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Circle of Power Drum Healing Ceremony & Teaching

Circle of Power Drum Healing Ceremony & Teaching

Circle of Power Ceremony is a Teaching and empowering participatory experience of Aligning Ourselves with the Universe within & without

We work with spiritual healing, timeless principles of ceremony, integrity, heart-centered engagement, cosmic energies, shamanic insights-healing, drumming, sound healing, universal earth-spirit ways, working together for the benefit of all, energy work.

For modern world participants, working together in circle using drum vibration and  time-honored principles can open pathways to connecting with your own ancestral roots.  

The stone spoked wheel is not used in today’s tribal ceremonies. But since the 1980’s, many people have received guidance to create stone circles known as “medicine wheels” as a way for people to do ceremony in nature.

The Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (above) has been examined in astronomical detail. The center cairn is 2′ wide and 2′ tall with 28 spokes. One spoke extends outside the rim to a cairn and 5 other spokes have cairns outside the rim. These align with summer solstice sun and the 3 bright stars that appear just before solstice. Using past star charts, one estimate of age of the wheel is 1040 AD. The Bighorn Wheel was reported as being used for fasting and vision questing by the Crow in 1922.
About 50 prehistoric medicine wheels and related structures are known in North America. One in Alberta, the Majorville Cairn, may be as old as 4,500 years, making it about the same age as the pyramids of Giza. One Cree elder said there was a shaking up and a change and then our people came out on the land; we don’t know who built them, but we can tell they were used for sacred purpose.

Auspicious times for ceremony are indicated in the chart below. Circle of Power ceremony is part of special programs for the solstice and equinox turning points of the year, but is available year round such as for full and new moons, special occasions.

Working with Intention to Create Positive Change

Create sacred space, invoke powerful cosmic energies for new beginning. Timeless principles, honoring ways to work with intention, ceremony, energy based on 30 years experience. You bring your focused energy to the circle as tribal peoples have done through time. You learn to drum in ceremonial context, which most people discover is joyful and an innate skill.

rock-art-wheelsmIn this focused, reverent, powerful experience we learn and practice ancient, cross-cultural ways for working with spiritual energies and intention. Within our circle, we create a magnetic attraction which concentrates and consecrates the energies for the highest benefit of each participant and Mother Earth.

In this flow of energy, vibratory shift occurs. You may choose to be wrapped like a papoose to receive drum, earth and human energies & healing assistance from Spirit. Sandra senses the energies and Helper Spirits that are working with you and works to assist this process on your behalf.

Each circle is personalized to the participants, season and celestial events.

Physicist (Dan Winter) says, "Tribal ceremonies send heart energy out into the cosmos...these energies are amplified in an expanding wave and have the power to create stars."

Physicist (Dan Winter) says, “Tribal ceremonies send heart energy out into the cosmos…these energies are amplified in an expanding wave and have the power to create stars.”

Sandra works with spirit to hold the space and provide shamanic insights/energy work. Each participant is invited to bring the power of their focus and intention to the ceremony and to practice energy work by flowing universal love through your being to the one(s) in the center of the circle.

Ceremony is the conscious use of symbols by humans combined with action. In this physical enactment, the symbol comes to life, movement is activated or acknowledged. The intangible becomes real, something we are part of. Participants have a direct experience of working together with the power of circle and shared intention. Positive, uplifting energies flow that help us recalibrate, create positive shifts that then carries forward into our life.

Includes advice on making your own wheel using honoring ways and discussion of aligning it to the true cardinal directions where you live.



The ceremony is led by Sandra Cosentino who has a life long relationship with wild nature and 3 decades of experience with group wheel healing circles. Bear is one of the powerful spiritual allies she has relationship with that assist Sandra in these ceremonies. Cross-cultural ancient ways of working with nature from the heart inspire this ceremony and the gifted teachings of Berniece Falling Leaves and other wise medicine people. Sandra uses her guidance, intuition and experience to bring these universal ways into a living, contemporary form for all people and are not copied from any of today’s Native American tribal ceremonies. We are co-creating a new tribal way open to all people that is growing out each of our deepening relationship with the circle of life and evolving consciousness of life on Mother Earth.

Studio sessions include sound healing with gong, Himalayan metals and more time for inner preparation work including shamanic insight journey:
$100 pp with 3 – 4 people, 3 hrs
($125 pp with 2, 2.5 hrs. $175 for 1, 2 hrs)

Ceremonies out on the land, 5 – 6 or more people, 4 hrs: $125 pp
Can arrange for a talented Sedona healer or Native guest (when available) to be part of the circle for group gatherings which enriches the spiritual experience for all.

The wheel workshop/ceremonies are available year round and can be a private or any-size group healing/learning experience or Mystical Nature Shamanic Journey seminar.

A less complex Ceremony
can be created for your Sedona Visit or added to a vortex tour or mystical nature journey or as a stand alone experience.

2-day Advanced Medicine Wheel Training can be arranged. Depending on group size/budget, it could include participation of a Native person to bring in their traditional perspective on giving your whole self to the ceremony you are doing.

Prehistoric rock art depicting emerging from your center to stand in balance.

Prehistoric rock art depicting emerging from your center to stand in balance.

“Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood. And so it is in everything where power moves.”

Black Elk, Ogalala Sioux

“Aho, my name is David Singing Bear, Bear Who Sings, Singing Bear, Northern Cheyenne.

There’s a medicine wheel on my reservation is in northern British Columbia, in Squallix. It’s the oldest medicine wheel we know of in North America. This medicine wheel dates back thousands of years. The medicine wheel was there before the people that we know of now.

The medicine wheel represents the people and the universe. This medicine wheel is a reminder to the people to always live the way of the hoop, the way of the circle, the way of the people, the way of life.

Prehistoric carving Summer Solstice marker

Prehistoric carving on which the shadow of the summer solstice sun would cross the center.

It was put down in a remembrance to remind people always that life is a circle that the universe is a circle, that what goes around, comes around and what we put out comes back to us.

It is there to remind us to always be in balance and harmony with nature. It is there to remind us to find our place, our purpose in the universe and live this and then we are a whole person.

This medicine wheel has been used for thousands of years in these ways.”

Learn to drum and create your own medicine wheels.

David went to Spirit World in winter 2012. I honor his wisdom and appreciate two decades of sharing many circles with him in the Sedona area. He is missed. David at a wheel we made in mid-1990’s

Circle of Power Ceremony inspired a Down-Under wheel:

“I experienced a Drum Healing Ceremony conducted by Sandra Cosentino. It had a profound effect on me, and Sandra saw the integration of my Higher Self into my Self, in a  beautiful, peaceful garden –  and described my ‘secret garden’ that I go to in meditation!” 

Then upon her return to Australia, she was inspired to make her own wheel in her garden drawing on the core principles we had worked with in Sedona.  But she tuned in to the symbols and medicine animals that were right for her 4 Directions and her location on the planet.

“When I meditate by my Medicine Wheel I feel empowered and at peace, close to nature and part of it. It is far from its historical, cultural home, yet has such personal meanings here in the southern hemisphere. “ Shirley Syndenham, Melbourne Australia (spring, 2013)

2017 Auspicious Celestial or Cultural Times for Ceremonies

When ceremony is held with a group with shared intent on celestially auspicious events–full moon, new moon, seasonal turning points: equinox, solstice, cross-quarter days half way in between–or on holidays,meteor showers, eclipses, the energies are magnified.

Programs can be scheduled any time of the year and any time of the day or night.

  • Jan. 28 New Moon
  • Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Holiday
  • Jan. 12 Full Moon
  • Jan. 1 New Year Day
  • January 3, 4Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It peaks  night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • Feb. 3 Imbolc (Candlemas)–Celtic mid-winter cross-quarter day
  • Feb. 10 Full Moon
  • Feb. 11-12 Heart’s Longing Valentines Day retreat & Full Moon
  • Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day
  • Feb. 20 Presidents Day holiday
  • Feb. 26 New Moon: Annular Solar Eclipse with a ring of light around the darkened Moon (not visible in US).
  • Aug. 21 New Moon
  • Aug 12-13 Persiod Meteor Shower peak (runs July 17 to August 24)
  • Aug. 7 Lughnasadh – Celtic mid-summer festival  celebrated the wedding of the Sun god Lugh to the Earth goddess, causing the ripening of crops.
  • Aug. 7 Full Moon (partial lunar eclipse–not visible in US)
  • June 23 New Moon
  • June 20 Summer Solstice events
  • June 20-27 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat
  • June 19 Father’s Day
  • June 9 Full Moon
  • May 4 – Beltane, Celtic Mid-Spring festival
  • May 5-6 Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower-10 to 20 meteors per hour might be visible in a dark sky. (best before dawn on May 6)
  • May 8 Mothers Day
  • May 10 Full Moon
  • May 25 New Moon
  • May 30 Memorial Day weekend events
  • July 4 Independence Day events
  • July 9 Full Moon
  • July 23 New Moon
  • July 28, 29Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower,July 12 to August 23. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.  It peaks the night of July 28 and morning of July 29.
  • March 18-21 Spring Equinox Retreat
    The few weeks around the March equinox is a time of year when bright meteors appear in greater numbers than usual.
    March 27 New Moon
  • March 20 Spring Equinox
  • March 13 Daylight Savings for most of US, except Arizona (during the summer we are same time as the Pacific Coast)
  • March 12 Full Moon
  • April 11 Full Moon
  • April 16 Easter
  • April 22 Earth Day
  • April 22 peak of Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak (Apr 16-25)–These meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak can be expected. But full moon will make them harder to see.*
  • April 26 New Moon
  • Sept. 22 Autumnal Equinox events
  • Sept. 20 New moon
  • Sept. 16 – 23 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat
  • Sept. 6 Full Moon
  • Sept. 4 Labor Day events
  • Oct. 7 Draconid meteor shower, about 10 meteors per hour.  Best viewing in early evening.
  • Oct. 5 Full moon
  • Oct. 14 Columbus Day Holiday
  • Oct. 19 New moon
  • Oct. 21-22 Hopi & Navajo fall fair cultural explorer journey
  • Oct. 21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower (Oct. 2 – Nov. 7).  Best viewing after midnight Oct. 21.
  • Oct. 31 Hallowe’en.
  • Nov. 4 Full Moon
  • Nov. 4-5 South Taurid Meteor Shower:  5-10 meteors per hour but moon will obscure.
  • Nov. 7 Celtic Samhain – mid-fall Celtic festival prepare for winter
  • Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day weekend events
  • Nov. 12-13 North Taurid Meteor Shower
  • Nov. 17-18 Leonid Meteor Shower Peak (10-15/hour; best closer to dawn)
  • Nov. 18 – New Moon
  • Nov. 23 Thanksgiving weekend events
  • Dec. 3 Full moon–Supermoon
  • Dec. 13-14 Geminid Meteor shower peak (runs Dec. 7-17). The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
  • Dec. 17 New Moon
  • Dec. 21 Winter Solstice events
  • Dec. 25 Christmas
  • Dec. 30 – Jan 1: New Year’s Eve Insight Retreat & special ceremonies