This community is our friends, and our family. Your health and safety is our first priority. Due to the unprecedented nature of this COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we are temporarily suspending all in-person circles until further notice.
We are currently investigating the possibilty of holding the circle virtually, via a Skype meeting. We'll send out a notification via the email list on Monday, April 6, no matter what we decide. If you're not on our mailing list and want to stay in the loop, please sign up in the blue box below.
We really hope to see all of you again someday, safe and healthy, and we encourage you to practice social distancing as much as possible!
Amy & Paul
Who is this for?
The circle is open to all adults, whether you have experience journeying or are a beginner!
What time, and where does it happen?
We meet at Purenergy Yoga's Barre Studio in Paoli. A short introductory lesson on basic journeying techniques starts at 7:15pm. If you're coming for the lesson, please arrive promptly. Drumming for the main event – the group journey – begins at 7:45pm.
What do we do?
Shamanic journeying involves going into a trance state in order to allow your spirit body to travel into an alternate level of reality. There, you can find healing and ask for advice from powerful spirit beings willing to ally themselves with you.
The advantage of working within a group is the energetic support provided by a roomful of people working toward a similar end, and also the input and insight you can gain from sharing your journey with others (sharing the results of your journey with the group is not required).
What do I need to bring?
Bring your drum, your bandana or eye mask, your spirit guides, and your questions! Also remember to bring a mat or blanket, or something else to lie down on, a pillow if you think you'll need one, and a journal or notebook so you can record your journey. When you come into the Barre Studio, please remove your shoes and put them in one of the cubbyholes under the front window, which is to your right when you enter.
Is there a cost or fee for the circle?
The circle is free, but your donations when you can afford to do so help us with the monthly rental fee for the studio space. If you don't have money with you at the circle, you can donate via PayPal. Use the donation button below, or use PayPal to send money directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Guskin and Paul Nordquist have been teaching shamanic journeying and leading shamanic journeying circles in the Chester County, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) suburbs since 1997. They have also released several albums of shamanic journeying music. Amy and Paul have studied shamanism here and abroad for many years, with teachers from various cultural backgrounds, and have practiced their shamanic arts in settings as diverse as city streets, chamber tombs in Ireland, and in the center of the circle at Stonehenge under a summer full moon.
21 Plank Ave., Paoli, PA 19301
We are located at Purenergy Studio, on Plank Avenue in Paoli. Plank Avenue is a tiny feeder road into the Depot Shoppes shopping center, but the more important thing to note is that it is located directly behind the Starbucks on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30). In fact, if you don't see Plank Ave. but instead just turn into the Starbucks parking lot, you can continue back into the shopping center's parking lot and you will find Purenergy there.
Directions (coming from all points)
Plank Avenue is just 6/10 of a mile west of the intersection of Lancaster Ave. (Route 30) and Route 252. If you're coming from the west, you'll turn left between the TD Bank and Starbucks. If you're coming from the east, you'll turn right immediately after the Starbucks. From either direction, you can look for the Depot Shoppes sign, which is the same on both faces (see the photo below). You might also spot the actual street sign for Plank Avenue, but the Starbucks and the Depot Shoppes signs are larger and clearer landmarks. As soon as you turn, you will see Purenergy directly in front of you, facing Lancaster Ave. (Route 30).
Park anywhere in the parking lot, and look for us in Purenergy's Barre Studio, which is to the left of the main Purenergy entrance. See the images below, and the embedded Google map, for helpful instructions and directions! NOTE: There should be plenty of parking spaces at the times we'll be using the space, but in case the lot is full, there's parking on the part of Plank Avenue that runs parallel to Route 30 (it's the left turn just before the shops).
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Updated on April 3, 2020