Blue Deer Center News

Posted July 8, 2011

A Visit to the River: Saskawhihiwine

The River is the lifeblood of the Blue Deer Center. Watch this short video and hear her song, feel her open arms.

Posted June 24, 2011



Plant Spirit Plentiful:

Make Your Calling Your Career

The 7th Annual Plant Spirit Medicine Conference is only 3 weeks away. This year’s theme is about how to take your love of the medicine and make a living from it. Here is a sneak preview of the weekend’s line up.

*Eliot Cowan presents “Talking about Plant Spirit Medicine”

The practical magic of our medicine inspires people; it affirms what they know in their bones. They love hearing about it! And they love feeling your love and commitment. So giving talks is a good way to build your identity, build your practice, and help your community. If you are treating even two or three people, they want to hear about plant spirit medicine. And they have families and friends who are interested too. You already have a ready-made audience who likes to spread good news to others. This presentation will help you dissolve apprehension and shyness, so you can reach the many people who are, whether they know it or not, just waiting to hear from you!

*David Wiley presents “How to Make A Successful Full-Time PSM Business”

David recently spoke to a group of Marakames (healers in the Huichol tradition) and below are some quotes from people who benefited from his presentation.I recently had the opportunity to attend a practice enhancement class given by David Wiley in Mexico. His presentation was focused yet relaxed. The discussion was engaging and conversational. Participants were encouraged to share their stories and struggles so that the energies in the "field" were drawn out and we could all feel the broader challenges of presenting ourselves in the world as traditional healers. David emphasized the importance of “identity". That is to say to fully inhabit your role as a practitioner. To eliminate the sideshows and stand in the truth of the medicine you are offering and to put this out in the world in a direct and unambiguous way. No matter what your daily activity is remember your relationship to the medicine and be that in the world. He also offered practical insight into marketing, networking and community relationships to healers. His presentation is heartful, humorous and direct and I find the effects valuable in my work. Scott Sheerin, Marakame David Wiley’s workshop on practice building turned on the lights for me about what I was thinking about who I am and how I present myself in the world. Everything is simpler now. Karen Aberle, Marakame After sitting in on David Wiley’s workshop on practice building I found myself effortlessly making changes in how I present myself to my community as a Marakame. These were changes that I had been aware of needing to make for a long time and something in David’s presentation put the whole picture together in such a way that suddenly it all was very simple to do.Lena Hilton Marakame: Traditional healer and Ceremonial leader.

*Alison Gayek presents “Growing into Your Role as a Healer”

Alison has a successful business as a healer and has taught PSM with Eliot since 2002.

*Panel discussion led by Alan Kerner, Cheryl White and Jewell Greco.

These three panelists will share their stories and take questions concerning their thriving PSM businesses.

*Safia Johnson and Carla Leftwich will lead “An exercise – looking at an emotional map of your healing business”

*Lena Hilton, Marakame and PSM Healer, will lead us on a journey to our plant allies for guidance and wisdom.

We hope you will join us for this weekend of heart work so that you may fully bring your love of the plants and of the Plant Spirit Medicine into the world. To register go to: http://www.bluedeer.org/events/plant-spirit-medicine-conference-plant-spirit-plentiful-make-your-calling-your-career Questions or comments? Email psmconf2011 [at] gmail [dot] com, or call Conference Co-Chairs Carla Leftwich at(985) 789-8685 or Amy Haynes at (828) 230-7761.

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