Family Spirit Camp Event Reminder

ICSS Family Spirit Camp

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Ready for a spiritual experience that’s family-friendly? Then Spirit Camp is for you!

August 9-15, 2015

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

Can you resist the call of your spirit? Spirit Camp welcomes families, parents, children, elders of all ages to reconnect to life, spirit and self through ceremony and sharing in community.  You will gain skills to guide you through the many passages of life’s journey.

Parents will:

  • Learn about key growth periods in your life and those of your family.
  • Understand life transitions and what your kid/s may be ‘teaching’ you now.
  • Find tools to support you and your family’s evolution, now and in the future.

As a Family You Will:

  • Participate in activities such as swimming, hiking, crafts, drumming, singing and campfires.
  • Participate in ceremony and family activities that make spirit your companion

Midsummer is a magical time to camp on our land near Bancroft, Ontario.  Each day is scheduled to give parents a chance to connect with each other, nature and have their own separate teachings from the children.  Imagine walking on the land and listening to the laughter of children, while they safely expand their boundaries and explore nature at its best.  Come and join us on this adventure and exploration of your soul’s journey.

Contact the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies at: or telephone 416-603-4912 for more information.

Fire From Within Event Reminder

ICSS Fire From Within

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A personalized, powerful week of ceremony and healing. Register while time remains!

August 9-15, 2015

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

This week-long shamanic retreat is designed to provide adult seekers of all ages with spiritual tools, knowledge, purification ceremonies, and Rites of Passage from the lineage of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. The week builds up to your participation in a beautiful overnight vision quest ceremony that will help you to make Spirit your companion as you learn to navigate your life passages with grace and power.

The teachings and ceremonies that you receive will be personalized so that the knowledge is directly relevant to YOU, no matter what age or stage of life you are at.

You will:

  • Develop a deeper connection to Grandmother Earth and all of nature
  • Learn how to heal your heart, body, mind, spirit, and soul
  • Learn about critical learning periods in your life (both now and in the future)
  • Understand your current life stage and what life is communicating
  • Discover practical ways to support your evolution in these changing times.

Contact the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies at: or telephone 416 603-4912 for more information.

Rites of Passage: The Magical Transition from Child to Adult

“Magical” may seem a strong term to use – but when the challenging and complicated leap over the gulf between childhood and adulthood is made well, it is indeed magical.  With so many competing messages about what it means to be an adult, from parents, peers, social groups, movies and tv,  Rites of Passage provide guidance for the transition.  They support youth becoming adults within the community rather than outside it.

Frederick Marx, one of the producers and writers of the award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams, has begun work on a film about Rites of Passage.  The trailer for the film (see below) shows some of the impacts of the lack of Rites of Passage, as well as the benefits of having those ceremonies and rites.

Joseph Campbell talks about the need for and benefits of Rites of Passage, especially related to the transition from teen/child to adult and the major shift in the individual’s place in society which happens at that time (“On Becoming an Adult”):

The Sweet Medicine SunDance Path includes extensive Rites of Passage ceremonies, for age-related transitions from birth to childhood, teen, and adult rites, including the critical teen-to-adult transition.  It also includes ceremonies for major life events such as marriage and bonding.  If you are interested in learning more about our Rites of Passage ceremonies, please contact our Rites of Passage coordinator at

Introduction to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage Intro cover

DTMMS has published a short intro to the SMSD Rites of Passage:

They enable us, both as individuals and as families/communities, to deal with change and provide an energetic “boost” to help us meet the transitions that occur on that journey. This booklet presents the reader with an excellent overview of the rites of passage of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.

Earth Lodge Germany: August 5-11

What is Earth Lodge?

Earth Lodge is a gathering for people of all ages, a time and place where we come together to reconnect with nature, to celebrate Rites of Passage in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path tradition, and to develop our abilities to let go of pain and self-pity and to meet our true selves.  Earth Lodge is a community, a celebration, a ceremony. This will be the 24th year for Earth Lodge in Germany.

Das Leben ändert sich – wir ändern uns – welche Werkzeuge haben wir, um mit diesen Veränderungen umzugehen? Wie können wir einzelne Situationen unseres Lebens nicht zu ernst nehmen? Wie können wir freudvoll mit der Veränderung tanzen, ohne unsere Energie zu verlieren? Die Earthlodge bietet funktionierendes Wissen an, wie wir Separation verhindern, wie wir uns mit Spirit wieder verbinden und ein gutes Leben entfalten können.

Is Earth Lodge in a big hotel?

Well, no. Earth Lodge is out in nature.  Earth Lodge Germany has several large tents for meetings and community gatherings, and provides simple and environmentally sound facilities and meals.  Those who come to Earth Lodge camp in their own tents.  To reconnect with nature, it helps to be close to her!

What about kids? Is Earth Lodge child-friendly?

Yes!  Earth Lodge has a strong Teen Lodge and Children’s Lodge, and facilitates Rites of Passage for those age groups as well as for adults.

Is Germany the only place with an Earth Lodge?

No – there’s also an Earth Lodge in Italy, which runs August 16-21. Earth Lodge Italy is in its 19th year.

La nostra vita è all’insegna del cambiamento. Il cambiamento è parte dei cicli naturali di cui facciamo parte.

Esistono momenti precisi in cui ognuno di noi sperimenta trasformazioni fisiche e della coscienza. Questi momenti li chiamiamo Riti di Passaggio, un viaggio negli inevitabili cambiamenti della vita. Riconoscere e accettare questi momenti significa predisporsi a vivere la propria esistenza creativamente, in connessione profonda con sé stessi, gli altri e con l’eternità.

Visit the Earth Lodge Germany site, or the Earth Lodge Italy site.

Opening the Gates to the Human World, Part 3

Opening the gates to the human worldNote: December 21, 2012 was the final day in one of the Long Counts in the Mayan Calendar.  There were rumors that the end of that long count would also be the “end of the world”.  Within the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, this date represents the opportunity to enter a new world: the human world.  This is the third in a series, written by Janneke Koole, on the opening of the gates to the human world. In Part 3, we look at the Southeast and South directions in the prophecy.


The Orange Horse has always held the belief systems of the people concerning peace and all academic pursuits. We now know that external peace is only possible when we have internal peace, when inside ourselves we stop the war between our inner man/woman, when silence the inner dialogue enough to be receptive to truth.

The dark force feeds on all forms of ignorance. And when the people are fed only partial truths, when schools promote mediocrity and squelch free-thinking and true problem-solving, when our leaders and the media models spin-doctoring and double-speaks, then the children are in danger! And the children are the next generation, the future care-takers of Grandmother Earth and her Children.

What can we do to make a difference? Clear our wombs of all forms of pity and dedicate ourselves to develop benevolent compassion. Prepare powerful space of learning and growing for the children. Develop wombs that will welcome new spirits, dharma spirits. Train boys to become men who will seed their dreams of peace with freedom! Learn all about the teachings of the She Thoughts and the Quodoushka and anything that inspires you to express your individuality, your way with power and in beauty.


Rainbow Bridge Prophecies This is the place of the family, Earth Mother, and all the Earth Changes carried by the Red Horse. Grandmother Earth is and will always balance and re-balance herself. She is not in danger – we are! And yes, the earth is changing and we need to find new forms that promote deeper understanding of the Ecological Balance Laws. Study Nature – She knows what She is doing!!

What can we do to make a difference? We can do ceremony – especially at the times Grandmother Earth’s natural cycles (the seasons) and the Sister Moon (new moon and full moon). Make sure your homes are domed. Examine your lifestyle and restore greater value in your everyday environment. Encourage and support the Rites of Passage and honor all parents in their daily challenge to create family. Practice honesty and integrity in all your actions.

In Part 4, we look at the Southwest and Northwest directions of the prophecies. Click here for Part 4.

 See Part 1 for background and overview

See Part 2 to learn about the Dark Horse and the Light or Gold Horse

Adult Rites of Passage Ceremonies in 2013 in Arizona, USA

Rites of Passage and Warrior Spirit Lodge are sponsoring two adult rites of passage ceremonies in early 2013.

Rites of Passage – ceremonies to integrate life experience

Rites of Passage ceremonies mark significant events, times, and turning points in our lives. They support our harvesting of wisdom from our life experience, and our moving into our next life stages with power.  The Sweet Medicine SunDance Path has a rich array of Rites of Passage ceremonies for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as for major life experiences.

33 Year Old Rites of Passage: Natural Self’s Evolution
Feb. 16, 2013

As we reach our 33rd year, we focus on developing our knowing of our own power and beauty as an adult. One of the ways we approach this is by working with the universal masculine and feminine energies, and recognizing those energies in ourselves.

Warrior Spirit Lodge, the home lodge of DTMMS in Phoenix AZ

Warrior Spirit Lodge in Phoenix AZ USA

Razel Wolf facilitates.

Please note: You must be between the ages of 33 & 44 in order to participate OR if you are 45+ you must have completed all the Rites of Passage ceremonies for your age. Please contact Krishelle for more information.

30 Year Old Rites of Passage: Book of Life Rewrite and Recapitulation
March 8, 2013

Entering our 30th year, we investigate those times when we put false limits on ourselves and reclaim our ability to exceed those limits. We look into our Shadow (the parts of ourselves that we prefer not to look at), to identify the times we disempowered ourselves and created Pretender Voices (inner voices which tell us we can’t, or shouldn’t, or otherwise misrepresent reality).  We then eliminate pretense by giving away Pretender Voices and replacing them with Commander Voices (inner voices which encourage us to positive action).

This is a 6 round purification ceremony, led by Razel Wolf.

Please note: If you are older than 30, in order to participate you must have completed all the Rites of Passage ceremonies for your age.  Please contact Krishelle for more information.

For more information, please contact Krishelle at

Spirit Camp: Rites of Passage, Family, Vision Quest – This August in Ontario, CA

Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies (ICSS)

ICSS – Ontario, Canada

Another opportunity to participate in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path Rites of Passage and vision quest ceremonies is coming this August 12-16, in beautiful Ontario, Canada.

The Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies (ICSS) is hosting Spirit Camp, a week-long sojourn in nature encompassing Vision Quest students, Rites of Passage, and Family Camp, featuring:

  • Ceremony that supports and heals
  • Teachings and ceremony related to your current life stage and what life is communicating
  • Tools to support your evolution in these changing times
  • For families: Ceremony for parents and children, teaching and parenting, Men’s and Women’s Circles
  • Fun activities such as swimming, campfires, drumming and singing
Mid summer is a magical time to camp on this land near Bancroft, Ontario. Connect with Mother Nature while walking on the land, listening to the laughter of children.

Spirit Camp welcomes seekers, families, elders and the young as a community of spirit.

For more information, read about Spirit Camp at the ICSS web site, or email

Rites of Passage, Vision Quest in MI – July 25-29

If you are looking for ways to integrate changes you have made or desire to make in your life, or for inner guidance through connection with spirit, this combination of Rites of Passage and Vision Quest in western Michigan may be just the right thing.

Rites of Passage ceremonies help us make healthy transitions from one stage of life to the next, and move with confidence into our next phase. Like all good roadmaps, the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path Rites of Passage help us understand where we are, how we got there, and where we’re going. This ceremonial opportunity will allow you to meet change and grow.

VisionQuests allows you to seek guidance from Spirit, integrate change and find new direction.

For more information, visit, or contact Brian or Debbie with any questions you may have:

Registration deadline is July 9.

Shamanism and 2012: Conference in Toronto, Canada

We invite you to come to our first Shamanic Conference sponsored by ICSS. The event, which runs 9am-5pm on Saturday June 9, features keynote speaker Diane Seadancer Battung, along with presentations on:

  • Rites of Passage, with Barbara Butterfly Dreamer
  • shamanic approaches to death and dying, with John Thunderwolf Ardagh
  • ancient healing in modern times, with Anita Twin Snakes Dreamer

Lunch is also provided!  For more information and online registration visit

Shamanism conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Celebrating 2010’s Accomplishments, and Looking Forward

2010 was a year of many accomplishments for DTMMS, and our friends and family.

In Red Lodge Longhouse news, 2010 saw the debut of Red Lodge in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as well as the announcement of the 2011 opening of Red Lodge in Australia.   Year 3 of the new, expanded and improved Red Lodge curriculum went to students for the first time in 2010.  (Note: The final year of the new curriculum, Year 4, featuring teachings on the healing paradigm, dharma, the addictive personality paradigm, and more, will be presented for the first time in 2011!)

This was also a significant year for DTMMS publications.   The Thirty Sacred Laws, Part 3: The Ecological Balance Laws was completed this year.  Important publications for Rites of Passage ceremonialists were finalized and made available this year, as well as the Introduction to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Rites of Passage booklet, available to anyone who is interested in knowing more about Rites of Passage in general, and the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path Rites of Passage in particular.

DTMMS expanded our home quarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and immediately found new and compelling uses for the new space.  In addition, we made significant progress in our search for a permanent home.

Indeed, there have been more notable events and accomplishments than we can easily list!  Programs in Europe were strong, including Earth Lodge Germany and Earth Lodge Italy.   We salute our program leaders in Canada, Australia, and the US,  too, for the beauty and growth they brought.

We honor all of you who have worked with DTMMS over the past year,  all you have accomplished, and all this has opened up for you in the coming year.

And to all: best wishes for a prosperous, positively challenging, growth-filled, rewarding 2011!