Shaman Frank Austin Manyhorses leads the Journey of the Heart lecture on Thursday and the Universal Self-Empowerment Workshop on Saturday

Shaman Frank Austin Manyhorses leads the Journey of the Heart lecture on Thursday and the Universal Self-Empowerment Workshop on Saturday

Traditional methods used in healing

Shamans lead workshop

Frank Austin Manyhorses learned First Nations traditional healing from his grandparents, both shamans, while he was growing up in the Bulkley Valley near Hazelton in Northern B.C.

“It is a way of universal self-empowerment to help people deal with the issues that come to every individual’s life, like abuse, addictions, sickness,” he said. “We educate people about the human body and the invisible form known as the spirit entity.

“This is a journey of the heart — we walk people through the absolute truth.”

Manyhorses, who has the ability to read people and their emotions and know where their bodies are out of balance, works with his partner, shaman Barbara Moreau (Angel Who Dances in the Clouds), to lead lectures, workshops and individual healing sessions.

“When I look at it from a First Nations perspective, the centre is your heart. All living things come from the centre, our love, self-respect, integrity, all things. You get to know who you really are.”

Manyhorses said the traditional methods can benefit people of all faith backgrounds because they go back to the common principle of balance.

“There is universal balance where we build bridges to other cultures. We all have the right to be here and live in this multi-cultural society,” he said. “We must understand, honour and respect each other and learn what we can do for the future and for Mother Earth.”

Traditional healing helped Manyhorses heal from abusive experiences in residential school and he works with people one-on-one to help them find their own healing, balance and energy.

“I give people the tools they need to free themselves. The mind, heart, thought and breath help people keep the path,” he said.

The Journey of the Heart lecture place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Okanagan College Kalamalka Campus lecture theatre. The cost is $10, with 30 per cent off for elders, students and Questers.

The Universal Self-Empowerment full-day workshop takes place Saturday at the Sandman Inn in Vernon. The cost is $100 with a 30 per cent discount for elders, students and Questers.

For more information, please call 250-542-1887.