have felt the Spirits with me for most of my life, and began working
consciously with shamanism in 2005. Just after I turned 30, my
father died, and I had a long-overdue spiritual
awakening. Of the different healing practices I tried, shamanism
touched me deeply and clearly. It had a powerful effect on my
life and I entered into several years of intensive training with
from Sweden, I had spent nearly 30 years in the UK, but after
receiving healing and soul parts, I knew it was time to go home.
I could feel my feet longing to walk the land where I was born.
In 2007 I moved to Åsbacka in southern Sweden, to live and
work together with Jonathan and build up our healing retreat center.
spent several years assisting Jonathan and arranging courses.
Eventually it was a natural transition to begin co-teaching, and
we have been working together since 2010. When I teach, I feel
a commitment both to the people who come, to the Circle as a whole,
and to the Spirits. Every time I teach, I learn more. It is a
neverending story and a lifelong path, full of gifts and surprises.
One of the joys for me is seeing people re-connect to life and
to their essential self, and remembering again that they are a
part of the world - feeling not alone, but connected and related.
word inspiration is filled with spirit. As
a child, I had an innate love of story and it kept growing until
I became a writer and a filmmaker. For 15 years I directed a great
diversity of films, taught screenwriting and directing at London
universities and wrote two books on screenwriting (Writing
for the Screen and The Creative Screenwriter). I
now feel a strong relationship between story and shamanism. To
me stories are magical containers, they are alive and when I write,
my job is to listen and bring them into being. I have held workshops
on shamanism for writers, presented conference papers on the shamanic
journey as story, and developed techniques for animate storytelling.
Working with story has helped me to better understand the language
of the Spirits, and story has become an essential shamanic tool
for me in my personal practice.
2008 I took part in setting up the ISC,
the International Shamanic Community, and have been helping to
run it ever since. Being active in shamanic groups like this,
I continually learn more about what it means to live together,
with both humans and Spirits. Time and again, I see that when
we sit in circle and bring our shared intention to the world,
so much more is possible.
feeling of connection brought me to the question of what a shamanic
practice can offer the Earth at this time. I feel that ceremony
and sacred action has a strong part to play in the environmental
movement and I am continually inspired by and grateful to indigenous
people across the world who generously share their ancient Traditional
Ecological Knowledge. I want to live in a world that makes
room for both body and soul, matter and spirit. I want to live
in a way that helps me to remember. I want to live in partnership
with the Spirits, trusting that whatever happens, they are always
here by my side.
Zara via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on ÅSBACKA FACEBOOK