September 30 - October 02

Crystal Heart: Huichol Shamanism & Healing
Brant Secunda

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The Huichol Indians, a small tribe of about 35,000 living in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico, are believed to be the only tribe in North America that has maintained its pre-Columbian traditions intact. The Huichols believe that every human being can have a direct experience with the Great Spirit and the Ancient Ones, that each of us is a mirror of the gods, and that God is not abstract; God is in our hearts.

The Huichol message is to love, celebrate, and be thankful for whatever the gods give us, good or bad. They believe healing is a way of life that permeates every aspect of existence, not just a response to illness. They use ceremony, sacred dance, vision quests, and pilgrimages to places of power to connect the human heart to the heart of creation. A simple people, they show how profound simplicity can be. For example, they know it is healing for the spirit to laugh.

You will have the opportunity to learn practices of shamanic health and healing, the use of dreams to guide and empower your life, ways to approach sacred places of power in nature, and how to embrace that power as it nourishes and balances your life.

The Huichols have a rich mythology, beautiful visionary artwork, and a strong ceremonial tradition. Their word for shaman translates as “deer spirit person.” The Dance of the Deer, a beautiful and intense sacred dance, allows the dancers to enter a trance state of joy and ecstasy and journey through a sacred doorway called Nierika, the face of the divine, a link to the other realms of consciousness and being.

We invite you to participate in a Dance of the Deer ceremony to honor the time of the falling leaves in the spirit of Autumn, the time to harvest the light, to q uiet our minds so our hearts can see and hear. We can open ourselves to the heart of creation and find a deep connection to the power and beauty around us.

Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a 12 year apprenticeship with don Jose Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who adopted Brant as his grandson and asked him to fill his place, to carry on the traditions of Huichol Shamanism. The Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies, founded in 1979, was inspired by the life and vision of don Jose Matsuwa. Brant is a co-founder of the Humanistic Medicine Conference and the Peace University in Germany. He has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Holistic Medical Association, and his work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Brant has led hundreds of vision quests with thousands of people over the past 32 years.

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