My name is Veerle Phara (°8/8/1967)
I’m an Earth & Fire keeper, creative & shamanic coach, medicine woman & healer, I give sweatlodges/temazcales, rituals, initiations and ceremonies over the world.
I feel connected to the grid of light, connected with many ancient tribes. My sacred soul land is the Andes, where I received many initiations, especially the region on and around the Titicaca lake & the Sacred Valley. My heart and soul mission on earth is healing and transformation of individual and collective feminine energy.
In 2020 I published my book in Dutch and English: Wise Playful Woman. Shape Shifting. Keys to being an authentic and true woman.
I was born in Belgium, but I feel myself as a child of Pacha Mama and the starseeds. My name has Germanic roots and comes from PharaHilde, which literally means Female Travelling Warrior. My life has been intertwined with the world since birth, by living and working abroad, guiding groups and doing research on the values, beliefs and visions of indigenous cultures, animism and shamanism.
As a young adult I lived in North America for a few years, back in Belgium I studied art history, traveled and lived in Spain and Latin America. As a child I was already passionate about dance, yoga, movement, nature, oceans 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. The years that I lived in Chile at the foot of the Pacific Ocean in a primitive paradise, felt like living on the edge of survival, searching for new authentic values of my own. Leander and Sara Yula, my two beautiful children (adults now) carry Chilean blood in their genes, fusing West and South. 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 rediscover who they really are …
I took a bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication and management, where I coordinated the Latin America module for many years. I still love to share my wisdom on 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. During many years I gave training to guides and tour guides on intercultural communication, sustainable tourism and nature religions (animism, shamanism) worldwide.
As a Fire & Earth Keeper, I give sweatlodges/temazcales, rituals, initiations and ceremonies. My passion for sweatlodges is profound, it is like a temple of earth, a place to come home to your body, get rid of all masks, cleanse and sink into yourself. Regain balance and become one with all the elements, rediscover who you really are and crawl out of the womb of Mother Earth again, reborn.
Together with my partner Yves we have been giving fire keeper training, shamanism & sweatlodge training for many years.
I feel a woman in transition to a Wise Woman and live in joy and gratitude.
Through various trainings but especially through intense experiences (a.o. with the Mapuches in Chile and different cultures in the Andes, Peru) I grew to be a shamanic coach and medicine woman. I also followed several yoga Teacher trainings. Yoga is one of my medicines. 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. The high Andes feels like home.
I give healings, initiations, rituals and 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, Ñusta Karpay, Hatun 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. Remembering my experience in 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…
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 37 years. I prefer an intuitive, contextual and creative way to guide and coach people.
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: creating a Temple of the Earth for the healing and transformation of the energy of the earth.
Yves is my soul partner, we met in a hikuri ceremony with sweatlodge. Organizing and guiding sweatlodges, 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, the three worlds, 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.
We both love to travel and we are regularly invited elsewhere in the world to keep a sweatlodge 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 gentleness and thrust 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!