Monday 20 December 2010

Astroshamanism & Holistic Awareness

Holistic Awareness is based on the experience that all aspects of life are intimately related and part of the same whole. Holistic principles have existed since ancient times in the most varied cultures and contexts, including science, sociology, education, religion and medicine. 

According to an holistic perspective there is no separation and we can find our sense of purpose only if we acknowledge the wider reality in which we exist. This reality also includes what lies beyond our ordinary perception and can effectively deepen the awareness of who we truly are; our core self.

Holistic awareness is the term that best identifies what astroshamanism is about.

Astroshamanism is a holistic system of healing aimed at expanding awareness through the integration of shamanism with experiential astrology, energy work and contemporary developments in human consciousness. 

Its present form is the result of research done by Franco Santoro since 1976, and integrates teachings from many traditions and experience gained within the Findhorn Foundation

The basic intent of this work is to enable individuals and groups to establish connections with multidimensional sources of healing, releasing perceptions based on separation and moving towards harmony.

Shamanism is the most ancient and widespread method of healing. In all parts of our planet throughout all ages we find evidence of shamanic practices.

The distinctive feature of shamanism is the experience of expanded states of consciousness aimed at promoting knowledge and well-being.

Central in shamanism is access to areas beyond our conditioned minds, where we can unveil deep aspects of our holistic nature and implement their resources in everyday life, for the benefit of ourselves and the environment.

Astrology is the oldest holistic language, which in our work we use experientially through feelings, visions, movement, sound and situations aimed at expanding awareness and supporting significant transformational processes. This involves relating with the zodiac signs as archetypal core energies experiencing them in our body, emotions, mind and spirit, retrieving and restoring their healing power.

Bona Fide Sexuality is holistic sexuality embracing every aspect of life, including physical intimacy and chastity, spirituality and the Divine. It is aimed at unveiling and expanding the awareness of our multidimensional nature, releasing denial and conditioning, while promoting forgiveness with a deep sense of integrity and service.

AstroshamanicHealing® Touch & Primal Embrace is a shamanic application of bona fide sexuality. Its aim is to explore the body's spontaneous energies of ecstasy and arousal, uncovering and directing their healing potentials with integrity and clarity of intention.

Core Circle Dynamics: the circle has been used for ages to exemplify holistic awareness. It teaches that life is based on cycles and although these may differ, they stem from the same wholeness. In our courses we often use a circle based on 12 sectors. These sectors portray the entire range of potentials and possibilities, which participants explore, retrieve and integrate. They are energy pathways of deep understanding about core dynamics in life, encompassing the highest and the lowest, teaching us how to express or transform them at their best.

Workshops: we cover a wide spectrum of modalities in our holistic workshops (see calendar insert for details), including shamanism, energy work, dance, drumming, core circle dynamics, experiential astrology, nature-based spirituality, manifestation, relationships and healing. We employ simple tools to provide transformation, clarity of intent and mastery of one’s creative potential, adapting the work to each individual and group. 

Our workshops focus on areas of self-empowerment and well-being, identifying and promoting intentions and what truly motivates each participant, in an environment based on safety and mutual respect. This provides sound foundations for exploring deep dynamics, for healing blocks and restoring fragmented parts. Our work may involve experiencing expanded states of consciousness and our primary aim is their constructive and beneficial integration into everyday life. Most of our workshops are held at the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland, in Jesi (Italy) and Worcester (England), yet we are also open to hold workshops and events in other parts of the world. For information contact:

Please click here for a calendar of our workshops 

Please click here for our Foundation Training in Astroshamanism

Training and Mentoring Service: we offer a wide range of basic, intermediate and advanced training and individual consultations. These also include distance learning modules and mentoring services. Courses and sessions for both personal and professional use can be adapted to most types of situations or needs. For more information contact:

AstroshamanicHealing® Sessions - How do they work and how to arrange them.

Sessions typically last 60 minutes and can be in-person or distant (over the phone or Skype). Distance sessions involve a preliminary exploration of the astrological chart, followed by a telephone or Skype consultation, a healing practice and a successive consultation aimed at examining what emerged during the practice. Each session is geared according to the issue and intent of the client. The aim is to focus on prominent issues, both from an ordinary and multidimensional perspective, releasing grievances, while uncovering authentic talents and finding empowering guidance. If the client finds it helpful, it is also possible to have additional sessions, or start a specific training programme. Fees for a distant session (60 minutes) are income related: Euro 50 or £ 45 (low), Euro 60 or £ 55 (medium), Euro 70 or £ 65 (high). If you wish to arrange a distance session, please contact Franco to make an appointment at

In the Workplace: a number of corporate, government and community organisations have utilised our work to support executives and employees in their professional and personal lives. In the workplace, individuals can successfully identify and implement honourable intentions, experiencing increased motivation and fulfilment, while also creating harmonious working relationships. Programmes with this focus are currently under development. For more information contact:

Franco Santoro: Energy worker, shamanic facilitator, member of the Findhorn Foundation and the developer of astroshamanism. His work is based on thirty-five years of direct personal experience, integrated with the teachings of many traditions, including Mediterranean and Celtic cultures, A Course in Miracles, Osho (for whom he was press agent) and the Findhorn Foundation Community. He is the author of Astroshamanism: A Journey Into the Inner Universe; Astroshamanism: The Voyage Through the Zodiac; Iniziazione all'astrosciamanesimo, the eZine PAN and other works including a series of Astroshamanic CDs. Franco lives at the Cluny Hill College campus of the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland, where he regularly holds workshops, courses and consultations. He also runs outreach events worldwide.

Franco Santoro, Cluny Hill College, Forres, IV36 2RD, Scotland

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