Happy New Year!
How exciting to arrive in the year 2012 — a year of Becoming, and a gateway to a promising future. “Promising future??” you might ask. “But the world is in chaos!” Indeed it is, both around us and inside us, and it will likely continue to be. However, I and many others see bigger forces at work in this time. Good, kind forces that seek to open us, and to bring us more fully into the truth of who we are:
This is a time to abandon our fears alongside the path ~ to step forward into freedom and into the light of our true selves, which know no fear.
I feel so much excitement and joy for what is to come in 2012 and beyond! The opportunity that we all have for healing in this time is immense. We have so much assistance available to us, from the Earth, all the elements, from other dimensions, and from our fellow humans. It is simple to say, but all we must do is open ourselves to receive this goodness… and be willing to keep following the path as it is revealed.
It is my mission in 2012 to consistently offer spaces of sanctuary, healing and learning ~ spaces of refuge, where you — my friends, family, clients, students, and companions on the path — may have a chance to remember who you really are, beneath the stormy seas of our minds and ego fixations.
~ To start off the year, I’ll be leading a series of classes and ceremonies beginning on January 26th at Hawthorn Healing Arts. In the Chakana Class Series, we will explore the wisdom of the indigenous Q’ero people of the high Andes mountains in Peru, who have lived a life of ayni, or reciprocity, with the Earth and all things for thousands of years. The Q’ero cosmology and way of life has so much to offer us in these times, which ancient prophecies describe as the time when the Eagle of the north and the Condor of the south will fly together in union. These sessions will run weekly until February 16th. If you’re interested to learn more, please take a look at the class descriptions here on my blog. Each class is going to focus on direct experiences — I promise you’ll have a good time, and learn some very useful skills too … skills that have helped me to live with a greater sense of connectedness, balance, and peace in these ever-changing times.
~ If you happen to have been incarnated in a masculine body, you’re invited to join me and our excellent group of men for Men’s Circle, every 3rd Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm(ish) at Mandala Yoga Community in downtown Bend. Our circles explore all dimensions of the Sacred Masculine — and what it means to be a man in today’s world — using yoga, meditation, singing, ceremony, poetry, drumming, and all sorts of other goodness, and we’ll be meeting monthly throughout 2012. Please let me know if you would like to join us. All ages are welcomed, and encouraged!
~ Speaking of men, do you know an exceptional, unique teenage boy who could use some extra guidance and support? As you may know, I run a nature-based mentoring program here in Central Oregon called Spirit Warrior Teen Circles. Our program is open to all boys, age 13 to 19, and we meet every 3rd Sunday of the month for a full-day adventure out in nature. On January 22nd, we’ll be snowshoeing in the woods outside Bend. In all of our sessions, we offer a fun experience which supports our young Warriors in finding and connecting with their truth, authenticity, and self-confidence in a supportive group atmosphere. At the end of the school year, we’ll be taking our Spirit Warriors out into the desert for a Vision Quest and Rite of Passage ceremony, a contemporary version of an ancient initiation process which will help the Warriors find a vision of their life, and welcome them into their new role as Men in their community. Check out our website for more information! New students are welcome at any time.
~ Finally, how about a trip to Peru this summer? In July, my partner Lisa Hendrick and I will be leading a trip to the Amazon jungle of Peru to study with master curandera, Doña Otilia. Doña Otilia works with many medicinal plants of the jungle, and facilitates profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing through her medicines, songs, and ceremonies. She is a true master of her art, and a visit to her land is a life-changing experience. Our trip is called Song of the Amazon: Finding Voice and Vision in the Heart of the Jungle. It is from July 24th to 31st, 2012, and there are lots of options for extended adventures in the jungle, to Machu Picchu, and to other amazing sacred sites. First deposits are due by January 31st! See our website for more details.
Registration is now open for all of these classes, ceremonies, and adventures. Please call or email to reserve your spot today. You’ll find my contact information below.
It’s looking like a busy year ahead! In the meantime, know that I am here as a friend and a support. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send an email if there is any way I can assist you in your journey, now and in the future.
Looking forward to a rich and transformational year, full of Radiant Love, Profound Healing, and Great Connection to All Things…