Wanted to share these incredible mandalas.  A gift from my lovely daughter today.

They hold wisdom in every tiny  detail.

The medicine of the deer brings stillness, the foxes remind us to run with the pack and not isolate ourselves from friends and family, the small boar feeds us the medicine of courage to face our fears.  With the unicorn bringing us medicine from the angelic realm.

Gratitude for the gift, and for Danielle Barlow who painted them………….

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shamanic Mandala - Deer for finding stillness 15.5.15

shamanic Mandala – Deer for finding stillness

Shamanic Mandala - facing fear 15.mar.15

Shamanic Mandala – facing fear

Shamanic Mandala - for healing deep trauma

Shamanic Mandala – for healing deep trauma


to all women

March 15, 2015

golden eggs red sketch 72dpi

if you were here I could say so much about your gifts as a mother, you are on another journey now and still think of you every day.

I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honoured name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

Christina Rossetti

To all mothers, mothers to be, mothers not to be, all women

Your words rang out to me loud and clear especially “Maybe Marie Stopes was right, it is all in the mind. Well our minds are made up by our influences and personal paradigms- so, if we shift the influences and create a society where women are supported – not cut, drugged or locked up for going through something natural then we can change our personal paradigm. Our experience of the menopause may even become something to look forward to, rather than fear.” keep on writing your words of wisdom.

My Change View







An abridged history of the Menopause:

1800s – Publications, professionals and academics consider that hysteria and female insanity are linked to our reproductive organs.

1824 – Ovariotomy (removal of the ovaries) treatment introduced in the UK for menopause. You will be pleased to hear that women’s mortality rate improved from 50% to 11% after the introduction of anaesthetic.

1830-1900 – Women are admitted to lunatic asylums (usually by their husbands) for hysteria and menopause (stated as “cessation of periods” or “the change” on admissions records). Women had no rights at the time so you had to wait until you appeared “cured” or were busted out by family. By this time you had lost your sanity, land and children.

1849 – The physician William Tyler Smith recommended the following treatment for menopause: injecting ice water into the rectum, ice in the vagina and the application of…

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Two dear friend of mine are facillitating a series of workshops over the coming months, I urge you take a look and if you feel drawn to work with the medicine wheel, then please book a place on the first workshop…………

WORKSHOP ONE:  Saturday 20 to Sunday 21st April 2013


 The Way of the Serpent: Truth and Beauty

In this workshop we learn about our birth, our connection to the Mother and about our living home, Planet Earth.  We learn how to make deep, intuitive and energetic connections with Nature and begin to understand what it means to be part of the Living Cosmos.

We work with the archetypal symbol Serpent, sometimes feared, sometimes revered in the contrary World of Men.  We explore Serpent’s essential female nature and beauty, her Earth-bound wisdom, her life-giving properties and the Medicine she offers us:  Truth and Beauty.  With her Medicine we dive into the depths of who we are, we are confronted with who, through the years, we have become and she teaches us the Way of Beauty through the constant practice of Letting Go.  She shows us how to shed our past and all the things we have clung onto the way that she sheds her skin: all in one piece.  She thus shows us that life is an endless series of deaths and rebirths as we learn to come to terms and celebrate who we are and what we have right NOW, in this moment.

DAY ONE (Saturday 20th April)

  • Introductions and opening of Sacred Space
  • Working with the Energy Body: a practical session learning how to access the energies of the Upper World and Mother Earth to support and strengthen one’s own luminous field
  • Despacho: a traditional Andean prayer mandala to invoke the tutelary spirit of Sachamama
  • A guided journey to the Middle World:  the Sacred Garden.  This journey takes us to the pristine rivers, forests, meadows and mountains of the untainted Middle World which was given to us by the Creator to enable us to delight in the pleasures of being human.  Here we encounter two Trees: the Tree of Beauty and the Tree of Truth representing an essential duality of human life.
  • The Medicine Bundle: an introduction to the Shaman’s toolkit and how to work with sacred stones to track energy and facilitate healing.
  • Sand Painting work: learning how to use objects from Nature to create an individual Mandala to come to understand who we are and where we source ourselves from.  We will return to these sand paintings throughout the workshop to help process different experiences over the weekend.
  • Sachamama, Great Serpent: story-telling and movement will help us understand the essence of this mythical, archetypal being who will support our work throughout the weekend.
  • River of Life:  we will each create a sacred “timeline” to represent key moments which have shaped our lives.  This will help us “see”, from a shamanic perspective, who we have become and where we source ourselves from energetically.
  • Sachamama’s Journey: a guided journey, supported by Sachamama, to take us down our Rivers of Life and to begin the process of shedding the past.
  • Fire Ceremony: we learn how to build a Sacred Fire and then how to work with this most powerful of the four elements to support our work.

DAY TWO (Sunday, 21st April)

  • Fire Breathing and the Three Centres of Power: we learn how to stoke our internal fire and how to awaken the three centres of shamanic power that reside within us.
  • Walking Meditation:  learning how to walk in harmony with nature and how to exchange energies with one of the most powerful of Nature’s beings: trees.
  • The Twin Trees: within our Sacred Space we use ancient Andean techniques to help us create a web of energy between two trees which will represent the essence of our work in the South: Truth and Beauty.
  • Creating and performaing ritual: here we learn how to bring ceremony and ritual together in order to engage directly in the weaving together of Truth and Beauty, supported by Nature and assisted by our Power Animal for this workshop, Sachamama.
  • Infinity Dance:  as we dance in Sacred Space, between the Twin Trees representing Truth and Beauty, we begin to understand how this is really a Cosmic Dance.  And through dance, we begin the process of transformation and awakening.  We become initiates in the Shaman’s Way.
  • Closing ceremony with Talking Stick


£100:  This includes all teaching, evening meal on Saturday, overnight stay, breakfast and lunch on Sunday and also includes £15 booking fee payable in advance (see “To Book” below).



Neil Brocklehurst and Ali Rabjohns are experienced shamanic practitioners who have trained with Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds Society and with Juan and Ivan Nuñez del Prado and run regular workshops and healing sessions for groups and individuals. You can find out more about Neil at www.peruvianenergyhealing.com and Ali at www.lucidhealing.co.uk



Abney Scout and Guide Training and Residential Centre, Newlands Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 2PD  http://www.abneycentre.org.uk/AbneyMap6.pdf


To book your place please phone Healthy Spirit on 0161 434 6784, or call in to the shop at 37 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TW. You can find out more about Healthy Spirit at www.healthy-spirit.com You will be asked to pay a £15 deposit per workshop and make this payable to Healthy Spirit.  The remaining balance of £85 per workshop will be payable either in cash or cheque to the facilitators one week prior to each workshop.



Please phone Neil on 07985 211975 or visit his website www.peruvianenergyhealing.com

A vision to be shared

August 23, 2011

coming together…………  its the only way

Thanks for sharing this me Ali http://lucidhealing.wordpress.com/author/lucidhealing/

love and gratitude

July 16, 2011

In my month of ponderings and creating  a new work space I still found time to meditate, have been getting up and going to the park opposite me at around 6.30, and on wet days such as today, my trusty cushion keeps me comfortable whilst seated in my bay window overlooking the park.

Pondering on different books I had been reading recently, it came to me in meditation that I would make a circle of beads, perhaps to use in quieter moments to remind of the wonderful people I have in my life. Each bead comes from my collection of necklaces, earings, bracelets, some broken, all share great sentimental value.

Opening sacred space I sat and snipped the threads allowing all the beads to flow into a bowl. Choosing each one with love I threaded them onto some deep pink silken thread, remembering the people, the occasions they were given and above all the gratitude I felt for having them in my life, blowing in a special prayer for each and every person and everything I have gratitude for in my life………..

I was so enjoying doing this, that I made one for my daughter so that she can sew seeds in each one and use them to make wonderful new growth in her life.

Here is the one I made for myself

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September 26, 2010

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