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Sacred Shamanic Circle lead by Mary Newstrom, PhD

This circle focuses on building connections to Spirit Guides, Power Animals and the Divine.  We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds who want a safe space to journey each month.  Our circle is opening and welcoming to all experience levels, but having some understanding of how to journey or meditate is helpful.  If you have no experience with shamanic journeying, please arrive 15 minutes early for basic instructions on how to do it.

Shamans use rhythmic drumming to help guide individuals into non-ordinary states of reality.  Research shows that a steady 4.5 Hertz (Hz or cycles per second) for at least 15 minutes can help transport people who are journeying into altered states of consciousness.  These 4.5 cycles per second corresponds to a trance like state of Theta brainwave activity.  Each month the group will do 1 twenty-minute journey, with live drumming after a discussion on shamanism.  We wrap things up by talking and sharing about our experiences.  The purpose of the circle is not only to build a practice of journeying, but also to create a supportive shamanic community.

This event is held in Mary’s healing studio in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota.  To sign up for the next Sacred Shamanic Circle go to the schedule and complete the sign up form.  Cost is 30 dollars.

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Cacao Ceremonies lead by Mary Newstrom, PhD

For thousand of years people have viewed cacao as a healing sacred plant.  It was not until Europeans took it home from Central and South America and added sugar to it that it became known as chocolate

Traditional Cacao in it pure form, sourced from Guatemala, is a powerful heart opener, increasing blood flow by 30-40 percent with a 2-ounce ceremonial dose.  It increases focus so that shamanic journeying and mediation are more accessible.  It is a supportive and gentle energy, that allows an individual to reach heighten states of awareness.  It opens the heart chakra and therefore the heart to unconditional love for self and others.  It does not take you on journey but supports you with what you are focused on.

In my wellness Cacao Ceremony the focus will be to connect to the spirit world and your spiritual guides.  Helping to peel back the veil and therefore facilitating a stronger connection to non-ordinary reality and the Divine.

You will have the option to take a full ceremonial 2 ounce dose, or if you choose a smaller amount.  It is recommended that if you have high blood pressure or are taking anxiety medication you start slowly or choose not to take any cacao.  Please use your best judgment.

Once the cacao has been served we will go into a quiet time and gently move in an introspection space.  After a short time and when the group is ready I will then drum while you enjoy a shamanic journey or if you choose you can continue to meditate.  Vibrations from rhythmic sounds, such as drumming, are known to affect brain activity.  Research shows that a steady 4.5 Hertz (Hz or cycles per second) for at least 15 minutes can help transport people who are journeying into altered states of consciousness.  These 4.5 cycles per second corresponds to a trance like state of Theta brainwave activity that we may experience fleetingly as we are waking up in the morning.  We will end the Wellness Cacao Ceremony by sharing our experiences, if you choose to, and setting an intention for the rest of the day.

This event is held at Mary’s healing studio in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota.  To sign up for the next ceremony go to the schedule and complete the sign up form.  Wellness Cacao Ceremonies are 50 dollars.


Please remember, my services should never replace the services of a medical doctor or mental health provider.

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