An in-person soul retrieval ceremony takes about 2 hours. It functions a lot like a Reiki session but incorporating specific Shamanic practices.
The theory behind soul retrieval is that each time we are traumatized, taken advantage of, or give away our power in some way, a fragment of our soul stays behind in that moment of time-space. Soul retrieval is the act of reuniting the fragments and honoring the process of coming home to oneself. The effects are deep and long lasting.