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.


8th January 2022 – Blessings and Gifts of the New Year

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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As the threshold of the solstice passes the light starts to return and the sun rising on a new year is seen as an opportunity to resolve to be in the world in a different way. At the first meeting of the year we will look at what we bring to the lives of ourselves and our communities by becoming more ourselves and honouring the gift and blessings we carry. 

1st Journey – drum journey
Going on a journey with an open heart to be shown what gifts and blessings I can bring to the world in the coming year

2nd journey – blessing for a partner
I am asking for a Blessing for the gifts and blessings (insert partners name) brings to the world in the coming year
Swap over

3rd Journey – acted out drum journey
Going on a journey to take my next steps to bring my gifts and blessings to the world (and to receive an image to keep me connected to it)

End the day with song and rattle to give thanks to the spirits, ourselves, our partners, the gifts and blessings

11th December 2021 – Giving and Receiving

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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At the final meeting of 2021 we will both receive and offer a spiritual gift to support us in the coming year. We will visit the virtual lodg altar room as part of the annual winter feast festivities which will also include song, dance and ceremony.

1st Journey – Teaching about giving and receiving – 10 mins Freestyle journey 
Going on a journey to ask my spirits for a teaching about the true essence of giving and receiving and what can I give to thank the spirits for their support

2nd Journey – rattle journey to ask for spiritual gift for partner
I am going on a rattle journey to ask my spirits for a spiritual gift for ……..
May be shown how to offer it. Tell partner the gift in a power filled way.

3rd Activity – Gratitude Dance
Simple circe dance of gratitude to give thanks for what has gone before and a thank you to what is to come ad make a commitment to be ourselves in the world using a candle to light our way.

4th JourneyJourney to the lodg Altar
I am going on a Journey to the lodg altar to take part in the winter feast and to receive a gift that will support me through the winter  – to receive something from altar – put something on it

5th Activity – Group blessing – using rattle and song
Half the group in the centre. Ask for the spirits for the gift of those in the centre to be blessed and they receive the resources they need for the winter season. Swap


13th November 2021 – The Song and the Staff – working with Seidr

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.  

First Journey
Asking for help from the spirit of song

Second Journey
If not worked with a staff before
Journey to meet the spirit of my staff to ask how we can work together
If worked with a staff but do not have a seidr teacher
Journey to meet my seidr teacher and ask how we can work together
If you have a seidr teacher
Journey to ask to be shown what was has been previously hidden from me about working with seidr

Third Journey
Working in pairs seidr journey to ask for the help my partner needs at this time

Recipient sings the journeyer on the journey. Once in the journey with their spirits they give a predermined signal and the recipient stops singing. The journeyer sings everything that is happening on the journey. When it is completed they ask to be sung home.

Fourth Journey
Seidr Ceremony to ask the ancestors how the ancient ways can support us in modern times

One person was on the Hjel (raised seat where the seidr work takes place) doing the work with their spirits on behalf of the group. The group sung them on the journey to enable them to do receive the information which they recounted while on the journey. Personal questions were then taken from the group.


9th October 2021 – Honouring the Earth

Run by Shenoah on Zoom

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Many traditional cultures honour the earth for the gifts that are offered and received. This reciprocal relationship has been largely lost to us as the earth has become seen more as a commodity rather than a generous being who gives life. At this meeting we will explore how we can nurture a reciprocal relationship of gratitude and balance with the earth.

First Journey
I am going on a journey to ask my spirits how can I speak to all beings from my heart?
drum journey

Second Journey – Group Ceremony to Honour the Earth
song / dance/ drum

Third Journey
I am going on a journey to ask how can I honour the earth and all it gifts me in my everyday life
acted out journey