The event itself was great, it was alcohol/drug free, there were 'pay as you feel' treatments available such as massages (I enjoyed a chakra balancing treatment!), amazing vegan food, and lots of people dancing barefoot!
Although I was working for the evening I got to experience the Shamanic Drum Journey, in which we went on a Shamanic Journey to meet our power animals. The point in all this is to be able to switch one's ordinary state of mind to a non-ordinary state of mind, in which you go into a sort of trance. (Yoga is another tradition that helps people achieve altered states of mind and travel to other realms). I know this may sound totally mad to some people, but I will tell you my experience nonetheless. The journey was held by a lady called Maria (whose blog can be found here https://mariawindtalker.wordpress.com/). We all lay down on the ground as Maria beat the drum. We had to imagine a place in nature which resonates with us, which for me was a forest near Tampere, Finland which I went to as a child. We would find our way down to Mother Earth however our imagination decided to take us. For me, the ground literally fell apart beneath me, before I went down inside. I passed lots of animals, all of which just passed right by, which Maria said would happen if they were not our power animal. Eventually the ground fell apart beneath me again, and I went even further down into Mother Earth. There I was confronted with a snake. At first I thought it would pass right by me as the others had, however, it proceeded to wrap itself around me, and told me to 'stop holding myself back.' The snake is emblematic of shedding the old and embracing the new.
Here is a definition of this Shamanic practice for anyone I've just baffled:
Shamanism (/ˈʃɑːmən/ shah-mən or /ˈʃeɪmən/ shay-mən) is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.
If I get the chance to do the journey again, the next stage is when you meet your ancestral tribe.
I loved their juices, they tasted super fresh and delicious. It makes such a difference when the juice just so happens to be local, organic and cold-pressed!
I had their green juice which powered me through the night, and saved the 'turmeric tonic' for the morning after, as I had an early bus to catch back down home to Sussex.
Having researched the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera so often lately I am even more passionate about the products and really enjoyed getting to talk to people at the event about how Aloe could help them as it can aid so many different health concerns ranging from arthritis, to acne, to IBS.
It's going to take lots of practice to be able to talk about the products fluently as Fiona can but it was definitely a really useful experience for me.
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