• Are you interested in enhancing your healing practices by learning from an unbroken shamanic lineage stretching back hundreds of years in a culture thousands of years old?
  • Would you like to apply practical shamanic healing in your everyday life, gain a deeper understanding of rituals, create sacred spaces, the Nature of the elements, and work with them?
  • Are you called to a deeper understanding of traditional healing practices from Himalayan Nepal? 

If it seems like something you would like to learn and apply, Nepal Shaman Education (www.bholanepalshaman.education) offers the fifth round of online introductory courses. 

Based on participants’ inputs and experiences from previous lessons, we are greatly encouraged to extend our transmissions to more groups and organizations, to tend and feed the flame of our ancestral oral wisdom. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a course that will teach you to enhance communication with the spirits and ancestors.

We are again offering this course due to the high degree of positive feedback we received from previous classes. All the instructions will be in English. 


Those of you who have already completed sessions with me know that many questions arise about the ceremony’s practical aspects. So, I have prepared short courses of instruction to guide you in the processes, moving on to specific ritual implements and short deity practices. These five short courses will deliver fundamental aspects of Dhami-Jhankri Shamanism and give you greater confidence in practising all your ceremonies. We begin with two short lessons that teach the core procedures we use in every healing ceremony. The ritual tools enhance that practice and enable us to confidently engage with any of the deities and spirits we are working with.

1. Laying the Foundation-Ritual Instructions: 12/13 April (in conjunction with Ghodejatra, the Horse Festival)

The methods we use in every ceremony make it as effective as possible. These connect us with the lineage, ancestors and teachers.

● Setting up your Altar, Implements, Materials and Offerings

● Purification and Protection of Body, Self and Sacred Space

● Invocations and Mantras Closing a Session

● Yantras and their place in practice

2. Ceremonial Implements and Sacred Tools: 26/27 April (Full moon dedicated to the Vayu Deo- wind spirit

A simple introduction to those used and possible substitutes.

● Altar Containers – the Coconut/Kapala/Batuka/Thaal-plate and other bowls, the Kalasha (Water Pot)

● Altar cloth and other cloth, ribbons and threads

● Oil Lamps and Candles

● Incenses and Burners Statues and other Representations of Deities

● Malas

● The Dhyangro (Drum)The Aina (Shamanic Mirror)

● The Khuringi (Curved Knife) and other knives

● The Bow and Arrow

● Elemental representations

3. Sarpa Deo Naga Practice: 11/12 May (in conjunction with Machendranath festivities – rain and fertility)

We will explore the key Naga practices and the Nagas to which they relate. The Nagas are immensely important as guardians of the land, water and subterranean realms and boundary spaces. Their role in maintaining balance and harmony between humans and both the physical and spiritual environment is vital.

Transmissions will include:

● The importance of the sacred places of Nature

● Spirit presences and our relationship with them

● Group Naga Puja, including a particular invocation and petition

4. Kili Kilaya – The Ritual Dagger and the Deity Vajrakila: 25/26 May (Dhami-Jhankri’s perspective- in conjunction with Uttarayana/Ubhauli Full Moon)

One of the Nepali Shaman’s key ritual weapons, the Kila (also known as the Phurba), is perhaps the most versatile and influential of all. Please try to acquire a Kila for this session (guidance will be given).

● The participants will learn the Kila myths, their manifestation as the world tree, grounding power and connector between the realms.

● The Kila is used to extract spiritual illness, subdue and pin down the disturbing forces, cleanse spaces, charge healing waters and impart blessings and more in shamanic work.

● Participants learn the sacred Kila mudras—the ritual handling of the sacred dagger—and how you can utilize this marvellous shamanic tool in your practice.

● Kila mantra will also be transmitted and activated.

● Individual empowerment, protection, harmony, balance, and raising innate power concludes the course.

5. Dasha-Graha-Mansai-Pansai: Removing Spiritual and Planetary Obstacles to Growth and Transformation: June 15/16 

● Participants will work with Ganyap (Ganesha, Ganapati) as one of the first archetypal shamans, removing obstacles and bestows material and spiritual prosperity.

● The Nine Planets and their role in our everyday spiritual path, health and harmony and important ritual to calm their adverse effects.

● Through the Spirit of Fire, Agni Deo, participants participate in a ceremony to transmute obstacles in the path and ignite new energy and vigor.

● After the Seed Syllables’ Initiation, Activation, Empowerment, and raising the personal spirit, the course comes to an end.

In these 5 Short Courses, you will receive the basis of strong practices with deities and spirits for the benefit of yourself and others. As always, the importance of continued practice is stressed.

 As limited spaces are left, please send an email to me at bhumi1008@outlook.com to secure your place and receive more information on fees and other details.



(may all be auspicious)


An exceptional and rare opportunity to receive Transmission and Empowerment into the practices of Mahankal (also popularly known as Mahakala) as practised even today as a living tradition is coming up. Usually, this would be a closed and secret course, taught to a small group in person. Lately, Bhola has been exploring Zoom’s use and has successfully conducted a Mahankal retreat through this medium. Now, he is offering exclusive teachings through a new short program, accessible to all who can commit to attend and to practise, and the potential to share the mind of Mahankal directly through the medium of the Shaman. Mahankal is one of the most important Nepali Shamanism deities and can be traced back as Sanatana Dharma (eternal practices) to the most ancient scriptures themselves. In Sanskrit and Nepali, Mahankal means time or darkness or death. This term is also referred to Lord Shiva/Chakrasamhara, the Vedic deity whose Tandava dance sustains and destroys the universe to recreate the new again. From the Nepali shamanic perspective, the Kala-chakra or Wheel of Time is the key to the reality that unites the universe, time and the life-force; including auspicious, neutral and inauspicious times.



December 3, 2020

“For a long time, we shall have only to listen,
Not argue or defend, but listen to each other.
Let curses fall without intersession,
Let those fires burn we have tried to smother.”
-Invoking the Goddess!

Canopied by the Seven-hooded Naga growing from her self as the carriers of wisdom and enlightening fire, she creates, nurtures and trims what is not necessary to give birth to new seedlings!

Open to those who like to learn and experience the wisdom of Shakti Goddess in these challenging times. We will have zoom transmissions of two sessions on:

December 14 (Monday) and 15 (Tuesday) from 8: 00 PM (20:00hrs) to 10:00 PM (22:00hrs). 2 hrs each session.

December 14 is an auspicious day/night- NEW MOON. As this transmission is related to Rudra-Kali, the united spirit of both the powerful healing energies, it is an auspicious time to transmit and receive this empowerment to lay the foundation.

What happens?

You will be introduced to the Rudra-Kali through the myths of creation, the reason of their creation, attributes, healing fields, our relationship with them, our spirit bodies, activation, the transmission of sacred ‘seeds of information-mantras’.
The ceremony of the annihilation of trauma and fear of 2020 and welcoming new 2021

What do you need?

Three red-waxed candles or three oil wicks, incenses, red flowers if available, rice grains, a picture/statue/figure of any of the powerful goddess (your locally honoured would be great), a glass of water, an empty glass, your sacred objects, drum/rattle, writing notebook/pen.

If you can put on a red dress or black or blue coloured or a combination of all – that would be great.




Note: those of you who have already sent an email for reservation, I have noted them.

As the places are limited, do send an email first to secure your place.




There will be individual sessions dedicated to each Element and the associated Spirit, and then a Final Session combining all Elements together:

  1. EARTH ELEMENT: Bhumi Devi November 14 @ 8:00 PM (Laxmi Puja and New Moon)
  2. WATER ELEMENT: Jala Devi November 21 @ 8:00 PM
  3. FIRE ELEMENT: Agni Deo November 28 @ 8:00 PM
  4. AIR ELEMENT: Vayu Deo December 05 @ 8:00 PM
  5. ETHER ELEMENT: Dhumawati December 12 @ 8:00 PM


This course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to working with the Elements which comprise our Universe and pervade all aspects of our lives. We now understand the Environment and Ecology as significant globally, and it is even more relevant to our Shamanic work that we understand and integrate work with the Elements into our ceremonies and our personal lives.



We are in unique times, and we must avoid human contact where there is risk of spreading the Coronavirus. Thankfully, we also have a wonderful alternative – live Group meetings via the Internet.

There are several services offering to help us connect using group discussions, and lately Bhola has been using Zoom to reach his students, which has been very successful.

Nepali and Mongolian Shamans are using Zoom, and even the Dalai Lama is teaching and giving initiations via the Internet.


A hearth with a Bright fire

October 24, 2020

Nicholas Breeze Wood Talks to Bhola Banstola About his work documenting the shamanic traditions of his homeland Nepal, and about a Shamanic Summit he is organising there in 2020.

Nicholas: You’ve worked incredibly hard for many years, travelling the world, bringing the teachings of your Nepalese shamanic tradition to people. What has been your motivation for doing that?

Bhola: Learning and experiencing has deepened my understanding of the tradition and it has brought me a lot of clarity. It helped me to share with a new community people in the West – who are ‘evolving’ in their view and understanding about the rituals, ceremonies and myths which have been passed on for generations in my culture. In Nepal – with the changes of recent times, such as the need for people to have more material possessions, and with people leaving the place of their birth in order to search for better possibilities in life – there is a general lack of interest in
shamanism shown by the younger generation. They are not really interested very much about the traditional practices and the long lineage traditions of their ancestors.

By carrying the ‘knowing,’ which is deeply embedded in me, and with
the renaissance – or at least a deep interest – in ‘reconnecting the ways
of the ancestors,’ an interest which is arising throughout the whole world at this time, I have been invited to travel to different corners of the world to share my tradition.

The Gifts of the Naga

October 24, 2020

Serpent Spirits and their role within the Shamanic Traditions of Nepal written by Bhola Banstola.

Nagas are a class of long-lived, serpent-like, semi-divine, awakened spiritual beings, highly revered as masters of wisdom by shamans and spiritual
practitioners. They are respected for their healing powers, their
magical skill, and their great courage; but sometimes they are
feared for their violence and quick tempers. Nagas vary in their types
of perception and also vary in their levels of wisdom.

Nagas can transfigure into other forms at will, but mostly they appear nake-like, typically depicted as attractive beings, richly adorned with jewels. They are awe-inspiring, their upper bodies appear human, either male of female, but they have a serpentine tail below their waists.

They are deeply connected to the earth, water and the other realms, and nagas are seen as protectors and the bestowers of abundance, both material and spiritual.


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