by Wendy Kagan
Since 2004, O'Hare has been nurturing a community rooted in Peruvian shamanic spiritual traditions. Once a tiny seedling, that Beacon-born community has grown wider and stronger in recent years.
Led by O'Hare and her core group, several ongoing events open their arms to the public. On Monday nights, 7 to 9 pm, a Women's Chanting Group meets at The Healing House (11 North Cedar St., Beacon). On Thursday nights, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, the group holds a "DANCE*DRUM*SING*HUM" gathering at Beacon Yoga Center (464 Main St., Beacon). With drumming, dancing, and voice, says O'Hare, "It is an incredibly uplifting experience in a powerful sacred space fueled by the beauty and resonance of the music we create together."
For those looking to delve deeper into shamanic spiritual practice, O'Hare offers a 16-month Mesayok Medicine Spiral training that begins every September. Spiral classes are held monthly.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth article about shamanism in a future issue of Chronogram. In the meantime, contact O'Hare at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about events, trainings, and one-on-one healing sessions in the Beacon area.