John Lockley will be leading a one day ceremony focusing on helping people to connect to their natural wisdom, their Ubuntu (humanity).
He facilitates in a traditional South African way using drumming, singing and storytelling to activate peoples’ hearts and awaken their spirits.
Ubuntu is seen as a circle, with each person being the centre of their circle. People will sit in a circle around an earth altar, constructed in a traditional African shamanic way to help people connect with their ancestors, the root of their being. To connect to the larger circle, we are called to listen deeply and awaken our bones and blood.
Participants will be taught an ancestral healing practice. The practice starts with our hearts, our inner pulse and continues into our dreams.
The natural world is threatened and we as humans are called to wake up and become guardians of the world. How can we do this?
By becoming wild and reconnecting with our instinctual selves. In South Africa they do this through an intricate mix of prayer, dancing, ancestral work and dreaming.
This workshop will be conducted as a ceremony involving a mixture of stillness, movement, and a discussion on ancestors and dreams.
The stillness practice will involve heart-beat meditation where participants will be guided to connect with their pulse, their life force. The movement practice is the trance dance or xhentsa, also known as shaking medicine. It is a simple and easy practice and doesn’t require loads of fitness and stamina. The dancing and meditation will help to facilitate deeper relaxation, dream recall and ancestral connection.
The Leopard is revered in Southern Africa as a totem of intuitive intelligence, with the ability to move between worlds, the world of spirit and nature. It is a noble creature with a silent promise of what is possible if we learn to listen with the entirety of our being.
John Lockley is one of the first modern white men in recent history to become a fully initiated Xhosa sangoma (African Shaman). His journey begins 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' retreats.
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