A Mayo shaman is ‘demystifying’ the practice through his Shamanic school.
Breaffy man Aldo Jordan runs the Irish School of Shamanic Studies in Castlebar.
“It’s not a religion, it’s not a cult. It’s people connecting with themselves, and working with the land, nature and ancient energies,” he said.
Aldo has been practicing Shamanism for more than a decade and established the School of Shamanic studies four years ago. He said people from ‘all walks of life’ have taken up their training. Modules include core shamanic practices like retrieval, past lives healing, as well as working with sacred sites, and the exploration of ancient folklore.
“We have people who come to us from all over the country, of all ages and nationalities. The oldest person in training with us is 85. They come and train with us and then follow their own shamanic path,” said Aldo.
He said the school aims to allow people to connect with themselves and shake off any past traumas.
“We use a lot of meditation in what we call shamanic journeying. It’s about an individual connecting with their inner selves, their own feelings, and any pain or hurt that they are carrying. We use the land and our surroundings to heal that pain.”
He said people can delve into a 12-month training programme or just dip their toe in the shamanic waters.
“It’s all about the community and the tribe,” said Aldo.
The practitioner believes Shamanism allows people to throw off the shackles of materialism.
“Life shouldn’t be all about the new car, the new watch, the 10 pints on a Friday night. Shamanism is a world that is non-materialist and gives us a deeper understanding of ourselves as people and restores calmness to our lives.”