Moving Mandala – an interview with Nancy Dancing Light.

Moving Mandala – an interview with Nancy Dancing Light.


I met Nancy three years ago on a shamanic course near Guildford after a series of synchronicities I could no longer ignore  . Whilst teaching, Nancy’s effortless grace in shifting between the worlds and the creativity shared during her sessions made the whole learning experience very powerful for me. I went on to complete the Moving Mandala training. The next Moving Mandala course will be in August near Lewes, East Sussex. Scroll down for more details. I respect Nancy’s openness and vulnerability  to be guided by Great Spirit at all times, making sure we were on track as a group and individually.

Here is a short interview, specifically around the Moving Mandala and her life’s work.

What brought you to walk a shamanic path and work with the Moving Mandala? 


 This shamanic direction came from three fates finding me, to change my life.  An energy shift, a shamanic initiation, offered me a chance to connect deeply with our ancestors, to root me in the earth. As you know in hindsight many things point down the path, in my case a creative and seeking spirit, and the love of outdoors.

After several years of doing my own mandala practice I went to India to receive the Kalachakra, another mandala, in a location where the teachings originated through Shakymuni Buddha. I have also been deeply committed to Native American practices. One of the teachers spoke in the lodge one day, reflecting that he didn’t see a spiritual materialist and wannabe, he saw a person who had to go around the whole wheel in this lifetime and take the essence of that journey for the benefit of myself and all our relations.


How do you integrate your own creativity with your shamanic path? 


In the early 90’s I created a portable labyrinth cloth, one with the chakra colours and astrological symbols that could be used in a flat, taken to a park, etc. After it was in a women’s fibre show I took it to Findhorn and donated it to the Children’s Dept., because I had noticed during that show that they instinctively gravitated toward it; the channels were quilted to make “paths” and my mother enjoyed sewing it with me, so it had lots of female energy in it.


When I go into a situation to seek in a shamanic way, I need to empty my mind in order to let the answers come; the form in which they come may look like dancing, singing, chanting, mudras, felt shifts, and I receive sense impressions, words, and images as well. Often after the journey I may write or draw, but the time spent in the timeless realm is where the energy is shifted from whatever I brought in with me, and was attached to, to releasing it and allowing something fresh to enter the space.  I have had to learn to trust that it is whatever is needed at the time. This affects myself but my client and/or large gatherings of people who come together to re-balance and heal. I am using healing and re-balancing interchangeably.



What is The Moving Mandala and how has it helped you?

The Moving Mandala is only one way to train but it is a good way. That is, when we co-ordinate our intention to join that cosmic template with the earth’s seasons, place of power and human energy centres, beneficial results have come about for many, many people, in different settings and continents.

The mandala in Sanskrit means circle.  It is a sacred cosmic architecture which when entered, allows us to bring that sense of Oneness and wholeness to the earth. The Moving Mandala uses the sacred geometry of a 12-point mandala for an energetic container, having 4 cardinal directions within the 12, and   thirteenth point in the centre. The body’s chakras, right up to the archetypal level, hold the potential for us to shift energy as light beings. Because we are energy beings, we get primed to very high vibrations of light again when we enter a circle where intention to heal is being held. That is why the mandala form is useful for letting the interconnectedness and wholeness of our being come into consciousness.

How does the Moving Mandala help in the community? 

The resource of the Mandala Dance in the community has been to create opportunity to gather and direct energy for the greater good; the course itself people say is life changing and I know the truth of that, so end up saying it supports change in all of us

The Mandala Dance itself is where time and the timeless meet, where when we forget to be self-conscious and join the collective energy of the moment. With trained people, the Mandala Dance, which is a form of journeying, can bring a whole community to another level of awareness together. The courses I have been teaching in the last decade or so have made the mandala principles accessible to people who might not be familiar with it and who are on the shamanic path.

Focused community experiences are necessary to build the kind of strength and courage that we need in this century.  When we leave the Mandala Dance, we are more aligned within light, in soul and body, and with all those in the energy field within which we participate. An extension of the actual mandala journey is the mandala of our individual lives and the mandala of our shamanic community.

nancy2012For all Our Relations . Nancy Dancing Light and Ali Rabjohns.





Moving Mandala 2014 poster A4 V2


Labyrinths for Creative Healing.

Labyrinths for Creative Healing.

I’d like to warmly introduce Sue Claire Morris, who brings over 20 years’ experience as a therapist/healer/facilitator . I had the good fortune of meeting  Sue Claire and Zoe Hudson whilst participating in the Moving Mandala training with Nancy Dancing Light in October 2012.Please see Sue Claire and Zoe’s website for more information about their work.

satish,zoe and sue claireThey will be coming to Rodmell this August to facilitate a four-day Moving Mandala training.

The Moving Mandala is a profound and powerful community building tool for people ready to transform together.This program is experiential with focus on opening to Spirit through the expression of shamanic journeying, sound, colour, movement and the arts.

Please contact me or more details.


Moving Mandala Sue ClaireHere is Sue Claire’s article about working with labyrinths.

The labyrinth is an ancient universal symbol found all over the world and increasingly, labyrinths are emerging in communities as a sacred space for people. They are also used as a tool for problem solving, in personal relationships, for meditation purposes, or purely for enjoyment. They are amazing resources – they can work real magic by bringing worlds together and creating transformation.


Here in East Devon where I live and work as a therapist and group facilitator, we are lucky enough to have an 11 circuit labyrinth based on the one at Chartres Cathedral. It is situated at Seaton on the Jurassic Coast with far-reaching views across to the Dorset cliffs. A local man, David Kelf pioneered this and attracted Heritage and Lottery funding and it was completed in 2004. I first came across it through a dear friend and have been walking it alone and with others ever since, and then the two of us set up a company “Healing Hearts and Landscapes. We offer individual sessions as therapists and group pilgrimages around the celtic calendar. Zoe and myself run an ongoing course for groups “The Creative Power of the Labyrinth” as an experiential weekend to really embody and experience the labyrinth, with trained Veriditas Labyrinth facilitators, such as ourselves.


1.“The labyrinth serves as a sacred container. The clear physical boundaries of the pattern, which contain both the circle and the spiral, offer a feeling of safety. This container is even more powerful when we add community. New emotions, unique thoughts and a sense of being at one with others can enter our awareness.”(Artress, L 1995)

2.“Based on the circle, the universal symbol for unity and wholeness, the labyrinth sparks the human imagination and introduces it to a kaleidoscopic patterning that builds a sense of relationship: one person to another, to another, to many people, to creation of the whole. It enlivens the intuitive part of our nature and stirs within the human heart the longing for connectedness and the remembrance of our purpose for living.” (Artress, L, 2006)

Whether walking the labyrinth alone or with a group, there is a sense of making a deep connection with our true self and then feeling part of a bigger picture. The centre is an opportunity to link with energies beyond our own heart and somehow this brings a new awareness that can then be with us on the journey back to our lives, on the path out of the labyrinth.

Walking the labyrinth is a very personal experience where we each bring our hopes, dreams, unique history and yearnings. Unlike a maze you cannot get lost on a labyrinth, there is one path in and then the same path out, although the journey will be different.

In my work at a College of Further Education I have facilitated a group of students to create a labyrinth in the grounds. It is in a very peaceful place away from any buildings or cars and before the labyrinth was there, I used to go and meditate in that spot and felt the space would benefit from having one. It is a classical seven circuit labyrinth cut into the grass with pathways delineated from bark chippings of trees felled in the grounds of the college.

3.“The labyrinth is a means of meditation, offering us space to listen to ourselves. It can be a slow and contemplative experience or fast and energizing:it can help us shed layers of emotion and unravel a problem or it can stimulate the mind and offer inspiration.” (Raphael Sands, H 2001)

4.“The circular path inward cleanses and quiets us as it leads us in. The unwinding path integrates and empowers us on our walk back out. Walking out of the winding path, we are literally ushered back out into the world in a strengthened condition.”

(Artress, L, 1995)

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