A Spiritual-Shamanic training in leadership skills.
Whether you wish to hold movement/dance sessions or shamanic processes, one to one work or simply wish to deepen your understanding of your own skills. This training and two year process might be for you.
Supporting people to find their greatest potential and their fullest purpose in life, so they too can hold space for others. We use meditations in movement, dance, ritual-theater, creativity and community sharing.
I have no wish to tell you how growth should happen, but I weave together experiences and life - stories that I share with, holding a space that you can grow within.
I invite you to journey with me into the depths of your own heart, into the profundity of your own life experience and to dance yourself free of limitations by exploring archetypes, life stages, tools and a host of resources, letting go of limiting beliefs about yourself and accessing a greater wisdom that is your birthright. Together we can conjure the necessary requirements for personal empowerment, so you can step into the sovereignty you were born to be.
Please take part in the syllabus to enable access onto the apprentice program.
The Mandorla Intensive is a requirement before applying for the apprenticeship, next workshop at Emerson College, Forest Row, April 17th - 21st.
There are 12 apprentice places at any one time. To apply for a place, please send in an application form to this email
Mandorla is an ancient symbol for wholeness. When we are in conflict we often do not feel whole. The key to transforming the destructive consequences of conflict into life-affirming outcomes lies in how we relate to the tension between opposites. When we can hold this tension within ourselves and are aware of it, bearing the pain, beauty and terror that this conveys, we bring the opposing elements together, creating a space in which the split between the two can be resolved.
We call this space the 'mandorla' – a word derived from 'almond' in Italian, which refers to the almond shape created when two circles overlap. The mandorla is also known as the 'Vesica Piscis’, the sacred space of our soul work. When we stand in this place we have the ability to transform what once was a cursed experience into powerful medicine for the soul.
Its energy is that of the Father/Mother Principle in the Divine Union and the Yin and Yang that has been known to us for centuries. This is an intensive workshop using the Mandorla process, creativity, deep enquiry and contemplation and accepting the wise elder within us. You will have the opportunity to explore the conflict of meeting your core-wounds in relationship to your aspirations to discover authentic, integrated empowerment! Weekend and 5 Day Intensive workshop. More info
An exploration of soul purpose, using the Middle Earth medicine wheel, archetypes, tools, dwellings resources and tools.
Exploring our soul’s purpose means exploring our lives and our own creative dance, to unravel some of its life-long experiences. Our purpose is born through us: the challenges we meet along the way are divinely there to sculpt us and shape us into who we are meant to be.
Middle Earth Medicine takes us on nine stages of soul work, integrating soul through personal development, soul-retrieval, creativity and ecstatic dance. This is a workshop where participants explore the archetypes of Middle Earth and look at the development needed to establish what their soul purpose is and who they are within it.
This particular medicine wheel not only supports your personal growth, but offers deeply healing experiences and meditations through movement and dance to open the heart and remember a broken innocence. We learn to use shamanic tools that can physically put us in touch with our purpose, guidance that will support us on our journey and the very particular archetypal quality we need to embrace.
We journey with each of the archetypes and their dwelling places, stage of life, tools and resources, to establish the current position of soul and purpose. They are particular steps that need to be taken to empower us and guide us.
Without careful observance and enquiry into knowing where we are in the cycle of our soul’s offering, it is almost impossible to know what stage we are at and what we need to embody before we can fully move on to the next stage. Often we can find ourselves trying to move on too quickly to the next stage before fully engaging with the last, thus meeting with the same challenges over and over again without fulfilment.
During this workshop, Caroline will guide us through the wheel, using movement meditations, outdoor work, self reflection, sharing and creativity. She share’s her own story of the Wheel’s discovery and the maps that have led to the Middle Earth Medicine path.
No matter what our experience, no matter what our age or position in life, this Medicine Wheel supports us on a journey of discovery. Intro weekend workshop and 5 day Intensive Gatherings and webinars
The book, 'Middle Earth Wisdom' and its own cards representing each segment of the wheel, will be available by 2019.
How do we view innocence?
It is possibly an ‘inner-sense’ of who we really are, beneath the scars of guilt, shame, turmoil and trauma. It is the innocent soul, the curious soul, the soul that is free. And remembering the innocence we were born with can be a route through many challenges. Why would we want to go there?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an
untold story inside you.”
What is it to reclaim our innocence? Most people experience some form of trauma in their lives at some point. We all react to it in different ways. Trauma can be caused by abuse or an accident, or even neglect, and it is possible that at that time of this trauma, a part of our soul leaves the body. We become ‘disembodied’. This means out of body, spaced out, disconnected. At that time of trauma it was very necessary to leave, as it is a mechanism to protect the body and heart from the abuse/trauma at that time. Often the 'victim' is unable to deal with, or does not have the support needed, to face the emotions, pain or challenges that follow. So they shut down, losing that part of the soul to a safer place - for now.
As life goes on the 'survivor' begins to miss that soul part, feeling a sense of soul-less-ness. It becomes clear that he/she needs to reclaim that soul part back into their lives. This only happens when the conditions are right for the survivor and he/she can deal with some of the feelings and emotions that may be attached to the original story. In soul retrieval sessions and gatherings we create a safe enough space together, identify the original stories and begin to invite that soul part back into our lives.
We dance together, supported by our own 'circle of power’, and the collective circle of community. We gain as much as we are willing to give within this circle and supporting each other is key. This gathering is open to all. If you are new to the work it is helpful to attend dance/movement classes before hand. Weekend workshop.
A dynamic and exciting process to awaken us as dancers into the innate wisdom of the meta-intelligence that is around us, a dance that weaves together the magical and sometimes unexpected occurrences throughout our lives.
Rather than seeing these repetitive patterns as ‘bad habits,’ we will learn to view them as positive messages from our unconsciousness that lead us to find positive results and a change in our actions. Rather than blaming everything and everyone else for our difficulties, we take responsibility for our own lives, thus growing into the men and women that we really want to be.
Using the teachings from the medicine wheel and the magic of mandorla we explore the ancient dance of trance that is inherent within our own DNA and can be tapped into easily and effectively by using simple techniques and processes. This is a deep form of meditation, aligning us with the body, heart and mind to find a stronger connection with our soul/spirit. It is then we can focus our attention to receive guidance and understanding of our lives, at deep core levels. There is a tendency in this work to ‘space out’ and not be fully present in the process, so it takes discipline to enter a true state of embodied trance. Intro weekend workshop and a 5 day Intensive Gathering. More info
The Oracle of Medicine and finding your spirit song
Caroline will guide you through the medium of ecstatic dance, shamanic journeys, meditations and enquiries, weaving this information into the creation of your own Oracle (medicine bag)
Traditionally a medicine bag is an item that spiritually represents the person who wears it and is carried for guidance, healing and protection. It contains objects that represent spiritual and healing experiences throughout our lives. This is a place to give totems a home, close to your heart. Making our own medicine bag is a process of illumination, by crafting it ourselves we understand the potency of what it is and what it carries.
Creating this Oracle also gives us the opportunity to weave into it the spirit song sung from our heart, but not in the ordinary way of singing. Our shifted state of consciousness in the 'singing sense' allow the songs to sing us.
There is no need in this work to be able to sing in ‘normal’ ways. Traditionally, it is important to create the medicine bag yourself, finding its reflection and its song inside you and in the face you show to the world. 5 day Intensive Gathering.More info
Humans often have a tendency to underestimate the power of Yin and its more subtle qualities. We can talk about Yin as being passive, receptive and dark. These descriptions are true but our interpretations of these can leave us with a sense of ‘victimhood’ and giving ourselves away, a morbid sense of ‘giving up’ can lie between what is true and what is our idea of true darkness and surrender. Exploring the shadow aspects of yin (e.g. the victim, the martyr, the manipulator, the gossip) helps us to know where we might fall into default modes, when our yin energy is not fully empowered.
During this gathering we will come together to explore the power of Yin, the silence, the inner world of receptivity with a more collaborative spirit, we emphasise deep listening, patience, personal growth and power, thus creating leadership based on respect and a more egalitarian society.
Meditation, dance, alone-time and the exploration of the primal energy of yin will be some of the explorations of this gathering. It is both for men and for women, reminding them that we all have both yin and yang energy within us. Weekend workshop
There is a dance that ‘merges' us with the world of spirit. Standing within the experience of trance and polarity, we surrender through the dance and the liminal space, the threshold of the 'nagual world' that presents itself. Liminal space is where all transformation begins. Through the connection to this space, shapeshifting is achieved via an inherent ability within the liminal, to transform or to transmute oneself energetically, through movement meditation, shamanic journey, experiencing a cellular shift - metamorphosing into creature, being, or simply our own potential as healer, poet, artisan, singer, writer, dancer, thespian.
This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed.
Making and embodying our own spirit mask, through dance meditations, journeying and deepening our connection to the life force around us. Creativity and sharing our stories help us to identify the face we bring to the world and the story we tell. Intensive Hollow Bone Gathering
In Middle Earth Medicine we are working with nine minor archetypes and seven major for the syllabus of soul retrieval and finding/exploring our purpose. Getting to know certain archetypes that are inherent in us, it helps us to understand and harness the different kinds of energies and attitudes that stand-out in our culture and personalities, making them more healthy. They are a map to guide us in our quest for psychological, emotional and spiritual health. It can be a fun process and very illuminating.
It also invites us to look closely at our life story, embarking on particular stages of life, to discern the familiar patterns that occur when we start each new passage, whether it be a time in our life, a new project, work, or even a relationship.
It is our souls calling to become the 'one we are meant to be' and life will deal us many challenges to awaken that part of us. At times we will need to do the work necessary to step up and at times we will need to get out of the way as divine intervention takes the lead. Knowing what we can change and what we can't change is key to the process.
Our medicine wheel takes us on a journey to explore the archetypes which are innate in us all and gives us a new outlook on ourselves, offering ways to create ritual and theater in order to learn how to adopt our purpose more fully.
Getting to know this Medicine Wheel can enhance your experience of soul retrieval. We will dance to help embody the spirit of each archetype and we will create together to bring them to life.
Our work is as much about our connection to nature as working with our tools and practices. ‘Nature is the visible face of spirit.’ Spending time in nature for contemplation, focusing our intention within our walk, our deep listening and the observing of nature, we look for signs to assist us in our present and our future. We can often discover songs, poetry, stories and the requests from spirit and the creative life force that lies within each one of us. The hunt will take us through the night and into the days ahead. Much of our time will be spent in silence, visioning our life and purpose. 5 day Intensive Gathering More info
Purpose & Light. Knowing our purpose and our own offering, whatever that is, and how we wish to bring it into the world means being awake and aware, finding acceptance for who we are and creating the resources necessary for our personal growth. In order to fully embrace our purpose, we must know what lies in the shadows and be prepared to cleanse our lives. We must find an intimate relationship to the spiritual forces around us. This is a way to embrace and accept who we are as a complete and perfect human being who knows him/her self at a core level. 5 day Intensive Gathering.
Embodied and heart-centred leadership skills.
You can apply for this training once you have embarked onto the path of Middle Earth Medicine, taking part in the workshops and intensives, getting to know the qualities you bring, engaging with the community and growing your own particular purpose.
To bring all that you have learnt from the medicine wheel intensives and weekend workshops into practice, the Dance Of Leadership training is made up of two gatherings with opportunities to assist on workshops and a series of mentoring sessions, to ensure you have all the necessary tools to hold a safe space for individuals and groups, that will benefit from your particular offering/s.
Please complete a minimum of three intensives, including the Mandorla Intensive in order to take part in this training. These modules will be run by Caroline and colleagues to support you fully on your medicine path. See this page for what is required during the training.....
For more info, ask for a training application form or to make a general enquiry, please contact EMAIL
Peer support and mentoring is an essential part of the hollow bone work. Supervision from Caroline or others is a requirement when holding and working with the Hollow Bone, Middle Earth program. As an apprentice to Middle Earth Medicine, you will need to have attended workshops and gatherings and gained an understanding of the Medicine Wheel.
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"Caroline Carey is a shamanic healer and teacher, who has dived deeply into the rich dark roots of the shamanic path and danced within its primal landscapes. I am very pleased that she has now chosen to share her skills in accessing the ecstatic abandonment that shamanism brings for healing and transformation: you are in good hands." Simon Buxton - The Sacred Trust