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African Plant Medicine & Spiritual Transformation


African Plant Medicine & Spiritual Transformation

An evening with African Sangoma - John Lockley


For thousands of years plant medicine has played an integral role in the upliftment of human consciousness. John Lockley is a senior Xhosa Sangoma (African Shaman) from South Africa.

He will be speaking about the use of plant medicine to assist peoples’ spiritual journeys. He will bring a variety of South African plants that are widely used in Southern Africa. Comparisons will be made with local plants like mugwort, nettle, lavender etc to facilitate deeper dreaming.

It is widely known that Southern Africa is the cradle of mankind and possesses an abundance of plant medicine. After the Amazon jungle, South Africa has the largest biodiversity in the world.

John will intersperse his talk with drumming, singing and dancing. He does this to show the role of the human spirit in ‘igniting’ the plant spirits. Exciting eh?!


Are you looking to connect more deeply with your dreams and destiny?  Then don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from an African Sangoma Shaman

John is an engaging speaker, drummer and singer. He has enthralled and inspired audiences all over the world, from Canada, New York, Dublin, Mexico to hear the UK. Many people have experienced profound dreams after witnessing his performances.

What people are saying about working with John!

“Powerful plant healing!  I had a powerful healing session with John, which helped to move part of a deeply rooted physical illness.” Mark Flaherty, UK.

“Authentic Shaman. John offers the truly authentic wisdom we seek”. Patricia Turner,  The Sacred Earth Foundation, Boulder, Colorado


The Price of attendance for this evening talk is just £10 and there is only very limited space available with just 40 seats for this talk.

About John

According to John’s Xhosa elders in the Eastern Cape, John Lockley is one of the first white men, in recent history, to become a fully initiated Sangoma in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa – the tribe that gave us Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Sangomas receive guidance (through dreams and trance) from ancestors in the spirit world, in order to heal and guide the community. Sangomas are South African Shamans, meaning seers, dreamers or prophets – the traditional healers of Africa.


John was recently interviewed by Earth Medicine Alliance in San Francisco. Please click here to watch the interview.





1 Day Workshop in London

8th June 2013


The October Gallery

Learn how to track, understand and interpret your dreams from a senior Sangoma (medicine man) in one of the most ancient shamanic tribes in the world today, the Xhosa people.

The workshop will feature live South African drumming and singing. Kick your shoes off and learn the traditional South African trance dance to access your dreams and speak to your spirits...

More info on this workshop can be found here


Personal Divination Sessions

9th June

The Gateway Studio, Vauxhall

1 hour sessions - one on one with John - very limited places available



Traditional African divination involves looking into the ‘soul’ of the client and channeling information from the ancestral/spirit world in order to help people on their Life Path. This type of divination can be very helpful in guiding you to your life’s purpose as well as forging a path of re-connection to your ancestors and spirit guides.


Each session is performed in a ceremonial way. John and the client sit on the floor with bare feet (no shoes) and assume a meditative posture.

John does a divination using ‘bones’ (shells, stones and other sacred objects). He goes into meditation and connects with his ancestral spirit guides, as well as the spirits of the client to search, divine or ‘see’ what is happening with the client emotionally, physically and spiritually. The bones reveal the ‘spiritual constellation‘ of the client’s life, showing for instance, their connection to their Ancestors, life-path/destiny, calling, gifts, etc.

Sangoma (or traditional shamanic) sessions differ from traditional psychotherapy in that when someone is consulting with a sangoma it is widely believed they are consulting with not only the individual in front of them, but also the shamanic lineage that they are connected to.  John’s ancestral spirits or guides help to heal the person at a soul level, and sometimes a person might feel the effects of a session for weeks, months or even years afterwards.

To book a personal divination session with John please book directly with us at [masked]

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  • Caz C.

    A wonderful inspiring evening. John held the space brilliantly and introduced us to his fascinating shamanic practices in way which we use ourselves. He is the real deal.

    June 10, 2013

  • Sarah-Jean

    Fantastic night! It was very informative and also fun.

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Davyd F.

    Thank you Safeena. So glad you enjoyed it. It was a fun evening that combined a little bit of lots of Xhosa tribe tradition. Great to see you there and hope to see you again soon.

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative and transformative! Thank you to the whole group. The vibration was a natural high :) It was great to reconnect with loving souls xx

    June 8, 2013

  • Dr Rory Mac S.

    I have tried John's medicine for the first time, this weekend - it was incredible, I'm happy to share my experience with anyone

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • daniel

    Will be illuminating to spend time and interchange with John! Looking forward to this immensely. Thank you to the people who put this together!
    Best vibes

    1 · May 17, 2013

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