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A Shamanic Journey: Your Healer/Warrior Mask with Kaleo and Elise Ching

October 8, 2010

Photos: Marisa and Normandy, CIIS, 2009

A Shamanic Journey: Your Healer/Warrior Mask with Kaleo and Elise Ching
Discover the archetypal energy of your Inner Healer-Warrior and create your own unique totem mask. The adventure begins with Chi Kung to open chakras as portals to creativity. Guided journeying leads you into realms of your psyche to access deep archetypal wisdom manifesting as your Inner Healer-Warrior. Working with a partner, who uses special techniques and caring touch to sculpt the mask mold of your face, you feel the plaster gauze as another layer of skin. Your enlivened senses will bring you deeper into realms of inner awareness. Summoning the energy of the Warrior-Healer, you then channel your discoveries into creative expression through sculpting, painting, and adorning your mask of personal transformation. This process will help you invoke a balance of the Healer-Warrior in your daily life.

An empowering process for artists, therapists, healers, and anyone interested in shamanism, dreams, chakras, the mysteries of energy flows, archetypal influences, and creativity for self-discovery and healing. All levels welcome.

California Institute of Integral Studies Public Programs (
Saturday and Sunday, Oct 30, 31, 2010 10am – 5:30pmCIIS Minna Street Center, 695 Minna St., San Francisco
For more information: 415.575.6175

FEE: $235 plus $30 for a feast of art supplies (paints, tools, acrylic medium, beads, furs, feathers, fabric, natural material, etc.). Please bring personal items for your mask (i.e. cultural, tribal, or ancestral items, objects for healing or warrior power, spiritual icons, locks of hair, meaningful jewelry, photos; one person adorned her mask with her 4 grown children’s baby teeth).

INSTRUCTORS: Kaleo & Elise Ching are artists, who teach art-as-healing classes at JFK University and many other institutions in the Bay Area and beyond. Kaleo has a private hypnotherapy/massage practice and also teaches Chi Kung and massage at the Acupressure Institute. They co-authored Faces of Your Soul: Rituals in Art, Maskmaking, and Guided Imagery with Ancestors, Spirit Guides, and Totem Animals (North Atlantic Books); and Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist (Blue Snake Books).

Saturday, October 30 (10am–5:30pm) Be prompt. Wear grubby clothes.  Remove contact lenses for maskmaking
10am:         Opening circle – Introductions; slide presentation
11am:          Chi Kung: Chi ball; chakras; transmit/absorb/scan with Chi
12pm:         Guided imagery and Art (Outer Face; Inner Face)
1pm:            Lunch
2pm:           Please be prompt. Making your mask mold

Recommended reading: Healing Herbs (206-210); Your Mask of Self-Reflection (142-146)

Sunday, October 31 (10am–5:30pm) Be prompt. Wear grubby clothes. Please bring bag lunch today
10am:           Chi Kung
10:30:           Guided imagery (Meeting Your Spirit Guide)
11am:            Art (painting & embellishing) demonstration
11:30:            Painting, embellishing your mask (lunch on your own)
4:30pm:       Sharing & Closure

VIEW: CIIS students and their masks:

RECOMMENDED READING: Faces of Your Soul: Rituals in Guided Imagery, Art, and Maskmaking with Ancestors, Spirit Guides, and Totem Animals by Elise and Kaleo Ching, 2006 (North Atlantic Books).

Before our first class, we recommend reading the Introduction (xxi-xxx), Spirit Guides (9-49), Sculpting the Mask (115-140). To deepen your process and to complete your papers, please read and journal on one or more of the following: Your Mask of Self-Reflection (142-146); The Sound of Your Mask (146-147); Movement with Your Mask (147); The Dialogue, Observer, the Storyteller (148-150); Mask of Your Warrior-Healer (151-154)

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