Apprenticeship Programs

Living Centered in Your Heart

These are just some of the gifts and potentials, the profound beauty and magic, ready and waiting for you!


The elders shared their ancestral ways to support humanity’s awakening, empower personal healing, and reweave balance on our earth. Unconditional love, freedom from judgment, honoring the sacredness of all life – these rememberings open heart-centered ways of living.

The Apprenticeship offers the foundational teachings and ceremonies of an ancient way of living, an enduring human lineage which has been in existence on our earth for tens of thousands of years.

The traditional ceremonies and spirit journeys you will experience are ancient, effective healing ways that can be woven into your everyday life.

Remember who you really are. Unlearn judgments and fear-based conditioning. Heal the effects of the wounding. Cultivate kinship and communication with the spirits. Build loving, respectful relationships with all beings in the web of life.

“The Apprenticeship gave me practical and professional tools to use when I feel scattered, lost, or off base, and a different more compassionate lens for viewing myself and society. JoAnne’s ability to hold space and show up for her students is bar none. You feel uniquely seen, cared for, and spiritually held.” ~ J.D.

“The Apprenticeship Program has been life-changing and life-affirming. JoAnne is deeply authentic in her teachings. She creates safe and nurturing space that allows me to remember who I am and my connectedness to the world.” ~ B.M.

“I am profoundly grateful for JoAnne, her wisdom, and her contribution to building a more harmonious world. I will be passing down the knowledge I gained from this apprenticeship to my children in hope they pass it down to theirs, so that a new tradition of balance and harmony will run our family and replace deeply worn ancestral lines of trauma.” ~ J.D.

Living in Balance from the Heart

Here is a taste of the traditional ceremonies you’ll experience in the Apprenticeship.
These empowering healing ways can be woven into everyday life
to awaken well-being, harmony, and balance.

Living centered in your heart creates a heart-centered world.

Ceremony of Finding Your Song: An ancient sacred ceremony to awaken and remember the vast feeling of your aliveness, beauty and joy, the knowing of your passions and purpose. The elders poetically describe your genuine way of being, the wholeness of who you are, as your Song. Everything is alive and has a unique Song ~ each and every tree, stone, bird, butterfly, human, starfish, drop of water, and grain of sand. Each individual Song is in relationship with the Songs of all others, interacting and sharing in the dance of creation, weaving the web of life.

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Stone Circle Altars: Learn to build an altar space in the traditional ways for ceremony and spirit journeys. Utilizing sacred geometry and elements of the earth, create sacred space which assists you in holding altered states of consciousness to access inner awareness, spiritual guidance, and healing.

Ceremony of Finding Your Direction: A ceremonial process to discover the Direction which holds a particular kinship and affiliation with you in this lifetime. Deepen your connection with this unlimited source of knowledge, experience, and guidance.

Dance of the Earth Fire Serpent: Initiation ceremony to open your innate ability to access an infinite flow of Life Energy – abundant rivers of Life Energy to nourish your body and whole being, to choicefully focus and direct with your attention.

Crystal Cave Journey: For centuries, shamans and their apprentices have traveled physically to sacred sites for initiation ceremony. In this guided spirit journey, you have an opportunity to experience and explore the Crystal Cave and the extraordinary energy and guidance available here to support you in your healing and awakening.

Power Animal Journey: A spirit walk to an ancestral cave to meet your Power Animal. Questing with your Power Animal opens doorways to a sacred relationship filled with companionship, guidance, sharing of knowledge, and boundless adventures.

Soul Retrieval Journey: Spirit journey to reclaim missing soul pieces ‘lost’ during challenging life events – accidents, stress, trauma, loss, injuries, oppression, abuse, illness. In the traditional ways, you reclaim your own spirit pieces during the guided journey. You acquire the skills and experiential knowledge to continue to pursue Soul Retrievals independently ~ empowerment as your own healer.

Personal Apprenticeship with JoAnne Dodgson

online & in-person individual sessions

Receive personal guidance as you learn and experience ancient healing ceremonies.

Awaken your inner knowings, reclaim your wholeness, and live the passions and purposes of your life.

Create enriching relationships with the earth and spirit realms.

Living in heart-centered ways creates a heart-centered world.

“Working with JoAnne has brought me home. The ceremonial teachings that JoAnne shares are different than anything I’ve been shown previously. Freedom is available with the shedding of patterns, where my true self shines. JoAnne lives what she teaches and supports me in the most beautiful way as she shares these sacred gifts.” ~K.S.

Apprenticeship Continuing Studies: Throwing the Bones Ceremony

In the Bone Throwing Apprenticeship, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the traditional ways for creating your personal medicine bundles. You’ll develop the gifts and skills of gathering up understandings of the guidance and healing being shared by the spirits.

Cultivating clear communication and lifelong relationships with your spirit guides is a gift beyond measure. The elders describe Bone Throwing as the oldest form of divination on our earth.


Interested in studies in Throwing the Bones Ceremony?

“I feel a dynamic living force in this tradition. The bones speak through you powerfully and you carry this lineage with such grace and beauty.” ~ M.J.