One of the enticing events on Sandra’s schedule is the Shambala Mountain Retreat, May 14-16. She will teach “Experiencing the Shamanic Journey: For Insight, Guidance, and Healing.” Participants are encouraged to bring a drum or a rattle, or both; a blanket; a scarf for tying around the eyes; and a notebook and pen. Here is part of Sandra’s description of the event:
The shaman interacts directly with spirits to address the spiritual aspects of illness, performing soul retrievals, removing spiritual blockages, and recovering lost power… We will use drumming as a means to directly experience the shamanic journey for insight, vision, and healing.
It’s all about answers, and energy, and the tools and how to use them. The program is designed for people who are new to shamanism. Of course, adepts in any discipline know that it is never too late to go back and review the basics.
The picture on this page is of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, which can be seen at a long distance, from the lowlands. The Shambala Mountain Center is beautiful, and I don’t just say that because it’s in the state where I live, Colorado. Please see for yourself — its site has a lovely virtual tour. By offering a discount for extra days of lodging, before or after a scheduled event, Shambala Mountain Center welcomes people to stay on, and this does sound like a great idea. Sometimes it’s hard to transition from the everyday world into a spiritually focused gathering, without a little decompression time first. And when the event is over, what a fine thing it is to have some leeway, to ride the high of the experience a bit longer. It’s very reassuring to know there are places on every continent, including North America, that are hospitable to the notion of a spiritual retreat.
Although it’s not always possible to go on a sacred journey that involves crossing an ocean, it is also nice to know of the existence of tours designed with the spiritual heritage of humankind as their theme. Organizing groups of travelers who want to visit sacred places is a great idea.
Tom Cowan is a minister in the Circle of the Sacred Earth, and one of the contributing authors of Awakening to the Spirit World. “Periodically he leads tours to Ireland or Scotland to practice shamanism at sacred sites and work with the spirits of the land,” informs us the “About Tom Cowan” page at Riverdrum.com. Cowan is also an associate board member of Columcille Megalith Park. This lovely place, located in the Appalachian Mountains near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, is a privately owned park that is open to the public. Inspired by Scotland’s Isle of Iona, it’s a sacred space with a Celtic spirituality flavor, “a playground of myth and mystery.”
Author Phil Cousineau leads sacred journeys with a literary tone, in Ireland. On the next scheduled tour, Cousineau and the other participants will meet with Dara Molloy, a leading scholar of Celtic Mysticism. His description of such a trip to the “Land of Myth and Mystery” is very lyrical and enticing:
Meander along scenic roads that hug the rugged Irish western shore, roam about the undulating countryside and rocky plains, ferry to the alluring Aran Islands, and journey deep into the very heart of Ireland.
“Surviving Miracles in Bolivia” on the The Power Path website, written by José Stevens (another contributing author of Awakening to the Spirit World), recounts his trip with 26 other people to Bolivia and Peru, to visit ceremonial sites. What an adventure! It also includes some advice on altering the weather.
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Source: “Experiencing the Shamanic Journey for Insight, Vision & Healing with Sandra Ingerman,” Shambala Mountain Center
Source: “Columcille Megalith Park,” Columcille.com
Source: “About Tom Cowan,” Riverdrum.com
Source: “Land of Myth and Mystery,” Sacred Earth Journeys
Source: “Surviving Miracles in Bolivia,” The Power Path
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