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Gabrielle

  • Its In The Cards

    Some of us like to know that which is unknown. Doing so creates a sense of predictability and with it, stability, and an easing of anxiety. Since before the Middle Ages, folks have used…

    March 19, 2018
  • 5 Steps to Creating An Ancestor Honoring Altar

    I recently watched online The Power of Shamanism Summit featuring 31 shamanic practitioners from many traditions including African, Siberian-Russian, Peruvian, Celtic, Egyptian and Greenland-Inuit, to name a few. Woven through many of the presentations…

    March 19, 2018
  • Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy

    A little llama. A wise old man. A country steeped in Andes mysticism. And the eternal question of “Who am I?” These are the ingredients of Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy…

    February 19, 2018
  • Benefits of Drumming

    It starts in the womb. By 24 weeks, babies hear noises a mother may not even notice: beating heart, air moving in and out of lungs, growling stomach, and blood moving through the umbilical…

    January 24, 2018
  • How to Choose a Shamanic Drum

    Thrum of the Drum Every shaman needs a music maker. Sound and music are used to call in energy and spirit guides; transport one on journeys; support ceremony and ritual, and facilitate meditation. Drums…

    January 24, 2018
  • A Chicken in Every Backyard

    To incorporate more mindfulness in my life, I began applying this awareness practice to eating food.  Those times when I was actually sitting at table and focusing on my meal, which I must confess…

    October 17, 2017
  • The Power of Despacho Ceremonies

    The Q’ero, a Quechua-speaking indigenous people of south central Peru, believe that everything in nature is animate and in the concept of ayni, or reciprocity.  Andeans practice this principle within their communities, as well…

    September 20, 2017
  • In Perfect Balance

    Those of us who have been walking our spiritual paths for many moons understand the significance of the equinox as a cosmic-spiritual event, the equal duration of day and night, as a time for…

    September 20, 2017
  • The Shamanic Gardener

    Summertime and the living’ is easy, or at least, spent in the garden.  In my corner of the world my lot is wooded and a creek runs through it. I see my share of…

    July 18, 2017
  • The Wisdom of North American Sage

    All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. — Arapaho Proverb smudge stick form of incense frequently is associated with North American culture.…

    April 17, 2017
  • Whistling Vessels – Magical Mysteries

    Whistling Vessels, Huacos Silbadores. Are they ancient artifacts, magical musical instruments or ritual shamanic tools? According to some, maybe all three.  These dual chambered ceramic vessels are designed to be filled with water and…

    February 27, 2017
  • The Promise of the Amazon

    It wasn’t the kind of a job path advancement one might expect.  She had a dream:  to work as a wildlife rehabilitator.  She had three choices:  Mexico, Africa or Peru. She chose Peru. This…

    January 24, 2017
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    5 Simple Prayers to Use When Cleansing Your Space

    Wow! Thanks. Help. These are the Three Essential Prayers, according to author Anne Lamott. What I learned in my church-going experience backs that up: there are prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude; of praise, awe,…

    October 24, 2016
  • Siwar Q’enti: Royal Hummingbird

    Who doesn’t love the iridescent splendor and seemingly magical ability of a hummingbird as it floats and flits in mid-air?  As a birder and animal lover, I still get a thrill at seeing hummingbirds…

    August 22, 2016
  • Tools of Sacred Plant Medicine Rapé

    The first time Jon DeRosa arrived in the picturesque mountain town of Pisac in Peru’s Sacred Valley, it had been many years since he had practiced any of the earth based disciplines that he…

    August 22, 2016
  • Mother Mountain Herbals

    The third in our trio of new product lines consists of the nutritious teas of Mother Mountain Herbals, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina USA.  Their handcrafted teas are made…

    May 21, 2016