Exciting news from Shaman’s Grove

chairsAgain I’ve fallen behind on blogging. Amazing how life gets in the way. But we’ve been busy here at Shamanic Connection and wanted to share with you what’s been happening.

Our retreat space here at Shaman’s Grove is up and running! Last fall we purchased an 18 foot travel trailer to house our retreat guests. Affectionately known as “The Rockwood”, (those are the big letters on the side from the manufacturer, but it seemed appropriate as we have rocks in them there woods), it lives in a quiet, out of the way space in our forest. And it tags along behind Gary’s truck nicely when we go off to teach and play. Continue reading

Aspects of Self Playshop in New Jersey

Aspects of SelfAspects of Self −
A Shamanic Exploration

with Gary Gent of Shamanic Connection
March 18-20, 2016
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm approx.
Mt. Laurel, NJ (Private Residence)

Energy Exchange: $350 ($100 deposit due by February 19, 2016)
Pre-requisite – You must have a working relationship with
your Animal Spirit Guide. No Guide? Contact Debbie Overholt below for more information on the next upcoming Animal Spirit Guide Playshop.

What are ‘Aspects of Self’?
‘Aspects of Self’ are parts of one’s personality that allow and assist a person to function and respond to their environment and daily life experiences. Continue reading

The Good Things Jar

Good Things Jar

Wow, I can’t believe it’s New Years already! Where has this year gone? Time flys when you’re having fun. So, how much fun have YOU had? Can’t remember all the good times? Well, for 2016, we’ll give you an idea to help you remember – a Good Things Jar.

Giving a quick look back, like most years, it’s had its ups and not so ups. There has been a lot of transformation here at Shaman’s Grove with a new deck on our house and the retreat getting built (not done yet, but at least housing is in place).   Continue reading

Holiday Greetings From Shamanic Connection

Holiday Greetings

Mother Nature chose to blanket us with snow today and we want to share the peace and calm she brought to “The Grove”.

We wish you a peace filled holiday and a happy and abundant 2016.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Shaman’s Grove ~
Gary, Debbie, Annie (the cat), Oscar (the gnome), and all the Spirits and Elementals that reside here at the grove.


10 Billion Beats Special Solstice Drumming 2015

Join us in a drumming celebration for peace and healing this Winter Solstice.

10 Billion Beats Winter Solstice

10 Billion Beats

Dec. 21st., 2015

The need for peace and healing has only increased since the last newsletter.  With the need comes the temptation to be discouraged, to question our efforts.  How can people of goodwill make a difference?

Difficult times cause us to retreat into our belief systems.  It is there we find solace and the strength but we must not let it become a way to divide us one tradition against another.

In two weeks, on Dec. 21st. our drums and our intention will sound.  Continue reading

How To Choose Your Shaman

The other day, I got sucked into an internet “rabbit hole”. You know, one of those times when you click on a link and then another until you’ve followed it into Wonderland and you never know what’s going to pop up …

Well, this journey yielded a great article on choosing your shaman. It’s called 11 Ways to Know a Good Shaman When You Meet One  written by Jessica Brinton.  So, I thought it was worth sharing. My own comments are in red. Continue reading

Are You Listening To Spirit’s Messages

Listening is a positive actIt’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog, and I think I am finally able to get back in the swing of things.

As I posted in my last blog, way back in April, I managed to give myself a concussion in March. It’s been a really long road of healing and changes. Who’d have thought that a head bump could create such a long journey?

I have been doing much better for the last month or so, but it’s been too busy here at Shaman’s Grove to have time to write. More on the changes in a later blog. And it’s also been harvest season. My garden was very happy this year and I’ve been busy harvesting and preserving our bounty.

Okay, I know you are going “how did she give herself a concussion”? Well, it was one of those dumb things that can happen when you’re not in the “NOW”. I was cleaning flower pots getting ready to transplant seedlings and not paying attention to the space I was occupying in the physical. I reached over to pick up more pots and raised up, hitting my forehead on the end of the 2×6 deck rail. Enough said 🙂

So, on to the topic of this blog … Spirit’s Messages.

Over the years, Gary and I have often helped explained some of the more intense happenings in client’s lives. The first thing we ask is “Are you listening to your Guides (or Spirit)?” or “What message aren’t you paying attention to?” Then we explain Spirit’s messages to them in the following four phases: Continue reading

Shamanism on Death & Dying Workshop

Shamanism on Death, DyingCircle of Life
And Rebirth

With Gary Gent of Shamanic Connection
July 18, 2015 | 10 am to 5 pm
Energy Exchange – $ 190
($50 non-refundable deposit due by 6/19/15)
Private Residence, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Life is a continuous series of deaths and rebirths.  We experience the physical death of friends, family, and pets throughout our lives. We also experience the death and birth of relationships, careers, and of aspects of our personality. “Dying” is a way to remove what no longer serves us so that we may truly live.

This powerful workshop explores your views about death and dying.  You will delve into your belief system, exploring your fears about death, the process of dying, loss of control, and your views about “life after death”.

The core of this workshop is a powerful guided journey through the death process, crossing over to Spirit, experiencing the birthing process and growing to your current age. The day concludes with sharing your experiences and a discussion of the Shamanic view of the death and dying process.

Join us for these experiential days in the healing ways of the shaman.

Please wear comfortable clothes as we will be playing on the floor.

More info and to make deposits online

For more information or to register for these playshops or private sessions contact:

Debbie Overholt at 856-722-9777 or E-mail

Summer Solstice Celebration at Shaman’s Grove

I haven’t been blogging lately or posting much on Facebook. I am slowly (and I mean slowly) recovering from a concussion. Physically I’m pretty much back to normal, but my poor little scrambled brain isn’t quite up to snuff. So, writing, email, etc. is a challenge. As soon as I’m feeling “normal” again, I’ll start writing. We wanted to get these flyers out to you so you can keep on top of upcoming events.

So, until next time,




Creating the Sacred Drum— A Drum Making Playshop
Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 10am – 5pm
Energy Exchange: $250 ($100 non-refundable materials deposit due by 6/15/15)

drums Making your own drum begins a journey as you give birth to this instrument of Spirit. This drum making playshop involves not only the learning of a physical skill but also a journey into the realm of Spirit. Ceremonies are done throughout the day to connect you to the spirits of the elk and cedar tree as well as the spirit of the drum. Birthing your drum begins a relationship of healing, learning and teaching between you and Spirit through the drum as it sings its song.

15” elk hide drums on cedar hoops and beaters.

Don’t miss out on this great playshop!   Space is limited.

More information, view pictures from previous playshops, or register online 

Summer solstice celebration
Saturday, June 20, 2015 |6pm -??

grillWe will be hosting a Summer Solstice Celebration with playshop participants from either or both days. We will do a pot luck barbeque for dinner (grass-fed beef burger provided). Then we will do a ceremony to celebrate the solstice and do some drumming (drums will be provided – drums made earlier in the day will not be ready to play).

Circling the Medicine Wheel
Sunday, June 21, 2015| 10am – 5pm
Energy Exchange $50 per Person ($25 non-refundable deposit due by 6/15/15)

Come help us build the medicine wheel here at Shaman’s Grove and spend the afternoon exploring the energies of the Medicine Wheel.

MedwheelThis workshop is an experiential day working with Medicine Wheel Energies and your Light Body energy.  The Native American Medicine Wheel is based on the perception that all things are related and must be in harmony for the earth to be in balance.  It acts as a springboard of power that will allow you to connect with all the energies of the Universe.  All will participate in creating the Medicine Wheel and learn how to apply its energies to daily life through exercises and ceremonies.  These exercises and ceremonies will help you get in touch with a directional totem, as well as gain knowledge and energy from the spirits of the wheel, which can heal both yourself and Mother Earth.

More information or to register online

Bundle your playshops this weekend and SAVE  –
Come play both days for $215 ($100 non-refundable deposit due by 6/15/15)

Join us for these experiential days in the healing ways of the shaman. 

On both days, please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a blanket or pillow to sit on, a journal and a sack lunch (snacks and beverages provided). Also, please wear shoes appropriate for going to the River to gather rocks for the wheel in the a.m. for the Medicine Wheel Playshop.

For more information or to register for these playshops contact:

Debbie Gent at 602-896-0146  or E-mail

Shaman’s Grove is located in beautiful, sunny Grants Pass, Oregon. Are you coming from out of town to spend the weekend playing at Shaman’s Grove? Contact Debbie for hotel and camping info.