Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Encounters of the Shamanic Kind in Hotchkiss

Last summer, I took a little drive with Traveling Shaman, Winter Ross to Paonia, Colorado. Paonia, she told me, had just been awarded by the State of Colorado the designation of "Creative District." I had no idea what that meant, but it was only 70 miles from Shamans Camp in Grand Junction. I like getting into the mountains, and I liked the sounds of "Creative District."  I hoped to see some interesting art. I had heard that young artists had been pouring into Paonia. On cue, on the road  driving into town, parked at the curb - a WWII silver airplane made into a camp trailer. All that weathered metal filled with little windows, gracefully aging into patina fastened together with shiny bolts -- all the quirkiness of an airplane made into a camper. It should have gone to Burning Man -- maybe it has.

I didn't stop to find out because we are on our way to meet a shaman/architect who lives in Paonia.  Doug Beall, I learn, teaches straw bale building and is building a ceremony hogan on the hill above Paonia. His straw bale work of art somehow makes me think of Pahoa, Hawaii, a place I'd been thinking of a lot of lately. It still exists, but many changes, encroaching lava, the dilapidated old theater had burnt down and most importantly -- Pele had stirred in her sleep -- the world media had flown into the island of Hawaii to watch Pele wake up. She had burst awake and set to work immediately. She had cranked up her volcano and had been pouring new land out into the sea. Pohoiki - where we had spent long days facing the sea, half sleeping with Pele and smoking the best weed - was gone! Half filled with new land - the fishing boat dock trapped behind a wall of lava.

Now fully awake, I turned -- to the east, toward new beginnings, toward Paonia, Colorado and the shamanic future. I had been looking at houses to buy in the mountains because my heart had been telling me to move into the mountains -- when I saw the old brick farmhouse --just nine miles away from Paonia in Hotchkiss.  Instantly, I knew  that I could be my most creative self -- in this healing house - in this magical place - in the town of my birth.  

My invitation to you: Come here for an Encounter of the Shamanic Kind. This salon will be happening at the Shamanic Arts Center on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. It's informal, but text me when you're on your way here. We are talking to Traveling Shamans, Linda Bakken White (the Bone Woman) from California and Debbie & Chris (Vibrational Energy) from Canada about coming for an Encounter and maybe leading a ceremony for us. By spring my son Robert will have Redhorse Ceremonial Tipi up on the grounds of the Shamanic Arts Center and ready for ceremony. There are great Airbnbs nearby and in the summer you can rent a tipi from our friends Karen and Tony at Tipi Haven. Just check our the events schedule at www.ShamanicArts.Center.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Bone Woman on Talk Story Today

Check out the Talk Story Today interview with Lucinda Bakken White, author of Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World at our network directory website at ShamanicArts.net. Through private coaching, public speaking, and her writings,Lucinda teaches how to be authentically wild in a civilized world. We are working to get Lucinda to Colorado to talk in person about working with bones. Watch for that announcement.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Creative Journey Meeting Weekly in Hotchkiss

Boost creativity & overcome procrastination using shamanic journeying, spirit guide collage, holistic journaling, and archetypal studies in this supportive atmosphere.  Taught by shamans Winter Ross, Julia Widdop and Robert Sullivan from the Shamanic Arts Center the group meets every Sunday starting January 6th for programs of hands-on-work and shamanic theory.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Despacho Ceremony in Hotchkiss

The Despacho Ceremony presented by Mesa Keeper, Maya Haase in Hotchkiss last week was a truly beautiful and moving ceremony of gratitude to Pachamama; known in the Andes as the earth/time mother. The ceremony involved blowing our intention and gratitude into the offerings of food, feathers and flowers. The offerings were arranged during ceremony into a gorgeous arrangement which will then be buried by Haase to allow it to be absorbed along with our gratitude back to the earth.

You can see Haase's artwork at the Creamery Art Center, 165 W. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

Creatrix Banner Showing at the Shamanic Arts Center

This powerful multi-media banner by shamanic practitioner, Winter Ross which depicts the dark goddess is now on loan to the Shamanic Arts Center in Hotchkiss, Colorado. The banner was hung this week at the center and you are invited to come see it. The intricacies of the piece which contains many small items is not adequately revealed by photos. Ross is also expected to be offering smaller shamanic art pieces for sale at the nearby Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss.

The Shamanic Arts Center will also be hanging a print of a shamanic painting donated by one of our member artists next week. If you have shamanic artwork you would like to donate or loan to the center, please contact our director, Julia Widdop at 970-200-LOVE.

Call for Shamans to the North Fork Area of Colorado


The Shamanic Arts Center is calling for Shamans to travel to the North Fork Valley of Colorado to present ceremonies and programs. Visiting shamans are asked to secure their own sponsors or grants to come to this spiritually active area. We can provide suggestions for places to stay such as Tipi Haven a Hipcamp site and various Airbnbs nearby. The Shamanic Arts Center provides Traveling Shamans with a venue for donation events and promotion through The Shamanic Arts Network's social channels, as well as locally through a community of shamans, artists and practitioners. To talk to Julia about promoting your ceremony and/or other events book a Visit with Julia.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Encounters of the Shamanic Kind

A regular meeting (2nd & 4th Tuesdays) of like-minded people. Programs include films, drumming, spontaneous ceremonies and discussions with interested people at the Shamanic Arts Center in Hotchkiss. Bring a snack to share. Regular shamanic practitioners attending include Winter Ross, Robert Sullivan, and Julia Widdop.