Category Archive: Spiritual Growth and Transformation

Oct 20

New Class | DEEPENING CORE SHAMANIC SKILLS

DEEPENING CORE SHAMANIC SKILLS 

Within a supportive shamanic drumming circle, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their relationship to “Spirit” through shamanic journeys, divination and learning how to restore power for another person.

This is an opportunity to practice skills learned in a basic core shamanic journeying class and to develop confidence and trust in ones own experience of direct revelation.

Enrollment is limited to eight students.

Shamanic Journeying is a Spiritual Practice. This intimate circle setting will nurture your practice and prepare you to journey on your own with confidence.

Register Now

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WHEN:

Four Week Series: November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 2014  (4 week commitment is required)

TIME

7:00 – 9:00 pm

WHERE

Montclair Wellness Center

5737 Thornhill Drive 

Oakland, 94611 

FEE:

$25.00/evening

(a 4 week commitment is required. 8 class hours total)

Minimum -4 people

Maximum – 8 people

To reserve your place –  savageonforest@gmail.com

 C# 510-409-5407   H#  510-482-2566

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Sep 10

Munay-Ki Intensive |Receive, Deepen and Learn to Pass All Nine Rites | Shamanic Training Classes and Workshops in San Francisco Bay Area | Next Training Begins October 25, 2014

Muanay Ki Intensive: Receive, Deepen and Learn to Pass All Nine Rites

Munay Ki Intensive 2014 Receive Deepen and Learn To Pass All Nine Rites

Munay-Ki Nine Rites

Munay Ki Intensive Begins October 25th, 2014

Receive, Deepen and Learn to Pass All Nine Rites

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world. We, as a people, are on a vision quest. Living a vision and questing for more of who we truly can become. We invite you to discover the Nine Rites of Munay-Ki and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.

The Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki are transmissions and attunements kept alive and handed down by lineage keepers of the wisdom traditions of shamanic cultures worldwide. The external form varies from culture to culture but the essence of the transmission is universal. What is handed down are transmissions of energetic seeds that when nurtured, quicken the path to spiritual development and enlightenment. They quicken our journey towards who and what we are becoming as a species. The seeds of these rites can grow within anyone. This is our human birthright and path.

The Munay-Ki rites, as brought to us through the Q’ero Shamans of the Peruvian Andes, are a path of fire and a path of lightning; a fast track to recognizing our true divine nature. By choosing to work with these Rites you accept who you are becoming. We are honored to share these Rites with you… and teach you how to share them with others.

Join us now on this journey of discovery.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
This Munay-Ki Training course prepares the student to receive and to transmit all Nine Munay-Ki Rites. You will be taught how to transmit each rite and will transmit them to your classmates. We provide ample mentoring and time to work with these new energies and incorporate them into your field. We walk you through the teaching methods with plenty of practice sessions so you are comfortable and well prepared to pass on these rites.

Munay-Ki Training Register Onoline Now!

The Nine Rites

Classes are in Emeryville, California and on Mt. Diablo

Taught by Kent Dorsey & Girvani Leerer

Next Training begins October 25th,  2014

1st CLASS GATHERING: October 25 Saturday 10am – 9 pm

2nd CLASS GATHERING: October 26, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

3rd CLASS GATHERING: November 15, Saturday 10am – 9 pm

4th CLASS GATHERING: November 16, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Prerequisite: Basic Core Shamanic Journey Skills

Come with an open heart and a desire to be a healing presence in the world.

Tuition: $540

Early Bird Registration Discount: $525 until October 1, 2014

 

Holy Fire Dances on Hirucan Tuva photo by Kent Dorsey 2003

The Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki Intensive

The Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki intensive begins with two Foundation Classes: These courses will prepare the student to receive and transmit the first four Munay-Ki Rites; The Healer’s Rite, The Bands of Power, The Harmony Rites and the Seer’s Rite. You begin your spiritual and physical journey to become an Earthkeeper.

Weekend One.

1st  GATHERING, Saturday October 25th (10 am –  9pm): You are introduced to the Nine Great Rites of the Munay-Ki background and history. Preparation to receive the rites. How to create and hold sacred space. You will receive the first two  Foundation Rites; The Healer’s Rite & The Bands of Power . You will be taught how to transmit the foundation rites and will transmit them to your classmates. We provide ample mentoring and time to work with these new energies and incorporate them into your field. We walk you through the teaching methods with plenty of practice sessions so you are comfortable and well prepared to pass on these rites.

2nd  GATHERING, Sunday October 26th (10 am – 5 pm):  This course prepares the student to receive and to transmit the next two Foundation Rites:The Harmony Rites and The Seers’ Rite.

Weekend Two.

3 rd  GATHERING, Saturday November 15th (10 am – 9 pm):. This course prepares the student to receive and to transmit the Lineage Rites;   The Daykeeper’s Rite,  the  Wisdomkeeper’s Rite and The Earthkeeper’s Rite

4th GATHERING, Sunday November 16th (10am – 5 pm): We conclude our journey of initiation by immersing ourselves in The Starkeeper’s Rite and the Creator Rite. You will continue your spiritual and physical journey to become an Earthkeeper; to become a Homo-Luminous being. This day will be spent in ceremony on Mt. Diablo and will finish with a fire ceremony (weather permitting).

Pi Stone with q'ero Mesa shoulder bag

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For more information please contact:

Kent Dorsey – kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

Girvani Leerer - cgleerer@yahoo.com

MUNAY-KI  INTENSIVE TERMS FOR ATTENDANCE

The Munay-Ki Training is a series of two (2) weekends of classes; each class consisting of a all day Saturday meeting followed by an Sunday meeting, each class builds on the material covered in the previous class meeting. I agree to attend all class meetings. The Tuition is based on the total class series and is not based on class attendance.

I understand that this and all other Center For Shamanic Healing training programs are offered for teaching purposes only and not for the purposes of providing healing or treating any student or participant for any physical or mental condition or illness.

Disclaimer

Shamanic  services and information on this website are offered to compliment medical and psychological advice and treatments. The user of said information accepts all responsibility for viewing and/or using this service. Kent Dorsey, Suzanne Savage and Girvani Leerer Shamanic Practitioners, are not  licensed physicians or surgeons and Shamanic Healing treatments are not licensed by the state of California but are complementary to healing arts services licensed by the state. Shamanic healing is an ancient spiritual method of healing that deals with the spiritual aspect of illness. As shamanic healing deals with the spiritual aspect of illness there is no way to predict the results that will manifest emotionally or physically. Shamanic healing does not replace the need for traditional psychological and medical treatment. The information on this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical/psychological concerns. We advise you to contact a licensed physician or Certified Medical Practitioner for any medical/psychological concerns

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Jul 29

Munay-Ki Community Circle | Next Circle November 21st

Munay-Ki Rites of Initiation, Awakening & Empowerment Community Circle | 3rd Friday  of each month

November 21, 2014 at Foundation of the Sacred Stream

Holy Fire Dances on Hirucan  Tuva photo by Kent Dorsey 2003

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FREE EVENT

   We’re Back!  The Friday Munay-Ki Community Circle resumes passing rites Friday,  September 19th.  Drop in and receive a different Munay-Ki Rite each month. These transmissions are passed as a Free “Give Away” from spirit   We will meet on the THIRD  FRIDAY of the month at the Foundation of the Sacred Steam Sanctuary in Berkeley.  • 2149 Byron Street • Berkeley, CA 94702

7:30 pm  –  9:30 pm

FRIDAY  NIGHT GATHERINGS:

Drop in and receive a different Munay-Ki Rite each 3rd Friday of the month. These transmissions are passed as a Free “Give Away” from spirit

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world. We, as a people, are on a vision quest. Living a vision and questing for more of who we truly can become. We invite you to discover the Nine Rites of Munay-Ki and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.

The Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki are transmissions and attunements kept alive and handed down by lineage keepers of the wisdom traditions of shamanic cultures worldwide. The external form varies from culture to culture but the essence of the transmission is universal. What is handed down are transmissions of energetic seeds that when nurtured, quicken the path to spiritual development and enlightenment. They quicken our journey towards who and what we are becoming as a species. The seeds of these rites can grow within anyone. This is our human birthright and path.

The Munay-Ki rites, as brought to us through the Q’ero Shamans of the Peruvian Andes, are a path of fire and a path of lightning; a fast track to recognizing our true divine nature. This all is a journey in space, time and energy. The  Munay-Ki is the  rocket fuel for this journey.

Register Here Now!

We are honored to share these rites with you…

Join us now on this journey of discovery.

For more information please contact:

Kent Dorsey – kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

Suzanne Savage – suzanneonforest@yahoo.com

Please visit: The Center For Shamanic Healing,

Munay-Ki Awakening

and

Spirits Song

FREE EVENT

NINE GREAT RITES OF THE MUNAY-KI

The Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki consists of two type of rites. The Foundation Rites and the Lineage Rites. The Foundation Rites consist of  The Healer’s Rite, The Bands of Power, The Harmony Rites and The Seers’ Rite prepare us with the needed tools for the initiations to come. These Foundation Rites prepares our luminous energy field to hold the vibration and power available in the next five rites, the Lineage Rites

MUNAY = LOVE FROM THE HEART

KI = ENGAGED AND IN MOTION

Foundation Rites

Healer’s Rite

Connects you to a lineage of luminous beings from the past, who come to assist you in your personal transformation.  Awakens the healing power in your hands so that everyone you touch is blessed. There is tremendous spiritual assistance available, and these luminous ones work in our sleep to heal the wounds of the past and of our ancestors.

Bands of Power

Five luminous energetic bands representing earth, air, fire, water, and pure light that are woven into the luminous energy field (LEF) for protection. Through Intent they act as filters, breaking down all negative energy that comes toward the person, into one of the five elements.  These energies then feed your LEF instead of making you sick. The Bands of Power are always ‘on’, and negative energies bounce right off them. In a world filled with fear, the bands provide essential protection. The Bands bring us into union with all of the elements. They do not insulate us from life, but rather deepen our connection and attunment with the Earth and all the elements.

Harmony Rite

You receive seven allies bringing gifts of transformation and harmony. Four allies,  organizing principles of creation, are placed into your four lower Chakras as well as three “Archangels” into your upper Chakras.  In the first Chakra, you receive the ally of serpent; jaguar goes into the second; hummingbird into the third; and eagle into the fourth; next you receive three archangels:  the Keeper of the Lower World (our unconscious), the Keeper of the Middle World (our waking world), and the Protector of the Upper World (our super conscious). These allies are transmitted into your Chakras as seeds of energy, each a particular vibration. This is a path of literal enlightenment – Infusing light into each Chakra.

Seer’s Rite

Reawakens the Shaman’s way to perceiving the World. Five luminous Extra-cerebral pathways of light are woven and installed that connect the visual cortex with the third eye and two are woven that connect the heart chakra to the visual cortex. This awakens the “inner seer” and your ability to perceive the invisible world of energy and Spirit.

Vibration of Angels and Archangels

Lineage Rites:

Daykeeper Rite

This is a lineage Rite of the Divine Feminine. You connect to a lineage of master healers from the past who have fully awakened their nurturing ways. Daykeepers are able to call on the ancient altars to heal and bring balance to the earth, call on the sun to rise each day, and bring humans into harmony with mother Earth following the cycle of life.  They are the midwives, herbalists and curanderas.  This rite helps you begin to heal your inner feminine, step beyond fear, and practice peace.

Wisdomkeeper’s Rite

This lineage rite offers gifts of the Divine Masculine. You connect to a lineage of luminous beings from the past and the future who have defeated death and stepped outside of time. This rite awakens stories that lift people up, speaking from a mythic realm to engage and lift with teaching stories. This rite is associated with the snow-capped mountains, perhaps a distant memory of our ancestors from the Himalayas. This rite helps you to begin to heal your inner masculine, step outside of time, become steeped in the medicine teachings and taste infinity.

Earthkeeper Rite

This rite connects you to the archangels that are guardians of our galaxy. The Earthkeepers, who are stewards of all life on the Earth, come under the direct protection of these archangels and can summon their power when they need to in order to bring healing and balance to any situation.This rite connects you to the stars, and to the sun, our local star. It helps you learn the ways of the seer and dream the world into being.

Starkeeper’s Rite

This rite anchors you safely to the time after the great change, said to occur around 2012.  Your physical body begins to evolve into homo luminous, the aging process is slowed down, your DNA is re-informed, and you become more resistant to disease. When you receive these rites, you acquire stewardship of the time to come and all future generations.
Creator Rite

Awakens the Creator-light within and brings forth a sense of stewardship for all creation, from the smallest grain of sand to the largest cluster of galaxies in the universe.  Once attained only through direct transmission from Spirit, it is now possible to transmit from one person to another.

As you work with the germination of these rites you’ll be touched and blessed by angels. You simply need to open yourself to the wisdom of the Earthkeepers, and all will be bestowed upon you.

Register Here Now!FRIDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS:

Facilitated by Kent Dorsey, Suzanne Savage & Girvani Leerer

Please visit Munay Ki Awakening .Please visit the Center For Shamanic Healing website.

FREE EVENT

I understand that this and all other Center For Shamanic Healing training programs and events are offered for teaching purposes only and not for the purposes of providing healing or treating any student or participant for any physical or mental condition or illness.
Disclaimer     Shamanic  services and information on this website are offered to compliment medical and psychological advice and treatments. The user of said information accepts all responsibility for viewing and/or using this service. Kent Dorsey and Suzanne Savage  Shamanic Practitioners, are not  licensed physicians or surgeons and Shamanic Healing treatments are not licensed by the state of California but are complementary to healing arts services licensed by the state. Shamanic healing is an ancient spiritual method of healing that deals with the spiritual aspect of illness. As shamanic healing deals with the spiritual aspect of illness there is no way to predict the results that will manifest emotionally or physically. Shamanic healing does not replace the need for traditional psychological and medical treatment. The information on this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical/psychological concerns. We advise you to contact a licensed physician or Certified Medical Practitioner for any medical/psychological concerns.

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Jul 13

Our Favorite Books, Music and DVDs | Resources for Shamanism and Spiritual Healing

SHAMANIC BOOKS, MUSIC, VIDEOS AND TOOLS
We are often asked what our favorite Books,  Music and DVDs on Shamanism and Spirituality are.  Visit our Resources and Links area to find our favorites. Rather than offer a list,  here are brief descriptions and links to find them.  This is an ongoing project and we will add to these throughout the year.

Visit our Resources | Links area to find our favorites.  Here are links to each page:

BOOKS, AUDIO BOOKS & KINDLE

MUSIC

SHAMANIC DVDs & VIDEO

DRUMS, RATTLES & SHAMANIC SUPPLIES

 

These Books, DVDs and Music cover a wide range of the world of the Shaman. From seminal anthropological  studies to works designed to open the heart.

Topics covered :

Shamanic Healing, Shamanic Training, , Direct Revelation, Medicine For The Earth, Munay-Ki Nine Rites, Personal Growth, Self-Empowerment and Exploration, Self Improvement, ,  Soul Retrieval, Spiritual Growth and development,  Gratitude and thanksgiving, Alternative Health, Automatic Writing, Channeled Spiritual information, Consciousness Studies Personal Healing and Wellness.

Drums and Rattles:   We offer a few basic suggestions as  to what type of drum and where you may find one.

We hope this all is helpful.

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Jul 04

Vision Drum Circle | Saturday November 15, 2014

Center For Shamanic Healing

Drum Vision Community Circle

A Gathering for Ceremony, Celebration Fire is a living, sentient being

and Community

~ FREE EVENT ~

A “give – away from Spirit”

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Please join us for this sacred time as we journey and vision through drumming, chanting, and/or movement ~ whatever moves your Spirit. All are welcome, no experience necessary. All drum types welcome. Rattles, shakers, and other instruments also welcome. For more information, please contact Kent Dorsey at kent@CenterForShamanicHealing.com

Facilitator:

Kent Dorsey

Saturday November 15,  2014     7 pm to 8:30 pm

Sanctuary, Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

Tuvan Shaman's drum

This is an ongoing  open drum circle. We will meet each third Saturday of the month to explore drumming in community, honoring Earth Based traditions, Shamanic Journeywork and more.

Please Register, just to let us know how many are coming.

A “Love Offering” donation to support the OCSL facility use will be greatly appreciated.

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The Center For Shamanic Healing and the Oakland Center For Spiritual Living invite you to an evening of Community Drumming and Shamanic Ritual.

This Drum Circle is a bit different from the usual Center For Shamanic Healing offerings. Bringing many traditions together, we are focused on using the beat of the circle’s drums to connect to Spirit with intention.

Tuvan Stepe Eagle

Drum Circle Dates 2014:

November 15th

December 20th

Drum Circle Format:

              • Opening – Evocation
              • Honoring the Directions & Ancestors
              • Intention for the circle & rounds
              • 3 Rounds – setting intention & breathing between each round
              • Group Sharing
              • Final Healing Round
              • Thanking the Directions & Ancestors
              • Closing

Join Us In Sacred Circle!

When

Saturday November 15, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
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Where

Oakland Center For Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Drive
Oakland, CA 94618


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Contact

Kent Dorsey
Center for Shamanic Healing & Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

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Spiral of Life: Petroglyph Photo: Kent Dorsey 2003

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May 09

New Class! Empowerment Through the Shamanic Journey | Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living | October 18, 2014

EMPOWERMENT  THROUGH  THE  SHAMANIC JOURNEY

Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living

Step into your own Potent Power

This class fulfills the prerequisite for the Munay-Ki Intensive !

In this class you will learn how to journey to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a core shamanic skill used for many different purposes such as divining, problem solving, healing and gathering power. By using the beat of the drum, you will learn how to move into an altered state of consciousness to gain access to non-ordinary reality allowing you to receive  direct spiritual guidance. This is a skill that will empower you on your path of discovery of your own medicine. This will be a fun full day of exploring and learning!

Next Class! Berkeley, CA

October 18, 2014

10 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living

Who Should Come?

    • Are you searching for Wellness, Wisdom and Guidance?
    • Are you ready to Empower Yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life?
    • Are you ready to access your OWN answers to questions about Your Life?
    • Are you at a crossroads in your Life?  Seeking Transformation?
    • Wanting to make a Change in your Life?
    • Are you confused and searching for guidance for the next steps to take personally, professionally or Spiritually?
    • Are you ready to release old patterns and change limiting/ negative beliefs and behaviors?
    • Heal yourself, your ancestors and future generations
    • Restore your soul to wholeness
    • Feel more connected to the wonder and mystery of life
    • Experience and learn that we are never alone and are loved unconditionally

Register Now!

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world.   If you are ready to empower yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life, to access your OWN answers to questions about your life, and to explore the invisible world in our infinite universe… Then we invite you to discover the Shamanic Journey and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.

Tuvan Shaman's Drum Register here for Empowerment THrough the Shamanic Journey

 Shamanism is a practice that has been in existence at least 30,000 years and has been used by the ancestors of every culture. In this class you will learn how to journey to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a core shamanic skill used for many different purposes such as divining, problem solving, healing and gathering power. By using the beat of the drum, you will learn how to move into an altered state of consciousness to gain access to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a skill that will empower you on your path of discovery of your own medicine. This will be a fun class of exploring and learning!

Join, teacher(s) from the CENTER FOR SHAMANIC HEALING for an introductory  class:

· Learn to safely journey to the upper and lower spirit worlds.

· Connect with your spiritual allies and receive guidance

Join us  for an introductory Class. Fall is the perfect time to journey within. Explore your path paying attention to the Seasons.

Next Class! Berkeley , CA

October 18, 2014

Full Day Class  10AM to 5:00PM

Register Now!

More Information

Join  Suzanne Savage & Kent Dorsey, from the CENTER FOR SHAMANIC HEALING, for a  fun introductory full day class:

· Learn to safely journey to the upper and lower spirit worlds.

· Connect with your spiritual allies and receive guidance

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Time: 9:30 AM Registration   Class Sessions: 10 AM – 5:00 PM   (There will be a one hour lunch break).

Where: Center For Shamanic Healing @ Rudramandir

830 Bancroft Way (Corner of 6th & Bancroft)
Berkeley , CA 94710

Cost: $125.00  Paid in full

Mail Payment to (Check or Money Order):

Suzanne Savage

3912 Forest Hill Ave.

Oakland, CA 94602

Contact: Suzanne Savage  for more information                          suzanneonforest@yahoo.com    510-482-2566                            www.CenterForShamanicHealing.com

 

Please Contact Us if you are interested in sponsoring a future training at your location.

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Feb 27

Prevention Magazine Article | How Shamanic Healing Works

Could Shamanic Healing Be The Answer You’ve Been Looking For?

One writer explores the mysterious connection between the physical and spirit worlds—and finds healing in the process By Laura Eraser  Prevention Magazine published a great interview on how shamanism works with Susan  Mokelke  from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Here is the link

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Sep 18

Learn Ancient Ways For Modern Living | Who Should Learn the Shamanic Journey? | Who Should Come for a Shamanic Healing Session?

Learn Ancient Ways For Modern Living

Step into your own Potent Power

Council of Tuvan Shamans

Who should come for a Shamanic Session?

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world. We, as a people, are on a vision quest. Living a vision and questing for more of who we truly can become. We invite you to discover  Shamanic Healing and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.
Who should come for a Shamanic Session?

 

  • Are you ready to access the invisible world in our infinite universe?
  • Are you ready to access your OWN answers to questions about your life?
  • Are you ready to empower yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life?
  • Are ready to restore Balance and Harmony to your Life?
  • Are you at a transition point in your life, needing to make a next step forward and not sure how…
  • Are you ready to heal old wounds,  patterns, habits, compulsions and addictions that you’ve worked on before, but that just haven’t gone away…  Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.
  • Are you ready to feel whole,fully in your body and alive and fully engaged in life?  Do you Feel  like there is “part of you missing?”  Do you ever say, “I’ve never felt the same since….?”
  • Do you suffer from chronic depression, anxiety attacks, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune deficiency problems, low energy… and grief that just does not heal?
  • Are you psychically intuitive & sensitive ? Have you had metaphysical experiences and wondered how to work with them safely for the highest good?
  • Do you feel “energetically sensitive” or too easily intruded-upon by others’ thoughts or feelings…

 

 

 

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May 13

Thank you, all who came and created the Conjure Dance!!!

Thank you, all who came and created the Conjure Dance!!!

 

The circle, the afternoon and the Ritual were amazing. Bless you for this co-creation. Bless you for stepping forward.

Conjure Dance Altar American Ubuntu

Conjure Dance Altar for Ubuntu

Conjure_Dance_Altar1

Notice

   Listen to Kent & Lenore on the Radio! (Archived Podcast) We are  interviewed by Christina Pratt for her Why Shamanism Now? internet Radio show. We are talking about the Conjure Dance as community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice and the American Ubuntu Film project.

Click Here to Listen to the Show

 

 

 

 

Center For Shamanic Healing co-sponsored this Gathering and Ceremony with Lenore Norrgard  & the Circle of the Living Earth and the American Ubuntu Circle. Together we created a community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice.  Thank you for joining us in a ceremonial dance for the purpose of healing and positive transformation for our community.

ubuntu_-_children_in_circle

Explore UBUNTU

 

 

Thank you Saffire… the beat flowed

Saffire Bouchelion  is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD’s, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students.  Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 10 years.  His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!

 

 


 

 

“The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans, to the Bay Area. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendents will live.”  (Robert F. Bailey)

  Dream a new world, BE THE CHANGE… Ashay!

 

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Apr 04

Conjure AMERICAN UBUNTU!! | Workshop & Conjure Dance |Benefit Gathering Saturday May 3rd Oakland

Notice

   Listen to Kent & Lenore on the Radio! (Archived Podcast) We are  interviewed by Christina Pratt for her Why Shamanism Now? internet Radio show. We are talking about the upcoming Conjure Dance as community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice and the American Ubuntu Film project.

Click Here to Listen to the Show

 

Join us for a Benefit Gathering to


Conjure
AMERICAN UBUNTU!!

 

Center For Shamanic Healing is co-sponsoring this Gathering and Ceremony with Lenore Norrgard  & the Circle of the Living Earth and the American Ubuntu Circle. Come together in a community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice.  You are invited to join us in a ceremonial dance for the purpose of healing and positive transformation for our community.

ubuntu_-_children_in_circle

Explore UBUNTU

 

 

Meet our Drummer Saffire

 


Saffire Bouchelion  is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD’s, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students.  Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 10 years.  His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!

 

 


You’re invited!

A Full Day Event!  Saturday May 3rd  1 pm ~ 10 pm

(Four Hour Workshop and Three Hour Ritual & Celebration)

 

Come in the afternoon and learn about the Conjure Dance that originated in New Orleans as a means to evoke spiritual power to animate social justice.

 

“The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans, to the Bay Area. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendents will live.”  (Robert F. Bailey)

  Dream a new world, BE THE CHANGE… Ashay!

 

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1 pm – 10 pm
OAKLAND

$47
space is limited –
reserve your place now!

Register Now!

 




 


**
Both events will take place in central locations on major transit lines. **
You will receive the specific address and other important details when you register.

If you cannot afford the regular registration fee, email us – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Gathering of the Ubuntu Village

 

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  1. Afternoon session:

    - Learning and practicing the Zulu concept of ubuntu, “Because we are, I am.”

    - Exciting updates on the AMERICAN UBUNTU film project!

    - Instruction in the Conjure Dance; preparation for a Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU

  2. Dinner break: light dinner on your own

  3. Evening session:
    - Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU; or, an alternative activity for those who are not dancing

    - Celebratory potluck feast!

Important!

We are keeping the registration fee very modest $47 to make this event accessible to all.
This is a benefit, so you can contribute more on the day of the event, if you are so moved —
We welcome you to bring your checkbook or card of choice!

 

What is A Conjure Dance?

What is a Conjure Dance?
© Robert F. Bailey

NOTE: These notes shall only be used, distributed or reproduced with the written permission of the author, Robert F. Bailey.

The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.

 

During this time in history, the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas comprised an incredibly cosmopolitan world. In this world there were ample opportunities for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, cuisine, fashion as well as spiritual practices. This interface and exchange provided fertile ground for the emergence of new and unique spiritual practices and ways to work effectively with the Helping Spirits. Many of these cultures already had strong traditions which influenced this new world and contributed greatly to what emerged next.

 

One common practice woven throughout these cultures was dance. Dance was not only a social activity, it also provided a way to directly access the realms of the Helping Spirits who were regularly invoked to resolve problems, cure illness, alleviate suffering and restore justice. People would gather regularly in community to commune with the spirits.

 

One place the people would gather in New Orleans was Congo Square. During the spiritual dances held in Congo Square, the drummers would beat improvised rhythms that would allow the dancers to transcend their ordinary state of consciousness and access spiritual states of consciousness. While in these spiritual states of consciousness they would merge with the Helping Spirits. Often times the presence and merging of the Helping Spirits would bring blessings to the entire community. On a larger scale, it was the melding of these many traditions and the dances that gave birth to a unique form of working with the Helping Spirits that was effectively used to address major shifts in community consciousness and healing. Out of the drumming, dancing, acknowledgment and willingness to work with the Helping Spirits also came the incredible rich and uniquely American musical traditions of what we now call jazz.

 

Although the exact origins of the Conjure Dance are not known, it proved to be a pivotal way of working effectively with the Helping Spirits as a means of returning balance and equality to a society whose sense of human dignity, compassion and equality was out of balance when the ravages and cruelties of slavery engulfed a fledgling nation culminating in a Civil War. In order to bring an end to slavery in the United States, the traditional spiritual practitioners of New Orleans jointly focused their efforts through the Conjure Dance with the intention to end slavery. They literally danced a new reality into existence using the Conjure Dance. Ultimately they prevailed and slavery was abolished.

 

Many cultures throughout the world continue to access altered states of consciousness and the spiritual realms through dance. The Conjure Dance remains a powerful ceremony of effective transformation and has emerged to help us once again work with the Helping Spirits to dance a new reality into existence. The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans to the Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest [and beyond]. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendants will live.

 

The Conjure Dance is set to percussive music.  There is an invocation of powerful compassionate spirits to engage their help for a specific healing intention on behalf of the community. Everyone dances for this intention.  As we dance, the spirits become embodied for the purpose of assisting with our request for healing and transformation.

                        “Conjure is the magical means of transforming reality.” –Martha Ward

NOTE: These notes shall only be used, distributed or reproduced with the written permission of the author, Robert F. Bailey. We have received Robert’s permission to share his notes here.

 

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1 pm – 10 pm
OAKLAND

$47
space is limited –
reserve your place now!

Register Now!

 

 




 

 


**
Both events will take place in central locations on major transit lines. **
You will receive the specific address and other important details when you register.

If you cannot afford the regular registration fee, email us – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Gathering of the Ubuntu Village

  1. Afternoon session:

    - Learning and practicing the Zulu concept of ubuntu, “Because we are, I am.”

    - Exciting updates on the AMERICAN UBUNTU film project!

    - Instruction in the Conjure Dance; preparation for a Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU

  2. Dinner break: light dinner on your own

  3. Evening session:
    - Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU; or, an alternative activity for those who are not dancing

    - Celebratory potluck feast!

 

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