Placing the Being Back in Human: Native Healing March 2020


March 10-17, 2020

An immersive communion with Source, Ancestors, Elementals and Earth, via the vehicles of traditional Native American Indigenous Ceremonies and intensives in a magical, restorative rainforest setting. Leading this retreat is renown Native American medicine man, Chief Tsunka Wakan Sapa, Phillip Scott, who draws from his rich wisdom of Lakota, Cheyenne and other Native American lineages. Placing the Being Back in Human has been created to avail participants in profound, enduring healing in order to remembering who they truly are and the gifts they bring to the world for the benefit of All of Our Relations. Traditional purification (sweat) lodge ceremonies, plant medicine ceremonies, and prayer to the elements ceremonies will be practiced during this retreat.

Detailed descriptions of each ceremony, and pricing for this retreat are listed below in the daily schedule and additional info sections. Please Note: All Ceremonies conducted in a Traditional manner and appropriate attire is requested.

Your Facilitator

Of mixed Ancestry and thrice struck by Lightning, Phillip Scott has walked the Native Path for over thirty years, learning from and sanctioned by traditional Medicine/Holy people, tribal Spiritual leaders, Wisdom keepers and Elders from several Indigenous cultures. Annually Sundancing in the Lakota tradition and a member of the Native American Church for over two decades, he is a Ceremonial leader and Traditional healer, entrusted to share Indigenous wisdom and Medicine practices with the contemporary world. Interviewed both nationally and internationally, his life, experience and writings have been featured in journals and books.  In addition to directing and teaching the programs at Ancestral Voice – Institute for Indigenous Lifeways in Northern California, which he founded in 1994, he maintains a private healing practice, performs Ceremonies. conducts intensives, gives lectures and leads pilgrimages worldwide. He is skilled in survival and primitive technologies, has received a Masters degree from Naropa University and is also a licensed EMT.


This retreat is produced in partnership with Circle of Sacred Nature, 501 (c) (3)

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Daily Schedule

Tuesday, March 10:

Morning & Afternoon: Arrival & Settling In

Evening: Full Moon Ceremony

In honour of Grandmother’s fullness, we gather to Pray, to release that which no longer serves, to plant seeds of intention and celebrate our lives. Through Sacred Indigenous Song and music, She and the Ancestors are invoked, providing direction and healing for ourselves and our relations. The Ceremony is conducted in a traditional manner and serves to introduce ourselves for our journey together and to launch the Dream.


Wednesday, March 11

Early Morning: Sun Greeting Ceremony

In acknowledgement of the Elders, Wisdom Keepers and Medicine People who practice this devotion daily, through Sacred Song, Prayer and movement, we Honour the Sun and celebrate the Blessings of a new day.

Morning & Afternoon: Chop Wood, Carry Water

Preparations for Plant Medicine Ceremony & Purification Lodge. 

Commonly referred to as a “sweat lodge”, the Purification Lodge (known as Inipi in Lakota) is an ancient, Indigenous Prayer and Healing Ceremony, which combines the Sacred Elements – Air, Fire and Water – within the womb of the Earth.

Evening: Land Blessing Ceremony

A Ceremony to receive Blessings from the land, honour the Indigenous stewards and commune with the Ancestral Spirits who dwell there.


Thursday, March 12

Early Morning: Sun Greeting Ceremony

In acknowledgement of the Elders, Wisdom Keepers and Medicine People who practice this devotion daily, through Sacred Song, Prayer and movement, we Honour the Sun and celebrate the Blessings of a new day.

Morning (10am) – Evening (6pm): Healing the Human Being

Traditional Medicine People are recognized throughout the world as wounded healers. They harness the energy, wisdom and Medicine gleaned from their wounds, pain and adversities for the purposes of healing themselves and others. All of us are wounded- that is part of the journey.  The quest is to discover the necessary tools to nourish, purify and heal ourselves- to transmute the poisons and toxins of our thoughts and actions into personal strength and integrity. Employing the Sacred Hoop of Life to assess our balance, we will draw upon ancient practices from Indigenous Traditions to heal and nurture ourselves as well as learn potent methods to place the being back in human in order to be of greater service to All of Our Relations.

Evening: Sacred Water Ceremony

Water is our first Medicine. We are alive because it is alive. Our survival and those of all of our relations is dependent upon ensuring the purity and abundance of this ancient elder for the future. There are those called to place their lives on the line for the protection and preservation of this Medicine. Via the vehicles of Ceremony, we honour the water protectors of the world and receive cleansing and Blessings from the Sacred Waters that flow in the region.


Friday, March 13

Early Morning: Sun Greeting Ceremony

Morning & Afternoon: Many Hands Make Light Work

Preparations for Medicine Ceremony and one to one sessions.

Evening: Sacred Fire Ceremony

Grandfather Fire is a fierce, powerful teacher, allowing us to see ourselves with absolute clarity and sobriety. Incapable of being contaminated itself, Grandfather is the absolute transformer and purifier. Honouring and observing the ancient Ceremonial protocols of the Fire, we release pain, suffering and that which no longer serves us and invite in Prayers and Blessings for all of our relations and to divine our future. In gratitude for the light and warmth of the Sun who illumined our walk upon the Earth, we gather round Grandfather Fire in acknowledgement and remembrance of the learnings and teachings we received from all whom we encountered as well as to Pray and plant seeds of intention for the night of Dreams.


Saturday March 14 & Sunday March 15

Plant Medicine Ceremonies.


Monday, March 16

Early Morning: Sun Greeting Ceremony

Morning & Afternoon: Integration and one to one sessions. 

Evening: Closing Canupa Wakan Ceremony

Ensuring proper closure and completion, employing the Canunpa Wakan (Sacred Pipe) we express gratitude for the copious gifts received and bestowed, to depart the land in a fully aware and respectful manner, to acknowledge and appreciate the Native Nations of the area and to Pray for safe and smooth passage back to rejoin our loved ones and communities.


Sunday, March 17


Additional information


Standard Shared Room – two single beds shared in common area


Premium Shared Room – two single beds shared in private room


Private Room – queen bed with private balcony


Non-refundable deposit