This months theme was Working with the Carnivores, specifically the message of Otter, Shrew, Pine Martin and Weasel. We give a talk on each of the animals and then lead a shapeshifting journey to the Lowerworld experiencing their power.

The transcript of the chat is below.

Here are the timings for this Circle:

  • 00:00 - Welcome and introduction
  • 04:18 - Drum to gather and guided meditation 
  • 10:30 - Creating sacred space by welcoming in the elements
  • 17:20 - Talk around each of the animals: Otter, Shrew, Pine martin and Weasel
  • 52:00 - Explanation of how to go on a shamanic journey
  • 59:11 - The guided shamanic journey
  • 1:27:46 - Sharing
  • 1:41:20 - Closing the directions

Transcript of the chat

18:58:01 From Michelle SaaRa : hello BEautiFull Souls Great to BE here with you All again ❤️
18:58:19 From Tina To All Panelists : hello I'm here!
18:58:22 From Steve W : Good evening folks, Steve checking in from Topcliffe.
Really enjoyed the time away with some of you at the weekend. Now looking forward to this tonight.
18:58:29 From Red : Hi from Portsmouth
18:58:29 From HUAtraceybevanWEI EI Y7 2019 : Greetings all from southwales
18:58:30 From Mandy : Hello Mandy from Weymouth 🌞
18:58:32 From Jenny To All Panelists : Hi everyone from Jenny in Reading x
18:58:32 From Michelle SaaRa : county Durham
18:58:35 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : Hello from sunny Brora and all systems go after my operation xxx
18:58:36 From Lesley : Hello from damp Devon
18:58:39 From Hannah : Hi it’s been a while, happy to be here again
18:58:42 From SharonH : Hello from Hadleigh in Essex 🙂
18:58:46 From Rachel : hello from Sherwood Forest🙏
18:58:48 From Alison Gaffney To All Panelists : So good to be here from sunny South London 🙏🥰🌳
18:58:51 From Christine : Good evening It's great to be back again
18:58:53 From geraintrees To All Panelists : Hello from Sian in Wales.
18:58:53 From alysonpowell : Hello from South Wales. 💚
18:58:57 From jayne powell : Hello from Stoke-on-Trent
18:58:57 From Kay To All Panelists : Hello from Oldham
18:59:01 From sue : Happy to be here first time live!
18:59:02 From Jill Robinson : Hello from Jill in sunny(ish) Lancaster!
18:59:02 From Mark : Mark from Cornwall wonderful eve
18:59:03 From Karen : hello everyone and good evening, Karen from Leigh
18:59:05 From Pauline ORMEROD : Hi, All good from Clayton Le Woods
18:59:07 From Shelly : Hi from Winchester, lovely to be with you all again
18:59:16 From Mark : knock knock lol
18:59:20 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Hail and welcome from Sunny warm Norwich from a now warmed up Rob. 🙂
18:59:27 From Norma To All Panelists : Hello from fife
18:59:31 From Fausta DiMascio : Hi from Hampshire
18:59:36 From fae : Hello everyone, fae from a now bright Wesham xx
18:59:37 From Kim : hi guys Kim Essex 😍
18:59:38 From jackie kersley : Hello from sunny Lintmill, Cullen, north Scotland.
I’m lucky enough to be one of the winners of the earth pathways diary. So excited. Nicola, I’ve sent you a pm with my address, thank you so much. Xx
18:59:42 From Sarah Burns : I'm in Bristol. I'm in my bed with Covid but wanted to join you x
18:59:50 From Ali Broughton : Hello from Norfolk
18:59:53 From Tracie : Tracie from Weymouth... hello Mandy!
18:59:53 From Maryline Leese To All Panelists : Maryline from Mid Wales
19:00:00 From Lyle : Hi! From Peebles in the sun 🌞
19:00:07 From Sue Stone : Hi rom Anne & Sue from Morecambe
19:00:20 From Annie : Good evening to you all from Annie from Norfolk
19:00:34 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : @Sarah Burns love to you in bed
19:00:34 From Karen : hope you are better soon SarahB x
19:00:37 From Gaynor : Evening all from Kent
19:00:41 From Annkat : hi from sheffield
19:00:44 From Victoria : Hello from rainy Preston
19:00:54 From Kim : hi guys lovely to see you Kim in Essex ❤️
19:01:02 From Rachael Halliday : Hello from Rachael in N London rested post retreat!
19:01:10 From Hannah : A fair few of us from south Wales
19:01:19 From Gill Dunkerley : hello from an overcast Manchester. Lovely to be here. Hope you all had a fantastic creative retreat!
19:01:24 From Chris : Hi from Chris in rainy Washington UK
19:01:28 From Karen Bateman-Pearson : Good evening all- great to be back here again- it's been a while- joining from sunny South London 💜
19:01:34 From Carol Cupitt Parks : Hi from Little Falls, New York
19:01:49 From Gina To All Panelists : Hi from Gina in Lincolnshire.
19:01:51 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Happy New Buck Moon everyone
19:02:00 From julie : Hi from Liverpool
19:02:02 From Di To All Panelists : Hi from Mid Wales ❤️
19:02:05 From Betty Weltz : Good evening from Cambridge!
19:02:12 From david : Hi from Birmingham!
19:02:42 From Di : Hi from Welshpool, Mid Wales 🌈
19:02:50 From Gemma Bevan : Hi all, Gemma from Norfolk 🙂
19:03:00 From karen S : Hi everyone, karen from north east scotland
19:03:02 From Betty Weltz : Thank you!!!!
19:03:07 From Lindsay Trevarthen : Hello from North Staffs. So lovely to be at a live session again at last! 🙂
19:03:32 From Rebekah Bailie : Hi from suffolk
19:03:34 From Grace McGeoch : Hello from London!
19:03:38 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : @Betty Weltz I used to live in Cambridge now in northern Scotland
19:03:38 From Tina : Hello everyone!
19:03:46 From Mark : TY Tina
19:03:47 From Linda Holt : Hi from Littleborough, Lancashire. x
19:03:48 From Fausta DiMascio : Hi Tina
19:04:11 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Was with Tiger, Cheetah and a Lion yesterday - Colchester zoo.
19:04:53 From Michelle SaaRa : had a panther etherically come to me
19:05:11 From Charlotte Knaggs : Hello everyone, slightly late joining from Wakefield in West Yorkshire.
19:05:47 From Hannah : I recently did a bone cave meditation and met pine marten
19:06:12 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Two sun bears at Colchester zoo as well yesterday. Bit of an annual birthday trip to a zoo. 🙂
19:06:21 From fae : Wow, stoat and weasel
19:06:34 From Lindsay Trevarthen : Don't take any prisoners!
19:06:48 From Katrin : Evening everyone a bit late
19:07:15 From Charlotte Knaggs : Look after yourselves N&J, you work so hard x
19:07:18 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Weasel spotted on my last walk at my local lake. :-). Otter in my local river 🙂 But not spotted in a couple of months
19:07:21 From Michelle SaaRa : yes don't mess with Blie
19:07:33 From Michelle SaaRa : Blue
19:08:02 From Karon To All Panelists : new moon energy feels a little heavy today
19:08:03 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : I have been "working" with the Otter of Play this year
19:09:40 From jackie kersley : I have a pine marten visits my garden most nights. It sometimes pulls down the bird feeders and creats havoc. But I love having him visit. Stanley the dog is not so keen and I have to keep him in when pine marten is about.
19:18:36 From Fausta DiMascio : Nicola, Jason and Blue Hail and Welcome xx
19:20:21 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : The pine martins in the Lunde forest near Hamburg get accused of eating through vehicle brake cable.
19:20:32 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Perhaps that's just something they tell tourists
19:24:19 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : All bare pine martin looking to the left? 😉
19:26:04 From lesley gerrard : Otter faired even better up here in Scotland during lockdown. Turned up in all the waterways of Edinburgh last year.
19:26:24 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Nice Lesley. 🙂
19:27:25 From Mark : you would after eating big Macs
19:28:02 From linda : Hi everyone sorry I’m late! Happy full moon 😍
19:29:50 From Michelle SaaRa : wow
19:49:55 From Michelle SaaRa : thank goodness weve got supermarkets
19:49:57 From Alison Gaffney To All Panelists : My picture has gone - anyone else have this?
19:50:36 From Lindsay Trevarthen : Shrew
19:50:37 From Michelle SaaRa : pine marten
19:50:38 From Lesley : Shrew
19:50:40 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Otter
19:50:40 From Ali Broughton : Shrew
19:50:41 From Ilse : pine marten
19:50:42 From Maryline Leese To All Panelists : Otter for me
19:50:43 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : shrew
19:50:44 From SharonH : Shrew
19:50:44 From Karen : pine marten
19:50:44 From Rachel h : Shrew
19:50:46 From Sarah Burns : Shrew
19:50:46 From Norma To All Panelists : Shrew
19:50:47 From Miranda : I am Pine Marten
19:50:48 From Carol Cupitt Parks : Otter
19:50:49 From Annkat : pine Martin
19:50:50 From Gemma Bevan : pine marten
19:50:50 From helensugrue : Pine marten
19:50:50 From Mandy : Shrew
19:50:52 From fae : Pine martin
19:50:54 From Rachel : pine marten...very apt!
19:50:54 From Karen Bateman-Pearson : Pine Marten for me
19:50:54 From Shelly : Otter
19:50:56 From Fausta DiMascio : pine martin - very appropriate
19:50:56 From jackie kersley : Pine marten, no surprise. 😂
19:50:56 From Christine : Shew
19:50:58 From Betty Weltz : Shrew
19:50:58 From karen S : weasel
19:50:58 From sue : Shrew - very apt for me now!
19:50:58 From Jennifer Pittam : pine marten
19:51:00 From Gaynor : pine m
19:51:02 From Gina To All Panelists : I chose Weasel
19:51:06 From Charlotte Knaggs : shrew
19:51:07 From Red : Shrew for me too
19:51:10 From Mair : weasle
19:51:11 From Victoria : Pine marten - the one I was hoping for. I saw one once near Newtonmore in Scotland
19:51:11 From Sue Stone : we both got shrew
19:51:12 From Alison Thompson : Otter
19:51:12 From Kim : I thought shrew when you mentioned them and chose shrew 😍
19:51:14 From Linda Holt : Shrew.
19:51:29 From Karon To All Panelists : Pine Martin for me
19:51:34 From Jennifer Pittam : Pine marten is so apt for me now and I had no idea until I heard the description
19:51:41 From Pauline ORMEROD : No problems, but chose Shrew
19:51:47 From Katrin : Shrew
19:51:51 From Alison Gaffney To All Panelists : Shrew for me and makes sense for what I need at this time 😊
19:51:51 From Rachael Halliday : Otter for me and I’m thrilled: play =creativity!!!
19:52:11 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Love it Rachael. 🙂
19:52:33 From Annkat : did you pick one Jason and Nicola? xx
19:52:38 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : Rachael and sometimes unproductive play is good too!
19:52:42 From Alison Gaffney : Shrew very empowering!
19:52:59 From Ian and Zoe : We both got shrew, I had no idea they had so many super powers!
19:53:06 From Annkat : OK 👌
19:53:20 From linda : Pine Martin for me 🙂
19:53:24 From Lindsay Trevarthen : Don’t fancy the "live fast, die young!” philosophy of the shrew though!! 😄
19:54:08 From Rachael Halliday : 100% KAthy
19:54:14 From Alison Gaffney : Yes - like the pick and choose idea👏👏
19:54:48 From Lindsay Trevarthen : I’m 70, so perhaps I've passed that now…
19:54:55 From Emma Taylor : I joined slightly late, so only heard your talks on each animal, and am going with pine marten as that is what I felt very drawn too
19:55:08 From Ann : Hi, just arrived, great to be here.
19:55:29 From Michelle SaaRa : my cat brings mice in then let's them go
19:55:34 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Or a sorting hat?
19:56:32 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : @Ann we have chosen between otter shrew, inemarten and weasel
19:56:38 From Rachael Halliday : A hedgehog of destiny!
20:32:51 From Norma To All Panelists : Fell asleep
20:32:54 From Red : I ate a beetle and an ant. And had a good chat with shrew. Enjoyed myself.
20:32:57 From Miranda : Good to see Blue. I did eat a birds egg and scoffed the egg... then I really wanted to stay in that little nest and have a real sleep.
20:33:02 From Rachel : pine marten lives fully in a 360° world, so fast, so focused. No concept of happy/unhappy, purely living in the moment. 🙏
20:33:05 From fae : Well i got as far as starting to shapeshifter into pine martin, not sure whether i did or not but i suddenly heard Jason bringing us back to ourselves, I didn’t even hear the drum. Well I’ll see what my dreams bring.
20:33:30 From karen S : unfortunately I dosed when the animals were being described, so found it difficult to connect with weasel, although I just had the sense of being in the undergrowth
20:33:42 From Charlotte Knaggs : Took me a good while to shapeshift into shrew, felt sleepy, but then I got a real sense of being very tiny and the undergrowth being incredibly huge. I scurried quickly between stems and stalks and roots and leaves and I was single minded about biting, and killing and eating anything I could. I was all about taking every single opportunity and not wasting any chance. I was being overlooked by nearly everything, and underestimated - foolish creatures. Especially rat!
20:34:03 From Rachel h : A shrew rollercoaster. A message of keeping it simple, simple pleasures. Relevant to my current situation with lots of learning. Crazy aura images of the eco,location.
20:34:06 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : As an otter I swam and flipped. Might also have slept a bit.
20:34:17 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : As an otter slept
20:34:18 From Fausta DiMascio : Hugely aware of all the sights and smells around me. The speed with which I took in all that was around me was amazing. Balanced on a branch up a tree – stunning view. Really mindful
20:34:41 From Fausta DiMascio : massive energy
20:35:19 From Zoom user To All Panelists : Otter- playful , swimming through water. Loved feeling of freedom of moving through water. Saw so much under the water. Lying on my back looking up at clouds. Wonderful freedom of bring in water
20:35:26 From Fausta DiMascio : rolled in the grass in the sun - such peace
20:35:34 From Eileen : Weasel, running, hunting, eating. In the Flow. Powerful silky movements. Felt every little claw. New Moon Energy.
20:35:48 From Lesley : Shrew - feeling of speed, focus and groundedness.
20:35:54 From Miranda : At one moment as I was climbing a pine tree I suddenly fell forward in reality and opened my eyes on the blue sky...but then I was back climbing that Pine tree. At one point I did jump and enjoyed swinging on the other pine needled branch.
20:36:14 From Karen Bateman-Pearson : I felt the body of pine marten, scampered up trees, ate an egg, with my paws, went down through the bracken to the water's edge and found a snail, asked pine marten to show me how they move, seemed very quick journey as call back seemed to come very soon after, will see what comes up in my dreams- thank you
20:36:16 From Alison Gaffney : I enjoyed the forest and was welcomed into the body of shrew - I remember coming across a beetle and sense of strange sound but then strange dream like images and kept trying to stay awake until the drum called me back - so a sleepy journey and will return again ...
20:36:20 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : A summary of what being Shrew taught me is this poem:
Let now be the time;/Let here be the place;/Let speed be my grace;/ Let quick be my rhyme. .... I pulled at a very juicy worm that had fed on cherry leaves (cherry is important to this Kathy I intend now to use the things I've already "stored for later" ... my poetry ideas and journal
20:36:22 From Kim : I shifted in shrew and felt small and eating was the most important thing. but paralysing it and storing it.
20:36:28 From Gemma Bevan : I was a pine marten fishing in the river and pulling ants out of stones. I could still make out my face reflecting back in the water at me in the face of the pine marten. I had a sleep in a tree hollow and basked in the moonlight at night.
20:36:39 From Fausta DiMascio : I was pine marten
20:37:12 From Rachael Halliday : I was lithe and my body felt almost fluid, no aching bones! My power was the joy of movement and sharp eyes always alert to movement, the journey beat of the drum wasn’t even fast compared to my heartbeat. it all started out by me marking my human body as my territory!!
20:37:16 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Question: Otter's play ….. is that how they go about their hunting (work)?
20:37:34 From Carol Cupitt Parks : As otter, I found a special stone on the river bottom. It was white with gold veins. I brought it to land and then let it roll back into the river so I could dive in and find it again. I did that several times. It was fun to play.
20:37:39 From Lindsay Trevarthen : I slept on and off, but when awake as shrew was moving swiftly and silently through the undergrowth. Loved the sensation of being very small, but powerful.
20:37:43 From Cheryl Anderson : I chose pine Martin as I entered late. felt free inquisitive and nosey. loved to chase and hunt out all insects creatures qnd birds was all such fun. spontaneous making the most of opportunities
20:38:22 From Karen : pine marten - fearless, nimble and quick running in the trees, sitting scratching, the strong smell of pine.
20:38:43 From Ann : I swam as an otter, slept on my back in the water, held my young, relaxed, peaceful, agile and living in the moment. Stayed in water and very clear view of sea otters in the ocean at one stage. Feeling tense prior to journey, my back seized then muscle relaxed physically. Ate fish, crab and oyster.
20:40:37 From lesley gerrard : Lost internet - dammit. Managed to climb a tree and eat an egg as pinemartin though.
20:42:37 From Annie : I was pine marten. Twirled up a round the pine tree trunk, higher & higher, could feel evening sun on the fur of my back. I chased a squirrel right to the end of the branch. Chased through the meadow, through the gorse. Great fun, then back to a high rocky ledge to rest and observe the surroundings.
20:43:36 From Michelle SaaRa : pine Martin showed me her young and nurturing and playing with them also hunting too
20:44:25 From Ali Broughton : I started well as Shrew, felt small and going very fast through the undergrowth, but then things kept popping in my head from life and I decided to come back to it another time. Thank you though
20:44:45 From Fausta DiMascio : Balance brought with it a sense of freedom and mindful focus - live in the moment
20:45:01 From sheila powell To All Panelists : Had problems with my internet connections so looking forward to watching the replay. What I saw was amazing! Thank you both. Sheila - California.
20:45:14 From Miranda : Thank you so much. Really made me laugh and feel chillaxed!
20:45:19 From Ali Broughton : Thank you, look forward to the replay and a little more quiet here to do so! Thank you
20:45:23 From Charlotte Knaggs : Be fearless and opportunistic and don’t underestimate yourself ~ Shrew
20:48:29 From Pauline ORMEROD : Thankyou for this evening have enjoyed the different perspective of small creatures.
20:48:46 From Fausta DiMascio : thank you for another wonderful insightful evening, hail and farewell - blessed be to all xx
20:48:48 From Norma To All Panelists : Thank you
20:48:50 From Appreciative Rob and the cat Kalmar : Thank you. Go well.
20:48:52 From Annkat : Thankyou and night.
20:48:54 From Kim : hail and farewell
20:48:54 From Lesley : Thank you
20:48:54 From Rachel h : Thanks
20:48:54 From linda : Thankyou hail and farewell all! 😍
20:48:55 From Karen : thank you everyone
20:48:55 From Mandy : Thankyou xx
20:48:56 From Annkat : keep safe
20:48:58 From karen S : thankyou and good evening
20:48:59 From Carol Cupitt Parks : Otterly delightful!
20:49:01 From SharonH : Thank you for this evening and goodnight 🙂
20:49:02 From david : Thank
20:49:03 From Charlotte Knaggs : Thank so much, take care all xx
20:49:04 From Lindsay Trevarthen : Thank you! xx
20:49:05 From Kathy Labrum McVitti4ze : Love you!
20:49:05 From Rachael Halliday : thank you all x
20:49:06 From jayne powell : Thank you
20:49:07 From Emma Taylor : Thank you xx
20:49:08 From alysonpowell : Thank you for the lovely evening. See you soon.xx
20:49:09 From fae : Thank you Jason, Nicola, Tina & Blue. Go well everyone and be well xx
20:49:09 From Michelle SaaRa : thank you all
20:49:09 From Mair : Thank you x
20:49:11 From Sue Stone To All Panelists : thank you so much
20:49:13 From Heidi Cooper : Thank you x
20:49:13 From Eileen : Gratitude and Blessings
20:49:14 From Ann : Thank youx
20:49:15 From Sarah Burns : Thank you so much x
20:49:16 From Chris : Thank you so much for this evening, feeling tired, both of you take care of yourselves
20:49:16 From Gemma Bevan : Thank you for a lovely evening 🙂
20:49:19 From Karen Bateman-Pearson : Thank you Jason, Nicola, Tina and Blue- Hail and Farewell 🙏
20:49:19 From Christine : Thank you it was a wonderful ritual
20:49:22 From deb : Thanks so much. Will try this again am as definately too tired tonight
20:49:31 From Grace McGeoch : thank you!
20:49:33 From Betty Weltz : Thank you and goodbye!
20:49:35 From Alison Gaffney : Thank you all 🥰
20:49:37 From Annie : Thank you lovely evening