​​Introduction to Shamanism 

Residential Spiritual Retreat with Robinette Kennedy, Ph.D.,

Clinical Anthropologist and Shamanistic Practitioner
October 20-22, 2017
Elohee Retreat Center
Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2017

Curious about shamanistic practices?

If you are on a spiritual path, you have probably heard this word, shamanism, before. It is the most frequently used term in spiritual and religious circles today. But what is it, exactly?

The English language has no comparable word for the healing practices and effects of shamanism. Western culture has brainwashed many of us into believing that logic and rational thought are the best ways to approach life’s everyday challenges.

But, if you have scrolled down to this point, I imagine that you are someone who has always known or have been drawn to possibilities that there are other, and sometimes better, ways to cope with life.

This workshop shows you how to:

    Experience safe, non-toxic, diverse, creative ways to perceive reality. 

    Expand your consciousness, and

    Generously nourish your relationship with life’s spiritual center.

In Elohee Retreat Center's beautiful Thanksgiving House, you will be in a small, safe, intimate group setting (maximum 15 people), surrounded by 225 forested acres and within earshot of a 100 ft. waterfall.


The word, shamanism, is an Anglicized version of a Tuvan word from Central Asia. It has various meanings.

Basically, the term refers to someone who knows how to call ancient ways of healing that are practiced in many of the world’s oldest cultures. 

In Central Asia, samaan means, ‘One who sees’ or ‘One who knows the way.’ Archaeological evidence shows that 'shamanic' practices have survived for at least 18,000 years in that part of the world. This is not a New Age fad.

There is also abundant evidence in the art and artifacts of prehistoric Crete (7,800-450 BCE) that shamanistic practices were part of the first European culture.

In other parts of the world today where 'shamanism' is still active, women and men spiritual healers are still performing healing rituals that include the healer's and the client's being connected with spiritual power. 

Wherever and however shamanism is practiced, its purpose is always the same: to restore spiritual, psychological, physical and social wellness to individuals, families, and communities.

Shamanism is also grounded in relationships with nature, the five elements, youe Ancestors and the cycles of life, death and rebirth.

Learning basic shamanic practices allows almost anyone to experience reliable, empowering and enriching life changes. When performed correctly, one of shamanism’s most remarkable characteristics is that its healing effects are typically long-lasting.

A few of the Effects of Shamanistic Experiences…

•    They are cumulative, become stronger over time. 
•    Strengthen your personal connections with sources of spiritual guidance.
•    Are likely to increase your understanding of your specific situation and life purpose.
•    Remove obstacle, opens the way for your more authentic, creative self.
•    Are personally empowering.

Overall, the ancient wisdom and basic shamanistic practices presented in this workshop (including journeying, rituals, sacred poses from prehistoric Crete, and more) show you how to embody your visionary experiences in your most meaningful relationships—with human beings, your intuitive self, nature, the elements and your Ancestors.

This workshop is for you, if you are dealing with one or more of the following:

•    Loss of personal power and/or dysfunction in one or more areas of your life.
•    Physical and/or mental illness, malaise.
•    String of ‘bad luck,’ such as injuries, illness, relationship issues or financial problems.
•    Depression. Profound sense of loneliness, emptiness, lack of meaning, hopelessness.
•    Doubt whether or not you are living your true purpose. 
•    Unresolved grief, trauma, fear, confusion, or anger.

During this workshop, you will be given the opportunity to learn how to:

•    Create a safe, respectful, healing atmosphere.
•    Call the spirits of the land and the sacred directions of north, west, south and east.  

     Honor your Ancestors and learn their role in shamanism.
•    Experience guided journeys to the spiritual realms of the Lower, Middle and Upper Worlds (and how to return to ordinary reality).
•    Embody, integrate and engage your spiritual experiences and insights.
•    Translate your unique visionary guidance into empowering actions you may take in your everyday life going forward.

Scroll down for registration and lodging details:

October 20-22, 2017 Elohee Retreat Workshop Lodging Details:

Option 1: $455, Includes: Workshop tuition. Double-occupancy with shared bath in Thanksgiving House. Two lunches and two dinners. We invite you to bring your favorite breakfasts to prepare in the full kitchen. Tea and coffee station always available.

Option 2: Private room if available: The Tree House Room (2nd floor. Queen bed, private bathroom with tub and shower. Add $200 to retreat price.)

OR, The Queen's Bedroom (with shared bath on the third floor: Add $135 to retreat price.

Option 3:  $300, Commuter or Camper: Includes  workshop tuition, two lunches, two dinners, campsite next to the waterfall. Access to indoor kitchen and hot shower. Tea and coffee station. Not included in camping option: Camping equipment or breakfast. We invite you to bring a simple breakfast for yourself. Ask for further details.

Registration Details

Please contact us before registering, to make sure we have room for you. Phone: 706-746-5485. This is a popular workshop and typically fills quickly.

​Choose your option and send the full amount now to reserve your place. Or, send half the registration fee now as a deposit, and send the balance due before  August 20, 2017.

Payment Options

To pay using PayPal, go to www.paypal.com

To complete your PayPal transaction, use the following email address: robinettekennedy@windstream.net.

To pay by postal mail (check or money order), mail payment (payable to Robinette Kennedy) to: P.O Drawer W., Mountain City, Georgia. 30562.

Still have questions? Send  an email to robinettekennedy@windstream.net

Or phone: (706) 746 5485, ext. 1.


Robinette Kennedy, Ph.D., is a clinical anthropologist and shamanistic practitioner. She holds a doctorate in humanistic psychology from Saybrook University. In the 1990’s, Robinette began researching figurines of humans in unusual, yoga-like poses depicted in the sacred art of prehistoric Crete. Since then, she has been presenting experiential workshops, expanding upon her ongoing original research into European shamanistic practices. 

Learn more about Robinette Kennedy, PhD 


2016 Fall Rites of Passage in Three Different Workshops​,
Each of the events below emphasizes different experiential content based upon the season's main spiritual initiations. You are invited to attend any or all of these workshops--each has different content.

Scroll down for details.


November 4-6, 2016

Introduction to Shamanism

A Residential Spiritual Retreat and Workshop 

Elohee Center

Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia

Scroll down for details

Overview of 2016 Fall Workshops 

Initiations of Fall are a balancing act that harmonizes inner forces of light and dark, dynamics between universal feminine and masculine energies, life and death, etc. and with your psycho-spiritual connections with nature. When we are in balance, we are a source of balance for the world.

Workshop I  
"The Fall Equinox as a Spiritual Path"

Sept. 16-18, 2016.

Athens, Georgia 

Workshop II 
"Changing Your Life Status"
Oct. 21-23, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia 

Workshop III 
"The Death Lodge" 

Parker Ranch, Clayton, Georgia

Sept. 16-18 Workshop Description and Details

Every season brings its own initiations, but Fall rites of passage are the most important because they illuminate the rituals for all the other months of the year.

While the sun is setting in the west, we are falling away from the innocence of summer/spiritual childhood and down, down into the rapture of the deep.
Darkness is coming, and although there is nothing we can do about that, there are ways we can benefit from it.  Fall is the season, psychologically and spiritually, when it's time to grow up, so that we will be able to do all we can to help all our relations make it through the winter.

By actively engaging in the rituals of Fall, we do our part to keep the circle of life turning. Our actions now feed the renewal of spring and all of nature, again and again, as we travel through the seasons.

In the calendar of the soul, fall is the right time to update the consciousness of the adolescent in each of us, so that we may perceive our roles and responsibilities in life in a more spiritually mature way. 

The tradition of observing an initiation into adulthood this time of year has deep roots. Many ancient cultures that had no contact with each other (indigenous Australians, ancient Egyptians, many Asian cultures, etc.) nevertheless used the same palette of colors: red, white, black and gold/yellow—in their Fall ceremonies. These are still the colors of the four cardinal directions in contemporary native American cosmologies.

These colors remind me of a compost pile with a mix of spent corn stalks, wrinkled pumpkin rinds and fallen maple leaves. Inside the pile, insect larvae are snug in their tiny tents. Seeds buried in dry shrouds appear to be utterly still, even dead.
Actually Fall microorganisms are teaming with life, their essences fermenting as their consciousness sinks into the Dreamtime, where they, like us, are trying to remember their people’s big stories and myths that show the way to the great Fall Giveaway ceremony already in progress.

You are invited to join our circle and begin your seasonal withdrawal into your own darkness, where you’ll encounter your Shadow and the inevitability of death. Together, we’ll embrace these opportunities to be transformed from spiritual adolescence towards a more mature sense of self: a soul reaching for the light of awareness, empowerment and connection with the world around you.

As a participant in this workshop, you will experience Fall initiations, rituals, guided journeys and shamanic poses from pre-historic Crete that yield an abundance of visions, positive physical sensations, interactions with healing images, archetypes and meaningful metaphors, along with information about this process and uch more.

We welcome people of all levels of familiarity with shamanism, or none.


Location:  HeartPath Studio, 160 Tracy Street Suite 2C, Athens, Georgia 30606

Tuition: $200
Dates and Times: Friday Evening, Sept. 16th, 7:00-8:30. 
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 8th, 2016
Payment Options:
Register now and pay the full amount using PayPal, send a cheque or money order by postal mail, or put down a deposit of $50 to hold your place and pay off the balance before the workshop begins.


Go to www.paypal.com/sendmoney 
Click on to Send Money and then on To Friends and Family. 

Send $200 to robinettekennedy@windstream.net
This way, there is no fee. 

Cheque or Money Order 

Send the full amount of $200.00, made payable to Shannon Willis, to the address below.

Location:  HeartPath Studio, 160 Tracy Street Suite 2C, Athens, Georgia 30606

Tuition: $200
Dates and Times: Friday Evening, Sept. 16th, 7:00-8:30. 
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 8th, 2016
Payment Options:
Register now and pay the full amount using PayPal, send a cheque or money order by postal mail, or put down a deposit of $50 to hold your place and pay off the balance before the workshop begins.


Go to www.paypal.com/sendmoney 
Click on to Send Money and then on To Friends and Family. 

Send $200 to robinettekennedy@windstream.net
This way, there is no fee. 

Cheque or Money Order 

Or, pay a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place in the workshop now, and pay the balance ($100.00) before September 2nd, 2016. Use PayPal, or send a cheque or money order, payable to Shannon Willis, to the address below. 

Mailing Address

Mail checks and money orders to: Shannon Willis, 104 Puritan Lane, Athens, Ga. 30606.

When we receive your registration and payment, we will send confirmation and information about how to prepare for the workshop, including a list of suggested things to bring with you.

Want More Information? 

Contact Shannon Willis at shannon@heartpathstudio.org or (706) 612-3816 
or Robinette Kennedy at robinettekennedy@windstream.net (706) 746 5485



Here is information about upcoming ​​​​​​​USA Workshops 

Scroll down to learn more about our goals, event details and how to register for an event.

USA Workshops:

  • "Introduction to Shamanism," Nov. 2,3,4, 2018 (All Levels). Elohee Retreat Center, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia. Click HERE for full details.
  • "The Death Lodge," December 14-16, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced) Clayton, Georgia. Click HERE for details.

  • "Clearing Your Karma " (Advanced Workshop by invitation.  Contact us for details.)

Overview of my workshops

'Shamanism' or 'animism,' is a world view based upon the belief that everything is alive, has a soul and is of value. This worldview is as old as humans. 

Our gatherings are intended to give you the bare essentials of shamanism/animism, support you as you move toward fulfilling your deepest longings, and strengthen your relationships with your spiritual life.

We teach an array of basic, non-toxic, body-based, ageless, diverse, visionary practices that help you  change your mind and remember how to safely perceive ordinary life in extraordinary ways.

​The practices we teach are from Indo-European cultures that relied upon the effects of "journeying:" various uplifting and creative ways to heal and empower you.

As you grow, spiritually, your experiences in inner and outer worlds will strengthen your connections with the positive aspects of life and the spirit world.

In all our workshops, the group energy provdes a safe, respectful atmosphere where healing can happen and where you may learn how to reclaim your body's innate ability to enter pleasant, deeper, more creative and diverse states of perception, like stepping at will in and out of a dream. 

During a workshop, at no time will you lose awareness of your ordinary ego. You will still be faintly aware of the world around you.

Participants of All Levels Are Welcome

Even in the introductory workshops, you are likely to meet people who are brand new to shamanism/animism, along with others who are seasoned practitioners. 

Over the weekend we will do our best to:

  • Empower you to strengthen your spiritual consciousness and develop how best to share your gifts with the world.
  • For the weekend, act as a temporary spiritual community that shares shamanic/animistic awareness/values.
  • Support you in living your life purpose in more meaningful ways.

When we're awake and living in harmony with nature and the spirit world, we naturally take our places in helping to create a more peaceful, compassionate and ecologically sane world.

Registration is now open. 

Please scroll down for workshop descriptions and registration details.

To contact me, Click Here


(706) 746 5485, Ext. 1​

Sign up for my newsletter.

Join me on Facebook at Robinette Kennedy



Fall Workshop: "The Death Lodge" 

Dec.15-17, 2017
Parker Ranch, Clayton, Georgia 

The Death Lodge 

The nearness of death changes our views on life, and we tend to go easier on ourselves and others.  Death work is one of the most fruitful ways to develop spiritually, because it brings us face to face with the pent up anger, despair, fear, denial and disappointment we need to deal with, so that we can move on to forgiveness and inner peace while there is still time.

One of the most profound practices to prepare you for a good death, and a good life leading up to death, is The Death Lodge rite. People who spend a lot of time with people near death, such as caregivers, hospice workers and nurses, know that people who are consciously aware of their approaching death are naturally inclined to review the meaning of their life. 

Those who attend the dying have discovered that patients who have the smoothest transitions and are most at peace with their approaching death are those who have completed their version of a life review process. This process is similar to the effects of the Death Lodge rite.

Preparing to die is the fulcrum of the rites of Fall, because it involves facing the past and either healing it or accepting that something broken about the past can't be repaired. 

In order to proceed toward conscious dying and becoming a spiritual elder who is aware of how vulnerable and close to death we are at all times, we vow to take responsibility for completing as much unfinished business as possible (living an authentic life) before dying.

Many traditions the world over share a common belief or cosmology about the state of a dying person's relationships at the time of her/his death: they influence the quality of life the soul may enjoy in the afterlife. 

All in all, doing due diligence death work increases our quality of life during the time we have left.

My first death lodge experience lasted only a few seconds. I was 22 years old, a  front seat passenger in a brand new Karman Ghia flying upside down over one of the largest overpass bridges in Atlanta, Georgia. No seat belts.

The car landed on its crushed roof a few inches away from two gasoline pumps at a gas station. No seat belts saved my life, because it allowed the driver and me to be thrown into the space beneath the upside down dashboard. We crawled out the windows and walked away, unharmed. Later, he and I discovered that we both experienced a life review while the car hurtled through the air and everything appeared to be going by in slow motion.

I was 50 the next time I experienced a life review during a California vision fast in mountain desert near Mt. Whitney. For three days I had been alone with no tent and no food, and I spent the afternoon of the fourth day digging a deep hole in the sand large enough for me and my sleeping bag.

When night fell, I was lying in my new grave. I stayed awake all night looking up at the stars. I found out later that the constellation I couldn’t keep my eyes off of is the Pleiades: supposedly the gate to the other side.

On that dark night of my soul, alone in a simulated grave, my consciousness altered by four days without food, I invited people I had unfinished business with to come and visit me in my death lodge, so that we could say important things to each other before I crossed over.

Whom I chose to call surprised me, and so did the profound relief and gratitude I felt when the sun came up: I have a whole new life ahead of me.  As I pushed the sand back into the hole and slung on my back pack for the long walk back to base camp, my soul, body and mind felt lighter and clearer than I had in decades.

In this weekend workshop, participants will not be expected to dig any graves, but you will be given some creative opportunities to experience the Life Review process, supported by guided journeys, rituals, sacred poses and a group of people who share many of your beliefs and cosmologies.

We will end on Sunday with a celebration of life and death and the approaching winter solstice.

* The Death Lodge rite is attributed to the Cheyenne nation, but so far I have not found any documented connection to the Cheyenne. If anyone knows, I would love to learn more.

Group size: Maximum 20 participants. 

Tuition: $200

Registration deadline: November 1st, 2017. 

Please note: this workshop usually sells out (people are already registered), and if you are planning to stay overnight at the Parker Ranch, I suggest that you book your room immediately, but please contact me before registering, to make sure there is still room for you in the workshop.

Information about onsite lodging The Parker Ranch BandB (recommended)


​Book a room at The Parker Ranch

Group size: Maximum of 20 participants. 

To register before the November 1st  deadline, you may send a deposit of $100 now and pay the balance of $100 before Dec. 5th. Or, you may send the the full amount of $200 now.

 Payment Options

To pay using PayPal, go to www.paypal.com and click through. 

Use the following email address, robinettekennedy@windstream.net, to complete the transaction.

 To pay by check or money order, send payment (payable to Robinette Kennedy) via  postal mail to:  P.O Drawer W., Mountain City, Georgia. 30562.

Click here to learn more about Robinette Kennedy's work:


(706) 746-5485, Ext. 1​​