Shamanic @ Shambala !

Our last outing as the Shamanic Street Preachers this summer was at the fantastic Shambala Festival 2012, which turned out to be a colourful and imaginative weekend – it was such a friendly festival, everyone was smiling and the atmosphere and general ambiance was really happy…

The beautiful grounds at Kelmarsh Country Estate, a huge country manor house overlooking a lake, and yes, the sun! Shambala was one of the only festivals last weekend not to be completely washed out with rain, with only some showers hitting the fields and so our wellies mostly stayed in our tents. A welcome change from Secret Garden Party and Green Man!
We were based in our little yurtlet, and had lots of shamanic activities for people to try out….
It was the first time that we had our shell-necklace workshops, which went down a storm! Adults and children alike came and re-created their own little necklace based on examples found for example with the Red ‘Lady’ of Paviland.

Shell-necklace workshop

A finished example! Once worn, the oils in your skin give the shells a beautiful sheen

The shamanic toolkit talks also proved popular, as we explained shamanism through materials which represented different levels of the shamanic tiered cosmos – feathers to signify the skyworld, shells to symbolise the seaworld and animal skins and bone materials to symbolise the middle earth for instance…

The shamanic toolkit in action

People got the chance to create Paleolithic cave wall paintings and find out their itribe by using archaeological oxygen and strontium isotopes as colour guides, but I think the best bit for Shambala was the dressing up!

Paleolithic cave art wall and our Mesolithic antler head dresses

We had LOADS of people coming into our yurt ready to leave the 21st century and go back in time – learning about our Mesolithic antler-headdresses on their way and going shamanic!
Check out these shamanic shambalans!

Some of our awesome shamans @ Shambala!

Some of the awesome shamans @ Shambala 2012

WE LOVE YOU ALL!

Until next time…
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