Ritual postures and ecstatic trance®
Start: 22.2.2020

Training “Ritual postures and ecstatic trance”® after Felicitas Goodman

Next start: Sat., 22.02.2020
Location: Burghof Stauf in der Pfalz
Seminar Coach: Sabine Rittner

Training group for future certified seminar leaders who work with “ritual postures” in public or would like to integrate them into their profession and everyday life.

With this new training offer I would like to appeal to people,

– who want to bring something healing and reconnecting into the world with the ritual postures,
– who feel the desire to accompany other people on this ancient yet contemporary spiritual, deep ecological journey of experience,
– who know that they want to get deeply involved in this archaic way of trance embedded in the shamanic world view,
– who are willing to take responsibility for accompanying people in altered states of consciousness,
– who are curious, can marvel and belong together for experience and understanding, practice and theory, body and head.

The training consists of a combination of
– intensive self-awareness in the context of a closed annual group for advanced learners, and
– individual training days, on which methodical, technical and content-related deepening takes place. Here you practice, ask questions, reflect critically, laugh, discuss, do research, reflect, exchange, encourage, taste, sympathize, support… On the training days you also supervise the work you have to do yourself with a self-directed local practice group, which is an additional important part of the training.

Since not everything can be taught exclusively on the training days, I expect from the participants a high willingness to open up and communicate, for active cooperation, self-study and research, as well as responsible commitment for their own local practice group. Last but not least, the ritual postures are a spiritual path of experience and growth with shamanic roots, on which each individual is accompanied as an important part of the community.

The training takes place on the basis of the “Training Guidelines of the Felicitas Goodman Institute Germany”. It will be supplemented by many elements from my wealth of experience on the subject of trance and altered states of consciousness. The training guidelines can be inquired with me, I send them gladly to:

My personal path with Felicitas Goodman and the rituals

Since I met the anthropologist and consciousness researcher Prof. Felicitas Goodman in 1993, this extraordinary and ancient path of ecstatic trance has never let go of me. I am deeply grateful that I was able to experience Felicitas Goodman for many years as a teacher, friend and colleague and spend a lot of time with her.

I had the opportunity to explore the effects of ritual postures with different approaches. I have used them in medicine and psychotherapy as well as in intensive wilderness retreats in direct contact with nature. Here the shamanic roots of the ritual postures can be best experienced.

In the meantime I have been able to bring this precious work in lectures and seminars to other European countries, to the USA, to Japan and currently to Australia. In my wildest dreams, when I met Felicitas and turned into a flying tiger flying over the Himalayas in one of the first rituals, I could not have imagined how important this access to ecstatic trance would become for me. And certainly not that he would accompany me into old age. It is of great concern to me to pass on the experiences I was allowed to gain and the knowledge I have acquired into attentive and responsible hands. It is very important for me to teach good methods for the security in the accompaniment of people in changed processes of perception.

Structure of the course and dates:

16 dates in the whole group until the end of 2021:
on Saturdays or Sundays 11.00 – 18.00 hours

The dates in 2020:

The dates in 2021:

Additional 6 training days in the small group until the end of 2021:
on Sundays 10.00 – 16.00 hours

The dates in 2020:

The dates in 2021:

Important: Registration is for one year only. Then you can decide to register for the second training year.

The place:

The view from our seminar room in the morning

The view from our seminar room in the morning

A children’s home on a Celtic settlement square and castle hill in the Northern Palatinate, which had been vacant for a long time, was converted by us into both a communal housing project ( and a guest house retreat centre with seminar facilities. This has been my new place of life and work for some years now. At this special place, with a wide view over the lovely hilly landscape of the Palatinate and the woods, the training takes place. A few minutes walk away is an ancient, geomantically strong place of power: the castle hill of Stauf. The overnight stay is possible on request in our “Gästehaus Burghof Stauf”:

Seminar Coach: Sabine Rittner

I am a psychotherapist (licensed and HP), music therapist, hypnotherapist specializing in working with altered states of consciousness and body-oriented psychotherapy. I work at the Institute for Medical Psychology of the University Hospital Heidelberg (teaching, psychotherapy, trance research) and in my own practice (psychotherapy, supervision, coaching). I have been leading seminars and training courses at home and abroad for four decades. I was a long-time student of the anthropologist and consciousness researcher Prof. Felicitas Goodman and am authorized to train in the method “Ritual postures and ecstatic trance”®. More Information




– by train to Eisenberg/Pfalz, from there pick-up (10 min.) is possible,
– in the car with carpools, a list of participants will be sent in time.

for 8 dates of the advanced annual group in 2020: 750,- €
+ for 3 training days in 2020: 280,- €
i.e. the total price for 2020 is: 1030,- €.

One warm meal per seminar day is included in the price.
Accommodation and complete meals are not included in the seminar price.

Registration for the training is possible if the participation requirements (see “Training Guidelines of the Felicitas Goodman Institute Germany”) are met. Please contact us in advance:

Registration is for one year only.

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