Facebook Event Page | Thursday, July 28th, 8:00pm | Eur 15/10 Concession
John will talk about the importance of connecting with your senses as a way to still the mind and awaken intuition. The Leopard is one of the main totem animals in Southern African traditional healing. It represents raw, intuitive intelligence and interconnectedness with the natural world. The Leopard reminds healers of always listening to their body as a way to help harmonise people with themselves and the natural world. John will speak about the 7 senses of man and what it requires to wake up and use our senses. In order to walk like the Leopard we have to learn to dance like the leopard. The trance dance is one of the main methods in Southern Africa for healers to connect to the divine and spirit worlds. John will teach participants to shake their bones, awaken their intuition and open their hearts in a form of dancing that has been practiced for thousands of years.
Join us on this night of awakening!
More about John
He was born, in 1971, into a divided Apartheid South Africa, with the mark of the sangoma on his face – a band of white birth skin around the eyes. At 18, John was serving in the South African army as a medic (during the war with Angola in the 1980s) when he had a strong, prophetic dream calling him to train as a Xhosa sangoma. He immediately began to suffer from the thwasa, a severe period of ill-health that is inherent in all ancient shamanic cultures which can only be cured through apprenticeship to a shamanic teacher. Because of the restrictions of Apartheid (which ended in 1994) it would take John seven years to find a Xhosa teacher.
During the early days of his calling he trained as a Zen student under renowned Zen Master, Su Bong, completing an intensive three-month kyol che in a Buddhist monastery in South Korea. He was then invited by the Grand Master Dae Soen Sa Nim to join his “monk army”, but the strength of his sangoma calling drew him back to South Africa. Eventually, post-Apartheid, John met Mum Ngwevu, a well-known Xhosa Sangoma medicine woman, in one of the poorest townships in South Africa. She had foreseen his arrival in a dream and began his 10-year apprenticeship, giving him the initiated name Ucingolwendaba, meaning messenger or connector between people and cultures.
John is also offering a one day workshop and Private Sessions:
Way of the Leopard, shake your bones and connect to your heart
Date: August 6th, 2016
Location: 128 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
In this workshop participants will learn the Ancient Art of the African trance dance. It involves shaking the body in a particular way and listening to the heart beat. It has been practiced without cessation for thousands of years.
To book and for more info on the workshop or his private sessions please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 086-877- 3085