Bear Trance : Spirits of Healing : Workshop with Susan Josephson

Saturday, April 7, 2012
7:00pm until 9:00pm

In response to the request of a community member on the brink of a major life change, Susan G. Josephson will lead a session of 'ecstatic trance,' for anyone interested, on April 7th.

Through ritual body posture and sound, subconscious realms can open, and latent powers can emerge. Susan's technique for calling the spirits is based on the work of her late mother, anthropologist and spiritual teacher, Felicitas D. Goodman. (Her work lives on in an organized fashion in New Mexico at the Cuyamungue Institute <> and in Germany at the Felicitas-Goodman Insitut <>, and in numerous books and articles.) Those who participated in Susan's "Technologies of the Self" event will be familiar with basic format used here.

"I have been doing these trances with people for something like 30 years. The trances wake people up. They release deeper levels of consciousness and open people up to deeper understandings." -Susan

We will settle into two postures for this session. The first, the Singing Shaman, will incorporate vocalization and is intended to open the door to the unseen realm. The second, and central posture for this session, will be that of the Bear. This trance is intended to provide participants with spiritual and psychological healing.

Young adults welcome.

Susan Josephson is an artist, philosopher, and educator, currently residing in central Ohio.

***Instructions for participation: Please arrive on time, the door will be closed at 7:15 so that the session can begin without interruption. Fasting will enhance the experience, but is not required. For best results, do not eat at least 30 minutes prior to the session. Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid wearing metal. In this folk tradition, metals on the body, excepting gold and silver, are believed to interfere with the experience.

***Susan is not expecting payment so this session is by donation. Feel free to contribute to her visit and the maintenance of the studio space with a small contribution.

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