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Brian Cunning

Brian runs an introduction to shamanism course and 1:1s at Maitri Studio

Join Brian Cunning in an introductory course to discover the world of the shaman and your power animal.

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is an ancient tradition of living in harmony with creation that strives to strike a balance between mind, body and spirit for the overall good of the community and the world around them. Shamans practice techniques that involve trance like states into non-ordinary or altered states of being, or what we call Shamanic State Consciousness (SSC). While in these states of SSC the Shaman experiences deep insightful meaning and instruction from spirits, animal helpers and guides. Upon return to ordinary reality the Shaman then empowers, heals and restores the balance required for well being to them and the members of their community.

Advanced Shamanism

Brian offers an 8 week course for more advanced practitioners already familiar with core Shamanic journey work. The main focus of the class will be strengthening your discipline and practice with 5 key live drum journeys, building Shamanic communities and the learning of two new rituals for use in your Shamanic work.

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  • Energy exchange £480, however early bird tickets will be on offer to past students who have attended the introduction class at £450 payable on the first night

This new class is set to become part of a series of retreat work so is unlikely to come up again for some time due to scheduling.

Shamanic gathering

A one hour class containing a live Shamanic drum journey to deepen your Shamanic practice, guided meditation and group intentional drumming circle. With 15 minute Q&A for theoretical discussion and building Shamanic communities.

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  • Energy exchange £25
  • Payment via PayPal ( or a bank transfer

Introduction to Shamanism

Over the course duration of 7 classes participants will be introduced to the basic techniques involved in practical shamanism.

The course content will combine theory and practical exercises which will include the following:

  • Shamanic Journey with the drum
  • Finding your power animal
  • Guided meditation
  • Exploration of Shamanic State Consciousness (SSC)
  • Shamanic world view
  • Shamanic healing and cleansing
  • Shamanic techniques and tools
  • Working with Shamanism in the landscape
  • Cosmology and Mythology of local lore / folk traditions
  • Running fortnightly from Monday 22nd April 7.45-9.45pm
  • Payment via PayPal ( or a bank transfer
  • Cost: £280, deposit of £50 to secure space with full payment due on course start date.

About Brian

Read more about Brian's extensive experience and his 1:1 transpersonal therapy and shamanic counselling sessions over on his therapy page.

Brian also works alongside his lifetime companion and partner Lisa as a soundhealer in the group Soundhenge Ireland.

Brian's Timetable

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Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546