May 11 – 16, 2017

Healing Camp

Five Days of Traditional Huichol Shamanic Healing

with Eliot Cowan

On a friend’s recommendation and a recent cancer diagnosis [I] signed up. I felt tremendous physical, emotional and spiritual healing from Eliot and his team. … I’m still feeling the blessings weeks later. Wish every human being could experience Healing Camp.

We all yearn to be free of illness. And we long to feel connected… to our spirit, to each other and to the natural world, yet how often do we give ourselves time to nurture that heartfelt yearning? Our lives have become so busy and stressful! We know the pace takes a painful toll, which we try to remedy with healthy food, therapy, yoga classes or meditation. All these approaches help, yet still we wonder, could there be more?

Sometimes misfortune -- an accident, an illness, the death of a loved one-- opens us to look in new directions, to ask new questions:

COULD THE POTENCY AND MYSTERY OF ANCIENT HEALING TRADITION PROVIDE MEDICINE FOR THE ILLNESSES AND ALIENATION OF MODERN CULTURE?

Healing Camp is composed of five days of Huichol Shamanic Healing at the sacred ground of the Blue Deer Center. Through Eliot Cowan’s authentic training and apprenticeship with Huichol Indian shaman don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios, you will discover that the medicine of the old cultures runs deep and exerts a powerful effect.

Eliot Cowan, a fully initiated Tsaurirrikame (Huichol shaman), has lead over 50 healing camps in the past two decades. Over the years he has gathered extensive experience working with the full spectrum of life events from birth to death.

Your stay at Healing Camp includes daily private sessions with Eliot, time for contemplation and reflection, gathering in community around the warmth of the fire, and opportunities to connect with the natural world under the guidance of Marakame Justin Starting and Marakame Scott Sheerin.

The Camp provides a rare opportunity to experience a temporary village created for the express purpose of bringing Huichol healing to you, because living even briefly within a healthy community contributes to your well-being.

The sacred land of the Center will support the Camp, where music and celebration will light up our days and nights, while our wonderful chef and staff ensure you enjoy the right conditions to open yourself to healing.

TESTIMONIALS:

"I cannot thank you enough for all your help…I am a HEALTHY PERSON now, and that is a phenomenal thing. Physically, the nerve pain I had in my arm is nearly gone, my blood pressure is normal, I no longer have to take a thyroid supplement and I have tons of energy. I feel WELL. I haven’t felt this way since I was, well probably since I was a kid. But emotionally I feel better than that. It is so much easier to operate without the weight of all that emotional pain…Thank you so much!!!"

"I have felt more comfortable in my own skin since attending Healing Camp than ever before. My inner life is forever affected."

Click here to read Karla's story of her experience at healing camp.

Click here to read Jeff's story of his experience at healing camp.

Teacher

Eliot Cowan

Mr. Cowan is best known for making accessible two treasures:  the indigenous Huichol  shamanic tradition of Mexico and an approach to deep healing with the spirits of plants.

Details & Pricing

The cost of healing camp tuition is $1400.  Lodging and food options include a private room with a private bath ($925), a private room with a shared bath ($825),  a small room (2 beds) with a shared bath ($775), and a large room (4 beds) with a shared bath ($675). All options may not be available depending on the selections of previous registrants, so register early! We do not offer a commuter option for healing camps. 

Please contact Linda at lindafelch@bluedeer.org with any questions about this program or registration.

Please plan to arrive at the Blue Deer Center between 4 and 6 pm on  May 11. Healing camp will be over late in the afternoon (or perhaps early evening) of May 16. We offer the option to spend the night of the 16th at the Center.  

Transportation options can be found by clicking on the link on your registration confirmation or by clicking here.

We offer the option of special meals for those with certain dietary restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free, gluten- and dairy-free, or salt-free) for an additional fee of $15 per day. If you have other dietary restrictions, please email catering@bluedeer.org to discuss your needs.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation of your reservation more than 14 days prior to arrival entitles you to a full refund of tuition less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel 8 to 14 days prior to arrival, your program fee, less a $50 processing fee, will be held for you to use in another future program up to a year.  If you cancel 2 to 7 days prior to arrival, your program fee, less a $50 processing fee and food costs, will be held for you to use in another future program up to a year. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 48 hours before a program’s start date. Refunds will be processed within 2 weeks of cancellation.

The Exceptional Support of Healing Camp: An Interview with Eliot Cowan

After a lengthy traditional apprenticeship with a Huichol Marakame (shaman), lasting more than a decade, Eliot Cowan made this powerful form of healing available outside of the Huichol homelands. Although he travels and sees patients widely, the five-day healing sessions known as Healing Camps are only offered at Blue Deer Center in the Catskills of New York.