Way of the Leopard world tour with public talks in New York & weekend workshops.
Way of the Leopard world tour, Thursday talk & Weekend workshop. Sangoma private sessions by appointment only.
I was recently interviewed in New York City by Sam Liebowitz from Talking Alternatives radio. I was joined by my good friend, Itzhak Beery from the New York Shamanic Circle. We discussed the relevance of ancient shamanic practices for the modern world. I enjoyed the interview, and I hope you do too.
Link to Interview no longer available.
This dancing practice is an integral part of traditional Southern African life. Traditional healers known as Sangomas use the dance to connect to their ancestral spirits. The word ‘Sangoma’ literally means ‘people of the song’ because they use particular kinds of chants and rhythms to connect to the spirit world. Sangomas are the traditional Shamans or medicine people of Southern Africa. The job of a Sangoma is to ‘nceda abantu ukuvula indlela’ – to help people realise their spiritual calling. For we believe that when people are in harmony with themselves then they are in harmony with the world around them. There is no word for depression in the Xhosa and Zulu language from SouthAfrica, only ‘umoya phezulu’ okanye ‘umoya phantsi’. Spirit energy up or spirit energy down. Through rhythm and song the Sangoma helps to uplift people and in doing so helps them realise their spiritual potential.
The Sangoma rhythm is part of the sacred music from South Africa. Whenever a Sangoma plays their drum in a particular way it is said that they invoke the spirits of the land and community. The drum beat is a particular heart beat rhythm that helps ground, calm and connect people to their roots (ancestors). I have been playing my drum and singing my Sangoma chants all over the world. I am pleased to say that no matter where I am people connect with their ancestors in the most profound and humbling ways. I have often been touched to hear people in New York or Mexico come to me a few days after a ceremony, recounting beautiful and uplifting dreams from their ancestors. Music is truly universal, and the Sangoma drum is a call to spirit and the unseen world. Now let us wake up! Now let us rejoice in the beauty of being alive. With our chants, hands and feet, we pound the earth and feel at one with all things. Camagu! (We honour & praise the divine).
On the 17th August Londoners will dance and shake their bones like never before. Are you ready to wake up?
A one day workshop dedicated to healing the land through healing our Ancestors. Participants will learn how to connect to their Ancestors & how to understand their dreams.
- Sun 25th - Private Sangoma Divination sessions
John will be doing a one day workshop in Totnes talking about dreams, ancestors & plant medicine. * Sunday 4th - Private Sangoma Sessions.
John will be leading a Plant Medicine Retreat in Sligo, Ireland.
- Participants will learn the ancient art of Plant Medicine to heal, restore & invigorate the human spirit.
- Private Sangoma Divinations available upon request.