Stone Wisdom Healing Arts Series Tucson Gem Show 2013

It is time for the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and for the next three weeks Stones of all kinds come here from all corners of this beautiful Earth, and beyond. As Earth Loving People, we hear the Stones arriving in Tucson asking us to welcome and consult them while they are here.
They have many messages to share, and they invite us to honor them as ancient teachers.

Stone Wisdom

The Institute for the Shamanic Arts is proud to present this series of circles, workshops and adventures dedicated to honor the ancient wisdomkeepers of this place, and those visiting or passing through during Gem Show. The Stone people are in our lives, and in our cells. In this place of Tucson, it is a powerful time to be open to the Stones, Crystals, Gems, Minerals who have messages that they want to share with us.

During each circle we will travel the drum to consult with stone energies regarding our lives and living our purpose. We will also make rhythm together to share our messages with them. Stones and Humans share our stories.

People with all levels of shamanic journeying experience are welcome. ISA’s approach to shamanizing is that we each have an innate ability to connect with our inner wilderness in our own unique way. Rhythm helps us connect quickly and in a meaningful way. The Spirit World belongs to All of Us.

We will also continually co-create an altar for our Stone Friends in our Underworld Grotto. If you feel called to join in any circle of this series, you can bring a stone to add to our community altar that will stay up during the Gem Show. We look forward to sitting in circle with you, and our Stone Friends.

All Circles take place in The Grotto 19 E Toole Ave. (In our rock walled underworld home), except for Alyson’s Sacred Nature Journey. You do not need to rsvp, you can simply come to any circle listed below. Door closes 15 minutes after start time.


Workshop Titles as written by Elisabeth Black:

Feb. 3, 2:00 p.m. Sacred Nature Journey #1:Desert Earth and StonesHow many times have you been driving along and the desert hums to you? Not nearly enough. Take a little walk out into the desert and ground, center, and refresh yourself. Be right in among the stones and earth.  Hosted by Alyson Greene.

Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. Like a Rock-Breaking Down as Spiritual Transformation-Don’t let the “breaking down” part scare you. Let the idea of loving support brought to you through Stone Wisdom ease your heart. Stones want to be there for you and guide you to your true joy.  Hosted by Quynn Red Mountain.

Feb. 9, 11:00 a.m.-Heart of the CrystalJourney inward to your heart with singing, (no singing experience necessary and led by Medicine Singer, Phillip Cash Cash) meditative stone stacking, and making a healing crystal grid.

Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.-Your Personal Crystal/Stones as Teachers, Guides and PortalsGive those stones/crystals some attention and bring them to this circle. You can journey together and become closer friends!  Hosted by Quynn Red Mountain.

Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.-Crystal n’ Human-DNA Activation with Sound, Crystal, and Water-  Put sound together with crystals and what do you get? “Like” the most incredible rush of DNA activation! Allen Smith will share his holy, amazing, and completely transcending didgeridu music.

Feb. 16, 11:00 a.m.-Stone Guided Soul Retrieval and Activation That little empty spot you feel…? The stones want to assist you in retrieving just the right soul piece to fill it up. Oh, and they do this in such a loving way. They love you.  Hosted by Quynn Red Mountain

Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.-Magnetizing Love, Abundance, and Joy with Crystals Think about it, the title of this workshop lists off what we all want. Love…..Abundance…..Joy…..all there waiting for you and lots of crystal helpers would be thrilled to help you magnetize these in your life.  Hosted by Elisabeth Black and Alyson Greene.

PLUS! On Sundays February 3, 10 and 17 at 10am, Quynn hosts a weekly Shamanic Journeying Circle.
We drum for you twice. Always fascinating. Never the same. Open to all.

Door closes 15 minutes after start time. Parking is available in the lot on the northwest corner of Stone and Toole.

These circles are open to people with all levels of spiritual and shamanic experience.  Find out more at any of the listings at ISA’s meetup group calendar.



Ravenous Divination

The Way of Raven was pondered and explored this weekend at ISA. On Saturday we gathered for RAVEN SHADOWS, a shamanic circle focused on connecting with, and learning from, our old friend Raven.  Wikipedia says many things about the ‘Common Raven’, including-

The Common Raven evolved in the Old World and crossed the Bering land bridge into North America.[19] Recent genetic studies, which examined the DNA of Common Ravens from across the world, have determined that the birds fall into at least two clades: a California clade, found only in the southwestern United States, and a Holarctic clade, found across the rest of the northern hemisphere. Birds from both clades look alike, but the groups are genetically distinct and began to diverge about two million years ago.[20][21]

The findings indicate that based on mitochondrial DNA, Common Ravens from the rest of the United States are more closely related to those in Europe and Asia than to those in the California clade, and that Common Ravens in the California clade are more closely related to the Chihuahuan Raven(C. cryptoleucus) than to those in the Holarctic clade.[20] Ravens in the Holarctic clade are more closely related to the Pied Crow(C. albus) than they are to the California clade.[22] Thus, the Common Raven species as traditionally delimited is considered to be paraphyletic.[22]

One explanation for these surprising genetic findings is that Common Ravens settled in California at least two million years ago and became separated from their relatives in Europe and Asia during an ice age. One million years ago, a group from the California clade evolved into a new species, the Chihuahuan Raven. Other members of the Holarctic clade arrived later in a separate migration from Asia, perhaps at the same time as humans.[23]

A recent study of raven mitochondrial DNA showed that the isolated population from the Canary Islands is distinct from other populations.[24] The study did not include any individuals from the North African population,[24] and its position is therefore unclear, though its morphology is very close to the population of the Canaries (to the extent that the two are often considered part of a single subspecies).[16]

 Human history is long with Raven, and for those of us in the southwest United States, we have a unique family line of Raven, different than in the northland, as well as across oceans. We are unique it seems.  After meeting with other Arizona Raven people, I must say I am not suprised.  We touched Raven wings, we learned tasty details about Raven, as well as their similarities with we Humans, we journeyed within to Raven Up and ask for Raven Blessings. Many of us even dressed in black. We cackled, we joked, we were serious as a tasty corpse (sorry).  We listened to an audio track of a few of the many vocalizations of our Raven friends to get us in the mood.

On Sunday, for our weekly shamanic journey circle, I asked Raven what it wanted for this new group of people. Raven said “Divination!”.  In the Medicine Card divination deck by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Raven is MAGIC. It’s description says “If you have chosen Raven, magic is in the air. Do not try to figure it out; you cannot.  It is the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen.” (page 102) Ok! We did divination for our circle.

Upon arrival I (Quynn) pulled a card from the Medicine Card deck to give me guidance for our session to come. I picked Antelope, which is ACTION. Antelope says “Atelope arms you wil the Bow of Authority, and forces you to act on behalf of self, family, clan, nation, and finally Mother Earth. Antelope says “Do it now. Don’t wait any longer.” Antelope knows the way, and so do you. (page 186) So, action it is!
We set up many divination decks of different styles in the center of the circle. After opening our circle, we pulled cards from any deck we were drawn to , asking questions and setting intentions for our lives and our personal issues. We journeyed for guidance about many issues regarding our sacred life.  Raven was still present, as we Ravened Up and took magical action to help us understand ourselves in the context of our Sacred Now.  Thank you Raven!

Shamanic Journeys in Tucson parks this Spring!

In Tucson, Arizona, the home of the Institute for the Shamanic Arts, February is the month when winter fades and spring arrives. Flowers begin to bloom. Temps begin to rise. Nights are perfect. It is time to be outside! After our two weeks of connecting with Star People energies in early February, we have recently opened the door to hosting circles and events in urban parks for we of the Urban Shamana.

Shamanic Journey Circles in Fort Lowell Park, locations near running water..hawks and hummingbirds…inspired meaningful and helpful journeys for all who have attended so far.  Our series of outdoor journey circles on Sundays continues until it is too hot during the day. Then, maybe evening/night circles… we shall see.
Until then, enjoy our loving sun while we go within!  Join us! Our meetup calendar will tell you when and where


Stoking our Inner Fire!

Friends and supporters of ISA gathered at 7,800 feet up Mt. Lemmon for an overnight Full Moon campout. It was fun, filled with shamanic ideas, and darn cold!  A cold snap moved in, so we desert dwellers went from 95 degrees to 25 degrees. Snow flakes even fell, for  a minute or two.

We told stories of Free Spirits, welcomed far away travelers, and drummed around our warming fire. We prepared for future gatherings, raised money for ISA expenses, and had an opportunity to test our ‘cold weather’ gear.

Thanks to all who visited our mountain site, and to all who couldn’t make it this time…we look forward to the next outing, at a much lower elevation!