ISA Welcomed the Equinox in Style

Community members of the Institute of Shamanic Arts gathered at The Grotto to welcome the equinox in style. We met new friends and were reunited with old friends.

Even with all of our celebrating and sharing in our life happenings, we took time to share our blessings with others. We collected food for the community food bank and had a collective rhythm circle to send love out into the world.

Everyone also took the opportunity to share about what we are grateful for in our lives and offered sweet blessings for all.

Each of us also took time to reflect on how ISA has touched our lives or thoughts that we had about ISA.  What follows are some of the reflections that were received:

ISA has helped me move through many blocks. Giving me the courage to reflect deeply, go deep, and enlighten up. Thanks to many who have shared and held space…and the beat goes on.

I can feel the pulse of community when we rhythm together. This will heal us and our world. Thank you for our blessings.

These are beautiful people and they took me to a beautiful place. For that I thank them.

The lonely feeling of not being the only person who hears voices or sees spirits….Being able to bare my soul without fear of ridicule.

ISA has helped me connect with the most awesome group of people. There are so many with so much to share, and they are here to share with all their hearts, as am I.

The Institute of Shamanic Arts has given me an amazing sense of community. I have met so many wonderful people with whom I share common interests. This is a safe haven for those of us who have felt “different” from common society, you will not be judged or labeled “weird” here. Nothing but open arms and loving hearts. 

ISA has given me a community of brothers and sisters on the path and safe place to explore all that my inner and outer worlds have to offer. It’s given a way to connect to the earth no matter where I am.

ISA is a true community…an open, kind welcoming and strong force for personal and global change.

The group provides a wonderful group and place for spiritual exploration.

I am a rainbow. I am a flower. I am a bird that has found her power. Dance with me now and we shall find a world the way it is meant to be, full of shamanic beauty!

For more reflections from this night and from other community members, please see our Community Feedback page at:


Autumn Equinox in the Pines

Autumn Equinox came and went in the Sonoran Desert.  Friends of ISA gathered up Mt. Lemmon for an afternoon of food, community and Labyrinth Walking.  A relaxing time outside (after a summer of HEAT)…lovely setting! 


Animistic Love Notes from the Earth

Coming Full Circle

On September 11 2011, 8 journeyers gathered to bring back messages from our Earth Kin.  Using divination, each journeyer picked an Earth element/aspect  and then wrote humanity a message after listening to a drum and rattles.

These are their messages…

The Sky is the limit.
Soar through the sky like an Eagle flies. 
The sky offers boundless space.
Blue sky, nothing but blue sky overhead.

Father Sky above watching out for those below.
We look at Father Sky holding the space between Earth and Void Space.
Embracing the Clouds, look through the Sky to reach for the Stars.

Owl flies silently through the Sky to catch her prey, as we too can achieve what we want and need.

From Sky, through Dee

Tree of Life

Strong roots to sustain the strong branches that carry our lives.
Finding balance through the turmoil and stillness for all Animists!

From Tree, through Patricia M.

”Water” is not one big being.
”Water is a collaboration, a coming together, of millions of little beings, all who want to nourish you, and all other beings who need Us.

Do not take Us for granted, please, We are special because whether on this world or the next, You need Us!

From Water, through Quynn


Place the Sun in your belly.
Let it light your happy face.
Let it shine through the darkness.
Let it bring warmth to those who greet you.
Let it nourish the Earth.
Let it turn you into gold.

From Sun, through Dave


There are many, countless moons.  Some- one person can sit upon and cover completely this small blue Moon.  It says Listen- This place is Vast.  Human Life is short. Begin!  Seize hold!  Do your passion now!  Soon you will be gone. 

Start by listening to yourself with the heart of a loving parent.
Listen for your needs and wants and give them to yourself.

Then this won’t seem an order from a mountaintop, but a nurturing joy to love yourself into ecstasy.

Anyone, no matter how hurt, can listen to themselves and take action.

From Moon, through Allison T.


We are all waves of Ocean, with Ocean inside of us (our blood, and our other body waters).
We do not need to be afraid of sea storms, crashing surf and tsunamis as long as we recognize that our skins are made of water too, and we are therefore not actually separate from each other.

We are Ocean.

From Ocean, through Alison I.


The Air carries with it the breath of life, that which we need for our survival.

Know that the Air you breathe now contains molecules that came from the Air your ancestors carried in their lungs.  And know that the Air you breathe is carried on the winds and shared with living beings from around the globe, and not just the two leggeds, the four leggeds, eight leggeds, and the no leggeds.

And know that your actions today affect the Air that will be breathed by your children, their children’s children, and their children’s children. 

So we are all connected.  We put our thoughts onto the air with the sound of our words.  Be aware of those words and if they are hurtful or unhelpful, do not give life to them.  And remember that the air can lift you up and take you places, like it helps the wings to fly and experience new places and new things. 
Open your heart to your new experiences and share your sky with others.

From Condor about Air, through Cindy


Situations that appear to be tense and chaotic always have a clear, soft pool below that is calm and serene. If we can become quiet enough, we can gently float down into the cool serenity and find resources within ourselves to create a harmonic situation that will provide each person with what they need.

From Clay, through Mandee

Cracking Open for the Future

That’s right! Lots of cracking open is going on at Toole Ave.  One such event was the birthing of a new art gallery called Future’s Antiquity by Wilson.  He is a brilliant artist, painter, and illustrator.  Many I.S.A. members had the opportunity to visit the grand opening for this gallery.  A wonderful time was had by all and hearty congratulations go out to Wilson for his hard work, sweat, and determination to make his dream come true. YOU are an inspiration to all of us.

The significance of Future’s Antiquity to I.S.A. is that it provides a creative stage for future shamanic performances!  One such performance is planned for the end of November.

To begin preparations for this upcoming shamanic performance, I.S.A. will begin by hosting a workshop offered by Elisabeth Black at I.S.A.’s grotto (19 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ ).  This workshop will connect participants to guides through the use of the shamanic journey.  Participants will glean information about what their guides would like them to use as costume for full embodiment.  All are welcome to attend this workshop, even if they aren’t called to be a part of the November event.

It’s time for ALL of us to “crack open” and to birth our own dreams.  Please join us in this fascinating full-bodied adventure!

For more information on the upcoming workshop (Monday, Sept. 19), see the following link:

Scenes from the gallery opening:

Moving on from the Cave…

Thanks to all who joined us for our last night in the Healing Cave!

This little room with orange walls has heard many stories, wiped many tears and explored many inner worlds of hundreds of people since 1999.  Now, in 2011 it is time to move on. Thank you Healing Cave!  Thank you to all who have visited and journeyed here!  Now, circles and events can be found in many places around Tucson.  In the Grotto, at Unity Church, in Future’s Antiquity, in parks and Nature places all around…find us, join us, be us!  For more information about joining us go to our meetup group at: .