Why us? Why now?
Both ancient Eastern and traditional shamanic philosophies work from a basis of connection – mind to body, human to nature, individual to community, physical to spiritual, past to present to future. From that foundation, we are called to examine our own frameworks, and those parts of ourselves we have disconnected from, whether consciously or unconsciously, often due to trauma in its various forms.
Plant medicines such as Huachuma, and other holistic therapies, ask us to connect to all parts of ourselves, and if there are painful parts, to confront them directly: they are speaking to us and want to teach us something. By shining the light of consciousness into the shadowed corners of our psyche, we are able to acknowledge, learn from, and release the suffering attached to them.
This is counterintuitive to most modern medicine, which often works through easing the symptoms of suffering, rather than addressing the root cause.
Unfortunately, this method of covering up the symptoms and numbing the pain only serves to push the true issue further from consciousness, hindering the ability to release it and worsening its long-term effects. Like a pressurised bottle, this unreleased emotional energy can eventually explode and manifest itself in damaging and unhealthy ways, including illness and dis-ease. However, by turning towards and understanding the roots of that suffering, often reaching all the way back to childhood, only then can we integrate its lessons and thus transform it into the keys to our enlightenment.
At the School of Energy, we are honoured to promote the expansion of plant medicines and holistic health in an accessible, respectful, informed way. One thing that we have noticed through our work, is that many spiritual and plant medicine retreat offerings in South Africa have a strong focus on the retreat experience itself, with much less emphasis on the before and after – but preparing for the work and effectively integrating the lessons learned into your daily life is as important as learning the lessons themselves.
In addition, we maintain our alignment with the larger mission of individual and global healing, and thus understand that participating in one of our retreats for a more immersive healing experience might not be right for someone right away, or at all, depending on where they are in their process. There are many different kinds of medicines, and it’s important that each person finds what works for them – be it nature medicine, plant medicine, movement, sound therapy, art, breath, community, or all of the above. As such, we want to provide a space to experience these medicines directly, but also ensure that we provide the tools and resources for anyone to begin, continue, or integrate their healing journey, in a way that is best for them – whether or not they come for a retreat with us.
Our approach to these objectives is three-fold:
– We work with a highly experienced preparation and integration support team who have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine practices, understanding health from a holistic perspective that incorporates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
– We offer individual and group sessions to help you get the most out of your experience. We provide high-quality videos, informative content, and educational resources surrounding holistic healing, shamanism, indigenous culture, psychedelic science, spiritual practices, and tips for preparation and integration, among others.
– We invite you to co-create a community with us that fosters open dialogue and a safe platform for people to connect, learn, heal, and share their processes with each other. We at the School of Energy have found, through our experience, that so of healing comes from being vulnerable, breaking down walls, letting people in, and holding space for others to do the same. When we authentically share stories, struggles, and ideas, we open up the space to figure things out on a deep level and remember that we are not alone.
Facilitators and Support Team
Kerry is a Shamanically Trained Medicine Woman (amongst other things) whose unique approach of integrated shamanism is revolutionising her work with individuals who have been affected by trauma. Specialising in energetics, plant medicines and her Emotional Decoding™️ healing system, Kerry’s life journey has led her to be certified in an array of healing modalities, which she incorporates into her teachings and work to create a truly transformative and life-changing experience. She is currently completing her PhD. in Metaphysical and Humanistic Sciences. @schoolofenergy
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“Healing is a multifaceted journey that requires the use of many different modalities, it is never a one-size-fits-all process. I consider myself to be a walker between worlds; combining the healing techniques of Western medicine, functional and integrative medicine, shamanic healing, yoga, breath work and mindfulness. I work closely with the person to create tailored practices that will assist in diving deep into the healing journey, so that you can heal from the core out. Walking through the darkness and shining light on the shadows is a vital part of my process. Let me take you deep into the darkness, and help you love it back to light.” @caysanatomy
Paola Masullo is an exuberant delight, full of joy, lightness, power and fervent intention. Whisking you away on a tailored sound journey to align the body, mind and leave you feeling relaxed and centred. @tunedin_with_paola
Jono is a highly skilled facilitator whose life experience has given him insight into addressing symptoms of trauma. Jono works with acupuncture techniques and somatic experiencing for trauma and integrated re-boot cases in South Africa. @johnnyrudolph80
Tanya has walked a long road with Kerry, starting as client then progressing to a student and is now starting up her own energy practice, Anam Cara, where she will be doing Life Coaching, Rieki, Shamanic Healing and Workshops. She has a great passion for not only the positive change energy medicine can bring about in individuals, but for the ripple effect self-healing has on families and the greater communities as a whole. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin
Michelle’s lifelong curiosity with human nature together and deep conviction that everything is magic has brought her to walk a journey of radical self-healing and reinvention. Having completed her honours in Psychology, qualifying as a Professional Consciousness Coach and combining her knowledge of Shamanic healing techniques, Michelle brings a unique approach to making magic believable, accessible and practical. By living a life based on intention and creating opportunities for magic to exist, Michelle has successfully healed herself of multiple autoimmune diseases over the past decade. Michelle offers others the safe space to see for themselves their own magic, and how they can create new possibilities to live their best life.