Chief Theresa Spence

By Quynn | December 28, 2012

Friends, Please, if you have not already, take a moment and familiarize yourself with the actions of Chief Theresa Spence. Quote from article above=”On Friday night, in honor of the full moon, organizers are calling on Indigenous People to reclaim their sacred sites, by “conducting ceremonies, singing, dancing, educating or doing whatever makes sense…

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The Art of Storytelling

By Quynn | December 27, 2012

[thaudio href=’′]shamanworld audio[/thaudio] An important part of human culture is The Art of Storytelling.  People have experiences, and they want to share them.  Stories can have many meanings, and they help us explore our inner and outer worlds. Every culture, and person, has their stories, and new stories are being created right NOW. Shamanic People are…

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Reindeer, Mushrooms, and Santa

By Quynn | December 25, 2012

Reindeer, Mushrooms, and Santa. There are many versions, and layers, of the story below.  Here are but a few. Let your own research and intuition guide you as you explore the possibilities of this reality.    

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Journeys to Reindeer and Angels

By Quynn | December 24, 2012

On December 23, 2012, a group of shamanic journeyers traveled down the stairs, into the underworld Grotto in downtown Tucson, to gather for community, and introspection, in the first few days of the returning light after winter solstice. Reindeer Our first journey was about, and to, Reindeer.  Christmas is the one time of year that…

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ATTUNEMENT- Winter Solstice Ceremony

By Quynn | December 20, 2012

Winter Solstice 2012 in Tucson AZ! Attunement is ours. Join us!

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ATTUNEMENT- Winter Solstice 2012

By Quynn | December 16, 2012

GREETINGS FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA! Winter Solstice 2012 is upon us. Some people think they know what will happen, while others wait in anticipation for what might be. Whatever happens, We are here. We are alive. We are the ones who decide what It is for Us. It is, and will be, what We make of…

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Coming soon! Options for circles and classes online

By Quynn | December 16, 2012

This is a test… Coming soon! The opportunity to participate in online circles and classes, on your own, and with others. Shamanic journey options are coming to you by technology, another form of telepathy. :)

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The Sacred Calling of Corn

By Quynn | December 11, 2012

Brought to you by Darcey Blue Corn has always been sacred- as food, medicine, spirit guide- to cultures throughout the Americas. It is only our modern culture which has turned corn into a commodity that has been abused and vilified. Corn asks us to begin to reclaim our sacred reciprocal relationship. I ask you today-…

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Sacred Corn

By Quynn | December 11, 2012

Recently, Darcey Blue, plant whisperer and Shamana Flora offered a ceremony to honor the Sacredness of Corn at ISA’s underworld Grotto in Tucson, AZ. You can listen here to Darcey share about corn, and remembering corn sacredness, as spoken at her ceremony. [thaudio href=’′]Darcey Blue Sacred Corn2[/thaudio] Here is an excerpt from her blog post…

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Shared Blessings of Joy and Love

By Quynn | December 3, 2012

  As winter solstice 2012 approaches, a circle of journeyers gathered at ISA’s Grotto in Tucson, Arizona, to drum up the sacred energies of joy and love, and then share a message by writing whatever came to them to share. The results were beautiful, as you can hear here. Each person received a message in…

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DO NOT Be afraid- Shamanic Journey Circle for Turkey Wisdom

By Quynn | November 27, 2012

“Do not be afraid to go where your mind can’t reach. The journey is infinite and you will be prepared for all.” On the Sunday of the four day Thanksgiving weekend 2012, journeyers gathered for a shamanic journey circle that happens every week in downtown Tucson, Arizona.  On this day there were 13, and the…

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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)- The Totem of Giving Thanks

By Quynn | November 22, 2012 has been in the web since the year 2000.  This new version has gone LIVE very recently, at the end of 2012.  Today, for our first post, we are focusing on Giving Thanks Day (Thanksgiving day), November 22, 2012.  Today we are all one month away from Winter Solstice 2012.  This is a date…

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Adventures with Sacred Geometry!

By Quynn | November 19, 2012

This morning’s weekly journey circle was infused with the mathematical poetry of sacred geometry. Everything we see in our world is made up of lines and form—from shapes found in our natural world. As we examine the beauty and structure of shapes, we can reflect on the evolving shapes and containers of issues and themes…

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Healing Arts Sampler

By Quynn | November 12, 2012

As participants traveled down the stairs on Sunday, November 11th, an aura of uplifting, mystical, and calming violet purple welcomed them. They were greeted at a welcoming table by Elisabeth Black and then escorted inside the Grotto where they quickly became aware of the energetic qualities of centering, blessings, love, sweetness, respect, clearing, radiance, joy,…

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ISA Performers share their Experiences

By Quynn | November 5, 2012

On Saturday, October 20th 7 people who participate in ISA shamanic circles decided to offer a second public performance, called “The Plasmic Portal” in Tucson, Arizona.  Each person felt called to participate, even if/when she/he was called to do something publicly that pushed their personal boundaries.  Each “performance” was a conscious enactment of an aspect…

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Thoughts from ISA Practitioners

By Quynn | October 28, 2012

Recently ISA Practitioners gathered to journey and reflect on how ISA is growing and evolving. We began by lighting candles that represented each practitioner and the light we carry with us in all of our work. Then Celia Blackwood called in all the directions and asked that our spirit guides be present. This is really…

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The Plasmic Portal is Coming!

By Quynn | October 8, 2012

Some of us at ISA have felt, once again, the call from our Spirits to share ourselves in a theatrical way.  We have been asked to make aspects of the Shamanic path visible through Performance and Ceremony for modern people in our evolving world.  We are doing this on Saturday, October 20 at 7pm in…

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Rainbows Galore for Autumn Equinox

By Quynn | September 27, 2012

Recently, ISA (Institute for the Shamanic Arts) gathered on a magical and glittering golden day to welcome in Autumn. Rubber duckies were lined up (some kept falling over but they tried their best) awaiting divination. On the bottom of each duck, Quynn Red Mountain had written meaningful words. Participants had the thrill of choosing a…

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The Institute for the Shamanic Arts (ISA) and Portlandians

By Quynn | September 3, 2012

Picture this scene: It’s early evening.  As you walk up some steps onto a porch, you notice the the sun is glinting with a rosy light. You feel anticipation and  you wonder what the evening will be like. When you enter the charming house, you are welcomed and invited to find a pillow to sit…

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Sacred Nature Adventures: Beauty, Bats, and Blue Lotus Tea

By Quynn | August 25, 2012

Yesterday evening, a group of adventurous journeyers gathered at dusk in the Rillito River wash. Relaxing into our circle, we quietly awaited the arrival of Tucson’s famous shamanic flyers of the night – our own Rillito River bats! We journeyed to the drum and asked for messages from Bat. In various tribal, shamanic cultures, Bat…

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Re-Gratitude Sunday

By Quynn | August 14, 2012

Our shamanic journey circle on Sunday focused on -rethinking and re-generating and re-joicing ourselves.  This was the first Sunday after the close of our most recent Mercury Retrograde experience, and so an idea came to me for the focus of our two shamanic journeys.  Each week, I ask for our intentions and tools to be revealed,…

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Shamanic Seer-Divining Bones

By Quynn | August 6, 2012

Bone readings have played a part in different cultures around the world. Generally, bones are cast into a circle and the way that they fall determines the outcome of the reading. In addition to bones, other small objects may be added to the cast such as coins, shells, nuts, dice, or stones. Patterns are looked…

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Adventure with the Plant Spirits

By Quynn | July 29, 2012

As shadows lengthened across the saguaros and sunlit clouds gathered above us, six journeyers hiked into Sabino canyon. Herbalist and plant whisperer Darcey Blue led the way. As we traversed a rocky, narrow trail above mature cottonwood trees and willows, we could see and hear the water flowing below. Our recent monsoon rains have brought…

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Snake Wisdom and Soft, Strong Light

By Quynn | July 23, 2012

Our most recent Sunday Journey Circle brought forth meaningful information, as usual.  Over a dozen people gathered in the Grotto to explore their inner realms using the ancient tool of simply listening to a monotonous drum beat while holding an intention.  This day’s journeys focused on the power of Snake, and the state of matter…

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Ravenous Divination

By Quynn | July 9, 2012

The Way of Raven was pondered and explored this weekend at ISA. On Saturday we gathered for RAVEN SHADOWS, a shamanic circle focused on connecting with, and learning from, our old friend Raven.  Wikipedia says many things about the ‘Common Raven’, including- The Common Raven evolved in the Old World and crossed the Bering land bridge into…

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A Weekend of Posturing.

By Quynn | July 3, 2012

As I prepared to move some boxes of books recently, I found the book “Where the Spirits Ride the Wind” by Felicitas D. Goodman .  A note card, written maybe 10 years ago, fell out. In my own writing I read, ”Right Hand above Left, standing. Sounds Came… A sea of ants was coming toward…

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Receiving and Feeling Love

By Quynn | June 25, 2012

A little over a week ago, a friend of ISA ended up in the hospital. Suddenly a wave of concern, worry, sadness and confusion washed over this community.  During this last week, many people, in person and far away, prayed for our friend’s revival.  We worried together, talked together, and as we watched our friend come…

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Drumming the Elements…

By Quynn | June 7, 2012

Last night, 5 spirit travelers joined together to create rhythm for the four elements.   The five called on Romanian, Irish, Punjabi, Native American and African ancestors to help them.  Two humans had drumming experience.  Three had never drummed before. They intuitively connected with Earth, then Air, Fire, and finally Water, and below are some quotes…

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Spirit Children-Prayer Circle for Isabel Celis and Children

By Quynn | May 29, 2012

A young girl disappeared from her home recently in Tucson, Arizona. This affects our community of Tucson.  It affects our shamanic community. On, May 28, The Institute for Shamanic Arts (I.S.A.) held a prayer circle to send love and light to Isabel, who has been missing since April 21. English poet, John Donne, said the…

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Diving into Summer-The Seasons Move…

By Quynn | May 3, 2012

February, March, April…now May. Time in Tucson to prepare for the heat and strong sun.  ISA has hosted a series of shamanic journey circles in various parks around central Tucson, including Fort Lowell, Himmel, Limberlost and Reid parks.  Each was lovely and brought much wisdom.  We journeyed with Hawk, Water, Ground Squirrel and Tree Shade.  We also…

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