Monday, October 21, 2013

Star Wolf & Brad Collins have announced plans to accompany Vera Lopez once again to the Sacred Valley of the Inca Masters... Be a part of this powerful, mystical journey with them.

The trip will include shamanic training with Star Wolf and Vera and visits to sacred, spiritually-charged sites as a part of this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.

Included in the price are seven nights at a five-star wellness center situated in the heart of the Sacred Valley.

For full details, including a comprehensive itinerary, travel arrangements, registration forms, and information on early-bird pricing for a special event preceding the trip, visit Venus Rising's Events page by clicking here.

But first... enjoy a still-image slide show of their previous journey to the valley by clicking the YouTube link below. Music from The Spiral (available now on CD and soon via .mp3 and .wav downloads) courtesy of Venus Rising and Soulfood)

Friday, September 20, 2013

are you familiar with Shaman Portal?

...if not, you should check out the site that is "dedicated to creating a vibrant global community of people striving to teach and learn about the rich heritage of Earth and Spirit honoring practiced by all shamanic traditions."

In addition, Linda Star Wolf was named September's Wisdom Keeper of the Month on Shaman Portal. Visit the site to view Star Wolf's acknowledgement and see what's new at Shaman Portal.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

If you are in the West NC area this evening, don't miss Xavier Hawk!

Tonight at Isis Cove:
Techno Shamanic Concert & Shamanic Training

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

John Deakyne is an author, poet,
Breathwork Facilitator and
Shamanic Minister
Always Coming Home
Even as I release the words that rise in my awareness; even as I encourage my fellow travelers to use the written word to exercise their innate creative abilities; even now I am conscious of the utter inadequacy of words to capture the movement of spirit in our lives.

I have not blogged for three months even though I have transcribed several blog-worthy tomes.  Like you, I have opened myself to be worked on by the divine.  Because we have set our intention for transformation, spirit has obliged, and when we truly allow, she sends us the data that is needed for our newest calibration.  As you know, much of this work is accomplished while we sleep.

So we have had some restless, nearly sleepless nights.  We are being visited by strange and bizarre dreams that are just evidence of our busy-ness in the dream time.  And sometimes, even after sleeping deeply, we rise exhausted like we have run a marathon or been on a night-long bender.  It is hard for us to put this into words because we lack a story upon which to hang this experience.  But let me try:

One night recently I had a recurring vision of myself working to open an ancient door and heard over and over the thought about bringing in the age of _______________.  I kept getting this word; a foreign sounding word; and I told myself I should sit up and write down this word so I could later look it up.  Then I told myself that after repeating this scene what felt like a hundred times, I could not possibly forget the word.

I was borderline awake all night; from time to time setting up and speaking to the ceiling, “Okay, that’s enough; just let me sleep!”  I did sleep for a short time in the early morning, and when I came fully awake I sat up and asked myself, “Now, what was that word?”  Can you believe that after all that wrestling, the word was now just outside my remembering.  It was hiding itself, but I knew it was not lost.

Feeling depleted I decided to cancel my scheduled time to do readings at the coffee shop in Cottonwood, but I dropped by to tell them I would not be there.  I mentioned to my friend, Glen, that I had had an exhausting night; that I had been given a word that I could not forget, then I forgot it.  I told him it was a new word for me but at the same time familiar, and I thought it might be Latin.  To my surprise, he checked in and said, “No it’s not Latin.”  Then he said it’s “Lemuria”.

It’s Lemuria.  When he said the word, it all came roaring back.  I had seen the word before in New Age circles, but really didn't know what it was or what it meant.  If you also don’t remember, the legend of Lemuria is about a civilization during and predating the age of Atlantis.  It is believed that the beings in Lemuria were extremely high-conscious light beings; perhaps the last vestige of spirit beings before we had completely forgotten who and what we are.

I have decided to not over-think this vision, because it is beyond the understanding of the mind.  Me working on opening the door to the Age of Lemuria is about me continuing to work on up-leveling my own consciousness and understanding that our work is also about up-leveling the consciousness of (opening the door for) our collective humanity.

Lemuria represents a point on the spiral journey from which we are moving, and paradoxically to which we are returning.  For me, it feels like home.  That is really the point of the whole thing; however circuitous the way, we are always coming Home.


Check out our website: for my latest workshops and events.  Next up is our monthly Mini-Jumpstart Writing Retreat on Saturday morning, June 15, at the Flying Eagle Retreat Center in Clarkdale, AZ.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baton is Passed to Loving Hands

Greetings Dear Spiritual Teachers, Shamanic Facilitators, Musicians and Soul Friends,
Over the last 10 years, many of you have taught, facilitated, performed and offered your special gifts and talents to Venus Rising students, soul family and community members at the Isis Cove Retreat Center, an hour west of Asheville NC. Brad and I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to host you at Isis Cove Retreat Center for the mutual benefit of all concerned.
We are now overjoyed to announce exciting new changes taking place at Isis Cove Retreat Center (ICRC).  Recently, two of our soul family members, Robert Six Owls and Carol Fleitz, became the new earth stewards and owners of the ICRC. Brad and I are in soulful collaboration with Robert and Carol as they begin to answer their sacred souls' journey and inner calling of guiding ICRC to its next octave of offerings to the world.
ICRC will continue its evolution as an extraordinary sacred space for transformational healers, shamanic teachers and talented performers to offer their unique healing gifts, workshops, sessions and performances. In fact, Robert Six Owls and Carol are looking forward to expanding ICRC's program offerings and to actively participate with teachers on a regular basis. They are presently in the process of planting the spiritual seeds for not only the continuation of the great programs already happening at ICRC but for exciting new workshops and offerings to take root, blossom and grow.
Brad and I are very excited to support Robert and Carol as they pave the way for a variety of new teachers as well as the established programs and teachers already presenting to bring their special offerings to ICRC.
As you plan your next  performance, teaching or workshop, we wholeheartedly invite you to consider coming to ICRC to take advantage of what is already in place here to support your offering:
~ Retreat and Community setting, safe people, animals
~ Privacy
~ Self contained
~ Catering, vegan, vegetarian, healthy fresh foods including  meat dishes, organic nurturing food
~ Heal in Nature, walk beautiful trails through the woods, by the creek up to the Spirit Deck overlooking the mountains or for a nighttime star teaching
~ Vision quest in a safe space
~ Add Shamanic Breathwork to your workshop
~ Offer Massage, Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral, Hypnosis and other healing modalities to your participants
~ Add Sweat Lodges to your workshop
~ Seven Sacred Elemental Sites around property such as the 37 sacred stone Medicine Wheel (each stone weighs over a ton)
~ One hour west of Asheville airport, less than three hours from Atlanta international airport.
~ Shuttle services available
~ ...and more
Carol and Robert expect to move to Isis Cove early this summer and will be here for the Wise Wolf Councils this year. You can contact them now to schedule your next exciting workshop in this one of a kind retreat center in the magical blue mountains of NC. Call Carol today at (910) 580-2176 for more information.
Love and Wolf Howls,
Star Wolf and Brad

PS... 8th Gathering of the Wise Wolf Councils starts this weekend. Don't miss out on a chance to visit Isis Cove during the first big event of the summer! CLICK HERE for more info

Monday, May 6, 2013

Return of the Blog: A VRU Update

Welcome back to the Aquarian Shaman Blog!

When Mom (Linda Star Wolf, or "Mammy Wolf" to the rest of the world)asked me to revive this long-abandoned thread, I decided that the first order of business would be to introduce myself to those who don't know me and then to offer a broad update of some of the exciting new developments within Venus Rising (VR) and Venus Rising University (VRU).
My name is Casey Piscitelli, and I am the new Director of Media and Online Learning for VR and VRU... and I am Star Wolf's Son. Having grown-up in the midst of Mom's work - from her days as a mental health professional, to her addictions recovery work, to holding breathwork sessions in our living room, and throughout the journey that led to Shamanic Breathwork in its current incarnation - one thing is clear: this work is in a constant state of fluidity, and change/evolution is an inevitability. I was approached about coming to join the VR team just at the cusp of one of these shifts - perhaps the biggest one yet.

Many believe as I do that the world is in need/on the verge of a paradigm change, and this change will happen regardless of our readiness for it or our complacency with the status quo. Some see it as a purge. Some see it as a revolution. However this turning of the collective unconscious manifests itself, we believe that it can ultimately (but not certainly) be a change for the better. It's an opportunity for a course-correction for humanity, where like-minded, peace-loving, Earth-loving, self-aware, nurturing, forward-thinking humans who embrace shamanic consciousness help to usher in the new age... which, of course, is right up our alley at VR!

But, I will leave the esoteric musings to Mom and get to the point: Our Earth-Tribe needs to open its arms and expand and welcome and let in not only those who have sought this path, but those reluctant shamans as well. The concepts of shamanism and other aboriginal mysteries have started showing up in mainstream culture, priming the masses for an acceptance and embrace of these wisdoms that couldn't have happened just a couple decades ago. This has been further facilitated by the geometric growth of information technologies, which have served to shrink our globe. Venus Rising recognizes the need to adapt and plug-in to this global network in order to grow, to teach, to enlighten, and to heal at a pace that is consistent with the world around us.

From the beginning, as Mom and I lined-out exactly what my responsibilities would be with the organization, I felt called to do something with VRU. Real-world degrees in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies - now that was something I could sink my teeth into! I had always imagined that, if I ever were to work with Mom and VR, it would be in a capacity that helped bridge her work to the “mainstream” or at least to a much wider audience.

My first thought was that the classes needed to be adapted to an online format in addition to the in-person courses in order to broaden the exposure and appeal of the school. I'm pretty sure that was already on the minds of everyone on the VRU staff, as it was an easy sell.
Homepage Sneak-Peek

The project to develop began in earnest in the fall and is in the late stages as of this writing. There have been many obstacles – so many moving parts to integrate. It has been frustrating at times, as collaborative efforts can be. The world doesn’t stop turning, and many of the players already have enormous demands placed upon their time and energy. I am confident, however, that end result will make a significant impact on the lives and work of all who are affiliated with Venus Rising.

The functionality of the site is ambitious. Not only will it be a place where one can browse degree programs, view instructor biographies, apply and enroll in classes, but we hope to soon have the "VRU Portal" live and online. This section of the site will allow students and instructors to log-on and access their personal VRU page. From that page, one can view their assignments, grades, current courses, and overall progress, as well as access the virtual classrooms of their online courses. Instructors will have the flexibility to deliver their course in person, online, or a combination of the two. They will also enjoy the ability to use any combination of documents, multimedia, and live or recorded webinars (Cisco WebEx) – whatever works best for a given course. The portal will also grant access to the lobby - a place for social networking and sharing images and ideas, fostering a sense of community.

 Sneak-Peek #2

In the coming weeks, expect password protection to be removed from the site, allowing open browsing (right now, the site is in construction mode). That will be followed by the steady addition of new courses. Until then, prospective students may still read all about VRU and enroll in the university by visiting:
Degree programs include:

◦Bachelor of Sacred Elemental Studies

◦Master of Shamanic Intuitional Practices

◦Doctorate of Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies

◦Doctorate of Ministry in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies

Many Blessings

Casey Piscitelli
VR/VRU Director of Media and Online Learning


Search This Blog

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,
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009