We cannot know our true selves or our true capabilities until we have the courage to strip away the masks
Sacred Journeys is founded from an ancient lineage of Shamanism, a body of knowledge and teachings known as Medicine Wheels inherited from the Twisted Hair Elders, a select group of indigenous teachers and healers from North, South and Central America (known as Turtle Island).
This form of Shamanism is the foundation for the ‘Art of Living in Awareness’, providing tools and skills to align ourselves with the natural rhythms of Nature and Life.
These Medicine Wheel Teachings demonstrate an intimate and profound understanding of Science, Nature, Psychology and Physiology – all the ingredients that equip us with the most efficient way to wake up, claim the best of ourselves and carry that excellence forward.
These Twisted Hair Elders were Medicine Women and Men who dedicated their lives to the pursuit of knowledge from all sources and all walks of life. They walked a path of beauty and integrity and were respected for their wisdom and power.
To them hair represented knowledge, so rather than only working within a single tradition they devoted themselves to travelling Turtle Island, braiding and weaving their knowledge and understanding of the world. They open-heartedly shared this knowledge with those seeking to find balance, harmony and healing.
This sacred knowledge of the universal laws, the human psyche, ancient healing techniques, alignment and communication with the elements of nature, ceremonial alchemy, controlled dreaming and spiritual awakening has been handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years and endured the test of time.
We are honoured to be a part of this lineage and it is our privilege to uphold this tradition by sharing the knowledge, wisdom and ceremonies with you.
Our dynamic and life changing Retreats, Workshops, Programs and Gatherings are designed to strip away the masks that no longer belong and support you in your quest for healing, self-growth and personal excellence, allowing the authentic you to emerge.
Many arrive at Sacred Journeys not knowing what to expect, feeling somewhat nervous and even fearful of what might come. Afterwards, they find it difficult to leave, they often share how their experiences have far exceeded anything they could have hoped for and feel like they have found a deeper sense of ‘home’.
Our blended teaching style follows an integrated approach, providing various learning experiences in support of the organic nature of humans. In this way, we provide a diverse and holistic transformational experience. Some of the many techniques we use are;
- Lecture style teaching
- Interactive group discussion
- Medicine Wheel Teachings
- Cognitive mind mapping
- Group activities & experiences
- Personal Warrior Tasks
- Mindful Meditation
- Body-Mind integration exercises
- Personal Reflection
- Story telling & sharing sessions
- Physical Techniques of Discipline
- plus many more practical tools…
We know from experience that the work we do changes people’s lives in a deep & meaningful way.
At the end of each Gathering we ask participants to share some of what they have experienced. Feedback we most often receive speaks of the following; gratitude for holding such a safe space; ability to express my deepest emotions without feeling judged; letting go; healing my body; insights & wisdom; patience; unconditional acceptance; enlightening & life-altering; understanding; gentleness; love; support; respect; beauty; truth; care; integrity & impeccability…
We place infinite worth on the Gatherings we offer at Sacred Journeys. It is our privilege to witness and participate in the growth people experience while here. Joining us requires you to be present, aware and committed to your journey, with the willingness to give equally for what you receive.
Our Exchange Policy is inspired from understanding the principle of mutual exchange. This means the value of what you receive from the experience is equal to your financial investment. You will find equitable exchange values for our offered services in ‘Exchange Policies’ although for many, the gains made during their Sacred Journeys experience, far surpass the requested investment of money.
We do not intend for money to become a factor preventing anyone from participating, however there is no such thing as a free ride. Everything in the universe follows the principle of mutual energy exchange. For example, the bee takes pollen so that it may nurture and care for its hive and in exchange fertilizes the flower so that it too may thrive. We have experienced that this kind of balanced equitable exchange creates opportunity for the greatest benefits for all involved to thrive.
Should you have difficulty meeting the requested exchange yet feel called to join one of our Gatherings, send us a ‘Proposal for Equitable Exchange’ in writing. This is an expression from your heart to honour the value of what you will gain from the experience, honestly giving what you can, no more and no less.
Traditionally, a Heart Gift is offered to express appreciation, acknowledgement and to honour a Dance Chief or Medicine Guide for having performed ceremony, given a teaching or provided healing work on your behalf.
The impact of Shamanic work happens on many levels. On the Tonal level (everyday physical reality), this involves an equitable financial exchange. On the Nagual level (all spiritual levels) a Heart Gift is given from your spirit to the Dance Chief or Medicine Guide’s spirit as an energy exchange for having held a sacred space for you.
These exchanges ensure there are no energetic debts on any level.
Heart gifts are just that – a gift from your heart, given with the receiver in mind. They can include something that is created, bought or that you have in abundance.
A Heart Gift is usually given with an offering of tobacco, which symbolises the sealing of one’s intent and a connection to Spirit. This can be done by giving a pouch of tobacco or taking a pinch of tobacco, wrapping it in red fabric and tying it closed with red yarn (red representing protection and heart connection).
Suggested Heart Gifts for Lou & Laurel could include dark chocolate, red wine, sparkling wine, Woolworth’s espresso coffee beans, herbal teas, olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils, honey, maple syrup, assorted dried herbs or a monetary donation for the Collection Box. (Currently, these donations are being raised to build a more permanent roof over the Arbour in the South of the Medicine Garden.)
Consider what kind of Shamanic experience is right for you…
- Private Sessions (Counselling / Energy Healing / AMWA / Readings)
- Sweat Lodges (±4½ hours)
- An Awareness Retreat (Tuesday – Thursday)
- The Living Clean Program (10 days)
- A Relationships Workshop (Friday – Sunday)
- The Rainbow Warrior Program (6 weekends commencing in May)
- Red Owl Sisterhood Gathering & Teaching Circles
Step 1: Contact the Centre.
Contact us to discuss your personal needs, ask any questions you may have or to check dates & availability.
We like to keep our Medicine Circles small. Space is limited so contact us asap to avoid being placed on a waiting list.
Step 2: Make your Exchange.
Provisional bookings are held for 3 days.
Your booking is secured on receipt of payment (a 50% deposit is required).
Payment must be made in full, prior to starting the Gathering. (Payments can be made by EFT or in CASH only. Please note we do not have card facilities.)
Step 3: Prepare to enjoy your Sacred Journey with us.
Once your space is confirmed, we will send you all the info you need to prepare for your Sacred Journeys experience.