Siberia is a land of stunning contrasts; the Siberian steppe and transitional desert areas; the taiga and the tundra, the world's largest forest; mountainous regions inhabited with rare plant and animal species, the home of the threatened snow leopard; seasonal temperature extremes ranging from 100 degrees above zero to 70 below.
For 20 years Sacred Earth Network has lead life changing expeditions into one of the most beautiful places on Earth, bringing adventurers to the forefront of spiritual, cultural, and ecological renewal with Siberian shamans and elders.
In the Altai ...
Working with extraordinary shaman Maria Amanchina (far left), who has taken the responsibility of returning her own culture to its Earth-honoring, shamanic origins or travelling with elder and ecologist Danil Mamyev (in red) who oversees a 60,000 hectare, Native controlled "Nature Park" many groups have travelled to ancient ceremonial sites, cliffs strewn with petroglyphs, stone circles, and caves that have seen human habitation for more than 60,000 years.
These have been adventures for those who believe we have the ability to influence humanity’s future relationship with the Earth. Taking a powerful inner and outer journey into the heart of Siberian shamanism. Walking the ancient road of wisdom. Learning to energize directly from the elements and to live in greater harmony and in communication with the Earth and other living beings.
"We were high in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. The late summer darkness had just settled around our small campfire. The gentle gurgle and whoosh of the clearest river I’d ever seen could be heard in the background. Leon urged me, as he had so many other times, to pay attention to the fire. ”The spirits of life and death are dancing there. They say all kinds of important things. When a burning branch or log changes position, there is a message. Listen and see.” Bill Pfeiffer
Bill Pfeiffer is Sacred Earth Network's founder and President. Bill lives in the USA and has made Russia a "second home" having traveled there 34 times in the last 20 years--giving him a rare cross-cultural perspective. He has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans as well as with Joanna Macy and John Perkins. He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs.
After many amazing journeys, and deep insight gained from working with Traditional Elders, Bill has shared his decades of insight in facilitating deep earth connection in his book WILD EARTH WILD SOUL - a guide for increasing your own nature connection and facilitating your own Wild Earth Intensives in your local community.
While Bill and the Sacred Earth Network team were leading these extraordinary trips into Siberia over two decades a phenomenon was occurring..
Megré, a Siberian riverboat trader, describes his discovery in 1995 of Anastasia, a beautiful young woman found living alone deep in the remote wild forests of Siberia, while he was plying the waters of the remote Ob River on a strange quest to find the mysterious "Ringing Cedars" – ancient trees that over the course of 550 years had reportedly accumulated so much energy through their pine-needle, antenna-like leaves, they had begun to audibly "ring" or vibrate.
At a riverside stop, Megré was greeted by a young, modestly attired peasant woman who seemed to know not only his name but also the nature of his quest. Revealing that she knew the exact location the "ringing cedar trees" he was searching for, she offered to act as his guide. Megré accepted and over the course of three days Megré was led into another world – a world of shocking revelations, altered states of consciousness and displays by Anastasia of such astounding power, knowledge and wisdom – Megré felt compelled to abandon his river trading business in order to document and share these revelations with the world.
He created The Ringing Cedars Book Series which has sold over 10 million copies in Russian alone. A movement was born as people returned to the land, reconnect with nature and raise their children consciously in harmony with the Earth and the forces of the cosmos. The books found their way out of Russian and into many many countries inspiring a movement of "spiritual permaculture".
The essential premise in the Ringing Cedars Series is a vision for every willing family to reconnect with their "motherland" and take responsibility for regenerating one hectare of Earth as a family domain in perpetuity. With deep intention for reestablishing an intimate relationship with nature and the spirit of place, the vision is that children will be raised in conscious connection with nature and total access to the intelligence of the universe, and humanity will return to its pristine origins , gaining strength and integrity with each generation.
In 2009, this website was born as the Ringing Cedars Revolution and grew very quickly to support the readers of these phenomenal books all over the world. A movement has grown and merged with the worldwide eco-village, permaculture, rewilding and deep ecology movements, natural birth and parenting and other movements as people have aspired to learn from Ancient wisdom, reconnect with nature and rebuild community and self-sufficiency out of the ashes of industrialisation and its effects all over the planet. As deep nature connection has restored a sense of magic and belonging in people's lives, we are now collectively faced with the issue of Emerging from a paradigm of industry and destruction that threatens LIFE on Earth. It's our challenge and opportunity to evolve ours lives to live in harmony with nature and strengthen our collective immune response by nurturing kinship and collaboration.
During 2014, Bill and Billa - sustainability consultant and founder of the original site, began discussions on how to support the planetary Wisdom Keepers to have a stronger voice and for the vast collection of Earth Centred Wisdom readily available to be more accessible at this crucial time on the planet. A burning question was "how can we support people all over the world to network with each other locally and have greater access to the guidance of wisdom keepers, and the tools and resources to become stronger communities of practice with tangible outcomes for the next generations?"
"As networks grow and transform into active, working communities of practice, we discover how life truly changes, which is through emergence" Berkana Institute
In 2015, this virtual village has been transformed to facilitate the emergence of sustainable culture guided by Earth Centred Wisdom handed down from wisdom keepers ALL over the world, including our Siberian mentors and inspirators .