Initiatory Training

Explore, experience, and expand consciousness through the Ecstatic Trance Posture Method.

  • June 17 – 21, 2020  Summer Solstice

Location: The Cuyamungue Institute – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructors: Paul Robear and Laura Lee

Summer Solstice: We will join in a Solstice sunrise ceremony as a group, standing on the same ridge that Felicitas did for so many years. We will feel the solar energy pouring down upon the Earth, vitalizing and strengthening us. The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on our growth and a time of cleansing and renewal, not only for ourselves but for this Institute as well.

Fall Equinox: We will honor the Autumnal Equinox. This is the point after which the nights become longer than the days, as the North Pole tilts away from the sun. This is the time when there is an equal amount of day and night. While we honor the gifts of the earth, this is a time of balance and reflection. We also will look at the clues to the importance of astronomy in ancient cultures. It was a backbone of their social, political, and ritual ideology. Throughout human history the study of the sky has been a vital part of understanding our connection to the universe. The details of our Equinox ritual will include an ancient practice of mapping the Sun while incorporating specific Ecstatic Trance Postures, the power of the land and the magic of the New Mexico sky. Open to both Introductory and Advanced Participants!

Articles on The Ecstatic Trance Posture Method by Laura Lee:
Reflections on Introducing the Ecstatic Trance Posture Method
Opening Doors on Many Levels


Complete Introductory Training...  Join Us.

This intensive workshop is an introduction to the work of Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman and the Ecstatic Trance Posture method. This is the revival of an ancient practice of consciousness expanding, spirit journey experiences using sacred postures, derived from ancient artwork the world over. This expanded state of consciousness  is achieved through a relatively simple, safe, and teachable method with over forty years of verified safe use; the evidence points to over thirty-thousand years of use.

Enjoy the Benefits – This body-wisdom is based in our physiology, which naturally and easily responds to this simple alternate state induction. As tested in the lab, this includes a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in the well- being endorphins as well as a dramatic increase in the DC voltage of brain activity, and an increase in theta brain waves whilst still in beta, resulting in a conscious “waking dream” experience.  Each posture has its own range of visionary experiences. This workshop will cover healing, divination, spirit journeying, and more. In small group sessions, we will learn and practice the Ecstatic Trance Posture method, journal our experiences and share with the group.

Initiatory/Initiation?  Initiation can be a loaded term with nuanced and multiple meanings, as many powerful concepts are. In the context of Ecstatic Trance Postures, we use the term initiation to denote the transition from the known into the unknown. Initiation marks one’s entry into the larger realm of mystery. ——>  Article with a more detailed description

Participants will learn how to continue their home practice, with the tools needed. 
You will be taught how to DO THIS PROCESS AT HOME, step by step,  with guidance using succession of shamanic postures which also includes healing, divination, metamorphosis, and initiation.

Learn and practice the Ecstatic Trance Posture Method
This workshop is for those with or without previous experience in this work. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Elevated perception and vision
  • Enhance communication
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Inspire ecstatic feelings of oneness with other people, nature, the universe, and God
  • Alter perception and consciousness in alignment with your intentions
  • Awaken creativity
  • Aid in memory and concentration
  • Focus the mind in the present
  • Have positive immune system responses
  • Create group cohesion
  • Foster emotional processing
  • Support peace of mind, feelings of  comfort, and release of anxiety
  • Reduce feelings of isolation
  • Healing

Benefits of  Group Training – “Can’t I just learn this on my own?”
We have found the coherence from sharing the posture experiences with others makes it personally and socially more powerful.  Any gathering that is for the purpose of studying and encouraging paths of spiritual unfoldment can be good for you. We come together in a group and share an intention, or even simply share ritual together, we discover a sense of connectedness that is very powerful. Together we share with you how to de-clutter your mind, (bringing your “monkey mind: under control) gain focus, reap health benefits and reduce stress. While this practice may seem deceptively simple, there is tremendous benefit in having direct instruction and working in a group. It is our experience that we expand the benefits of this practice when we  have the support of a community. After group instruction, it then becomes much easier to enjoy the future benefits of this technique on our own.

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  • June 17 – 21, 2020  Summer Solstice

June Event: Arrive June 17th afternoon/early evening. Workshop ends at noon, June 21st
Cost: $495.00 – Food and lodging inclusive! ($545.00 after April 15)

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Do not use the Ecstatic Trance Postures as a replacement for medical care… MORE INFO

Course Instructors: Paul Robear &  Laura Lee 
Paul Robear  – President of the Cuyamungue Institute.
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. This led to the discovery of the Ecstatic Trance Posture Method. As a student, Paul worked directly with The founder of the Cuyamungue Institute , Dr. Felicitas Goodman – A  highly regarded expert in linguistics and anthropology who re-discovered this ground breaking research into expanded states of consciousness using ritual body postures. As a practitioner of the Ecstatic Trance Posture Method since the early 90’s, Paul has been deeply affected by the profound nature of the experiences which led to his desire to support the work by accepting the role as Institute President and Executive Director.

Paul discovered the magic of playing native flutes more than 20 years ago., This has lead to acquiring his own distinctive style whilst retaining the spirit of the tradition. As Paul began playing the native flute, the lure of the ancients proved irresistible. Says Paul “It became immediately clear that this is an instrument one is to use with reverence and with prayerful intent.”  Within the his ritual practice, Paul uses flute as a gateway both to enter the alternative reality and to the return while providing a smooth transition and establishing greater comfort of “Walking between the Worlds.”

Laura Lee – Board Member of Cuyamungue Institute.
“I was captivated by all she had to say,” says Laura Lee, of her first meeting with Dr. Goodman, over the phone, during an interview for her nationally syndicated radio show. “I have long been interested in finding my own indigenous roots, and in tapping into a natural way of achieving the expanded states of consciousness. And here she was offering immediate and profound solutions. She talked of  ‘psychological archeology’, of experiencing the worldview of our ancestors by altering the physiology, as they had done, to tap into an expanded state of awareness. She explained this as ‘body wisdom’, an innate, in-built legacy of our nervous system — so different from belief systems and human constructs, which I am wary of, of how the world should be. Felicitas then sent me a 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 mystical experiences I’d had since childhood. Soon Paul and I were heading to Santa Fe for workshops at the Institute, and further interview with Felicitas. The surprise is that these experiences are an easy, natural part of who we are, and not so ‘out there.’ I felt I’d come home! And now I’m paying it forward, working with the outreach effort to bring this, universal a method as it is, to all who resonate with it.”