September 5, 2018. Banyen Books. John Lockley, renowned sangoma/South African Shaman, speaks with Farah Nazarali in this Banyen interview. John Lockley is a fully initiated traditional sangoma in the Xhosa tribe of South Africa - the same tribe as Nelson Mandala and Desmond Tutu. He uniquely bridges African spirituality with Zen and Western Psychology.
July 18, 2018. Keeping It Real. John Lockley is the author of Leopard Warrior (Sounds True), the story of how he become one of the first modern white men in recent history to become a fully initiated traditional priest and healer, a Sangoma, in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa, the tribe of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. NewSpiritJournal.com
August 13, 2018. Watkins Books. John talks about ‘humanity’ (Ubuntu) and his quest to find an end to war which began for him through listening to his dreams and accepting his ‘calling illness’ in the process of becoming an igqirha elikhulu, a senior sangoma. One of John’s sangoma names, given to him by the Zulu Sage Credo Mutwa, is “Indlu Yengwe” (house of the leopard). The Leopard is one of the most loved and revered animal totems in Africa. John Lockley’s ‘Leopard Warrior’ is a call for people to listen to their inner nature and face their own shadows. For many people it means facing their wounds, their vulnerability and therein lies the alchemy for our transformation.
February 6, 2018. Bliss & Grit. In this episode we’re discussing what it means to be fully human, how aliveness can be a messenger of our purpose, cultural appropriation, how to heal your ancestral lineage, the danger of avoiding the shadow, and aligning with your own wild nature. John shared with us that his reason for doing this work is to support people in becoming intoxicated with the sweet spirit of Mother Nature, and you can feel it in his words.
October 19, 2017. Budda at the Gas Pump. I had an amazing interview with Rick Archer from ‘Buddha at the Gas Pump’. We spoke about my background as a sangoma, my apprenticeship in the rural areas of South Africa, my upcoming book ‘Leopard Warrior’ as well as the state of chaos in the world. I mentioned my optimism about the future and felt that the chaos of the world is like a cleansing fever encouraging all of us to dig deeper and become more conscious. Enjoy!