12th & 13th November 2022 – the staff and the song, working with Seidr

Face to face on 12th – run by Shenoah and David face to face
Zoom on 13th – run by Shenoah on Zoom

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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
or
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

8th October 2022 – Healing Imagery

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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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.
Swap.

10th September 2022 – Blessed by the Harvest Moon

Run by Shenoah and David face to face

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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

Group Blessing
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

13th August 2022 – Fruits of the Harvest

run by Shenoah on Zoom

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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.

16th July 2022 – Spirits of Nature

Run by Shenoah & David in Kensington Gardens

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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. 

First Journey
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

Second Journey
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)

Third Journey
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

11th June 2022 – Deepening Trust

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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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.
https://sandraingermanbooks.com/product/soul-journeys

7th May 2022 – Distance Healing

Run by Shenoah via Zoom

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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

First journey
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)

2nd Journey
Distance healing for someone who had requested healing using a representation

3rd Journey
Half the group receive a healing using tunnel clearing technique

4th Journey
Half the group receive a healing using transfiguration technique

16th April 2022 – Blessed by the Moon

This meeting was cancelled due to Shenoah having Covid, below are the journeys we would have done

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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. 

1st Journey
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.

3rd Journey
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.

19th March 2022 – Nourishing and Deepening Shamanic Practice

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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Ongoing connection with our spirits beyond doing a journey brings a deepening and Integration of the resources and connections that shamanism offers.   At this months meeting we will explore the richness of personal practices and receive inspiration from each other and the spirits of how we can more deeply root these connections into our lives.  We will inspire each other by sharing personal practices. Please have a think of any practices your spirits gave you that you would be willing to share with the group. Many thanks to Nina S for suggesting the theme and format for this months meeting.

Participants shared personal practices that supported them in daily life including daily rituals, nature work, elements, directions, song, lighting incense, greeting the day, feeding animals, giving thanks, greeting the sun, putting feet on the earth, working in the garden, using essential oils …

1st Journey – drum journey – can do as upper world or see where taken
Going on a journey to ask my spirits how can I deepen my connection with the sprits in my daily life / or how can I deepen my connection to life / or how can I deepen connection in my daily life

2nd Journey – merged journey
going on a journey to merge with my power animal / spirit teacher to ask how can I deepen my connection with you
While on the journey ask what gifts and qualities it offers and if it is willing for the form it takes to be shared with others. Ensure unmerge when the callback comes

3rd Journey – rattle journey
Going on a journey to ask how can I nurture and give thanks to the spirits

Discussion on how to collect / record / use information from journeys. How art, craft poetry, creative writing, gardening, can be inspired by the spirits.

End by rattling and singing to give thanks

12th February 2022 – The Power of Spring

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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Spring is a time of celebration. A time to honour new growth and the abundance to come as the light continues to return. At this meeting we will honour the power of spring with a virtual wassail and explore how we can be in the flow of the season in our own lives

1st Journey- drum journey – middle world journey
I am going on a virtual walking journey to meet something in nature that is returning and ask for a teaching about the power of spring and how I can use it in my life

2nd journey -drum journey – middle world, can be an acted out journey
I am going on a virtual walking journey to ask to merge with …. (insert what you met in the previous journey) to receive the spring power to be able to ….. (insert what you were shown in the previous journey)

ensure you un-merge when the callback comes

3rd Journey – acted out drum journey
I am going on a journey to Wassail… (The Orchard / the apple trees in / on / the spirit of the apple trees if you do not know a specific tree)

Wassailing examples were shared as an introduction. When on the journey ask your spirits for your own wassailing ritual and do it with whoever turns up. The journey was started and ended with the song ‘Who will stand, who will the stand for the Bees and the Trees and the Spirits and the Land’

After the journey each person shared their ritual and ended it with a ‘wassail’ to which everyone else replied ‘wassail’ and took a drink of their cider or whatever they were drinking.