Monday, February 2, 2009
Isis Cove Community
Venus Rising founders and directors, Star Wolf and Brad Collins, founded the Isis Cove community in 2003. Their long held vision of spiritual community has manifested in these magical mountains. Isis Cove is both an intentional community and the home of the Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts.
Isis Cove sits on 23 acres of unspoiled land in the beautiful blue mountains of western North Carolina. This land once belonged to the Cherokee, and is blessed by the spirits of the native people who lived here. The land is graced by a creek and a pond full of fish. Many animals make their home here, including foxes, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, lizards, snakes, turtles, hawks, owls, wild turkeys, crows, woodpeckers, turkey vultures and a variety of songbirds. Bear tracks have been seen high up on the mountain and we sometimes hear coyotes howling and the cry of a bobcat.
Currently thirteen people live at Isis Cove full time. Several others have purchased lots; some will be living here part time while others plan on moving to the community at some time in the future. Several other members of our soul family live on land surrounding Isis Cove. Some people, finding themselves in transition, have come to live at or near the Cove for a period of time. Community life shared with like-minded individuals is part of the benefit of living at Isis Cove.
The Isis Cove Retreat Center hosts many workshops and retreats sponsored by Venus Rising, including S.H.I.P., the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process, Soul Return, Shakti and the Shaman, Egyptian Mystery School Teachings, the Shamanic Priest Process, created by Venus Rising co-director, Bradford Collins, and Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, co-created by Venus Rising Staff Astrologer and Student Supervisor, Ruby Falconer, along with Star Wolf. Venus Rising is in the planning stages of creating Blue Star University - stay posted for more information. The Isis Cove Retreat Center also hosts many workshops offered by our soul friends, including the Shamanic Priestess Process, created by community member Anyaa McAndrew, and The Imagination Process, founded by Wendyne Limber.
The Isis Retreat House is a quaint and comfortable four bedroom house with three full bathrooms, a large kitchen, a sun room, a hot tub and an inviting front porch perfect for relaxing on warm summer nights. Near to the house and under the pine trees is an 800 square foot deck perfect for exercise and/or meditation. The Art Temple is open to all who visit the Cove and provides a comfortable and quiet space for personal time. There are areas for walking, enjoyable nature spots and inviting outside spaces for meditation and quiet contemplation.
Most Venus Rising workshops are held in the Sanctuary, a beautifully appointed free-standing building that is a comfortable and secure space for soul journeyers to explore their inner landscape. The Sanctuary is the spiritual home of Venus Rising and the location for most of our rituals and ceremonies.
Isis Cove is a special place. The land is alive and the spirits are active. The vortexes are strong and the air is rich with magic. The Cove spins a cocoon of safety and comfort whereby all who visit may sink into their hearts and open to the call of their soul.
The Sanctuary and the Isis Cove Retreat House are available for workshops and retreats. Call 828-631-2305 for more information, or visit: www.shamanicbreathwork.org
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Star Wolf's Welcome
My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.
I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.
From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.
I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Feb 2nd 2009