Dear Friends & Family (Spring 2017)

Dear friends and family, 

Wow, what a time! I feel almost speechless…..

First a few brief comments on the current situation, and then a recap of my journeys since last summer and plans/events for this teaching season : 

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Shocking events have been taking place regularly in the past few months, and no matter what the surface happenings, the most heart-breaking experience is of the pain, anger, hatred, bigotry, and ignorance being openly displayed! I was in England just as Brexit happened and shocked my UK friends, then back for our own presidential election. 

My highest guidance reminded me of what I had been teaching - that primary cultures all over the world have, within the last decades, given the wands of power to the grandmothers, acknowledging our passage out of the long epoch of the Masculine and into the rising Feminine.

Even the Dalai Lama has said that western women will be the saving of the world, and my wise friend Vicki Noble and colleagues remind us that matri-focal (mother and child focused) values and culture are what will bring nurturing, balance, harmony and renewal to this sweet Earth. So the Feminine, rising from where it has lain deep and quiet, is arising - pushing above it and up to be seen, all the darkness and negativity which has been unexpressed and hidden. And is it ever!! 

This perspective, which indicates that the horrendous negativity must come up to be seen and cleared, is a hopeful one for us all, even though it means we will endure a period of great challenge and darkness. I had hoped it would pass with the election, but it seems we are just truly diving into the real craziness that has lain simmering under the surface. Now it is bubbling up and bursting forth like a volcano and its scalding lava searing everything it touches. 

AND our work, our charge, is to become active in making our voice and loving hearts heard and felt in every realm from our families to our communities to our world. It’s hopeful in the midst of government chaos to see constituencies calling their elected representatives home to demand that they will be represented. And loving support being offered in so many ways — from the Women’ march around the world and the international support for the water protectors at Standing Rock, to people in my home community responding to Neo-Nazi hassling of Jewish families: the local newspaper printed a menorah and everyone put it in the windows! Montana said “NO” in personal and political ways to that kind of energy. So many good things…..

So at whatever level you feel despair and sadness, acknowledge the reality of that. THEN it is vitally important to choose and cultivate a feeling of love and positive energy IN YOUR BODY that creates resilience and the baseline for useful action. I’m teaching about the powerful Path of the Heart and Buffalo Woman’s holy ways in my work - practical and powerful ways to live well and create a world of beauty around us.  

http://www.medicineeagle.com/event-schedule/

If you feel righteous anger and depression about what is occurring, clear it in an appropriate way - by expressing in a safe environment or beating it out on pillows, etc.  so that when your energy moves out into the world, you are not adding to the darkness there. Choose powerful and positive energy and action. Go in peaceful confrontation to those in power, like folks are doing at town meetings around the USA where they are making their voices clearly and personally heard! Gather together for prayer, ritual and positive ceremony. The Mother Earth and All Our Relations are counting on those of us who can consciously and actively do the work of Love and Light as we move through this dark passage! 

On to more mundane things, I have been enjoying the opportunity to became a world citizen and share teaching in many places that are new and exciting to me. I’m blessed with those who welcome, sponsor and support me on this amazing pilgrimage! 

I spent last summer in Europe and the British Isles, and will be doing the same this summer. 

http://www.medicineeagle.com/event-schedule/

Starting with some wonderful rest and relaxation on the southern Spanish coast near Marbella, I was nurtured by my adopted French sister Claire, who has been teaching moontime / moon lodge information she learned from me for 20 years in Paris! We then explored and taught along the Atlantic coast and Gibraltar area (looking across into Morocco!), Seville, and Granada, before taking the train to southern France for teaching in Toulouse, Montpelier, and lovely Cannes. A special joy after that was taking a group of women with sacred troubadour Ani Williams on a Mary Magdalen journey of Cathar and Templar areas around Rennes le Chateau and on to the gypsy festival in St. Maries del Mar on the blue coast, where the Maries came ashore. It was a profound and joyous journey. After that I spent a few days in a small apartment overlooking the trout-filled river in the sweet little hot-springs village of Rennes le Baines - I could have lived there forever!  

 

Then I joined Claire again in Paris, living in a sweet little apartment on the Champs-Elysees while teaching, doing private hearing sessions, as well as book signings. BUFFALO WOMAN COMES SINGING just came out in French with Tre-Daniel press!  On to teach in two lovely German retreat centers, and time out with my singer friend Peti at her lovely little forest home. We explored the ancient trail of huge stones in that area, much to my delight!  

Having learned to love the trains, I traveled all summer by rail and enjoyed seeing the countryside. Gong through Dusseldorf and the Rhine area, I went on to Belgium and Netherlands to teach. Standing on the N Sea beaches and remembering our men’s sacrifice at Dunkirk and Flander’s fields was deeply touching to me.  

Then a long train ride back into the Swiss / French alps to enjoy their stunning beauty after teaching in Annecy and Lausanne. New friend Aurelie and I visited the Mont Blanc area and later climbed a mountain to see that remarkable peak and mountain chain in the distance. I thought my thigh muscles would never stop being sore after that, since I had been at Mediterranean sea level for so long... 

Then out of Geneva into England to teach at Glastonbury and Howell, as well as visit friend Gen at her lovely thatched home in Avebury. Lots of exploration there of huge stones, and my favorite place, West Kennet long barrow.   

Next, the joy of being in my Scot ancestors’ homeland in RossShire near Inverness, and Orkney Isles. I got to slow down after many intense weeks, hike every day in the gorse and heather, visit Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. After that I journeyed through Edinburgh, into the wonderful Lake District of England for great hikes in the beauty there with another Claire - my sponsor and friend. Then a lovely women’s retreat at Snowdonia mountain in Wales; more exploration near Hereford with a shamanic friend; a class with my “family” in Dover / Deal; and then the big airplane across Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada into Seattle and home. 

Here in Montana, I have been housesitting in beautiful places just outside Missoula and getting lots of exercise shoveling snow in a winter of record cold. In the autumn I journeyed to our old home ranch where my sister/friend Tanah holds Sacred Ground and stewards an amazing buffalo herd. Her deeply spiritual work with sacred hunts is an amazing learning and expression of love.

http://www.medicineeagle.com/whats-new/

 Speaking of animals and their teaching, you might also like to read my article from Spain’s birthplace of bull-flighting.

http://www.medicineeagle.com/whats-new/

I’m looking forward to another UK / EU journey this summer, beginning with a wonderful retreat in Scotland and touching into Switzerland, France, Germany, and perhaps Belgium. Then a time of exploration of the land of some long-distance relatives from Denmark! After that the UK again - the mid-lands, Glastonbury, Wales, and Kent before getting that big plane again as autumn draws near. 

I’m looking for teaching sponsors / venues in the USA when I return for autumn and winter, so let me know if you have any good ideas!  

Love and bright blessings to each of you in this startling time of deep challenge and incredible possibility. I’m starting a new blog Journal - ARISING: Earth and Spirit - to stay in better touch with you and send you travel news and photos*, so stay tuned.  Brooke

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   * Anyone on Facebook can find lovely albums of travel photos at Brooke Bebes Medicine Eagle and also check out my Brooke Medicine Eagle teaching page there. 

Dear Friends & Family (Winter 2016)

Dear Friends and Family,

            A wonderful winter is upon us here; the Grandmothers and Grandfathers of the North are reminding us about quieting ourselves, being silent, going deep within the sit with White Buffalo Woman beside her wisdom lake. Too often we neglect to deepen the information and experience, which we have gained around the rest of the wheel, into the wisdom of the North - knowledge which serves the whole of life. When we do practice that, we can walk the Good Red Road, moving from wisdom in the North to action in the South, guided by the light and new ideas of the East and the clearing of the old in the West. May this be a sweet and blessed time for you.

           North Man has kept me in his house! I am staying here in Montana for the winter, rather than journeying again to South America. Due to good things happening on this end, and challenges putting things together on the other, it became sensible and joyful to stay here. I’m living in the studio at Earth and Sky temple, a beautiful place with heated floors and sun through the windows, views into one of the more exquisite landscapes I’ve seen in the world, and a wonderful horse friend to enjoy caring for ….  I’m dancing tango, which I love, and have a new dance and traveling partner who makes life extra sweet.            

           Friends have been gathering a lot during the holidays, and we have all spoken about how much our close relationships give meaning and depth and richness to our lives. Speaking of which, I have formally hunka adopted a new sister - a very special and amazing woman named Susan Powell. She is a powerful and loving teacher in her own right, and is also helping me with web and internet work. Susan is a remarkable gift in my life.

           I’m also getting similar messages in my research of the brain, emotions, and manifestation. Much of the new scientific understanding concerning the methods with which to create positive and happy lives acknowledges the primacy of relationship. My research and learning are for my own personal edification, for sure, yet more importantly for the new teaching I am offering on the SHAMANIC BODY and its magic. The emerging science of epigenetics tells us that our experience and environment determine at least 2/3 of our life, and genetics only 1/3. This gives us tremendous leverage to make our lives as we wish, so learning how is the next step for humanity, as I see it.

           It has been wonderful fun getting back into dancing. I didn’t realize how much was available, even in our little Montana city! I’ve always loved couples' dancing - swing, waltz, and ballroom - and felt a hole in my life without it. It is serving me very well in many ways. I highly recommend that you all give some form of it a try - whether the newly popular salsa or whatever is available. I find that it integrates my nervous system - I may go into class feeling off center, grouchy, clumsy or tired, and I come out feeling clear, light, balanced and energized. Tango is especially wonderful, since the whole dance is about exquisite connection with another person - I think that learning to focus our attention in this way is a positive and useful skill for all areas of life.

            I’ll be returning to teach in Europe and the United Kingdom in the spring and summer. I’m planning to fly into Casablanca for a first visit to Morocco - something I’ve always wanted to do. From there, across the Strait into Andalusia, southern Spain for some beach and play time with my sister friend from Paris who has a home there in Marbella. After that it’s steady work, going into France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and perhaps Denmark, before crossing the channel into England. I’ll share offerings in Scotland (an ancestral place I’ve always wanted to visit) and in beautiful Wales. Magical Glastonbury will be one of my last stops, and I’m hoping to fly back through Iceland and stop there for a few days of touring and hot springs. I’ll definitely be ready for those hot springs after months of fast travel and teaching!  www.medicineagle.com/events-offerings

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            One part of my trip that is truly thrilling to me is the Mary Magdalene / Cathar pilgrimage in southern France with my old friend, and sacred troubadour, the lovely and talented Ani Williams. The month of May there will be gorgeous, and touching that lineage of light and love will be splendid. We’ll visit Templar and Cathar sites, as well as attending the gypsy festival honoring the two Marys who arrived by sea in Saint Marie del Mar on the French coast. I’m so excited about it, and I’d love to have some of you come with me in this once in a lifetime journey!  www.medicineeagle.com/events-offerings

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            I’m still doing private sessions on the phone, and vision quests when the weather is fair. I’d be honored to help you with your forward movement in life, helping release old patterns and traumas that hold you back.   www.medicineeagle.com/private-work-with-brooke

            I am thrilled to be joining the Red Tent Summit again. I get to start it off this year and I hope you will join us - and do invite your sisters to participate as well! Here is the link to register: http://www.profcs.com/app/?af=156934

            This past Piscean Age has charged us with learning to walk our path with heart. I practiced pouring love out of my heart as I journeyed in many countries last year - and it came back in such beautiful ways. I encourage you to open the beautiful pathway before you by doing the same:  practice receiving Creation’s great love and pouring it forth into this sweet world with generosity and joy.  As Swami Beyondananda reminds us, “It’s not about earning God’s love, it’s about spending it!”  

           May you create a pathway of beauty before you in this good new year. You are in my heart and prayers.             Love, Brooke




                        

Dear Friends & Family (Summer 2015)

Dear Friends and Family,

            Whew!!  I’m back in the USA after more than seven intense and wonderful months of international travel and teaching. I’m catching my breath and looking forward to working with you here in this beautiful part of the world. My friends and I here at Earth and Sky Temple in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana invite you to come for retreat and visioning time. I also have several conferences scheduled, including the IIIHS in Montreal and Goddess gathering in California:

            I’m working on a mentoring program to share with you, and I’m always available for private consultations and counsel. (See our section on Private Work with Brooke.) For those interested in setting up workshops, my teachings are now exploring the deepening wisdom I find in White Buffalo Woman’s holy ways and the powerful magic of the Dawn Star’s focus on love and the Path with Heart.

            I wasn’t sure how it would be to drag a suitcase around the world for 7 months, so I “cast myself on the love of the world” and found  people everywhere to be helpful and kind. It felt wonderful to be so generously welcomed and kindly treated. I like the feeling of being an international citizen!

            And it’s given me an interesting perspective on some of the ways we in America lacking in conscious awareness of caring for the Earth and future generations. For example, it was a shock in my little home town of Missoula, MT to find that clotheslines are banned - the very thing that is so joyful and energy-wise in every place in Europe. I’m observing many things like that, and feeling sad about them, for sure. I learned a lot about simply living well and will add those understandings to what I offer to you.

            Living in my gypsy wagon next to a little stream in an aspen grove is very sweet. Yesterday I watched 5 beautiful buck deer playing in the field next to me, and the mountains nearby are always inspirational. We do ceremony in the 60 feet pyramid temple here.  Hiking up Kootenai Creek is a favorite way to exercise and take time out. I hope you can join me here for a deeper connection to yourself, Mother Earth and Father Spirit.

Travelog:

            My first three months of travel were spent with my sister in Ecuador. What a wonderful country to explore with my friend Elaine who helped me move from FlowerSong and journeyed with me. Cuenca is a wonderful colonial city, with rich native culture very evident. Life is very family-focused, and people consciously spend time with their families and being restful during siesta time mid-day. I traveled south to semi-tropical Vilcabamba and north past Quito to Otavalo and Cotacachi, a little town where I felt very much at home. I plan to go back next winter and expect to find a sense of home there again, then to get permanent residency when I am ready to settle down enough. Right now I’m in travel mode again.

            Spring found me in continental Europe for the first time in my life. I traveled and taught in Italy, Malta, Spain, France, and Germany. From Venice to Heidelberg, it was fascinating and enlightening to see the sites, enjoy the countryside, visit sacred areas, and simply live in a continental way. I was impressed with the solar panels on almost every roof in Germany, the simple villages and farms of most every country, the waving lines of clothes drying outside that save so much on electricity, and of course it was exciting to walk the Champs Elysee near my Paris friend’s apartment and stroll along the Seine.

            Flying from Dallas, I met my old friend Manuela in Milan and took the train to Venice for a few days of living in the little maze of streets and eating fresh food from the little stands. The art was stunning, and so richly abundant that I couldn’t keep track of it all. Windy, cold days started there and followed me all spring. I have put albums up on FaceBook of many parts of my journey, and you’ll see me in the same coat, and the wind whipping my scarf in almost every one!  We traveled back to Manuela’s home community - the amazing Damanhur - and the cave Temples of Man. Check out the art if you have never seen it….

            After a delicious week of touring and learning to cook Italian food with new friend Manul at Tasty Tuscany, I had the joy of a few days in Florence - one of my favorite places. By the time I journeyed on to Rome and it’s busy, big city feel, I was about worn out with cathedrals; I walked all over Rome though, and visited the Vatican Museum, just missing “Papa Frances” , the pope, speaking in the plaza there.

            I had expected warm days of Mediterranean spring in Malta; instead it was windy and chilly as the wonderful women there took me to ancient feminine sites and temples. I had not expected the islands to be so built up, so I enjoyed the more rural feel of the isle of Gozo. From there, I flew to northern Spain to work in La Coruna and San Sebastian - coastal cities which both had the feel of Portland and Seattle - more rain ;-) Due to a cold stone cabin and a fireplace which smoked the whole place up in the night, I ended up with laryngitis. It was a good thing I had an interpreter - I became the “people whisperer” - whispering to her, and she spoke to  the classes and private clients. The continuing cold weather, and my not stopping work to fully heal, meant my voice was challenged the whole rest of the journey.

            It was great to zip into Paris by fast train and meet a wonderful woman who had been my student via books and CDs for 20 years - Claire does moon lodges and serves many women there. She was so kind - realizing that I had had little time to rest, she planned a weekend in the French countryside; we laughed and talked, ate wonderful food, and walked in the rain. Then it was back to Paris for private sessions and workshops. We did get a bit of time to walk the streets of Paris and see some of the beautiful sites. I didn’t get time for the Louvre; next year for that. We then went to her home area of Brittany for a workshop and time at Carnac and other Celtic stone sites there along the Atlantic beaches. Food everywhere was a delight, and I ate bread for the first time in years, eventually gaining 20 pounds to show for it.

            Then I traveled into Germany, teaching at the Medicine Wheel gathering and enjoying the countryside after all the city time I had spent for many weeks. Leaving the hilly country there near Fulda, I visited Roger, an old friend from Feldenkrais days, in the sweet little university city of Heidelberg. What a joy to use their extra bike and peddle all over, along the river that runs through town and up the hillside to the castle and parks there. In Europe, homes go up rather than spread out - apartments are more common than suburbs, and building is not allowed on the beautiful surrounding hillsides of most cities, keeping them very lovely. There is a caring kind of conservation there that I very much appreciated.

            After two more workshops at centers near Hannover in the north and time in a sweet garden that was a miniature FlowerSong, I was graced with time in Bavaria with the woman who brought Medicine Wheels to Germany - an MD, naturopath, homeopath, acupuncturist, amazing healer and wonderful hostess. Barbara toured me around to castles in the Alps and across the border into Austria, as well as a day exploring the old city of Munich. I felt very much at home there; the lakes and mountains were reminiscent of Montana’s Flathead Lake country.

            Whew, then I left the continent for the British Isles, teaching at a shamanic conference and special workshop in London, before hopping the coast train for Penzance, Cornwall, to see another old and dear friend from my San Francisco days. Michael and his wonderful wife Geraldine took a chance 20 years ago to get away from the craze of LA (M is an extraordinary independent film maker and master teacher). They have made a lovely and restful home, tucked into the forested cliffs of the Atlantic coast - five minutes to swim in the cove, and another five to get up on the cliffs for hikes with stunning views of the coastline and stone sites. The fog finally rolled in and made it easier to leave that beautiful, semi-tropical part of England; off again on the train to Devon and teaching there at an old student’s center, Shamanka. Her assistant Seersha then took me home to the Dover area of Kent, where we looked back across at France. We toured castles and WWII underground army installations where strategies to cross back into Europe and win the war were made. 

            Wow, that was a fast 14 weeks! Before I could blink, I was on an Icelandic flight across the Atlantic. We stopped in Iceland - I wish I’d have planned a couple days stay there for hot springs and wondrous sites - and dropped into Seattle in record time. On to Missoula and the welcoming arms of dear friends there. I’m now getting settled in my gypsy wagon here where we do ceremony in the 60 foot temple dedicated to Buffalo Woman and Isis. Never a dull moment…. I’m staying here through the generosity of Heyoka Merrifield, a most amazing shamanic artist. You will love to look at his work, and maybe have the joy of owning one of his spectacular pieces - tell him I sent you! www.heyoka-art.com

          Once I left Ecuador, I was working very hard and steadily. It was great to again attend a Medicine Wheel gathering - in Germany, since they are no longer held in America. Sun Bear’s teachings are alive and well there. AND next year, I am planning 3 spring months on the continent, as well as 3 more in the British Isles. My Irish and Scots ancestry is calling, and I’ve been invited to teach there (as well as possibly Finland and Holland….)

            So thanks for staying in touch. I hope to see more of you here in the states as the summer progresses.  Now that I’m in my US home, I am working on my website - a never-ending task, and outlining teachings to record for download.

            Love and bright blessings,  Brooke