The Circle Way Newsletter: Melting the Ice

Published By on April 24th, 2015 in Circle Stories From The Heart

Heart Flow


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Sweeping Clear the Path of our Ancestors

By Jan Beaver (CCSS Collective Member)

For many, spring is a time of joy and uplifting renewal as Mother Earth wakes up and begins sending her lifeforce energy upwards. Everything is waking up and coming to life. The air smells different, the sounds of the birds and frogs fill the air. The ice melts and the warmth of the Sun returns.

For others, the overwhelming energy of spring can energize those things we may be holding that are not in harmony with our highest good, shadows, fears, doubts, anxieties, judgements and all of the pieces that we are holding as the current guardians of our lineage. Those things can be energized in the spring and can trigger a passage into the dark night of the soul.

I have been on such a journey for the past 19 days. I have consciously made this journey asking to go deep within my bones to connect with all of my ancestors and ascendants. Asking to clear and release all that is within my lineage, past, present and future that is no longer in resonance with my highest good and the highest good of all of Creation. It has been quite a journey through pain and darkness that I have never experienced before, but constantly through these days, I kept hearing “Keep your Heart Flame burning bright.”

The shadow corridors I have passed through made me face and ignite my deepest fears. Slowly the shadows of all those things that were never mine to carry burned away. All of the judgments, expectations, anger, blame, guilt, fear and doubts placed on me by others were consumed in the flame of love burning brightly in my heart. It was like a bottomless pit of shadow and I felt at times that I would never get to the end of it, but yesterday it happened.

Finally the shadows began to clear and my flame became brighter and brighter. I emerged this morning, just Me, shining in a blaze of glorious light that has made my Spirit soar.

Mahalo, Miigwech, Thank you beautiful Circle for standing strong in the light. Thank you for your courage in embarking on this path of living in the Heart, tending the Heart Flame that illuminates all things. Much love to you from your Sister in the Circle to Which We All Belong.
Jan Beaver
Ozawak Onkwet Kway Yellow Cloud Woman, Bear Clan, Alderville First Nation


Home Practice

As the ice melts and the warmth of the Sun returns, notice how nature is coming to life around you. What does the air smell like? Can you hear spring awakening through the songs of the birds and frogs?

Enter into your heart to explore the questions:
* I wonder what it would be like to sense the energy of spring awakening within me?
* Am I holding onto anything that is in disharmony with my highest good?
* What might it be like to enter deep into my bones and invite the energy of spring to cleanse my body, mind and spirit?


By Hope Jemimah

Painting by Hope

Together We are Stronger than our Highest Potential Alone

By Hope Jemimah (CCSS Collective Member)

I had the most transformational time of life at the Heart of Flow of Shamanism retreat weekend.

This week I was faced with some leadened opportunities for alchemy and transmutation. Faced with sudden change and the opportunity to crack open the winter freeze from my heart. So that the inner treasure chest may begin sharing it’s gold speckles as the water flowed . And flow they did… Through tears, dreams, comfort and support. Communicating different areas of forgiveness, self love, and release. Because Love is For-Give-Ness.


How wonderful it was to rake off the winter leaves and find new growth springing, green and vital underneath. What seemed like death on the surface just needed some shifting to unveil new life. This clearing is a necessary process to plant seeds .. to water them … and have them flourish in the new breath of the spring winds.

The circle is surely the strongest structure of life … In , Pi support of Renewal and in continuum. I AM grateful for the wisdom of the circle. Together we are stronger than our highest potential alone.

In much gratitude, love, trust, rebirth, and creative flow. The butterfly has emerged!

Hope Jemimah

Photo & poem by Hope Jemimah



Andrew Steed

Andrew Steed

Conference Call Gathering with Andrew Steed, Celtic Shamanic Practitioner

Tuesday April 28th at 8:00pm

We are excited to have our collective brother from Scotland, Andrew Steed, join us on a conference call gathering.

For those interested in being part of the Celtic Shamanism Two Year program, this is a wonderful opportunity to tune deeply into the Celtic wisdom that is supporting us in living in the light truth of who we are.

We’re dancing into the caverns and spaces where we feel trapped inside, releasing into the light of who we are. It is time to shake off the shackles, to free old patterns that have been woven in a certain way by stories of others, as we re-weave our authentic stories of truth. These truths we know from an inner place where we stir the cauldrons, that open up the worlds between the worlds, the spaces within the spaces, in the betwixt and between. ~ Andrew Steed

To join us on this call, respond to CCSS Coordinator for more details: [email protected], or, 888-383-8320 ext.4


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Devinder Kaur

Kundalini Yoga Retreat

June 5 – 7, 2015

Devinder Kaur, Yoga Instructor and Owner & Director of PranaShanti

Kundalini, the “Yoga of Awareness”, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone. The word “Kundalini” means “coiled” and is symbolized as female energy that lies coiled as a snake at the base of the spine, invited to uncoil and release its energy within. Kundalini is a holistic practice that includes breathwork (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas), sound (gong), chanting silently or out loud (mantra), and meditation. This style opens ones heart, building strength and overall health, empowering to free ourselves from within. From your very first class you’ll start reaping the rewards, whether you’re new to yoga, or you’re looking to expand your yoga practice to include some more spiritual and meditative work.

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Carly Stong

Carly Stong

Replenish & Rise Up

A nourishing yoga retreat for bigger bodied women

June 12-15, 2015

Join Carly Stong, yoga teacher and owner of Life Yoga, and way of the circleco-facilitators Gwenith Kikkawa & Vicki Arsenault, for a heart lifting weekend of joyful movement, self-care, relaxation, laughter, and fun in the beauty of nature.

Are you yearning:
* To feel at home in a yoga class?
* To deepen the connection to your body?
* To honour your needs while exploring your ranges of ability?
* To open your heart to receive inner nourishment?
* To spread your wings and rise in your power?

Our bodies will be celebrated as we flow with the possibilities of props and other modifications to develop a sustainable practice unique to every one of us.



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Jeana Naluai

Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Retreats

June 23-28, 2015

Join Jeana Iwalani Naluai, lomi lomi intructor and owner of Ho’omana Spa Maui, to discover the “wisdom of the bones”, ancient teachings of how the emotional, spiritual nature of illness can be directly associated with different areas of the body.

Learn the full-body art form of Lomi Lomi Massage and how to administer advanced techniques to address these issues. By bringing the body into alignment, the emotional, mind and spirit bodies also align.

Hawaiian Lomi Lomi: Fundamental Training
Date: June 23 – 25, 2015
27 C.E. Hours

Advanced Lomi Lomi Core & Skeletal Alignment Training
Date: June 26-28, 2015
32 C.E. Hours



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Heart Growth members

Heart Growth of Shamanism Training

July 17 – 19, 2015

Live the life your Heart desires.

What might it be like to give the heart permission to guide our lives? What would it’s messages be? It’s desires? How would it like to express itself?

▪ Explore various ways of shamanic journeying and learn how this tool can offer guidance and support in living a thriving and inspired life.
▪ Connect with your very own helping spirit guides
▪ Co-create ceremony with others
▪ Tap into the wisdom of your childhood and reclaim how to fully utilize all your senses as gateways into the freedom of your imagination.



Lara at Heart Flow

Lara: Collective Member

Heart Wisdom of Shamanism Training

October 16-18, 2015

Answering the call of our heart wisdom, we trust in our power, embracing the fear of change, as we commit to living in our strength, and flowing with hope and colour.

▪ Weave personal practices of shamanism and ways of living from your heart into your daily life
▪ Align with the elements and seasons
▪ Embody the ancient wisdom of the ‘way of the circle’
▪ Awaken your indigenous soul connection to the earth


Powering Up Our Life Stories

Celtic Shamanism

Two Year Program

With Andrew Steed

Delve within the folds of your own life stories and
discover the inner hero within!

“So many people have stuffed, blocked, denied and/or forgotten pieces of their story to the point that they become stuck within their story. Here is a way to cleanse, renew and work with the indigenous practice of reclaiming.” ~ Andrew Steed

Program dates:
* Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2016
* Apr. 20 – Apr. 24, 2016
* Oct. 12 – Oct. 16, 2016
* Apr. 5 – Apr. 9, 2017

▪ Find out more



Photo by Hope Jemimah

Soul Pathways of Shamanism

One Year Program

This year long Soul Retrieval Training, offered every other year, is for those who are ready to dig deep beneath the surface, through rock and roots to the living story, returning ‘home’ to the fullest expression of who you are. As we carve new soul pathways, we will spread our wings of freedom, flowing love into all of life.

Program Dates:
* Feb. 24 – 26, 2017
* May 26 – 28, 2017
* Aug. 23 – 27, 2017
* Nov. 17 – 29, 2017

▪ Find out more
▪ Apply online
▪ View payment plan

CCSS Affinity Program

Investing In Your Heart & Soul

CCSS Affinity Program
* Earn program/retreat credits
* Earn referral revenue

Subscription Plans
Attend all four seasonal Heart Foundation of Shamanism trainings at discounted price
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* Each save 10% with referral code: 2ormore

Co-create a personalized payment plan just for you!

Questions or Concerns? Contact CCSS Coordinator Gwenith Kikkawa: [email protected], 888-3838320 x4

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