Welcome to Magnetic Movement
Magnetic Movement is about conscious evolution. For a movement to be successful, it must draw people together in unity.
In order to change the world around us we must first change ourselves. We look outside and point to the world’s problems, while forgetting that our own fears and issues are creative. This movement aims to heal those who join it, so that they may carry forward the fruits, bringing forth a new, healthier paradigm.
We can do this through imagination, philosophy, knowledge, life experiences, nature, health, plant medicines, spiritual practices, exploring talents, therapy, sharing, breaking down inhibitions... the list goes on.
Magnetic Movement aims to bring as many of these modalities together as possible so that we can all heal and grow into the powerful, conscious people we are destined to be... together.
This site contains a lot of information. It has been designed to share knowledge, wisdom and experience. You can find health and wellness articles, recipes, great books, videos and inspirational quotes; there is also plenty of information on the work Magnetic Movement does, including our European plant medicine retreats, UK sessions and workshops. Please take a look around and subscribe below for regular updates!
Magnetic Movement run healing retreats in Spain, Italy and Portugal. Set in safe, remote and comfortable locations within wild nature, the settings facilitate deep personal exploration and sharing, expansion of consciousness, therapy and healing. Our last plant medicine retreat was absolutely phenomenal (check out the video below), and you can also scroll to the bottom of our retreat gallery for photos.
Our July retreat is fully booked, but we will be announcing the next dates for this year soon! Please sign up to our updates, or drop us a message and we'll personally contact you with the dates.
We work with powerful plant medicines and other healing plants like mugwort, rapé, sananga and pusanga. We also include sessions and ceremonies as listed under the retreats menu above: cacao ceremonies, and dance meditation sessions, energy healing and journeying, yoga, arts and crafts, musical sessions, tarot and divination, water experiences and nature walks. We have sharing sessions and integrations after all ceremonies. All sessions are optional; you are not required to do anything you're uncomfortable with. Check out the details here and sign up below to be kept updated. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Sessions & Workshops
Sessions are something we do in the UK (e.g. regular dance sessions, shamanic workshops, energy healing and more). Dance meditation sessions and tarot sessions will be coming up again shortly. Watch this space for the upcoming dates.
Magnetic Movement Perspective
Back in 2016 I did one of the most amazing things, if not the most amazing thing I've ever done. The Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru is something that has to be seen to be believed. It had taken me more than ten years to make it to this destination. I remember thinking of it and getting goosebumps even back then; I intuitively I knew the place had some amazing things in store for me. I wasn’t wrong…
Blinded by the false light
Convinced there is no dark night
While the shadows whisper truths
That we stubbornly refuse
Streetlight through the crack in the curtain... on this dark January night, I see you. You are artificial, yet you give off a subtle and warm orange glow, merging with the mist on my window panes. You'll keep me awake, I think, as I move to close the curtain. But I stop, as it dawns on me that artificial as you are, you remind me of something important.
Thank you, beautiful Earth, for always sustaining me. I love you with all of my being and I note your awe-inspiring beauty every day. I am hurt by the things that dark humanity does to damage you. I see you as an unspeakably powerful, sentient being; one that gives endlessly yet is taken for granted and abused by too many. Thank you for giving me hope and facilitating my life lessons…
Cognitive dissonance: words bandied about by frustrated ‘conspiracy theorists’ as a verbal slap in the face to those ‘plugged into the matrix’. Justified or otherwise, cognitive dissonance (conflicting attitudes, beliefs, values or behaviours that often result in a varying degrees of discomfort or confusion) is undeniably a major reason for western society drifting further and further from anything resembling conscious, connected community.
I am going to attempt to describe the indescribable. No words can accurately convey the following experiences, but I have attempted to articulate them as best I can. These were some of my earliest experiences and insights. An ayahuasca ceremony seemed to have prepared me well for a huachuma ceremony, but in hindsight I would say that huachuma may be an even better preparation for ayahuasca, due to its gentle approach and the way it encourages...
Guilt seems to be a transient emotion that arises as a result of some definable event or other within which we made an error; generally at the emotional cost of another, or perhaps to the detriment of the environment. It is more frequently extended to the self, thanks to habits and tendencies deemed destructive by society, and especially close peers. If left unchecked, it will stunt your spiritual growth...
Facing one’s own death is an abstract concept. How do you begin? It doesn't mean standing at the edge of a cliff, risking a fatal fall. It simply means to consider it. Some say they don't fear death. Perhaps it is more that they don't take the idea too seriously. If the fear is acknowledged, it may be rooted in several things: Pain, change, attachment, loss of identity, and mostly fear of the unknown...
There's no doubt about it. We are living in testing times. All is not what it seems, but even when we realise this, it seems that others around us don't. This is a frustrating and bewildering experience; one that can take time to process and accept. The question is, when you know that things are not 'right' (from a material world perspective, at least), how do you affect positive change?
As is often the case, it took me a long time and a lot of painful lessons before I was to appreciate myself for what I am. I am sharing this piece with the aim of giving hope and some support to those out there struggling with self-esteem and self-worth issues. It can be a long journey but it helps to know we are not the only one making it.
This amazing mother planet gives us everything we need;
And in return we damage her, sit back and watch her bleed.
You would not hurt your family, stand by and watch them cry;
So why succumb to apathy, always turning a blind eye?
A diverse group came together from around the world, but with one intention in common: to experience the teachings of the plants, plus community and local wild nature. I’m emotional writing this, so profound was the connection with this group. So much happened and a lot of it was beyond description, but I will attempt to summarize it...
If our mood is low, we can't easily appreciate the world around us without forcing a change in perception. When our mood is high, we see the beauty in life effortlessly. It didn't disappear just because our mood was low, so we have a choice...
I sometimes hear talk in the spiritual communities declaring that money is evil. I can understand where it comes from and I like the notion of going back to exchange, but there are holes in this idea. Bartering/exchange could only work on a local scale, in communities with shared values. To think that we could return to ancient methods in a bid to shake off the perceived 'evil' that is money doesn’t seem realistic...
I call you, and a shiver snakes
Down your spine
As we entwine
You know that now
While time stands still
If I impress, let it not be because I tried for it. Like the hollow success of winning through cheating at a game, I detract from my wholeness by offering up selected facets as polished, shining gems, and for what? A validation devoid of meaning; a badge of honour presented by unqualified hands...
This is a snapshot of one of our plant medicine retreats at the Merkaba community. It was everything I could have wished for and more. The depth of feeling and the scope of healing are not easily put into words, like the medicine experience itself; language is limitation when trying to convey something as profound as the deep connections between people free to be their authentic selves...
A plant medicine experience may result in such self-assuredness that the ego actually strengthens - the exact opposite of most people’s intentions. Plant spirits are intelligent enough to know humans inside out. If we aren't truly listening to them, might they even encourage our egos to get so out of control that we trip ourselves up later, leading to understandings the plant wasn’t able to induce in the ceremonies?
Before we reject that innate part of ourselves, that unhealed part that wants to scream at a parent, judge someone’s behaviour, cry in public, etc.; let’s remember that we have all possibilities within us. Everything from a murderer to a ‘saint’. There are times when you have to visit your pain, really feel it to stop rejecting it. The creator gave us the ability to cry tears and feel anger and confusion for a reason...
With huachuma, ego just slips out the back door. I wasn’t required to work on anything, it just infused my entire being with love and appreciation so that I could see my own potential and my human power more clearly. This isn’t a delusional feeling due to being intoxicated; on the contrary, it just removes the layers of illusion, the false conceptions of the ego and unnecessary fears...
I was told the medicine would be strong, but I wasn't quite expecting the intensity of this experience. I had simply asked 'to really feel.' I suspected that my depth of feeling could be more than it was, that past hurts had numbed me to some degree, no matter how sensitive I was day to day. My ego played its usual tricks in the beginning, somewhat convincingly trying to predict and resist the experience. That didn't last long though.
I lay awake in bed at almost 3am, feeling exhausted but unable to sleep. Something was bugging me but it was like a vague notion that I couldn't grasp. The feeling that there is something to get to the bottom of is not a stranger to most people; yet because it comes with a sense of confusion and discord, it is easier to drown out the notion with the unceasing chatter of the mind than turn inwards and bust through the years of intricate inner-construction to find the root.
Serious mental traumas like PTSD can be overcome with gradual use of medicinal plants, if one session is not enough. The plants used at Magnetic Movement will not necessarily plunge you back into your own memories in order to heal you, which is what makes them so beneficial. The healing is done at the cellular level, repairing DNA and gently showing you different ways of perceiving and releasing emotions.
The concept of music as therapy is simple. It means using music to help people deal with both their darker moods and mental states; it is a form of meditation that encourages presence at the same time as inspiring more positive, uplifted emotions. Whether the listener is lying still and taking in the music, dancing, singing or taking part in discussions about the music, it is all therapeutic...
Once we start subscribing to only one teaching or teacher, we become exclusive. We tend to forget that the message is more important than the messenger. When we pledge allegiance to say, only Buddhism, we dismiss new information and look to this one teaching for all answers. Can you think of any person or teaching, historical or otherwise, that had the answer to absolutely everything?
There are many who claim to be ‘awake’. Yet they appear to forget that feeling awake does not equip us to accurately judge the paths of others. Awakening is a personal process. It is very difficult to measure where you are in that process – there are no official milestones, and although you may be able to discern general levels of consciousness, it is a mistake to think that we can judge another’s capacity or position fully...