Medicine Walk: Wisdom of the Four Directions—June 23, 2012

Finding Healing and Guidance in Nature June 23, 2012 – Vancouver “Journeys start from where we are. Everything starts from where we are. Where we are is where we’re supposed to be.” – Evelyn Eaton, The Shaman and the Medicine Wheel This day-trip in the North Shore mountains, just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and … Continue reading Medicine Walk: Wisdom of the Four Directions—June 23, 2012

Nature’s mirror and guidance on the medicine walk

On Saturday, July 16, three hardy souls joined me for the four directions teaching and medicine walk at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. The day was grey but our hearts were light as we joined together in the ancient ceremony of sitting in circle on the earth. Our basecamp was in a sand-floored clearing beside … Continue reading Nature’s mirror and guidance on the medicine walk

Beckoned: reflections on the medicine walk

Seeking meaning in our experiences is a human compulsion. It is part of how we build and maintain our self-image and our view of reality. Looking back at the meaning I derived from my medicine walk, I am struck by how I concluded that the day’s adventures affirmed my affection and love for the land. … Continue reading Beckoned: reflections on the medicine walk

Medicine walk and 5th anniversary of BC Wilderness Visions

BC Wilderness Visions and the Monkey Valley Retreat Centre celebrates its 5th anniversary of nature programs this summer! The first program was a medicine wheel teaching in the summer of 2005, when 25 people came to Monkey Valley and created a beautiful medicine wheel. Teachers Joyce Lyke and Tracy Leach taught us how to walk … Continue reading Medicine walk and 5th anniversary of BC Wilderness Visions

The medicine walk: getting down to the nitty gritty

Continuing on with the story of the east shield ceremony, I was now near the mouth of the canyon, near the canyon wall on the north side of the wash. The wash was filled with stones, from tiny pebbles to large boulders, but I’d chosen a ceremonial spot that was flat and gravelly. The canyon walls … Continue reading The medicine walk: getting down to the nitty gritty

The medicine walk: ceremony with the inner masculine

I have been writing about my medicine walk in Eureka Valley, California, last October. After I completed the north shield ceremony, which involved gathering the bouquet of flowers and making gifts for my people, I felt that I wanted to do an east shield ceremony. I didn’t know what form this might take, but considered … Continue reading The medicine walk: ceremony with the inner masculine

The medicine walk: bouquets and gifts of the north

For the next part of the medicine walk I’ve been writing about, I wanted to do some work in the north part of the wheel, which involves giving our gifts to our people. It can also involve making gifts, doing concrete physical tasks, craftwork, and so on. I walked farther down the wash, and found … Continue reading The medicine walk: bouquets and gifts of the north

The medicine walk: cholla cactus and golden braids

If you have been following this story of the medicine walk, you might be wondering what my longing for a loving relationship has to do with the intention I brought on the walk, and why I chose to ask the lizard that question. I can tell you two things about this. One is that the … Continue reading The medicine walk: cholla cactus and golden braids

The medicine walk: cell phones and lizards

After the ritual of the south I felt it was time to move. I couldn’t get comfortable in this place. It was too hot in the sun, too cool in the shade. All the rocks felt rough and uncomfortable to lean against. So I gathered up my things and headed down the wash. I saw … Continue reading The medicine walk: cell phones and lizards

The medicine walk: hiking up the canyon and the ceremony of fire

I have been writing about the medicine walk I went on in the Eureka Valley in California, east of the Sierra Mountains. So far I’ve described the process of mirroring for intention. The intention I formed was “I am mother and father to myself. I have the strength and take the time to care for … Continue reading The medicine walk: hiking up the canyon and the ceremony of fire