The Cuyamungue Institute

The Cuyamungue Institute is the international head -quarters established by anthropologist Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman and has provided the home for the discovery and experiences of Ecstatic Trance Postures for over four decades.

Ecstatic Trance Postures – Rx for Difficult Times 

14-19 July, 2020

Masked Trance Dance

Join in on a long-standing tradition at the Institute! From our visionary spirit journeys in the Kiva, we create masks and costumes, while weaving together a mythic dance in celebration of the Web of Life. The power of this event is amplified by… 

28 JULY - 02 Aug, 2020

Instructor Training

If you hear the call to become a Certified Instructor and  teach the safe and effective process of Ecstatic Trance Postures. There are people around the world who have responded to a deep call to teach. The Cuyamungue Method. 

18-23 Sept, 2020

Initiatory Training

Explore, experience, and expand consciousness through the Ecstatic Trance Posture Method. This a powerful, compacted introduction to this work. You will be introduced to a succession of consciousness expanding experiences. 

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About This Work

Ecstatic Trance Postures found in prehistoric cave paintings and indigenous effigies have their origins with the hunter-gatherer tribes. The oldest posture discovered to date is believed to be over 40,000 years old. It was in the horticulturalist societies that followed, however, that the practice of these postures flourished.

Our body is a “universal tool” for insight into the manifold realities we live in and for a direct experience into the living “information network” of consciousness.

Ecstatic Trance Postures uses rhythmic percussive sound combined to produces a profound physiological shift in consciousness enabling one to experience an expanded reality.

It Works

The reports of hundreds of research subjects and thousands of workshop participants have confirmed that ordinary people can have quite extraordinary experiences. The Cuyamungue Method of Ecstatic Ritual Postures is a very safe technique, which also stimulates ones own healing abilities.

To enter repeatedly and purposefully into a state of trance and to tune in to a different field of consciousness produces changes due not only to biochemical processes within the body. The experience of these feelings does have an effect on the unfolding of one’s own being without being connected to conditions, demands, and dependency. In the state of trance, which is a higher awareness of the inner world, one is able to connect oneself with a different information field of consciousness that constantly creates itself and always leads to new insights and points of view. 

Practitioners enjoy these benefits:
  • Feelings of healing and increased wellness
  • Reduced Stress & Tension
  • Increased Happiness
  • Inspired Ecstatic feelings of oneness with other people, nature, the universe
  • Enhanced brain function – clearer thinking ability.
  • Awaken creativity
  • Aid in memory and concentration
  • Have positive immune system responses – a feeling of strength.
  • Enhance communication – better understanding and relationship with people in your life
  • Support peace of mind, feelings of comfort, and release of anxiety.
  • feelings of expansion – greater intuitive insights into ones life

"Mystical experiences are achievable via a normal and natural physiological shift, easily accessible to everyone with a healthy nervous system. Such states are our birthright, independent of any one belief system or dogma."

Laura Lee