If you are moving through life losses of any kind, present or past, you are being offered an extraordinary oppportunity to explore your true self and grow into your deepest beauty.  And studies are showing that spending time in Nature nurtures our inner awareness and wellbeing. This is why I am expanding my shamanic practice and griefwork outdoors for individual and group sessions (if the powers of Nature invite us) and 3-4 day retreats that can be immersed in the healing forces of nature. As we move into summer 2017, nurture yourself with dedicated, supportive and life-changing healing in the arms of Nature - the wheel moves at the pace that is right for YOU!

View of the extraordinary land at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico - where Georgia O'Keeffe painted - and which hosted my Fall 2016 course entitled "Grief Around the Sacred Wheel"!

My name is Cheryl Downey, and I founded Sacred Wheel Center for Grief and Healing as my way of being of service to anyone who could benefit from help transforming the blocking, twisting or deadening pain of current or stored grief and loss. I am a former hospice chaplain who has worked with death, dying, life losses and grief for almost 35 years. I am also a Master Apprentice to the modern shaman, Lynn Andrews, and the teachings of the Sisterhood of the Shields. Shamanic griefwork and healing integrates body/energy work, emotional movement and dreaming, spirit connections and Nature; and the power of the mind, backwards truth and humor to assist those experiencing the pain of loss to acknowledge and allow healing movement and release to illuminate and heal all aspects of being. The Sacred Wheel is an ancient tool to explore and discover the aspects of our beings that hold grief - and power - in our lives - and help us find what we need for balance, peace and a renewed life of beauty.

Aug. 8, 2017


The August lunar and solar eclipses and the annual meteor showers are underscoring an extraordinary opportunity is manifesting very quickly to step into the enlightening work of the heart that holds the pain of grief: discovering and releasing grief energies that block your peace and inner beauty, and keep you from moving forward into the more centered, creative, enlightened life you want to heal into. SUNDAY NOON 8/20/17 to WEDNESDAY MORNING 8/23/17 at the MOUNT OLIVET CONFERENCE AND RETREAT CENTER in FARMINGTON, MN - just outside the Twin Cities of MN metro area. DEPOSIT IS $100; COST FOR OVERNIGHT PARTICIPANTS: $1245; COST FOR DAY COMMUTER PARTICIPANTS: $850. Go to the link above for more information and to register and/or pay online.


May. 2, 2017

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for "ILLUMINATING GRIEF" - Day Workshop Saturday, June 3, 2017

The first workshop of 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. "Illuminating Grief" will offer shamanic movement through the Four Directions of the Sacred Wheel to help shift, transform, enlighten stuck, deadened or negative energies from unresolved grief and loss. We will integrate the forces of Nature around the wheel to empower our inner healing - outdoors, weather permitting - and create sacred beads as symbols of our shifts! Cost: $75 which includes supplies and continental breakfast. Bring a sack lunch! REGISTRATIONS will be taken through www.joyful-connections.com - group size is limited so claim your spot now! E-mail sacredfire44@gmail.com for Burnsville, MN location and directions ~

Oct. 3, 2016


Healing Grief Around the Sacred Wheel is for anyone stuck or struggling through the pain of loss, including the recent or past illness or death of a loved one or pet; or other life transition, like loss of job, home, community. Find healing guidance in an open, affirming and supportive atmosphere. Within our grieving hearts, we carry the secrets to our pain and our healing, hidden energies held in our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and physical bodies that may interfere with grief’s natural healing flow.
Together we will enter healing movement through the four directions around the ancient Sacred Wheel, and discover and release what is blocking and resisting new life. Led by Cheryl Downey, a retired hospice chaplain, and shamanic practitioner, each participant will explore her or his unique grief experience each day via lectures, guided meditations, ceremony and the creation of sacred art with plenty of time to listen to Spirit’s inspirations and to commune with the sacred Earth. A list will be sent out indicating important items to bring.
If you are looking for a nurturing yet inspiring, grounded yet growthful space for exploring and shifting grief, this is the workshop for you! Allow yourself dedicated time to discover your own healing movement around the ancient sacred wheel! Discover what keeps you stuck! For more information and to register go to www.ghostranch.org - or call 505-685-1000.
Questions? Call Cheryl - 612-272-3977 - or e-mail healing@sacredwheelcenter.com

Mar. 12, 2016

Celebrating Change: Welcome Sacred Wheel Center, Inc.!!

As of Friday, March 11, 2016, Sacred Wheel Center for Grief and Healing is owned by a new legal "entity" known to the Minnesota Secretary of State as "Sacred Wheel Center, Inc." So if you see this name online or off, know that it is the same work with the same availability and variety of resources! I personally am grateful for the added strength and grounding of this new phase of the work's business life! More joy to come!

To be announced

One-Day "Mysteries of MotherLoss" Workshop

I am bringing back the "Mysteries of MotherLoss" Workshop! Date: TBD - stay posted for updates! Time: 10 am - 3 pm. Cost is $75 which includes light lunch. Register by e-mail: healing@sacredwheelcenter.com or by phone: 612-272-3977. Location TBD

To be announced

One-Day "Mysteries of FatherLoss" Workshop

"Mysteries of FatherLoss" is also returning! Date: TBD - stay posted for updates! Time: 10 am - 3 pm. Cost is $75 which includes light lunch. Register by e-mail: healing@sacredwheelcenter.com or by phone: 612-272-3977. Location TBD

Oct. 4, 2016


I was honored to be interviewed by Gwilda Wiyaka, host of "The Science of Magic" radio show. We shared wisdom surrounding the Sacred Wheel and the energies of dying and grief. It was a lovely hour, and felt like just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shifting the energies of grief! To listen and watch, you can go to the link on YouTube - https://youtu.be/dCm9Q4MHLKU !

Welcome to all grief-hearted ones who yearn for healing! Check out current and upcoming classes, workshops, and retreats! If you feel nudged to come, listen to your spirit...honor your own heart's healing...explore and shift the energies you hold within...and deepen your awareness of the powerful and beautiful being you are. Blessings on the exploration of your grief's mysteries - however you do that - and finding the treasures that lie waiting for you in the center of your grieving heart! With honor for your path and deep compassion for your loss, I invite you to share safe and sacred healing space - whether in individual sessions or group work - when the time is right!

Cheryl Downey

Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO - site of my Changing the Wind: Grief-Healing Retreat last June, 2016! It was gorgeous and the food was organic, plentiful and healing! Perfect for nurturing those who came to heal their hearts ~

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