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John Lockley is one of the first modern white men in recent history to become a fully initiated Xhosa sangoma (African shaman). His journey began while working as a medic in the South African military towards the end of apartheid.

He trained extensively under Zen master Su Bong in South Korea before returning back to post-apartheid South Africa where he spent 10 years in apprenticeship with MaMngwevu, a medicine woman from the Xhosa tribe.

She named him Cingolweendaba, meaning the messenger or connector between people and cultures. John now splits his time teaching in South Africa, Ireland, Europe, and the US, facilitating Way of the Leopard shamanic retreats.

Learn more about John's shamanic work in his book, Leopard Warrior: A Journey Into the African Teachings of Ancestry, Instinct, and Dreams, and audio course Way of the Leopard (Sounds True), or visit his website.

To read more about John's 'Dreams & Tracking' experience please read his latest article published in Odyssey magazine in South Africa: Dreams & Tracking in the Kalahari.