For the past three years I have been hosting clients for one-on-one retreats that take place in my home from Sunday afternoon through Friday morning. This is more traditional than we realize in that the apprentice or patient would often stay at the home of the medicine man or woman who would teach and heal – and probably hand them a broom or garden tool as well! I don’t put my clients to work in that way of course, but I do open the door for the inner work to happen and each week is a kind of condensed mystery school – the mystery being the individual man or woman who seeks out this kind of healing.
Conventional psychiatry/psychotherapy isn’t doing much for the countless folk who are suffering from a variety of mental/emotional imbalances. To me, the casual doling out of SSRI’s, benzodiazepines, and various opiods, is appalling and I have worked with numerous people who have struggled mightily to get themselves off those drugs whose side effects can wreak havoc over time.
People need alternatives and one path to consider is to seek out a good medicine woman.
Imagine being warmly welcomed into a beautiful home whereupon for the next few days you will be nurtured, seen and heard, and made to feel safe. This level of care initiates a healing process that can’t be duplicated in a weekly 55-minute session in an office or clinic. The role of the medicine woman is to provide timeless wisdom, knowledge and guidance, nurturing and protection, and kindness and humor for those who seek her out. She knows we are more than just our personality. She works with the spirit and soul, stoking an intimate connection to the Sacred that will continue to guide and inform her client throughout life.
My version of that includes deep soul conversation with a nod to the late, modern medicine man, Carl Jung, who honored the messages in dreams and used the iChing, astrology and other bridges to the deep psyche to cull wisdom, insight and guidance. Jung had an able grasp of the intricacies of symbol and metaphor, which comprise the language of nature and the deep psyche. He looked to mythology as a guiding light toward a deeper understanding of the human condition and he did not discount the powers of intuition and psychic abilities. All of this contributes to a very unique and effective healing experience that many people desperately need.
Food plays a major role in restoring mental/emotional balance, and I look to ancestral wisdom for that, which for thousands of years has promoted healing broths, fermented foods, and traditional fats that bring healing to the gut, also known as the second brain. There is zero mention of the gut/brain connection in conventional therapy in spite of the major pathway between the two. When the gut is balanced the entire body comes into balance, including the brain. This process takes time especially these days, and one must learn the foundations of traditional food preparation. At the home of the medicine woman clients get to partake in delicious healing foods and learn hands-on how to prepare them. This includes knowledge of herbs that can be made into beneficial infusions that enhance the healing process. The client leaves with a level of know-how that will continue to enrich their life moving forward.
Nature plays a major role in this immersion and the medicine man or woman was often found on the outskirts of the community in deep connection with the spirits of the land. Modern people have lost what was once an intrinsic connection to nature, our most powerful healer. People desperately need to reconnect and the medicine woman provides the bridge through time spent in beautiful surroundings. Nature also provides us with potent offerings that can open the mind and bring us into an inspired state where greater insights can be had. A good medicine woman provides precisely the right setting for all of that to take place.
Quality time spent in the warmth of home in the company of a wise, experienced mentor will deliver greater healing and revelation than the conventional model can ever provide. I know because I have midwifed numerous men and women from 21 to 75 into the reclaiming of their power and I understand full well the potency of this level of work. It doesn’t look anything like the conventional model yet the power of compassionate nurturing, essential wisdom, and knowledge of the healing arts can and will change a life in the most wondrous of ways. I humbly offer just a few inspiring testimonials that speak to the depth of this work here: https://www.shonaghhome.org/copy-of-one-on-one-retreats
For those called, it is time to take back our role as healers for our community. We cannot rely on our so-called authorities to provide us with an effective avenue for mental, emotional and physical healing. Much of what the conventional system offers is actually doing tremendous harm to people. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for and it is the out-of-the-box thinkers and doers who will provide the assist that shakes us free from the chains of our conditioning.
For those desiring to explore in this way or who know of someone who could benefit from a unique offering of this kind, please don’t hesitate to contact me. For others who are inspired to create their own version, I encourage you to do your research into the inner workings of the psyche through great teachers such as Jung. Apprentice with those whose methods you respect, study the great spiritual teachers and glean as much knowledge of the healing and esoteric arts as you possibly can, then carefully create an offering that will assist in the healing that is so greatly needed at this time.
Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh! (Gaelic)
(Translation: Good health and every good blessing to you)!