary's book, Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior.


The Shamanic BreathworkTM Process
The Shamanic Breathwork™ Process differs in that it is aimed at awakening the inner Shamanic Healer in persons undergoing the Breathwork process.  There is ample support from Shamanic Breathwork ™ Facilitators and co-journeyers who assist during the session in order to insure a safe journey for the participant.

The process begins by establishing sacred space through various rituals and ceremonies such as smudging with sage, cedar and sweet grass while offering prayerful invocations.  Individuals lie down and focus on surrendering to the healer (Shaman) within, calling upon that which is most sacred and holy to them, such as guides, power animals and higher power.  The drumming then begins which leads into a powerful musical journey varying in length from one to two hours.  As the individual uses the power of deep connected breathing to create a natural altered dreamlike state, the Ego defenses are released and the journey unfolds in a variety of ways.

Each person’s shamanic journey is a highly individualized process and no two are ever the same. Some of the states of consciousness reported range from divine, otherworldly bliss states to the struggle to be released from negative forces in the psyche. Rebirthing is a common occurrence, as is the life review where one relives or observes their lifetime experiences. Old patterns of dysfunction may be brought to the surface. Addictions are sometimes healed during this process, and feelings of grief, fear, rage and anxiety may be released.

The Shamanic Breathwork™ facilitators have undergone this process many times in the course of their training and are loving guides for the participant’s journey.  The process may require the Shamanic Breathwork ™ Facilitator’s skills and attention; a variety of psycho-spiritual tools may be employed to assist the participant.  Some of the most commonly used methods are bodywork, Reiki (energy work), Soul Return and extractions.  The most powerful healing tool our facilitators bring to the person breathing is their open and loving hearts and minds, with a willingness to support and travel with the journeyer wherever they may need to go.  This is the essence of what Shamanic Breathwork™ is all about.  Describing the process really does not do it justice.  One must experience this powerful shamanic journey and its healing from the inside out.

written by:

Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts


TESTIMONIALS about Shamanic Breathwork 

“SBW provides a safe container in which differentiation becomes integration and can open the way to new stages of consciousness. Death and rebirth. Disorienting dilemma’s. Creating a healthier way to be where you are, through horizontal translation, or providing a path for vertical evolution, or transformation, SBW is an integral process that works.”

“A Phenomenal experience to reconnect to the divine within. It is so cleansing and uplifting, including valuable insight.”

“I found Shamanic Breathwork to be very powerful and very transformative. I highly recommend it."

"During one breathwork I realized I had childhood wounds I had no clue about that allowed me to begin a healing process, and eventually stop the reactiveness I was experiencing as my shadow danced about my unconscious self! Breathwork gave me the ability 'have' my shadow instead of my shadow having me. Now I have choices about how I respond to my triggers."

"Gary took the time to create a container safe enough for me to go as deep as I could during the breathwork. At the end of the process, he guided us all to the steps we needed to re-ground ourselves, and begin to understand the meaning of the visions we’d gotten."


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