Shamanic Workshops

As both an artist and shamanic practitioner, CJ Shelton occasionally runs workshops on core aspects of shamanism at her studio in The Alton Mill Arts Centre or in the community and can conduct workshops at your location, event or retreat.

Please see below for CJ’s current offerings or contact CJ at artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca for more information on how a shamanic workshop can be tailored to meet your needs.


Introduction to Shamanism Workshop

WHEN:  Saturday February 8, 2020
LOCATION:   Studio #206, The Alton Mill Arts Centre
TIME:  10am to 1:30 pm
COST:  $125 + HST per person

PLEASE NOTE:  this introductory workshop to the Medicine Wheel is a prerequisite to taking the full Way of the Wheel Mentorship Program (see below)

What is Shamanism? Shamanism is the world’s oldest spiritual and healing path. It is also a way of life, one that believes in maintaining balance and harmony with the natural world. In shamanism all things – stones, plants, animals and humans – are ‘alive’, filled with spirit and interconnected by energies that are all around us in both the seen and unseen worlds.

What is the Way of the Wheel? Teaching wheels or “medicine wheels” as they are traditionally called, are a holistic model used by many indigenous cultures and shamanic traditions as a guide for personal decision making, problem solving and accomplishing goals. A medicine wheel represents the alignment and continuous interaction of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realities. As such, it is a simple but extremely effective tool for health and healing. The Way of the Wheel is based on this tradition of using a circular map as a compass for navigating our earth-walk and spiritual path.

Who is this workshop for? If you are interested in shamanism, paganism or indigenous ways, are at a crossroads, are struggling with indecision or simply wanting to bring greater clarity and balance to your life that is more in tune with Nature’s rhythms and cycles, then this introductory workshop is a good first step. It will also help you decide if the full Way of the Wheel program is the right fit for your way forward through 2020 and beyond. To read more about the Way of the Wheel, keep scrolling to read more.

This first session provides an introduction to some of the core principles of shamanic tradition, a brief history and context for its practice in our current society and will give you some simple but effective tools to start you connecting to Nature and the Great Wheel of Life. These include the concept of “journeying”, using natural objects as touchstones and working with animal spirits and other helpers. If you have a deep connection to Nature and more questions than answers about different types of “experiences” you have had, then this workshop can help in increasing your understanding. Even if you only take this first session you will leave with a new appreciation for Nature and indigenous wisdom.

The Way of the Wheel is designed to help you come into your own center and experience firsthand core teachings of the shamanic way of life that go beyond just reading about them and helps you one live more in harmony with Mother Earth.

Please contact CJ


The Way of the Wheel Mentorship Program

Next Cycle begins April 2020

PER-REQUISITES:  Candidates for the full Way of the Wheel program must have taken the Introduction to Shamanism workshop and had an initial 1-on-1 Discovery Session with CJ Shelton to see if the program is the right fit. Please email for further inquiries or to be added to the notification list for 2020.

Teaching wheels or “medicine wheels” as they are traditionally called, are a holistic model used by many indigenous cultures and spiritual traditions as a guide for personal decision making, problem solving, creating new projects and accomplishing goals. The Way of the Wheel is based on this tradition of a circular map that provides a compass for navigating our earth-walk and spiritual path.

In this small intimate mentorship group (maximum 6 participants) facilitated by artist and shamanic practitioner CJ Shelton, you will follow a sacred and time-honoured shamanic path that takes you through the Four Great Directions (East, South, West and North) of the Wheel of Life.

You will learn teachings that draw on the common aspects of several indigenous, pagan and psychological traditions and how they work with the stages, seasons and elements on the Wheel. You will also learn how to use the correlating wisdom of various animals, crystals and plant medicines for each direction.

The teachings of the Wheel will be experienced first-hand through guided journeys, deep conversation, personal symbol-making and ceremony. You will discover where you currently sit on the Wheel and how to work with the “medicines” or energies to balance out your journey.

Who is this course for?

If you are interested in shamanism, at a crossroads and have more questions than answers, are struggling with indecision or simply wanting a simple and effective way of bringing greater clarity and balance to your life that is more in tune with Nature’s rhythms and cycles, then this program will provide a safe container for you to explore with a small group of like-minded kindred souls. At the end of the first four sessions you will feel more connected to the rhythms of the Earth, and in turn, your own unique expressions of the energies of the Great Wheel of Life.

The Way of the Wheel is designed to help you come into your own center and experience firsthand the core teachings of the shamanic way of life, one that is lived from a deep connection to the heart of Mother Earth. Join Artist & Shamanic Practitioner CJ Shelton as she leads this ancient voyage through the realms of Spirit and connection to All That Is!

WHEN:  Due to the small group format whenever a circle of 4-6 participants comes together with the stated intention to embark on the journey, days and times for each session will be decided on in order to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Typically, the ideal start time is at the beginning of a season. The other 3 directions are then scheduled throughout the year to correspond accordingly and suit the availability of group members. Please contact CJ to register your intention to take this journey.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:  A notebook and an open heart

COST:   $195 + HST per session (each session is approximately 5 hours long)

Please note the following:

  • You must commit to attending all four sessions so that you receive the full benefit of the program
  • The small group format will be limited to only 6 participants so that all receive plenty of attention
  • Sessions will be scheduled according to what best suits the group
  • The small group format will provide a safe container for helping each participant move forward whether they are currently experiencing a challenging period, re-assessing life goals or simply wanting to learn a new way of being in the world
  • Please note that this is a learning circle where collective wisdom is shared and all participants contribute equally to the good of the whole group. Private 1-on-1 consultations can be booked with CJ to discuss more in-depth personal issues that may come up.

Please contact CJ with questions or to discuss whether this program is right for you.


About CJ Shelton

CJ Shelton
CJ Shelton, Artist & Shamanic Practitioner

CJ Shelton is trained in traditional healing (shamanism) by Algonquin Shaman Pete Bernard of the 8th Fire School of Medicine Work. She is also a Reiki Master and holds diplomas in Social Service Work from Seneca College and Spiritual Psychotherapy from Transformational Arts College. CJ is also a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. As an avid student of both Celtic and Indigenous philosophies she seamlessly blends these ancient traditions with elements of transpersonal psychology and psycho-spiritual counselling in her practice of shamanism.

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