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.