Network of Instructors

In addition to the United States, There are instructors in Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Austria, Israel, and Russia.  Email us to find someone in your area.


UNITED STATES: (in alphabetical order)

Susan Birch Bannister, M.A., J.D.
EMAIL: [email protected]
Sue began doing ecstatic trance work with Felicitias in 1993, which initiated an ongoing relationship with Felicitas, Cuyamungue, and the remarkable practice that Felicitas recovered. She started leading an Ecstatic Trance group at her Maryland home in 1995, which continues to meet two Sundays each month. The group has traveled together to Mexico, and Cuyamungue, and prepares a ceremony in celebration of the Winter Solstice each year.

A therapist for over 30 years, Sue’s practice is anchored in dreamwork, family and Jungian therapy, earth traditions, spirit journeying, and community. She has facilitated and led groups in Ecstatic Trance, Dreamwork, Active Imagination, women’s circles, Conflict Resolution, and Family Mediation. She is a core group member and program editor of the Baltimore Jung Working Group, and serves on her community’s Mental Health Disaster Team.

Nick Brink
P.O. Box 94,   125 Weaver Ave.
Coburn, PA 16832
814-349-5968
[email protected]
Website: imaginalmind.net

Before Nick discovered the work of Felicitas Goodman and the power of ecstatic trance in 2007 he was a practicing clinical psychologist (PhD, UCLA, 1970) and extensively used hypnosis and dreamwork in his practice.

He is on the board of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and author of the 2001 book Grendel and His Mother: Healing the Traumas of Childhood Through Dreams, Imagery and Hypnosis. He is the book review editor of the journal Imagination, Cognition and Personality. Since 2007 and has led a weekly ecstatic trance group in Central Pennsylvania.

Marianne Carroll
19 Sterling Ave
Sloatsburg, NY 10974
(845) 753-9347 [email protected]

Marianne was first introduced to ritual postures by her mentor, Barbara Hand Clow, in 1994. She found her experiences to be a deeply reliable source of direction and spiritual grounding at critical times of transition and personal transformation. Though her professional work is focused in the computer industry as a custom database developer and consultant, she is also a practicing astrologer in the greater New York area.

Marianne offers introductory workshops and group sessions in her home at each New Moon and season change, and selects an appropriate posture that weaves access to the Alternate Reality with astrological influences in the story that is implanted in each of us at these pivotal times.

Elsa Etcheverry
1820 Hector Lane
Santa Cruz CA, 95062
(831-462-0677)
[email protected]

Elsa lives in the Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, CA area and offers regular trance posture groups along with ceremonies for the solstices, equinoxes, and the White Moon Ceremony in August. She also offers experiences with Face Painting Query and Tree Ceremony. For more information contact Elsa at 831-462-0677.

 


Belinda Gore
3105 Waukeegan Ave
Lewis Center, Ohio, 43035
[email protected]

Belinda is the former vice-president then president of The Cuyamungue Institute, and currently serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors as well as Director of Training. For over twenty years, she was a close friend and colleague of Dr. Goodman. Her books Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook and The Ecstatic Experience: Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys introduce fifty-seven different postures and the method for using them, and is an essential resource for practitioners of ecstatic trance. She has mentored teachers who have established Ecstatic Trance communities in Toronto, Lisbon, Poland, Chile, and Hong Kong, as well in cities throughout the U.S. She can be contacted about presentations and workshops at [email protected].

Claire Hagan-Bauza
248 Garden Road
Columbus, OH 43214
[email protected]

Jackie Haworth
2115 Eastgate Rd.
Toledo, OH 43614
[email protected]

Jackie has served as a member of the Cuyamungue Board of Directors for six years and is currently the secretary. She became involved in the Ecstatic Trance work in the 1980′s after attending an introductory workshop by Dr. Goodman. Since that time she has participated in and led weekly trance groups, introductory workshops, and numerous Masked Trance Dances. Jackie plans to be retiring in the near future from her career as a teacher and counselor, and plans to expand her work as an instructor for Cuyamungue Institute.

Tannis Hugill
102-1617 Grant Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 2Y4
[email protected]
www.awakeningbodywisdom.com

Tannis has been devoted to Ecstatic Body Postures since her first workshop with Felicitas Goodman in 1997. Honored to be a certified teacher, she often combines Ecstatic Body Postures with Authentic Movement. In addition to teaching Ecstatic Body Postures, Tannis is a registered Dance and Drama Therapist, Spiritual Director and creator of sacred theatre. She had the pleasure of introducing the postures to dancers to create “Journey to the Source”, performed in Vancouver in 2004.

The worlds opened by Ecstatic Body Postures fuel Tannis’ passion to explore and celebrate the presence of spirit in manifest reality through the miracle of our bodies.

Dr. Petra Kern, MT-BVM,
MT-BC, MTA

618 De La Vista Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
[email protected]
Dr. Petra Kern is a certified instructor in Ritual Body postures and Ecstatic Trance. She studied with the founder Dr. Felicitas Goodman, and with certified instructors Joan Scott and Judy Lazarus. She currently serves as the President of the World Federation of Music Therapy and continues her work as researcher, educator, and clinician in music therapy. To learn more about her work, visit www.musictherapy.biz

James Lawer
[email protected]
druidwalker.org
Devoted to reclaiming and restoring the human capacity for ecstatic wakefulness.
James lives in New York City, where he is building a new Postures program in the city.  He has begun a private practice there and, starting in mid-December (2012), his first group sessions will start.  He continues to be Provost for the Druid College of North America, with which he is facilitating rituals, year-long apprenticeship programs and is writing course material for students.  James has had a long career in theatre, music and dance, and holds and MA in Theatre and a Masters of Divinity.  He has trained with indigenous elders and teachers in North and South America and in Europe.

Judy Lazarus

Judy Lazarus is a clinical social worker in private practice in Davidsonville, Maryland. (Maryland License LCSW-C #01241, issued July ’77 by MD State Board of Social Work Examiners) Her clinical work includes individual and group psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, couples and families. In addition, Judy serves as a therapist at the Counseling Center at St. John’s College in Annapolis (2002 to present). Judy’s background includes facilitating support groups for HIV positive residents of Anne Arundel County and teaching workshops in religious ecstatic trance. She received her MSW from Catholic University in 1972 and a BA from College of Mt. St. Joseph on-the-Ohio in 1967.

Laura Lee
CI Board Member
PO Box 3010
Bellevue WA 98004
[email protected]

Laura Lee first met Dr. Goodman over the phone in an interview for her nationally syndicated radio show.  “I was immediately taken with the idea of “psychological archaeology”, as she put it, “and experiencing the worldview of our ancestors from the inside out. I also felt comfortable with this work not being a human construct or dogma or belief system, all of which I held suspect. Rather, here was the rediscovery of an innate ability to throw open the doors of perception on the level of the physiology, something the body/mind already knew how to do and only needed activation of the ‘ON’ switch.”

“I value the purity and self-empowerment of that. Felicitas then sent me a little booklet that explained how to do this on my own. I had an experience that demonstrated without question that this was real, that here was a way to continue, safely, easily, and ‘on demand’, the spontaneous such moments I’d had since childhood. Soon Paul and I were heading to Santa Fe for workshops at the Institute, and further interview with Felicitas. I felt I’d come home! And now I’m happy to be involved with the outreach effort to bring this, universal a method as it is, to all who resonate with this.”

Meredith McCord NMW, BSN, MS
PO Box 83126
Portland, Or. 97823
Meredith began studying ecstatic body posture work with Felicitus Goodman in 1994. She has conducted many workshops and intensives incorporating ecstatic body postures, with a particular interest in healing postures and Ancient Egyptian postures. Meredith is a Master Teacher/Djedu Initiate of the oral lineage of the Ancient Egyptian Teachings. She has taught several workshops on Ancient Egyptian Body Postures at Cuyamungue Institute including the Egyptian Trance Dance.
Currently, Meredith is teaching the Journey of the Soul (Ancient Egyptian Mystery School) and gathering field research data regarding Ancient Egyptian postures. For interest or more information on Egyptian Ecstatic Body Posture , healing postures and Ancient Egyptian Teachings, please call the toll free number 877-792-9084 and visit www.egyptianhealing.com.

Deborah Jane Milton, PhD
12457 Madison Ave NE
Bainbridge Island , WA 98110
(206) 201-3887
[email protected]

With a doctorate in Human Development from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania , Deborah has been facilitating creative expression and inspirational workshops in natural settings for more than thirty years. An artist, mentor, eco-psychologist, risk-taker and mother of four, grandmother of eight, she moved to Montana in 1980 from Philadelphia . She found her retreat center, Athanor Arts, in the wild country north of Missoula in 1999 and thought she would stay there for the remainder of her life. But fate, luck, passion and purpose play tricks and in 2009 she moved to the Pacific Northwest . Here, she is immersed in human community, family, and the inspirational fecundity of this watery world and the northern temperate rainforest.

In February 1993, after spending two months in solitude, she discovered Felicitas Goodman’s book Where the Spirits Ride the Wind and her life changed forever. She met both Felicitas and Belinda as quickly as she could and was certified to teach Postures in 1996 and has been doing so ever since. Interest builds quickly now in the Northwest, perhaps because the tidal wave of cultural change is mounting and the call increases for integrating the body/mind and expanding awareness of our interconnectivity. Ongoing groups are beginning here and the first regional masked dance happened in August 2011. Another is scheduled for August 2012. You can read a chronicle of our experience on her blog: www.awakeningstorylines.com beginning with a post on 9/5/11.

As Deborah’s relationship to postures has evolved over the years, she finds them infinitely adaptable, always surprising and richly integrative. She is who she is in the world because of this connection to spirit(s) fostered by the Cuyamungue Method.

Blog with current information:  The Wisdom of Not Knowing Everything at www.awakeningstorylines.com  and more information:  www.deborahmilton.com or www.athanorarts.com.

Paul Robear

Paul Robear
20-a Feather Catcher Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506
www.paulrobear.com
[email protected]
505 819-3404

Paul became involved with the Cuyamungue Institute in the early 1990’s. In 2011, Paul joined the board of directors of the Cuyamungue Institute and was elected President a short time later. As President and Executive Director, Paul has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Cuyamungue Institute programs, facilities, and execution of its mission.

Paul has developed a life long appreciation of the teachings of indigenous Elders who share ancient wisdom with spiritual insight, providing practical solutions for modern cultures and technologies. Paul is driven with intensity, focus and passion to facilitate greater awareness of these “age old” technologies.

Paul experience ranges from management, multi-media distribution, sales, marketing, publishing, and with wife, talk show host Laura Lee, Paul developed a media company which includes a talk show devoted to self-discovery and features interviews with leading researchers in the fields of ancients mysteries, holistic health, and consciousness studies. They syndicated the program on radio nationwide and on the web. In addition, Paul also created several companies including a “bookstore” mail-order company and publishing company with international distribution  that sold over 200 thousand books, videos, and audio books.

His contact info is: [email protected]

Ileen Root
Grand Rapids, MI
[email protected]
Linkedin Profile

Ileen Root is a passionate seeker of higher consciousness and spirituality. After an eclectic career as a librarian, corporate executive, stockbroker and headhunter, she “followed her bliss” and earned a Ph.D. in Jungian-focused Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Ileen currently is a life transformations counselor in private practice, as well as writer, lecturer, and workshop leader on opening to expanded consciousness, such as lucid dreaming, and oracular divination. She is also a Certified Instructor in ecstatic trance with Cuyamungue, the Felicitas Goodman Institute. Ileen is currently completing a book “The Medusa Key: Lost Alchemy of the Dark Goddess.” Long a resident of the sunny Gulf shores of Clearwater, Florida, Ileen has recently moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She’s now a survivor of the snowiest winter western Michigan has experienced in 50 years. She will become a snow-bird next year, spending winters in Florida and summers appreciating Michigan’s beautiful Great Lakes without snow.

Jill Schumacher NMW, BSN, MS
PO Box 83126
Portland, Or. 97823
Jill began studying ecstatic body posture work with Felicitus Goodman in 1994. She has conducted many workshops and intensives incorporating ecstatic body postures, with a particular interest in healing postures and Ancient Egyptian Postures. Jill is a Master Teacher/Djedu Initiate of the oral lineage of the Ancient Egyptian Teachings. She has taught several workshops on Ancient Egyptian Body Postures at Cuyamungue Institute including the Egyptian Trance Dance. Currently, Jill is teaching the Journey of the Soul (Ancient Egyptian Mystery School) and gathering field research data regarding Ancient Egyptian postures. For interest or more information on Egyptian ecstatic body postures, healing postures and Ancient Egyptian Teachings, please call the toll free number 877-792-9084 and visit our website www.egyptianhealing.com.

Scott, Joan
108 Park Avenue
Edgewater, MD 21037
(410-956-5340)
[email protected]

Joan first met Felicitas Goodman in 1994 and began the Annapolis Ritual Body Posture Group in 1995 which continues til this day and meets every Tuesday.

Stephanie Stephens
3014 Olive Ave
Columbus, OH 43204
[email protected]
Board member Stephanie Stephens lives in Columbus, Ohio, which is where she became involved with the Cuyamungue Institute. Her first experience with trance work was at a workshop lead by Belinda Gore. Stephanie graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Music degree and has an M.A. in Music Education from The Ohio State University. She presently teaches vocal music to middle and high school students, but is fast approaching retirement, this being her 31st year of service. She is very involved in theatre, working regularly as a music director in and around Columbus. She lives in a quiet neighborhood on the west side of Ohio’s capital city with her partner Bruce and their two dogs Waldo, a boxer, and Zoe, a French Bulldog.

Lisa Woodside AM, MA,
Ph.D.

360 A Saybrook Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086
[email protected]

Lisa is a teacher of trance postures and a student of shamanism. Lisa knew as a girl that to study shamanism is her vocation, but she had no human mentor. She went on to develop her intellectual and academic talents. In her early forties, she met a shaman and heard the beat the drum for journey. She instantly recognized that she was home. Lisa has followed the drum ever since.
Dr. Woodside is a retired vice president of academic affairs and professor of humanities at Holy Family University. She was the dean of students and associate professor at Widener University before that. She is a certified teacher of trance postures, certified in visualization techniques, and certified from Harvard in educational management.
Dr. Woodside’s degrees are in classical languages and literatures and in psychology. Teaching world literature, world mythology, and participating in dream groups trained her to recognize archetypes and patterns in the visions of her students. It is the use of the vision material to change your life that is important.
Lisa has studied shamanism with internationally known and indigenous shamans and medicine men and women for twenty years, esp. Trance Postures, Huichol Indians, and Core Shamanism. She has poured ceremony for sweat lodge and is a vision questor. She leads workshops, drumming circles, and gives lectures. Current posture workshops include “Kinship with Nature,” “The Healing Bear,” and “Shamanic Shapeshifting.”


Canada:

Barbara Clow
1919 Beach Ave. #300
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z2
www.HandClow2012.com

Barbara Hand Clow is an international lecturer and workshop teacher and writer. She majored in philosophy at Seattle University, then behavioral psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and then began extensive reading and study of Reichian, Freudian and Jungian Psychology. In 1969, she discovered that astrology was an exceedingly accurate diagnostic tool, and she began her study and practice of astrology. In 1982-83, she earned a Master’s degree in theology and healing with Matthew Fox in Chicago, and her thesis compared Jungian psychoanalytic technique and past life regression therapy.

 

Tannis Hugill
102-1617 Grant Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 2Y4
[email protected]
www.awakeningbodywisdom.com

Tannis has been devoted to Ecstatic Body Postures since her first workshop with Felicitas Goodman in 1997. Honored to be a certified teacher, she often combines Ecstatic Body Postures with Authentic Movement. In addition to teaching Ecstatic Body Postures, Tannis is a registered Dance and Drama Therapist, Spiritual Director and creator of sacred theatre. She had the pleasure of introducing the postures to dancers to create “Journey to the Source”, performed in Vancouver in 2004.

Bat-Sheva Koren PhD, IECT, ADTR.
84 Lynnhaven Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M6A 1K9
Canada, Israel and abroad
[email protected]
Bat-Sheva was born in Israel, and raised and educated on a kibbutz, a spiritual agricultural community on the shores of the river Jordan. Her professional life is rooted in this early life experience. Her professional focus is tacit knowledge, as it guides educators, and embodied wisdom revealed through mystic and trance experiences. She has taken an active part towards Global Collective Consciousness through her healing work and teaching of Authentic Movement, Ecstatic Postures, Dance Movement Therapy, phenomenology and narrative writing, in Canada and abroad. She is the Director of the Toronto Dance Movement Therapy centre and the author of From Golem to White Eagle: a journey into through and beyond life.

Anne Miller
Belleville, ON Canada
613-966-1694
I first stumbled upon Felicitas’ work in 2001 and began my serendipitous path down to the southwestern desert and the Cuyamungae Institute. It has been a long but satisfying journey and I am happy now to be an instructor of ecstatic body postures. Both the researched postures and personal experiences with postures found here in Canada at petroglyphs and other sources have provided me with a deep healing in both my personal life and professional life. I am extremely grateful to Felisitas and her work.
I hold weekly postures during the summer months in a Lokatota style tipi in my backyard.  Like the kivas of the Pueblo peoples in New Mexico it is a sacred space reserved solely for ceremony and ritual.


Chile:

Paula Olivares Gallard
[email protected]
Paula Olivares Gallardo has been working with the ritual postures since 2003 and recently completed her training as an Instructor. Paula has help create very active community in Chile and assisted Belinda Gore in the training groups through out the area.

Paula is trained in healing and self-discovery processes, and therapies that help  treat: Anxiety, stress, conflict management, cure phobias / traumas, grieving support, pain management, disease accompanying activating our own ability to heal.


England:

Julie Nichol
218, High Street
Uckfield
West Sussex, England
TN22 1RE
[email protected]

Julie was first introduced to ecstatic body postures during a year-long Shamanic course in 2003. Although The Bear Posture and the Nupe Mallum were just two of the dozens of Shamanic rituals that she undertook that weekend, she was drawn to spend the next five years studying and practicing the postures alone, until, in 2008, she finally tripped over to the Cuyamungue Institute! She is delighted to be a certified teacher, holds workshops in Sussex, England, and attends summer festivals where she can introduce people to the wonders of the postures. Recently, Julie has been appointed as the Adult Education teacher in Shamanism for West Sussex County Council! What a leap of faith for a government body! She would love to hear from you.


Germany:

The German Felicitas-Goodman-Institute:
You will find instructors and other information on their website:
www.felicitas-goodman-institute.de

German Instructors of the Cuyamungue Institute:
http://www.cuyamungueinstitute.com/who-we-are/instructors2/


Israel:

Bat-Sheva Koren PhD, IECT, ADTR.
84 Lynnhaven Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M6A 1K9
Canada, Israel and abroad
[email protected]
Bat-Sheva was born in Israel, and raised and educated on a kibbutz, a spiritual agricultural community on the shores of the river Jordan. Her professional life is rooted in this early life experience. Her professional focus is tacit knowledge, as it guides educators, and embodied wisdom revealed through mystic and trance experiences. She has taken an active part towards Global Collective Consciousness through her healing work and teaching of Authentic Movement, Ecstatic Postures, Dance Movement Therapy, phenomenology and narrative writing, in Canada and abroad. She is the Director of the Toronto Dance Movement Therapy centre and the author of From Golem to White Eagle: a journey into through and beyond life.


Austria:

Hermine Brzobohaty-Theuer – Co-Director
Felicitas Goodman Institute – Austria
[email protected]
www.frauenreise.at
www.psyweb.at/brzobohaty-theuer

 

Susanne Jarausch – Co-Director
Felicitas Goodman Institute – Austria

In 1992 she was authorized by F. Goodman for trance work with ritual body postures. She is the author, guest speaker at the Cultural and Social Anthropology, teaches at the seminar center FOCUS Vienna and gives seminars at home and abroad.

 

 


Russia:

Elena Ratnichkina – Director
Felicitas Goodman Institute – Russia
www.ecstatic-trance.ru
[email protected]