Sunrise ceremony with Elder John Rice,
Bear Clan, Deina Bomberry from the Eagle
Clan, Ilse del Sol, Bolivia.
Don Mariano's sacred pouch, Pisac, Peru.
Eagle on the way to Colca Canyon, Peru.
As one of the oldest forms of medicine, Shamanic healing has been used as ‘traditional’ medicine around the world. It uses sound, sacred plants, sacred movement and other methods to access information to facilitate healing and balancing of the body.
Spirit Rock Shamanic Healing's founder, Olivia Olkowski is a powerful shamanic healer, a Peruvian Pachakuti Mesa holder (Shaman). She is initiated as a lineage holder of Mayan traditional medicine, a Curendera.
Olivia transforms people’s lives, releasing their emotional and physical dis-ease through using hands-on-healing, channeled and traditional shamanic healing practices. The shamanic healer utilizes traditional techniques to bring back harmony to a person's energetic fields, retrieve information, and achieve healings.
Olivia works within multiple dimensions, simultaneously, holding “space & time” to balance and remove inappropriate energies from the physical body and surrounding energetic bodies, allowing healing to take place. As a shaman healer, Olivia mends the energetic fragments to your soul and your physical body, to regain strength and balance to your full being.
Riverside Park at 81st Street, Manhattan, 3 p.m.: Journeying
Scott Silverman for The New York Times Members of the New York Shamanic Circle gathered on the Hudson waterfront.
A drum beats methodically 20 feet from the Hudson, attracting
curious looks from joggers,
bikers and baby strollers. Seven women,
dressed mostly in earth tones, lie in a circle
around their shaman,
Olivia Olkowski, 47, who leads the journey. Ten minutes later the
ceases and a conversation begins. Discussion focuses on letting go of
facing a traumatic experience in one’s past and overcoming
The women are all part of the New York Shamanic Circle,
a nonprofit organization that
promotes healing and earth-honored
living. On the first Sunday of every month, the
group members meet
outdoors, weather permitting, to embark on their spiritual journeys.
This month’s session utilized elementals found here on the Hudson
water and sky—to achieve an altered state and access
the subconscious mind. – SCOTT SILVERMAN
It has been a year since the huge shift in my life began. The venue I
worked for closed. I started various projects that got delayed. And I
started working for my older son's school.
Since the birth of number 2 things had felt different. In the last month
of pregnancy I bought a necklace from an amazing jeweler Olivia
Olkowski. Her line is oh!olivia. I
have owned several pieces. They always called to me from the case at
the Meta Center where I had acupuncture with the amazing Pipper Armel.
Each piece I found at the right time, and when I picked them up I was
always surprised to find out that the stone corresponded exactly to the
experiences I was having at that time.
This amazing piece has an oblong Chalcedony Drusy stone and a chain of
small rubies. It is stunning. There were several important things she
told me about the stone, when I put it on - but the phrase that stuck
was "life's purpose."
In my heart I knew with this new baby, I would need to make a big shift
in my life, a big shift in my consciousness. I wore that necklace as my
contractions began and didn't take it off for months. And sure enough
during that time my path started to lead me on a new journey. I was
yearning to be with my family, but I was loyal to work and kept pushing.
My body did not agree and forced me to slow down. Then the venue
closed. Then my new projects inched along. I replaced a woman who was
going on maternity leave, she spoke constantly of the time she would
spend with her new baby and inside I cried for the time I was not
spending with my boys. it seemed everywhere I turned that sentiment
played over and over, each time striking me a bit harder and a little
lower. I needed to be with my children.
At first I had the excuse of my job and income to keep me away, but
things had slowed down. I was faced with either diving back in or making
a change. My mother visited, she gave her usual "move closer to us. My
initial reaction was "no way!" Leave my friends? My life? My network? My
opportunities? But I wanted to see my Mom more. She had health
challenges in the past and it always really hurt that they were not so
willing to come visit us in NY. It also made me so sad to see how much
she yearned to have us closer.
My husband is brilliant. His words were "money comes and goes, but you never get the time back."
So that was it. We jumped off the cliff. There were tears in my eyes
when I told my Mom our decision the next morning. I think those tears
have been forever misinterpreted. We didn't make a decision because we
had no other options. There were plenty. We made the conscious decision
to work towards strengthening our family. Those tears were for what we
would leave behind, most everything - our friends, our life. The excuse
we gave everyone was financial, and things were hard but the real truth
was that we needed to look at our family and strengthen our foundation.
Now we are here. We have learned so much. Maybe we will stay. Maybe we
will return to NY. But regardless of what may come, I know with every
inch of my being that I /we are truly moving forward with purpose.