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We currently offer the following workshops and retreats in the Austin, Texas area.  All clases are limited to twelve people unless otherwise noted, to keep them small and intimate. Because class size is limited it is highly recoomended that you sign up, and pay a deposit, in advance to secure your seat. To register for a class please use the sign up botton below, or email us from the contact page!!

Introduction to Mystical Shamanism

Introduction to Mystical Shamanism, February 17, 2019 and July 14, 2019

There are many forms of shamanism out there. ASC prides itself on offering thorough and extensive trainings in Energy Medicine through a form we call Mystical Shamanism. This workshop is a one day immersion into the basics of shamanic study as taught at ASC. We blend the teachings from ancient indigenous wisdom keepers, most especially that of the Q'ero Indians of Peru, as they have willingly shared it with us, with the modern scientific concepts of our current world. These concepts dovetail beautifully into an effective medicine for healing and manifesting positive change within our communities. Spend a day in a beautiful retreat-like setting, opening to this sacred and powerful medicine!  Learn where science and shamanism meet, do indigenous meditations, and learn all about the five elements of ceremony,  how to connect with the Divine through Nature, and meet like minded people. Lunch included!

Offered twice this year:

Dates: Sunday February 17, 2019, and Sunday July 14, 2019

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Price: $100

Class size limited to 16.


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SuperCeptor Workshops

We offer two SuperCeptor Workshops each year, SuperCeptor I and II:


1. Tools for the SuperCeptor I: Boundaries and Protections, February 16, 2019

In this one day workshop you will learn how to be a receiver of energetic information, not a sponge. Learn about your energetic anatomy, your personal boundaries, and how to protect them. Learn to identify what energies are yours, and how to ground them, and learn how to not engage with the rest. Receive Bands Of Power, one of the Nine Rites gifted to us from the Q'ero indians of Peru, to deflect environmental energies. Meet other SuperCeptors! A day of practical skills, teachings, and sharings about what it means to be a SuperCeptor!                                                                           

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm 

Price: $175.00 (Includes catered lunch)  

Class size limited to 16.


2. Tools for the SuperCeptor II: Extrasensory Listening and Seeing, July 13, 2019

In this one day workshop you will learn about who you are, and how to differentiate between your voices, and the voices of Spirit. You will receive the "Seer's Rites," one of the Nine Rites gifted to us from the Q'ero indians of Peru. We will then work on honing our extrasensory perceptions, especially in the context of working with Nature. We will learn about the ethics of "seeing" and practice doing simple "readings" for each other.

A day of practical skills, teachings, and sharings about what it means to be a SuperCeptor!                                                                           

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm 

Price: $175.00 (Includes catered lunch)

Class size limited to 16.


What is a Superceptor?

When you sign up, please specify which class you are signing up for.

Becoming A Mesa Carrier: The Five Elements Series

The Five Elements of Nature:  Developing Your Personal Medicine

This is a sacred, spiral journey into the heart of remembering who we truly are and reclaiming our intuitive selves. All of us come into this world with a destiny we have chosen that will allow us to evolve consciously to the next level of who we are becoming. Many of us get derailed from this destiny by early events that shape our lives. We all have stories that define us and we all come from cultures that mold our values, ethics and morality. Most of us have Karma and past lives that we trail behind us as well. While none of these define our true nature, but they often weigh us down and define our expectations about the world, creating a lens of perception that we see through.

The ancient Vedics of India called the web these illusions hold us in “Maya.” The ancient shamans know that we carry this tangle as a series of “imprints” in our energy fields, or souls, limiting our perceptions. The first step to reclaiming our authentic selves is to clear our energetic fields so we can remember how to walk in balance and see clearly. As shaman initiates we then receive energetic protections and rites that align us with the wisdom of ancient lineages of powerful healers. This is the path of the Mesa Carrier at ASC.

While the journey of becoming a shaman takes a lifetime, these workshops give you the tools to start that journey in earnest, and a community to support your journey. Once a journey of decades, intimation onto the shamanic path can now be done in a series of 5 four-day classes (Thursday pm-Sunday noon), typically taken over 10 months time. Studying the shamanic arts is not about emulating an indigenous culture, it is about learning who YOU are, in the context of your own culture, and learning how to harness the powers of creation through Nature, in Service to your community. This series, based on indigenous teachings and modern science alike, gives you the tools for opening that door. 

These classes are recommended for anyone who is wanting to increase their intuitive and manifesting abilities, their confidence and for taking that next step of evolution spiritually. They are designed to work only at the personal level, to clear you like a hollow bone, so you may be of service.  You can take the series as a personal journey or it can be the first step toward your becoming a Shamanic Healer. It is also the prerequisite for the Energy Medline Certification Program at ASC.

As one of our students puts it: "The Mesa Carrier series gave me a back bone instead of a wishbone."

You will:

  • Deepen your intuitive skills
  • Learn how to use ceremony as a tool to experientially deprogram yourself from the stories, attachments and beliefs in your head, so you can create conscious destinies from your heart and soul.
  • Build a Mesa, or medicine bundle (a tradition given to us the Q’ero shamans of Peru) as a type of alchemical fire that transforms your past wounds into your strengths and medicine.
  • Dismantle core Limited Beliefs about who you are, your worth and what you can and cannot do.
  • Go through rites of initiations to develop energetic allies, guidance and protection.
  • Align with an international community of “awakened” people for support, wisdom and camaraderie.
  • Learn how how to see current scientific knowledge in ancient indigenous wisdom.

The classes, named for the 5 elements of creation, are designed to meet you where you are today, and through alignment with each of the Five Elements of Nature, spiral you deeper and deeper into the heart of your original true nature and essence. By peeling away the layers of Maya, one by one, like the peeling of an onion, each class is a step in the process of releasing your past, building a full mesa, claiming your personal power and learning how to consciously manifest your dreams. Read More:

The series is offered twice a year, one starts in Spring and one in Fall. Dates for the two tracks are listed below, they are also listed after each Element. As the wisdom and rites given in each class build on each other, and trust builds within the tribe you are in as you go through, classes must be done in order, and with the same group! No expections.

The 2018/19 dates:

                        Fall (2018/2019)         Spring 2019               Fall (2019/2020)

Earth:             September 6-9         March 21-24               September 5-8
Water:            November 1-4           May 9-12                     November 7-10
Fire:                 January 17-20           July 18-21                    January 23-26
Wind:              March 7-10                 September 19-22      March 19-22
            May 2-5                      November 14-17        May 14-17

Earth: Meet Mother Earth! Remember how to listen to her voices in stones and plants. Meet animal archetypes that will bring you back into balance with your true nature.  Align with her energies to clear your personal stories. Build the first part of your mesa. Receive rites of protection, rites for seeing through the third eye better, and rites that align you with ancient healing lineages. Offered September 6-9, 2018, March 21-24, 2019, and September 5-8, 2019.

Water: Align with the fluid nature of water. Wash away ancestral and karmic stories. Learn about the tides of the mind and your emotions. Work with the moon and shadows. Learn how to navigate them through ceremony as you continue to build your mesa. Receive the rites of an ancient healing lineage. Journey with the waters of the land and learn how to hear their voices and work with their energies. Offered November 1-4, 2018, May 9-12, 2019, and November 7-10, 2019.

Fire: Take your seat at the Fire! Learn how to work with the unpredictability of chaos. Use the powers of the fire to transmute and transform your Destiny. Learn how to step out of ego and into your true essence. Learn all about stepping out of time and space. Discover your eternal self! Remember your true essence! Receive rites of ancient wisdom keepers.  Offered January 17-20, 2019, July 18-21, 2019, and  January 23-26, 2020. 

Wind: Learn to align with the power of the wind to re-tune your consciousness. Look at your limiting beliefs and the thoughts that whisper though you, creating your reality. Learn how beliefs affect your DNA and structure your physical reality. Die to your old self. Learn the Death Rites, go through a rebirth ceremony and receive rites to align with you with your future self. Offered September 20-23, 2018, March7-10, 2019, September 19-22, 2019, and March 19, 2020. 

Ether: Learn techniques for connecting with the Divine, practice visualization and activating personal and global destinies. Connect with the wisdom of the stars though rites. Work on your connections to the upper world and the Earth Consciousness to restore balance and manifest consciously. Go through rites to become a co-creator. Complete your mesa! Offered November 8-11, 2018, May 2-5, 2019, November 14-17, 2019, and May 14-17, 2020.

Cost:  $550/class ($2750 total). Classes taught on a schedule that allows for 2 months to process and integrate between each one. They are designed to be done in consecutive order, as they build upon each other, with your original group as you will develop deep bonds with your tribe in the process. Workshop price includes catered, healthy, on site, lunches and dinners both Friday and Saturday.

Schedule: Typically classes are arranged so that there are teachings and exercises, inside and out, during the day and ceremonies inside and out at night. Classes start on time!

  • Thursday: 6:30 pm-10 pm. Orientation, teachings and outside Fire Ceremony
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm. Teachings and exercises during the day, ceremony usually outside Friday nights and inside Saturday nights.
  • Sunday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Teachings and wrap up.

Location: Currently all classes are taught on the grounds of, and within, a magical, rustic event center on three acres of land, surrounded by another 7000! it is located off Fitzhugh in Hays county, 78736. Full details will be given when you sign up for the classes.

Because class sizes are limited to 12, signing up requires a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your place. The $100 goes toward your first class payment, the balance of the first class payment is due one month before class begins. 

Full Mesa Carriers Gatherings: 

Each month we sit in circle with our mesas to share wisdom, support each other, pray, and manifest. We gather quarterly for Solstice and Equinox Ceremonies, and gathger for an anual Full Mesa Carrier retreat each summer!

Discounted Healing Services for ASC Mesa Carriers:

The fee for personal one-on-one healing services for Full Mesa Carriers, and those enrolled in the MC program, is $150 instead of $175.

The Next Five Element Series begins with an Earth class September 6-9, 2018... don't miss this amazing opportunity! The series is not offered again until March 2019!

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Advanced Workshops for the Full Mesa Carrier

Advanced Workshops for Full Mesa Carriers June 20-23 and August 15-18, 2019

Each year we offer advanced classes for our Full Mesa Carriers, to deepen their own personal medicine. These are not trainings to be a healer, like the Energy Medicine Certification Program, but they do accentuate your current practices as Full Mesa Carriers. Once you complete your Five Elements training, you are eligible to step into them. Some of them are more traditional Paq'o, or Andean Mystic trainings, taking us deeper into the Andean lineages for applied mystical energy practices and philosophies, while others deepen our connections to the healing aspects of Nature. 

In 2019 we are offering two advanced Mesa Cartier classes:

I. Summer Solstice Retreat, June 20-23:

Paq'o Training I: The Three Paths
We will be taking the foundation of what we have learned in the ASC Mesa Carrier series and going deeper with some of the traditional Andean teachings a paq'o, or Andean "shaman" learns in their training. We will start by looking at the roots of our lineages, where our teachings come from, and the three branches of traditional study. You will receive an advanced version of the belts, one that opens up your "eyes", or nawis, for deeper perception. This also enhances your ability to back your intensions with a more focused energy. Once these belts are re-installed, and upgraded, we can do all kinds of really interesting energy clearings on ourselves, exchanges as partners, and work together as a group. Finding the edges within ourselves still creating hucha, we will work with traditional ways of clearing that, and amplifying our state of Ayni. We will also work together as a group to make shifts in a more global way! It should be a very magical, powerful and empowering weekend!

As usual, our nights will be filled with ceremonies. On Thursday night we will start with connecting in our usual fire ceremony, on Friday night, Solstice, we will do our traditional solstice drum ceremony/despacho/ fire ceremony, and on Saturday night Anthony Palomba is going to lead us on one of his amazing sound journeys! 

The cost will be the normal Mesa Carrier class cost of $550. This includes your lunches and dinners Friday and Saturday. A $100 deposit holds your space.

Feel the Call?
This is for Full Mesa Carriers only. You must have completed the Five Element series to be eligible. It will be an opportunity to be in sacred space with other Full Mesa Carriers, learning ancient Andean Energy practices and doing Ceremony, at a very auspicious time! You can stay on site or commute.

The space has already been reserved... Please let me know if you feel the call!

II. Working with the Energetics of Plants,  August 15-18:

Join Christina Allen and our resident herbalist expert, Beth Devillier as they co-teach a class on how to integrate plant spirit medicines (the energetics of plants) into our mesa carrier practices. Beth will familiarize us with several primary plant allies in the physical. We will get really familiar with who each one is as a consciousness and as a physical resource, through physical interactions and journeys. We will then we will learn how to apply our relationships with them, energetically, to accentuate healing! Join us!


$550, a $100 deposit holds your seat 

When you sign up, please specify which advanced workshop you are choosing in the comments section!

ASC’s Children’s Program

ASC's Children's Program

Austin Shamanic Center is now offering children the opportunity to embark on a fun, creative, spiritual learning experience. Shamanic, or animistic, teachings, yoga, meditation, art, music and games will be interwoven throughout each event. Because the shamanic path is about finding your spiritual self through experience we use many modalities to engage the children. Our goal is for participants to gain practical tools by building connections with the self, others and the natural world, while having fun!  Amanda Nitschke teaches this program.

Each session is a stand-alone experience including ceremony, breath, movement, meditation, games, and art. Children will learn tools to deepen connection, navigate inner and outer landscapes, and dream their world into being. Teachings are steeped in the Mesa Carrier tradition of the Q’ero from Peru with North American indigenous messages and yogic tools woven in. We look forward to sharing this medicine with you and showing our children how to create ayni, or right relationship, in their world. 

Please contact Amanda Nitschke to register or ask any questions at or 512-573-7486. With the exception of “Stepping In”, all classes are for children school-age and up and are 90 minutes.


All classes held at:

Tiger ATX Wellness Haven (house)

7401 Old Bee Caves Road

Austin, TX  78735

Cost: $30/class


Sunday 3/3    A Visit to Pachamama

11:00 a.m.    On this original journey to meet Pachamama, children will be introduced to the consciousness of creation and deepen their connection to the natural world. The story introduces concepts from the indigenous Q’ero tradition and the Quechua language, which survive to this day in the Andes mountains. Participants will receive a sacred rite from the Q’ero tradition to connect them with Pachamama’s animal allies which bring tools and teachings they can apply to every day life.   


Sunday 3/31    Spring-Plant

11:00 a.m.   With the transition to spring, it’s time for clearing and preparing to plant new seeds for growth! We will explore and reflect upon the cycles of nature such as the ebb and flow of the tide and that of the breath. Through ceremony, we will release heavy energy (hoocha) and mindfully choose the seeds we want to plant and manifest.


Sunday 5/5    Brother Eagle, Sister Sky 

11:00 a.m.    Activities are based on the story Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, a message from Chief Seattle. We will explore our connection to the earth and all of creation. We will align with Eagle and Condor through art and writing to expand our perspective by taking a “brid’s eye view”. In playing with dark and light, children learn that by embracing our shadows, there are gifts to be honored. 


Sunday 5/5    Stepping In- for teens/young adults. 

1:00 p.m.    Throughout the world in many traditions, children participate in coming of age ceremonies. In this session, teens will reflect upon their life with meditation and writing, and through ceremony work energetically to bring it into balance. They will then mark this transition with a traditional Q’ero rite, aligning them more deeply and connecting them energetically to the creative forces that will support them as they continue on their path to adulthood. 


Sunday 6/23    Summer-Shine

11:00 a.m.    With the summer solstice upon us, we celebrate our life giving sun! Activities will focus on symbols, patterns, and energy that Inti (the sun) gives us. They will learn a breathing technique to beat the heat and bring things into balance through ceremony by creating a despacho or prayer bundle. 


Sunday 9/22    Fall-Harvest

11:00 a.m.    It’s time to let go of the efforts and things that no longer serve and receive with gratitude.  We will align with our animal allies and explore how nature let’s go of the “old”…like how the snake that sheds its skin in one whole piece! Then, we will embrace and celebrate the gifts we have received.


Sunday 11/10    Giving Thanks 

11:00 a.m.    Incorporating the message from the Six Nations, we will honor mother earth and all her creations. Gratitude is an essential part of maintaining ayni or right relationship. In our ceremony, we will give back to Pachamama.


Sunday 12/8    Winter-Celebrate

11:00 a.m.    A celebration of the internal spark of creation and wisdom that resides in each of us! Activities will explore intuition, connection to source, and allow each child to unveil their unique spark and gift.

Dying Consciously Workshop

In our culture we do not remember how to allow people to die, only how to prolong their lives. We spend tens of thousands of dollars extending a worn and weary life instead of celebrating and honoring that person and the transition that is inevitable. In indigenous cultures the tribe members recognize a person is dying and they sit with them listening to their stories. They do ceremony with them to help them transcend their regrets, pains and allow forgiveness. They all gather to hear the “I love you’s”. They then clear and prepare their energy fields to make the transition as easy for them as possible. In short they accept death and help make the transition respectful and their exit conscious. Read More:

The Dying Consciously workshop is a weekend (Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am-4:00 pm) designed to give the living an experiential understanding of the dying process. It has two main purposes: One is to teach a set of practical skills that will clean and clear the dying person’s energy field to prepare them for their final Spirit Flight, and the second is to develop compassion for the dying process by going through a gentle version of it yourself. This is a workshop for the family members and loved ones of a dying person and for those who care for and steward people through to the other side in their final hours such as doctors, nurses, hospice workers, pastors and priests. It transcends the boundaries of all races and religions because it is not focusing on what happens after death, only how to go through it as compassionately and respectfully as possible.

Listen: An interview on Intention Radio with Christina Allen on Death and Dying


"The Conscious Dying workshop was an amazing experience. In the medical world, we do not learn about or discuss energy and the energy field period, much less as a person is approaching their death. We discuss mental, physiological, spiritual, emotional and relational (family) aspects but not how to support the dying body energetically. This is part of the whole as well, yet you rarely hear about it in healthcare circles. Every person who is serving the dying should take this program, especially if Christina Allen is facilitating it. She is a truly gifted teacher."

Deanna Cochran, RN, EOL Trainer

Founder, Quality of Life Care, LLC


Cost: $275 (includes 2 on-site catered lunches)
Class from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day.

Class size limited to 12 so sign up early! Signing up does require a $100 non-refundable deposit.

We will be offering the next DC workshop in 2020, the dates TBD.

Nine Rites Workshops

The Nine Rites  have been handed down to us through the indigenous Earthkeepers of the South Americas. They help us to step into the fullness of our true nature by transforming our human energy field and re-informing our DNA, enabling us to grow new bodies that age, heal, and die differently. The rites are energetic transmissions that upgrade and align our energy fields while connecting them to lineages of ancient Wisdomkeepers. This allows you to resonate at the level of the ancient Master Shamans, opening you for profound personal transformation and creating a healthier body and a more love centered life. They are not a substitue for training as a shamanic initiate but they are a nice place start if you want to get a taste of the shamanic path. Read More:

The rites are given in their traditional form with a mesa, three at a time, with teachings and journeys in a class setting, over a series of 3 semi-consecutive Saturdays.

  • Nine Rites I: The First 3 rites offer us bands of protection, animal allies and increase our 3rd eye perceptions.
  • Nine Rites II; The Second three aligh us with three degrees of healing lineages.
  • Nine Rites III; The Last 3 align us with the stars, our future selves and our destinites as Co-Creators.

Because the rites are powerful and life changing we teach you how to work with them for optimal effect. They are offered in a consecutive series of frequency level so one must start at the beginning of the series and continue in order through to the 9th. The Nine Rites are offered several times a year on an ongoing basis so if you cannot make one of the 3 segments of the class, you can pick it up again, where you left off, the next time it is offered. They can also be taken on a personal basis, with teachings, in private sessions by appointment.

Cost: $175/class (includes catered on site lunch). Total of $525 for all 3. Because class size is limited, a $100 non-refundable deposit holds your seat.
Class from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on 3 semi-consecutive Saturdays.

The Next Nine Rites classes will not be offered until 2020, the dates TBD.                              

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