Past Trainings with Salvatore Gencarelle

Past Trainings with Salvatore Gencarelle in association with the Helpers Mentoring Society.


Helpers Mentoring Society in affiliation with Circle of Life Rediscovery are offering a year-long course to individuals to learn the components of how to facilitate The Living Fire Ceremonies. Participants of this course will be introduced to the ways in which fire and the natural elements can be utilised to create ceremonial containers for connection and transformation.

To book and find out about costing Tiers please CLICK HERE 

The Living Fire ceremonies can provide enhanced connection on many levels: it is a means to remember departed loved ones, to honour the ancestors, to remember our ancient relationship with the elements, to reconnect with people, to share stories, to laugh, to cry and as a way to return to inner harmony. Fire can be used to bring about a transformation in times of deep sorrow and to enhance celebrations in times of great joy. It can provide a place to enable the safe processing of grief and as a focal point during Rites of Passage. Fire ceremonies have always been a part of human history and historically been the glue that holds a community and culture together, dating back to when people first gained understanding of how to work with this element.

The Living Fire course is designed to help us return to a healthy relationship with fire and reignite the sacred fire at the center of connected community. It will help develop a new generation of Fire tenders and cultural facilitators. During this course the students will learn fire’s various ceremonial applications from the perspectives of the universal, cultural and various specific lineages of fire tenders.

The teachings will include the following:

  • Fire for life transitions and the challenges that can come with them
  • Rites of Passage at any age
  • Holding of community space for the transitions of others
  • For grieving loss (including the death of loved ones)
  • As a memorial for departed loved ones
  • To connect to the ancestors 
  • For connecting and learning from nature and the elements
  • To support a healthy and happy future for the unborn generations and all of creation
  • To experience a vibrant and healthy community 
  • How to apply fire and the other elements to create personal and community ceremonial containers

The Community Fire:
During the course we will explore fire as the centre piece for connection and transformation. Students will learn how to create ceremonial space and how to apply it in a variety of uses. Students will learn about the universal ceremonial application of fire throughout history, a range of specific cultural applications and receive detailed teachings on fire from North American indigenous lineages. Through these teachings students will become keepers of this ancient wisdom and knowledge. During the year they will have the opportunity to hold responsibility for tending aspects of the ceremonial space and, on a case by case basis, holding facilitation roles.

The Fire Quest:
The participants of the Living Fire will each have an opportunity to undertake a personal Fire Quest and experience this powerful rite. For parents participating in this course, there will be an opportunity for teenage children to also do a Fire Quest. This will be a separate offering and have a separate cost (discounted for parents participating in this course). This offering will be during the September gathering and will be announced in the next months. Many people in the modern world desperately want to live a life full of connection and yet were never given the opportunity to go through any form of authentic rite of passage to support their growth out of childhood. There are many adults who find themselves locked into childlike reactions and limited views as a result. Historically, the role of connected cultures has been to ensure that each community member develops into a healthy and happy “Human Being”.

The ancient cultures hold a deep understanding of the human life stages, as well as how to meet the challenges that come with these life stages. They had processes to facilitate these transitions between the stages and individuals were enabled to unfold and blossom into their own personalities - with their gifts, an understanding of their responsibility, full of vitality and incredible joy. The knowledge and understanding of the importance of rites of passage was necessary to prevent people from stagnating in their growth and personal development and getting stuck in loops of adolescent behaviour, something we often observe taking place in modern societies. How can we help ourselves and the next generation of children to become well grounded, conscious, confident and fully connected individuals? The Fire Quest is a rite of passage which was historically used to support life stage transitions. The quest involves a person being honoured by the community and then sent out from a Community Fire into nature to tend a personal fire throughout one night. During the night, the quester reflects on their life, their gifts, their wounds, and they learn directly from their interaction with the fire and nature around them.

Objectives of the Course:
To develop individuals who are competent to hold Living Fire ceremonies for their communities and a range of ceremonial applications of the Living Fire.

1) Life Initiation & Rites of Passage - Four part Training across the seasons and stages of life (February 2016 through to December 2016)


This four-part training will be led by Salvatore Gencarelle, internationally recognised trainer for the 8-Shields Institute & Helpers Mentoring Society, and supported by a team of experienced U.K nature-education facilitators and trainers.

The training is for anyone looking for an experiential programme that will enable them to be immersed in a year-long journey around the wheel of a human's Rites of Passage.

 The training includes:

  • Ceremonial Events - Inipi, Vision Quest, Sacred Fire
  • Nature Immersion - Deep Nature Connection (Activation of our original design)
  • Learning to be a Facilitator - Teaching the tools of Deep Nature Connection and the Advanced Connection Practices
  • Universal Principals and Application - Laws of Life, Sacred, Natural and Human Law, Attributes 
  • Life Changing Process of daily connection - Core Routines, Orderly Fashion Prayer, Prayer ties
  • Pre-recorded teachings adn PDF text files.
  • The four gatherings in the UK will provide attendees an opportunity for an experiencing various Rites of Passage, including Purification Rites, Rites of Competency, Rites of Initiation into Womanhood/Manhood. Grief Healing Rites, Elder Initiations, Rites of Death.
  • We will be offering a ‘kids nature-programme’ alongside the Spring (February Part 1) and Summer (Part 2) trainings during the weekends and can offer a small group mentoring programme on the week day part for a small group. Please contact Circle of Life Rediscovery for further details.

For a full description of the training please CLICK HERE

2) Sacred Fire Quest Weekend

16th - 18th September 2016.
Location: Laughton, East Sussex.
Who should attend: Adults, families (including siblings) and young people (aged 12 – 17 years).

On September 16th – 18th 2016 we will be holding a gathering to introduce the Sacred Fire ceremony and the Rite of Passage known as the Fire Quest.

Saturday September 17th 2016 an overnight Community Sacred Fire will be held in support of any young people and adults who are ready and want to take part in the Rite of Passage called the Fire Quest.

During the weekend Salvatore Gencarelle will also be teaching about the wider uses the Sacred Fire can be put to, alongside supporting the Fire Quest that will be taking place within the temporary community that we create together. 

The Community Sacred Fire is a multi-generational event that has traditionally been held at different times of need. That need can include times of deep sorrow, times of great joy and celebration, and at times of important life transitions. It is a space for the safe and supported processing of grief. It can also be a focal point for a community while their youth undertake a rite of passage into early adulthood.

The Fire Quest is a Rite of Passage which was historically used as a means to mark and support the transition from childhood into young adulthood. The quest traditionally occurs during the formative teenage years, generally between 12 and 17 years old. It involves a person being sent out from a Community Sacred Fire into a pre-prepared space nearby in nature to tend a small, personal fire throughout one night. During the night the quester is supported by the knowledge that their family and/or the rest of the community are all at the Sacred Fire which is also being tended all night long. At dawn the next day the quester is welcomed back to the Community Sacred Fire where they share their experiences from the night and a feast with the rest of the community.

Adults who choose to undertake the Fire Quest can gain deep insights into themselves, their  experiences and their relationship with all of Creation.

This weekend experience provides an opportunity for you to:

  • Explore and reflect upon childhood life transitions and some of the challenges that may be presented if they are not given full acknowledgement and support.
  • To take part in a rite of passage that you may have missed out on in your adolescence so that you can review and reframe your experience of growing up and begin to access your full power and potential as an adult.
  • To experience what it can be like to be in community where focused support for the natural transition times in life is being recognised and honoured. 

3) Healing for Life - Sacred Pipe

cpd day

The purpose of this 3-Part training is to assist people to develop a relationship with the Sacred Pipe (The Canupa). The Sacred Pipe is one of the 4 Universal gifts to humanity. The gift of the Sacred Pipe is to help people come into a healthy relationship with themselves, the natural world and other people. The Sacred Pipe is a tool of connection that has origins in antiquity. The concept of a Sacred Pipe can be found as a trans-cultural concept throughout the world.

This training will focus on the following both the trans-cultural aspect of the Sacred Pipe, the specific application as taught from Native America and the practice of making a sacred pipe. The students of the Healing for Life course will learn from the Lineage of a powerful healing family which hails from the people of the North American Great plains.

For more information: CLICK HERE

When: All days will finish into the late evening Part 1: November 9th, 10th 2015 (2 full days) Part 2: February 10th, 11th 2016 (2 full days) Part 3: May 18th, 19th 2016 (2 full days)

Where: Part 1: Waldron, East Sussex Part 2: Waldron, East SUssex Part 3: Waldron, East Sussex

Full Cost: £620.00
Concessionary Rate: £520.00 (please see Terms and Conditions for Eligibility Criteria)
Booking Form and Terms and Conditions: Click Here

Costs and Contribution

All money collected for these workshops/courses is to off set teaching & material costs involved in providing these workshops/trainings. 

Enrolled members of Native American Tribes may attend at a minimum rate (that covers food/particular items).

We do not, nor ever, will demand payment for participation in the Ceremony (Advanced Connection Practices).  All charges are to cover the training, facilitation, hosting, management and travel.

Listen to Sal on an mp3 recording talking about Rites of Passage

Click on the image below to read Sal's article in Sacred Hoop magazine describing his thoughts on how we became so removed from the natural state of honouring and respecting elders.


4) Heart and Song

Heart and SongTeaching on the Native American Sacred Drum and Sacred Song (3 part training) 
Part 1: October 25th; 26th; 27th 2014 (3 days) 
Part 2: April: 14th, 15th, 16th, Friday 17th 2015 (4 days) 
Part 3: June: Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th 2015 (5 days)

This training takes place in three parts over the course of one year. The Lakota Sioux have always commited a significant length of time to learning these sacred practices. The teachings focus on the Native American sacred drum and songs that have connected the Lakota peoples to the earth for generations. For details please click here.

Costs and Contribution

All money collected for these workshops/courses is to off set costs involved in providing these workshops/trainings. There are significant costs incurred in hosting and providing these learning opportunities.

We do not, nor ever, will demand payment for participation in these Advanced Connection Practices (aka Ceremony).

People do not have to pay to smoke a Canupa or Inipi. All donations are based upon a person's willingness to support what they love and care about. Any charges are for the education and sharing of knowledge acquired through of years personal sacrifice. 
In learning some of these traditions and understanding we hope to be part of a new way of thinking that right the wrongs that have occured to native people world wide and deeply address, and heal from our attitude in the West of superiority.

Circle of Life Revisited Image
Circle of Life Revisited Image

Latest News

CPD's & Outdoor Learning
Camps for Schools
Forest School Training
Forest School Training