My name is Veerle Phara (°8/8/1967)
my heart and soul mission on earth is healing and transformation of feminine energy
I just published my book in Dutch: Wise Playful Woman. Shape Shifting. Keys to being an authentic and true woman. The English translation will be for October 2020.
I was born in Belgium, but I feel like a child of Pacha Mama, mother earth worldwide. My name has Germanic roots and comes from PharaHilde, which literally means Travelling Warrior. My life has been intertwined with the world since birth, by living, working, guiding groups, researching indigenous cultures. As a young adult we lived in North America for a few years, back in Belgium I studied art history and travelled and lived in Spain and Latin America. As a child I was already passionate about dance, yoga and movement, but also about nature, the vast fields, the ocean and shamanism.
I have long lived, worked and traveled in Latin America and was initiated into the holistic visions, rituals and ceremonies of indigenous cultures through intense work and life experiences. My Chilean life story after the dictatorship, living at the foot of the Pacific Ocean in a primitive paradise, was like a balance between life and survival, searching for new authentic values of my own. Leander and Sara Yula, my two beautiful adolescents, carry Chilean blood in their genes, fusing West and South (my son currently lives in Brazil and Chile). Slowly it became clear in my life that it is my life journey to break down barriers at every level, to bring people, cultures and especially women together, to let them meet and re-invent who they really are …
I took a bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication and management (Cimic) in Thomas More Mechelen, where I coordinated the Latin America module for many years. I still teach religion and syncretism in Latin America and the views of shamans worldwide on disease and healing. Through the years I have specialized in these themes. For years I also give training to guides and tour guides (CVO) on intercultural communication, sustainable tourism and nature religions (animism, shamanism) worldwide.
As a Fire & Earth Keeper, I give sweat huts/temazcales, firewalks, rituals, ceremonies and training about the world. My passion for sweat lodges is great and deep, it is like a temple of earth, a place to come home to your body, get rid of all masks, outwardly clean and shining and sinking into yourself. regain balance and become one with all the elements, re-invent who you really are and crawl out of the womb of Mother Earth again. Together with my partner Yves we have been giving fire keeper training and shamanism & sweat lodge training for years. I give sweat huts for women as well as together with Yves for mixed groups. Attached is an article I once wrote for Change magazine about sweat lodges (adapted version).
Astrologically I am a double lion, there is a lot of fire in me. I love fire and it is an important part of my daily life, as a firewoman and guardian of fire. I honor the feminine power of Grandmother fire. I guard the Fire at various festivals, as a Sacred Fire, and accompany fire ceremonies, firewalking and sweat huts.
Through various trainings but especially through intense experiences (a.o. with the Mapuches in Chile) I grew to be a shamanic and therapeutic coach. I also followed several yoga Teacher trainings. Through initiations, ceremonies and rituals I walk the path from Pampamesayoq to a Paqa, a medicine woman. I am fascinated by coaching groups and people, and feel the passion to open people’s minds and consciousness, to create a dynamic that connects people in a living web of experiences, feelings, thoughts, intentions … As a tour guide I coach groups in Latin America, this magical beautiful continent.
I give healings, organize and coach ceremonies and continue to immerse myself in the energetic path. I also followed many retreats around light work and healing and was initiated into profound initiations such as Munay Ki and Ñusta Karpay. My main source of healing is Pachamama, Mother Earth, and the feminine wisdom and energy of indigenous cultures worldwide, including our own Celtic tradition. After years of deepening the wisdom of the Incas through the Q’ eros, I also received my initiation as an Inca priestess, baptized in the cold waters of the sacred Lake Titicaca near Isla de la Luna, the island of the Moon (Bolivia). Through the Obod path I also delve into rituals and the path of the Druids, sinking and more searching for my Celtic and Germanic roots … Goddess cultures from all over the world fascinate me. A few years ago I travelled to Malta and Gozo.
Gozo is the female island with the memories of a rich Neolithic culture. I spent hours and hours there, sitting, listening, meditating, observing the energy of Ggantija, Santa Verna and the Xaghra Stone Circle. I could feel through the connection with the earth, how I came home. The megalithic stones still remind me of an enormously rich past where the Great Mother was honoured in a harmonious and loving society between men and women, in a harmonious connection with the earth and all the elements. The Goddess sent me a clear message: bring back our memory… All the work together with women and my own life path, related to a deep desire to realize something bigger in the world for and by women, led me to the creation and inspiration of the Belgian Ostara women’s festival, but also as a member of the core team of Hieros Gamos festival in which I am Hoedster of the Grandmother fire on the women’s field, and the intense cooperation in the Lorelei women’s festival Netherlands (fire keeper, temascales). It is part of the healing work of feminine energy on a more universal level. I have organized the Ostara women’s festival 3 times in the Sint-Jansklooster in Zelem. Unfortunately I missed the right team to take this festival further in the world. There are plans to create a new women’s festival. Because women need to connect, to be in circles, to be together within a safe framework in order to develop themselves and grow in consciousness.
Yoga, dance, movement and meditation are wonderful passions that help me to ground and come home to myself. Yoga and dance have been part of my life for 34 years. I prefer an intuitive, contextual and creative way to guide and coach people and educate adults. Dance & Play is a creation in which we make a journey through the 7 energetic centers of the chakras, slowly growing through dance, movement, breathing … to joyful, creative beings. Lately I have been immersing myself in grounding yoga, centering deeply in myself and in the earth, and landing even deeper in my body and consciousness.
I held a Vision Quest in April 2017, where I spent 4 days and 4 nights alone in the mountains of Spain. An intense and miraculous experience, during which I received a Vision around my mission on earth: healing and transformation of feminine energy.
Yves is my soul partner, we met in a ceremony with sweat lodge. Organizing and guiding sweat huts, temazcales, ceremonies and rituals, is each time a challenge to coach others in a magical process between male and female energy, between fire and stones, the sun and the moon, between pachamama, the spirits and the elements of nature, the four wind directions, guides and ancestors. Each time different, healing, transforming, creative, connected with hearts, cultures, souls … Yves is an eco-builder in the literal and figurative sense of the word and every day I can see how his intuition and power leads him to stand and create in life. Grateful to him, in Belgium we can use our Mongolian yurt (10.5 diameter!) as a space to guide and coach people in yoga, movement, workshops, circles, ceremonies and rituals …
We both love to travel and we are regularly invited elsewhere in the world to accompany a sweat lodge or ceremony.
My key words in workshops and coaching are Embody, Empower & Express … Embody, embrace and embrace! Whatever lives inside you, give it the strength or the softness and confidence it needs, through every form of creation (sound, image, movement, drama, play,…). Step out of the grey zone of mediocrity and fear!
My lifemotto: ‘live life as a fascinating, playful and enriching journey’ … and… Follow your Heart and your Soul, they know the way, dare to make choices on your Heart’s path!
Ñustatiana, Pisac Peru, Ceremony