That time they said I was going to Die – Sangoma

Sangoma DancingA Sangoma 

More times than not I get told how exciting it must be to be Sangoma (African Shaman).  Now don’t get me wrong, I am honoured and blessed to be doing this work and I get to meet and work with the most beautiful souls, but there is some very real danger that comes along with this Sangoma Journey.


The Awakening

In 2015 I started awakening to the calling of becoming a Sangoma.  This isn’t a course or training as such, instead it’s something you are born into and then one day awakens within you.  The call is very strong and can’t be ignored, it demands your attention and if ignored you will become very sick.  As I can be so very stubborn, I did learn this the hard way.  Becoming a Sangoma meant going back home (Cape Town, South Africa) for the first time in 10 years, to find a Sangoma for initiations and ceremonies with my Ancestors.


The Truth in being vulnerable

Going home I was very nervous about what I was going to tell friends and family.  I was such a different person now with much expanded passions and interests.  But at the end of the day it comes back to being Authentic and comfortable with who I am.  I never expected understanding or even acceptance, all I could hope for was respect in my lifestyle.


Sangoma and Drum in TownshipThe Townships and Fear

Please remember I grew up in a culture where very little was known about Townships or Sangomas and all were considered to be evil Witch Doctors, reaping death and harm amongst the community.  And yes, there are evil Sangomas and Witch Doctors, but there is also evil in may aspects of society, like government, churches, communities, etc.  One thing is for sure, you’d never go into a Township unless you were from there.  It is an entire different type of dangerous.

Once I met my Sangoma I was quickly told my ceremonies would be held in Nyanga Township, right next to Cross Roads, one of the most dangerous ones and was petrified in discovering I would need to stay over.


You are going to die

Yes, I had family and friends convinced and telling me I was going to die.  Their concern was genuine and very much warranted.  I knew I wasn’t safe, but not becoming a Sangoma would mean I’d remain sick and that was no life for me.  It meant having complete faith in my Ancestors and going into a Township with people I never knew and knowing I would absolutely come out alive.

One of my family members asked many questions to spiritual friends, and was informed that I would likely be safer in the township than walking in the main roads in town.  And she is right, as when I wear my beads, most of the time, I am much respected.  They know I work with the Ancestors, if they are on the light side they re-joyce in the work I do and I am often stopped to receive hugs.  If they are on the dark side, well they fear the Sangoma and the connection they have with the Ancestors as they absolutely believe in the strength of the Ancestors.



I continue to go into the Townships to do my work, but am never “cocky” about it.  I’m very aware of where I am at all times.  I’m also aware that leading up to my ceremonies bring on SPIRITUAL ATTACKS.  They are always visible in my dreams and most the times I am able to see who is doing it (which helps with giving my Sangoma the heads ups).  If not protected properly I can be left feeling tired and ill.  Then there is the PHYSICAL danger where people actually come into the Townships during ceremony looking for me.  Just before my Head Sangoma ceremony I received a warning in a dream of 3 people after me.  I was able to inform my Tribe and these people were found looking for me on the night of ceremony. You see, not everybody is happy with a White Sangoma in a Township doing the traditional work.


The Bridge into the Townships to become a Sangoma

Since becoming a Head Sangoma last year I was initiated into the Zulu Tribe with the responsibility of being the bridge between the White and Black Sangomas.  This is to help show people that need to become Sangomas that they can come into the Townships and survive and do their calling.  It’s a big responsibility and I’ve not had to do it yet, but I know the time will come when I lead many a future Sangoma safely into the Township to leave as a Sangoma.  I have had the honour and pleasure to take my partner, William, safely in to meet my Tribe and to partake in a joint ceremony where we accidently got married.


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I do continue to go into Township, I have faith in my Ancestors and I know the importance of the work I do.  And with that I’m still ALIVE.

That time they said I was going to Die – Sangoma

5 things you should do on the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse July 2018

Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse


Hi Tribe, a few of you have reached out to me asking how to prepare for this big event.  And really it is a big one, it’s the longest blood moon this century and will appear red for about an hour and 20 minutes.  To help, I’ve been doing my homework to find out what to expect on the Blood Moon Eclipse due tomorrow.  Research has lead me to put together this guidance for the 5 things you should do on the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse July 2018.




It seems daunting with talk of intense emotions, purging, impulse behaviours, acting out, making rash decisions and feeling uncertain on things. 



Gifts such as releasing karma from past lives, upgrading to a new level and possibility of getting a glimpse in our Soul’s purpose (great for our next steps).



1.  Surrender don’t fight the emotions:

Staying grounded and balanced will help with this. Breathing exercises, time in nature, meditation and anything that works to keep you present.


2.  Work on the 3rd eye:

This eye reminds us that everything is as it should be and for seeing the bigger picture of our soul. IMPORTANT to remember if activating or balancing this chakra – set the intent for it to open / balance at the right level for you at this moment. We don’t want to be blasting it wide open – trust me I’ve seen clients who have done this and it’s not pleasant. Be gentle with working with the 3rd eye


3.  Work on the Crown chakra:

It’s connects us to our higher self, the universe, God or whatever you prefer to call it. But basically we get to connect easier


4.  Channel / Scribe:

Once you’ve balanced the 3rd eye and crown do a little channelling exercise. Call on spirit, your higher self and see what you end up writing. Or paint the message out :)


5.  Connect with your inner feminine aspect:

We all have both masculine and feminine in us.  Research has shown this full moon is very masculine in energy, so balance it out with some nurturing of the feminine. Be gentle on yourself, it’s OK to feel the emotions (don’t push them down), nice relaxing scented bath in the tub to breath, chill and allow the water element to help get those emotions flowing.


Warmest Wishes,

Janine (Gentle Warrior)

What to expect for the Blessing (Buck) Full Moon in July 2018

Blessing Full Moon


I’ve been doing my homework on what to expect for the Blessing (Buck) Full Moon in July 2018.  Maybe it’s just me, but I like to be prepared :) So here is my findings and some guidance / steps I’m going to be taking.


Truly a time for blessings with natures flowers in bloom and fruit and veg in growth. The days are longer and we get to enjoy more outdoor time, but the warmth could be making you feel ore lethargic with the need to rest.


1. Make the best of the lethargic feeling by doing some dreamwork. Set your intention before going to bed and keep a journal to note down your dreams the next morning.
2. If you have a garden – use weeding as a way of getting rid of negative emotions
3. Use water in your full moon ceremonies – be it being by water (lake, sea) or having a bowl of water to set your intent when doing your ceremony. As a Sangoma we add salt to water to keep negative energies at bay.

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5 Reasons to Journey to the Shamanic Lower World

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Hi I’m Janine, Sangoma (African Shaman) initiated by the Zulu Tribe, and Founder of Gentle Warrior.  

In Shamanism there are 3 “non-ordinary” worlds:  The Lower World, Middle World and Upper World.  These worlds are accessed through Shamanic Journeys, usually with a Drum and by entering a “portal”.  For instance you may journey to the Lower World through a hole in the ground.

In this blog we will look only at the Lower World (watch out for August’s blog for Upper World and September for Middle World)


Reason 1:  Nurturing

This is a beautiful nurturing realm surrounded by nature, which makes it a great starting point for all (especially new comers to the Shamanic ways). 


Power AnimalReason 2:  Animal Guides

It’s the World where we meet our Animal Guides, this doesn’t mean they are not present in the other worlds, but they are more frequent here. Meeting our Animal guides may lead to finding your Power Animal, which is seen as an important part of ourselves.  They are known to include pieces of our full power self and help return us to ourselves.  


Reason 3:  Healing Emotions and Thoughts

The Lower World roots our deepest emotions and thoughts and as such is a good start to exploring and healing them.


Reason 4:  Subconscious Mind

The Subconscious Mind stores every single thing that ever happens to you.  The Lower Wold has been linked and referenced to as our Subconscious Mind.  So, the perfect World to really get into that memory bank and heal.


Reason 5:  Recovering Lost Personal Power

We tend to lose aspects of ourselves along the way, such as willingly or unwillingly handing over our Personal Power.  Reasons 1 – 4 above show how the Lower World is a nurturing and healing world for us to explore our Subconscious mind, with spiritual guidance from our Animal Guide, to Recover Lost Personal Power.


If you’d like to experience the Lower World for yourself, come and explore with us in The Lower World Recovering Lost Personal Power Workshop on Sun 29 July at Amber Shop in Galway.

Workshop Details:

That Day I Accidently Got Married

Will and Janine Twin FlamesTwin Flame Time Frame

I’ve been with Will (my Twin Flame) for almost 1.5 years now.  We tend to refer to the length of time in our relationship to that of dog years –everything is amplified by at least x 7. 

Yep, we met as friends in November 2016, in a relationship by February 2017 (that part did take slower), by end of February we were talking about babies, September we were living together, October pregnant (with an unfortunate miscarriage in January). 

We knew very early on that we would be getting married (always looking at 2019) and by beginning of May I chose the design of the ring to be made with the decision to use my diamond from South Africa (from my mom’s marriage to my father). 

My priority was still on falling pregnant and in my eyes the wedding would happen when it happens. 

Handfasting ceremonySangoma Dreams, Messages from the Ancestors

OK let me slow it down a bit.  About April 2017 I started having dreams about us in the Townships with my Sangoma Tribe in ceremony.  Although in the dream our hands were tied I was pretty sure it was a merging of our Ancestors. 

In my head Sangoma ceremony in June 2017 my Sangoma Mother confirmed in deed Will was to come to the land for ceremony, where our Ancestors would be united to work together to protect our relationship.

It felt right and we were guided to head to South Africa in May 2018 for some healing time together, adventure and a ceremony!!

Tribal Wedding PhotoIt’s Ceremony Day – Nyanga East, Cape Town, South Africa

We were spending a couple of nights in a hotel in a not so great part of Cape Town, but it was the closest and safest hotel to get in and out of the Townships relatively quickly.  That day I woke up with so much energy and excitement I remember hanging over Will’s face (as he slept soundly) shouting “IT’S CEREMONY DAY” – a bit of a shock waking no doubt.  Dancing around we got dressed and ready to head to the Townships for our special day on uniting our Ancestors.

Thembi’s house was filled with Sangoma’s, family and friends that I have met over the last 3 years and it was such a welcome and blessing to see them all again.  There was singing, dancing, drumming and drinking with the Ancestors (I just wet my lips as I was driving).  We were standing outside the house when a Police car drove and stopped staring at these 2 white people in beads in a black Township wondering what to do, but we smiled and waved that we were in deed safe and here out of free will :)

In the height of the ceremony there was a lot of crying and chanting in Zulu and I leaned in towards Will whispering “this is starting to feel like a wedding!”  Will, who was by now pretty intoxicated having to drink mine and his neat spirits with the Sangomas for the Ancestors, agreed that it did, but it was a beautiful experience.  Next thing we hear “where are the rings?” to my response “WHAT?”  Next thing we hear “husband and wife”, with people crying and cheering.  Puzzled looks on our faces Will leans over and says “Did we just get married? 

Sangoma Ceremony DayThe Aftermath

Yes, indeed we found ourselves in a Tribal Wedding and are now married in our Zulu Tribe.  After enjoying the rest of a stunning ceremony, I drove my not so sober Husband back to the dodgy area we were staying in (yep apparently our honeymoon night).  Not before stopping at the Spur (a family restaurant) for steak and alcohol.  I did the right thing and bought a six pack of savannah’s (cider) for me and beers for Will, where we stayed in the hotel room for the night with me spending most the time repeating “how the hell did we just get married”. 

Next day I had time to digest everything and I was very pleased that we had our Tribal wedding first.  We didn’t share it with many people and the rest of our holiday was one big honeymoon J

Where does this leave us?

We didn’t legalise the Tribal Wedding (it was sacred and for us only), but we do call each other husband and wife and in our eyes we very much are.  The engagement ring is finally ready, and I’ll wait for Will to pop the question and we are hoping for the western wedding maybe 2019 (which was always the plan), but is very much dependant on pregnancy, etc.

It pretty much sums up our relationship really – Tribal Marriage (the day I accidently got married), then engagement and then Western Wedding (which of course will not be traditional).  And who knows what surprises they will throw at us in between that, but I can’t wait to find out :)


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I invite you to a personal session with me, it will change the way you feel!

I want you to become everything your future self wants you to be!  
                                                        .….. Janine (Gentle Warrior)











Are you feeling like life is throwing you one challenge after the other?  Like you keep getting knocked down and finding it harder to get up?  It’s happening to more and more of us.  It’s becoming harder to hide from our fears and ourselves.  We are being lead to be stripped from the very things that are holding us back and that we have burried deep. 

We need to be stripped of these in order to shine.  It’s not easy and it can feel darn right painful and there is no quick solution.  I’m learning that it’s less painful if you go along with the ride and don’t fight it.  Trust is the solution – trusting that your ancestors can see the bigger picture – know what’s best for you, even when you don’t, even when at this exact moment it just feels unfair.

Hand it over and breath.  I’m not pretending it’s easy, but it’s better than fighting it xx


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I invite you to a personal session with me, it will change the way you feel!

I want you to become everything your future self wants you to be!
                                                        .….. Janine (Gentle Warrior)


running on empty spedometereRUNNING ON EMPTY?

Often we make the mistake of trying to help everybody else and do very little for ourselves.  If the oxygen masks come down in a plane, you have to apply it to yourself first before helping others.  We are no good to others if we can barely stand on our own two feet.

We find it easy to protect the ones we love and we wouldn’t stand for somebody treating our loved ones the way we treat ourselves.  So, why are we so harsh on ourselves?

We get to a point where we are so used to running on empty that it becomes a natural process, it’s the norm.  Life passes us by and we are too wrapped up in the drama and exhaustion to notice it.

If you really want to be there for the ones you love, treat yourself the way you expect your loved ones to be treated and have the physical strength and mental vigour to enjoy the life you have then I have the workshop for you.

On 21 Aug I’m running a workshop teaching healing techniques with mighty results.  Start to understand your energy, learn how to heal yourself and how to maintain that energy.

What do you have to lose?  You have everything to gain.


Healing Wounds through Lionsgate synced to Egypt… Join our Shamanic Journey
















Been feeling unsure or uncertain of what’s ahead?  Have you been feeling misunderstood, maybe emotionally up and down and had a feeling of wanting to run away and hide?  Possibly been feeling like you have been dealing with everything alone?

This is all leading up to Lionsgate, which opens every year on August 8th to 12th AND perfectly syncs up with the Pyramids in Giza.  Which just happens to align with our Shamanic Journey’s with Ancient Egypt.  So, needless to say Monday 8th’s journey is going to be a powerful one for sure. 

In a nutshell, over the last month or so all lower emotions have been brought to the surface for us to now finally release them!!  Want to heal those old wounds?  Then we need to forgive ourselves…. and what better way to do that than a Shamanic Journey with the drum to the Egyptian Nile River.

Shamanic Journey to Ancient Egypt
Shamanic Journey to Ancient Egypt

Group Womb Blessing: A women’s search for answers

I was delighted and honoured that Amber Patton attended a monthly Group Womb Blessings and chose to share her experience, journey and positive changes with us”. Janine (Gentle Warrior)

We all seek a healings for different reasons– and because of the diverse nature of a Group Womb Blessing and its ability to affect us spiritually, physically and emotionally, the blessing itself can adapt to the needs of those seeking help. It was my curiosity that drove me to first approach Janine about taking part in a Group Womb Blessing at Amber’s Holistic Centre. It is not a blessing limited only to mothers, or women who experienced discomfort or issues with their uteruses; but also targets creative blocks and emotional imbalances. Janine expressed to me that it didn’t matter your age, your body or your walk in life – this blessing had the ability to start each woman on their own, unique spiritual journey.

As a Moon Mother, Janine had the background knowledge, and the spiritual ability to create a very open and holistic environment for those who took part in the blessing.  I was drawn to Janine’s energy, and her gentle nature which made me feel safe and confident in a somewhat unknown and confusing time in my life. What was unique about the Group Womb blessing was the fact that none of us had ever met one another before. The eight of us were strangers – all specifically drawn to attend this particular blessing with Janine on this day. I remember we started out by staring around at one another with nervous excitement for what was to come. But, by the end, I hope I am not the only one in saying, that I feel a connection to all of them – even if it is only a thin thread of the journey we shared together.

Janine’s approach to the blessing was calm and collected. We began with a guided meditation which immersed us all into the flow of energy within the room. Janine was our guide, her light a beacon, as we entered into a space between lucid dreaming and being awake. Then, one by one, she began her healings. The exact nature of her healing is still unknown to me since my eyes remained closed, but I do know that when she came around the circle of women to me, I felt a rush of heat throughout my body.

Each one of us in the blessing that day has a different story to share about our experiences under Janine’s touch. For me, the rush of heat was all I felt, and when I opened my eyes I was slow to speak and form complete thoughts. While others were alert and bright eyed about what they had experienced during both the meditation and the blessing, I receded within myself feeling no difference. Maybe I had done something wrong? Lost connection, or broke my meditation too early.

Janine explained that the blessings were the start of our spiritual journeys that will be very different for each person. This blessing would spur events in our lives, good and even bad. Change is not always easy, but necessary to grow and thrive. As she told us of some possible changes, both physically and emotionally, I began to wonder what would be so different for me? And then I remembered why I sought Janine in the first place.

Recently, I’ve gone through a tremendous amount of changes that effected my living situation, my relationships and my career. In turn, my creative outlet suffered the most because of it. As an author, when you are unable to write either due to writers block, or lack of confidence, it can be very unsettling.

Following Janine’s womb blessing, my life changed drastically once again. But, for the first time, I feel I am finally back on track. I’ve found a stable home with a person I love, and I had the courage to remove emotionally unhealthy people from my life. It was two weeks of incredible stress, movement and change and then I took a deep breath into my new life and path. My passion for writing has returned. The block, which I had placed on my creative outlet myself, now removed and I feel balanced and confident once again.

The Womb Blessing will affect everyone differently, and even if you don’t really know what help you seek, whether spiritually, physically, or emotionally, if your curiosity is peeked, then do not hesitate to try it. If you’re ready for change, if you’re ready to step into your own power as a woman, then look no further and speak to Janine. She will be your guide.

~Amber Patton

Group Womb Blessing Details
Group Womb Blessing Details

What Happens When Creativity Strikes?

js holding rock_MODIFIEDI invite you to a personal session with me, it will change the way you feel!

I want you to become everything your future self wants you to be!

                                        ….. Janine (Gentle Warrior)



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