The New Moon Workshop held each month at Village Book Shop in Glendora is a monthly meeting of those wishing to explore spirituality, metaphysics and well-being. It is open to the public and usually meets the Wednesday around the new moon. Guest speakers offer talks on a wide range of topics.
On Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m., shamanic teacher, healer and counselor Esther Miriam Jenkins will present an overview of shamanism.
“I start out by finding out what group members understand about shamanism, so we have a context in which to work. I find out what they’re interested in and that kind of launches us into the discussion,” Jenkins said.
“A Shaman sees connections to all the events in life, everything is happening in a holistic world,” Jenkins wrote in the introduction to The School of Shamanic Arts she founded in Glendora 15 years ago. “He/she can journey into the Dreamtime to find the source of illness, depression, psychic attack, etc. The Shaman works with the subtle energies to bring about healing and empowerment for themselves and those they serve.”
Elaborating further, Jenkins explained that shamanic techniques can add depth to everyday life. “It can give them tools to deal with so much in their life. It adds dimension to any human practice, be it personal or in a career.”
Jenkins, a former high school teacher, started studying in the late 1950s with the late Dr. William V. King, a teacher of Eastern and Western Mysteries and a channel for St. Michael. Jenkins continued her work when she joined the Healing Light Center Church in 1985, where she learned hands-on-healing with renowned healer and psychic, The Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere.
Jenkins also studied with Alberto Villoldo, a psychologist and medical anthropologist who studied with the Q'ero Indians of Peru. She traveled to Peru and received sacred Inca initiations with Juan Nunez del Prado and Americo Yabar. She has also worked with Jose Luis Herrera, Ruben Orellana, and Jorge Luis Delgado
Her mission is to share the knowledge and wisdom she has received from these great teachers as well as the information and enlightenment she receives from her own Guidance.
The next New Moon Workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Phyllis Douglass, a classically trained vocalist and musician who facilitates transformative and healing experiences utilizing quartz crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, and indigenous sacred instruments, will present the program. She is a Certified Master Sound Therapist, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Usui Ryoho Reiki Master/Teacher, and founded Integrated Arts of Sound and Body in Glendora.
For more information about these and other New Moon Workshops, call Village Book Shop owner Deborah Gould at (626) 335-5720.