Birthing & Blossoming – 3rd BC Residential Shamanic Conference & Gathering

May 2011
Easter Seals Camp – Squamish, BC, Canada

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Following our first BC Canadian Shamanic Conference and our subsequent Shamanic Retreat which were both held at Easter Seals Camp Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, The SCGMSS with the guidance of the spirits manifested a 2nd Conference & Gathering once again held at Easter Seals Camp, a 33-acre site by the Squamish River and under the Garibaldi Mountains features endless grass fields and forested nature trails, which were blessed by soaring bald eagles. This year the Conference & Gathering was longer with the addition of an extra day, and again we hopefully kept fees as low as possible so that everyone had the chance to experience the magic of the Shamanic Community and Family.

We all had looked  forward to all being together in the magic of Spirit, meeting old friends and getting to know new ones since that last Conference and in coming together we were not disappointed with the community and family that gathered. With ages ranging from 2 – 72 and kindred from seemingly across the world, the magic began almost immediately with a long overdue celebration and honouring of the Gyre of Elders of the Wolven Path Tradition which seemed to set the format of nightly dancing, drumming and singing. The skilful and soulful drumming of Marie Josée Vermette captured and enthralled the wild hearts and feet in us all with the dedicated assistance of the exuberant drumming group that gathered with her and the powerful throat singing of Richard Hahn. Contrasted by the ethereal and haunting playing of Jeff Stockton on the harp, accompanied by Howard Malpas and Nathan Bunker on flutes, which carried us into the dreams of songs hidden deep within our souls.

List of Presenters

As a Community we were led and guided, nourished and held by the Teachers that came to share generously their learning and skills:

Howard-&-Elsa-MalpasRev. Pathfinder Shamans Howard & Elsa Malpas – Elsa is a Director of the Isle of Avalon Foundation and they are both the UK Directors of The Society for Shamanic Practitioners. Howard & Elsa are Reverend Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition and sit on the ‘Ordination’ gyre of that Tradition; they are also the UK Directors of the SCGMSS. They facilitate the Warrior in the Heart Shamanic and work in the UK National Health Service as therapists using Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Guided journeys using the drum to help those with psychiatric problems. Through arduous journey and ceremony they led  “Soul Regeneration – The Birthing of our Divinity and Blossoming of our Caretaker Soul Part”; a 4 day journey and ceremony to acknowledge and honour this part of ourselves also let it live out its dreams as went, ‘Away with the Faeries’.

Mark-LomanRev. Pathfinder Shaman Mark Loman from England, a jewel Dr & ‘shaman Smyth’ (one who fashions sacred objects), crystal skull keeper, journey circle leader, and assistant to Howard and Elsa Malpas. Mark is a member of the SSP, SCGMSS and Reverend Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition. Mark presented “Song of the Sidhe” a connection with the Sidhe, the shining ones of Irish Celtic myth, sharing with them our energy in a trance dance and appreciating being as Sidhe & Human. He also led a basic Shamanic Journey class for those of us taking our first Shamanic steps.

Marsha-ScarbroughMarsha Scarbrough from New Mexico; Author of Medicine Dance: One woman’s healing journey into the world of Native American sweatlodges, drumming meditations and dance fasts…First Runner up 2009 Zia Award from New Mexico Press Women, finalist in USA Book News 2007 National “Best Books” Awards and 2008 New Mexico Book Awards, presented the exuberant  “Yemoja Mother Ocean Ritual”. Yemoja is the Yoruba Orisha of the ocean, motherhood and prosperity as well as her male aspect, Olokun, in a high-energy West-African style ceremony. In this sacred and ecstatic ceremony we danced, drummed, sang and tasted the many flavours of life!

Christina-PrattRev. Pathfinder Shaman Christina Pratt from Oregon; radio presenter of ‘Shamanism Now’ and author of the ‘Encyclopaedia of Shamanism’, presented “The Birth of Unique Genius” We are all born into this world from the Dreaming carrying a piece of the unique spark of life.  That tiny spark carries within it the code of our unique genius, the blueprint of why our soul is here at this time in this body on this planet.  Calling on the wisdom teachings of Last Mask Center we worked with our helping spirits in community to connect with this essential spark of life. Christina was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

John LukeRev. Pathfinder Shaman John-Luke Edwards facilitated the “Initiation & Opening/Closing Ceremonies & Good Evening Moonshine Ceremony” and the Intense Tradition of Soul Devouring. All ceremonies of Connection, Community and Gathering from the First Ancestor, the Lightening, to the Ancestors we gather around us. John-Luke is the Presidor of the SCGMSS, and called by Ancestral Spirits to awaken Shaman and gather together the family into the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. He works privately as a Shamanic Psychotherapist with adults, children and families and leads Shamanic Studies and workshops. John-Luke is a Reverend Shaman of the Wolven Path and sits on the Ordination Gyre of the Tradition.

allan-and-vanessa-copyRev. Shaman Alan Davis from Utah with Rev. Shaman Vanessa Allen from England together presented the healing circle “Good Vibrations” ecstatic healing circle, to give and receive healing through drumming, dancing, toning and one-on-one healing. Vanessa is a family psychotherapist has participated in Five Rhythms Dance and studied with the School of Movement Medicine. She completed her practitioner training with Elsa and Howard Malpas in 2001 and was initiated into the Wolven Way in 2008. She is a member of the SCGMSS. Alan is President of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners and is assistant professor, Univ. of Utah School of Medicine & Rehab., and medical director for Quinney Rehab. Inst. Salt Lake City. Alan is a Director of the SCGMSS & a Reverend Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition and sits on the ‘Ordination’ gyre of that Tradition.

Tom-CowanTom Cowan from Highland NY presented “The Great Song” an exploration of ways to align ourselves with the Oran Mor or Life Force or Divine Spirit which exists in all created things.  It also manifests in our world as duality, and we will find ways within this tradition to resolve that dualism. Tom has been a shamanic practitioner for over 25 years. He has studied with and taught for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He is the author of several books on shamanism and Celtic spirituality: Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit; Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life; Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul. He is also a minister in the Circle of the Sacred Earth and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and an associate board member of Columcille Megalithic Park in Pennsylvania and a member of the SCGMSS. He offers shamanic training workshops and spiritual retreats in North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Scotland, and England.

Peter-&-Sarah-ClarkPeter Clark & Sarah Finlay from Vermont US; both graduates of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Sarah is a shamanic counsellor, educator, artist and writer, has had an ongoing relationship with the spirits since her early years. She has devoted much of her life to looking for answers pertaining to reality, communication, healing, and our spiritual connection to the universe and Peter, a lifelong scientist and educator, has always held a fascination with the cosmos and the nature of reality. Together they presented the energetic and powerful “Gateways to the Dragon”, an experiential learning to work with the wisdom of the Dragon archetype, allowing us all to more easily rebirth ourselves into the next levels of consciousness and potential multi-dimensional awareness.

TiraRev. Pathfinder Shaman Tira Evans led us through journey and saga in “Birthing Our Ancestral Stories”;  a living experience of becoming more aware of our connections to our ancestors and descendents; discovering how the ancient myths may energize us and guide us as we birth the future. Tira has walked the shaman’s path from the age of five when she was ‘taken’ by Shining Folk during a serious illness. For sixty years she has been committed to making and mending, helping and healing. In 1997 she founded the Society of Celtic Shamans, which is dedicated to helping Celtic descendants connect with the traditions and spirit of their ancestors. She is the editor of Earthsongs: Journal of the Society of Celtic Shamans and author of a number of books on the Celtic tradition. Tira is a member of the SSP & SCGMSS and was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

Alison-SkeltonAlison Skelton from Vancouver Island led “A Tree of Life Journey”, a powerful creative journey through the seven energetic realms that reside within us and all around us as the Chakra System. Using Shamanic journey, timed writing, and ceremony we accessed the knowledge and power that resides in the realms of Non Ordinary Reality and within our deep subconscious for an exploration of the possibility of conscious intentional transformation, not only of the self, but for the world we are co-creating.  Alison is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, ritual designer, and teacher of sacred arts. She is a member of the Circle of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and the SCGMSS. Her Shamanic practice combines extensive experience as a Wiccan priestess with core shamanic methods. She presented Healing the Heart of the Planet at the First Annual Canadian Shamanic Conference in Squamish, B.C. in 2009.

Stephanie HelbergStephanie Helberg from California presented an experiential workshop, “Birthing your Dream”, which helped to clarify or define our dreams without labels. When we had clarity about our dreams, we learnt how to bring those dreams into our business, family and community. We discovered skills and talents taking a journey into the future to see how those dreams can become a reality. Stephanie Helberg is a certified hypnotherapist, shamanic practitioner, crystal healer and reiki master who has studied shamanic practices and herbal medicine in the Amazon. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, a member of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies, a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and a member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and the SCGMSS.

new madelineMadeleine Marchell from New Jersey presented, “Shamanic Yoga”, so as to access the elemental energies in the body as channels and Prana energies of the energetic body; The soul is not healed until the energy is brought into the subtlest level of experience as this happens we can open to the unbounded energy and wisdom that is fully present in our physical body. Madeline also facilitated regular early morning yoga sessions. Madeline is a Shamanic practitioner and graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism. She is also a Yoga Therapist/RYT 500, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Healing Touch Energy Therapist. She currently uses these modalities at a NJ hospital setting helping clients reconnect mind, body and spirit.

Christine-WallaceChristine Wallace from Seattle WA presented the beautiful and magical “Your Unique gifts in Service”,  a fire ceremony with drumming, rattling, singing and dancing with a journey to the womb of the Universe to present and energize our unique gifts in service. We had an opportunity to release what did not serve this vision, and then step fully into the welcoming community with our unique gifts witnessed and embraced. Christine is a full-time shamanic practitioner and certified Firewalk instructor who has studied with both indigenous and core shamanic teachers since 1998.  With a spirit of integrity, humour, and a specific focus on the heart, she is committed to being in service for all beings in the great web of life.  In addition to her private practice, Christine teaches classes and workshops in the US, Canada and the UK, and is the founder Healing Hearts Foundation, LLC.

colby-wilkColby Wilk from Seattle WA presented “Love yourself right into love”.  In this interactive workshop he took us to explore and practice techniques to bring ourselves into greater love with ourselves.  We witnessed our outlook, mood and circumstances improve by accessing the universal energy and fabric of the universe: love. Originally a counsellor/coach, Colby recognized that there was a power beyond traditional therapeutic methods that could shift what seemed unchangeable — the very core of a person. Through spiritual healing, Colby teaches participants to create a powerful, magical relationship to themselves and to life. Colby trains others to be there own teacher, to access spiritual states and to overcome blocks.  In addition to classes and in person and remote sessions, Colby offers free weekly healings through his website.

Angela PriderRev. Pathfinder Shaman Angela Prider; in her presentation, “LIQUID FIRE”, led us in an exploration of the ancient Irish framework of the Triple Cauldrons that lie within and support our physical vitality, creative outpourings, and spiritual knowledge. Aided by our Helping Spirits, we learnt to read, protect, divine, and align the cauldrons. We experienced the liquid alchemical fire of Imbas, and birthed our primal creative talents as an answer to the global call for the restoration of harmony in this world. Angela is a Shamanic Practitioner and Teacher who has studied with a number of gifted teachers over the last 18 years. She has been entrusted by her ancestors with the reanimation of the White Bone tradition, and teaches this as a women’s shamanic apprenticeship. She has a private practise where she synthesizes shamanic healing and SRT for those recovering from trauma. She is Reverend Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition, member of the SCGMSS & SSP, A Director of the SCGMSS and proud mum of a blossoming daughter.

Jeff_StocktonJeff Stockton from Calgary is a Shamanic practitioner in the Celtic tradition. His studies and training in the shamanic realm began in 1996 on the strings of the Celtic harp, and inform and nourish his work in the wider world.  In addition to his work in the Shamanic realm, Jeff weaves song and story on the strings of the harp in performance and recorded works. He presented the magical “Songlines” an experiential workshop for walking the Songlines – traveling the otherworld for songs of healing, songs of power and songs of wonder.  From a simple beginning with a short tale of music from the otherworld, we explored the premise that song, chant and rhythm are powerful and sacred tools and experiences for shamanic work.

Leslie-&-AndrewRe. Pathfinder Shaman Leslie & Andrew Marsh from Scotland, presented “Time of our Lives”, an exploration of the key moments of our lives from birth to our death and through the use of journeying, dance and other techniques led us to create our own unique way of celebrating our time on this Earth. Leslie is an NLP Master Practitioner and trained in Erickson Hypnosis Techniques, she was Ordained and Initiated in September 2008 into the Wolven Clan as a Reverend Shaman, Leslie continues her search for the stories that heal the soul. She lives in Scotland with her husband Andrew who has trained and worked as a geologist for over 20 years. Having a ‘hands on’ approach to his work has allowed him to recognise a connection to the land and this he has pursued culminating in his training as a Shamanic Practitioner and Reiki healer. Both are members of the SSP & SCGMSS.

Richard HahnRichard Hahn presented the powerfully moving “Grace Notes”, a living engagement in exercises designed to reveal our misconceptions of ourselves and to experience real connection of with another. Richard used the vibration power of Tuvan-style throat singing to create an environment rich with the possibility for miracles. Participants were guided to go inward while experiencing the healing effects of this ancient sound modality. Richard has a counselling degree (RPC) with a focus on transpersonal, family systems and person-centered therapy. He has also extensively studied energy healing modalities. Ten years ago he discovered his talent for throat singing and gift for sound healing in a workshop with singer and sacred chant leader Jerry DesVoignes. Toda y he teaches workshops that combine his therapeutic knowledge with his sound healing abilities to help people transform their lives.

DeanDean Cormin presented “Questing into Birth”. Life is often a journey of mystery, illusions, magic and discovery on which sometimes we feel alone, unguided and not connected to our birth ancestors. The oldest, wisest, star seed ancestors are the grandfather/grandmother rock people. This was a ritual journey into the consciousness of an ancestral star seed; a quest into our first ancestral star seed domain and listen to that wisdom. Dean is a Massage Therapist and Kumu Lomilomi and teaching Crystal Therapy of over 10 years at Hale Ola – A Place of Healing. He  has been on the Wolven Path in the Apprentice Group  Anvil Song with Dr. John-Luke Edwards as an apprentice for three years and is a member of the SCGM and SSP and is also undertaking the  13 Moons Wisdom Journey online course and was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

Grant-GuindonGrant Guindon; is a recent resident to British Columbia and is in his second year, the Warrior Year of training as an Apprentice Shaman of the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition with John-Luke Edwards.  Grant moves through this world learning to embody his ancestors with an intense focus on plant spirit medicine and the wisdom of the plant kingdom.  Since early childhood he has had an affinity with the trees, knowing full well the importance they would and will have in the days to come. In their honouring he presented “Standing in the Trees”, a journey of dance and sacrifice and the creation of Ogham Staves and a forging of a greater relationship and intention with these beings so we can come to a balanced understanding of how to live in the world.

Ginny-LaydenGinny Layden presented “The Time Before”, an experience of journey, song, dance and ceremony to connect with The heartbeat; the heartbeat of our mothers and maternal lineage, the Mother Earth and ultimately the Universal Mother. Ginny has studied Integrative Energy Healing at Langara College, taken the initiation rights in a one year training of the Incan Medicine Wheel handed down to my teachers from Alberto Villoldo,  studied and practices Lomilomi and Stone Massage therapy and Integrative Energy Healing in her home based private practice. She is member of the SSP and has been a Director of the SCGMSS and was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

Mel & StephanieMel Tomlinson & Stephanie Mills presented “Power Up”, an evening ceremony that opened up a sense of freedom to connect to primal power within ourselves. The primal power of self, offering the participant an authentic and uninhibited response to the primal forces that lie within us. We all engaged the primal energy levels of the elements, opening up those channels and freeing ourselves of our own personal inhibitions; we danced, were noisy and had fun. – In short we “Powered-UP. Mel lives in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a healer, an artist, a crafter and mother and leads the Creative Team of the SCGM. She has been a law enforcement officer for 17 years. Stephanie has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest.  Her home town of Bellingham, Washington is right next to the Canadian border, which she crosses all the time to get to her Wolven Path Clan! She considers herself a healer through many different expressions. Both are Directors of the SCGMSS and members of the SSP and both were Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

Mary-Jane-RichardsonRev. Pathfinder Shaman Mary Jane Richardson; was born and raised in North Vancouver, B.C.  In May 2006 her life journey mystically brought her to Lions Bay, B.C. where she met Dr. John-Luke Edwards and was introduced to the “Three Souls” 4 year Shamanic Apprentice program.  Mary Jane began an arduous journey into the ways of a Shaman and completed her training in November 2009 at which time she was ordained and initiated into the Wolven Path Tradition in Squamish, B.C.  She received her Shamanic name “Brigantia of the Morning Dawn”. She is committed to the daily practice of Yoga, has studied acupressure and is now working part-time as a landscaper. Working with Mother Earth is both rewarding and healing and she waits for whatever it is that Spirit opens up to her. She has been a Director of the SCGMSS. She presented “BASIC Journeying to discover your inner power”, a journey to re-connect to Divine Nature to restore Spiritual Power and health, and bring personal empowerment, clarity and inner peace.

Ishtar-BeckIshtar Beck; trained in shamanic practice with Jonathan Horwitz, teacher and founder of the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies (Copenhagen).  Throughout these years she blazed the trail of establishing a shamanic practice in my home land of Israel. She has extensive training in, Soul Retrieval, works with Death and Life, Shamanic Healing, ecstatic Song and Dance practice, and enlivening connection with Nature, and has been facilitating shamanic practitioner training since 2004. She is currently back in Canada, taking a Masters in Counselling Psychology. Ishtar  led 2 healing circles entitled “Intent & Surrender”, which was a process of formulating clear intent for personal and/or collective healing; and asking for help and giving thank to and from Spirit.

Jan Engals SmithJan Engels-Smith from Oregon led the “Egyptian Forgiveness Ceremony”, assisted by Colleen Benelli.  This ceremony involving time travel changed history from an energetic standpoint. It is to be a long-lasting and an effective method for cutting cords of grievances.  It allowed the expansion of the true self without the confines of karma, regrets, or transgressions. Forgiveness is the ultimate Egyptian ceremony of release. Jan is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with several individual shamans from traditional lineages. She is the author of Becoming Yourself: The Journey from Head to Heart and the composer of Take Your Body with You and Awaken, Unburden, Create. She is a Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counsellor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counsellor, a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection healer. Jan founded the ‘LightSong School of Shamanic Studies and LightSong Healing Center.

cindy-MurdockCindy Murdock presented the Shamanic Smything, “Whispering Bough of Celtic Tree Wisdom”, a Shamanic tool creation, to connect us with the Celtic Tree Lore of the 13 moons and their correlating Ogham and animal. This sacred bough can be used working with the moon and/or the wind. It can call to the tree spirits and the spirits of the air to awaken wisdom and promote a stronger connection with the tree & land spirits. Cindy has a background of artistic work and education married with a love for artistic creativity and design, four years of education in the field of art, which include Display Merchandising (advertising) and more recently educated in Graphic Design from Vancouver Island University. She is a member of the SCGMSS and  was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

Richard-McConnell-2Richard McConnell from Oregon, presented every early morning “Balancing your energy with Qi-gong”. He is the co-founder of Whole Being Health with Christina Pratt, where he offers acupuncture, Qi-gong, tuina (structural) treatments, and herbal remedies and has been teaching Qi-gong forms and classes since 2002. Qi-gong forms allow us to reach out in to the universal Qi and draw it into our personal Qi.  This Essence Qi-gong form connects us into our central channel of Essence Energy that is eternally present before birth, through life, and after death.  Opening our central channel through this form allows us to cultivate and use our Essence Energy now to birth our selves and blossom our gifts into life.

Kat naslas 1Kat Naslas from Greece via New York is a graduate of the FSS Advanced Initiations and Shamanic Studies, a Journey to the Heart certified Trance-Dance facilitator, and a Sundoor certified Master Firewalk Instructor. In her travels she has worked with various shamans and shamanic ceremonies in Peru, Guatemala, Greece, and the UK, and is an active member of the SSP, SSP-UK, and SCGMSS. She facilitates workshops, works with clients, and volunteers her time as Fire-Guardian for ceremonies, tepee meetings, sweat lodges, and vision quests.  Kat is one of the 13 Fire Guardians of the Wolven Path. Kat facilitated “Birthing the Seeds”, a movement journey of feeding that seed of an idea that we had and wanted to give birth to with what it needed to blossom, and in that to see ourselves clearly making the dreams come true.

kevin-biggsKevin Biggs is the Lead Healer with Charminster Spiritualist Church, England and a Reiki Master. He runs courses in Spirit Healing and Reiki. In both these he supports students to discover their own potential for Sprit relations hip and healing. Kevin facilitated two serene yet intense “Spirit Healing Circles”.

Shoshana-AvreeShoshana Avree BA, LMT  has been a shamanic practitioner for over 23 years as well as a massage therapist for over 24 years, helping people connect with the spirits to alleviate dis-ease, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Shoshana practices Soul Retrieval, Extraction, Divination, Depossession and Spiritual Counseling for individuals and businesses. She is passionate about working with the spirits and helping others “remember” who they really are, in alignment with their Soul’s Purpose. She will be presenting, “The Tree of Life”, an experiential journey through personal; Creation mythology to birth a deeper understanding of themselves through the wisdom of the Tree of Life. Learning from the tree, traveling to parallel realities, merging with The Tree for healing and more.

Terry-&-MerinaMerina Mohr & Terry Manz together led us through the creation of “The West Coast Rattle”.   Smything brings the consciousness together, and as we hear our rattle, we hear each others rattle, knowing we are not one but together with spirit, and the sweet sounds; Rattles are a tool used in Shamanism, but is there a rattle that mirrors the European shamanic tradition? Terry is a Jeweller, Bead Artist, and Apprentice Shaman of Wolven Path Lineage Tradition.  For the past ten years Terry’s jewellery line – Body Talk – has incorporated vintage pieces: using reclaimed materials she has minimized the negative impacts to the earth. Her skills as a master crafter are complimented by her history of working in nursing, and volunteering in the community. Merina is a Mixed Media Artist, Photographer, and Apprentice Shaman of Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. As an artist she has exhibited works both Canada, US and internationally. Merina has facilitated workshops for both children and adults, from diverse backgrounds, including addictions recovery, disabilities and new Canadians.

marius--22Marius Hansson  presented, the powerful & ecstatic “Flying Drum”,  Calling to the Spirit and the Beat of the Drum for a merging with the Spirits, inviting the Spirits to dance the drummers until the Spirit of the Drum  entered a drum and in its flight it brought blessings and healing to all it touched. Marius has developed his shamanic craft with intensive work as both a student and an assistant with the Sacred Trust UK. Now living in beautiful BC, he is also an Initiated Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition and continues to offer shamanic services to the community.

Kate-LynchKate Lynch from Seattle who has been playing drums since 2005 and  has studied the art of Taiko Drumming from masters such as Stan Shikuma, Kenny Endo, Chieko Kojima and Eiichi Sato of Kodo.  She led “Drumming 101”, where we adorned and brought The Drum to life; The Drum is one of our most valuable tools. With any tool when we learn how to properly use it, the tool works better.  We find it is easier to use the tool and we get a feeling of satisfaction from using it.  Because we feel good when we use it, we use the tool more. And we are encouraged to play more and play often and incorporate drumming into all our practices and into the Shamanic Community She is currently a performing member of Seattle Kokon Taiko and an apprentice of The Wolven Path.

TasaraTasara from Seattle presented “FLOW – Sovereignty”. She reminded us that when we are born, the inner sacred temple of ourselves is fully lit. The flow of bright energy that runs through it is for play, for creation, for communion, devotion and love. We travelled to this place within ourselves to know and protect it, exploring this temple of self and dancing a sacred dance of life; our lives.  Tasara has been deeply devoted to her magical and shamanic path for most of her life. She expresses it through building community, teaching workshops, creating transformative visuals for live events and taking clients. She is a natural teacher and is always turning metaphysical things upside down to understand them in different ways. She is a member of the SCGMSS.

Julie-ParellJulie Parrell,  presented “Awakening the Goddess within”, a metaphoric gardening journey, during which in the metaphor and in reality, there was a  ‘weeding’ out the wounds and traumas in the womb of the internal goddess and this brought us to be fruitful and blossoming in our lives. She used her performance art skills to weave together the worlds of Spirit while pushing through the boundaries of the mundane. She is a member of the SCGMSS and was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011.

Jordan FarmerJordan Farmer, a 2nd year Shamanic Apprentice of the Wolven Path Tradition, is also a student of Acupuncture and Qigong, and a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. Her mother’s beautiful singing made her heart ache in her childhood. She guided an intimate group in a singing and walking meditational ceremony, “These Songs bring forth Blossoms” to strengthen all people, and remind them of their connectedness to all Creation. It was a prayerful ritual  of Unburdening, Offering, Self Affirmation, Connection and Joy that took place outdoors in a sacred walking and singing between the Tree and The River.

anvil-song-logoAnvil Song; newly initiated during the Gathering and a sign of their service to healing the community by the spirits  offered 2 “Wrap About Healing Ceremonies”, this ancient ceremony of the Mountain Traditions of cleansing, purification and healing contains the elements of caring, intimacy and mother energy. Its spirit is one of bringing the Lamenter to a deeper appreciation and commitment of and to themselves. In this context all ‘negative’ energies are dispersed. Its power was in its simplicity and soothing silence, its stillness of being and its absolute focus on the Lamenter.

This Conference and Gathering brought together not just the Canadian Shamanic Community & Family, but the Clans, Tribes and Families of other countries to come together in Community, in accordance to the Wolven Path Tradition. In this Global Gathering we celebrated our Mother the Earth, the Stars, our Ancestors, the Spirits and the magic of each other in the energy of the May Moons of the Mother & the Maiden.

We came to share our wisdom, our experience, our spirit, our blessings, our healing and our dreams.

The story of the Heart goes out and shines in the world.
The traditional Shaman was the Traveller, walking the journey between worlds and service. 
The Traveller is not exempt from weariness, despite the vows of their calling, and a good warrior knows when to rest and take stock of all that they have.

As a united community we gathered to connect our and all hearts together into one great heart, then to journey into the earth allowing the Spirits to guide us where they may and to place the light we had gathered together during the conference and ground it in the earth. In this we were and are the seeds that will grow in the world and as these seeds grow and birth and blossom in us, so to will the world Green again and bloom in community.

We honoured the spirits of this Land, the spirits of the Eight Directions, the Spirits of the Great Forest, the spirit of the Seed carried by the Sparrow to bloom and the spirits in each of us that have held, warmed and carried us through the past days. Together with the spirits of each of us as a family, we will honour our journey forward. Cleansing as Sacred the feet that walk that path and trusting that the path will not test us to extremes. As Spirit Travellers, As Pathfinders, our hearts shine. As the Wheel of Seasons turns the Great Tree comes to the Shadow of the Western Twilight, it is inevitable that stories end so that they can be told again and new stories sung.
Together we learnt new songs and new dance steps under the Moon of the Mothers & Maiden where we played as children in Eden in the presence of all our Ancestors.

The Ancestors and Elders are asking to be remembered; it is only by them that we are here. The Ancestors and Elders want us to know we are already dead and become ancestral dust for our Descendants. The Ancestors and Elders ask for respect of their lives that bring us to this moment.

In and from this Gathering the Ancestors and Elders asked for sacrifice, however small, even the sacrifice that a child would make. Together we vowed however and anyway we can accomplish their requests, will keep the Wheel of Seasons turning and the River of Blood and Breath flowing, never forgetting the One Song.

As we said our farewells and took our leave of that place of this Gathering, with every footstep from there we will be mindful that everyone and everything around and that comes into and out of our lives is a reminder to our ancestral destiny as we are to theirs. We will honour every Elder of every being, honour all the young, hold space with our own relatives and ancestors, honour and respect the path of all who are in the same journey. In this small way the Ancestors will be remembered and their wisdom with ours will flow to the Descendants.

We sang together to remember to be the Mother and the Child in all that we do; care for others, our home – this Earth, our kin in all creatures of this Earth and to honour ourselves for being available to the Turning of the Wheel of Seasons. Blessings of Spirit on all our Paths.

~ Reverend Pathfinder Shaman John-Luke Edwards