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"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians...The white people never wanted to learn before...Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn. But who really wants to learn?"   —Don Jose Matsuwa, Huichol, 1989   Learn more »
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Posted March 15, 2016

After a lengthy traditional apprenticeship with a Huichol Marakame (shaman), lasting more than a decade, Eliot Cowan made this powerful form of healing available outside of the Huichol homelands. Although he travels and sees patients widely, the five-day healing sessions known as Healing Camps are only offered at Blue Deer Center in the Catskills of New York. Mace Fleeger, recently caught up with Eliot to explore some questions about the nature of shamanic healing and to learn more about what makes Healing Camp so special.

Mace: What would you say distinguishes Healing Camp from the healing you offer in various other settings?

Eliot: First of all there is the support of the place itself, the sacred land, and the river. They are great spirit beings designed to favor and support this kind of work. And that’s the main reason why the full-on Healing Camp is offered there, read more...

Posted March 9, 2016

Plant Spirit Medicine is a healing modality that uses plants for healing. It’s been around for thousands of years. Every indigenous culture has a way of healing with plants and plant spirits. Because of that, it’s one of the most basic healing modalities there is. Plant Spirit Medicine creates deep healing and helps bring people back into balance with themselves. And what’s important about that is when we work from a place of balance we’re able to realize our strengths — the things in life we were brought here to do. Plants are really good at bringing us back to that internal balance and helping people be more at home with themselves. Plant Spirit Medicine can help people recover from all sorts of things, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or what we’d call spiritual concerns. That’s because when that balance is restored, it creates the conditions for healing. Read more ...

Posted February 22, 2016

It is easy to recognize that plants offer us food, oxygen, and medicines, but less known today is that plants have spirits with wisdom to nurture and heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Ancient cultures and shamans have known for millennia that the medicine of plant spirits can bring us into balance and harmony, but much of this tradition has been lost in the West.



The next Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training starts April 13, 2016. Register by March 15th.

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