run by Shenoah & David face to face
Wassailing is an ancient tradition that promotes a good harvest in orchards by blessing the trees for the coming year. It is a few years since we were able to wassail the fruit trees in Vauxhall Park and we look forward to honouring them with song, cider soaked toast and general merriment. As well as supporting the fruit trees to bear fruit we will also ask for help to bring our own gifts into fruition by exploring the gifts we carry to bring into the world in the coming year.
1st Journey – Partnered Journey – drum journey but can also support self with a rattle
Going on a journey to ask what gifts does (insert partners name) carry to bring into the world in the coming year?
One person did the journey out loud as it happened so their partner could hear.
2nd activity – Wassailing Ceremony blessing the fruit trees in Vauxhall Park
You had to be there but there was singing, rattling, blessings and waking up and putting cider soaked toast in trees and apple juice and warm mulled cider to drink. The song we used was Who Will Stand.
Who will stand, who will stand for the bees and the trees and the spirits and the land?
We will stand, we will stand for the bees and the trees and the spirits and the land!
3rd Activity – Personal Journey
Journey to ask what would stop me bringing my gifts into the world. Then asking for a healing for what stops me.
Other intentions were used where you don’t ask to find out what stops you
What needs to happen for me to be able to bring my gifts into the world
A healing for what stops me bringing my gifts into the world
4th Activity – Blessing for the gifts
Everyone wrote down the gift/s they were shown on a small colourful tag. These tags were attached to a ‘prayer doll’ which was placed in the middle and we all offered blessings for the gifts. The doll and tags will be put on an altar for the coming year.
run by Shenoah on Zoom
As we approach the end of the year we can look back on a wonderful year of meetings. They offered new ways of working, deepening connection and meeting friends old and new both on line and face to face.
In our final meeting of 2022 we will come together to work with the spirit of the winter to ask for help to be in the flow of the season. This is not the commercialised season that has become the norm, but seasonal flow of nature and the gifts that deepening our relationship to it can bring. We will also be having our annual winter feast.
1st Journey – drum journey
Going on a journey (with a known helper) to meet the spirit of winter to ask for insights into the essence of this season
2nd Journey – in pairs – rattle or drum self on journey
I am going on a journey to ask my spirits for a journey to help ….. deepen into the natural flow of the winter
Practitioner rattles or drums themselves on the journey. Once journey is completed they sing or sound (without words) the essence of each part of the journey to their partner who listens and receives. Client shares, practitioner shares. Swap over
format of journey inspired by the work of Daan Van Kamenhout
3rd Journey – acted out drum journey
Journey to the lodg altar to take part in the winter feast and to receive a gift that will support me through the winter (receive something from altar and put something on it)
Thank you song to spirit of Winter, each other, our helpers
Face to face on 12th – run by Shenoah and David face to face
Zoom on 13th – run by Shenoah on Zoom
November will be our annual meeting working with Seidr. Seidr is an oracular tradition that uses the staff, the song and a raised seat as key elements in its ritual. It is a Viking shamanic tradition which was practised in this country so also belongs to the ancestors of this land. Journeying on song with a staff is a focussed and power filled way of working that offers a different experience than journeying with the drum. At this meeting we will explore how to use the song and the staff in our personal practice. We will also work together in a community seidr ceremony. Although the seidr tradition uses song being able to sing in tune is not important.
1st Journey – singing self on journey with staff
If you have not journeyed with a staff before – go with one of your known helpers
Going on a Journey to ask who will be my teacher in seidr – ask how the staff and I can work together
If you have journeyed with a staff before and have a seidr teacher choose from below
Journey to ask to be shown what has previously been hidden from me about working with seidr
Journey to the spirit of song to ask how to work with it in seidr work
Journey to the spirit of the first volva to ask for an insight into the qualities of the seidr hjel
Journey to the world tree to ask for a deeper understanding of the staff in seidr
2nd journey in pairs – the client sings the seidr worker on the journey at the start and back at the end of the journey then swap
Going on a journey to ask for the help (insert partners name) needs at this time
3rd journey – community seidr – 3 seidr workers took the hjel to answer a question agreed by the community and then answers personal questions
face to face seidr –How can we make seidr relevant for the modern world
zoom seidr – How do we make seidr practice relevant for our modern communities
Run by Shenoah on Zoom
Imagery in all its forms can play an important part in healing. At his months meeting we will be receiving healing images as well as exploring how imagery can support the healing process and deepen our understanding of our shamanic landscapes and helpers.
First Journey – Acted out journey
Going on an acted out journey to experience the healing images in my shamanic landscape that I have not yet fully received
Second Journey – Drum journey
Going on a journey to ask my spirits what in my life to I need to transmute and to receive the healing image
Once what needs to be transmuted and the healing image has been received come part way back so you are between the world back and draw the image.
Third Journey – partner work – rattle and sung journey
Journey to ask for a healing image my partner needs at this time.
First person rattles themselves on the journey and describes the journey and the healing image out loud while their partner listens and perceives the journey as it is happening.
Run by Shenoah and David face to face
The full Moon is often seen as particularly potent and magical and this months LODG coincides with the September full moon which is often called the Harvest moon. We will explore how the qualities of the moon can deepen our connection to the cycles of nature and support our own cycles. We will also be doing some work in Vauxhall Park.
First Journey – drum journey
Journey to the moon to meet its spirit to ask for a teaching about its cycles.
Spend some time connecting to the energy of the moon
Second Journey – connection journey in Vauxhall Park
Connect with the moon to ask for a personal teaching about the autumn
Share the teaching with partner
Partner does a walking journey to find an object to help keep connected to their teaching
Third Journey – drum journey
Journey to the moon to ask for help to be in balance with the cycles of nature
In two groups – first group sit in the centre facing out. Second group ask for a blessing from the moon for those sitting in the centre and deliver it. Swap over.
Finish with a song – By the light of the moon.
Link to ‘The Ways of the Moon’ article by Annette Høst including a moon cycle diagram https://www.shamanism.dk/article-ways-of-moon
run by Shenoah on Zoom
As the year continues to turn the start of August brings the festival of Lughnasa which celebrates the start of the harvest season. At this meeting we will look at the reciprocity between the harvest and ourselves and what within ourselves may be ready to be harvested.
First Journey – drum journey
Going on a journey to ask my spirits to show me the reciprocity between the harvest, abundance of nature, and myself
Second Journey – acted out embodied journey
Journey to ask my spirits what is ready to be harvested in myself
Third Journey – Blessing in partners
I am asking for a blessing for what ……. (Insert partners name) is ready to harvest (can also put what it is that they are ready to harvest from the previous journey)
One person received the blessing and one receives then swap over.
Run by Shenoah & David in Kensington Gardens
Saturday 16th July is our first face to face meeting since March 2020 and a celebration of 25 years of LODG. We will be meeting outside in Kensington Gardens and the meeting will be run by Shenoah and David. We meet under a grove of trees which gives some protection from the sun and have an alternative sheltered place to work if it is wet. Connection and learning from Nature is one of the foundations of shamanic work and even in the city nature is all around us and we can connect with and receive wisdom from the spirits. At this meeting we will connect to and work with the spirits of nature and the land in Kensington Gardens.
We will be having a celebratory picnic so bring food to share. There will also be a give away so you are welcome to bring anything shamanically or spiritually focussed that is ready to be passed on. Everything will be put on a blanket for others in the group to take. If anything you bring is not taken you will need to take it home with you.
I am going on a walking journey to meet the Spirit of Kensington Gardens to introduce myself and ask for a teaching about Kensington Gardens
I am going on a walking or connection journey to ask the sun for a teaching about joy
(this journey was also done at the very first outside meeting 25 years ago)
I am going on a walking journey to meet the spirit of something in Kensington Gardens ( eg tree / water / bird / plant) to ask what it is important for me to pay attention to this summer / or this season
4th Journey – partner work
I am going on a walking journey to find an object to help keep my partner connected to (insert what it is important for them to pay attention to)
End with song of thanks
Run by Shenoah on Zoom
Trusting the flow of life can help us to live more fully in the world. If we trust life, if we trust ourselves, if we trust others and the spirits all can be well but life experiences can get in the way of us trusting.
At this meeting we will explore what trust means for us, what stops us trusting and receive help to support a deepening so we can be more in the world from a place of trust.
First Journey – drum journey
Going on a journey to ask my spirits to show me the source of what gets in the way of my trusting and living fully in the world
Second Journey – partner work – rattling self on journey
Going on a healing journey for (insert partners name) Heart and soul so they can live fully in the world in balance and trust
Third Journey – This was not journeying out as we would normally done with drums but opening to receive. The intention was to ask my spirits for help to trust all I need will be received.
We used the track ‘Transmission of Healing for Information from an Enlightened Spirit’ from the CD ‘Soul Journeys – music for shamanic practice’ by Sandra Ingerman. The track uses gongs, chimes and bells.
Run by Shenoah via Zoom
While many people prefer face to face healing during covid times distance healing has sometimes been the only way to offer and receive healing. Distance healing is a powerful way of working and we will explore the ethics, techniques and practicalities of working with distance healing.
Discussion about distance healing / ethics / permission etc
I am going on a journey to meet my healing teacher to ask what is it important for me to know when I am doing Distance Healing (and if there is anything I should not do)
Distance healing for someone who had requested healing using a representation
Half the group receive a healing using tunnel clearing technique
Half the group receive a healing using transfiguration technique
This meeting was cancelled due to Shenoah having Covid, below are the journeys we would have done
The full Moon is often seen as particularly potent and magical and this months LODG coincides with the April full moon. We will honour the moon with song and explore how the qualities of the moon can deepen our connection to the cycles of nature and support our own cycles.
Going on a journey to be in the presence of the moon
approach the moon slowly, speak to it lovingly and let it know you would like to be in its presence. Do not ask for anything specific but let yourself soften and expand and connect with and experience the energy of the moon. What are its qualities, and how this makes you feel, insights etc.
2nd Journey – in partners
merge with the moon and ask it for a blessing for your partner to support them in their life – it can be something specific they ask for, or a general blessing.
Going on a journey to ask the moon for a teaching about the cycles of life and how the moon can support my in my personal cycles.
End with a group ceremony to give thanks for what we have received from the moon.