The Cuyamungue Institute is the international headquarters established by Anthropologist Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman and has provided the home for the discovery and experiences of Ecstatic Ritual Postures for over four decades.

Dr. Goodman researched and explored Ecstatic Trance Postures as a means to achieve a bodily induced shifting of consciousness – a “ecstatic alternate reality” experience. She discovered each body posture can lead into this alternate reality, an expanded field of consciousness, when performed in conjunction with the proper rhythmic percussive sound, such as a rattle or drum. This shamanic wisdom tradition has its foundation in the earliest roots of humanity. The outcome of this is a systematic process we call “Ecstatic Ritual Postures – The Cuyamungue Method” You can have this direct experience… We invite you to learn more about us!  


Ecstatic Ritual 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 approximately 32,000 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.

The Cuyamungue Method uses rhythmic percussive sound combined with ritual body postures which produces a profound 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 and students have had some or all of the following benefits:

  • A general feeling of healing – increased wellness.
  • Reduce stress and tension.
  • Increased happiness.
  • Inspire 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.

How can I get I involved & learn The Cuyamungue Method? First sign up for our Free Newsletter and visit our Event schedule page to find a workshop that you feel is the best fit for you. And, visit this website often as we add more events and information on a regular basis.