moon drunk

Moon Drunk

flames dance to the steady, rhythmic drum, first red, then gold, then green,   as disembodied voices echo through the trees joining the singers in the circle.   who’s here? crickets? frogs? dogs? ghosts watching from the darkness?   dancers writhe in shadows to Nature’s feral orchestra lost between here and there   I am […]

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It’s Okay to Be Wobbly

I’m wobbly. This isn’t the first time that this has happened. Spiritual travel can do this to me. Death, birth, graduation, marriage, divorce, menopause, betrayal, bankruptcy, or disillusionment, can create it. Heck, life can sometimes do it for no particular reason at all. It’s where we go when our world breaks open. The boundaries explode […]

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How Will You Hear the Whispers?

In Wales I learned to hear the whispers. In the past I have concentrated on going where Spirit roars. These are power places where even the most dense people can feel the swirls of the earth’s chakras attuning their bodies. They are exciting. They provide “proof” that something transformative is happening. Big shifts happen. Lives […]

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Sustainable Spiritual Travel

Nature has a carrying capacity. The western, modern way of dealing with that is to take from the “haves” to give to the “have nots.” For example, if one area doesn’t have enough water to support the population in, they bring more in. If there are too many wolves in the area for human safety, […]

transforming spiritual travel

Transforming Spiritual Travel

Mercury is in retrograde. It’s time to rethink things. We’re also approaching the Feast of Transformation. Now it is the perfect time for transforming spiritual travel. The energy is right. November will mark twenty years of tours for Rainbow Serpent Adventures. Lots has changed in that time. There are a whole lot more pilgrims going […]

leave no trace

Leave No Trace

This weekend I finally went to a place that has been on my bucket list for a long time. People talk about how beautiful it is. They rave about the wonderful energy. They even say there is a vortex there. It’s one of the lands of my ancestors too, so I can’t tell you how […]

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Walking In the Rain

The first time I went walking in the rain was in Italy. I had only nine precious days. There was no way I was going to waste one of them sitting inside when everything I wanted to see was outside. I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me. Only it wasn’t a little […]

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Spiritual Tourism Has Invaded the Pow Wow

I should have known it was just a matter of time. It’s here. Spiritual tourism has invaded the pow wow. There appears to be nowhere to hide from the spiritual hunger of the mainstream world. No one is immune to the almighty dollar. I went to a pow wow this weekend. It’s one I haven’t […]

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How I Lead Group Ceremonies

By far the most controversial thing I have ever written was an article called “Please Don’t Call it Native American Shamanism.” Another article called “What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals” fleshes it out a bit more. Since I still get questions and arguments about who is entitled to lead group ceremonies […]

looking without seeing

Looking Without Seeing

I recently went for a walk in the woods with a friend. She stopped and gasped when we came across this magnificent tree. Oh, it was fine, and it took her appreciation and surprise to help me see that I was looking without seeing. Yes, I noticed it the first time I came across it […]