has been two years since we sent out our brochure
announcing the formation of the nonprofit, Tending
Sacred Circles. This last Spring we decided to
change our name to Shamanic Circles. Although
we still maintain an official government title
of Tending Sacred Circles, we now use Shamanic
Circles in our publications, announcing of events,
and ongoing work.
Shamanic Circles is more indicative of our purpose
and mission. Our vision remains clear in wishing
to aid in the formation, linking and sustaining
of shamanic practice and circles around the world.
Reviewing our activities in the last two years,
we have learned more about what furthers connection
as well as directions we would now like to pursue.
Following is a description of our major areas
of focus and our work thus far:
Our web site has grown and evolved.
We are in the process of redesigning our web site
so as to make it even more accessible, informative,
and useful. We view the web site as a powerful
tool for communicating, linking, coordinating
healing activities, and sharing the global shamanic
community's efforts to enhance our relationship
with the Earth and all beings. Web activities
these last two years include:
to sponsor worldwide Solstice celebrations by
posting announcements and stories of individual
and group ceremonies and gatherings.
a Global Shamanic
Circles web page where circles can post their
meetings, contact persons, and discuss shamanic
developed a web
page where shamanic circles can post prayers,
journeys, or ceremonies they have done in aid
of some troubled area of our world. This page
grew out of the strong collective responses we
received when we posted a request for prayers
and healing from a circle in Israel asking shamanic
help for their troubled land.
an international journal that focuses on topics
of interest to the shamanic community. Linking
to other shamanic web pages as well as announcements
of future gatherings and shamanic workshops.
Coordinating International Gatherings
In April of 2000 Shamanic Circles organized a
five day international gathering in Oracle, Arizona
attended by 120 individuals. The community itself
offered workshops and ceremonies in a variety
of areas such as flute playing, mask making, plant
healing, working with grief. A general theme of
Oracle was to do some healing of our Home.
A map of the world was created in colored sand
and the entire village participated in a healing
ceremony around this world map.
The archives section of our web page has photos
and tells more about this shamanic village and
its activities. This experience reminded us of
the importance of people coming together to share
their ways and wisdom as walkers of the shamans
We plan to sponsor a Second
International Gathering in Spring 2002.
Supporting shamanic training and related expenses
In our ongoing effort to make shamanic training
and workshops available to those who may not be
able to afford certain expenses, scholarships
were given to aid international travelers and
seed money was given for a future international
gathering in Israel. Since we are a nonprofit,
we have been able to gather donations for specific
shamanic workshops that can then be used as scholarships
for travel, tuition, or room and board.
are asking for contributions in the areas of:
General Fundsdonations to this category
allow us to use the contributions as needed in
administration, publications, programs (e.g. International
Web Site Developmentwe need finances
to maintain and upgrade our web site as well as
continue to develop creative ways of linking shamanic
circles through the Internet.
International Travel Scholarshipsevents
held in this country (USA) may not be inclusive
of representation from shamanic circles abroad
due to cost of travel. We are dedicated to having
Shamanic Circles be an organization that brings
people together from around the world.
Program Developmentfunds used for
the sponsoring of workshops, scholarships for
workshop participants, our own programs such as
the International Gathering.
Shamanic Circles does not use promoters or professional
fund raisers. All donations go directly to our
organization for expenses. You can give a general
donation and we will use it where needed most,
or you can designate a specific area or program.
We are a IRC nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization
and your contributions are fully tax-deductible
according the IRS regulations.
are growing slowly, taking time to develop our
dreams and goals. We want to keep our vision clear
and use our limited resources wisely. We, the
Council of Shamanic Circles, contribute monetarily
to our own corporation by donating cash, client
contributions for shamanic healing or counseling,
travel and other expenses, and materials.
All work is done voluntarily. There are no paid
positions in our organization. We do this joyously
to support our vision. We are now seeking assistance
from others who share our dreams of supporting
and sustaining shamanic community throughout the
attempting to keep costs down, this is only our
second widely circulated mailing. Please let us
know of any changes in address or email, or indicate
on the enclosed slip if you wish to be removed
from our mailing list. We are grateful for all
your support, in every form, we have received
in the past. Please consider a new donation of
any amount to continue the vision of expanding
and connecting global shamanic community. You
may use the attached contribution form.
On behalf of Shamanic Circles