"Prayers, chanting, and drumming are traditional ways of regulating energy and restoring
---J.E. Williams, The Andean Codex, Adventures And Initiations Among The Peruvian Shamans.
"When I first heard the drum,
I did not yet know
that it was my heart
and heart of my mother."
---Joseph Bruhac, Abenaki.
"Among musical instruments, the drum (has) the greatest power to tune to life energy.
The surface of the Earth and the vault of the Sky are like drumheads. The steady drumming...causes the Earth and Sky to resonate,
like the heartbeat of Nature."
---Kenneth Cohen, Honouring the Medicine.
Sacred Drum Circles in Vancouver, BC. Canada:
1. Shamanic Drumming & Dreaming Journeywork
2. Wolfsong Sacred Chanting Circle: Equinox
& Solstice Celebrations.
3. Sacred Fire Drumming,
Chanting, Talking Circle.
4. Eco Spirit Camp.
1. SHAMANIC DRUMMING & DREAMING JOURNEYWORK
"When you are uncertain, listen to the Dream Drum inside you that
is your own heart --- there-in lies your true vision..."
"The drum is our horse."
The vehicle of ascension to the sky realm of the Sun, to the territory
of illumination, can be the drum. The pulse of the drum frequently carries the shaman from the underworld, through the roots
of the World Tree, up the body of the tree that transects the middle world or earthly plane, and finally, to the glorious
summit of the Sacred Tree whose crown embraces the shining heavens.
---Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices.
Many of the world's earth based cultures use the monotonous
sound of the drum to enter shamanic consciousness instead of psychedelics.This is the safe, effective, legal and
traditional way of ancient shamans.
Shamanic drumming journeywork, the ancient art of conscious dreaming, enables
us to enter a state of flow, the alpha state of the brain. This state of restful alertness, in which our imaginative
powers function at their highest potential is associated with the altered state of consciousness known to artists,
athletes, composers, dancers and creative people from all walks of life.
Participation in the Drumming & Dreaming Journeywork
Circle can re-establish connections with our animal spirit helpers, and guardian teachers. This shamanic method
enables us to bring back insight and healing we need for a fulfilling and successful life in the today world. We can
re-discover what it truly means to be human and learn the true nature of our life's purpose. Regardless of ancestry, shamanic
drumming journeywork enables us to reach beyond the limit of culture to swim in the primal source.
Shamanic drumming and journeywork dreaming can be our gateway
to extra-ordinary adventure. We can recieve spiritual revelations directly, experiencing shamanic perception practiced
by traditional shamans and mystics long before religions organized to do it for us. Learn to have your own direct shamanic
healing experience. This time-tested way is a thousand times more meaningful than when someone projects their conceptualization on
you of what they think your experience is.
Your animal guardians and spirit helper/teachers often are local Laws
of Nature that have specific intelligence and different degrees of power. They may be a compassionate ancestor, a plant,
animal, bird, stone or star person. Their work 'behind the scenes' is to support us with power, protection and nurture
to enrich our life when we request assistance. They give us what we need, not what we have planned according to our culture's
The Drumming & Dreaming Journeywork Circle experiential
workshop provides a powerful introduction for those less familiar with the shamanic way as well as enhances the experience
of more experienced inner travelers, those who practice silent meditation, yoga or qigong.
You are welcome to join us every 2nd Saturday of the month to
chant shared sacred ancient healing songs and learn conscious shamanic dreaming. Have your own experience of
your power animals, spirit guides and guardian angels/teachers and their powerful healing capabilities to transform
ordinary reality into magical living.
For your comfort please bring a blanket or shawl, pillow and eye shade. It is
advisable to also bring a clear intention for insight into personal healing or for guidance about a personal issue. Bring
your N. American style drum if you have one. Newcomers welcome. No experience
necessary. By donation to cover costs.
"I am grateful to my friend who introduced me to the Drumming &
Dreaming Circle. It has been a very positive and grounding experience. It has been the first step I have taken in my
healing process. It is welcoming to have a safe place in the community to do healing work together."
---S.S. Vancouver, BC.
2. WOLFSONG SACRED CHANTING CIRCLE: Equinox
& Solstice Celebration.
"Fiestas and rituals give us strength, they distract and relax,
and they give us back all the energy we have expended throughout the year."
---Chillihuani Elder, Peru.
"This place that you live in and many other places in your country
suffer from drought, too much rain, shortages, many problems. There is a reason for this misfortune, for you have not
been doing ceremonies, gathering together, thanking the earth, the gods, the Sun, the sea for your lives. Without celebration,
the gods are unhappy and bring misery to us. The ceremonies, gathering together, celebrating together---this is the love or
energy that the gods live on. In the ceremonies, we come together to be as one. Those that do not want this in their
hearts fall away."
---Matsu'wa, Huichol. Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices.
Gratitude to the participants who celebrate the Wolfsong
Sacred Chanting Circle with us every 3 months for the Equinox and Solstice. All are invited as we honour shared,
sacred, social, healing chants from Nature. Gratitude to our friends who share their participatory songs. Bring your friends, love of singing and celebrate the change of season and
the Spirit of the Land. Bring your N.
American style drum if you have one, and cedar flute and didgeridoo. By donation to cover costs.
"I enjoyed the Wolfsong Chanting Circle Autumn Equinox event, especially
with the flute and didgeridoo. The chanting brought a lightness to my being and to the surroundings."
---K.G. Vancouver, BC.
"Wolfsong Summer Solstice was a truly profound spiritual event. My husband liked
it too. I felt honoured to be in the company of so many like minded people as we celebrated the Solstice. It is a very imortant
---W.P. Psychologist, Vancouver, BC.
3. SACRED FIRE Circle: Drumming - Chanting
"If you have the desire to learn the path of the shaman,
the Fire will teach you, the Fire, Our Grandfather. You must listen to the Fire, for the Fire speaks, and the Fire teaches."
---Matsu'wa, Huichol. Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices.
"The element of fire cleanses the heart, illumines the soul and directs
the vertical movement upward towards the divine."
---Jaques Mabit, founder Takiwasi, Tarapoto, Peru.
Participants of our drumming and shamanic dreaming circles and in-person
Plant Spirit Healing sessions connect for the Sacred Fire Circle to celebrate
shared community with the universal and sacred Spirit of Fire. Open your personal heart-fire with shared, social, sacred
songs of Nature, your story, humour and drumming.
Rediscover your ancestral heart. Regardless of ancestry, all
of our ancestors gathered around the fire for wisdom stories, sacred songs gifted by the spirits of Nature and for the
kindred spirit of community.
The fire in our heart is the centre of our physical
universe, just as the fire of the sun is central to our solar system. Spirit of Fire radiates warmth and light as does
the human heart. Spirit of Fire connects us with our divine nature with humour, heart and wisdom. Spirit of Fire
teaches community, right relationship, discernment, trust, wisdom, joy, and laughter. Spirit of Fire dispels loneliness, improves
focus and assists in our emotional transformation.
Lighting the fire of connection with old and new friends, as the sun
sets, we will gather around the universal and sacred Spirit of Fire. After making invocation, we'll settle
in and let Spirit of Fire work through us. Shared ancient
sacred shamanic teachings of the heart from the Spirit of the Land. Bring your N. American style drum, musical instruments,
poetry, artwork to show and potluck to share.
5. ECO SPIRIT CAMP:
In a secluded picturesque mountain valley with a glacier
stream, east of the Fraser Valley, BC. An opportunity to rejuvenate your Spirit/Soul in the clear mountain air away from
city sounds, pollution and stress. Featuring nature walks and plant study; Sacred Fire Drumming, Dreaming & Talking
Circles; Plant Spirit Healing and Shamanic Counseling. Open to all respectful persons who have participated in our monthly
drum circles and Plant Spirit Healing sessions. We are an alcohol and recreational substance free zone. Tent Camping.
Bring your N. American hand drum if you have one. By donation to cover costs. Pre-register 604.418.9636.
"Thank-you for taking us to paradise. I felt cradled by those
mountains and nourished by the community and the Sacred Fire Drumming Circles. The weekend was deeply healing for me
on a personal level. I feel like I have come back to life."
---C.L. Yoga Instructor, Vancouver, BC.
"I want to thank-you again for an amazing weekend. I can't thank
you enough for the Eco Camp experience."
---S.V. Film Maker, Vancouver, BC.
"What a great weekend! All things are very good following the Eco Camp
in the mountains. Dreams are good. Gratitude for that."
---T.E. Personal Coach/Therapist, Vancouver. BC.
"I had many beautiful experiences at the Eco Camp. I
am very glad and fortunate that I went. Thank-you for taking us to that spectacular location in the mountains."
---R.R. Municipal Public Works, Vancouver, BC.
If you need additional information, or to schedule an in-person
appointment, don't hesitate to call 604 418 9636 or e-mail by clicking on the following link: email@example.com
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