New Class: Introduction to Deathwalking

I have added a new class to my teaching line up: Introduction to Deathwalking.

It’s been about two years since I’ve taught an open class. Instead, my focus has been on mentoring and facilitating Initiates in The Spirited Path Two-Year Modern Shamanism Intensive. Why the change? About ten years ago, I observed a pattern in people taking one-off classes in shamanism. People wanted to learn to journey and collect specific techniques of shamanism without learning to be a shaman. Alas, journeying is not all of shamanism.

In theory, that’s fine. Not everyone is cut out for the role of shaman. However, real life demands that you be able to handle the results of using all those techniques, and the path itself eventually demands that you choose to serve a community. In short, the focus has to stop being on you.  That’s where taking a hodge podge of one-off classes can create a lot of distress without knowing how to manage it throughout every day, not just when in trance. As a result, I decided to teach the whole kit–living life betwixt–or none of it.

Introduction to Deathwalking Class | Soul Intent Arts, Kelley HarrellA year ago, it became evident to me that the state of the planet requires more attention to deathwork; meaning, culturally, we don’t really give much attention to it at all, and we’re backed up as a result. I began having clients show up in inordinately high numbers who were being visited by the dead, and they didn’t need just a clearing out of visitors, but skills in how to do that for themselves, quickly and ongoing. At that point I realized that we need many more people doing deathwork, now.

While shamans are trained as deathwalkers, we all bear responsibility to tend death, by which I mean, to create a healthy consciousness in life so that we die well, to be able to identify when someone has not died well, to draw upon the resources available to release those who have not died well. I’m really excited about teaching this material, as those who know me well know deathwalking is my thing. It’s what I’m closest to in shadow realms, it’s my deepest love in shamanism, and my first calling on this planet. If you want to learn more about my experience with deathwalking, check out my book, Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World.

What is deathwork? I’ve blogged quite a lot about what it is, why it’s needed, and how we can all do it. No, we’re not all called to do it as the primary function of our paths or time on Earth. However, because we’re all experiencing time on Earth, part of being good citizens in form is maximizing what we do with that time, and learning how to die well as a result of it.

Our life’s mission is to have lived well enough to die well, so that at life’s end, we can be an empowered Ancestor to those left behind.

There are many ways to accomplish that closure, and this class gives glimpses into some of the possibilities. It gives an overview of considerations at the point of death, knowing when souls haven’t moved on, how to work with them, and the impact of this work on the entire planet.

This lightly experiential class is ideal for those who have some journeying experience, though those who have none will benefit. Introduced is the role of deathwalker, significance of deathwork, and impact that living well has on dying well.  It will involve light “Middle World” travel, and stimulating a lifelong goal to be a well ancestor through our own lives.

Real Wyrd - A Modern Shaman's Roots in the Middle World by S. Kelley HarrellYou won’t learn everything about deathwalking in three hours.  You won’t master deathwalking in this class, though you will gain insight into how it fits into your path, where you could go further with it, and how awareness around dying well benefits All Things.

It’s a live online class through Zoom, though if you’re a local we may be able to work out live attendance. This is a 3-hour class, and is $120. Check the schedule to see dates and times, and to register online to reserve your seat.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me.

As ever, thank you for the work you do here. #beyourcommunity