Rose Petal Jam

Getting Back to the Basics

In this modern world of instant gratification, immediate messages,…
Don José Matsuwa with Brant Secunda during a Huichol ceremony.

Dreamers of the sun: Huichol Shamanism

In 1970 at 18 years old, intrigued by the books of Carlos Castaneda…
Huichol Indian God's eye yarn art.

Huichol Visionary Works of Art

The Huichol Indians are a culture steeped in artistic expression.…
Tahiti - photo by Mark Allen Ironman Triathlon World Champion

Tahiti – Realizing a Childhood Dream

In my early teens, I saw a group of photos from Tahiti. They…
Mt. Shasta Pond Sunset

Mount Shasta Journey

Looking ahead, I see a journey to Mount Shasta. A beautiful,…
The return of light. Finding hope and life.

Remembering to Live

Over and over again I have heard in the last months what a difficult…
Brant Secunda blessing with macaw fan

SHAMANISM: The Healing Journey of the Heart

Shamans throughout the world, from Tibet and Mongolia to the…
Sunrise Shamanic Practice

Shamanism by 6:30am

I have been studying Huichol Indian Shamanism with Brant Secunda…
Huichol altar at Drum and Harvest Ceremony 2017

Drum & Harvest Ceremony • Autumn 2017

We arrived in the village just before sunset. After eating a light meal of beans and fresh handmade tortillas with salsa, we prepared ourselves for the ceremony. People from various villages had traveled to partake in the harvest ceremony. Elders, men, women, children, and newborn babies all coming together to celebrate, to give thanks, and to pray. Everyone gathered around the fire to offer prayers for a good ceremony. Then the leading elder shaman began to chant quietly, the sound slowly growing as the flames of the fire strengthened.
Embracing Spiritual Energy and Life

Sacred Spiritual life

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way…
Huichol Indian Traditional Corn Ceremony

Dreamers of the Sun Part II: Mother Dove

Ceremonies form a major part of Huichol life. The Huicholes are…
Watching the sunset over Crete on a spiritual retreat

Crete – A Special Place

I have been to Crete several times with my dad and it is always…
Brant Secunda with Huichol

Journey to the Heart

"Is your heart happy?" Don José asks the children at his rancho.…
Sierra Madre Mountains

Power Places

Pilgrimage & Huichol Shamanism
– Originally published in…
Patiently walking over a fallen log over a river.

Letting Go of the Now

It seems to me that, as Americans, we want everything NOW. Shamanism,…
Brant Secunda

Natural Balance

Regaining your balance in the modern world
I’ve been a part…
Alaska Humpback Whale Tale

Living the Dream in Alaska

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Alaska ... not the cruise…
Huichol Girl Laughing in hut window

Journey into the Huichol Sierra

Chronicles of the Spring Ceremony by Nico Secunda
We made it…

Ceremonial Traditions

The Huichol way of life is rich with ceremonial practices. There…
Huichol Woman Cooking Tortilla

The Best Tortillas in the World!

When asked what the Huichols eat, Brant will reply, “ beans…
Huichol Indian Boy with Rattle. Learning shamanic traditions from childhood.

Shamanism: The Healing Way of the Heart

For those who are concerned about the growing rift between the…
Impacts of Shamanism - Mark Allen at Zion

Impacts of Shamanism

A short while ago I was asked about my life since I first met…
Sacred Journey Mt. Shasta

Effective Tools of Communication

Shamanism offers important and effective tools of communication.…
A journey into a Huichol Indian village

The Huichol Sierra

The Huichol Indian Sierra is a window into the past.  This place…
Spring Blossoms of the Soul

The Power of Springtime

In the springtime, the Earth is waking up from her dream and…