Have you ever wondered what a medicine wheel is and how it is used? Or what someone means when they talk about a shamanic path?
Our March speaker, Alice Hough, is a western medicine woman, initiated by the Q’ero shamans of Peru into their ancient lineage. She will answer those questions and explain how working through the shamanic medicine wheel can become a powerful path of transformation and healing.
Alice describes the medicine wheel as a metaphor for the eternal cycles of life – the cycles of death and rebirth that allow you to let go of your old stories so you can create your present and future from your heart.
“It is not about training,” she says. “It’s about reconnecting with the sacred path of your soul, doing your inner work, and then using your unique gifts and talents to be of service to the world.”
Alice, who is enthusiastic about how this ancient spiritual practice has brought freedom, wholeness, personal power and fulfillment into her own life, will also share insights from her extensive studies with the Q’ero shamans.
The Q’ero have a saying that when we die our bodies go to the earth, our spirits go to the stars, and our knowledge and wisdom go to the tops of the mountains. “The shamanic path connects you to an ancient lineage that offers you ways to reach back and access knowledge and wisdom held by all the people before you,” Alice notes. “It connects you in sacred relationship with the earth, the mother of all beings who dwell on this planet.”
More about Alice
In addition to four years of intensive study with the Four Winds Society’s Light Body School beginning in 2009, Alice has studied directly with Q’ero elders Don Francisco Chura Flores, Dona Juana Apaza Ccapa, and Don Mariano Quispe Flores, as well as with Peruvian shamans Dona Ysabel and Dona Olinda (The Twins), and Peruvian paqo (or shaman) Don Alberto Fernando Santa Cruz.
One of the things that attracted Alice to the Q’ero tradition specifically is the fact that men and women are welcomed equally as practitioners. She loves that the Q’ero are so open and full of childlike wonder, lovingly sharing their teachings with anyone who comes with an open heart.
Alice’s passion is passing on the wisdom and knowledge that have been so generously shared with her. She does this through her shamanic mentoring programs in which she teaches the medicine wheel and shamanic healing techniques. She also offers private sessions for healing and growth, assisting her clients in “shedding their old skin” so they can see the world through new eyes.
Based in Raleigh, Alice will begin a yearlong Shamanic mentoring program on the medicine wheel, starting March 20-22. The program will include four three-day intensive weekend programs.