Overworked professionals, frazzled parents, spiritual seekers and those otherwise wearied souls hungry for Spiritual growth have been drawn to Sedona, Arizona’s vortices and mystical healing practitioners for decades. Today, more people than ever before are craving food for the soul. To feed their hunger, Anahata Ananda of Shamangelic Healing, Sedona, Arizona’s Premier Center for Shamanic Healing and Spiritual Awakening, is offering those who are seeking Deep Healing, Spiritual Awakening, Soulful Rejuvenation and Vibrant Health a special personalized Spring Getaway Retreat in Sedona.
Springtime in Sedona offers an especially vibrant setting for a healing and rejuvenation retreat, with both desert flora and healing energies in full bloom. Providing participants with a deep relaxing experience that also supports healing, vibrant health and personal empowerment is Anahata’s primary intention in creating these enriching, individually tailored springtime retreat offerings.
Whether someone is healing from loss or illness, feeling stressed or lost, wanting to continue awakening spiritually, or wanting to expand, learn new tools and find their true path and passion, Anahata will tailor a transformative personalized retreat for them.
This spring Shamangelic Healing Center is offering a menu of 7 1-Day to 5-Day Retreats to choose from. Retreats may include private sessions, sacred land journeys, training courses and ceremonies. Retreats are available between April and June, 2016.
Anahata’s personalized Shamanic Healing retreats are tailored to address each participant’s core issues, priorities and intentions. All Shamangelic Healing Retreats provide new perspectives, coping tools, empowered decision making and clarity for one’s next steps in life.
The Transformational Healing Retreat addresses deep wounds, grief, troubled relationships, depression and other obstacles to achieving true spiritual and emotional freedom. The Spiritual Awakening Retreat provides experiences and techniques to assist in deepening one’s connection to the Divine. Through various sessions, sacred ceremonies and meditation practices, consciousness is expanded and the Divine relationship strengthened.
For those with health issues or wanting more vitality in their life, the Vibrant Health retreat offers sessions and education around healing, detoxification and approaches to support a vibrantly healthy lifestyle. For individuals experiencing tension with their intimate, family or professional relationships, the Relationship Health Retreat focuses on providing communication tools and new perspectives to support healthy conscious relationships.
The Shamanic Journey Retreat utilizes Shamanic healing tools, sacred ceremonies and wisdom teachings to address deep emotional wounds and reconnect participants to Mother Nature. The Soulful Rejuvenation Retreat provides experiences to support relaxation, recentering, clarity and peace. For those wanting to discover practices to help develop their healing gifts and learn about energy balancing and strengthening boundaries, the Training Intensive Retreat offers shamanic teachings and healing tools.
Shamangelic Healing is also offering a weekend course in Empowerment & Awakening in mid-June that offers more opportunity to experience personal empowerment, a greater capacity for love, tools for consciousness, authentic inspiration and greater clarity in one’s life.
Shamanic Healer and Spiritual Counselor, Anahata Ananda, has trained extensively with gifted shamans, energy healers and spiritual teachers from around the world in order to artfully integrate the fields of spirituality, energy healing, self-empowerment, and shamanic teachings. Her client-base spans the globe with individuals from all walks of life who are seeking to heal and awaken to their fullest potential.
The Shamangelic Healing Center is based in Sedona, Arizona. It is nestled beneath Thunder Mountain, with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, and within walking distance to a medicine wheel and healing vortexes, making it the perfect setting for healing and expansion. Inside, the retreat center’s calm and relaxed environment helps to engage all of the senses, making it easy to settle into a session. Clients seeking Spiritual awakening, transformational healing services, counseling, sacred land journeys or training courses may choose from a wide range of options that can be tailored for the ultimate personal experience.
For those unable to come to Sedona this spring, Shamangelic Healing offers online training courses that are perfect for the practitioner wanting a self-paced course or to deepen their own healing journey.
For detailed descriptions and a calendar of more upcoming retreats, workshops, courses, and all services offered by Anahata Ananda, visit http://shamangelichealing.com/
by Murli Menon
After spending three weeks at Leh, I came to know about the sulphur springs at Panamik, which offered miraculous cures for arthritis, digestive ailments and skin diseases. As I was already planning to visit Dikshit and Hunder, I decided to spend a week at Panamik, to study the miraculous effects of these hot water springs. Moreover, I was planning a trek along the Ancient Silk Route, which passed through Panamik and Dikshit.
Panamik is situated approximately 140 km. away from Leh, on the Leh-Siachen route. However, as the drive from Leh to Panamik, crosses the Khardung-La pass, this journey could take four to six hours depending on the weather, landslides or condition of roads. We started from Leh at 7 a.m. and reached Panamik at 12:30 p.m. We drove at a leisurely pace and stopped at many places enroute to click digital pictures of Nature’s wonders. We checked into Hiker’s Hut at Panamik, which would be my home for the next seven days. It is a simple room with comfortable beds, an attached bathroom with 24 hours hot water ( an underground sulphur spring crisscrosses this Hut, providing the rooms with natural heating throughout the year and hot mineral water flows through all the taps at all times.
For a vegan like me, who drinks ten to twenty cups of ginger infusion per day, it was a dream come true. Take some boiling hot water directly from the tap into a large cup. Dip crushed ginger into the water and you have an instant cup of hot ginger infusion! I carried lots of notebooks, pens, meditation tapes, ZeNLP music for relaxation, a walkman, digital camera, torch, assorted dry fruits, lots of ginger, a box of candles, several boxes of safety matches, cotton earplugs and several sets of AA and AAA batteries, in my rug sack.
My objective at Panamik was to start writing the manuscript of my second book titled “ZeNLP-the power to relax”, which is due for publication shortly. I also wanted to reexamine my physical, mental and spiritual goals and write down my short and long term goals and design an action plan to implement after getting back to civil society.
Shirin, my local contact at Panamik, extolled the medicinal properties of the sulphur springs at Panamik. The Chinese Turks or Yerkendis stopped over at Panamik for a night’s rest, as their caravans passed through the ancient Silk Route. The hot water at Panamik was a known cure for arthritis, acidity and stomach ailments since ancient times. Miraculous cures were reported by patients who thronged these sulphur springs from places as far away as Chinese Turkistan, Tibet and China and Afghanistan.
The medicinal benefits of the hot water at Panamik are numerous. For stomach ailments, patients were asked to collect one litre of pure boiling hot water at dawn. They were asked to drink this water, after it became lukewarm. Immediately after consuming the water they were asked to climb a nearby mountain barefoot and descend the same at a faster clip. Once the patient made a slow ascent and quick descent, he would start feeling giddy and begin to vomit. It was believed that all the toxins accumulated in the digestive system over the years, is ejected by the stomach along with he vomit. This was the ancient process of detoxifying the stomach naturally. I tried this procedure twice during my stay at Panamik, and found immediate improvements in my ability to digest.
Even to this day, Ladakhi women all over Leh, visit Panamik to take a bath in these hot water springs, as it is a miraculous cure for post-menopausal women, suffering from joint pains. Old men and women with severe arthritis are escorted into the bathrooms, but manage to walk out on their own steam, after the hot water bath.
But experiencing is believing. After drinking endless cups of this sulphur ginger infusion, I started vomiting every morning. I could see all the oil, poisons, phlegm, mucous, bile and other impurities in my body coming out of my system. The hot water bath at dusk, used to put me to peaceful sleep with vivid dreams.
I continued my ZeNLP guided meditations throughout my stay. My mornings started with music for relaxation, a healthy breakfast of boiled garden fresh vegetables, ginger infusion and fresh walnuts. Lunch consisted of potatoes roasted over a bonfire outside the Hut. There are several short treks around Panamik, which can be taken. It is advisable to let a local guide accompany you to the higher peaks.
Nubra Valley is the home of Leh Berry and September is the berry collection season. One can pick up berries from the countless trees that dot the landscape all over the valley. The fruit is slightly biter in taste but juicy. It is an ideal energy booster during long treks over otherwise barren terrain. The other unique feature of the Nubra Valley, is that it is home to the double humped Bactrian camel. But one has to spend a day in the dunes to actually sight one.
The return trip from Panamik to Leh took five hours. But every minute spent on the journey was a wise investment, as the week spent at Panamik, cleansed my body, mind and soul completely. My mind felt fresh, body felt more energetic and soul felt lighter after spending a week at Nature’s own spa, high among the Himalayan peaks that protect our borders.
How to get there:
Indian Airlines operates daily flights to Leh from New Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu.
The to and fro drive from Leh to Hunder costs approximately Rs.2500/- by jeep.
Shared taxis are available on the return trip to Leh (Rs. 500/- per seat).
Inner line permits are needed for Indian as well as foreign nationals to enter Nubra Valley and have to be obtained from the District Collector’s office in advance. Obtain them as soon as you land at Leh. Identification documents come handy at Indian Army check-posts at Khardung. An inner line permit for four weeks enabled me to visit Panamik, Hunder, Dikshit and Siachen base camp comfortably, including the to and fro travel. My Government of Gujarat Driving License was checked at all border check-posts during my eight-week stay at Leh. Inner line permits are issued in two to three working days
Where to stay:
JKTDC Moonland Guest House at Leh, adjacent to the airport is a comfortable place to stay.
The Hiker’s Hut at Hunder offers minimum but clean and comfortable rooms to stay.
Contact Urgain Loondup-Dy. Director Tourism, Leh or Mr. Ashok Raina at JKTDC New Delhi for bookings
Where to eat:
There are very few pure vegetarian joints at Leh or Panamik. At Leh, The Punjabi Dhaba opposite New Bus Stand offers good Jammu Rajma with Rice. Pure vegetarians are advised to carry their own foodstuffs to Hunder, unless they can subsist on almonds, apricots, walnuts, apples, carrots and ginger infusion. The caretaker of Hikers Hut can whip up simple meals if the ingredients can be purchased and given to them. Fresh cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes and onions are available from the farms around Nubra valley.
About the author:
Murli Menon, is a travel writer, stress management consultant and author based at Ahmedabad, India. He is the author of “ZeNLP-Learning through stories” published by The Written Word Publications, “ZeNLP-the power to succeed” published by Sage publications and “ZeNLP-the power to relax” by New Dawn Press. He can be reached at email@example.com
Researchers around the globe are now taking note of unusual sound behavior in the world’s sacred places and earliest buildings, including Malta’s remarkable megalithic monuments. The question goes beyond: “Did ancient people try to control sound?”, to wondering: “Why?”
Archaeoacoustics: The Archaeology of Sound is an international multi-disciplinary conference to be held February 19 – 22, 2014 on the Mediterranean Island of Malta.
This exciting non-profit multi-disciplinary event welcomes academics, researchers, musicologists and non-presenting enthusiasts to try to answer the question. Anyone can attend. Anticipated presentations include performance, discoveries, observations and science from around the world — all focused on the Archaeology of Sound. The goal during this event is to pull together information and experience from a wide range of sources, seeking a thread that identifies the most fundamental application of the human experience of hearing. Particular interest lies in the role acoustic behavior may have had in the development and design of important architecture and ritual spaces throughout the ancient world, and its possible biological impact on human brain activity.
Hosted by the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Malta and organized by the U.S. based OTS Foundation, the Archaeoacoustics event is already stirring up excitement with its first submissions. Researchers from Australia, Chile, Iran and all over Europe are proposing presentations that imply that there is more to this scenario than anyone imagined. They may be unlocking something big, and it underscores the value of a multidisciplinary event that puts these people in the same room to share experiences, methodology and observations.
On hand will be the Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield and author of ‘Songs of the stones: the Acoustics of Stonehenge’, Dr. Rupert Till; Senior Curator for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malta, Dr. Reuben Grima; and the Head of the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta, Dr. Nicholas Vella.
All presentations will be in English. Registration is required. A hosted accommodation package is available. Free literature and registration form on request. Call for Papers is now open. For more information please visit http://www.OTSF.org/conference.htm
Planning already is underway to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 2013. Commemorative events in Dallas and in churches across the country are being organized. TV host Bill O’Reilly is set to release a new book, “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” this fall, and a feature movie, “The Kennedy Detail,” is planned for release next fall.
“As people ponder the legacy of President Kennedy and his ‘Camelot,’ it’s a good time to revisit the original Camelot of King Arthur legend, and I have compelling new evidence about where it may have been located,” says art expert Terry Stanfill, author of Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance (realmsofgoldthenovel.blogspot.com), a novel of ancient history and modern romance that posits her new theory about Camelot.
“The Arthurian legend is so ancient, and yet it has been one of the most enduring interests in Western civilization,” she says. “It’s exciting to think that after all of these centuries, we have a strong case for a real Camelot.”
Educated in Medieval history, Stanfill has traveled extensively through Asia and Europe, particularly France and Italy, and researched the art and artifacts. She offers this primer on King Arthur, including her own surprising theory about the true location of the original Camelot:
Arthur as king was first mentioned in “The History of the Kings of Britain” by Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1100-1155. A generation later, Chrétien de Troyes, a French bard and poet, began to weave stories about King Arthur’s court, introducing the characters Lancelot, Guinevere and Perceval. He was the first to mention Camelot, King Arthur’s home, describing it as “a place by a river, surrounded by forests and plains beyond.”
Toward the end of the Roman Empire, circa 450 AD, Arthur Riothamus, King of the Britons, was hired by the Romans to fight off invading Goths and Visigoths. There is documentation from multiple sources that Arthur spent a lot of time in Burgundy, France. He died after a battle near Bourges and was taken by his men to Avallon in France, a town that had existed for centuries. This is fact, not fiction.
While many people believe the mystical Avalon of Arthurian legend was in England, perhaps near Glastonbury, there is no record of a place called Avalon in that country.The Avallon region of France, however, has long existed. It was and still is known for its fruit trees and vines, much like the lush island of legend.
While many presume Camelot was in England, the extraordinary discovery in 2007 of the remains of an ancient community on Mont Lassois in France makes Stanfill wonder if this was actually the true Camelot. The community is near Avallon, and among the buildings unearthed there appear to be the remnants of a palace, including a great hall, where there is evidence of feasting.
“When Chrétien de Troyes wrote of Camelot, this place may have been held in the memory of the locals as a place where peace, prosperity and the good life held a long reign,” Stanfill says. “His vision was a nostalgic tribute to a distant, golden age of tranquility that was on this hilltop.”
Stage director Manfred Flynn Kuhnert, an Arthurian legend aficionado and teaching fellow at Harvard College, says Stanfill offers the most compelling evidence he’s heard for the historical existence of Camelot and its location in France.
“The citadel of Latisco on Mont Lassois — a site of palatial buildings unprecedented in the Celtic world – is not far from Avallon,” Kuhnert says. “Arthur Riothamus’ time in Burgundy is documented, and we know that the first person to write about Arthur was the bard Chrétien, who lived in the area.
“This place is exactly as he described it: ‘on a hill, a place by a river, surrounded by forests, with plains beyond.’ Terry Stanfill may well have it right.”
About Terry Stanfill
Terry Stanfill holds a degree in English literature with a minor in medieval history. She is an Overseer of the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. An enthusiastic preservationist, she was decorated by the president of Italy with the Ordine al Merito, Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana, and more recently as Commendatore, for her fundraising efforts for the restoration of San Pietro di Castello, the ancient cathedral of Venice. She is a former international representative for Christie’s auction house and former director of Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. “Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance” is her third novel. Her first two are “The Blood Remembers” and “A Tale of the Fortuny Gown.” Stanfill is married to Dennis Stanfill, former CEO of 20th Century Fox and MGM Studios.
A spiritual tour of King Arthur’s England, “From Avalon to Camelot: An Arthurian Journey Through the Myths of Time” is planned for September 5 – 14, 2012. The tour is available from Body Mind Spirit Journeys, a leader in small group tours for spiritually-minded travelers.