My name is Patricia Turner and I’m the Founder of Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation operating out of California and Colorado in the US. Our mission is the conservation of indigenous cultures, preservation of their territories and the education of the public regarding the rich wisdom that they carry. We hosted John Lockley for a week in May of 2012 and wish to express our gratitude to him for offering such truly powerful and authentic spiritual work from the Xhosa Sangomas of South Africa.
John offered private divinations for our community and we received only positive feedback from the attendees. He also offered a blessing ceremony and talk for an evening at Celebrations Conscious Living Store. Everyone in the audience felt the presence of the ancestors in the room and left deeply fulfilled by the experience. We also offered a weekend medicine workshop and it was a beautiful experience for all who attended. The workshop participants experienced great shifts in their souls and a deeper connection to their ancestors through John’s guidance.
I highly recommend his work to any organization who wishes to host a truly authentic elder from South Africa. In these times when many people are calling themselves shamans, we do a lot of searching for the authentic medicine people of the world. John offers the truly authentic wisdom we seek. It was also a pleasure to have in my home during the times between his ceremonies.
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John Lockley, a traditionally trained Sangoma, brings the rhythms of African shamanism to life. With song, dance and drumming he creates a spirit-filled atmosphere in which to honour our ancestors and exchange blessings between the worlds. If you get a chance to participate with him in his joyous celebrations, don't miss it. I've attended two of John's ceremonies and left each time feeling elated and hopeful that shamanic work can bring healing to the world.
Tom Cowan (June 2012)
Shamanic practitioner specializing in celtic visionary and healing techniques, on the Board of Directors for the Society of Shamanic practitioners as well as an author of a number of well known books such as Yearning For The Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul. Read More
Friday evening I had the blessing and honour of attending a ceremony and talk by Xhosa Sangoma John Lockley. This was incredibly beautiful, heart opening and at times, mind blowing as well. He sings, chants, dances, plays the drums, flute, bowl, and is dedicatedly determined to create(and did) a sacred space and give the people with him a glimpse of the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC) from an African point of view. He does this with a sweetness, kindness, and compassion but... also has the spiritual wisdom of a veteran lineage holder. I felt without a doubt at any time, this is one deeply powerful shaman, but one who would always use his power for healing and the greatest good. I am hoping that he can visit Colorado again very soon. A beautiful and divine ceremonial experience.
Jacqueline Arnold, M.S.L.S.
Advocacy, Information, Research
Colorado, USA. Read More
This last retreat was the second time I had the honor of working with John Lockley. As the first time, I find the Sangoma medicine to be a potent and subtle force of growth, healing and change. While it is not always a comfortable experience, I am impressed by John’s leadership and direction around the work. He has a no nonsense approach that is refreshing and confident. He shows an acceptance and compassion that holds the space he creates authentically. Many moments in the weekend were joyful, filled with song and dance that echoed in my DNA from the human experience. It was powerful to reconnect with those pieces within. I continue to process the medicine and integrate it into my life and healing practice. The levels of learning and letting go ripple on. I am deeply grateful for the community that comes together so willing, calling in the ancestral work that so many of us yearn for.
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Before attending the retreat my wife and I were struggling. Tensions were high and we were not meeting eye to eye. Upon attending the retreat we have been able to squash the issues that were at hand. The weekend work and teachings have had a profound effect on my life. I was having trouble finding my way jumping around with my meditation practice on what to focus on. Now I have John's teaching to guide me. I've been able to connect with my heart in a way I never have before. I am extremely grateful to have attended the event and received the opportunity to meet John Lockley in the flesh. Thank you doesn't seem enough for the deep gratitude I feel in my heart. If it wasn't for this retreat I don't know where I would be internally or externally.
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Prior to attending this retreat, I had a very negative attitude about myself, I felt empty and my body felt more like an empty vehicle as though it was just going through the motions. I cared more about material things than connecting to my true self. This retreat has opened my eyes to what really matters in life, how to access your calling by finding who you truly are. John has taught me that in order to find my calling in this world that I must connect to my soul, and the way to gain access to my soul is to give thanks and gratitude to my ancestors of my mother, father, and husband. When I had arrived, I had my doubts and uncertainties of how I will take in these rituals and how my first experience would be in a circle ceremony. This weekend retreat has changed my entire perspective on what is important in my life. My body no longer feels like an empty vehicle, my heart feels cleansed, and I feel a true connection to my soul. I would recommend John's ceremony to ANY human being in this world, it is vitally important to have this connection to our ancestors and to our souls in order to live a mindful life.
Opening the Road retreat in White Salmon, WA Read More
I'm very lucky to have been a part of Sangoma, John Lockley's retreat. Working with John is giving me a profound experience of awakening, the drumming shook my soul/spirit and 'I woke up'. John's medicinal herb foot wash cleansed my soul and my dreams became beautiful again and the nightmares stopped.
I have been very fortunate to experience a number of John's healing retreats and I can say the more you work with him in the circle of life/Unbuntu then the more your heart opens and you begin to become a happier human being - I feel it's the antidepressant that works for the modern world we live in today as it helps you to love & heal the past of old.
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I recently attended a workshop with John who showed us how we can connect to our ancestors. This day totally changed me. I am a professional clairvoyant medium and never knew my grandparents, and both my parents are dead. My work can be very draining and when I work with the police it can be quite harrowing. I was surprised and overwhelmed by the love I was able to link into and have asked for their help every day since. I cannot thank John enough for this amazing strength he has shown is there for me to draw on. I honour you and all your ancestors John. Blessings to you.
Clairvoyant (August 2011)
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I had heard about John Lockley and his amazing work as a Sangoma and teacher. I went to see John in London as I have chronic Asthma. John was incredible. He told me to put my feet in a herb wash. Instantly I felt his amazing power. A voice in my mind told me to stop trying so hard in life and relax and that healing would take place. After the herb wash John told me to say some prayers to give thanks to Great Spirit and my ancestors. His work is incredible. From that day my Asthma has greatly improved and I am looking forward to seeing him again. I cannot recommend John and his work enough. If you want to change your life, go and see John and experience his magical work as a Sangoma.
International Healer and Spiritual Mentor Read More
It was a pleasure to host John for a talk at Alternatives. He is an authentic, inspiring and engaging speaker and totally dedicated to bringing the ancient Sangoma wisdom to the needs of people today. Our audience was touched by his teachings and stories and they loved the way he encouraged them to connect with their bodies through movement and song.
Alternatives, St. James Church, London Read More
I found Mr John Lockley, to be a man of high integrity and experience, who is passionate and sincere about his calling. He conducts himself with an air of authority born of long and hard experience, which one can feel, when one meets him. Underneath this sense of authority is a man who is quick to laugh at himself and with others, intent on teaching those of us in the west the true traditional ways of connecting to our ancestors in a humble, purposeful way.
I left John's workshop, full of a sense of coming home and a feeling of peace and love towards myself and towards those whom make up my bloodline. If you want the real shamanic experience, by a real shaman then go work with John Lockley.
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I had the great fortune to attend John's workshop on working with the Ancestors. To move into the space of giving thanks because I'm here, because I am alive, because my ancestors gave birth to me...helped me drop away my negative stories about my own parents. I am in such appreciation of John's work because I walk through this world differently knowing in my blood and bones of all that was done before me and for me. The dream work has had major impact in my life. Prior to the workshop and personal divination session with John, I have had very few dreams in my life. My brain waves were even checked and I was told that it was not really possible for me to dream because my brain waves don't fall into typical patterns. Since working with John, I have had dreams almost every night and can often remember them. I am dreaming!!!
Thank you John for coming to America and sharing your gifts.
Gail Sinclair, MHt, MNLP, CNC
Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Shamanic Practitioner & Karuna Reiki® Master
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John bridges the gap between African spirituality and Western culture sincerely, impeccably and with lots of humour. I enjoyed this workshop very much, it was feel-good and simple and it nourished my soul.
After Plant-healing retreat in November 2013 Read More
I had a powerful healing session with John, which helped to move part of a deeply rooted physical illness. Having worked with many shamans over the years it is clear to me that John is an authentic medicine man who has a strong connection with his spirit guides. He works from a place of integrity and honesty. He was clear with me that it is not his job to “heal” me, but that he can help to open the road for me and enable me to heal myself (the only true healing). I continue to feel the benefit of the session several weeks later.
Author and astrologer, Devon, England
September 2012 Read More