In today’s world that is spellbound to the seductive wonders of technology and industry, the modern medicine woman casts her own spell. Hers is a spell that leads the suffering out of despair.
Standing Rock still stands strong. A lack of transparent media representation has made it challenging for a lot of us to stay properly informed and engaged with the continued struggle for indigenous sovereignty and the right to clean drinking water. Still, it is so much deeper then that.
What the current pipeline dispute in North Dakota is really all about is how we, as the human family, wish to live in the twenty-first century. Two very different philosophies and lifeways are at issue, one deeply connected to spirit and the sacred beauty of Mother Earth, the other utterly disconnected, regarding the material realm as nothing more than an economic resource.
An interview with Hilario Chiriap, a traditional Ecuadorian shaman from the Shuar tribe, where shamanism is traditionally characterized by rivalry and aggressive confrontations. However, Hilario considers it necessary to collaborate with as many shamans from different South American regions as possible.
After the 2016 Lightning in a Bottle festival I was blessed with an opportunity to speak with Dream Rockwell, co-founder of the Do LaB. We spoke about the rewards and challenges which Transformational Festivals offer their participants, both those paying to attend and the teams which are working to bring them about.