A Medical Doctor’s Journey to Shamanism in Peru.

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A Medical Doctor’s Journey to Shamanism in Peru.

I started studying Shamanism 18 months ago.  I was looking for an expression for my spirituality and intrigued by the universal connection of shamanic practice across cultures and time.  I started taking classes at a local community center, then had the opportunity to ...

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Why Tantra? And Why Now?

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Why Tantra? And Why Now?

Easton Mountain's Mission Statement describes us as "a force for positive change in the world." Rudy Ballentine's Kali Rising describes the body of Eastern teachings and practices known as tantra and shows how tantra can help us in the West navigate through the changes, positive and negative, that are all around us.  

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A Decade of Shamanic Retreats

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A Decade of Shamanic Retreats

by Tony Allicino

Next month, gay men who practice the ancient healing principles and methods of shamanism will again gather at Easton Mountain. This will be their tenth retreat at Easton’s welcoming land.

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Candy's Corner - Edge of Glory !

“Sitting, reminiscing after a truly beautiful Edge of 17 retreat, full of gratitude for the amazing generosity and community support,  and hope for the future! Thank you to all who make Easton Mountain possible!”

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The Mind

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The Mind

The mind; it is our greatest source of inspiration, knowledge, insight and bullshit! Yes, that’s right - BULLSHIT!

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Flashback Friday - Episode 85, Beltane 2007

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Flashback Friday - Episode 85, Beltane 2007

As the community of Easton Mountain has changed over the years, so to have our holidays and rituals. When some of the community members represented Pagan, Wiccan and Radical Faerie traditions, Beltane, the Galic May Day festival, became an important event on our calendar.

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Flashback Friday - Episode 83, Sunfire Recalls Building the Healing Cabin

In the spring of 2014 John Stasio agreed that I could come to Easton Mountain to offer healing sessions, with the same arrangement that Tim Cooley was, and still is, doing massage sessions.  I came up to each of the camps that summer and I did my first healing session at Easton Mountain in John's cabin.

It became apparent to me that if I was to continue to do healing work at Easton Mountain, I needed a dedicated place to do it.  After some negotiation with Easton Mountain's Board, it was agreed that I would build two cabins, one for my use while at Easton Mountain as a volunteer and one to be used by me for energy healing and by others for massage, Reiki and other one-on-one sessions.  John arranged with a man who had much more experience as a carpenter than I have to do most of the work of building the cabins.

Exterior of the Healing Cabin

Work started in the spring of 2015. Shortly after Memorial Day, I moved into my not-yet-winterized cabin, while work continued on the Healing Cabin.  I had hoped to have it ready for Gay Freedom Camp, but delays kept it from being finished until mid August.

That fall I went to England and Scotland, and when I returned I started to use the Healing Cabin as my residence while my own cabin was winterized.  I didn't move back to my cabin until the spring of 2016.  At that time I covered the interior wood of the Healing Cabin with shellac, as this is easier on the environment than varnish or polyurethane.

I brought various items from where I had been living to enhance the heaing atmosphere of the cabin.

Small nested bells

The bells came from my mother.

Statuette of Kwan Yin

The small statue of Kwan Yin is one of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, made by the Chinese both for their use and for the tourist trade.  This one had been given by my father to my mother about the time I was born   I don't know if he bought it in China or in Chinatown - it could have been either as, for all of his adult life, he rightly described himself as a "world traveler".

Altar with pictures

The enameled bowl, here shown with oranges in it. was a gift to me from one of the teachers of the Inner Focus School, where I earned my certification as an energy healer.  The three pictures behind it reflect my Universalist spirituality by showing, left to right, Jesus with an angel, a nature spirit, and Krishna,

In recent years, I've moved away from individual healing sessions to doing group healing work, but I feel a calling to go back to individual work again. If you would like to know more about the healing work I do, give me a call at Easton Mountain.  My number here is 518-692-8023 extension 216.

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Flashback Friday - Episode 82, Coaching since 2002

This year, Gay Spirit Camp is one of our six-day summer programs, but in the early days of Easton Mountain "Gay Spirit Camp' referred to our entire series of summer programs. In 2002 it included ten programs that stretched from July 12 through September 2.

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