U.K. Shamanic Gathering 2019

I’m delighted to have been asked back to present at the 2019 Shamanic Gathering at the Earth Spirit centre near Glastonbury, 4-8th September. This is a great place to meet many people from the U.K. shamanic community and to learn and experience different teachers and their work, whilst coming together in community.

This year we will also be having a day of ceremonies with sweat lodges and trance dances.

More details here:

https://www.shamanicgatheringuk.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR0OQyf5nkOBN21USVnqfGH8esP724CXnhZQ5mREV2D6nlv4GUnqbZOQvyY

Wixarika (Huichol) Retreat & Teaching Course

We’re delighted to welcome you to a unique five day event amongst the mountains of Snowdonia where the ancient shamanistic culture of the Wixarika, in Spanish Huichol, from north central Mexico will be sharing the wisdom and teachings of their culture. 

This is the first time in the U.K. that Marakame’s (shamans) from the Wixarika will be opening up in such depth about the cultural traditions and practices that underpin their cosmology. And how this cosmology informs and feeds the shamanistic ceremonies and healing practices that lie at the heart of their way of life -keeping the people and the land healthy and in balance. 

It is an opportunity to learn directly from an unbroken tradition how a fully functioning shamanic society operates and keeps their ancient practices alive, even in the face of pressures that modern society exerts. This will, in turn, inspire and teach us in the U.K. valuable lessons as we attempt to remember our old traditions and renew shamanistic ways here. 

The course will end with a big collective offering to the land, helping us to reconnect with the ways of our ancestral powers that are still alive in the landscape. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a Wixarika Fire ceremony so what has been learnt about the culture can be directly experienced. 

This will be part of a five year commitment that the Marakames have made, to come back each year and teach us about different aspects of their culture, so it is a real opportunity to go on a deep journey with them. 

For anyone committed to, or interested in, a shamanic or medicine path, or an ecological approach that has spirituality at the heart of it, this is an invitation to learn directly from an indigenous culture that stretches back thousands of years. To remind us, of what it means to be human, beneath the modern mask of civilisation and live in harmony and balance with nature and ourselves.

Highlights of the course will include:

  • Learning about the role of the Marakame (shaman). The central place they hold in the community, the different tasks they undertake as healers and ceremonial leaders, how they can be called to the path, and the many initiations and commitments that must be made during the long training.

  • Explanations of the Offering concept that is essential for the Wixatari relationship with their environment. How the relationship that is fostered through offerings with the invisible powers that hold the land together, contributes to a balanced environment between the human and non human communities.

  • What offerings are involved in the gathering of their sacrament and medicine, the sacred cactus, Hikuri. And the important role of pilgrimage and sacrifice in this.

  • How we can start to make the right offerings on this land to honour the ancestral spirits in the land.

  • Learning about traditional music and dance, its role at the centre of community and ceremonial life, including the story of the instruments and the different songs and dances that are connected to the different festivals throughout the year.

  • A look at the festival calendar, and how this ties with a natural cycle of nature insuring the land is kept strong and a successful harvest is had.

  • An all night Fire ceremony with the Blue Deer

  • Discussions on how we can learn from an unbroken lineage to piece together the lost traditions that lay buried in this land, that will be relevant for our societies in the modern world.

All the above will involve a mixture of traditional teaching and experiential learning. 

Practical details 

Dates: Saturday 24th August- Wednesday 28th August. 

Venue: The beautiful Cae Mabon Retreat centre, Snowdonia which has been called ‘a Welsh Shrangi-la’. More info here: https://www.caemabon.co.uk

 Cost; £395 for four nights and five days. This includes all accommodation in cottages and chalets, food, teaching and ceremony.

There are a few camping spaces available which are at a reduced rate of £325 for accommodation (camping) food, teaching and ceremony. 

For more information or to reserve your place, please contact us here

New Shamanic Healer Training

We are now taking applications for the new two year intensive Shamanic Healer training beginning in the Spring of 2020. There is a brand new set of different levels which include, two, three or five year commitments.

This will be the eleventh consecutive year that this course has run and as ever the work deepens as we are guided by spirit to bring back these ancient techniques and make them relevant for the modern world.

Details of the course are here. Or please contact us here if you are interested

Please note, this training tends to fill quickly. So if it does call to you it's advised to get in contact as soon as possible.

Finding Healing through Meaning, Purpose and Service at the College of Psychic Studies London

The modern world, through our cosmological understanding of our place in the universe, stands on an existential crisis of lack of meaning. This is affecting both the mental and physical health of people. Without meaning, it is difficult to find purpose in life and both are traditionally seen as essential to health.

Shamanistic cultures offer us a gift, in that their whole worldview is imbued with meaning and purpose. The landscape and everything that surrounds them is alive, full of signs that can be read and interpreted, with humans sitting at the heart of a complicated ecological and spiritual relationship with all of life. 

In this workshop we will focus on using shamanic techniques of trance and ceremony, to assist you in revealing deeper meaning in your lives.

This will include bringing understanding to difficult and painful, past experiences. 

We will also explore how this meaning can direct your actions to bring a much greater sense of life purpose. 

This can help you to truly be of service to spirit, to your loved ones, your communities and the wider world and bring great healing.

Talk:

Friday 10th May, 7.00pm- 8.30pm

Workshop:

Saturday 11th May 10.00am- 5.00pm

More Details on the link below

https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/events/view/id/1403/the-shamanic-path-finding-healing-through-meaning-purpose-and-service

Exploring Altered States of Consciousness Talk- London, Brighton & Bristol

Is it possible to experience altered states of consciousness? And if so, what are the pros and con's and reaching 'non-rational' states? Join Jez Hughes, a practitioner of shamanism with decades of experience, for a fascinating talk on the topic.

In traditional indigenous societies shamanic trance states are often seen as the bedrock of a healthy life, society and culture. In the modern western world, such altered states of consciousness are seen at best as entertaining distractions or, worst they are viewed as pathological and dangerous. Yet the human drive to experience such non-rational states has never gone away and it could be argued is rising all the time. 

In this talk, we will explore how such states of consciousness are reached in shamanic societies, what their purpose is, and the potential dangers and pitfalls of working in this way. We will also explore how modern society could benefit from consciously engaging with the different realms of reality that are accessed through trance states. How this might satisfy our desire to find a meaning and purpose that is often so lacking in modern life. And finally, how it could help us face up to the ecological crisis we are facing in modern times.

Date: Wednesday 24th April

Venue: Beach, Blanket, Babylon - Shoreditch, London
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/exploring-altered-states-of-consciousness-20024?internal_ref=host-page

Date Thursday 25th April

Venue: The Walrus - Brighton

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/exploring-altered-states-of-consciousness-brighton-22000

Date: Thursday 23rd May

Venue:  Loco Klub, Bristol, BS1 6QH

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/exploring-altered-states-of-consciousness-bristol-22228

Mental Illness as Shamanic Initiation Talk

This ever popular talk is back in London on February 4th 2019

In traditional, indigenous societies many of the symptoms we associate with mental illness, from depression through to psychosis, were often viewed as a sign that a person was being marked out and called by ‘the spirits’ to a life as a shaman or medicine person. 

This talk will explore whether it is possible, or beneficial, to approach mental illness from such a psycho spiritual perspective in a society that doesn’t value the spiritual conditions that give rise to sickness and is stuck in bio-chemical causation model. Asking questions such as what if some of the symptoms we deem pathological, are actually intimations of, or initiations to, a greater level of consciousness? 

This will be done without romanticising the real pain that mental illness can cause and will also explore when a spiritual causation approach may be useful and when it may not.

Venue: Amersham Arms

Doors: 7pm / talk starts at 7:30pm

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/mental-illness-as-shamanic-initiation-19118

Connecting to Nature at the College of Psychic Studies

All shamanic traditions acknowledge that the power to heal and create magic comes from a deep connection to nature and the invisible landscape of spirit that lies behind it.

But how do we make this connection strong and draw on it for spiritual power?

What needs to be given in return? 

And what happens when we reside in a city where nature is scarce? 

In the talk, we will explore a shamanic and animistic perspective on what brings the spirit of a place alive. Jez will Include practical ways that we as humans can engage with our environment wherever we live, to enhance and breathe life into the human and the non human landscape.

In the workshop we will explore shamanic ways to deepen your relationship with nature and the spirits that animate it, using trance states and the power of the drum and ceremony to bring you into contact with the spirits of the place where you reside.

Talk: Friday 18th January 7.00- 8.30pm

Workshop: Saturday 19 January 10:00am - 5:00pm