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The video below gives an introduction to the ceremonies in The Magic Garden. This video provides the basic information about the cartography of the psyche which is fundamental to understand for the therapeutic and spiritual work we are doing. The video also gives guidelines about the way we conduct our ceremonies. It also gives you insights in the origins of The Magic Garden and how it functions as a modern temple and “cosmic space station” for journeys in consciousness.

The photos on this page have been photo-edited, made brighter, so you can see what's going on. In fact, the light is very dim in the room with only the star sky and soya light as the light source.

The ceremonies are conducted in danish or english depending on the participants. The ceremonies take place in The Magic Garden located in Fredensborg, Denmark, which was created according to a vision over a period of 22 years. With its natural environment, building structures and symbolism, it is a particularly appropriate place to embark on inner journeys in consciousness. The Magic Garden has been blessed by Laka Lama in 2002. Laka Lama has held several lectures afterwards.
To see many pictures and read about the vision press here.

The ceremony is conducted in a unique way. With inspiration from several traditions, including Holotropic BreathworkTM, Stanislav Grof, Tibetan Buddhism and indian shamanism, we use our own experience and the physical environment to create a warm, secure and loving space, which allows the participants to experience the adventure of self-discovery and undergo deep psycho-spiritual transformation and healing.

These ceremonies focus on psycho-spiritual transformation, processing of trauma, healing, self-awareness and mysterious experiences / insight and recognition of your the deeper nature and the nature of the universe.

Here is Jacob with Stanislaf Grof - the father of transpersonal at transpersonal conference in Basel 2006, where Jacob presents his book Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly, which Stanislaf Grof holds in his hand on the picture.

Modern shamans

Shamans are people who live in - and have contact with - both the ordinary everyday world and other reality dimensions. They use this ability to help others by bringing them into ecstatic states through - among other things - healing, music, art and psychoactive substances.

Our deep passion and what gives our lives deep meaning is to create as loving, supportive, optimal and safe framework as possible, allowing our participants to undergo deep psycho-spiritual transformation processes in search of daily spontaneous joy, ecstasy and meaning.

Having worked intensively for decades with shamanistic practice combined with modern psychotherapeutic techniques, nature medicine and creating a unique place that supports the self-discovery adventure - The Magic Garden in Fredensborg - we see ourselves as "modern shamans".

Here is how the daily program progresses when we have a 2 day`s retreat.

The first day
17.50 - 18.00 Arrival
18.00 - 18.30 Opening circle
18.30 - 19.15 Introduction with Jacob
19.15 - 20.00 Dinner
20.00 to approx. 21.30 personally talk to Jacob and possibly combined with a walk in the castle park.

The second day
8 to about 15 CEREMONY and integration with mandala drawing.
15.30 -16.30 - Closing circle
16.30 - (or when we are done) Dinner and rounding

The ceremony and the journey itself

The inner journey itself takes place in the Roundhall of The Magic Garden. The basic idea of The Magic Garden is that it functions as a “cosmic space station” that connects the various reality planes. The main building where the ceremonies take place is called Axis Mundi Studio. In connection with ceremonies and full moon concerts, the Roundhall is “Axis Mundi Spacecraft”. The Roundhall is built like the medicine wheel with carved pillars pointing towards the four corners of the world and a big yin yang sign on the floor.

Axis Mundi means the world axis. In all mythologies around the world there is described a world axis that stretches through the different worlds. In our Nordic mythology there is the ash tree Yggdrasil that goes from Hel, through Midgard, and up to Asgard, the kingdom of the gods. In Axis Mundi Spacecraft we are “psychonauts” who explore our inner space. We travel up and down the world axis, both in the Underworld, the Middleworld, and the Upperworld. Here we explore and map our inner mythological landscape.

In the quadrant between the southern and western pillar, the “spacecraft’s travel guides” are located.

In the rest of the circle all the participants are placed. Every participant gets an blindfold and everyone has entered into a clear written agreement about keeping blindfolds on, staying in the room, and avoiding unnecessary physical movement during the course of the journey. This is crucial both for safety reasons and to facilitate the deepest and most healing process. In powerful non-ordinary states of consciousness, the inner and outer world can become mixed together. We take care of you. Throughout the ceremony we are aware of you and the others participating, and we will approach you when you need a supportive hand. We might spontaneously come and do healing bodywork.

The inner healer

The medicine is served in The Magic Garden’s “grail cup”. A cup I made out of clay at school at the age of 11. The medicine and the whole “setting” with the music, the Roundhall, and travel guides activate “the inner healer”. One can also call it the inherent wisdom of the body. The inner healer acts as a radar that scans your psychophysical system and gives you just the experiences you need and are ready to receive. It can be the release of old traumas, new guidelines in your life, visions, ecstatic experiences, experiences of unity, mystical experiences, etc. Our team of experienced guides functions as midwives who help you “give birth to your own child”. Through this process you will experience deep healing of both body and psyche.

The music
During the ceremony we play live music. Ever since the beginning of time, shamans worldwide have used music as the primary tool to enter into non-ordinary states of consciousness. For many years, we have specialised in creating live organic powerful music and sound landscapes.

The music is created in the moment inspired by the shared consciousness field we create with you and the other participants. We have “power songs” that we sing every time and you are welcome to sing along. Lellah Ecaterina has a powerful elf-like voice and sings with great intension and healing energy for you. Georg sings, plays the shaman drum and rattle. Peter Hviid plays piano and virtual keyboards. Jacob uses his specially designed shamanic wand - a 19 stringed butterfly guitar - along with shaman drums, rattle, bells, other string instruments, and pedal boards, all connected to a music loop station. This is merged with specially designed sampled sound landscapes in the form of nature sounds mixed with organic sound elements.
The music we play during the ceremony will be recorded, mixed and you will receive it some days after the ceremony. When listening to music, you can remember your insights and experiences much stronger.

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How do we help if some of us also play music?
When there are more people who need help at the same time, we stop playing and putting music on. Or Peter plays keyboard, and Jacob and Georg that played before help the participants. Ecaterina sings for everyone and she often keeps a traveler in hand while she sings.

How many are we?
We are max 12 people traveling, 2 to 3 experienced facilitators / modern shamans and 2 - 5 experienced assistants, that will create the energy and framework for everyone to have a safe journey.

The ceremony itself lasts about 6 - 8 hours. During the landing phase, the participants paint and draw mandalas. Expressing yourself visually is a great way to integrate the experiences from your journey. A circle where we share the experiences and insights.This is an important part of the process as it is very rewarding to tell your own experiences, to get feedback on them and to hear about the travels of others. After that we eat together a nice dinner. Almost everybody is landed to go home in the evening. Some few stay over the night, often because they have a big journey to make to come home ( like Germany, Norge, Sweden).

More mandalas here.

When everyone has landed, we make a circle where we share the experiences and insights. This is an important part of the process, as it is very rewarding to share your own experiences, get feedback on them, and to hear about other people’s experiences.

Why do we do the ceremony in the day?
We have made ceremonies both at night and by day. We have the best experience of doing it by day. We have a special designed round hall that can be darkened and we also use blindfolds. The benefit of the day is, among other things, is that you are fresh and well rested.

These ceremonies will focus on psycho-spiritual transformation, processing of trauma, healing, self-awareness and mysterious experiences / insight and recognition of the deeper nature of the universe.