Introduction to the Medicine Wheel

September 12-14, 2014

Camp Asbury, Hiram, Ohio

The Essence

Traditional Medicine Wheel

Indigenous cultures refer to medicine as the essence of the person, place or thing. In our terms it is the essence of being a spiritual, physical, mental and emotional being. Over the last tens of thousands of years, the Medicine Wheel has evolved as the one consistent tool that has informed us about our essence of being. Embedded in every form (Celtic Cross, Four elements, four cardinal directions, four archangels, etc.) has been a set of consistent methods for not only making meaning of the world, but how to live in it from a present, focused, here and now approach of being. More modern theorists such as Carl Jung and Robert Moore have recognized that the medicine wheel inherently makes sense of our entire state of being. The most impactful realization is that every culture Figure 1A Traditional Medicine Wheel had their version of the medicine wheel. Hence, there is not one correct medicine wheel. Yet, the value becomes is to use the wheel in whatever form that makes sense to you that can lead you back to your center.

A Return to Our Center

The Medicine Wheel reflects the teachings of most all spiritual practices that profess that we need to return to our center, the place where not only do we find our true self, we find how we are at one with all creation. As Kierkegaard reported in his experience to find himself, the center comes to those that are silent, that are able to quiet the mind through the fear of silence to suddenly awaken to what has always existed.

Listening for God

As my prayer became more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent.
I started to listen
-which is even further removed from speaking.
I first thought that praying entailed speaking.
I then learnt that praying is hearing,
not merely being silent,
this is how it is.
To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking.
Prayer involves becoming silent,
and being silent,
and waiting until God is heard.

-Soren Kierkegaard


In this workshop we will explore the medicine wheel using four guiding principals:

  1. Show up and be present without preconceived notions, while having the Ability to Take Action and Enforce Boundaries.

  2. The Ability to Assess, Analyze and Contain, while saying what is so when it is so, without blame or judgment.

  3. The Ability to Connect and Feel, while paying attention to what has heart and meaning.

  4. The Ability to Initiate, Support and Create Order while being open to outcome.

In addition, we will look at the medicine wheel as a whole to understand the symbolism and processes that go into understanding how to create a wheel that can lead you back to your center.


What to Bring

Please bring any rocks or crystals that want to come along, as well as any artifacts, claws, teeth, tools. A journal notebook is encouraged as well as any comforts for sitting on the floor, such as floor chairs, back supports, blankets, pillows, etc.


Dinner will be served on Friday night; Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday: breakfast and lunch. Departure at 3pm.

medicine-wheel-3 20" Diameter medicine wheel made from crystals and stones

When and Where to Come

Registration will begin at 12:00 PM on Friday, September 12th at Camp Asbury. The workshop will begin on Friday, running into the night, Saturday all day and into the evening, and Sunday 9am to 2pm. The workshop will be held at Camp Asbury, 10776 Asbury Rd., Hiram Ohio 44234.

medicine-wheel-diagram-thumb Medicine wheel diagram (click to enlarge)

What to Pay

The fee for the workshop is $405 if paid by August 1st, 2014. Send $100 to hold your space or call Lauren if you need to discuss payment. If paid after August 1st, 2014, the fee is $455. This included room and 6 hot meals as listed above.

There is a $100 administration fee for cancellations occurring within the two weeks prior to the workshop.

For further information, kindly call Lauren at 216-272-8438 or e-mail to reserve a space in the circle. Please send a check, payable to The Rock Girls inc. Mail the check to The Rock Girls Inc. PO Box 24455, Cleveland Ohio 44124. Once paid-in-full you will receive info on your stay at Camp Asbury.

Due to the workshop focus and the unique facilities, the attendance will be limited to 25 people.

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