Autumn, 2014 Workshops

The Psychopomp’s Journey: A Workshop Series with Gail Gulick and Robinette Kennedy 

This series consists of four separate weekend workshops about the shamanic tasks of the psychopomp.

Please note:
completing the first weekend, Middle World Protection, August 23-24, in Georgia or September 6-7 in Asheville  is a prerequisite for attending any of the other three weekends.

You may register for the entire series, or for the first workshop and any number of other sessions.

The 2nd, 3rd, and 4rth workshops will be held in Rabun County, Georgia. (Located 100 miles northeast of Atlanta and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, NC.)

Register for the Georgia weekend, August 23-24

Register for the Asheville weekend, September 6-7.

For other forms of payment, please send us an email.

Cost per weekend is $220.00 or $800.00 for the entire series.

Session One: Middle World Protection

Georgia: August 23 & 24, 2014 or

Asheville: Septemer 6 & 7, 2014

Shamanic journeys to meet a power animal or spirit guide in human form are usually to the Lower World and the Upper World. Shamanic healing takes place in the Mddle World. 

Whether you’re an experienced practitioner/healer or at the beginning of undertaking psychopomp work, it’s important to know how to call in the protection of your Middle World helping spirits. 

This workshop includes:

Discussions about the importance of Middle World protection in daily life and in shamanic healing work such as soul retrieval, power animal retrieval, shamanic extraction and psychopomp work.

A journey to meet your Middle World protector spirit.

Techniques to embody protection.

A ritual to create and empower sacred objects for yourself and others.

Dates & Times: August 23 & 24, 2014. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Foxfire Center, Mountain City, Georgia. Click here for lodging information.&n

Register for the Georgia weekend, August 23-24

Register for the Asheville weekend, September 6-7.

Session Two: The Descent: Facing Your Own Death

September 19, 20 & 21, 2014

We all face losses in life. And while the scope and degree of such losses vary from person to person and time to time, a true shaman makes profound use of this natural process to deepen the power of her or his presence in all the worlds.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

The shamanic way of viewing death.

Practices to help you prepare for the inevitability of your own death.

A shamanic teaching says that no one at their time of death may cross over if he or she is missing any of their own soul parts or is holding onto soul parts of another. And so, in this workshop, participants will experience journeys to:

Release any of another’s soul parts you may be holding.

Retrieve any of your own missing soul parts.

Practice the art of letting go, as spirit lovingly takes you apart and restores you to a newly transfigured state.

Dates and Times: Friday through Sunday, September 19, 20 & 21, 2014. Friday, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Foxfire Center, Mountain City, Georgia.  Click here for lodging information. 

Register for this weekend.


Session Three: Journey to the Land of the Spirits of the Dea: Helping Others to Cross Over

October 31, November 1 & 2, 2014

At the time of death, under certain circumstances, a dying person’s soul may not be able to cross over and becomes ‘stuck’ in the Middle World. One of the shaman’s tasks is to assist disincarnated souls in completing their journeys to the next level.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss ethics and principles for doing psychopomp work, and participants will learn the psychopomp process of assisting lost souls to cross over.

You will experience journeys to:

Meet a spirit who will be your helper in doing this type of psychopomp work.

The realms of the after-life to discover the destination for souls whom you may assist in their crossing.

With a partner chosen from among the workshop participants, you will perform a journey to check for and assist any disincarnated spirits who may be lingering in the partner’s energy field.

Dates & Times: Friday through Sunday, October 31, November 1 & 2, 2014. Friday, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Parker Ranch, Clayton, Georgia. Click here for lodging information.

Register for this weekend.


Session Four: The Psychopomp, Serpent Handler and The Winter Solstice 

December 19, 20 & 21, 2014

Oldest myths from shamanic cultures share a conception of human existence as being the integration of life and death. On the cusp of the New Moon and Winter Solstice, we shall gather around a huge fireplace to celebrate these energies.

We invite you to join us to mourn the personal and universal losses that enrich your Dreaming experiences as an animal about to hibernate in winter and return to life in summer.

Over the weekend, we’ll explore prehistoric Crete’s beautiful and moving sacred art and discuss how people in the first European culture dealt with death, mourning and grieving in practices still alive today.

No matter what your ethnic heritage is, embodying these funerary practices is an empowering way to connect with your Ancestor Spirits.

Saturday night, we’ll perform The Psychopomp pose, depicted in the shamanic funerary art of ancient Greece. On Sunday, we’ll perform The Serpent Handler pose, named after a constellation that appears in the sky on Winter Solstice to renew our vision of “…an immense tree, the roots of which were snakes, the leaves…copper disk-mirrors, the blossoms were rattles and the top branches were iron horns.” (Lot-Falck, E. 1974.)

Dates and Times: Friday through Sunday, December 19, 20 & 21, 2014.

Friday: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Parker Ranch, Clayton, Georgia. Click here for lodging information.

Register for this weekend.

About Robinette Kennedy and Gail Gulick

Robinette Kennedy, Ph.D., is a clinical anthropologist, shamanic practitioner and story healer. Since 1992 she has been researching and teaching people how to embody shamanic consciousness depicted in sacred figurines from prehistoric Crete and Greece. Robinette lives in the NE Georgia Mountains. Learn more about Robinette at www.robinettekennedy.com and read about her work with the sacred poses at Sacred Hoop

Gail Gulick brings to her deep work as an experienced shamanic practitioner her lifelong experiences as a teacher and healer and her commitment to helping others lovingly embrace all aspects of their human nature. Gail is also a gifted sculptor and mask maker. She is a graduate of Sandra Ingerman’s teacher training; Tom Cowan’s training in Celtic shamanism, and has studied with Nan Moss, David Corbin, Sandra Harner, Betsy Bergstrom and Hank Wesselman. Gail lives in Asheville, NC. Learn more at dreamtimejourneys.net

Lodging Options for this Series

 August 22 & 23 and September 19 to 21, 2014

These two weekend sessions are held at the Foxfire Center in Mountain City, Georgia. On-site lodging is available in the Foxfire Guest House, which has been reserved for our group. The Guest House offers private bedrooms (linens provided), shared baths, a communal living room and kitchen. The guest house is only a few steps away from our workshop room. Cost is $50 per person per night. To reserve your room, contact Foxfire at 706-746-5828.

See below for other lodging options nearby.

 October 31 & November 1 and 2, and December 19 to 21, 2014.

These two weekend sessions are held at the Parker Ranch in Clayton, Georgia. This historic bed and breakfast inn offers single and double occupancy rooms with some private baths and a continental breakfast.  Room prices vary. To reserve your room, contact Parker Ranch at 404-373-0566 or email becky@parkersranch.com.

There is a wide variety of lodging options available near our workshop locations, from camping to budget hotels to tourist homes and posh, historic inns. For a list of places we recommend, click here. https://wildhealingherbs.com/Visitor_s_Guide.html


Gail Gulick reserves the right to cancel any workshops or the participation of anyone, at any time for any reason. In such a case, fees paid in advance will be refunded.