at Oracle 2002
At the first Oracle gathering, participants shared shamanic crafting, singing and drumming, story-telling, plant spirit medicine, shamanic healing, and explored topics ranging from Mending Earths Net to Shamanism and Passover. Participants are once again strongly encouraged to share their knowledge, experience and gifts with others in the village.
Dreaming into the Future
We'll do a shamanic journey to delve into the dreamtime and then do active dreamwork on our journey. This type of dreamwork reveals hidden meanings, both personal and global. It offers practical guidance for future personal action to heal and balance the Earth and ourselves. And it's a load of fun!
For more information, contact Lyn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forgiveness: A Personal Act of Power for Global Transformation
We will explore together, using shamanic journey, the unique assistance the spirits of the elements and animals have to offer individuals in the practice and process of forgiveness. Learning ways to reclaim and rebalance personal power lost to the sorrow of injustice and assist others with this challenge, we will also see how to use it to start new lines of healing and peace in ourselves and our communities.
For more information, contact Nancy at:
Sounding Our Ancient Vibration
Tuvan Fire Ceremony
Gisela will offer a Tuvan Fire Ceremony on Thursday afternoon. After sharing about the traditions of the Tuvan shamans, making offerings of food and drink, and calling in the Spirits, a small fire will be lit.
For more information, contact Gisella at: email@example.com
Mending the Hoop through A New Relationship Ceremony
The Sacramento Shamanic Circle invites you to participate in a ceremony of new relationship and commitment to the Sacred Hoop. Participants will journey to identify, connect with, and begin a personal relationship with a nature Spirit with whom you have not previously worked. You will learn the symbol and song or sound of this particular Spirit who chooses to work with you. You will offer your intention to be one who carries this Spirit. Your commitment to this new Spirit relationship will strengthen and help to mend the Sacred Hoop.
Making a Fringed Mask or Eye Shield
In some cultures where shamanism is practiced, a part of the shaman's working costume is an eye shield or "curtain" mask. This type of mask typically consists of a cap or band with strands hanging down over the face partially covering the eyes. The effect is a fringed veil or curtain which allows the shaman to see and move about in the Spirit realms and in ordinary reality at the same time.
If you have any questions please contact Paula at: Pauladeeda@aol.com
Remote Healing Offering
This offering is for people who wish to participate in or obtain remote shamanic healing for a loved one not at Oracle. In keeping with our goal of being of service to the earth and others while at Oracle, we will focus this healing time on those not able to gather with us. Each person asking for remote healing for another must have obtained specific permission from that person prior to the healing. This is very important!
Seidr - Ancient Nordic Shamanic Practice
Seidr is an old Northern European shamanic ritual, well recorded in the sagas of Scandinavia. It is a community ritual often done to address an issue of real importance for the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to consult the spirits about their own life issues. Seidr is a singing practice, wherein a choir of singers send the volva on a journey to the spirits. I feel it is important for people of northern European ancestry as it is a genuine shamanic ritual undertaken by our ancestors. More details of seidr can be found in Spirit Talk Issue # 9 (see shamaniccircles.org homepage).
Karen Kelly at Spirittalk@aol.com
Join me in creating a connection back to Mother Earth, by creating a mini gourd rattle. I will share with you the story of Ekim and Naro and the importance of the rattles and drums and the beating of our mothers heart. We will be using mini gourds, leather, cord, yarn, beads, feathers, bells, shells, animal tatoos, crystals and anything that you wish to bring that symbolizes your animal totems. I will also have silver and gold metal wire if you wish to wrap a special crystal. Supplies are between $7.00 and $10.00.
Carve a totem of your power animal out of soapstone. Charlie Abildgaard will demonstrate and teach carving techniques. Each participant will be able to complete a carving from a small block of soapstone. Materials and tools will be provided, however, please bring a small pocket knife if you have it.
Contact Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shamanic Journey
For many of us, the word "shaman" calls to mind a spiritual healer steeped in secret knowledge and mysterious powers. But, in this offering, participants will learn to directly experience the shamanic journey, a method for entering into a universe usually glimpsed only in myths and dreams. Using the shamanic journey we will explore altered states of awareness that can unlock answers to difficult personal questions and mobilize energy for reaching goals. Through the journey method, we may also meet spirit helpers upon whom we can call during healing activities/ceremonies at Oracle.
Steve Rosen has offered to lead a drum-making workshop at Oracle. Guided by the Spirits and Steve, participants will have the opportunity to birth a new drum into the world. The workshop will consist of two sessions (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning). During the first session participants will journey to the Spirits for guidance and prepare the drum frame and skin. The second session will consist of lacing the drum together.
Winds from the East
Providing both a fan to cool ourselves with in the desert heat and using calligraphy with Japanese symbols, Hideki Hamada (from Japan) will bring fans and do this calligraphy. Names themselves have spiritual significance -
Japense calligraphy itself is a beautiful way to see the spiritual flow of one's name: just like looking into water, the currents mirror back to us the flowing nature of our own essence, our own faces.
Hideki will provide fans for 30 people and draw these symbols. He is limited to doing thirty because this is only one offering among many other offerings in the village and thirty is about the maximum number that can be made within a session time. This offering combines a simple way of 'cooling' one's self in the desert with spiritual images of one's name.
The place where these "Winds from the East" fans will be created will be announced at Oracle. If you are especially interested to have one made, you can email Hideki; send him your full name as well as email address.
Contact: Hideki Hamada
Using Shamanism to Cope with Grief
Daniel Potapshyn and Roland Hulstein will again offer a circle for those who have an interest in learning ways to use shamanic journeying to access information from Spirit for working with grief and loss. (This offering was very well received at the previous Oracle gathering). The circle will be for those dealing with a personal loss, as well as, those whose professional life may be working with others' experiencing loss.
Plant Spirit Medicine
Creating Earth SandPainting & Ceremony
At Oracle 2000, we created a three dimensional map of the world over the length of a volleyball court and used this as a central point for our prayers and ceremony on behalf of the World. At Oracle 2002, we are planning to again build some type of a World map to use as a centrepoint for our prayers. During the Saturday night ceremony we will focus on mending the hoop, nourishing the tree, and strengthening the web, so each of these will be represented in our crafting of the world. We are still in the early phases of envisioning what Spirit wants us to create. If you would like to help, please contact: Jo at: Andersenjo@aol.com
Trance Dance Shamanic Art
At the last Oracle gathering, Barbara Stamm Dose and 10 participants made beautiful masks of their power animals/teachers. Barbara will again lead this offering. Participants will start by making a gauze plaster mask that fits their face. After this dries, they will add their animal/teachers features using plaster putty. Once dry, the masks can then be painted and decorated. Participants will have the opportunity to dance their power animal/teachers at the all night ceremony.
Native American Flute Circle
If you play the Native American flute, join me in forming a flute circle. Beginners are especially welcome! We will play with each other, for each other, and will help each other improve our skills so that the Spirits can sing more beautifully through us. As we are moved by Spirit, we will play our flutes for the whole village.
A Call to Men
The Buffalo Brothers, a California Shamanic Mens Group will be attending Oracle and would love to link with other men during Oracle 2002. At the first Oracle gathering, the men of the village drummed awake their youngest member, a 13 year old, in a surprise Sunrise ceremony. We see Oracle 2002 as an opportunity to come together as men - to learn from each other and to be of service to the village and the Planet. If you have ideas about how the men at Oracle might connect or what we might offer the village,
Who are We? Our Shamanic Profile
Please fill out this questionnaire before you come to Oracle, and deposit it in the box that will be available at the registration table. We will also have copies of the questionnaire available on Sunday, at the ending of the Conference, in case you would rather do it then and there. Resulting information will be available to all through the Shamanic Visions website after April 20. Thank you!