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Foundation of the Sacred Stream
A Quarterly Newsletter from the Foundation of the Sacred Stream ISSUE 19 | JULY 2010
Creating Pathways to wholeness

Note from General Mgr


Spotlight: Sacred Stream Staff


Featured Practitioner

Excerpt from the Book Michael's Journey

Journey On It...



Community News


Intro to the Shamanic Journey

Depth Hypnosis Foundation Course

Integrated Energy Medicine

Applied Shamanism




Buddhist Psychology Studies

Note from the General Manager

Welcome to our Summer 2010 newsletter. A lot has happened since the publication of our last issue. To start, we’ve added two great new people to the Sacred Stream staff (see our Spotlight section) and Simone has returned from maternity leave! As if that isn’t exciting enough, we are in the midst of a travel-filled season. Having just returned from
Mesa Verde, we will now head off to teach classes in Rhode Island and Hawaii.

We are happy to announce that you can subscribe to the Sacred Stream podcast on iTunes! Our monthly podcasts will also remain available for streaming or downloading on our website. This month’s podcast is on Moon Lodge – the initiatory nature of
women’s biology.

In this edition of the newsletter you will find our regular columns - Ask Isa, Journey On It and the Featured Depth Hypnosis Practitioner. We also hope you will enjoy an interesting article on Ho'oponopono (an ancient Hawaiian form of mediation), and an excerpt from Tamara Teichgraeber’s new book for middle school children. Tamara brings all of her experience in social work, education, and working with the shamanic journey to this inspiring story.

Wishing you a delightful summer,

Laura Chandler, CHT
General Manager
Foundation of the Sacred Stream
Rhode Island Classes: Don’t miss Isa in Rhode Island at Sun Rose Farm. Starting this week, she will be giving two free talks and teaching the following classes – Intro to the Shamanic Journey, Applied Shamanism Immersion, Working with Dreams, Relationships 3, and Integrated Energy Medicine Immersion. There is still time to register. Classes start July 7.

Hawaii Workshops: The Huna 1 and Huna 2 classes, taught in retreat on the Big Island, begin August 9. There are three spots still available for Huna 1 and a few more for Huna 2. If you’re interested, sign up now. These popular workshops will not be offered again until 2012.

Free Talk Moved from Lotus Rising Center: Isa Gucciardi's free talk on energy medicine at 5:30pm on July 7 at Lotus Rising Centerhas been moved! The talk will now be offered 5pm to 6pm on July 7 at Westport Grange, 931 Main Road, Westport Central Village, MA. Please also note the earlier time. To RSVP for this talk please be in touch with Karen Moore Holliday.

Stay Posted about Sacred Stream: Now you can follow Foundation of the Sacred Stream on Twitter and connect with us on Facebook. It is also possible to subscribe to the Sacred Stream podcast. Our podcasts are also available on iTunes.

We invite you to participate in discussions on Facebook, Twitter, and Tribe. If you enjoy our podcasts, please consider visiting iTunes and giving them a good rating. Likewise, if you enjoy the workshops, please consdider visiting Yelp and posting positive feedback. We appreciate your participation and your support.

Spotlight: Sacred Stream Staff

cody humstonWe are excited to welcome two new staff members to the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, Jackie Jordan, Student Services Coordinator, and Cody Humston, Marketing Coordinator.

Ohio-born William “Cody” Humston has been in web marketing since 2000, working with large and small businesses in the United States and Mexico. An advocate of lifelong learning, Cody was drawn to the Foundation of the Sacred Stream by a desire to seek deeper understanding of human consciousness. A journalist by trade, his works have appeared in a variety of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times, and Contra Costa County Times. In his spare time Cody enjoys writing, watching films, listening to music, cooking, and traveling.

jackie jordanJackie Jordan grew up in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu.  Some of her favorite things to do there were eating plate lunches at Zippy's, driving to the North Shore for a Matsumoto's shave ice, and taking long walks around Diamond Head Crater.  She received her BA in Theatre at the University of Hawai'i and worked for 15 years as a theatre administrator.  Jackie began her studies in meditation and alternative healing in 2008.  She is currently a student at John F. Kennedy University working towards an MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies.  Jackie currently resides in San Francisco and is thrilled to be working for the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.  She looks forward to getting to know all of you in the near future.

Simone Sandy has been working with the Sacred Stream since 2008. She is an
accomplished writer and long time student of Buddhism who holds several degrees in Creative Writing and Religion. She returns to the Sacred Stream after a brief hiatus, during which time she gave birth to her latest adventure – her daughter, Maitreya. Simone’s passions include cooking, playing mbira, and dancing around her living room with her daughter. She is excited about the many positive changes that have happened at the Foundation, and for her personally, during the past two and a half years - new workshops, new center, new home, new family, to name a few, and she is looking forward to seeing what emerges next.

Ho'oponopono: Making Right

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian word which refers to a process of mediation which has been used to bring peace among family and community members in Hawaii for centuries. Ho’oponopono is a key component of the larger school of psychology and healing called Huna.

Huna is a very ancient psychology, which has roots in mystery schools beyond the Hawaiian Islands. Many of the important elements of these mystery schools were relatively well preserved within the shamanic practices of Hawaii until the arrival of Christian missionaries in the early nineteenth century.

The Christian missionaries made it illegal for Hawaiians to practice any of their healing or community building practices, and much of the wisdom in these shamanic practices was lost or hidden as a result. In the early part of the twentieth century, Max Long, a western researcher investigating healing practices in Hawaii, coined the word “huna” to refer to these practices. The word “huna” means secret.

The secret of the success of ho’oponopono as a vehicle for bringing peace to the community lies in its insistence on personal responsibility and inner reflection. The context of Huna provides understanding about how inner conflicts within individuals have a tendency to generate external conflicts in community settings.

Read On

You can learn more about Ho'oponopono in the Huna classes, which will be taking place on the Big Island of Hawaii on August 9 - 15 and August 17 - 23.

Featured Practitioner: Mary Kate Jordan, CH, DHP

mary kate jordanIn a Catholic women’s college, back in the day, curiosity led me into Buddhism as a mental exercise and, briefly, into astrology. After graduation, I became an art teacher busily pretending not to be an artist until, still curious, I took an herb class that opened me to life in ways I’d scarcely imagined possible. The class, and the people I met there who were dedicated to alternative healing, created a crucible for my spiritual renewal.

Seeing beyond my own needs, I studied astrology seriously and became a professional practitioner. I moved from Manhattan to the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, where I established a professional life as an astrologer additionally trained in a comprehensive system of healing, NLP, and various visualization practices.

Revitalized, my life expanded to make room for artistic development. I trained as a hospice volunteer, which led me to write Losing Uncle Tim, the first nationally-published children’s book about loss due to AIDS. I started quilting, then took a class in non-traditional embroidery which ignited my dormant passion for line, form, color and texture defined by fabric and thread. I made a tentative commitment to work as a fiber artist.

In 2003, Isa Gucciardi’s Introduction to the Shamanic Journey class confronted me with a depth and clarity in myself I’d been previously reluctant to see, much less acknowledge. I determined then and there to follow wherever this work would lead me.

It’s led me to certification as a hypnotherapist; studies in Applied Shamanism and Energy Medicine; certification as a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner; ordination as a minister; and confidence to begin to sell my art work. It’s taken me to Rhode Island; the San Francisco Bay; Hawaii; the Orkneys; and Mesa Verde.  It’s brought me to an integrated experience of Buddhism, Christianity, and Applied Shamanism, where I encounter the wisdom which is an expression of my whole and true nature.

As an art student, I once understood peace as the creative use of unblocked energy. I let peace slip away because I thought it was something I had to deserve, or seek outside myself. Now I’m waging inner peace with Depth Hypnosis and the arts, grateful to those who walk this path before, beside, and behind me.

I specialize in working with people who have complex family-of-origin dynamics; with individuals and couples whose issues are related to grief or loss; with those who feel stuck, lacking confidence, or otherwise unprepared to fulfill, or even identify, their dreams. Clients tell me I listen deeply. They appreciate my ability to track the story behind their words. They say the safe professional relationship we share in the here-and-now of their sessions, whether in my office or on the phone, helps them reframe painful past experience into stepping stones to a new tomorrow. 

TheJordanCenter.com (Depth Hypnosis and the Arts)
Chaptertwocorea.com (One of the featured artists, online and in Maine)
YourSpiritualSolutions.com (Astrology)

Excerpt from the Book Michael's Journey

By Tamara Teichgraeber

Michael's Journey is about a middle school student who meets his spirit guide in human form during a low period in his life. He is the child of an alcoholic and feels very isolated when his spirit guide appears and begins educating him about who he really is - who his ancestors were as well as who he is spiritually. My hope is to use the book as an educational tool with middle school students who are struggling with parents who have substance abuse issues and to introduce them to journeying through the book. In this chapter, Michael has been suspended from school for beating up another student. He is on the first day of his suspension and has just left the restaurant where his mother works when he again runs into his spirit guide, 'Chief.'
Michael nodded his head and quickly left the restaurant. His stomach felt nice and full but nothing else felt very settled.  It was a Friday and he was not at school. As he walked slowly back towards his apartment he realized how important school had become for him. He didn’t always feel completely safe walking through the corridors at school, due in large part to Jamal and some of Jamal’s friends, but there was a consistency there that he didn’t have in any other part of his life. He knew what to expect at school. And he truly liked most of his teachers. He felt a little lost without that routine.  

He was thinking about the next few days and what he would do with his time when he looked up and saw the old man from yesterday, leaning against the wall of the convenience store, in almost the same place that he had seen him the day before.

“Hello Michael,” Chief lifted his arm in greeting. “How is life treating you today?”  

“I’m OK,” Michael answered, feeling a little guarded around this stranger.

“Isn’t it funny how we don’t appreciate something until we don’t have it anymore?” Chief asked.

Michael was now standing next to the old man. He looked at him inquisitively. “What are you talking about?” Michael asked, even though he had an idea what the old man was referring to. It was uncanny the way this old guy knew stuff about him. Michael didn’t trust him and was certainly not going to make it easy for him.

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Journey On It..." Creativity"

By Jennifer

The shamanic journey is a method of working in an altered state and is achieved by using sound, such as a repetitive drum beat. It is called "shamanic" because working in an altered state in this way is found in most indigenous cultures.  However, it is not limited to shamanism. The journey can be described as an active form of meditation and is very useful in exploring the psyche and enhancing personal growth. Our purpose in offering this column is to create a forum, where people engaged in a shamanic journey practice may deepen their work with the journey, and their understanding of the journey as a tool for healing. Please feel free to send us a journey for publication to info@sacredstream.org.

Authentic creativity is one way we can remain connected with our deeper selves and universal flow. The journey can be a path toward opening to our own authentic creativity, as is demonstrated in the following journey.

I ask my guide, Fox, "How do I let my creativity take its own form?"

Fox grips my hand. "You squeeze the life out. You want to please others and this takes the life out of you. Because you are concerned about what others are thinking, you reject your own creative forms. Allow yourself to trust your creativity and your creative forms. They will show you the way. You can let go. You don’t have to control and judge them before they take shape and grow and become what they really are. You do this because you are afraid others will judge your creative forms. You need to be gentle and provide an environment that makes the creative forms comfortable. Then they can grow strong and become confident in themselves in order to meet their true potentnial."

I ask Fox, " How do I create this environment?"

Fox says, "Create a special spot for your creative forms, If you trust them, there’s no need to do all the work of worry. Be more slow and less forced."

"I understand what you are saying, Fox," I say. "I really like this concept, but I am trying to picture how it works. How can I practice it in my life?"

Fox says, "Remember the essential aspects of the creative environment:  calm, forgiving, loving, gentle."

ASK ISA: This Month's Q & A Addresses "2012"

What is your take on 2012?  

Isa GucciardiAs 2012 approaches, more and more people are wondering what is needed to be able to meet the demands of the changes that are prophesied for the winter solstice on December 22, 2012. This date refers to the time when many ancient calendars either run out, or have a shift that creates a dramatic change to the world as we know it.

In Vedic science, the ancient wisdom of India, the concept of kalpas, or eons coming to an end as one world ends and another begins, is the subject of much calculus in the measurement of time. In some of the Vedic schools, 2012 is recognized as a shifting point.

Like the practitioners of Vedic science, the Mayans, a people who flourished in Central America from about 2000 BC to 1000 AD, created calendars of great complexity. Their approach to time is also similar to that of Vedic calendar scientists. The Mayan calendar was adopted by the Toltecs and the Aztecs, and many theorists believe their calendar systems were carried north to the Ancient Puebloans. The Mayans define any given period of time through several different nomenclatures. One of them is the so-called “Long Count Calendar,” which ends on the winter solstice of 2012.

Read On

Do you have a question you'd like to ASK ISA?

Email info@sacredstream.org with ASK ISA in the subject line and we will select one question each month to include in this column.

Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream and the primary teacher for the Foundation's programs in Depth Hypnosis, Applied Shamanism, Buddhist Psychology, Integrated Energy Medicine, Transpersonal Studies, and Destination Studies.

Summer 2010 Calendar & Fall Preview

San Francisco Bay Area Events: 

Fall Equinox Drumming Circle
Sunday, September 12; 6:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
Please RSVP to info@sacredstream.org

Free Teleclasses: 

Teleclasses are interactive distance learning courses similar to a conference call, and taught by Isa Gucciardi, PhD. Each participant can just listen and absorb, or engage in the discussion. You do not need a computer to participate in a teleclass. All you need is a telephone and you can call from anywhere!

The Shamanic Journey
Thursday, July 29; 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST

What is Buddhist Psychology Studies?
Thursday, August 26; 4:00pm PST, 7:00pm EST

The Shamanic Journey
Thursday, August 26; 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST

What is Depth Hypnosis?
Wednesday, September 1; 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST

Buddhist Perspectives on Relationship
Tuesday, September 7; 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST

Soul Retrieval and Shamanic Healing Techniques
Wednesday, September 8; 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST

To register, contact info@sacredstream.org or 415-333-1434.

Distance Learning Classes:

Buddhist Psychology Studies I Teleclass
Mondays, September 13, 20, 27, & October 4
4:00pm to 6:30pm PST (7:00pm to 9:30pm EST)
$295; Early Registration: $275 by August 13

Depth Hypnosis Supervisory Teleclass
Tuesdays, September 14, October 12, November 16, December 14
4:30pm to 6:30pm PST (7:30pm to 9:30pm EST)
$225; Early Registration: $200 by August 14

Buddhist Psychology Studies II Teleclass
Mondays, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1
4:00pm to 6:30pm PST (7:00pm to 9:30pm EST)
$295; Early Registration: $275 by September 11

Destination Studies:

Huna I: The Spirits of Hawaii
August 9 -15
Kona, HI

Huna II: Manifesting the Spirits of Hawaii

August 17 -23
Kona, HI

San Francisco Bay Area Training Programs and Workshops:

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
This course is a prerequisite for many of our workshops!
September 11 & 12
10:00pm to 4:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$250; Early Registration: $235 by August 11

Relationships I
Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$297; Early Registration: $275 by August 16

Depth Hypnosis Foundation Course
Part I: September 25 & 26
Part II: October 23 & 24
Partt III: November 20 & 21
10:00am to 7:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$1595; Early Registration: $1550 by August 25

Grief and Loss
October 2 & 3
10:00am to 4:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$295; Early Registration: $275 by September 2

Applied Shamanism Immersion Workshop
October 8 -10
Friday: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00pm to 7:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$595; Early Registration: $575 by September 8

Shamanic Journey Supervisory
Mondays, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$105 Early Registration: $95 by September 11
($75 for students who have taken the Journey Supervisory in the past)

Relationships II
Thursdays, October 14, 21, 28, and November 4
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$295; Early Registration: $275 by September 14

Understanding the Worlds Beyond Death
October 29 -31
Friday: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sacred Stream Center
Berkeley, CA
$595; Early Registration Discount: $575 by September 29

To register, contact info@sacredstream.org or 415-333-1434.

New England Classes and Events: 

Free Talk: What is Integrated Energy Medicine?
**Please note new location and time**
Wednesday, July 7; 5:00pm
Westport Grange
931 Main Road
Westport Central Village, MA

Free Talk: Soul Retrieval and Power Retrieval
Wednesday, July 7: 7:30pm
Breathing Time Yoga
541 Pawtucket Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pawtucket, RI

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
Friday, July 9; 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, July 10; 9:00am to 3:00pm
SunRose Farm, Saunderstown, RI

Applied Shamanism Immersion Workshop
Saturday, July 10;  5:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday, July 11; 10:00am to 9:00pm
Monday, July 12; 5:00pm to 10:00pm
SunRose Farm, Saunderstown, RI

Relationships 3: Healing Our Inner Selves
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 13 & 14; 5:00pm to 10:00pm
SunRose Farm, Saunderstown, RI

Working With Dreams
Thursday, July 15; 5:00pm to 10:00pm
SunRose Farm, Saunderstown, RI

Integrated Energy Medicine Immersion Workshop
Friday, July 16; 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, July 17; 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, July 18; 10:00am to 7:00pm
SunRose Farm, Saunderstown, RI

Depth Hypnosis Practice Group
Friday, July 23; 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Bristol, RI
For details, please contact Katharine Rossi

Journey Group
Monday, July 26; 7:00pm to 8:45pm
North Kingstown, RI
For details, please contact Katharine Rossi

Journey Group
Monday, August 9; 7:00pm to 8:45pm
Bristol, RI
For details, please contact Katharine Rossi

For more information on upcoming classes, please visit our calendar page.

Please visit our websites for more information:


Community News

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Fund Drive

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is building a greenhouse in the Arboretum to act, among other things, as a classroom for people to learn about plants. With so many people losing connection with the earth, this kind of education is very important. They are seeking donations to help with this project and they currently have a matching grant program going. If you would like to help people stay connected with the beauty of plants through this kind of education, please contact rlucier@sfbotanicalgarden.org or call (415)661-1316 x 302.

Sacred Stream Center Available for Rental

Sacred Stream Center is available for rental for ceremonies, classes, and client sessions offered by healers. Please contact Lauren Markham for more information.

Space Clearing Society Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the New England Space Clearing Society of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream will be at 7:00pm on July 8.  For more information about this meeting please contact Debbee Radcliff and for more information about the Space Clearing Society, please visit their page on our website.

Photo Credits: Isa Gucciardi (two-part rock), Deborah Hall (drums, Isa), Karen Jamiolkowski (rainbow), Mary Kate Jordan (rock), Karin Mellberg (flowers and bark), and Sherri Serino (tulips)