Milwaukee Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

Golden Light Healing’s 
Spiritual Journeys Find the 
Heartbeat of Mother Earth

When Amy Wilinski, co-owner of Golden Light Healing with husband David, first ventured on a spiritual journey to Peru in 2007 in order to work with the high shamans, the country’s mystical archeological sites and the warm cultural traditions of the Peruvian peoples seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Amy divulges, “I didn’t think I would be able to go back, as it was one of the most intense experiences of my life. But while I was there, one of the medicine men did a little reading on me and said, ‘You’re going to come back next year, and you will bring a group of your shaman students.’ And I thought, ‘This guy doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about,’” Amy reflects with a laugh. “‘I don’t have any shaman students, and I’m not coming back.’”

That following year, Amy began teaching shamanism at Golden Light, and she did indeed return to Peru with her first-year shaman students. She’s been sharing those spiritual experiences with others for 10 years now, leading treks not just to Peru, but also to Ireland, Scotland and sacred Native American sites in the United States, such as the Black Hills of South Dakota—original home of the Lakota tribe.

“There are so many beautiful places around the Earth that have such rich spiritual traditions,” Amy says. Being of Celtic descent, she decided to explore Ireland’s sacred sites and participate in that country’s rituals in an attempt to delve into her Celtic heritage and heal ancestral wounds. That experience led to her first group tour of Ireland. “I never thought leading trips would be part of my job, but I see them as spiritual journeys.”

Despite our efforts to find solace in our own backyards, Amy believes we don’t always allow ourselves to escape—the business of everyday life gets in the way and we get sucked back into regular routines. “We’re such a fast-paced culture, but when you go on a spiritual journey and you’re hiking up a 15,000-foot mountain, it forces you to slow down,” she says. “Then you can tune into the stillness of the soul, which is difficult to do in Western culture.”

The Golden Light trips are spiritual and don’t focus on any particular religion; instead, they aim to help one’s own connection with the divine. Amy arranges for local guides to accompany her small intimate groups, and participants meet different spiritual practitioners at each stop on the itinerary, allowing complete immersion in local cultures. Through “praying and playing,” Amy says travel can best transform people when they remain open to whatever the locals provide, be it the country’s traditional food or music, or stories told by the land’s inhabitants.

“Because we’ve become so disconnected, a spiritual journey helps us learn how to find that rhythm embedded within all of us—the heartbeat of Mother Earth,” she says. “When we return, we’re more mindful of that rhythm in our everyday lives. Things become easier, since we’re walking with spirit as opposed to walking with our left-brain.”

Although experiencing the sights and sounds of other cultures abroad can be transformative, there’s plenty of tranquil beauty right in our own state. Experiencing Wisconsin’s lush forests, shimmering lakes, rivers and prairies can help heal hectic souls. Golden Light’s new retreat center is on 200 acres of nature, and Amy says that people come for private and personal retreats in order to absorb the peace and wonder of the nightly celestial skies, and to watch sandhill cranes, bears, coyotes, trees, dragonflies and more.

“There are so many beautiful places all over the United States and the world,” Amy enthuses. “I don’t think there’s a bad place; everywhere has something wonderful to offer.”

Upcoming Golden Light spiritual journeys include The Way of the Altomesayok, in Peru, January 15 through 26, and The Mists of Ireland, anticipated for the fall of 2018.

Golden Light Healing is located at 7102 Sundew Rd., Sobieski (north of Green Bay). For more information, call 920-609-8277 or visit GoldenLightHealing.net.

Sheila Julson is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Life Coach Intertwines Multiple Skill Sets to Help People Achieve Goals

Keridak Silk specializes in helping people resolve issues with love or family relationships, as well as building confidence in all aspects of life.

Facebook Party Introduces the Facilitators of Dragon Egg Academy

All day on Saturday, February 9, people can learn via Facebook about the new Dragon Egg Academy, an online course program covering classes on topics such as divination, intuition, energy work, elementals, dragons and more.

Dare to Be Aware Fair Celebrates 12 Years Promoting Wellness

The 12th annual Dare to Be Aware Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Sister Joel Read Conference Center, at Alverno College.

Plastic-Free MKE Raising Awareness of Plastic Pollution

Plastic-Free MKE, a volunteer group dedicated to reducing single-use plastic in the Milwaukee area, holds meetings on the first Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park location.

Wellness Practitioners Present Self-Care Seminar

Emily Yenor, owner of 1212 Bodyworks, along with Kelly Kolodzinski, owner of Renew Holistic Wellness, will be hosting an interactive and engaging seminar about the importance of self-care entitled Love Yourself.

Personal Discovery Awaits at the Body Mind Spirit Expo

Now in its 31st year, Body Mind Spirit Expo has become the largest alternative health and metaphysical expo in the United States.

Letter from Publisher

Ethical financial planning and socially conscious investing is a primary theme of our February issue, presented in our Green Living article, “Investing for Good."

Food for Thought

Dr. Sarah Axtell, naturopathic doctor and owner of Lakeside Natural Medicine, will lead Food for Thought–Nutrition and Brain Workshop, aimed at helping people enhance memory and focus, eliminate brain fog and improve mood, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Tosa Yoga.

Reiki to Facilitate Forgiveness

Reiki is growing in popularity as people are seeking out complementary therapies for their health.

Bug Apocalypse

The number of invertebrates and insects such as moths, butterflies and bees has dropped worldwide by 45 percent in the last 35 years, raising alarm about the global ecosystem.

Fish Revival

Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam, shad have returned to New Jersey’s Millstone River for the first time since 1845.

Horse Sense

The wild horse herds on North Carolina’s Outer Banks survived Hurricane Florence by huddling on high ground, hiding in maritime forests, and possibly by swimming.