About Shamanics in Portugal

A shaman is someone who has been appointed and initiated by Spirit and Nature to look after the needs of his or her community.

Shaman are people who live ‘in between worlds,’ with one foot in the everyday world and another in the unseen, supernatural or spirit world, seeking to restore harmony to all through teaching and healing. They effectively act as an intermediary between the two worlds, obtaining information and healing for people from the spirit world and bringing it into the physical.

In essence the purpose of a shaman is to maintain balance between all beings that inhabit Mother Earth and Father Sky

To do so means it has been necessary for the shaman to experience many trials in life in order to become strong and humble enough to carry out this role.

Shamanics in Portugal has as its purpose offering the diverse nature of Central Portugal to all seeking to strengthen their connection with Nature, and therefore themselves.

You might ask, why Portugal? Its Celtic traditions go back before Roman times, though there is debate as to when it became known as Lusitania. It is the home of the tallest standing stones in Europe at Evora. The Celtic influence is still strong with many of the annual festas being linked to events from the Celtic calendar. For example on 1st May to celebrate the arrival of summer, sprigs of yellow broom are often to be seen fixed to car bonnets and some also on the doorways of houses. These are symbols to attract prosperity for the coming year – 30th April is the date of the Celtic festival of Beltane. In Celtic tradition, the two greatest festivals of the solar year are Beltane and Samhain (31st October), celebrations of rebirth and death, respectively.

Central Portugal still has many dolmens, burial stones and other artefacts from the Celtic period as well as their conquering Romans. In addition to Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in Portugal, there are many other places of interest here in the Beira Alta of Central Portugal, including the charismatic forest of Mata Nacional do Bussaco containing about 700 exotic and local tree species.

All of which creates the opportunity to re-connect with the shamanic traditions of the area. Be it stones, rivers or trees and other plant life, this part of Portugal has an abundance to offer. The location of Shamanics in Portugal´s Earth Centre is truly magical, offering an unprecedented opportunity to re-connect with the spirit of Nature.

This image of Gregory drumming at a full moon ceremony was taken on a very chilly evening in July in Nature near the summit of the Serra!

The shamanic practices offered allow all who attend to tap into the power of Mother Earth as we all seek the simple truths of Nature. Allowing each of us to use these to help create harmony in our lives, in so doing we help to bring about the same between ourselves and Mother Earth.

In this way we bring health to the entire community of Earth, all its people, plants, animals, all of life.

Shamanics in Portugal was not envisaged when the founder followed his own path to Portugal. It was only once he had arrived and understood the full nature of what he and his broad family had connected to that the idea of offering to others their discovery formulated. From this emerged the vision which is Shamanics in Portugal.

Since then others seeking to act as links between the Earth and Spirit have appeared to broaden the nature of what we offer at our Earth Centre.

The first act of awe, when a person was
struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature,
was the first spiritual experience.
~Henryk Skolimowski~

Shamanics in Portugal: Our Mission

About Your Journey with Shamanics in Portugal:

Our various Earth Centre events and programmes strive to connect ancient traditions and way of life to the modern world. What we offer through each is a lasting new perspective on the world and self.

Whether through coaching, webinars, training programmes, retreats or the Earth Spirit Journal, we bring ways to connect and foster personal growth at a pace that is right for you. We provide information as well as participation in traditional ceremonies, to enable you to immerse yourself in true shamanic wisdom.

Learn to live in the present and embrace all of life with long lasting healing and strength. Feel the power of a great supportive community and embrace the ever-growing circle with us.

Link yourself to the simplicity and beauty of shamanic practices to recognise that to achieve balance and harmony in the community of Earth, then first each of us must do so within ourselves.

View Nature in a Whole New Light

Be able to not just be in nature, rather to connect with nature in a way that will allow you to be more aware and conscious of life, awakening a deeper sense of presence and reverence for the natural world — including plants, animals and Earth herself.

Ancient Traditions

Walk paths and experience ceremonies that have existed as long as Man, helping you to reclaim your role as a co-creator with the Earth, the elements and the spirit world.

Shamanic Wisdom

Gain the ancient wisdom teachings that have been passed on through our lineage to help support you in clarifying your vision, release past traumas and create sacred communities of trust.

Since nothing is so secret or hidden that it cannot
be revealed, everything depends on the discovery
of those things which manifest the hidden… He
who wishes to explore Nature must
tread her books with his feet.

Shamanics in Portugal: The Earth Centre Location

Shamanics in Portugal is blessed to have been granted use of over 50 hectares (c130 acres) of land – known as Quinta da Ribeira. It comprises large and small granite boulders, regenerating oak woodland and pine ridges with over one kilometre of river front containing alder, oak and mimosa. It sits on the south side of what is known locally as the Valley of Rainbows.

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    Shamanics in Portugal site: amidst unspoilt natural surroundings
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    Shamanics in Portugal site: by the river
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    Shamanics in Portugal site: amongst the rocks
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    Shamanics in Portugal site: in the woods

Until 2014 no one had lived at the Quinta for at least 30 years with only hunters, fishermen and a shepherd visiting. Lichens on the old trees indicate the quality of the air, breeding otters the purity of the water and endangered animals like the sparrow hawk and the blue-green lizard show the biologically rich landscape that flourishes at the Quinta. You may even see a kingfisher moving along the river!

The site is bounded on the north by the Rio Seia (315 mts.) and to the south by an ancient road (417 mts.) from Sameice to Travancinha. The valley of the Rio Seia is classified as an ecological reserve. The site nestles within the surrounding monocultures of eucalyptus and pine. Above is a plan of the site with the Google map references:

The river has three effective barrages as well as several rapids where older dams once stood, testament to the countless generations that have sculpted and worked this land. There are remnants of an ancient bridge over the river, perhaps messages for you as you connect to the different energies of its Earth Centre at the Quinta – what discovery is waiting for you?

How the clouds pass silently overhead!
How the earth darts on and on! And how the sun, moon, stars, dart on and on!
How the water sports and sings! Surely it is alive!
How the trees rise and stand up – with strong trunks – with branches and leaves!
(Surely there is something more in each of the trees – some living Soul)
O amazement of things! Even the least particle!
O spirituality of things!
~Walt Whitman~

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