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Shamanic Workshops
connection, ceremony & joy in an ever-changing world
COME, SIT WITH US IN THE GREAT CIRCLE OF LIFE
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Together, let us explore the Great Medicine Wheel - ancient traditional teachings of the circular nature of life, the Everything and this Planetary Dance we share together.

We ask the wisdom of the Red People to help us penetrate our western boundaries of time and space to see beyond our own perceptions of reality, of how we relate to others and how we engage with the world around us. We look to our Earth Mother as our first teacher and listen deeply to her warnings and her wisdom. 

For the truth to reveal itself, we must first suspend our beliefs. 

Everything in the Universe is circular, and it is from within the circle, that these Medicine Wheels and Keys become alive and dance us awake. They stretch us into more of who we desire to be. They expand our personal self-growth and development. They teach us to live in balance and harmony with our Selves, Life and Others. 

We welcome you into this circle of power.

The Medicine Wheel Way begins with the Touching of our Brothers and Sisters. Next speaks to us of the Touching of the world around us, the animals, trees, grasses and all living things. Finally it teaches us to Sing the Song of the World, and in this Way to become a Whole People.
Hyemeyohsts Storm
ALIGNING WITH CHANGE THROUGH AWARENESS

The ancients foretold we would go through significant shifts in consciousness during this transitional time in history.

Change is upon us. How are you negotiating and managing the changes?

Change is challenging, unfamiliar and unavoidable. It's difficult to know how to traverse the unknown when you don't recognize what you're facing and where it may take you. Aligning to change requires self-awareness. It's not about getting it right or being perfect, it's about exploring new possibilities and approaches, while letting go of the fear of failing and making mistakes.  

Awareness helps us access the inner teacher who guides us back to wholeness. Most human beings want to achieve greater success, more happiness and deeper intimacy. To accomplish these things requires a presence, a motivation and a focus of attention.
This is an act of living in awareness.
Attending one of our Shamanic Workshops removes you from your normal life and immerses you in a world of self-empowerment, bringing greater awareness of the natural gifts, strengths and talents needed to align to change. As you become more aware of what's happening in your inner world and how to satisfy your true needs, you relate with the outer world in a new way. 
Founded in the ancient Twisted Hairs wisdom, these Teachings equip you with the knowledge, tools and techniques to let go of what doesn't work so you can grow and evolve. Give yourself the gift of time to focus and cultivate your personal ecology, direct your attention back to self first, then life, then others. 
You have the power to choose and change your reality. Invest in the most precious thing you have; YOURSELF! This is how shift happens. 
What EACH WEEKEND HAS IN STORE FOR YOU
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The theme, intent and teachings that have been curated for each workshop set a strong container, with enough flexibility for organic exploration. The perfect marriage of structure and spontaneity to birth the experience needed in the moment. 
This opens the space to support and meet the unique needs of each participant who intends themselves into the circle.
Under the auspices of the Twisted Hairs Lineage, the impact of these workshops stretches beyond just what happens in the physical, its impact reaches out into the collective, for ancestral and inter-generational healing, growth and evolution.
Our facilitation method is dynamic and comes from more than 40 years of combined teaching experience. We have an extensive toolbox filled with teachings, exercises, ceremonies and techniques available to us. 

These are some of the shamanic practices you will get to experience during our time together:

🪶 Medicine Wheel Teachings
These Wheels and Keys open our minds and hearts to the spirit of all things. In this way, we empower ourselves to reclaim our balance so we may live in harmony with ourselves, each other and the planet. 
🪶 Guided Shamanic Journeys
Guided journeys take us inward for self-reflection and exploration. Using certain tools including the Drum, we take you into the depths of your own magick, where you get to commune with your Hokkshideh, Higher Self. These journeys guide you to into the space of personal inquiry, deep connection and unfounded joy.  
🪶 Breathwork
Breath is life. Conscious breathwork has been used for thousands of years to access altered states of consciousness and tap into the body's innate wisdom. With breathwork, we initiate change inside, to dissolve blocks and traumas lodged in the physical and energetic body. Let your breath take  you into unexplored realms.
🪶 Creativity, Movement and Sound
Through movement, sound and creative expression we channel our creative life force energy. Freeing up your life force energy is the key to creating your life as a work of art. These practices move you beyond your shame and self-consciousness to express your naturalness.
🪶 Sweat Lodge
For thousands of years. indigenous people have used this sacred ceremony to purify, cleanse, rejuvenate, maintain health and wellbeing on all levels. This Sweat Lodge Ceremony has been handed down from teacher to student through the Twisted Hairs Lineage. It is a priveledge to experience this alchemical womb space as a tool for self-realization. Only available at certain venues.
🪶 Self-Reflection, Ceremony & Medicine
Ceremony takes you out of your normal state and opens your mind, body, heart and spirit to an expanded awareness. As we move through each day, we use a variety of activities to support your inward journey of self-reflection. Practices such as creating your own medicine objects with intent through ceremonial process is an act of personal power, an artistic expression of your unique essence and your give-away to the world. These medicine objects become tools to help you to focus your attention on what you truly desire so you can make it happen. 
CURRENT SHAMANIC WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE
🪶 Drum Birthing
🪶 AMWA: Meet your Animal Allies
🪶 Realizing the Beauty in Anger
🪶 Our Children's Planet
🪶 My Identity
🪶 My Human Luminosity
🪶 Journey of Cycles
🪶 Song of the Universe
YOUR FACILITATORS
Worldweaver
Since I’ve discovered that my identity doesn’t define me, I’m happy to say, I don’t know who I am. 
This path I walk through life, this sacred journey, is my exclusive masterpiece.
The movement between my light and darkness brings depth and form to my uniqueness.
As the painter and the canvas, I choose how to express my beauty.
May we all walk in Beauty.
Weaving Willow
An alchemist at heart, I am inspired by the capacity that life's experiences have to birth forth power, magick and beauty.
My commitment to seeking out my darkest depths has revealed to me my greatest shining. This is my way with self, life and others.
I carry my heart on my sleeve and make no excuses
for who I am or how I feel.
My deep compassion for all living things reflects back to me through the beauty that is my life experience.
THE VENUE

Not all our offerings are held at Sacred Journeys in KwaZulu Natal.

As our Twisted Hair Elders before us, we are also travellers, movers and shakers - so we have the priveledge of going where spirit and the people need us. 

If you would like to discuss hosting us, feel free to contact us.

Home base is situated in the picturesque Valley of a 1000 Hills midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, Sacred Journeys offers a sanctuary away from the busy-ness of the world so you can focus on YOU.
The Centre offers a large open plan teaching space, communal kitchen, indoor ablutions and a magickal outdoor shower. 
The medicine gardens are lovingly tended around the Centre, and just beyond the buildings you can walk into acres of natural bush that sings with an abundance of bird, plant and mineral life.

    MORE ABOUT EACH shamanic workshop

    drum birthing - AUGUST IN WHITE RIVER

    The circular nature of the shamanic hand drum unites us with the medicine wheel & teaches us of the cycle of life, death & rebirth. It is through the drum that we cna re-establish our connection to spirit, ourselves and the circle of life.
    By making your own drum, you come into divine communion with all five elements & the minerals, plants & animals. They are what contribute to the manifestation of everything.
    A Drum Birthing Ceremony awakens the drum to it's unique voice & song. It affords the creator the chance to pay respect to our great mother & accept the death-life experience of re-birthing ourselves into a new life. In this way we celebrate, that from nothing, everything was birthed, and from everything, we return to the nothing.

    I drum, therefore I am.

     The drum is a sacred instrument, we all have one beating inside of us.

    When we sit in union with the drum, we connect to our own rhythm & vibration.
    We feel our return to the unconditional nurturing of the great mother.
    We align to the universal beat of the heart centre.

    We surrender ourselves to the beauty of all that is, all that was, & all that ever shall be. A Medicine Wheel Nature Walk Talk.

    The time is now for you to become a powerful instrument of change.

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    Meet your animal Allies - DATE TBD

     Marrying the indisputable wisdom of African animals with the candid truths of the medicine wheel teachings, this one of a kind, insightful form of Astrology is unparalleled by any other modality.

    Join us on a rich and captivating journey of discovering and awakening to the beauty, power, and wisdom of AMWA within yourself.

    Encounter your Animal Allies and learn how they work as your own personal advisors providing insight, guidance, and direction for every part of your life.

    Improve intimacy, creativity, free will, and health as you step into heightened awareness.

    Determine the course of your destiny and manifest your sacred dream.

    Teachings & Ceremonies include:

    Drum Journeys to the Lower World to awaken your inner power animals within your Luminosity. Your personal Birth Constellation. Introduction to the Star Maiden Circle. Balancing the Shields Ceremony.

    Align to your natural essence, discover the truth of who you really are, unlock your inner wisdom and follow your life's purpose.

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    OUR CHILDREN'S PLANET - may IN kwazulu natal

    Grandmother Earth is an abundant and beautiful place, deserving our reverence and respect. She is our mother, our nurturer and caregiver. This workshops brings our awareness back to our relationships with all the children of Grandmother Earth. We must end our separation from the world and learn to walk upon her in beauty, as one of her beautiful creations. Our brothers and sisters - the minerals, plants and animals teach us how to walk in balance and harmony with all life. 

    Teachings & Ceremonies include:

    The Eight Great Powers Wheel, The Song of the Four Directions, The Powers and Manifestations of the Medicine Wheel, The Wheels of Elements, Seasons, Colours, Human Aspects and The Worlds of Grandmother Earth, The Creation Story, Song of the Four Directions, Flowering Tree Ceremony, The Blessed Beauty Way Prayer and A Medicine Wheel Nature Walk Talk.

    To walk in beauty is one of the greatest gifts we can give to the planet.
    May we all walk in beauty.

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    MY IDENTITY - JULY IN kwazulu natal

     Our attachment to our identity narrows our perspective and keeps us from seeing the truth of who we are. As perplexing as the infinite Universe, we are an undefinable enigma of paradox and duality. This workshop strips away the illusions and restrictions keeping us small, weak and insignificant. Together we take a journey of self-discovery, venturing into unexplored parts of ourselves while letting go of the lies and untruths about our naturalness.

    Teachings & Ceremonies include:

    Formulating your Identity, Molding, Sculpting and Armoring, Internal and External Imagemakers, Core Personalities and Moods of Stalking, Birthing the Spirit Personality Journey, Mirror of Self-Reflection Ceremony, Making your Identity Mask.

    Who we are extends beyond what we will ever understand about ourselves.
    In our naturalness we are Magickal and Mysterious.

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    MY HUMAN LUMINOSITY - SEPTEMBER IN kwazulu natal

    Our existence extends beyond the physicality of form. We are a living, breathing, magickal lightshow of vibration, colour, sound and frequency. This workshop reveals the magnificence of our human luminosity and how the energy centres animating and energizing our bodies function. We explore techniques and processes to heal the imbalances keeping us from living in health and vitality.

    Teachings & Ceremonies include:

    Introduction to the Human Luminosity, The Five Senses, The Ten Eyes, The Five Ears, The Ten Chakra’s, Awakening the Eyes, Ears and Chakra’s.

    Our quality of life depends on our willingness to heal the pain of our past.
    It is our birthright to live in health, happiness and harmony.

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    JOURNEY OF CYCLES - NOVEMBER IN kwazulu natal

    Change is the driving force weaving its way through the fabric of the Universe. With no beginning or end, the cyclical nature of reality takes us through the highs and lows of an ever changing wave of experiences. This workshop opens the door to creating a life of attuned alignment with the cycles of change. We learn to accept that nothing stays the same - including ourselves.

    Teachings & Ceremonies include:

    The Moon Cycles, The Star Maiden Circle , The Blocks to Maturity, The Warriors Attributes, The 0-9 Infinity Spin, The Circle of Foxes Spin, The Dance of the Coyote, The Star Maiden Circle Ceremony.

    When we align to change, we stop being victims to what is beyond our control.
    We become the agents of change.

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    SONG OF THE UNIVERSE - JANUARY IN kwazulu natal

    Beyond the concepts of time, space and dimension we tap into the undefinable mystery of the Universe - a sea of endless potential and possibility. Within ourselves exists such an unexplored universe. This workshop helps us stretch beyond who we think we are and what we understand about ourselves. Together we learn to widen our perspective of our reality and unlock the mysteries of creation.

    Teachings & Ceremonies include:

    An introduction to the Thirty Sacred Laws, The Four Universal Laws, The Children’s Twenty Count, The Twenty Count Storytelling, Talking Trees Ceremony, Talking Trees Medicine.

    We don't need to ask permission to have what we desire from life.
    It's there, waiting for us to claim.

    BOOKING FORM

    REALIZING THE BEAUTY IN ANGER - DATE TBD

    Every emotion tells a story.
    Anger tells the story about how we react to life when things don't go as expected.
    We mistake anger to be the problem, but the real issue lies with our expectations.

    For most of us, anger is an intense emotion we would rather avoid. Unlike surrendering to our feel good emotions, we fear that releasing this emotion will cause harm.
    What we don't realize is the harm it causes when we suppress or deny our anger.

    HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE ANGER?
    ARE YOU READY TO MAKE ANGER YOUR ALLY?

    BOOKING FORM

    MORE ABOUT REALIZING THE BEAUTY IN ANGER - DATE TBD

    "THE SMARTER I BECOME, THE MORE I REALIZE ANGER IS MY ALLY" Worldweaver

    CAN YOU EVEN ADMIT YOU GET ANGRY?
    Admitting to what makes us uncomfortable isn't always easy when we're feeling angry.
    We often misread feeling angry to mean something is wrong with us.
    When used with conscious awareness, anger is a powerful force to affect productive change and growth.
    Awareness of our reactions and responses to our expectations help us to better negotiate this inevitable human experience.

    Negative Reaction

    The main focus of this Shamanic Workshop is to explore anger through the ancient approach of the medicine wheel.
    This helps us to accept our anger and experience it in a mature and healthy way, rather then the painful and destructive expression we fear so much.
    Anger, like any emotion comes in various forms.

    The Negative Reaction Wheel illustrates the various ways that we express anger. With this practical approach, we can give our anger a name.
    Anger Wheel Negative Reaction
    Anger Wheel Positive Response
    Positive Response

    This wheel stretches us to consider that anger can have a positive expression.
    All the research, tools and techniques that are meant to 'help deal with' our anger, focus on conquering it, managing it, or at the very least swallowing it.
    Although a common reaction, making anger the problem never resolves the issue.
    Awareness of the damage caused by our reactive behaviours begins the process towards Positive Response.
    In this way, instead of the enemy we believe it to be, we sit in council with it and welcome it as a teacher and guide.
    With awareness, anger can become a powerful ally.  

    realizing THE beauty in anger - DATE TBD

    THE SMARTER I BECOME, THE MORE I REALIZE ANGER IS MY ALLY. ww

    CAN YOU EVEN ADMIT YOU GET ANGRY?
    Admitting to what makes us uncomfortable isn't always easy when we're feeling angry.
    We often misread feeling angry to mean something is wrong with us.
    When used with conscious awareness, anger is a powerful force to affect productive change and growth.
    Awareness of our reactions and responses to our expectations help us to better negotiate this inevitable human experience.

    Negative Reaction

    The main focus of this Shamanic Workshop is to explore anger through the ancient approach of the medicine wheel.
    This helps us to accept our anger and experience it in a mature and healthy way, rather then the painful and destructive expression we fear so much.
    Anger, like any emotion comes in various forms.

    The Negative Reaction Wheel illustrates the various ways that we express anger. With this practical approach, we can give our anger a name.
    Anger Wheel Negative Reaction
    Positive Response

    This wheel stretches us to consider that anger can have a positive expression.
    All the research, tools and techniques that are meant to 'help deal with' our anger, focus on conquering it, managing it, or at the very least swallowing it.
    Although a common reaction, making anger the problem never resolves the issue.
    Awareness of the damage caused by our reactive behaviours begins the process towards Positive Response.
    In this way, instead of the enemy we believe it to be, we sit in council with it and welcome it as a teacher and guide.
    With awareness, anger can become a powerful ally.  

    Anger Wheel Positive Response