The Death Lodge

Dec.14-16, 2018
Parker Ranch, Clayton, Georgia, 30525


Whenever death comes near to us, it transforms our views about life. We tend to go easier on ourselves and others. Sitting with Death is one of the most fruitful ways to strengthen our spiritual core, because it brings us face to face with the pent up anger, despair, fear, denial and disappointment we need to deal with before we die, so that we can move on to forgiveness and letting inner peace take over our lives and relationships 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. As people who spend a lot of time with people near death, such as caregivers, hospice workers and nurses, know, anyone who is consciously aware of her/his approaching death is naturally inclined to review the meaning of the life they are leaving.


Those who attend the dying have also discovered that patients who have the smoothest transitions and are most at peace with their approaching death who have had the chance to complete 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, a natural time to face losses and the past and either heal them or accept that some things broken about the past cannot be repaired. 


In order to proceed toward conscious dying and become a spiritual elder who is aware of how vulnerable and close to death we are at all times, you must take responsibility for completing as much unfinished business as possible before dying (with the intention of living a more authentic life in the meantime.) 

Many spiritual traditions hold the common belief or cosmology about the state of a dying person's relationships at the time of her/his death: this has a profound effect on the quality of the soul's afterlife. 

Doing due diligence death work increases your quality of life during the time you have left on earth and soothes your transition.

My first death lodge experience happened one night in 1970. I was a 22-year-old front seat passenger in a brand new Kharman Ghia. This was before seat belts.

Hugh, my date, had just completed his last tour in Viet Nam. He bought the car three days before the wreck. He hadn't had time to buy insurance on it.


Minutes before, Hugh and I left a party and were driving in blinding rain across one of the largest overpasses in metro Atlanta when another, larger car hydroplaned and slammed us into a guard rail.


Our car glanced off and skidded across six miraculously empty lanes, picked up speed and then slammed into the opposite side of the bridge and soared into the air, flipped upside down and doubled back across the bridge we had just crossed. 


While we were in the air inside the car was like being in outer space because there was no gravity. Without being tied down by seat belts, Hugh and I floated. Everything happened in slow motion. First the two expensive stereo speakers Hugh had brought back from Hong Kong floated slowly between us, out through the empty space where the windshield glass used to be. Next came the tiny pieces of tempered glass that used to be the rear windshield. 


During this, Hugh and I were facing each other, floating in the air. At one point he said, "Try to hold on." I remember thinking, 'there is nothing to hold onto.'


On the side of the highway that we had started out on, the car landed on its roof and skidded to a stop a few inches from a line of gas pumps. I did not feel the force of the impact that flattened the roof of the car.


Not having any seat belts saved our young lives, because before impact it Hugh and were thrown, upside down, beneath the dashboard. Seconds later, Hugh told me for the first time that there was contraband beneath my seat. He asked me to reach up under the seat and pull it out and hide it beneath my blouse, crawl out of the passenger side window and hide it in the trash can in the women's bathroom.


We slid out through the windows and walked away unharmed. In the restroom was a huge black trashcan with a lot of used paper towels. I emptied it and placed the contraband on the bottom and then poured all the paper towels back on top.


I searched myself to see if I was bleeding. The only wound I could find was a small tear in one of my stockings. The tiny piece of windshield glass was tangled in the tear. I left it there so I could prove to myself that this had really happened. I also had some tiny pieces of glass in my hair.


When I came out of the restroom, a crowd had gathered. Some women were wailing for the people in the car who had been killed.


I walked over to what reminded me of a large shiney flattened sardine can. I just stood there. I felt perfectly fine. I wasn't shaking. My heart was not racing. A policeman asked me if I knew which hospital they had taken the bodies to. I said, "They didn't take them to the hospital. I was in the car."


"Young lady," the officer said, raising his voice, "this is not something to joke about."


I told him again that I was in the car. Hugh walked up and said, "She's serious. We were in this car," pointing to the flat slab of steel.


The officer looked at both of us. Then put his clipboard on top of a gas pump. Then he took his police hat off and put it down on the clipboard and knelt on the cement and closed his eyes and said, tearfully, "Lord, we give thanks to you for saving these people's lives." 


Later, Hugh and I discovered that we both experienced a life review as the car hurled through the air at lightning speed."I was more afraid of having to tell your father I had caused your death than I was any time I was in Viet Nam."


In the Weekend Death Lodge Workshop 


You will be supported by a variety of creative opportunities to experience ancient processes to help you prepare to cross over when the time comes. 


We will do this through guided journeys, ceremonies to honor your Ancestors, the spirits, the elements and nature. We will perform shamanic poses from prehistoric Crete, and we will be lifted up by the support of a group of people who shares many beliefs and cosmologies about dying and death.


All these experiences will empower you and purify your relationships of all kinds. 

We will close the Death Lodge on Sunday with a celebration of creation, destruction 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 13, 2018. 


Please note: this workshop usually sells out early. I highly recommend that you stay overnight at the Parker Ranch BNB. Before registering at Parker Ranch, please  contact me first, to make sure that there is room for you in the workshop.


Information about onsite lodging The Parker Ranch B and B (recommended)

www.parkersranch.com


​Book a room at The Parker Ranch


Group size: Maximum of 20 participants. 


To register before the November 13th  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.

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Spiritual Retreat: Introduction to Shamanism 

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

Clinical Anthropologist and Shamanistic Practitioner
March 15-17, 2019

Location:

Elohee Retreat Center

Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia

Registration Deadline: This popular workshop is taught twice a year and typically sells out quickly. Please contact us before registering, to make sure there is still room for you.

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What to Expect in the Workshop


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, and for many people in Western culture, there is no language that accurately describes the experience of being in sacred relationship with the divin


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 than the typical American perspective on life.


The Introduction to Shamanism Workshop Will Give You the Opportunity to:


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

    Expand your consciousness

    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.

Background


The word, shamanism, is an Anglicized version of a Evenki word from Central Asia (samaan.) It has various meanings.


Basically, the term refers to someone who knows the way, to contact the spirits to come restore balance and harmony (within an individual, a relationship, a community, a geographical location, the weather, etc.). A shaman sends away negative energy, finds lost souls, heals illness and so on. Such practitioners are still common in many of the world’s oldest cultures. 

Archaeological evidence shows that 'shamanic' practices have survived for at least 18,000 years in central Asia. In the Himalayas, shamanism may be 50,000 years old or older. Shamanic/animistic practices are 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  also part of the first European culture. We will learn more about that in this workshop.

In parts of the world today where 'shamanism' is still active, women and men spiritual healers are still performing ancient healing rituals that include helping the client become re-connected with her/his source of spiritual power. 


Wherever and however shamanism is practiced, its purpose is always the same: to restore spiritual, psychological, physical, social and even meterological and geological wellness.


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


You may not be a shaman, but learning reliable, basic shamanistic practices allows almost anyone to experience an empowering and enriching way to bring about positive life changes. When performed correctly, one of shamanism’s most remarkable characteristics is that its healing effects are typically long-lasting.

A Few Typical Effects of Shamanistic Experiences…

•    Their power builds up over time. 
•    Personal connections with sources of spiritual guidance strengthen through practice.
•    Your understanding of your immediate situation and your purpose in this lifetime becomes clearer. 
•    Blocks or obstacles, stuck energy, etc. may be removed, opening the way for the real, empowered, you come through.

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


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

•    Weakness or loss of personal power and/or dysfunction. Nightmares. Anxiety. Panic attacks.
•    Lethargy, physical and/or mental illness, PTSD.
•    String of ‘bad luck,’ such as injuries, illness, relationship issues or financial problems.
•    Depression. Isolation/loneliness, sense of emptiness, lack of meaning, hopelessness, confusion.
•    Doubt whether or not you are living your true purpose. 
•    Unresolved grief, trauma, fear, confusion, resentment, anger, rage/envy coming from you or from someone else that is affecting you.


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

•    Learn how a simple protection ritual and how to create a safe, respectful, sacred atmosphere where healing may happen.
•    Call the spirits of the land, the sacred directions of north, west, south and east and the spirits of the elements: earth, water, wind, fire (and ether.) 
•    Experience facilitated journeys to the spiritual realms of the Lower, Middle and Upper Worlds (and how to return safely to ordinary reality). Learn how to honor your Ancestor spirits and learn their role in shamanism.
•    Enjoy opportunities to embody, integrate and engage your spiritual experiences and insights and 
•    Translate the unique visionary guidance you receive into bold, empowering, creative actions in your everyday life, going forward.

Learn more about Elohee Retreat Center


Scroll down for Introduction to Shamanism registration and lodging details

at Elohee Thanksgiving House:


Option 1: Commuter or Camper: Includes workshop tuition, campsite next to the waterfall and Thanksgiving House, two lunches and two dinners. Access to indoor hot shower, fully equipped kitchen and living room inside Thanksgiving House. Tea and coffee station. Not included in camping option: Camping equipment or breakfast. We invite you to bring your favorite breakfast for yourself. Four campsites available (they typically sell out quickly). Ask for further details. $350.00 per person.

Option 2: Shared room and meals in Thanksgiving House: $525.00 per person. Includes workshop tuition, two nights' lodging on the third floor of Thanksgiving House, twin or triple occupancy with shared bath. Two lunches and two dinners. We invite you to bring your favorite breakfasts to prepare in the fully equipped kitchen. Hot tea and coffee stations always open.  


Option 3: The Suntrail Room: One queen size bed on the second floor, overlooking the waterfall. Shared bath. Add $135 to the basic retreat cost. (Total: $625.)


Option 4: The Queen's Bedroom. One queen size bed, third floor, shared bath.  Add $95.00 to basic retreat price. (Total:$620.00.) 


Option 5: The Tree House Room (One queen size bed overlooking the waterfall. Private bathroom with clawfoot tub and walk-in shower. Second floor. ) (Total:$725.00.) 

Registration Details

This is a popular workshop that usually fills quickly. Before you send any money, please contact us to make sure we have there is a space for you in the retreat. Phone: 706-746-5485, ext 1 or email robinettekennedy@windstream.net.  


After you are cleared for take-off, we will hold a place for you as you choose your lodging option and send in the full amount now to book your accommodations. 


Or, send half the registration fee now as a deposit, and send the balance due 30 days before the workshop begins.

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. (Yes, the address is P.O. Box W)

Still have questions? Send  an email to robinettekennedy@windstream.net
Or phone: (706) 746 5485, ext. 1.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund issued up to 30 days before the retreat begins. After 29 days before the retreat begins, no refunds issued.

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. 

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Welcome.

Upcoming ​​​​​​​USA Workshops:  


Scroll down to learn more about our goals, specific workshop details and information about registering for an event. Still have questions? Contact us.


USA Workshops:


  • "Introduction to Shamanism," (All levels of experience), March 15-17, 2019, Thanksgiving House at Elohee Retreat Center, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia. Click HERE for full details. 
  • "The Death Lodge," December 14-16, 2019 (Intermediate/Advanced) Parker Ranch, Clayton, Georgia. Scroll down for more about "The Death Lodge" ... or contact us for details.


Overview of my workshops


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


In our gatherings, you will find a variety of shamanistic/animistic experiences, from those that introduce you to the bare essentials to those that support you as you strengthen Spirit's call, to events designed to enrich your existing spiritual relationship with your ancestors, nature and other spirits.


We offer an array of basic, non-toxic, body-based, ancient, visionary practices that will diversify your awareness and help you remember how to safely perceive ordinary life in extraordinary ways.


​We teach sacred practices from ancient and modern Indo-European cultures (some based on my original research) that rely on various uplifting ways to:


  • Enliven your ability to experience visionary consciousness.
  • Enrich your dreams and
  • Renew  your connections with the nurturing aspects of your everyday life, Spirit, your Ancestors and nature. 


The goal of our workshops is to create a safe, respectful, sacred atmosphere where your body's innate ability to enter pleasant, creative states of perception leads you into the dreams and visions that heal you.


During a workshop, at no time will you lose awareness of your ordinary, everyday ego. At all times, you will remain faintly aware of the sounds of the world around you.


We Welcome Participants from All Levels of Shamanistic Experience 


Even in the introductory workshops, you are likely to meet people with a wide array of spiritual experiences. Some of us are brand new to shamanism/animism. Others are seasoned practitioners. All of us have special gifts that the world needs for us to share. Some of us are dealing with serious problems, and none of us is a guru--except to ourselves.


As a Temporary Spiritual Community, We Will Do Our Best to Support You as You:


  • Empower your spiritual consciousness and develop your awareness of how best to share your gifts.
  • Feel safe among a temporary spiritual community that shares your shamanic/animistic awareness and compassion.
  • Discover more meaningful ways to live your life purpose.

When you are awake, full of self-compassion and in harmony with nature, your Ancestors and the spirit world, your well-being contributes to a more peaceful, compassionate and ecologically sane world. This has certainly been the case in my own life, and if what you have read here rings a bell for you, I welcome you to join me.


Workshop Descriptions and Registration Details. . .


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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.


Plus!

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" 
Dec.16-18

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.

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Send $200 to robinettekennedy@windstream.net
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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.

PayPal

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