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SHAMANISM Community Circle • Santa Cruz

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Ashtanga Yoga Institute

1307 Seabright Avenue

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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Ancient Ritual • Sacred Dance • Drumming • Prayer • Community


Join us for this 1-hour gathering - led by Brant Secunda - during which we will be drumming and rattling together, singing traditional shamanic songs, experiencing an indigenous Huichol Deer Dance, and offering our positive prayers into our hearts and to Mother Earth.

These monthly Circles are an opportunity to join in community, focus our intentions, and grow our spiritual practice.


The Huichol Tribe

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The Huichol (Wixaritari) are a small indigenous tribe of approximately 35,000, living in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. They are considered one of the last cultures in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions unto the modern day.

Origins of the Deer Dance Ceremony

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According to Huichol Indian cosmology, the origins of this ceremony date back to the birth of the Sun. The dance is a reenactment of creation itself and honors our sacred relationship to the light. Kauyumari (The Magical Deer Spirit) is representative of our super-conscious mind and acts as an intermediary between our hearts and the spiritual world of nature.

Brant Secunda –– Huichol Shaman & Healer

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Brant Secunda is an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and teacher in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. During an intensive 12-year apprenticeship, Brant became the adopted grandson and close companion of Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant founded the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies in 1979 and leads seminars, retreats, and pilgrimages worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the world.

Learn more about the Huichol, Brant Secunda, & the Dance of the Deer Foundation at https://www.SHAMANISM.com/

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