26 May, 2014

Upcoming Crystal Healing Classes in Ashton, Maryland

Healing Grid of Crystals, Stones, and Woods
Are you interested in learning about crystals, stones, gems, and shamanic healing?

Both myself  and Caroline Kenner (my former teacher) will be teaching together, the first Sunday of each month, at the wonderful Blueberry Gardens center. These classes will focus on different types of healing, and will build upon each other for both healing and learning. The first class is This Sunday, June 1st, from 11am to ~4pm.

Here is the website, on my "alma mater" webpage: Info About Crystal Healing

Many have asked if the classes can be taken separately, or only attend the classes that one wants to/feels drawn to. That's just fine :) 

I'm looking forward to these classes immensely, and I am really looking forward to meeting new people interested in this type of work. Will I see you this Sunday?

If you can't make it, another Large Public Healing Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 22nd (stay tuned for details)!

19 May, 2014

Honoring the Spirits of Place in Nature (or, Finding your own Sanctuary)

Ahhhh I love this weather!

The past few weeks has been sunny, not too hot or humid, and cool breezes. Sometimes those breezes bring pollen, but everything is very welcome after the long Winter. It was the perfect type of weather for the PanDruid Retreat.

As I've written before, the Land that the retreat is held on is full of Spirits, full of healing, and full of sacredness. However, this year, the Land continued a deep and profound conversation with the Druids on how it wishes to be honored back (with offerings & sacrifice (ghosti, not animal/human sacrifice!)). This honoring of the relationship between the Land Spirits and us humans that live on the Land is extremely important, and continues to fade away as we evolve in a capitalist society (discussion for a different time). 

The amazing John Beckett (named one of the 10 most important Druids!) wrote an excellent blog article regarding the weekend (with pictures!), so I will not re-create it here. I will be writing about the importance of beginning relationships with the Land Spirits, for mutual healing and Sanctuary.

Secret Waterfall in Gunpowder State Park!
In my shamanic healing practice, I see many clients (and even myself, sometimes!) with blockages along the Root Chakra, which usually points to a great instability in working within this American culture, or a difficult living situation, or a disconnect from the Earth/Natural World. I often ask clients about the types of secret places that foster a sense of "Sanctuary" and comfortable alone-time. Many of us don't have a place for that.

Sadly, we don't have a place in which we can "retreat" when we feel crappy, or find an "escape" when we are sick of being around people (and a bathtub doesn't count!).

The greatest and most profound treatment for the healing of this Chakra (if someone can't create a private Sanctuary at home) is finding a retreat in Nature (must be safe, and must be somewhat secluded).

As we all work on increasing our spirituality and meditation practices, this natural, peaceful place will help with integrating the different lessons of our life. Also, Nature has a subtle-yet-profound Grounding effect, releases stress, and is healing for all of the senses.

However, it can be difficult to find a little slice of Nature that one feels safe enough to use as a Personal Retreat. When I lived in NYC, I was surrounded by a different kind of Nature, and my own personal safety was of paramount importance (one cannot relax and de-stress if one is looking over the shoulder all the time!). The Ramble in Central Park became my Sanctuary, and because of all of the crime within that area, I began a strong and loving relationship with the Land Spirits there. Eight years of communication and offerings helped me to always feel safe, protected, and loved.

So how does one find a Nature Retreat for their own spiritual use? Here are a few steps that I follow, when going out into the Natural World:

  1. Upon arriving at a new park, wooded area, playground, etc., lock up the car (or bike!) and make offerings to the Nature Spirits
  2. Say a prayer, or state your intent, out loud*, to find a quiet, peaceful place that you can use for rest and reflection.
  3. Begin your walk/hike, paying attention to how things look, smell, feel, etc. Pay attention to the paths, and what is "just off" of them (be careful for poison ivy, thorns, etc.--> these are warnings from Nature that humans need to give space and leave things be).
  4. Pay attention to when you feel as though you need a rest, or a quick break, or a place to sit. This may be a small intuition that you've found your place.
  5. Carefully clear a place to sit, make another offering to Nature, and just sit & relax.
  6. Notice if the space makes you feel relaxed & protected, or nervous and anxious.
  7. Return to the space when you can (or find a different one), and each time, make more offerings. 
    1. Offerings can be birdseed, water for plants, a song/dance, and my personal favorite, Picking Up Trash Found Along Paths.
  8. Many times, the Land Spirits are wary of humans, because we bring so much pollution, trash, noise, waste, disease, etc. Show your respect for them via offerings, and respect their wishes if you feel like you are NOT welcome in an area.
  9. Eventually, you will find yourself feeling safe & comforted in the Natural Area, and will begin to crave its presence when you feel too stressed, tired, and worn out.
This type of work is invaluable to re-creating the relationships between humans and Nature, and is very healing to the mind & spirit. And anyone can do this!

Meditation Time!
What are your secret Nature places? How do you honor the Spirits of Nature?

05 May, 2014

Pan Druid Retreat this Weekend!

Ever since my return from Mexico, I have been very busy with shamanic appointments every single weekend. My practice has exploded, and I've even gone INTERNATIONAL! Yay!

I love being able to bring the healing modalities that I experienced to my clients, and I am happy that I am able to work with such a diverse group of people.

But it's time for a mini-break :)

from the Land Celebration website
This weekend is the Pan Druid Retreat in Virginia. It is held from Thursday to Sunday, and I will be co-presenting with other panelists on "Approaching the Sacred through the Otherworld."

The secret blessing of this weekend is the amazing conversations that occur over the meals, as well as the incredible Land Spirits.

This retreat is located in Gore, Virginia, at the Land Celebration. The caretaker is a deeply spiritual woman, and has created little altars, meditation nooks, treehouses, and other secret hideaways on her large property. This makes it very easy to work with the Nature Spirits for healing of one's self and others.

Registration is still open, and I hope that I will see some of you there!