Franco Santoro and his associates offer a wide range of both basic and advanced training courses on holistic spirituality, shamanism, experiential and multidimensional astrology, spiritual healing, astroshamanic dance. These also include distant learning training module, webinars and courses by Skype.
All our trainings are flexible and adapted to each individual, according to their potentials and needs. We prefer to have an interview or session with each candidate so as to assess together what training format can be more beneficial. We usually suggest attending an introductory workshop or a series of three individual sessions before committing to a course or longer training. Trainings may involve individual tuition, group modules and self-study distant learning.
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THE OPERATIVE TRAINING IN HOLISTIC SHAMANISM
The Operative Training in Holistic Shamanism is a complete system of teaching aimed at providing a deep investigation and experience of our soul journey both in the inner and outer life. The basic intent of the training is to foster the reawakening of our original multidimensional nature, the development and implementation of our authentic talents, the release of grievances based on the perception of separation and the integration of our body, soul and mind
The Operative Training consists of three independent stages of initiation and is accompanied by specific literature and manuals. The First Basic Level represents the first stage. This training comprises 144 hours of teaching with a flexible structure that can be tailored to fit individual needs and situations, including a home-study course. Previous participation to an astroshamanic workshop, or a cycle of three individual sessions, are a prerequisite for attendance.
Before deciding to join the Training, applicants will thoroughly examine their current life situation, purpose and learning potentials in order to verify whether this step can truly serve them. Entry into the Training also requires that intuition or specific individual guidance (received through a shamanic journey, vision or dream) proves that this work is appropriate.
The programme of the Training will include significant experiences with shamanic states of consciousness as well as relevant opportunities to ground the work in ordinary reality. Participants will learn a wide range of shamanic techniques and directly explore the astroshamanic cosmology as it is reflected in their inner and outer life. They will receive initiation in specific healing and ceremonial practices in accordance with each Sector of the Sacred Circle, integrating their shamanic experiences with information drawn from astrology and other esoteric sources.
The First Basic Level covers the following areas: astroshamanic voyaging and cosmology, Sacred Circle, Intent and Function, Sacred Cone Work (release practices, basic ritual, shamanic extraction), Spirit Guides, Totem Spirits, shamanic forms and detectors, spirit medicines, sacred tools, astrodrama, trance dance, totemic postures, dreamwork, glossolalia, exploration of the 12 Sectors, astroshamanic chants and planetary scales, an outline of astrology and its application to shamanism, elements of shamanic healing and soul retrieval.
The curriculum of the Training has a specific structure and there is a certain amount of work to do. At the end of the journey, the energies of each of the 12 Sectors and four Directions of the Sacred Circle will all be explored. The First Level has to do with building a foundation for the spiritual journey and reawakening of our multidimensional nature. According to shamanism, the existence of a stable container is essential for the energies beyond ordinary perception not to get lost or misused. The information and tools that are shared in the Training serve this purpose.
For the first lessons the work is preparatory. After this initial stage, the Trainee can start the exploration of the 12 Sectors and four Directions. One of the strategic purposes of the journeys in the Sectors is to activate tools of power, develop potentials, release grievances, make agreements with Spirit Guides, planetary forces, Totem Spirits, etc. and recall significant lost memories.
The practices and exercises related to the Sectors are devised to accompany you on a quest for treasures and powers that lie dormant within. This process strategically unfolds through recognising, retrieving and expressing each of the 12 basic archetypes (Totem Spirits) through our physical as well as emotional, mental and spiritual body. This work involves learning a multidimensional language and requires patience, constancy and attention mixed with sacred playfulness and adventure.
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Astroshamanic Practitioner Training (APT)
A formation process aimed at training individuals to become proficient astroshamanic practitioners. The APT consists of a general charter applied to all trainees, and a specialised curriculum based on specific individual talents. The APT includes three independent units: a two-year Foundation Course, a two-year Accreditation Course and a one-year Practice Training with the direct supervision of Franco Santoro.
The Operative Training in Astroshamanism, which can also be taken during the Foundation Course, is a requirement for participation, as well as an interview and a series of introductory sessions with Franco. Astroshamanic formation is also aimed at training shamanic practitioners who wish to draw inspiration from this work, integrate it with other methods, support other lineages and traditions, or develop their own method, without necessarily becoming astroshamanic practitioners.
Advanced Practitioner Training
This course is aimed at those who attended the Operative Training in Astroshamanism or similar trainings. The primary intention of the course is to recognise how such work can align with one’s present inner calling, as well as with other spiritual, religious or educational paths undertaken throughout one’s life, adapting it accordingly and learning to practice it with integrity in working with others.
The course aims to provide an experiential understanding of the advanced aspects of astroshamanic work and of the factors capable of guaranteeing their responsible application in harmony with one’s spiritual process of transformation and with the challenges of the contemporary world. This requires the willingness to free oneself from conditioning and false identifications, together with the willingness to awaken and share one’s authentic gifts, allowing the tools of the course to support the above. The course aims to offer means to bring all diversity and dualism back to a single common matrix, identifiable with God or any equivalent term, or absence of term, based on one’s culture or sensitivity. The course also intends to draw on the luminous and synergistic energy of the group of participants, to facilitate the work of healing and promote opportunities for sharing and mutual trust.
The first part of the course is introductory and lasts about three months. It consists of seven fortnightly online meetings of one hour and 45 minutes (fully recorded) and a two-day seminar at Casale in Lunigiana (who is unable to participate in this seminar, can integrate it with an online or recorded version). The course also includes a weekly practice or meeting of about an hour between two or more participants, who can freely agree according to their availability.
The dates and times of the meetings will be decided based on the availability of the first members who enrol, with the starting date expected to be around the end of September 2022. Those interested in participating can schedule an online interview with Franco by contacting email@example.com.
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Course in multidimensional astrology by Skype
This course is an in-depth intensive course on astrology for partecipants interested to apply astrology for spiritual and personal growth, in the counselling and shamanic arts, and for discovering and manifesting their potential.
The course provides a thorough exploration of the astrological language, with technical and visionary explorations of the natal chart and the starry sky, understanding of the basic elements of the astroshamanic binary system.
By examining the complete astrological grammar we will learn simple and effective ways to employ astrological information and use it to enrich and support healing work.
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The course takes place through weekly evening Skype meetings, dates and times will be decided considering the preferred options for participants.
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