Open for all, and we will be working online for six sessions, with each session lasting for two hours. Participants receive in-depth Knowledge about the role of Goddesses with a particular focus on creation, continuation and annihilation aspects. You will learn to create a ritual space to invoke the goddesses, ways to approach, specific rituals for healing, protection
INTRODUCING NEPALI-KHASA SHAMANISM – The Ancient and Profound Shamanism of Nepal Himalayas! Namaste.
My name is Bhola Banstola, a Jhankri Shaman from Nepal with an extended family lineage history and practice in Shamanism. Welcome to my website, where I hope to help folks interested in traditional Shamanism understand my Path and invite you to join in with our courses. My greatest wish is to preserve and share the Shamanism of my tradition, keep it alive, and bring it to new generations of practitioners. I also support Nepali traditional lineage education (param-para) and culture and help poor and needy children go to regular schools through my work and the kindness of others. I believe that shamans should always serve their community in the best way they can. As in other places, Shamanism in Nepal is based on an animistic belief that honours Mother Earth, elemental beings and respects the spirit that resides in all living beings. This universal worldview is vital in preserving the land’s ecology and bringing harmony and universal brotherhood and sisterhood to all things, tangible and intangible. Shamanic sources of power come from honouring the ancestors, lineage protectors, teachers, Mother Earth and the spirits where the Shaman performs their ceremonies. The Shamans must call on the Guardian Spirits of Earth and the Deities, all partners in the work. The hidden sacred language of the land and the spirits is manifested in rhythms, vibrations, and warm and cold sensations in the physical body. Understanding this language, the Shaman always honours the spirits of the place they practice and requests their permission and blessings. The Elements within the body and those of the land are powerfully connected, and this relationship is integral to the way a Shaman works.
Dhami and Jhankri are the generic terms used throughout Nepal for a Shaman or Healer, both male and female. They are the ones people traditionally consult to re-establish harmony and heal mind and body. These Shamans are the central figures in their communities, for they are not only the healers but also the advisers, plant healers, soul guides, storytellers, dancers, singers, artists, and musicians. They acquire these talents and spiritual power and wisdom through their training and experiences working with spirits, ancestral deities, elemental spirits, and guides. They can voluntarily modify their state of consciousness to heal individuals and bring harmony into the community.
The Shaman’s Path
My Shamanic practices were born through direct lineage transmissions from my grandfather and father, from both human and spirit teachers, from dream instructions, from my own transformative experiences, and directly from Nature’s wisdom and omens. All our closed or public activities, group or individual ceremonies, rituals and practices are adapted to the specific places, situations and times, as well as the availability of local materials, while always maintaining the authenticity of our traditions.
For the Nepali shamanic initiate, the calling to the shamanic Path (Deuta-Aunu) can happen in one of four different ways:
The first method is the calling of blood, the ancestral call that comes from one’s place in a shamanic family. In this case, an initiate may be taught from childhood by another family Dhami/Jhankri or develop shamanic gifts later in life by becoming possessed by a shamanic ancestor or an ancestral Shaman’s helping spirits.
The second calling is through a sudden and unexplained spiritual illness, which can occur anytime from childhood forward. The strange disease doesn’t respond to treatment, and sometimes the initiate enters a kind of spiritual battleground in which they must choose to follow the Path or succumb to their sickness.
A third path of becoming a Shaman, and often the most common way to the Path throughout the world, is by dreams and or visions from the spirits that lead a prospective candidate to seek a human teacher.
The fourth way of receiving the call is to be kidnapped by the primordial Shaman, Banjhankri. (In the mountain regions of Nepal, Banjhankri is also known as Banaskhandi or Ban-Deo, “he who dwells in the plant kingdom-forest or the deity of the forest.”) From this being, the term Jhankri–one of the most common designations for a Shaman–is derived.
Shamanism can be understood and perceived in different ways and forms. When the availability of specific supplies changes, ceremonies and rituals can also be adapted, songs and chants can change, and the dances and rhythms can also change. The formation of sacred geometrical diagrams, items of offering, appeasement chants, and ways of conducting rituals can vary. Ours is a dynamic tradition.
So performing a healing ceremony can be done in many different styles and forms. In Shamanism, there is flexibility on the spirits, and chants keep evolving and changing based on the intimate relationship between the spirits and the Shaman. Each Shaman will form powerful bonds with personal spirits as well as those of their lineage.
The traditional shamans sing the songs and myths of the events of creation and the migration of ancestors from one place to the other- these chants of ‘events’ remain the same though other sacred songs may change.
The Nepali shamanic worldview is so complex that there are myriad designations for a person we would refer to as a “Shaman.” For the neophyte called within a family lineage, the support of the elder and Shamans from the same clan is a must. But for all types of calls, a human shamanic teacher is essential to accompany and mentor the aspirant to reach a successful conclusion.
Although Nepal is a small country, it is home to many ethnic groups with different traditions and cultures and is one of the richest in the world from a shamanic point of view. All groups practise an oral tradition, transmitting knowledge through their ancestors, human teachers, and spirits. The majority of the people still visit Shamans and other traditional spiritual healers before approaching conventional medical centres and hospitals, as the most significant cause of disease and disharmony is spiritual disconnection or distraction. Once the person’s spiritual aspect is taken care of, then, if required, they proceed for further conventional treatments. (Shamanic spiritual healing practices do not replace traditional medical therapies but can work in harmony with them).
As we are part and parcel of all our ancestors, the ancestral deities are a reliable source of power and protection for the Nepali Shaman of any tradition or group. Bloodline ancestors from the father’s lineage and milk-line ancestors from the mother’s side are equally important. Without the ancestors’ blessings and help, not only would shamanic healing be challenging to accomplish, but the loss of equilibrium and imbalances would arise far more frequently in our everyday lives.
My wife, Mariarosa Genitrini (Mimi), has been the most significant source of encouragement from the day we met. We started sharing and empowerment processes of Nepali Himalayan shamanic traditions in Italy in 1997. Soon afterwards, we broadened our mission into the European continent, North America and throughout the world. We did this to create a bridge connecting the ancient healing tradition with the modern world. We not only shared the wisdom to a broader audience through weekend classes, conferences, and retreats, but we also escorted groups to Asia and especially to the Nepal Himalayas so that participants could have direct experiential learning from different sources and teachers.
As Shamanism is a process of empowerment and transmission rather than teaching, all weekend classes, retreats and individual support are for self-empowerment and deepening the knowledge through journeys, ceremonies, rituals, and healing processes.
Our ancestors have left behind vibrant, deep-grounded, and authentic practices in the forms of lore, stories, sacred chants, songs, mantras, rhythms, dances, rituals, ceremonies, plant medicines, mineral medicines, sacred geometries, and geomancy that honour nature and her rhythms and changes. It is these I fervently wish to preserve as a living tradition for the future.
May you all be benefitted from this Path of a Jhankri lineage from Nepal Himalayas!
Sarwa Mangalam Shuvam
(may all be auspicious)
The Nepalese Shamanic Path
An experiential guide to the shamanic spiritual practices of the Himalayas shared by a 27th-generation Nepalese shaman.
Presents step-by-step, illustrated instructions for authentic Himalayan shamanic practices, including physical and spiritual healing, shamanic journeys, and ceremonies
Includes exercises to meet the ancestors in your shamanic lineage, techniques to use your voice as a shamanic tool, and practices for negotiating the spirit world safely
Details shamanic chants and rituals, how to create an altar, and the sacred objects of the shaman, along with exercises and techniques for using them properly
NEPAL-TIBET-MT KAILASH PILGRIMAGE 2022AUGUST 30- SEPTEMBER 21, 2022- Nepal-Tibet-Mt Kailash
This unique once in a lifetime journey has been designed for dedicated participants who are interested in a powerful and challenging pilgrimage to the most sacred places in the Himalayan region, Mount Kailash.
We walk the path of the spiritual practitioner visiting ancient power points and sacred spaces in Nepal and Tibet.
Our journey is the quest of the spiritual seeker, who surrenders to the spiral of life, follows the etheric energy of the land, practices teachings of inner transformation and strengthens the connection to their spirit and Divine power. We will practice and share ancient teachings through story, Sanatana Hindu, Jain, Bon and Buddhist philosophy, mala practice and ancient Himalayan shamanism, to seek deeper understanding and open the gate for spiritual rebirth. Below are some of the places we will be visiting. The pilgrimage will also include shamanic ceremonial work.