2015 Medicine Wheel East: Schedule, Logistics and Registration Details
Dates: November 20-22, 2015
Location: The Ojai Foundation
Prerequisites: South, West and North
Special Announcement: Qeros Dona Asunta Quispe and Karina Davalos Concha will be with us for the East direction. A limited number of seats in the East are available for Full Mesa Carriers if you would like to join us for this direction. A limited number of healing sessions with Dona Asunta and Karina will be available for East participants during the session.
Session begins at 11:00 am Friday and ends at 5:30 pm Sunday. Daily schedule will be shared upon registration.
Generally, each day includes morning breathing and meditation, teaching and demonstrations, experiential learning processes, group meal gatherings and time for reflection. Evenings find us in ceremony. The specific schedule will be announced each day.
Tuition is $495. Tuition fees do not include lodging or meals (see below). A non-refundable deposit of $150 will hold your space in the session.
We welcome Medicine Wheel graduates who are full mesa carriers to repeat directions or the entire wheel with us at a discounted tuition rate of $300. Please contact us to verify your status prior to registering.
Payment in full for the East is due by November 1, 2015 unless alternate payment arrangements are made in advance.
Payments may be paid by check, credit card or PayPal online. Make checks payable to: Shamans Journey, 509 Drown Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023 PAY ONLINE
Location, Meals & Lodging
California sessions take place at The Ojai Foundation, a 40-acre sanctuary and retreat center located at the foot of the Topa Topa mountains in the beautiful upper Ojai Valley, 60 miles north of Los Angeles. Classes are held in the Council House, a light filled, 12-sided hall designed with principles of sacred geometry. Explore the grounds with a virtual tour or visit their website.
Physical address: 9500 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, California 93023. Please allow an extra 20 min. to drive from Ojai to the site and walk to the class room.
Lodging at Ojai Foundation
We encourage participants to immerse themselves in Nature and the Medicine Wheel experience by staying at this beautiful sacred land. On-site lodging is available for $50 per person per night /double occupancy, in yurts with communal bathroom facilities. Tent sites are also available. Bedding, linens and towels are not provided with on-site lodging. Depending on season, a cold weather sleeping bag is recommended.
Please pay Ojai Foundation directly for lodging. Reservations may be made by contacting Diana Kelly at (805) 646-8343 extension 123, or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Land Use Fee
If you are commuting, a Land Use Fee of $20 per day is charged by The Ojai Foundation. This is to support stewardship of this sacred land and to help offset the costs of maintaining it. Payment should be made to Shamans Journey by check, credit card or PayPal online: CLICK TO PAY
We are pleased to offer a meal program of freshly prepared organic vegetarian meals, prepared by professional staff. Please let us know when you fill out your application form whether you have any special dietary restrictions, such as gluten free, vegan etc. The meal coordinator will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
Meals will be served during our scheduled meal breaks. We recommend that participants stay and eat on campus in order to maintain immersion in the work, and to create community with classmates. The kitchen is not available for personal use.
We offer two meal plans, Friday lunch through Sunday lunch:
Plan A : includes breakfasts, lunches and dinners: $140.00
Plan B : includes lunches and dinners (no breakfasts): $110.00
Please place your order for a meal plan a minimum of 10 days prior to the session start date. Payment for meal plans is made to Shamans Journey. ORDER MEAL PLAN ONLINE
Payments may be paid by check, credit card or PayPal online: click to pay online. Make checks payable to: Shamans Journey, 509 Drown Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023.
Payment in full for each session is due 20 days prior to the beginning of the session, unless alternate payment arrangements are made in advance. Early-pay discounts are based on payment in full at the time the discount is taken.
Thomas Bostrom and Celia Blackwood, lead teachers. Teaching assistants: Orit Bornstein, Shannon Sosebee, Jen Shakti, Pat Estes.
Comfortable clothes (like yoga wear) for the course, as some of our course work is done indoors on the floor.
Outdoor clothing: come prepared to do evening fire ceremonies and daytime outdoor explorations. In this tradition, it is customary to wear black or dark clothing, like a black poncho, at a fire ceremony. Plan according to the weather and time of year.
Ceremonial evening clothes (nice dress, or slacks and shirt).
We respectfully ask that participants refrain from wearing scented products during the session.
An eye mask or bandana.
Flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries.
What to Bring
Three stones – each stone should fit easily into your hand and move you or speak to you in some way. Ideally, find the stones in Nature, so you know where they came from. Specific information about the stones for each session will be given upon registration.
A mestana or ceremonial cloth to hold your stones – approximately 18” x 18”.
Returning students: bring your mesa.
Rattle or small drum - if you have one.
Journal for your notes.
Small gifts – you will receive rites of passage in the Q'ero tradition. Please bring a heartfelt gift to the person giving the rites to complete the exchange of energy necessary for the transmission of the rites. Specific information about the gifts for each session will be given upon registration. Gift suggestions: Frankinscense or Lavender essential oil; crystal or healer's stone; ceremonial feather; incense or smudge stick; medicine pouch; blank greeting cards; unscented pillar candle; flower essences.
"Back-jacks” and chairs will be provided for seating in the classroom. Please bring any special padding you may need.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Written request for cancellation received up to 20 days prior to event: tuition paid will be refunded, minus $150 cancellation fee. Written request received after 20 days prior to event: tuition paid will be refunded, minus $250 cancellation fee. Due to the high fixed costs of producing the event, no refunds will be given for those who do not attend or cancel in writing prior to 5 days before event. No meal plan refunds will be made after your order is received. Exceptions to these policies may be granted at our discretion depending on the circumstances.