About Our Transformational Workshops

New Thought

Our workshops and classes are especially suited to New Thought audiences: Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living and other progressive, metaphysically-based audiences. 

We Bring Transformation to You

Participants report feeling more empowered, more spiritually aware, and more aligned with what is theirs to do. We provide practical tools and insights as well as the spiritual grounding for their use in everyday life. 

Fitted to Your Available Time

Most workshops can be offered both online or in person and last either two hours or six hours. If you prefer a short talk rather than a workshop, brief versions of most topics are also available. 

Two-Hour Workshops

Affirmative Prayer Workshop: Praying from Our Divine Identity

How can we learn to pray when God is not outside us looking in but rather an integral part of who we are? What happens in the prayer process when we actually claim our Divine Identity? 

Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett has given us some answers in her book, How to Pray Without Talking to God. This experiential prayer workshop utilizes material from her book to guide you in learning to pray from your Divine Identity. 

Join us as we dive deep into who you really are: Divine Life, Divine Wholeness, Divine Love and Divine Abundance! Bring a friend and a pen; a study guide is provided (and available in advance upon request). 

I'm the facilitator, Jackie Ambrow, C.Ht., M.A. I'm a licensed Prayer Chaplain Trainer and former Prayer Chaplain Coordinator at Unity of Columbia, Missouri. 

Master Relaxation to Improve Health and Deepen Spiritual Practice

How many times have we struggled to go into the Silence in the midst of challenge or felt that we could not quiet our minds enough to hear Spirit's guidance? 

Mastering relaxation makes spiritual practices such as affirmative prayer and meditation much easier! What if you could stop new anxieties from forming and "toggle" out of stress and anxiety into relaxation anytime, anyplace, at will? 

Imagine being able to quiet the mind enough to shift into the I AM Presence in the face of any challenge. The spiritual benefits of mastering relaxation are right up there with the benefits for our health! 

Part one covers the physiology of stress and relaxation, how new anxieties form, and how to prevent them from forming through proper diet to stabilize the blood sugar. 

In part two, we learn how to toggle out of stress and anxiety into relaxation at any time, anywhere and at will. I also touch on positive psychology, the quantum flow and the new neuroscience. 

Participants will come away with all the tools they need to master relaxation and a better understanding of how spiritual principles are supported by science. 

This class works best as two sessions one week apart: two hours the first class and about 75 minutes for the second, including live hypnosis. The class can be compressed to fit into a single two-hour time slot with download links to pre-recorded hypnosis for reinforcement. 

Dream Interpretation

Dreams are the language of the subconscious mind and one of the avenues for Spirit Within to communicate with us. Learning how to interpret them can give us mental, emotional and spiritual insights into our lives. 

This method is one that anyone can learn and requires no "dream dictionary" other than your own understanding of what your mind's symbols mean to you. The class includes Theory of Mind, the three stages of dreaming, and a dream interpretation method that includes understanding both literal and symbolic content. 

Participants are are encouraged to bring a dream for interpretation by the group during the workshop. 

Young adults especially love this class, and so does anyone who dreams (that's everyone!). This class is for anyone who wants to remember and understand their dreams better. This material comes from my training in Dream Therapy, a part of my hypnotherapy practice. 

Relationship Enhancement and Relationship Strategies: The E & P Attraction

What if you could salvage your relationship from the "taking for granted" stage or even the trauma stage and bring it back to the honeymoon stage—and keep it there indefinitely? What if you could know ahead of time what to look for in a potential partner? Sounds like you'd be asking for the relationship of your dreams, doesn't it? As it turns out, both are really possible. 

This workshop is based on the research of Dr. John G. Kappas, a clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist. Dr. Kappas found that there are two basic behavior types. Subconscious behavior and the Law of Mind Action (although Kappas does not call it that) tend to bring together these two opposite types. 

At first, the complementarity of these opposite types creates the "spark" and honeymoon stage. Lack of understanding, however, regarding opposite communication strategies and priorities can lead to trouble. 

This class teaches people not only how to relate to their opposite type in successful ways and to prosper the relationship but also how to apply these principles to all kinds of relationships to achieve better understanding, communication and harmony. 

This is a perfect and practical class for nurturing Divine Love in all our relationships! 

If you want a better idea of some of the content, you can find an introductory video class by Hypnosis Motivation Institute's hypnotherapy students here. 

The Mental Bank Program: Success is Not an Accident

This workshop is based on the research of Dr. John G. Kappas, clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist. Subconscious behavior can be reprogrammed with simple strategies designed to reduce resistance and stretch one's "comfort zone" toward accepting and receiving more prosperity, success and happiness with small, daily, incremental changes. 

Daily practices and affirmations for receiving one's Good are part of the process. For New Thought participants, I explain how our Mental Bank practice can support our spiritual goals. 

My study guide handout for this workshop is available upon request. 

Spiritual and Practical Prosperity

We begin with Unity Minister Rev. Kristin Powell's Five Pillars of Prosperity and follow it with financial expert Janine Bolon's book, Money: It's Not Just for Rich People

Janine writes from the perspective of universal laws about wealth and prosperity that are in alignment with New Thought and Unity teachings. Emmanuel Dagher, Panache Desai and others are introduced from various sources, such as Healing with the Masters, The Aware Show, and Unity.fm. 

This group class can be conducted online for several weeks. I first introduced this study group on Janine Bolon's book at Unity of Columbia, Missouri in 2012 and then again in 2013. We had a small but dedicated group that met monthly for several months after the initial weekly sessions.

Full-Day Workshops

That's me, Jackie, with a custom drum I made for a friend to give to her spouse.

For over 30 years I have been a Carrier of the Sacred Pipe and a practicing shaman. 

As an anthropologist, I use my studies of spiritual practices from around the world to assist the awakening of Divine Love in every heart. In my hypnotherapy practice, I use shamanic principles as another tool for helping my clients achieve their goals. 

I offer these drum-making and shamanic workshops to pass on these spiritual traditions to the next generation of seekers who want to explore this rich spiritual inheritance. 

Each full-day workshop includes time for a potluck lunch. Sharing a meal allows for more informal discussions and community-building. 

Drum-Making for Spiritual Seekers

In this six-hour workshop, participants build their own raw elk hide and maple frame drums and mallets from kits that are from sustainably and respectfully harvested materials. 

Building a drum is a spiritual, intentional process. We use affirmative prayer, meditation, chants and songs. For tens of thousands of years, drums have connected humanity to the Universal Heartbeat and All-That-Is. We explore the sacred by using our hands, minds and hearts to build our own drums and celebrate the Rhythm of the One. 

At the end of the day, everyone has their own drum ready to dry before the next step. The new drums must dry completely before decorating or playing, so a second session usually follows one to two weeks later. 

We gather a second time for a prayerful and powerful ceremony of Awakening the Drum. Together we re-connect with the ancient tradition of drumming for spiritual nourishment and celebration. 

This two-part workshop series is a great way to start or continue a drumming circle in your local community. 

The Spirit Canoe: Shamanic Drumming and Journeying

For the more adventurous spiritual seeker, this experiential class introduces the basics and universals of shamanism. Based on the research of anthropologist Michael Harner and my own shamanic practice, the class starts with discussion of how shamanism appears all over the world as people connect with Spirit, then moves to describing the three basic tasks of shamanic practice. 

We then discuss the universal elements of a shamanic journey and how we can create a great journey with just a drum—what many Native Americans call the Spirit Canoe. 

After an explanation of the basic journey, we settle in for the first journey. One person rapidly, evenly beats a drum, and each participant gets comfortable for their first journey while the body rests. Once the journeyers are called back by a signal in the beat of the drum, the journey ends and each participant has an opportunity to share their experience. 

We typically do several journeys with time in between for sharing and journaling the experience. 

By the end of the workshop, people often feel more confident about using shamanic journeying in their spiritual practice. 

Participants can bring their own drum, or not. Only one drummer is needed at a time, and simple frame drums such as the ones made in the Drum-making for Spiritual Seekers Workshop seem to work best. 

A shorter, two-hour version of this workshop is also available. In the two-hour version, typically there is time for only one journey and discussion. However, participants come away with the basic tools for shamanic journeying and access to a recording with instructions and drumming to do a journey on their own.

Advanced Shamanic Practice I: Shamanic Extractions

This workshop teaches the basics of the practice of Shamanic Extraction, that is, the removal of energetic interferences from a person's body and energetic field. Often the client has suffered from not feeling well in some way, and the removal of energetic intrusions can help the person feel more balanced, well and at peace. 

Practice with Shamanic Journeying and the Shamanic Journeying Workshop or a similar workshop are prerequisites. 

Advanced Shamanic Practice II: Shamanic Soul Retrieval

When we suffer a trauma, grief or loss, or a radical or unexpected change, sometimes we can feel unwell, out of sorts, unbalanced or otherwise not ourselves. Shamans have found that sometimes we lose "a part of ourselves" at the time of the event. Afterwards, we can go through life for years feeling that something is amiss or that we are missing a piece of ourselves. 

Soul Retrieval is a technique for recovering the missing parts of ourselves and others, often a younger version of us at the age the event happened. When we retrieve that part of us, we often get our sense of joy and wholeness back! 

In New Thought we know that we are always Complete, Whole and Perfect, but we don't always stay in the experience of it. Soul Retrieval can help us regain that experience and connection with that Truth. 

Experience with Shamanic Journeying and the Advanced Shamanic Practice I: Shamanic Extractions workshop are prerequisites. 

Which of These Offerings Resonate with You?

If you feel prompted to offer any of workshops to your congregation or group, please contact me for more information. Xochitl and I would love to share them with you and yours!