The last months have brought many changes for all of us, the future is uncertain on many levels. One thing is clear by now: the rules concerning physical distancing, the amount of people permitted in an enclosed space, increased hygiene etc are here to stay for the coming time. These new rules make it practically impossible for me to facilitate Systemic Ritual or Shamanic trainings. In the rituals and exercises, physical proximity and human touch are essential and these are not permitted. The group rooms where I do my work can now hold only few people. For example: the room where we have the Systemic Ritual Training normally holds 45, now only 16 people are permitted there, including me and the team. The situation differs from vennue to vennue depending on the amount and positioning of toilets and kitchen space. For now, the only realistic option for me is to cancel the work and wait till the rules change again. People have told me that I could also work for much smaller groups with a program that avoids physical closeness. I have considered it and have discussed this extensively with some of the organizers in different countries. I have noticed however that I simply can not find the necessary inspiration to develop the new formats that would be needed. Still, at the moment I am exploring ways in which I could be available online with shamanic singing that will enable people to do an inner journey at home, but it will take a while before the ideas are translated into the infrastructure and logistics needed to get that going. The website and a newsletter will inform you when some form of live-streaming or zoom-meeting will be available. Wishing all of you the very best, and may we meet each other again in real life at the other end of these strange times!
The German edition of The Four Directions has been published. The translation is by Angelika Fend, who has been translating me in trainings in the German speaking countries for many years. I am happy that the book has become available so my many German friends can read it in their own language!
Jörg Polzer from Berlin filmed and produced a short documentary in which I speak about my work and my relationship to shamanism. Céline Baron and Stephan Mante were so kind to make themselves available and share some of their experiences and point of view as well. The days of chaos in which my Berlin home was sealed off from all daylight and rebuilt as a studio were worth it: I am happy with the result!
In January 2017 my new CD Athalbero was released. I asked video artist Ceven Knowles to make a video for one of the tracks: Birthing Ancestors. Ceven used the old Nordic practice of skrying as inspiration: laying down on the earth, watching the clouds part and let yourself be drawn upwards in the sky to find information and communication with the spirits. Watch and enjoy it here.
January 2012 I was interviewed by Renate McNay for Conscious TV. The interview is about one hour long.