Living Shamanically Weekend in Manchester April 22 – 24 2016



Join us for an exciting weekend hosting the incredible Steph Magenta  and Rebekah Shaman!

I am honoured and excited to announce that I hosting a series of events over the weekend of 22/23/24 April 2016 in Manchester.

***Each event can be booked separately so please make sure you follow the correct ticket link!***

FRIDAY 22nd April, 7.00 to 8.30 pm at Love Juice, 93 Beech Rd, Chorlton

Join Rebekah and learn about the importance of Plant Consciousness, as a solution to some of the environmental and social challenges we are facing on the planet, and to help you:
• Understand the Master Plant Medicines (Iboga, Ayahuasca, Peyote, San Pedro, Cannabis and Cacao).
• The rise in plant Consciousness
• The importance of Plant Consciousness for our future survival
• Why we must listen to the Plants and the messages they give us
• Understand more clearly the Natural Lores of Nature
• What is Shamanism?

Tickets: £10 from Eventbrite.
Places are limited to 24 people.

SATURDAY 23rd April 10.00am to 5.00 pm at City Therapy, Manchester City Centre

“FINDING YOUR INNER SHAMAN – Explore the Real YOU!” (workshop)

This shamanic training workshop dives deep to explore the inner workings of our unconscious mind to release the blockages, addictions and fears that are stopping us from living our dreams. When we know, accept and acknowledge who we really are, we become more conscious of the reality we are creating and realise we have the power to be the change we want to see in the world.

The foundation of the weekend is based on the following: When out Root Chakra – the ‘I AM’ is strong we know ourselves and therefore we automatically have more self respect, more self-worth, more self-love, more self-expression and self-responsibility, leading to self-realisation and liberation because we can be truly who we are without shame or guilt. How can we build and strengthen the I AM?

Root Chakra: Self-Awareness
Sacral Chakra: Self-Respect
Solar Plexus Chakra: Self-Worth
Heart Chakra: Self-Love
Throat Chakra: Self-Expression
Third Eye Chakra: Self-Responsibility
Crown Chakra: Self-Consciousness

Working through the energy centres, this workshop is for people who are ready to find their own answers. Rebekah will facilitate the space and provide the guidance but the answers are your own. This is an opportunity to really dig deep and release any blockages, ancestral patterns, addictions, destructive behaviours and beliefs that are stopping you from being who you really are. The more you invest energetically into the course the more you will get out of it.

If you want to Soar you need to F.L.Y (First Love Yourself)…what are you waiting for?

Tickets are £50 available from Eventbrite.
Places limited to 20 gorgeous people.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF you are booking for the workshop AND the cacao ceremony there is a £5 reduction on your tickets. Please make sure you book using the correct link!!!

SUNDAY 24th April, 1.00pm – 5.00pm at City Therapy, Manchester.

The Sacred Cacao Ceremony on Sunday will help us fully integrate and digest what we have learnt over the weekend enabling us to be clearer, more focused, happier and lighter and most importantly – more in love with who we are.

It is possible to attend the cacao cermeony alone, but please note that you may miss some of the important teachings that will follow on from the workshop on Saturday if choosing to attend the cacao ceremony without having attended the workshop.

Tickets are £35 available from Eventbrite

(tickets are £30 to those having attended the workshop on the Saturday and priority will be given to those having attended the both events)

places limited to 20 gorgeous people.


Thank you!

Women’s Awakening Weekend – Guernsey, April 10-12 2016

Women’s Awakening Weekend, Guernsey

8th – 10th April 2016

Facilitated by Caroline Wickham & Rebekah Shaman



Friday 8th April – 6.00pm to 8.30pm at St Peters Community Centre, Guernsey


  • Yoga with a sense of core softness and surrender
  • Developing an attitude of attentiveness and kindness towards ourselves
  • Turning our attention inwards and developing our mind as our ally rather than our enemy


Saturday 9th April – 10.00am to 5.00pm at Cobo Community Centre, Guernsey


This Women’s Awakening Weekend will introduce you to some of the Shamanic practices that you can take into your daily lives to empower you to release old patterns, open the heart and set the path for bringing in the new in a fun, loving and blissful way.


Sunday 10th April – 9.00am to 1.00pm at Cobo Community Centre, Guernsey


Cacao (raw chocolate) is a powerful plant medicine that has been used ceremonially for thousands of years across Central and South America. Raw chocolate is a magical and gentle facilitator of healing, altering our consciousness, taking us into our hearts and inspiring creativity.

Rebekah uses the finest grade cacao from Guatemala and her ceremonies are powerful vehicles to help you reach a state of bliss, deep inner peace and awareness. We will each drink 42gms of cacao together and we will then be taken on a guided visualisation to journey deep within.


Cost for the whole weekend (Fri-Sun): £150.00

(Concessions: £120 – please contact Caroline for further details at


Interested? Please contact Caroline at to secure your space. (Spaces will be limited and payment will secure your space).


Caroline-Wickham-originalCaroline Wickham knew she was destined to become a Yoga teacher whilst studying for her Degree in Movement Studies, nearly 40 years ago. Coming from a PE teaching and HR background, she stepped naturally into this role and has been teaching Yoga for the past 10 years. She is fortunate to have studied under the guidance of some of the world’s leading Yoga teachers, including Anne-Marie Newland, Ana Forrest, Duncan Wong & Cameron Shayne.




IMG_7785-1_fixRebekah Shaman trained with traditional Peruvian ayahuasquero shaman in the Amazon, after he called her in a vision while she was working in a hotel in Machu Picchu. Over the last 17 years she has been integrating what she learnt to be able to teach it within a western context. She has a shamanic practice, offering healing, coaching and empowerment readings, and is the author of the self-published book ‘The Shaman’s Last Apprentice’.





Leo Full Moon Cacao Ceremony – Saturday 23rd January 2016

Jan 23rd 2016

Leo Full Moon Cacao Ceremony 
The first full moon of 2016 is the Leo full moon and a time to shine bright and beautiful. Leo is ruled by the sun and focuses us on what is inspiring and igniting our creativity and fuelling our passion? This cacao ceremony we will be dissolving the barriers that are stopping us from shining bright and stepping into our power. There is no time left to wait for gurus, messiah’s and saviours. We must ignite our own passionate fiery energy and honour our inspiration, creativity and visions to be the change we want to see in the world.
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Shamanic Full Moon Retreat Feb 2016

Shamanic Full Moon Retreat Feb 2016

Shamanic Full Moon Retreat Feb 2016Join us for this weekend of transformation on the Virgo Full Moon, as we shake ourselves out of the winter hibernation and awaken to Spring.

What are you wanting to manifest this year?

What projects and creative endeavours will you be nurturing?

What goals are you needing to set?

What exciting adventures will you be embarking on?

What changes do you want to make so 2016 is more aligned with who you are?

This Virgo full moon prepares us for the coming Spring season, and our shamanic full moon retreat will help us to prepare the fertile ground so our dreams and visions can ripen and grow.

Using Shamanic Journeying and Ceremonial Cacao (raw chocolate)  this retreat will shake out the winter cobwebs, awaken the spring energy, set out our goals and intentions, and bring us the clarity and focus to manifest our desires in 2016.

The powerful process with Cacao journeying will inspire us and awaken our creativity for our evening Vision Boarding session.
When we make a visual representation of our dreams and visions we are sending out a clear message of what we want enabling the universe to provide to us more effortlessly and easily. This is a fun, creative and joyful process where we see our dreams coming to life on the board and then manifesting effortlessly in our lives.

Some of the weekend’s activities include:
Sacred Cacao Ceremony
Spring Awakening Ritual
Vision Boarding
Saturday Morning Kundalini Yoga
Walk the Labyrinth

Gong bath

The wonderful Taran Cameron will be facilitating a morningKundalini Yoga session and will bathe us in beautiful Gong Healing throughout the weekend.

Set in a beautiful retreat centre on the edge of the Oxfordshire border in Warwickshire. This retreat will introduce you to some Shamanic practices that you can take into your daily lives to empower you to release old patterns, open the heart and set the path for bringing in the new a fun, loving and blissful way.

The Programme   

Times – Friday evening 17.30pm – Sunday 4pm

Friday – We will meet and settle in and then have dinner together after which we will have the opening circle ceremony stating our intentions for the weekend and opening the sacred space.

Saturday – The day will begin with a Kundalini Aquarian yoga session led by Taran Cameron. This will centre the heart and awaken the kundalini energy setting us up for the day. We will then enjoy breakfast before we ‘Walk The Labyrinth’ in the ground’s labyrinth.
After some free time and lunch we will begin the Sacred Cacao Ceremony which lasts for up to 4 hours.
We will then spend some time in reflection before dinner.  This powerful process will awaken our creativity for the evening’s Vision Board session where we will where we see our dreams and visions for 2016 and beyond coming to life on the boards that we create.

Sunday – We will begin with breakfast and will then have some time for reflection. Shortly after Rebekah will lead a Spring Awaking’ ritual and we will end with a final healing Gong Bath to complete the weekend’s work.

We will have a closing circle at 2.30pm and end the weekend at 4pm.

*schedule subject to change

Cost – £280 for the weekend, or £250 early bird until 8th January.

There are a very limited number of single rooms available on a first come first served basis for a £80 supplement.


A £100 deposit is required to secure your place on the retreat. 


Ayahuasca Retreats Peru – May and November 2016

10 day Intimate Amazon Ayahuasca Retreats Peru


May & November 2016

There are separate tambos (jungle huts) with hammocks, and time to be alone, so all you can hear are the sounds of the rainforest around you. Because we are deep in the Amazon we are surrounded by monkeys, sloths, a colony of Blue Morpho butterflies, ocelots and other amazonian animals.
For this 10 day intimate Amazon Ayahuasca retreat, we will be staying at the Rainforest Healing Centre, Chakra Alegria De Amor, a custom built Ayahuasca retreat centredeep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.  An Ayahuasca retreat in the deepest jungle enables us to fully absorb the power of the Amazon and its medicine.

There are over 110 medicinal plants on the property and all the medicine we use is grown and harvested on the land. DSC_0672From cutting down the Ayahuasca vine, to harvesting the Chacruna leaves, preparing the medicine, drinking it and replanting it for the next group. Everything is done traditionally, sustainably and with sacred respect for the Ayahuasca in a safe and loving space.

The nourishing food will be all home cooked and within the guidelines of the Ayahuasca diet. There is a permaculture farm on the land so we are able to eat organic food from the land, fully absorbing the energy of the Amazon soil, and they also raise their own chickens, so all the meat and eggs are jungle free range, though the food will be mostly vegan/vegetarian.

The lodge we will be staying at has been custom built solely as an Ayahuasca retreat, in a safe and secluded setting. Everything has been built sustainably using local materials and working with nature so there are compost toilets and showers and a natural Quebrada (river stream) to cool down in.

All areas are completely mosquito netted. There will be a lot of time for swinging in a hammock on the balcony overlooking the Amazon. This is a wonderful way to rest, relax and contemplate. There are also places you can go if you need solitude, healing or just some time out.

We offer five Ayahuasca ceremonies, and a cacao ceremony.

I will be processing each ceremony with you and available throughout the retreat to help anyone having difficulties, needing support, guidance and help.

There is space for only 4 men and 4 women, so that you get all the one-to-one help and guidance that you need to go as deep as you dare.
We will be far from civilisation, a good hour walk in mud, and the land is hilly. There is a lot of walking so we will only be able to accommodate people who are physically fit and able to walk up and down hills in moderate heat.
The details are:
Dates: 20th May – 1st June
Dates: 3rd – 14th NovemberDSC_0482
Dates: 17th  – 29th November
Price: £2000  Early bird before January 20th
After £2250 (for May Retreat)
Price: £2000 Early bird before August 20th
After £2250 (for November Retreats)
Please Note: There is an age restriction of 30 yrs
Group Dinner: 20th /31stMay / 3rd/15th Nov / 20th Nov/2nd Dec
Accommodation in Iquitos: 31st May / 15th Nov / 29th Nov
Transport to Lodge.
All ceremonies, accommodation and food, during retreat.
Not Included:
International and Domestic flight to Lima and Iquitos,
Accommodation in Iquitos: 20th May/2nd Nov / 17th Nov
Tipping the Shaman and lodge workers,
Travel Insurance
If this feels right for you please email me back as soon as possible and I will send you a form to fill out. Once we have evaluated your form we will let you know if you have a place. You will then have to pay the £500 deposit to ensure it.
Please do contact me if you have any further questions.

PRICES based on two people sharing.

My film ‘The Shaman’s Last Apprentice’ is now up on youtube, which documents my own journey and apprenticeship with Ayahuasca and how this Mother of all medicines changed my life.

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to book a place.

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to book a place.

What’s in a Name?

moon wisdom name What’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,

Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;

And for that name, which is no part of thee,

Take all myself. ~ Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Names are an essential part of who we are, as they hold a frequency and vibration that supports us during our lives. Names reflect and identify us, and represent who we are. As we grow and develop our identity, very often our names no longer reflect us and changing a name can transform your life in many different ways.

Rebecca Ann Bloom vs Rebekita

I was born Rebecca Ann Bloom and have always felt very connected to the name Rebecca. It suited me. My surname Bloom represents my Jewish roots and my ancestry, which was a strong identity to me while I was growing up. I also like it because I feel its a cosmic message that this lifetime I have the potential to bloom….

When I became the shaman’s apprentice, my teacher Don Juanito called me Rebekita ‘little Rebecca,’ but when I  returned to London, and life took an unexpected turn, I had to bury Rebekita, and everything she stood for deep in my heart, and revert back to Rebecca Bloom.

However, I decided to use the name Rebekita, as the author of ‘The Shaman’s Last Apprentice’ my self-me and DJpublished book about my time in the Amazon. It was the name I had been called throughout my apprenticeship, so it resonated more truthfully with what I had written.

As the book spread people started calling me Rebekita, but despite liking the name I no longer resonated with it. It had been seven years since I had returned from the Amazon, and I was no longer ‘little Rebecca’. However, I felt I was no longer Rebecca Bloom either, as she had ‘died’ in Machu Picchu to make way for Rebekita, who was now resurrected.

I knew I no longer carried the energy that those names represented for me but I had no idea who I was becoming. I did not know what to call myself, creating a deep inner identity crisis that left me lost and confused. I also felt paralysed to take my book out into the world without knowing who I was.

Iboga Medicine

Exactly two and a half years into my identity crisis my prayers were answered and I participated in a four day shamanic Iboga Plant Medicine ceremony. Iboga is from the Gabon in Africa and comes from the bark of a plant that contains Ibogaine. The ceremony was facilitated by Gabonese shaman who had flown over especially to initiate eleven of us into the Bwiti* over the Spring Equinox of 2007.

Iboga connects us to our ancestors and shows us what emotional blockages and trauma that are holding us back Ibogafrom being in our power. It invokes deep and profound vision journeys, so that we can know our place in the world. I knew this plant medicine would show me the truth of who I really was, and give me my name.

Becoming Rebekah Shaman

On the second night, with baited breath and with great anticipation I asked the Plant Spirit Iboga to reveal my name. All over the ceiling and the walls of the village hall where the ceremony was conducted appeared the name Rebekah Shaman.  I asked the Iboga the significance and was told that ‘Rebekah’ is the integration of Rebecca and Rebekita, and that I was a Shaman.

It was definitely one of my most terrifyingly powerful moments of my life. I loved the new name Rebekah, but the Shaman part opened up a whole new can of worms. Mostly, because up till then I had not received any recognition or acknowledgement that I was a Shaman, and because of that had doubted who I was. At the same time I was terrified of the name. No one openly calls themselves a Shaman and I was still not sure if I really was one.

I begged the Iboga to give me another one, other than Shaman, a name more easy to resonate with, and with fewer connotations. But the Iboga told me that by calling myself Rebekah Shaman I was accepting who I truly was and I was no longer able to hide behind this doubt any longer.

Trusting Life, Myself and the Plant Medicine

The Plant Spirit also told me that by standing tall, strong and proud with my name it gives others the strength to do so. I decided to trust the Plant medicine, trust myself, trust the shamanic path and take the name. Truthfully, it has been one of my heaviest burdens and at the same time one of my greatest blessings for many reasons.

Me partyingHowever, eight years later, inspired by this weekend’s Pisces new moon, Spring Equinox, the solar eclipse and the rebellious, fuck it energy of the Pluto/Uranus cross I have finally changed my name by Deedpoll to Rebekah Shaman Bloom, and have merged all aspects of myself into one complete whole.

It is time for all of us to stop hiding in the shadows pretending we are not great, powerful and important because we are, and the moment we see ourselves in all our glory, is the moment we can change the world.

*Bwiti info


Friday 13th – Honouring the Goddess

goddess-venus-lausell-AT-D-84It’s Friday 13th today, considered unlucky for some, however, for us pagans and shamans this is the day of honouring the Goddess, and the celebration of love, magic and fertility.

Today is the most feared and superstitious day of the Christian year, and as many as twenty-one million people in the States are physically affected by this day.

So why has Friday 13th  become so unlucky?

There are a many explanations for why this day has been cemented into the human psyche as unlucky, but we can look at the rise of Patriarchy and Christian religion when Friday and the number thirteen was slowly embedded in the human psyche as unlucky or devils worship.

Earth Mother of Luassel

Thirteen was revered in the old goddess worshipping cultures because there are thirteen moons in the lunar cycle. A 27,000 year carving found in France of the Earth Mother of Luassel – one of the oldest depictions of goddess worship – is a female figure holding a crescent shaped horn with thirteen notches, representing the moon and menstruation cycles. With the rise of patriarchy and monotheistic religion, twelve became the number representing’ good’ while thirteen became the number representing evil/witches/devil worship.

Goddess Freya/Frigg

Friday was also the day of worship for the old goddess cultures. Friday is the only day named after a goddess – Frigg or Freya, the Norse Deities of marriage, sex and fertility.  Both goddesses correspond to Venus, the goddess of Love for the Romans, who named the sixth day of the week ‘dies Veneris’ after her.

Friday was a day of celebration, marriage, and worship for the pagans, so in order to vilify it, Friday became known as the witches Sabbath and a day of evil doings. According to Christianity, Friday is the day when God punished man with the Great Flood, Adam and Eve were banished from the garden of Eden, the tower of babel was shattered and humans were given different languages, and the Temple of Soloman was destroyed.

Witches of the North

In order to cement Friday as being a heathen day, into the humans psyche, legends of witches and evil became part of the culture. One such story is about the Witches of the North who celebrated their Sabbath on the new moon in a cemetery. One dark moon, twelve women gathered in the cemetery and the Friday goddess Freya visited them from her mountaintop, where she had been banished for being a witch. She gave them one of her cats, to make thirteen. There are always thirteen people in a witches coven and thirteen is considered the devils dozen.

Its all about perspective

Its all about perspective, and according to ancient Egypt and pre-Christianity, thirteen was the powerful number of the unknown, the afterlife, chaos magic and divine flow; beyond the safe, rational, scientific boundaries of left-brain, patriarchal thinking. And surely, it is time that all this superstition and fear of the feminine needs to be rebalanced.

Us western women have all the freedom and liberation to stand in our power without fear of being burned at the stake, or beheaded. It is time for us to remember our goddess roots and make Friday 13th the day of honouring the Goddess, love, marriage, sex and fertility and all the things Patriarchy has tried to suppress and deny. Today is a day of female celebration – may it bring you magic and good luck!


Climate Change March 2015

mother-earth-is-a-living-organism-too-love-honor-respect-herClimate Change March 2015

The Climate Change March 2015 on Saturday 7TH March is the annual climate change march in London, over the practical Virgo full moon. The full moon is a time when the energy on the planet is at its most potent.  It is a time of completion and the fruition of a cycle where we can see what has been successful and what has failed.

This Virgo full moon will illuminate what is not working or serving us both on a personal level, and in the wider world. It helps us to see reality as it really is, so we can no longer hide behind the veil of ignorance. Lifting the veil can make us feel helpless, depressed and lethargic. But we are NOT helpless and this moon will help us analyze our situation from a more rational and unemotional perspective, so that we can find practical solutions.

Fragile Eco-systems

This Virgo full moon gives us the energy to take action and make the changes in our lives that we know we have to make. It’s getting harder to ignore what is happening on our planet because every part of the natural eco-system is being affected.

The planet relies on all its species working together to maintain and sustain the very fragile ecosystem that supports all life on Earth. Unfortunately, we have forgotten this vital understanding and abused our environment because we are too egoistically addicted to war, oil and money.

In our madness we are destroying not only our own natural habitat, but the habitat of every other creature that shares our planet with us generating a massive imbalance of toxins that we are not cleaning up, and creating an environmental catastrophe.

Taking Responsibility

The quickest way we are going to overcome the consequences of our negative actions is for each one of us to take personal responsibility for our own behaviour. We are all important because every positive action, however small, ripple’s out reverberating around the world. Each ripple is part of a current that becomes the tide that finally changes direction.

The veil of ignorance is lifting and more of us are realising the seriousness of the situation on planet Earth. We need to keep this planet healthy for our future grandchildren so that they can enjoy the benefits of this amazing world and, as parents it really should be our priority.

How to Make a Difference

If you really care about our future generations you need to be at The People’s Climate March  this Saturday 7th March to show those in power who are working to another agenda, (which is leading us to Apocalypse), that they are in the minority. Our power is in our unity and great things are happening, that you will never read about in the mainstream media.

Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to front-line communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.

Individuals and groups have set up ‘blocs’ on the march – a chance to join with others who are passionate about particular issues related to climate change. Check out the fb page for more details….

Visit to find out more about how you can get involved, including details about coaches from around the country

A group of us urban shaman are meeting tomorrow lunch time at the Old Red Lion Pub, 72 High Holborn,WC11V 6LS @12.15pmish to join the celebrations…See you there!

Love All Ways

Rebekah Shaman xxx

Thank you to the WildWomanSisterhood for the beautiful image that says it all! 

10 tips for making Important Decisions

10 Tips for Making Important Decisions10 Tips for Making Important Decisions
Myself and friends around me seem to be facing many challenges and big changes as the moon energy of new beginnings is manifesting on the physical level. Decisions need to be made at this time and sometimes when we cannot see exactly where we are going it is challenging to know if we are making the right ones.

If you are caught up in indecision then here are 10 ways to help you make those important decisions:


  1. The most important thing is to find some quiet time to just stop and be with yourself. It is very difficult to get clear when there is external stuff going on. You are important so make the time and know that you are worth it.
  2.  The key to getting clear on issues is to be clear on what you want to achieve. What is your intention and ultimate goal?
  3. Ask yourself where you want to be in two years time/five years time. Don’t hold back. It can be difficult to accept who we truly our and how powerful we can be.
  4.  Really acknowledge the greatest vision of yourself – even though you may seem further away from it than ever
  5. Use automatic writing techniques to discern your inner voice from your fear.
  6. When you are faced with two directions, go with the one that FEELS right, even if it’s the most irrational choice. We cannot always see the bigger picture so TRUST yourself and your inner knowing.
  7. Have Faith that your intention will be manifested, however impossible the situation may seem to be.
  8. Be true to who you are, despite resistance from others. Only when we are happy with ourselves and our lives can we spread happiness to others.
  9. Share your decisions with those whose feedback you honour and respect. They may say something that brings clarity to your situation.
  10. If you really don’t know flip a coin. You’ll know whether the coin is right or wrong. It works every time

Let me know if you have any other tips to add

Love and Blessings

Rebekah Shaman xxxxxxxxxxx

Photo courtesy of Estelle F

Hugging Trees

Hugging trees – A ritual to thank the trees

Tree Hugging ritualFor many, hugging trees is the past time of hippies but when we communicate with the trees and share our energy with them, we share our energy with all the trees in that area.  The more we are in intention when we hug trees the more powerful the ritual is.

The more we hug trees the more we become accustomed to their energy and they to us.  Now more than ever, we need to be hugging our trees and reminding them just how much we love and respect them.  Many of the trees are getting diseased and ill living in the polluted environments we have created and need our energy to help heal them.

When a tree is cut down for wood and timber, it is felt by all the other trees, because all trees are interconnected.  The trees are in crisis now as we continue to fell huge forests of ancient species, as though they are easily replaceable, but they are not!  The huge replanting of sustainable forests can never replace our ancient trees that create a whole different ecosystem for life to flourish by its carbon sink.

Living in the city it seems easier to hug a tree because they are so sparse, it seems as if they are crying out to be hugged and loved by humans.  City trees are the hardiest, providing us with co2 and moisture and birds.

When you hug a tree you are communicating your thanks and gratitude to the tree for all its support and love.  Feel reverent and respectful.  Without trees we would not be able to exist on this Earth and we must now show our love and admiration to all living things that keep this world habitable for us.

When we hug a tree and send it all our love the energy spreads down the trunk to the roots and deep into the ground, rippling out to the other roots of other trees and spreading throughout the forest.  Likewise, the energy travels upwards, to the branches and leaves of the trees that touch the other trees and your energy vibrates throughout the forest, wood, park.

There is no right way to hug a tree, but the more you do with a serious intent the more powerful this ritual becomes.  Put your arms around the tree, and allow your body to merge with the tree.  Feel the tree supporting your weight and slowly let go of holding on.  Release any emotion you may be carrying into the trees.  They are strong and supportive and are here to help us.

Sometimes the trees have messages for us, especially if we have a dilemma or a decision to make.  The best way to hear the message is to allow yourself the time to connect with the tree by imagining you pouring your energy into the tree and the tree reciprocating.

Once you are feeling in tune, ask the tree your question.  The key here is to have no expectations of what will come up.  The more open you are to any answer you will receive the more the tree can support and help you.  Once you feel better send your prayers of love and gratitude to the tree.  Hugging reduces stress and calms the mind, makes us feel more connected and at peace.

For many this is a new way of experiencing nature but in my many years of being a tree-hugger, I have been guided many times by the trees to make decisions that I did not have the clarity or the wisdom to make.

The next time you pass by a tree that you feel is glowing at you take time out to give it a hug.  You will in turn get a tree-energy boost that nourishes the soul and reconnects us with the natural world.

Image: Cosmic Tree M. J. Mott