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This is Part One of a three-part course. Part One is the prerequisite to be able to study Part Two Live with Ya’Acov in May 2022. 

Your Inner Shaman

The Inner Shaman is part of our humanity. To encounter them and discover what they know is not reserved for some special brand of human being. They are as down to earth as you can get whilst remaining connected to the stars. They walk the bridge between how we imagine life to be and how it actually is. And discovering them is a matter of choice, practice, determination and often, humour.

Your Inner Shaman will empower you to:

  • Reliably access the guidance of your Inner Shaman.
  • Work with the structure and alchemy of ceremony.
  • Build a resourceful daily practice; a refuge for your being.
  • Create an embodied sense of resilience.
  • Invoke power, purpose and presence at the Core of Who YOU are.

You'll be challenged to celebrate your strengths and be honest about your weaknesses. You'll be invited to study, practice and self-reflect. To be kind and yet honest with yourself will be an important key.

The Structure

Encounter is Part One of a three-part series. This workshop series is designed to activate and bring into your day-to-day life the teachings of SHAMAN, Ya’Acov Darling Khan’s book, published by Hay House in Spring 2020. 

M1 – Movement is the Medicine

M2 – Ritual & The Imaginal Realm

M3 – The Tree of Life & the Three Worlds

M4 – The Unbroken & Your Elemental Nature

M5 – The Hollow Bone: A Personal Encounter with An Ancient Friend

M6 – Completion & Integration

Each module will take you a step further, teaching you new skills that build on what you have already learnt. By the completion of the course, you will have a solid foundation, what we call a liberating structure,  to support you to deepen your ongoing, everyday relationship to the Inner Shaman and the strength, resource and creativity they bring. 

You will also be eligible for Encounter Part Two – A Basket Full of Medicine,  taught by Ya’Acov, beginning May 2022.

The Time You'll Need

As a self-study course, it is up to you to determine how long you wish to take to complete the modules. The full timings for each module are available as part of the materials in Module 1. To give you a sense, each module relates to a chapter in my book, Shaman, and so I suggest you read the chapter relating to each module as you begin the module. Each module begins with a 20 minute audio teaching, continues with an introduction, a time to focus and then the embodied practice. The embodied practice ranges from 20-45 minutes and leads you up to the ceremony for which you will need 1 hour 40 minutes.

Ya'Acov writes:

"I wanted the workshop to be a game-changer for people and therefore, I suggested that each day, participants took the time for their 'power hour,' a time to be with the process of Encounter in embodied enquiry. I believe that taking time to practice every day is super helpful for the process and I would suggest the same for you doing this as a self-paced course. The best way to do that would be to join the Study Hub where you will find plenty of practice to support you in your journey. If the gates are closed when you check it out, join the waitlist and you will hear as soon as they are open.

It is important that you take the time you need for each step and it is much better to go at your own pace and take in the work than it is to feel pushed by an external schedule. Enjoy!" YDK

What you'll need

However you choose to engage with the material, there are a couple of simple things you will need:

  • It’s important that you have un-interrupted time for your study if at all possible, even if that is brief. Turn off other devices and close the door if you can. Let people know that you are not available. Then tune into the content and your own response to it.
  • Make sure to have a journal or course diary with you to keep notes of your journey, and use the Pause and Reflect lessons to good effect to write or to draw as part of your digestion.
  • Loose clothing to move in. Layered works best to keep you comfortable as you warm up and cool down.
  • A water bottle.


After you finish this course, you'll receive a certificate of completion from Ya'Acov to honour your learning journey.

Not a Training to Teach

Please understand that this course is for personal training only. I am not teaching you to become a shaman or to offer this work to others. Participating in this course does not give you the right to share the material with others and by participating you are agreeing to that condition as part of the terms and conditions of participation.


It is vitally important that you have the inner resources and external support where necessary to keep you grounded and within your own capacity when participating in a powerfully catalytic process such as this course. This work is not for everyone. If you have a history of emotional or mental instability, please consult with a health care professional before continuing with the course.


I am delighted you have heard the call of your Inner Shaman and I wish you all grace, self-care and a well-crafted blend of kindness and commitment as you travel through the landscapes that this work will no doubt catalyse in you. At any point in your work, if you find that the material that arises is too much to manage by yourself, it is incumbent upon you to make sure you get the support you need to be able to work with this material in a beneficial way. There is always support when we humble and empower ourselves enough to recognise that we need it and then ask. 

All the very best with your journey,
Ya’Acov Darling Khan