SHAMANIC IMMERSION - A 5-Day Practitioner Experience.

Shamanic Immersion

August 4 - 8, 2024

Meet me by the fire and

Sink into a transformative

Journey into Shamanic Practices

That You can Integrate into

Your Client Practice.

a 5-Day Immersion at Lori’s Forest Sanctuary

on 10 acres of private deep forest land in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan

Sunday, August 4th – Thursday, August 8th.

Retreat begins at 3pm et on Sunday afternoon and closes at 2pm et on Thursday.

Hello Beautiful Soul,

Welcome to this gateway of growing into your shamanic practice! As we stand at the threshold of this sacred journey, I am filled with immense gratitude for the opportunity to guide you deeper into both your healing and practice.

I believe that in the heart of every soul lies an innate desire for growth, for connection, and for the embodiment of one’s true purpose. It is with this understanding that we delve deeper into the realms of shamanic wisdom and hands-on healing practices.

Within these sacred teachings, you will further embrace the power that resides within you – a power waiting to be unleashed, to be honored, and to be shared with the world. Together, we will traverse the ancient pathways of shamanic healing, as you not only refine your skills as a practitioner but also expand your connection with nature, the wisdom of the ancestors, and the guiding spirits that walk beside us on this journey.

Stepping into your shamanic gifts by learning practices that you can apply in your private practice takes your work to its next level. This shamanic immersion training will call you forward in your sacred work.

During this five day experience you will learn hands on practices and techniques for shamanic healing. Some of these practices include disengaging fight, flight, freeze, the illumination, and working with the land to more powerfully anchor your healing space.

As we sink into this immersive experience, remember that schedules here are not tightly held but rather gentle guides. Immersive experiences have a rhythm of their own, and it’s essential to honor the natural ebb and flow of this sacred space. Take time to pause, to breathe, to be present with nature, and to integrate the profound wisdom that surrounds you.

The forest and the lake are incredibly restorative and amplifying for your sacred work. It is an honor to share this sacred space with you and walk alongside you as you journey deeper into the depths of your healing practice.

with love and joy, Lori

Rocks on Log - Lake Superior
Coffee and journal by Lake Eva
Moon Rock by Fire - Lake Eva
Rocks on Log - Lake Superior

Here’s what you can expect . . .

Day 1

Activating our Container of Space

2 – 3pm et – Gather.
3pm – Opening Circle. Sink into the energy of the weekend.
Clarify personal intention.
5pm – Nature and reflection time.
6pm – Step into Ceremony – Activate Intentions.
7:30pm – Close for the evening.

Day 2

Roots Journey

10am – Morning circle time for reflection & insight.
Circle time for sacred sharing followed by a practice to attune you to the day.
11:30am – Personal time for reflection, ritual, nature exploration.
12:30pm – Shamanic Practice: Journeying for another.
1:30pm – Lunch Break
3:30pm – Shamanic Practice: Roots journey and clearing for another.
5:30pm – Dinner Break followed by personal time for reflection, ritual, nature exploration.
7pm – Gather by the fire for a ritual.

Day 3

Trauma Response & Reset

10am – Morning circle time for reflection & insight.
Circle time for sacred sharing followed by a practice to attune you to the day.
11:30am – Personal time for reflection, ritual, nature exploration.
12:30pm – Recognizing trauma in self and our clients.
1:30pm – Lunch Break
3:00pm – Disengagement of FFFF Response
6:00pm – Dinner Break followed by personal time for reflection, ritual, nature exploration.
7pm – Free evening.

Day 4


10am – Morning circle time for reflection & insight.
Circle time for sacred sharing followed by a practice to attune you to the day.
11:30am – Personal time for reflection, ritual, nature exploration.
12:30pm – Learn the Illumination Practice.
1:30pm – Lunch Break
3:30pm – Putting it into practice – Illumination.
5:30pm – Dinner Break followed by personal time for reflection, ritual, nature exploration.
7pm – Gather by the fire for a ritual.

Day 5.

Closing our Container of Space

10am – Morning circle time for reflection & insight.
Circle time for sacred sharing followed by a practice to attune you to the day.
12pm – Closing ceremony.
2pm – Departure.

Expand Your Healing Practice

Embrace your Inner Wisdom.

Amplify your Light.

Align with your Vision.



Unlock the Power of Shamanic Healing Techniques

Welcome to an immersive journey where your shamanic gifts will flourish, and your abilities as a practitioner will reach new heights. Dive deep into transformative hands-on healing practices designed to empower both you and your clients on their paths of growth and evolution.

What to Expect:

  • Elevate Your Journeying Skills: Refine your innate ability to journey on behalf of your clients, traversing realms to uncover profound insights and guidance.
  • Harness the Power of Medicine Stones: Forge deep connections with your medicine stones, tapping into their ancient wisdom and utilizing them as powerful allies in your hands-on healing practice.
  • Empower Your Clients: Learn to guide your clients through the process of resetting their primal responses, liberating them from the shackles of fight, flight, or freeze instincts.
  • Release Limiting Imprints: Facilitate the gentle yet profound clearing of self-limiting imprints and wounds, paving the way for inner healing and transformation.
  • Craft New Narratives: Discover the art of guiding your clients to rewrite their life stories, empowering them to step into a future filled with purpose, joy, and abundance.

Join us in this sacred space where ancient wisdom meets modern healing, and together, let’s embark on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and profound transformation.

Crystal Camp Mug
Crystal Camp Mug
Crystal Camp Offering

What to Expect at the Forest Sanctuary

Day Accommodations

The Forest Sanctuary is Primitive. We are located on a small inland lake near Toivola, MI. Approximately 25 minutes south of Houghton.

Please Note: Meals and Overnight accommodations are not included with your registration (scroll down for more details and options). 

Indoor and Outdoor Spaces: We will mostly be outside for this event. But, if it rains, we have the big white canvas wall tent to work within (see picture above). Think glamping tent. This space is heated with a space heater and gets pretty toasty. It’s a wonderful space that is dry and warm.

Parking: There is plenty of space to park.

Bathroom: we rent a port-a-potty and have it refreshed regularly. We also have a hand wash station set up outside.
Like camp, it’s primitive. But it’s clean and works very well.

On the trail: we border on CFR lands and there is an abundance of old logging roads that we use for trails.

On the Water: our quiet, inland lake is a private lake accessed only by the surrounding property owners. It is spring fed and crystal clear. The water can be a bit chilly, but it is quite refreshing on a warm summer day. we have a dock, canoe, paddle boards, and life jackets. Bring along your swimsuit. Our outdoor shower area is a lovely changing room.

By the fire: we have multiple fire rings . . . spaces to be social and space to step into ceremony. We will be using both.

In the forest: Our land is surrounded by CFR lands. Our immediate 10 acres are an abundance of hardwood trees: Oak, Maple, Birch, and Ironwood. This is a very quiet area. Trails, gravel roads, and more are available for wandering and hiking.

Cell service, internet, electricity: we are remote, but we have all three of the above. How cool is that?!

Walk with me in the Forest

Feel the earth beneath your feet.

Sink your roots deep into the soil.

Be nourished by the wisdom and love of the great mother
as her sacred presence rises to meet you.


Where to Stay

Please note: Overnight accommodations are not included with your registration fee.

Offsite and Onsite options are available.

Please note that onsite accommodations are primitive and space is limited.
Requests will be honored on a first come first serve basis.

On-Site Accommodation Options

3 Primitive Campsites are available for $20/night.

These are available upon a first come first serve basis. If being on site feels aligned for you, message Lori at

Please note: You will need to provide your own tent and other camp gear.

Water for hand washing and primitive showering is available.

There is an on-site Port-a-potty restroom.

Drinking water is available for day use, but I invite you to bring along a little extra if you are planning to camp.

Off-Site Accommodation Options

Depending upon your preferences for location, comfort, etc. Here are some places to explore.

McLain State Park
Twin Lakes State Park
Houghton County Park

Parkview Lodge and Grill in Twin Lakes
Independence Stay in Houghton
Country Inn & Suites in Houghton
The Holiday Inn Express in Houghton
The Vault in Downtown Houghton

Where to Eat

Please note: Meals are not included with your registration fee (with the exception of pizza night).


Light snacks, filtered water, coffee, and tea will be offered.

For your lunch and/or dinner . . . Pack a cooler and bring along your favorite picnic foods. There are beautiful spots throughout camp to enjoy your packed lunch in nature — either on your own or in the company of other campers.


Last year we had. a spontaneous pot luck dinner. It was a deliciously joyful meal together. Plan to bring along a dish to pass for a Friday night community meal.


One of the local’ish restaurants has fantastic pizza. We will order and pick up pizza for dinner on Saturday night for another community dinner.

Off-Site Options

Depending upon your preferences for location, comfort, etc. Here are some places to explore.

In Twin Lakes:
Parkview Lodge and Grill in Twin Lakes

In Houghton: 
The Ambassador (fantastic pizza)
Camp Coffee (wonderful Acia Bowls)
Suomi Restaurant (tasty pasty’s)
Tadych’s Grocery Store (great deli)

In Hancock:
LaCantina (mexican)
Milly’s (fresh pizza and salads)
Gino’s Restaurant (italian)

Other Logistical Nuggets . . . be sure to read thoroughly.

Forest Sanctuary Location

We are located approximately 30 minutes south of Houghton, MI off Hwy 26.

Precise location details and directions will be shared with registration.

The Forest Sanctuary is approximately 2.5 miles from a main access road. The driveway is well maintained and easy to access with a standard vehicle.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival time begins at 2pm eastern time on Thursday, August 25th. Our first session begins at 3pm eastern time. Please schedule accordingly.

Departure is by 3pm eastern time on Sunday, August 28th. 



If you plan to camp on site, plan your set-up and take-down accordingly.

Weather in the Forest

Weather in the Keweenaw Peninsula is wildly and wonderfully unpredictible. We are located about 10 miles ‘as the crow flies’ from Lake Superior. We are also on the western side of a ridgeline. This means that we have more precipitation and cooler temperatures than other local areas.

The weather changes quickly and while most days are absolutely beautiful, we feel it is important to be ready for anything.

Daytime temperatures are typically between the 60’s-80’s. Evenings and overnight temperatures may be in the 50’s – 60’s.

Plan to bring rain gear, warm clothes, and a swimsuit for the lake. We will spend most of our time outside, connecting with the land – your right gear will help you to be comfortable.

What to Bring?

– Layers of clothing.
– Rain gear.
– Warm jacket.
– Comfortable footwear. From sandles to hikers, bring what you need to keep your feet cozy and comfortable.
– Swimwear. (if you’d like to take a dip in the lake)
– Towel and other shower items. Camp has an on-demand hot water, out-door shower for your use. We will put up a schedule for times.
– Plan your meals. Bring a cooler. Plan to warm things over the fire. Pack your favorite snacks (for yourself, to share, or both)
– Ceremonial items that you like to use. (rattles, drums, incense, feather wands, specific ceremonial attire)
– Camp chair. (I do have several chairs on site, but if you have something specific that is easy to bring along, do so)
– Water Bottle and Favorite Mug. (I will have drinking water and warm beverages on site, but it is helpful if you bring along a water bottle or favorite mug. If you have preferred beverages, please bring those as well.)
– Bug stuff. This means something different for everyone. In fall the bugs are typically not too heavy. And we have well cleared trails and spaces around camp. That said, mosquito season has not yet let up. Last fall the ticks were heavy. So far this year they have been mild. We have bug spay (all sorts) along with mosquito repellant coils that we burn (like an incense). If there is something specific you prefer to use, please bring that along.

Travel - by car + by air.

Exact location will be shared upon registration. You will also receive directions and other fun details for navigating the northwoods and finding our ‘off the beaten path’ location.

The Forest Sanctaury is located about 25 minutes south of Houghton, MI, just off hwy 26.

If you are traveling by air, your closest airports are:
Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, MI (approximately 2hr drive)
Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, WI (approximately 4hr drive)

If you fly, plan to also rent a vehicle. The distance of the airports may add an extra overnight on each end of your journey. Let this be part of the adventure. The drive from both of these airports is gorgeous and filled with unusual and quaint locations along the way. We will give you some tips.

Refund and Cancellation Policy.

For cancellations made prior to May 1st, a full refund less a $50 processing fee.

Cancellations made after May 1st will be credited to a future event, program, or training with Lori A Andrus (less a $50 processing fee).

Koda on lookout

About Lori A Andrus . . .

Lori A Andrus

Lori is an artist, ceremonial guide, and wisdom teacher. With great joy and deep commitment, Lori artfully blends her background as an occupational therapist with nearly two decades of deep study in the areas of spirituality, earth-based healing, ceremony, and crystal wisdom.

Known for asking spot-on questions, she invites her clients to explore the most intimate facets of their soul. Her creative and inspiring online programs offer breakthrough lifestyle applications and support individuals in rising into their soul wisdom and shining brightly in the world.

Through the Meet Me in Sacred Space Podcast Lori shares practical ways to bring crystal wisdom and sacred practice into your everyday life.