The Rockland Public Library's Destination Wellness Series features Susan Bakaley Marshall and Chris Marshall, who share their experiences with shamanism Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Around the world, shamanism has been a common practice for gaining knowledge and healing. Shamanism is the altering of consciousness to travel to spiritual realms to call on spirit power for the good of self, others and all life. Core shamanic methods are found on every continent and do not rely on any single tradition’s sacred rituals.

In this interactive session, participants will learn key points about shamanism, experience the drum, and interweave questions and discussion. They will talk about the journey to explore spirit worlds and get information for self and others, power animals and spirit teachers, and how the shaman works with spirit by clearing intrusions, power imbalances and doing soul retrieval. Most of us can learn to evolve relationships with spirit teachers and power animals for receiving guidance and healing, and Bakaley and Marshall will present some next steps for those interested.

Susan Bakaley Marshall is a board certified art therapist, licensed clinical professional counselor, and shamanic healing practitioner. She is a graduate of the advanced three-year training program of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Chris Marshall is a retired professor of anthropology. They have been practicing shamanism for 25 years and have taught basic and advanced classes in core shamanism for 18 years. They have studied with traditional masters of Hebraic shamanism for many years and experienced other shamanic traditions. They are members of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.