Ubuntu Workshops with African Sangoma

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Ubuntu Workshops with African Sangoma

Practitioners Involved: John Lockley

Venues Used: Birch Room

Date / Time: Weekend of 2nd/3rd/4th December

Price: Fire £15 - Workshop £75 - Healing session - £71

John Lockley will be here once again!

A talk around the fire on the evening of Friday 2nd. Workshop on Saturday 3rd and a chance for individual healing sessions on Sunday 4th

For bookings please email Richard via this link or call 01525 862278

On Friday 7.30 to 9.30pm John will deliver a Sangoma talk with singing, live African drumming and an opportunity for questions. He says “My journey is about reconciliation and part of my job is to help heal the past. When people are more connected with their own spirits, there is less of a desire to destroy or put down another. I don’t intend to bring Xhosa or South African shamanic culture to the West as such, but rather to use its essence – the techniques of prayer, dream work and connection to nature – to help people connect with their own ancestors and spiritual traditions.”

Ubuntu Workshop

On Saturday starting at 10.00am John will be leading a day long workshop taking you deeper into the traditions of Ubuntu. The word means humanity. John takes people through a traditional Sacred Xhosa ceremony using rhythm, song and drumming to encourage connection to Nature and the dream world. Each event begins with a Blessing Ceremony. John shares with us what it means to do ubuntu work with a sangoma – the path to becoming fully human through connecting with ourselves, community, ancestors/spirit guides and Nature. In the ancient Ancestral tradition of the Xhosa people of Southern Africa, this connectedness is at the heart of spiritual practice.

According to John’s Xhosa elders in the Eastern Cape, John Lockley is one of the first white men in recent history to become a full initiated Sangoma, in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa, the tribe that gave us Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. You might wonder how African Shamanism can help you? Well, John’s work can help with Spiritual Growth, old family hurts, depression, anxiety disorders, dreaming and interpretation. He is trained in 3 timeless traditions, African Shamanism, Yoga, and Zen Buddhism, and he also holds an honours degree in Clinical Psychology. Above all, his words convey an honesty and down to earth approach to developing responsibility for our own actions, respecting and serving our communities, and honouring our own ancestral path.

Healing sessions

On Sunday 4th December you are offered a chance to book individual healing sessions at the centre.

Sangoma (or shamanic) sessions differ from traditional psychotherapy in that when someone is consulting with a sangoma it is widely believed they are consulting with not only the individual in front of them, but also the shamanic lineage that they are connected to. John’s ancestral spirits or guides help to heal the person at soul level, and sometimes a person might feel the effects of a session for weeks, months or even years afterwards.

John's work is acutely relevant at a time when western society is exploring spirituality beyond organised religion, and reconnecting with the earth, intuition and ancestry. A growing public interest in genealogy (and a yearning to understand the lives of our ancestors) has inspired websites, magazines and numerous TV series. John takes these trends deeper, into a realm that’s rooted in sacred tradition, offering a unique blend of cultures and secret teachings which honour his African, English and Irish ancestral lineages.

For more reading on Ubuntu and the Sangoma tradition visit www.african-shaman.com