Bridging the Worlds: Integrating Psycho-Spiritual Shamanic Approaches into Contemporary Therapeutic Practice – Christa Mackinnon


Date: 6 November 2021

Time: 11:30 – 18:30 BST

Location: Live via Zoom or On-Demand

Approved for 6 CPD credits

Sold By: Essential Therapy Training


Course Description:

This course provides an overview over traditional and contemporary shamanic wisdom traditions and outlines the psycho-spiritual personal and transpersonal teachings these traditions offer and teach some practical shamanic tools, adjusted to contemporary therapy, and how to integrate them into your therapeutic practice.

Christa will:

  • Present the shamanic view of the world and life as an interconnected, multi-layered energetic web and explore the definition of the human being within this web.
  • Discuss the shamanic concept of ‘health’ defined as ‘wholeness’, and its implications for the traditional shaman’s psychospiritual healing approaches.
  • Outline specific shamanic approaches and tools that can be applied within the field of contemporary therapy.
  • Teach and practice tools, adjusted to a contemporary therapeutic setting and the psyche of the modern client, that can be incorporated into your work with clients such as transpersonal helping forces and shamanic journeying.

The course is mainly based on two of the presenter’s published works:

Mackinnon, C. (2012) Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London & Philadelphia

Mackinnon, C. (2016) Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within, Hay House Publ. London & Carlsbad

Learning Objectives:

  • To have gained an understanding of the world-view of ancient shamanic wisdom traditions and to have recognized the implications of defining the human being as consisting of spirit, soul and a manifested body/mind for shamanic treatment approaches.
  • To have explored the difference between the contemporary and traditional definitions of ‘health and mental health’.
  • To have obtained insight into some specific ways of ‘treating’ mental and emotional suffering within a context that sees health as wholeness and soul and spirit as paramount.
  • To have acquired competence in equipping the client with transpersonal helpers and guides and using an adapted form of shamanic journeying as a therapeutic tool, within a modern therapeutic setting.

About the Speaker:

Christa Mackinnon is a Social Psychologist (MSc), family counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist, shamanic teacher, and author. She worked for over 25 years internationally as a psychologist, therapist, trainer and lecturer, specialising in complex trauma. In her capacity as a trauma specialist, she lectured at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, and provided training for counsellors, social workers, police, and probation services.

Her fascination with the capacities of the human mind when in altered states of perception and with the idea of consciousness led her to explore various spiritual teachings around the world. She apprenticed and was initiated by traditional shamans such as the indigenous Quecha shaman Don Esteban Tamayo from Ecuador, Ipupiara Peixoto from Brazil and Don Oscar Miro-Quesada from Peru and also trained with contemporary shamanic teachers in the USA, including Sandra Ingerman and John Perkins.

Christa founded ‘Bridging the Worlds’, where she provides CPD for therapeutic professionals and ‘Women Weaving Change’ a training school for modern Medicine Women. In both she combines her knowledge of the contemporary psychological and therapeutic with ancient shamanic teachings, a subject she speaks, writes, trains and lectures widely about.

Christa is the author of three books and countless articles on the subject:

  • ‘Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London & Philadelphia 2012).
  • ‘Shamanism: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within’ (Hay House, London & Carlsbad 2016)
  • Shamanism: Spiritual Growth, Healing and Consciousness (Flametree Publishing, 2020)

All artistic images reproduced by kind permission of Patricia Fitzgerald of Healing Creations.


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