If you are facing the challenges of change (past or present), or feel you are held hostage by fears or unresolved pain of loss ...if you feel called onto the path of enlightenment... or if you simply wish to deepen your awareness of the energies at play in your life, pause for a moment and realize you are being offered AT THIS MOMENT an extraordinary oppportunity in your life not only to release pain, but to explore your true self and to grow into your deepest beauty.  Also, studies are showing that spending time in Nature nurtures our inner awareness, healing, health and wellbeing. This is why I am expanding my shamanic practice to include opportunities for individual and group sessions (if the powers of Nature invite us), day workshops and 3-4 day shamanic retreats that can be immersed in the healing forces of nature. As we move into the wonders to come in 2018, set your sacred intent to nurture yourself! Allow dedicated time THIS YEAR to re-discover the power of your dreams and spirit through individual sessions, classes, workshops or retreats where you will explore and release (with shamanic guidance) whatever pain, fear or confusion holds you back! The Sacred Wheel can enlighten and empower you - as it turns at the pace that is right for you!

TO SCHEDULE INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS, E-MAIL ME: sacredfire44@gmail.com or CALL 612-272-3977. 

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 have apprenticed to the extraordinary modern shaman, Lynn Andrews, and the teachings of the Sisterhood of the Shields for thirty years. Shamanic healing integrates body awareness/energy work, emotional movement and dreaming in the astral body, spirit connections and Nature; and the power of the mind, backwards truth and humor to assist those experiencing the pain of disillusionment and negative life patterns to acknowledge and allow healing movement and release. Take courage now to step through the veils of your hidden blocks - and rediscover the love and beauty that lie waiting in the center of your heart! For a free 20-minute consultation and/or to schedule a session or talk about a retreat, E-MAIL ME: sacredfire44@gmail.com or call 612-272-3977 - reference Sacred Wheel griefwork.

Dec. 31, 2017


If you have been curious about Power Animals, or feel called to explore this extraordinary energetic connection between you and the world of spirit, check out this upcoming class - back by special request! I will assist a shamanic journey into the world of Power Animals where your own unique Animal Being patiently awaits your presence and connection! This class is also perfect for those who have already connected and work with their Spirit Animals to deepen their relationship and bond. For more information, click on "CLASSES/WORKSHOPS". To register and pay, click on "Online Payments" and add it to your cart. You may also register by going to www.joyful-connections.com.

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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