Zelia’s Shamanic Trance Dance training was, for me, a perfect balance of external and internal preparation for holding sacred space for this important, transformative ritual. Zelia gave thorough and clear teachings, explanations, demonstrations and opportunities to practice in preparing ourselves as facilitators, and preparing the space. She combined this with facilitating trance dances and other ritauls through which I received great insight, guidance and healing to support the training. I found this humbling & essential to understanding the responsibility of holding sacred space. As always, Zelia’s passion for and commitment to her work was clearly evident and she delivered her teachings with great care and respect, enabling me to feel held and safe throughout, especially when the personal work became challenging. The small group worked well for me, giving ample time for discussion, sharing and integration, as well as down time around the fire. I feel confident that I am equipped and supported on all levels to take Zelia’s teachings forward, & look forward to being an active member of the expanding Shamanic Trance Dance community. Sarah
‘I recently completed Zelia’s shamanic trance dance training. I experienced it as intensive (and intense), structured work to prepare me and the other participants – in inward and outward terms, so spiritually, personally and practically – to offer a three hour shamanic trance dance space to others.
The training covered all aspects of holding a shamanic trance dance space in depth and with rigor. I feel a confidence after the training to offer the work myself and a sense of how powerful it is, both from the training and from my own practice of this work in the past few years.
I have done many trainings in my life in many different disciplines, and this was the most personally demanding and arduous I have experienced so far – with laughter and companionship along the way. It was one of the most useful learning experiences of my life.
Zelia, gave the five day training her all – she had considerable preparation work to do in addition to our work together as a group. I imagine she must have been utterly exhausted by the end of day 5 – and she maintained her focus and holding of our space with undiminished care and energies throughout.
I have deep respect for Zelia’s work, and her passionate and whole-hearted commitment. I have worked with her for several years – her choice is to choose to train those of whom she already has a good sense. I know no one else who so entirely and consistently lives what she believes. That is founded on her spiritual belief and practice, and an ethic of service based on empowerment, not power – profoundly respectful of others’ needs for self determination and the sacredness of all life.
Whilst I was aware of all of that before the training, those five days brought home to me the extent of that commitment and the depth at which Zelia offers herself to hold a safe, facilitating, empowering space for those who come to her dances. Her integrity and passion shine, and are inspiring to be around.
I also have considerable respect for her choice to impart to us with generosity and without reserve the wisdom of her many years’ work, in order to create community and allow the work to radiate outwards for the benefit of all of us – an offering from the heart, empowering others, beyond the withholding’s and defences of ego.
The values and qualities that support this work – presence, intention, awareness, a sense of the Sacred, gratitude, equality, humility, open-heartedness, authenticity, integrity and willingness – are the values and qualities Zelia embodies and models. I feel blessed to have had this opportunity to work with her and learn from her. Much gratitude Lindsey
I am really giving thanks for crossing paths with Zelia and all that she has shared. I have been working with Shamanic Trance Dance with Zelia for two years after a deep personal journey involving training with Peruvian and Mexican Shamans.
I learnt that healing of nature and spirit that was available to us, and always was. I was looking for some way to access similar deeper healing in the West and found it. The dance opened things in me and took me deeper into my personal journey. I felt a deep connection to this way of working and safely held and supported by Zelia. This allowed me to explore deeply.
As I went deeper into workshops Zelia holds, I felt how she really shares the essence of her own learning and practice, by the way she lives and holds space.
I find the dance as deep as a lot of the work I have done elsewhere and really accessible here in this part of the world.
I knew deeply that my path was to create space for similar ritual and feel like Zelia responded through the spirit of life running through her and her big heart and shared everything in the training. She is really inspiring in the way she shares and is genuinely holding a space for the awakening of consciousness.
In the training which is in depth and professional, space is held so we can truly connect to our individual needs and medicines and learn how to hold space. I received more than I imagined I would. I felt like everything I needed was given and that’s where I learnt the most, being inspired by someone who works directly with the spirit of life to gift what is needed to each individual as part of the whole. I am really grateful to Zelia for her dedication to the creation of sacred space and all the unseen effort and dedication she puts into her work.
She holds a space in which you can empower yourself to do the work, sharing the guidelines of ancient tradition and her own personal experience. Whilst maintaining honour to the present community so we can support each other in the expansion of consciousness here on Earth.
Zelia teaches by being a living example of someone in service to Great Spirit and Mother Earth and the energy of that radiates through her work. In the training I found deep personal healing and answers to some of the blocks in my path. I feel deeply inspired to continue.
I’m feeling to share that Zelia really held me with true compassion, conscious being, open heart and genuine support and held space so well for me to bring myself back together after a near death experience. I received deep healing which made me feel whole again and confident to continue my own path of being a bridge to different realities. Giving thanks!!!!
I feel like doing the training was being offered a doorway on my path, one which I honour and respect. I’m really grateful for all that she has shared, a true gift and I definitely intend to journey deeper with her and the Spirit of life . Thank you. Sally.