An educational branch of the Oklevueha Native American Church will open in San Luis Obispo County in August.
“In 2009 our Native American brothers and sisters, gave non-natives the honor of allowing us to come under their auspices,” Heartwood Center for Natural Learning and Healing Director/Minister Deborah Heartwood said. “This rich, rigoruos certification program provides ecclesiastical endorsement and education.”
It is a one- to two-year seminary program offering two tracks for a total of 1,000 hours. The first 500 hours is the Practitioner of the Healing Arts, which includes authorization to lay on hands in healing massage, chirothesia, myofascial release, cross cultural reflexology, annointing, and more. Student will earn the title Practitioner of the Healing Arts after the first year.
The second track of 500 hours is the Spiritual Development portion, which includes the study of cosmology, indigenous spirituality, exploration of prayer, council, ceremony, mythology, mysticism, transpersonal theory, Creation Spirituality, earth based healing and more. A portion of the 500 hours is service learning, independent study and internship in the field of natural health and exploration of what it means to provide spiritual care. Completion of this portion gives the graduate the title of Practitioner of the Healing Arts Minister.
“It is a rigorous training and requires commitment, dedication to study and practice, and a spiritual call to serve in order to receive the title of ‘minister,’” Heartwood said. “Our students will leave with a congruent world view, which they develop themselves, through critical thinking, challenging old paradigms, and creative expression; in the context of a learning community seminary. Students will receive mentoring support and encouragement to grow and stretch academically and spiritually. If both tracks are completed they will receive the title of minister.”
Courses will be held at the Avila Beach Community Center, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 5. For more information or to enroll, contact Heartwood at 709-0284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.