Sweatlodge, Visionquest, Sit spots, Flowering tree ceremonies.
With Leo Rutherford & Phil Greenwood
We live on the land and we live off the land. However concreted over it may be, we still live on the land of Planet Earth. And however well wrapped in plastic and sanitised it may be, all our food comes from our Mother Earth. The materials for our shelter too, even our very own body-vehicle. In modern life many of us have lost much of our sense of connection to the earth and have forgotten about gratitude for all she gives us. This quest is about regaining our connection to self, to other and to the natural world.
The Earthmother was once admired and worshipped but we have become distanced from her and from natural forces. Hence we have largely lost the emotional and psychological wisdom and healing that our Earth offers us. And we have forgotten about giving gratitiude for this life
The current myth of material ‘progress’ and a gross misunderstanding of the meaning of ‘wealth’, has brought human-Earth relations to a low. The loss of the intimate human-earth relationship is the core of a tremendous loss of soul connection which has brought anxiety, depression, mental illness and suicide to serious proportions in many ‘developed’ countries. When we are distanced from the natural world, we lose the blessings of the world in our immediate lives.
Shamanism is the oldest spiritual path on planet earth and has existed for hundreds of thousands of years all over the world. It is an ancient way to knowledge, to an awareness of the subtle energy that underlies existence, to a vastly increased level of understanding of how life really works. The term is used to describe the practices of indigenous people from all over the world who were and are the healers within their community i.e. the Medicine People, Marakames, Kahunas, Shamans. For them, there is no separation between daily life and spirit, they know that all things are connected and that disconnection brings dis-ease.
Our ancient roots are shamanism wherever we live and whatever sort of culture we have grown up in. Look far enough back in time and you find that it is our spiritual heritage.
Long before such relatively recent concepts as organised religion and the idea of belief in Gods rather than knowledge of how the Universe works, humans used a variety of ways and tools to find things out through experience, which are just as applicable today as ever.
These practices are still in use in a surprisingly large number of places in the world and many shamans of indigenous cultures are now teaching people of all cultures and races.
Although our modern times seem very far removed from the experience of indigenous people, the needs of the human soul are still the same in its desire for connection – for Love, Community and Creativity.
We are now in such need for personal and planetary healing that we find more and more people are coming back to the path of shamanism, rediscovering their roots and their way back home. Shamanic practices and Shamanic healing enable you to have powers over your own life and to help others. In addition to this, shamanic ways show you how to connect with all of Creation.
We will be camping, living close to the earth and close to one another.. We will find our ‘Sit Spot’, do ‘Flowering Tree ceremonies, experience sweatlodge, and spend a night on the land questing, This will be backed up by group circle sharing from the heart, and studies of the Medicine Wheel and its teachings of balance and harmony.
We will experience —-
How to – Re-Member your sacred connection to Mother Earth and all Existence
How to – Sweat out the old and release yourself from old negative beliefs.
How to – Recognise real, permanent, everlasting wealth from the materialist fake.
Arrive Wednesday afternoon/ evening, 3-5pm preferably, dinner approx 6pm. Depart Sunday 2-3pm .
Venue: East Sussex pasture, woodland and lakes. Full details on booking.
Cost £375, Booking deposit £100,