JULY 2008
Medicine for the Earth Newsletter Becoming One Circle July 2008 Issue By Martha Lucier ShamanismCanada Becoming One Circle
By Martha Lucier

“Everything the power of the world does, is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.” Black Elk- Black Elk Speaks I feel very fortunate in my life for the many circles I have been a part of. I have felt heard, supported, nurtured, and respected in women’s circles, family circles, shamanic circles and circles of friends. I think back to a

time when I was birthing the dream of Northern Edge Algonquin retreat centre. At the time I was a member of a women’s circle that met every 2 weeks. The support and guidance of these women was like fertilizer for the seed of this dream. It was here that I discovered my voice while connecting to the sacred within me. I wonder if this dream would have come to fruition had I not been a part of this circle? When the time came to move to our present home, my biggest fear was in leaving the many circles that had nurtured me for many years. After leaving my community, I felt myself yearning for intimate heart connection, authentic community, where it was safe to expose my vulnerabilities while supporting and celebrating others. I am grateful to

have found the connection I have longed for with new friends and shamanic peers. Imagine all over the world, people gathering together in circles of harmony sharing stories, songs, and dreams. Imagine the earth sprouting circles that unfold like flowers, spreading beauty and peace upon the earth. This image came to me in a journey as I was planning for the August 22-24 retreat with Mandaza Augustine Kandemwa. Mandaza will be sharing with us the principles of the Daré, which is an African Shona word for a sacred gathering for healing purposes. Daré is an African Shona word that means sacred space & council for the purposes of healing and peacemaking. Read on for more details of his visit and how you too can be part of this sacred circle.



Journey: Go on an Earth walk and look for circles within nature. Once you have found a circle, invite a connection with this Spirit of nature. Ask it what you can learn about the power of the circle? How can we can become one circle? Thunder Beings (Shamanic Chant of unknown origin) I call to the power of the Thunder Beings I call to the Power of the Earth I call to the Power of the East and West I call to the Power of the North and South Behold, the time has come The time has come to unit as one Behold, the time has come To encircle the Earth with our love. Resources: The Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen, Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture by Christina Baldwin, Living Education: The Power of the Circle by David Aubrey Berger, The Ceremonial Circle by Sedona Cahill & Joshua Halpern

Mandaza Kendemwa Zimbabwean Elder Visits Algonquin Park
People come to Mandaza from all over southern Africa to receive healing and initiation but he does not charge for his services. As a part of this vision we have the incredible opportunity of hosting a special visitor to the Edge Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24, 2008. Mandaza (Augustine) Kandemwa, who is a nganga, a Bantu shaman, in the Shona and Nbebele tradition of healing and peacemaking. Mandaza serves a large community in Zimbabwe that is dependent on him for food, healing and spiritual nourishment. Embraced by nature we will engage in ceremony, ritual, and council inspired by Shona and Nbebele traditions of Zimbabwe with the intent of bringing healing and peace to ourselves, each other and the planet. Peace and Healing Retreat Details Cost: $497 ($150 pp to Mandaza) Dates and Times: August 22-24, 2008 (Friday arrivals 3-5 p.m) departures after lunch on Sunday For more information on this and other gatherings at the Edge visit Contact: Wendy at 800 953 3343/ Private Sessions: Individual sessions with Mandaza providing healings/readings will be available Friday, Sunday, and Monday morning and afternoon. People are encouraged to provide a generous donation for the session as all goes to support the community in Zimbabwe. For more complete retreat details visit,