Earth Medicine Alliance

I recently had the pleasure to help host John Lockley for six days in the S.F. Bay Area with the Earth Medicine Alliance (www.earthmedicine.org). Through his weekend intensive, evening teaching, fire ritual, and individual divinations, John made direct contact with over 80 community members. As the primary organizer for his visit, I can share that feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and that I experience John to be a person of integrity, heart, and authentic connection to traditional Xhosa medicine and spiritual lineage.  -

Daniel Foor, Ph.D.   (June 2012)

www.ancestralmedicine.org

San Francisco, USA

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Healer & Teacher

I have had the opportunity of working with John recently in both a group and private capacity. What I can tell you from personal experience is that John is an active, dynamic, authentic progenitor of an unbroken, living tradition of ancient origin, who uniquely embodies and engages both past and present in his work as a healer and teacher, integrating perennial wisdom teachings in a modern and relevant context, incorporating not only his African initiations, status and work as Sangoma, but his years and realizations as a Korean Zen Buddhist meditator and practitioner.
For all of his accomplishments, he is also part of a younger generation, and thus commands the language and zeitgeist that relates to a younger, upcoming mainstream.

 

Catherine Valentine,  June 2012

Writer, Artist

San Francisco, USA

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Experiencing an African Blessing Ceremony

When you meet John's teachers and adopted Xhosa parents, Mum Nguevu and Tata Sugweni, you notice a twinkle in their eyes and can feel something magical in the air. They have the presence of two Tibetan lamas, but grounded in a household filled with children and animals and all the chaos of normal life. Their home is filled with love, and they hold themselves with great dignity, humility and a healthy dose of humour. They manage to walk the path between strength and compassion perfectly and give you the feeling that you could spend your life learning from them. Besides meeting Mum Ngwevu and Tata Sukweni, the highlight of the 4 days of John's annual thanks giving ceremony for me was the final afternoon in the Kraal. Everything seemed to come together in the sunshine of that moment. The singing was mesmerising, all of the speeches were passionate and the strength of feeling was palpable. One elder was so taken by Johns speech that he was moved to tears when given the chance to respond, he said he couldn't find the words. It was one of the most touching moments I've ever experienced.
John told the people to be proud of their culture, that what they had was gold. The people responded with their usual generosity of spirit, by telling John to continue to go out and help people from other cultures around the world, by sharing their ways with them.

Caroline Eaton,

Teacher, Wales, UK.   March 2012

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