When you add one thing to another you get double the stuff. When you mix two ingredients in cooking, you get double the taste experience. When you put two Spiritual Seekers together you get double the insight and double the positive energy.

Regardless of whether or not you think of yourself as a Spiritual Seeker, you must have felt the power of bringing two like-minded people together. As mankind struggles to regain a synchronicity with nature in order to undo the damage we have done to the earth as well as to reach our next level of development and enlightenment, it is important that we each unite our positive intentions and energies in order to strengthen them and to have the most impact on our journey.

Of course, the more people you have in one room the more powerful the effect will be but even a 1:1 conversation with someone has a huge impact. Not only do these two people become inspired by being in each others’ presence and by the Wisdom shared but they each go out into their own little worlds and share this new energy even if it is only through the glowing smiles that adorn their faces.

The more Gatherings that take place around the world the faster our healing will take place. Imagine a single drum beating and then a second adds to the rhythm. Wrapping around the world like a blanket, the impact of the drums becomes a power that one can only imagine. We are these drums echoing the rhythm of Mother Earth.

Are you attending or hosting a Gathering this month?

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “ logo

(See my Gatherings Webpage for upcoming events)


Strong Women

A few weeks ago I was honoured to be part of a Gathering of women and part of a circle lead by a special woman named Faith. At the end of the circle, Faith lead us in a “Strong Woman Song” chant.

At the time, it was an extraordinary event but since then it has become even more powerful for me. Imagine a group of women … strong women… each seeking Truth, healing, and a way to make a difference in some manner. Imagine each, in turn, chant a phrase and then being joined by the rest of the group repeating and adding to the chant – a voice of one and a voice of many.

At the time, I felt a special something, being part of this united energy. And I remember being in awe of the power behind Faith’s voice as she sang her part of the “Strong Woman” chant. Her voice was definitely that of a strong woman and she was not afraid to share it.

Having spent a lot of time in the past few weeks remembering the chant and the Gathering itself, I am starting to understand the purpose and the power of the chant. I am a strong woman. I am part of a strong Sisterhood of strong women. We all support each other, either one on one, or as women as a whole. Honouring the Sacredness of being a woman is vital to walking the path of Truth. Life is about living fully – just as Faith’s voice rang out in the chant, we need to live life with such vibrancy and strength.

I am a Strong Woman and am becoming stronger every day. And every day, now, I give thanks for being taught the Strong Woman Song.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place
(“Strong Woman Song” : a video found on YouTube)


The Clan Mother for this Moon cycle is “Listening Woman”. She teaches us how to listen and how to hear in order to gain the Wisdom, heal ourselves and change the world.

Yesterday I was asked to observe a young man in a Grade 8 class. While I was there I witnessed an interaction that was, to me, extraordinary and was a perfect example of Listening Woman at work.

The assignment for the class was to write an essay about something that was important to them, such as why the school day should be shorter. One student, a young lady, who apparently does not interact in class or work on tasks in the classroom, sat quietly at her desk for most of the class. Even after several attempts to get her to start writing she never looked at her paper or picked up a pen.

Then near the end of the class she put her hand up and asked the teacher to help her find an idea to write about. She had my attention – she had asked for help. The teacher came and pulled up a chair beside her desk and sat quietly. After a moment she asked the young lady a question about her family. It was a simple question and after the equally simple response the teacher made a comment that opened the door for the student. For the next few minutes she told a story about her family and shared her feelings about the situation. It was like a plug was pulled and the floodgates opened. Not only was she telling a story but she was sharing some pretty personal thoughts and feelings about the situation.

The teacher was asked a question by another student and the storytelling paused. The teacher then turned her attention back to the student, having said nothing since her original comment. The student said, “I’ve picked my topic.” Surprisingly, it was not about her family but about a very important cause and prevention strategies. She then shared another story about someone in the community and how the situation had impacted her.

The teacher said that it was a very important message to share and left her to start writing. For the next twenty minutes or so (right into the next class session) the young lady was busy writing. When she was done she held up her paper and proudly showed the room, not that anyone noticed, as they were busy with other things. She then went to two friends to have them each read the story and to share her passion. Her eyes were wide and glistening with alertness; her words came quickly as she urgently passed on her message. She had come “alive”.

I sat in awe. Coaxing and coercing had done nothing; feeding her ideas to write about had done nothing; asking her what she was interested in had done nothing … and then someone listened and her world changed.

The rest of the class I looked around at all the young troubled souls who were clambering for attention by disrupting the class, who made it very clear that they did not want to be there, and I wondered, “what if someone just listened…”

Thank you Listening Woman for that experience and that Wisdom.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Clan Mother: Weighs The Truth

As we walk our paths, we each formulate our own version of what is true for us. This belief system is shaped by our experiences and our interpretation of these events.

Our openness to looking within, to confront our fears, to release our burdens, and to think with our hearts and not the egoic mind peels back the layers of grey to discover the beauty of the pure Truth.

Today we begin the cycle of the March moon and at our Clan Mother Gatherings this month we will discuss weighing and accepting the Truth, to move us beyond the grey.

I invite you to join one of our Gatherings to share your wisdom about this topic, strengthening the healing energy around the world.

Upcoming Gatherings:
Tonight, at The Gathering Place, 7:00 PM
Friday, March 19th at 1:30 PM, at the Welkin Wellness Centre, Brantford
Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 AM, at The Gathering Place.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Upcoming New Moon Gatherings

December 16th/09 is the day of the New Moon. This is a special moon cycle as it is the 13th of the year.

Two Gatherings will take place to explore and strengthen the feminine aspect: “Becomes Her Vision” as described in the book “The 13 Original Clan Mothers” by Jamie Sams.

The Gathering Place, SW Ontario; 7-8:30 PM
Welkin Wellness Centre, Brantford, Ontario 3-4:30 PM


Upcoming New Moon Gathering

I’m excited to offer a new Gathering at “The Cabin”.

On the eve of the new moon, Mon. Nov. 16th, I will be hosting a Gathering to discuss and strengthen the feminine energy in each of us and in so doing change the world.

Topic: Walks Tall Woman, based on information in Jamie Sams’ book, “The 13 Original Clan Mothers”

Walking the Talk is our goal yet often hard to live up to. Using our feminine energy to influence our choices makes it possible! Are you making conscious choices, taking into consideration the effects of your actions on our society and the next 7 generations? Join us to learn about the inner voice of the feminine energy.

New Moon Gathering
Mon. Nov 16/09
7:00 – 8:30
Location: The Cabin, Harley Ontario.
(spaces are limited)
The Cabin

contact me for more information

February Moon

Talk with Relations; Learn the Truth… of your Self, your path, the Universe, all that Is.


Sunrise Gathering: December 2008

This morning was the first official Sunrise Gathering, with six women present. The full moon, from the night before is said to be the largest full moon that would be seen in a long time. A unique moon for a unique event.

Soon after the Gathering began a Crow flew by the tipi and called out.

Looking up “Crow” in the Medicine Cards, I found that Crow is the keeper of Sacred law and an omen for change. The Cards also say that Crow signifies the law that “all things are born of women.” Very fitting messages to our Gathering.

Next Gathering is January 17th, 2009.