Urban Shaman 1

shamanic course in Helsinki

Image: Shikoba Summer / Yellow Galactic Sun

Image: Shikoba Summer / Yellow Galactic Sun


Experiencing Urban Shamanism


18th -19th of MARCH 2020

Era Nova, Kasarmikatu 2, Helsinki




Welcome to learn the introductory elements of shamanic practice in Helsinki. This course is for all the urban earth walkers, who would like to integrate their eternal nature connection, soul life, and urban culture. The urban shamans gather in the most inspiring core of Helsinki, at the magical Era Nova Bookshop’s course space. Here we will learn about the basics of shamanic practice such as the shamanic medicine table (alter ground), participate in shamanic ceremony and drum journey, and get to know Helsinki from shamanic point of view.

This course is suitable for everybody, who are simply curious about ritual and ceremonial practices, and to deepen their own perception of what it means to be a human. This course is aimed for participants, who are just getting to know shamanic practices, or for persons, who already have their own practice in solitude, but wish for inspiring social aspect.

This shamanic course is based on safe practices based on clear mind, meditation, use of shamanic instruments, voice, and dance. The approach in the course is universal, where we walk on Mother Earth as one people. Specific cultural-geographic themes such as Finno-Ugric shamanism are not part of this course, but these specific approaches are welcome to be applied within the universal template after this course. The teacher of this course comes from North Karelia, from East Finland, and carries in her heart the wisdom of these ancestral lands. We will move together between these different times and places. You are welcome for the journey!

If you are not familiar with, what shamanism means, I like this quote from don Oscar Miro Quesada:

“Today’s shaman leaves new footprints on paths of psychic awareness and

spiritual wisdom that are over thirty thousand years old. Shamanism is a

millennial tradition of healing, power and wisdom that sees all of life as

interconnected and sacred. Material and spiritual worlds interpenetrate one

another, and the shaman’s path lies in attaining a life of harmony with both.

The process of shamanic awakening is as vast as the universe itself. It excludes

no one, and yet includes only those willing to surrender a limited sense of self.

One must live it to understand it.


In the shamanic world-view, mind and body are inseparable. There is no

distinction perceived between physical, psychological, spiritual and social ills.

Even life and death are not seen as separate conditions. Healing, in a native

sense, means making a person whole by restoring the health of the body, mind,

spirit and community. Tribal shamanic societies believe that we are part of the universe and must be in

balance with all of Mother Earth and Father Sky in gratitude to Great Spirit. They have much to teach us today.”


As the course guide serves Helena Karhu, a shamanic practitioner, teacher, healer, and a mother of 7-year old twins. Helena is currently writing a Ph.D. research on Cultural Anthropology on the female Nordic shamans and their visionary seeing. Helenas life project is Karhun Talo (House of the Bear), Center of Shamanism and Folk Healing. She is born in Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland, and both of her parental lineages have deep roots in North Karelian soil.  She had a beautiful international career in international cooperation until 2015, when she devoted her life full-time for shamanic and spiritual practices, along with mothering.   

Helena’s main teacher is a Peruvian shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada, who has taught Helena advanced studies in shamanic healing arts, alchemy, and magic. Helena has deep roots in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice, and likes to incorporate the Tibetan practices into her Nordic heritage along with the Peruvian wisdom traditions. Helena’s passion is to bring forth the light-increasing, co-operative, and empowering aspects of the shamanic practice, where everyone can rest as they are, yet have freedom to become who they are.


Course place and dates:

The course takes place at Era Nova Bookstore and course space, Kasarmikatu 2, Helsinki.

The course starts at 10.00 on Saturday, and finishes at 16.00 on Sunday. The timetable within the course days will be living in the moment. It is a requirement, that all the participants join the whole course.  

There is a continuation course called Urban Shaman 2 in the following weekend on 28-29 March 2020 in the same course place. It is recommended to continue deepening the practices by joining both weekends.

Is this course suitable for me?

This course is suitable for everyone, who have natural curiosity for the course topics. The course days together are non-alcoholic and without drugs.


To sign-up, you are welcome to confirm your place from the link below.

The course fee covers the course teachings and 24% VAT:

Early-bird by 17.11.2019:  155 EUR

After 17.11.2019: 175 EUR

You can sign up via this link:


Meals, travels, insurance, and accommodation are not part of the course fee.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to write e-mail to: info@karhuntalo.com

Wishing a beautiful course experience to everybody. It is great to gather in Helsinki!