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The Initiation Series: Gretchen Crilly McKay
Sangoma (shaman), Gretchen Crilly McKay is our guest this week in our Initiation Series: Curing our Cultural Sickness. She joins us to discuss her traditional kuthwasa (initiation) experiences in Swaziland, Africa, under the mentorship of Zulu shaman, P.H. Mntshali. It is our hope that in hearing the stories of a diverse range of contemporary initiation experiences-that have functioned to truly transform individuals into shamans-that we will come to remember what initiation truly means. Gretchen's admitted love affair with Africa, the "home" of her soul, began decades ago. A consultation there with sangoma, P.H. Mntshali-who would become her mentor-revealed that her life had been difficult because she had not followed the path her ancestors had chosen for her. Through the traditional initiatory path of the sangoma, Gretchen became the woman she was meant to be. Gretchen's private shamanic practice is in Southern California where she seamlessly combines traditional African practices, like throwing the bones, with cross-cultural shamanic practices, like soul retrieval, extraction, and healing with spiritual light to serve her clients and students. Her extensive calendar of classes, apprenticeship & mentoring, and two year advanced training can be found at www.ancestralwisdom.com
This week's guest:
Gretchen Crilly McKay
Gretchen Crilly McKayGretchen Crilly McKay has been a shamanic practitioner and teacher for more than 15 years, studying with master shamans in the U.S. and Africa. She has studied extensively with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Sandra Ingerman, and Tom Cowan. In 2001 she completed her kuthwasa initiation in Swaziland, Africa and graduated in a traditional ceremony as a sangoma under the mentorship of Zulu shaman P.H. Mtshali.
Gretchen uses the African divination system of throwing the bones to diagnose physical, emotional, and spiritual issues and provides shamanic healing through spiritual extraction, soul retrieval and healing with spiritual light. She has a private practice in Southern California where she sees clients and offers workshops and shamanic training. Gretchen works closely with the spirits of nature to co-create balance and harmony within and without. Her website is www.ancestralwisdom.com
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM Pacific
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