Thursday, May 18, 2017 (4 p.m. start) – Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (6 p.m. end)
Sunrise Ranch Spiritual Retreat Center, Loveland, CO
This training is open to new and continuing Apprentices. New Apprentices will work with our Teacher Interns and will join with Shar Lee and continuing Apprentices for significant portions of the program.
To become a Tibetan Cranial® Practitioner, a two- to four-year program of instruction, study, and practice is required. We call this process “Apprenticeship,” in the same way other fine crafts have been taught throughout history. Working under Master Teacher Shar Lee, Apprentices develop the ability to hear the language of the pulses in order to know exactly what each client needs. Developing this skill takes training, practice, patience, humility, time, and dedication. Apprentices also cultivate a strong spiritual practice that allows them to sustain a sacred state of mantra or prayer throughout a Tibetan Cranial session. Connection to Spirit allows for information to be received and understood in a more precise way, thus opening the possibility for the client to heal from within.
Each year, Apprentices attend two five-day retreat trainings and two weekend clinics, to learn through direct instruction and practice. Apprentices also are required to practice between trainings and clinics.
For their first training, new Apprentices can attend either a five-day training in Colorado or another location. In Colorado, new Apprentices will spend much of their learning and hands-on time with Teacher Interns, and they will join with Master Teacher Shar Lee as well as continuing Apprentices for a significant part of the program. Trainings at other locations will be led by other teachers. After their first training, new Apprentices need to attend Colorado trainings, where they will be taught by Shar Lee along with other other continuing.
The Colorado five-day retreat trainings take place at beautiful retreat centers: Cathedral Ridge, near Colorado Springs; or Sunrise Ranch, near Loveland. In addition to the in-depth teaching of Tibetan Cranial, Shar teaches the Apprentices yoga, meditation, and mantra. Shar’s teaching style is hands-on and nurturing. The teachings enable each person to enter a calm, receptive state, necessary to receive this training and to do Tibetan Cranial work. This format also allows for Tibetan Cranial to be taught in its original Eastern style: non-verbally, tactually, and intuitively.
Twice each year, between our five-day retreat trainings, we hold weekend clinics. Clinics are a critical component of our Apprentice program. They support the Apprentices’ work between the five-day retreat trainings, further expand their skills, and ensure that each Apprentice’s continuing independent practice maintains integrity and accuracy. Each Apprentice receives individual attention and instruction, to improve his or her Tibetan Cranial technique, while doing sessions for people who come to the clinic to experience Tibetan Cranial.
Colorado clinics are held every February and July, in Denver or Boulder. As we expand our training programs, clinics may be offered in other states and at other times. Clinics are held on weekends so as to not interfere with work schedules.
Clinics begin Friday late afternoon and end Sunday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, the clinic begins with teaching sessions with Shar (in Colorado) or other teachers. Then, Apprentices provide as many as six sessions per day to people coming to the clinic. These sessions are overseen by Shar (in Colorado) or other teachers, teacher interns, and other Practitioners, enabling Apprentices to receive additional teaching and feedback. At night, Apprentices and Practitioners often join together for dinner.
All Apprentices who live in the continental United States must attend two clinics each year, at least one of which is in Colorado with Shar Lee. Apprentices who live outside of the continental United States may, but are not required, to attend clinics. Often, Apprentices from out-of-town stay with local Apprentices while in Colorado for clinics.
Clinics also provide an opportunity for TC Practitioners to continue their learning, meet new people interested in receiving sessions, connect with Apprentices, and give back to our organization by filling volunteer roles during the clinic.
Between trainings and clinics, Apprentices practice TC by providing sessions to people. Each Apprentice is expected to do at least 108 sessions per year, including sessions at trainings and clinics. Apprentices build their skills and refine their techniques by providing a significant number of sessions independently, outside of trainings and clinics. Apprentices are not permitted to charge for sessions, in the spirit of providing service and in gratitude to those who come to the Apprentices to help with their learning.
The Tibetan Cranial Association is dedicated to the survival of this ancient modality. We are currently seeking people who are interested in learning Tibetan Cranial and are willing to enter the life-changing process it requires. Apprentices provide great service to many people, both during the Apprenticeship and after as Practitioners, and carry on this tradition by doing sacred healing work that has been shown to alleviate great suffering and promote a profound sense of well-being.
If you feel drawn to this work and you can make room in your life for this program, please read the additional Apprenticeship requirements below and then contact us by phone at 720-378-8044 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Practitioner will get in touch with you to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process of becoming an Apprentice.
Apprenticeship entails the following expenses:
Some scholarship funding is available for continuing Apprentices. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Tibetan Cranial Association welcomes general donations as well as donations specifically for scholarship purposes.
Notice of Policy for The Tibetan Cranial®Apprentice Program, effective 7-18-08
Each Apprentice must sign a written agreement before beginning the Apprentice program. The agreement states that every Apprentice shall commit to attending two five-day retreat trainings yearly and two weekend clinic trainings yearly, as well as to performing Tibetan Cranial® (TC) work on at least 108 people annually. This agreement is considered to be in breach if an Apprentice misses any of the five-day retreat trainings or weekend clinics without prior approval of the Tibetan Cranial Association Board of Directors. Upon breach, an Apprentice will be suspended from the TC Apprentice Program immediately. Suspension means that the Apprentice may not practice any TC sessions with any clients or Apprentices, nor attend further TC Apprentice retreats or clinics.
Suspended Apprentices may apply to the Tibetan Cranial Association Board of Directors for reinstatement and will remain suspended until the Board approves the application.
Items Apprentices need to bring to TC trainings & clinics, and to have these items where they provide TC sessions between trainings and clinics: