Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Call for Healers & Performers for Shamans Camp 2019


Shamans Camp 2019 is now offering healer/vendor booths for the festival in July at the Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss, Colorado. We also have some indoor (Malony House) & covered (Main Tent) spaces available.


Attendees will enjoy wandering musicians, sweat lodges, a medicine circle workshop, and plant medicine ceremony led by native elders (off-site location - must sign up), crystal bowl healing (Malony House), drumming circles, massages, divination readings, shamanic journeying, A Dance of Universal Peace by Bernie, shamanic trance dance, Qigong, a Red Tent, and tribal dancing, to name a few.

If you have something that would fit into this category that you would like to share with attendees, please download the Exhibitor & Venue Agreement submit the information and send it to Producer@ShamansCamp.com. Vendor booths are available for readers, services and products in Heritage Hall. The time frame for your presentation must be scheduled in advance to be included in the published Schedule. Performer & Workshop spots are NOT to be used for selling products. That must take place in exhibitors’ booths only.



Thursday, April 25, 2019

Healing After the Death of a Loved One by Christy Monson


My husband of 54 years just passed away 7 weeks ago. As a therapist, I’ve helped many people through the stages of grief and know them well, but when the love of my life died, I still found myself bewildered and in denial.

Stages of grief:
*Denial: This didn't really happen?
*Anger: How could God do this to me?
*Bargaining: If only I had done things differently, this wouldn't have happened.
*Depression: I'm going to feel sad the rest of my life.
*Acceptance: I have my precious memories so my loved one is with me forever.


As I looked at my husband lying on the bed, supposedly taking a nap, I couldn’t believe he had passed away. This isn’t happening to me, I thought. Maybe if I’d just taken better care of him, this wouldn’t have happened.

We need to give ourselves permission to feel each grieving stage as it surfaces for us. Each person will be different.

            Surround yourself with family and friends. Let them comfort you.

Right after he died, I was in a daze, unable to think or act to do the things necessary at the time. Our son came to help me take one step at a time until I was functioning again. I couldn’t have done it alone.


Reduce anxiety and panic:

*Deep breathing techniques: breathe in and out slowly, filling your diaphragm with each breath.
*Daily meditation: study wise teachers or scriptures that bring you comfort.
*Be in the moment: Sit quietly, observe your arms resting on the chair. Be aware of your toes. Notice the rest of your body. Clear your mind and focus on the moment.
*Guided imagery: get comfortable and relax, breathe deeply, count to ten slowly as you picture yourself climbing a set of stairs and coming upon a safe place. Imagine your loved one in this place and talk with him or her about the death and separation. Say how you feel.

My husband’s death took me out of my routine, and I couldn’t focus or function. So, I had to work my program—just like everyone else. I did my deep breathing and meditation daily. Guided imagery brought me comfort. As I relaxed in a chair, I pictured myself walking along the beach. I could see my husband with me, and we discussed what was happening. He gave me his feedback about our problems. It was a comfort to have him with me in my guided imagery. Whenever I am lonely or miss him, I repeat this process.

            Guard against depression:

*Keep a journal: You may write or keep a sketch pad close to record your feelings. Check your mood by recording your feelings in a color collage.
*Keep a gratitude journal
*Plan a memorial service.
*Give service in your loved one’s memory.
*Visit with your religious leaders or friends about your feelings.
*Join a grief group

Decide what the next stage of your life will bring:

*Take some time during your grieving process to plan what the next stage of your life will bring.
*Don’t be in a hurry.
*Listen to other’s advice, but then take time to decide for yourself what direction your life will take.

Christy Monson is a Marriage and Family Therapist, retired from a large practice in Las Vegas, NV. She has authored several self-help books:
            Becoming Free, A Woman’s Guide to Internal Strength
            Love, Hugs, and Hope when Scary Things Happen
            Family Talk


FINDING PEACE IN TIMES OF TRAGEDY will be released Spring of 2019.Disastrous events continue to plague our world, and finding peace in times of trauma can be an overwhelming challenge. Personal shock after a death or tragedy can devastate a family for generations to come. This book discusses how tragedy physically changes the brain and the body, explains the healing techniques of mindfulness, and outlines skills for recovery from trauma.

See the Talk Story Media interview with Christy at www.ShamanicArts.Center.



Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sacred Cannabis Ceremony -4/20

Join Dr. Robert Sullivan (Chi) as he guides us in developing a new and deeper connection with this sacred teacher plant, Cannabis. Whether you are a experienced cannabis user or have never tried this plant medicine before, these wisdom teachings will be transformative in your relationship to the spirit and plant world.

For many of us, it's tricky learning how to work with the cannabis plant as a spiritual ally. A number of factors can influence the short and long term spiritual effects of cannabis: dosage, strain, frequency of use, attitude toward the plant, the specific setting, one’s state of mind. The most important factor is the ability to quiet the monkey mind and allow inner peace and connection. The sacrament cannabis will be offered by smoking and/or in an infused liquid. You must be 21 to attend this ceremony. Love offering. Potluck meal to follow.

Please be prepared:
Come hydrated & nourished with healthy food
Wear comfortable loose clothing
Ceremony etiquette: quiet, respectful, gentle in thoughts, words, actions
Bring: Potluck dish to share, water bottle, smudge sticks, any other ceremonial items you wish to bring (i.e., crystals, talismans, etc.)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Encounters of the Shamanic Kind

The upcoming Shamans Camp 2019 requires so much time that starting March 21st 2019. Encounters of the Shamanic Kind will only be held once per month - the 3rd Thur of the month. Sign up at www.ShamanicArts.Center.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

One Pane of the Jahari Window

People can be very advanced in one area of their lives and all messed up in another. Be  mindful that - just because you can clearly see someone's failings in one area of their life doesn't mean they aren't able to clearly see your failings in another. It's that pane of the Jahari Window where people know things about you that you don't know about yourself.

Call for Storytellers

We need storytellers to read or tell stories for our new podcast on Patreon.com/TravelingShamans. We envision an ongoing and fluid podcast featuring readings from both non-fiction and fiction books, poetry and shamanic stories. If you have stories to tell or would like to read for our podcast we'd love to have you. Call Julia at 970-200-LOVE.

Sacred Cannabis Ceremony

Join Dr. Robert Sullivan (Chi) March 16th at 3:30pm as he guides us in developing a new and deeper connection with the sacred teacher plant, Cannabis. Whether you are a experienced cannabis user or have never tried this plant medicine before, these wisdom teachings will be transform your relationship to the spirit and plant world.

For many of us, it's tricky learning how to work with the cannabis plant as a spiritual ally. A number of factors can influence the short and long term spiritual effects of cannabis: dosage, strain, frequency of use, attitude toward the plant, the specific setting, one’s state of mind. The most important factor is the ability to quiet the monkey mind and allow inner peace and connection. The sacrament cannabis will be offered by smoking and/or in an infused liquid. You must be 21 to attend this ceremony. Love offering. Potluck meal to follow.

Please be prepared: Come hydrated & nourished with healthy food

Wear comfortable loose clothing

Ceremony etiquette: quiet, respectful, gentle in thoughts, words, actions

Bring: Potluck dish to share, water bottle, smudge sticks, any other ceremonial items you wish to bring (i.e., crystals, talismans, etc.)

Limited number of openings, please RSVP by text to 970-404-1829 for the address.