Workshops, Events and Monthly Study Groups Calendar

I’m happy to announce that I have resumed in-person, private sessions! I will be following CT and CDC guidelines to ensure your safety and comfort. Of course, Zoom sessions are still available if you prefer to connect virtually.

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Starting this month, you are invited to attend
in-person OR via Zoom.

In-person class size will be limited. Please preregister to secure your spot: or (860)675-9706 Land Line There will be no limit for Zoom attendance.

Thank you in advance, for your thoughtfulness. I’m looking forward to seeing you again!

In-Person Sessions – I will do my best to create a welcoming environment. I am not requiring mask-wearing. However, while indoors, if you are not vaccinated, or simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please make your decision with respect to the well being of the group. I will not be asking about anyone’s vaccination history.

Online Sessions – For those who prefer, I am still offering sessions by phone, Skype and Zoom. Workshops and study groups will continue via Zoom only, due to limited physical space.

$100 for a one hour Reading –  via phone, video chat, or e-mail
$100 for a Soul Retrieval, Extraction, or Shamanic Healing Session including Energetic Cord-Cutting
$100 for a Spirit Detachment Session – remote only until further notice
$100 for a Private Hypnosis or Past Life Regression Session
$100 per hour for Private Parties – Includes readings or group workshops, two hours minimum plus $50 travel fee if held at your home or business.

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Payment Options:
In-Person: Cash or Check
PayPal: Use or The Sacred Journey
Venmo: Use Joyce St. Germaine, then 3848 for new contacts if asked.
Check: Make payable to The Sacred Journey and mail to:
Joyce St. Germaine, 29 Davis Road, Burlington, CT 06013.

Thank you!

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Horse Medicine Healing Retreat
Saturday, August 14, 2021
9 AM-3 PM
(Rain date Sunday, August 15)

at Wake Robin Farm
50 Town Line Road,
Burlington, CT

with Joyce St. Germaine,
Stacey vonRichthofen,
and Cindy Trifone



  • The Importance of Community and Intention Setting
  • The Peace & Beauty of a Farm and its Animals
  • Learning by Careful Observation and Hands-On Activities
  • Enhanced Communication Skills and Applications
  • An Understanding of Internal vs. External Power
  • Present Moment Awareness
  • Shamanic Journeying to Connect with Horse Medicine
  • Cross-Cultural Shamanic Practices
  • Energy Medicine Techniques
  • Unique Healing Energies 
  • Connecting to the Wisdom of Horses

Joyce St. Germaine will integrate shamanism and energy medicine techniques as we explore the extraordinary gifts of horse medicine. Stacey vonRichthofen and Cindy Trifone will support and guide actual hands-on, experiential activities with the horses on the farm. No horse or shamanism experience is necessary. We will not be riding, but we will be physically interacting with the horses. Please dress comfortably. Long pants are recommended as are hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. Sturdy shoes or boots are a must, no open toes.  Bring your journal and non-breakable, refillable water bottle and/or mug.

Written safety instructions will be shared upon registration and there will be thorough, on-site demonstrations at the farm.

Meet your facilitators:

Joyce St. Germaine, M.S. Ed., CHt., RYT-200, is a teacher, artist, spiritual counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist & Past Life Regressionist, Certified Cross-Cultural Shamanic & Shapeshifting Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, and International Retreat Leader. She combines over 40 years of experience as a teacher and spiritual explorer to develop unique workshops and experiences for open-hearted students of all ages. Joyce is owner of The Sacred Journey Center for Spiritual Studies in Burlington, CT. She may be reached at

Stacey vonRichthofena Reiki practitioner and Certified Family Constellation Life Coach, has owned and operated Wake Robin Farm, a small equine facility, for over 20 years and has been involved with horses since she was a child. Wake Robin Farm has been home to all sorts of farm animal rescues through the years, and today the horses live with chickens, ducks, cats, and a dog.  The animals on Wake Robin Farm have been a great source of joy and comfort, and the farm a place of wonderful serenity.  Stacey welcomes you to the farm so you may experience this too. She may be reached at (860)712-1508 or

Cindy Trifone MA, LPC, ESMHL is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 15 years of experience specializing in animal and equine assisted therapy. She has created programs for adults, and children of various ages and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She is passionate about sharing the healing benefits gained when interacting with nature and animals. Cindy’s goal is to help you experience the incredible insight, blessings and healing that being around the horses can provide. She may be reached at


Includes lunch, coffee, tea, water,
and snacks.

Retreat size is limited; register ASAP!
Call or text Joyce (860)670-3848
to reserve your spot.

Prepayment required.
Payment details provided via phone/text reply.
Check, Venmo, or PayPal accepted.

Join us for an unforgettable day!





Some of my current online offerings may be found at
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If paying for class during these times is a hardship, please reach out to Kristin at Be Yoga. No one will be left behind without community.
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Psychic/Spiritual Development Monthly Study Group

In-Person or Zoom

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

6:30-8:30 PM

29 Davis Road, Burlington, CT 06013

For most classes, you will need your journal or notebook and (optional) pendulum and clear quartz crystal. To increase your receptivity, it is advisable to eat a light dinner before class rather than a dense, heavy meal.

In this study group, you will be introduced to new topics and review previous topics. Our goal is to grow, explore, experiment, unfold, and blossom, both individually and as a group. Everyone has wonderful gifts, ready to be developed, to contribute to the well being of all. In order to be of service to others, professionally or personally, we must practice self-care. Let this be something you do just for YOU!
There is a very strong connection between spiritual growth and psychic development. Every session starts with a positive, light-filling exercise and includes topics such as spirit guides, palmistry, oracle cards, pendulums, energy healing, etc..Reclaim your intuitive gifts, assist others and live life more joyfully.

Please have a journal or notebook, pendulum or something similar, and a clear quartz crystal in you have one. We often use Soul Cards, Decks 1 & 2 by Deborah Koff-Chapin. (Amazon offers them at a reduced price.) It is not necessary to have them unless you wish to practice on your own.

It is helpful to gradually create a sacred bag or box to keep and carry your crystal, pendulum, journal, special personal object, and small cloth or mat. If you are attending in-person, please show your earth love by bringing a refillable water bottle for the water dispenser and/or mug for our complementary teas. There will be paper cups available as well.

GOOD TO KNOW: Seating choices are folding chairs or back-jacks. We will sometimes meet outside around the fire pit and waterfall. Bring a jacket or sweater or wrap if desired. The only step is the short one at the sliding glass door. The restroom is also on the ground floor. Please park in the driveway is you have difficulty walking. If you’re able to walk down our driveway, kindly park on the street.  Our very friendly dog, Luna, may join us from time to time.

6:30- 8:30 PM

This group meets on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.


Class is returning to the pre-pandemic fee of $25 ($20 for elders over 65, veterans, and full time students)

Joyce St. Germaine is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Psychic/Spiritual Development Monthly Study Group
Time: This is a recurring meeting
on the SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8:30 PM (unless otherwise noted)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 836 2462 1492
Passcode: 589966

If the zoom link doesn’t work, please copy and paste

If paying for class during these difficult times is a hardship, you are still welcome to join us. Please email me regarding your wish to attend.

Email for Zoom invitation



Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice, dating back 60,000 to 100,000 years. It is practiced in all cultures, where shamans are sometimes known as medicine men or women. Based on the belief that the world is which we exist is merely an illusion, shamans strive to access the non-ordinary reality, divided into the Upper World, Lower World and Middle World. Access is gained via the shamanic journey, usually under the influence of drums, rattles or other instruments. These instruments are generally percussion instruments used to create sonics that vibrate at four beats per second. This beat guides the journey into theta brainwave activity, known to stimulate creative and spiritual experiences. These experiences foster deep, sacred connections and relationships with “All That Is”.

In this monthly study group, you will develop an understanding of cross-cultural shamanism and become adept at journeying as you work with animal and spirit helpers, and ancestral spirits as well as elemental energies. Usually, a journey begins with a sacred smudging ceremony to honor the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. In addition, smudging is a personal and group declaration that each person has come to the ceremony in a good and kind way, with an open heart, and with respect for the teachings. Then the spirits of the seven directions are welcomed and invited to share their teachings and influences. These seven directions are the North, East, South, West, Above, Below, and Within.

Teachings from various shamanic traditions will be explored and traditional and non-traditional approaches will be introduced. Native American, Australian, Ancient Egyptian, Tibetan, Mayan, and Central and South American shamanic teachings and practices will be explored. These study group is appropriate for any level of experience. All dedicated and compassionate people who wish to initiate positive change in the world are welcome. It should be clearly understood that shamanism is not a religion but rather an all inclusive spiritual practice. You will also participate in various shamanic ceremonies, often around our fire pit and waterfall. Sometimes, when there are specific needs, we offer group healing energies to beings and places struggling with natural or man-made disasters around the world. We will focus on healing and restoring balance to self, community, and the planet. As we work together to create and utilize community energy, you will learn group and individual healing techniques.

Please bring a notebook, eye covering, drum or rattle if you have one, a feather, and a fist sized rock. (There are many drums and rattles for sharing.) $25 ($ 20 for elders over 65, veterans and full time students)
You must preregister to reserve your space if you will be attending for the first time.

6:30- 8:30 PM

This group meets on the third Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.



Class is returning to the pre-pandemic fee of $25 ($20 for elders over 65, veterans, and full time students)

If paying for class during these difficult times is a hardship, you are still welcome to join us. Please email me regarding your wish to attend.

Email for Zoom invitation


Virtual Shamanism & Qigong Classes
with Joyce St. Germaine & Marie Lavendier
Mondays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
5:30-6:30 PM at Be Yoga
Join for one class or all!

Our recent autumnal “Strengthening the Wise Woman Warrior” mini-retreats were so well received and powerful, Marie and I were asked to offer more Shamanism and Qigong fusion activities to guide you into the winter season.  We are delighted to offer four weekly, one-hour virtual classes with Be Yoga in Avon. You may join us via Zoom from anywhere and take one class or more. It’s up to you! We will vary the exercises, activities, ceremonies and journeys for each class. 
Women are deeply connected deeply connected to the earth, embodying each of her beautiful seasons. As winter approaches, there are practices which can strengthen us, physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. This fusion of shamanic and qigong experiences designed to nourish us through winter’s challenges, combine qigong, movement, shamanic ceremony and journeying. No prior experience is needed. 
Co-Teaching with Marie Lavendier, M.S., is a Certified Qigong Instructor in the Healing Tao, Certified Journey Dance Instructor, Certified Shake Your Soul Instructor, and Certified Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner. She is also an educator and published writer. She offers classes from her studio— The Studio at 143 Main in Farmington ——and at other locations. She is a co-producer of Dance Temple Hartford, a Conscious dance event with live music. Marie believes that combining movement with Qigong promotes maximum energy flow in the body for health and well-being. or 860-416-8967.
To register: please visit

“Shamanic Energy Rewiring”

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Sometimes our energy fields become wired to carry burdens and challenges , making it difficult to live joyful and healthy lives. These burdens may be recent or may have originated in generations before us and will affect generations yet to come. Tonight we will declare our willingness to identify and release, with love and gratitude, those energetic threads which hold our burdens. As we rewire our energy threads, we offer healing to both ancestors and descendants. We will end in celebration as all participants are invited to reclaim those things they have been longing for. We will extend this energetic healing to all beings in all places. Please have a journal and pen ready. 

*$12.76 or purchase a 10 class pack for online classes via Be Yoga (lots of other great offerings!) Please see note above.

“Shamanic Sound Medicine”

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Join us for whole body healing as we address the challenges created by global current events. Healing intentions will travel via sound using gongs, chimes, bowls, rattles or drums to honor the seven layers of the aura or human energy field. We will travel from the outermost, spiritual layers into the physical layers, clearing and balancing the seven major chakras. When we reach the cellular level, participants will be invited to individualize the healing intentions to suit personal needs. We will end with compassionate global transmission of healing intentions to all beings.

*$12.76 or purchase a 10 class pack for online classes via Be Yoga (lots of other great offerings!) Please see note above.

FREE “Read, Giggle and Breathe” for kids

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Laughter has been proven to have many benefits. On an energetic level, laughter causes our molecules to vibrate more rapidly, making them lighter and less dense. Lightness is exactly what we all need right now, especially our children! Join us for some simple breathing exercises and a reading of silly poems by Shel Silverstein from “Where the Sidewalk Ends”, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Let’s take time to read, giggle and breathe together! (other authors or books may be introduced)

*If paying for the above online classes during these times is a hardship, please reach out to Kristin at Be Yoga. No one will be left behind without community.

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with Joyce St. Germaine, M. Ed., CHt, RYT-200

at The Sacred Journey


6:30 – 8:30 PM


Learn how the past has a direct effect on the present and can even shape the future. You will gain an understanding of your strengths, fears, relationships, and karmic responsibilities. Learn how past life regression provides insight to those who are committed to personal and spiritual growth. You will be given a clear explanation of hypnosis and safely guided, through group hypnosis, into memories of past lifetimes. Your subconscious mind, also known as your Higher Self, will choose lifetimes that are important and significant to you in your present life. You will learn a powerful self-hypnosis technique to use on your own for any purpose you desire. For extra comfort, you may want to bring a mat, blanket and pillow. There will be some mats and blankets available. It is also strongly suggested that caffeine be avoided in the afternoon.

This workshop fills up fast so reserve your space ASAP! or (860)675-9706



Spirit Detachment Practitioner Training 

If you feel called to do this work,

please contact me to set up an interview!  

Participation is by pre-approval only! 

with Joyce St. Germaine and the current THE SACRED JOURNEY “Spirit Detachment Practitioner” group.

PLEASE NOTE: In case of inclement weather, if “Burlington Parks and Recreation”cancels local events, we also cancel.

Quantum Physics is now substantiating that non-physical entities do exist and can greatly influence our lives. Many mental, emotional, and physical disorders as well as spiritual unrest can be the result of attachments. Indications include depression, anxiety, fatigue, eating disorders, substance dependency, mood swings, and sudden personality or behavioral changes. At times, physical symptoms appear which cannot be explained. The Spirit Detachment Practitioner learns to scan the energy body and is able to differentiate between earth bound attachments, dark entities, past life traumas, energy blockages, and a person’s self imposed limiting thoughts. Then safe and appropriate techniques are employed to release these attachments or blockages in a loving, compassionate manner, bringing healing on all levels. Also extremely effective in cases of haunted buildings or properties, these techniques can be used in person or remotely. St. Michael, the Archangel, is very instrumental in this work which can bring about extraordinary results, even when all other modalities have failed.

This technique allows practitioners to utilize other healing modalities and honors all prior knowledge, experience and gifts.
Any spiritual, medical, or professional experience enhances the healing process when combined with these specific Spirit Detachment techniques. This will become your unique practice!

Spirit Detachment Practitioner Training is appropriate for therapists, counselors, energy workers, mediums, readers, healers, and anyone wishing to help those in need.

It is expected that you have well-developed intuitive skills and a solid personal spiritual practice.

If you feel called to do this work, please contact me to set up an interview.

Participation is by pre-approval only! 

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 PM:

$25 per class, $20 for elders over 65, veterans and full-time students.

(860) 675-9706


Road Trip to mine Herkimer Diamonds!

Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2, 2021 (come for all or part)
to mine Herkimer Diamonds!

(For adults and children ages 4 and up)


Come with us to the Herkimer area of NY,
home of the incomparable, radiant, indescribably
beautiful Herkimer Diamonds!

Herkimer Diamonds were discovered here after their formation 500 million years ago. They are highly sought after for their stunning visual beauty and for their metaphysical properties. They are believed to energetically assist in balancing the chakras, attuning the intuitive senses, reversing the polarity of injuries or illnesses, and intensifying creativity and dreamwork. Some also believe that they can energetically “attune” people to their loved ones or allow one to experience a new beginning in this lifetime. Whatever you believe, you will have a great time mining for your own Herkimer Diamonds!
We really missed going last year so are very excited to be going again soon! We try to make a couple of trips every year.  Mining activities are varied and are appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. You may swing sledge hammers and picks, sift through crushed stone, or leisurely wash soil away under running water to find these brilliant gems. All mining activities are above ground, not underground as it might seem.

We will be mining at “Ace of Diamonds” mine, considered the best among the local mines. There are several reasonably priced hotels nearby. Some folks have reserved rooms at Inn Towne Motel for this trip. Red Roof Inn or Inn Town Motel seems to be a favorite of miners and explorers. It received high ratings on Trip Advisor although I CANNOT personally offer an opinion as I haven’t stayed there. Ace of Diamonds mine has some rustic campsites and lean-to’s. Nights can be chilly there at this time of year. RV’s are also welcome there; some sites have water and electricity. Contact the mine to reserve a site. There are other campgrounds including a KOA nearby with FAR greater amenities and also offering cabins. We will be camping right at the mine so you are invited to stop by for a hot cup of coffee or chocolate or a cold drink. Our little camper has a microwave and stove which you are welcome to use. There are restaurants nearby or you may bring your own food. The mine has easily accessible bathrooms. We usually end our day sharing mining stories and exciting discoveries around the fire pit. If enough people are interested, we can have pizza and salad delivered as we have in the past.

Look for our new camper on the lower level, in the back left corner. You’ll recognize it by the wolf decals. (It’s not the same A-Frame camper you’ve seen in the past.) We will have our friendly dog, Luna with us.

Mining fees per day are $14 for adults and children 8 and older, children 4 – 7 are $7, children 3 and younger are free. Mining hours are 9 AM – 5 PM. You may rent mining equipment or bring your own. Most items are $1, $4, or $6 per day to rent. Safety glasses are required. Bring your own or buy them there.

Based on my experience, I would suggest safety glasses, work/garden gloves, sunscreen, sturdy shoes or boots if you plan on climbing the rock piles, a hat, long and short sleeved shirts, sweatshirt, and jeans or comfortable pants. I brought a bucket with a small sledge hammer, chisels, picks, and small hand broom and some simple garden tools. Then I rented a few other tools. Consider a portable stool or cushion for seating and a little bag or tin to hold your diamonds. The best specimens I found were discovered simply by casually brushing loose dirt around, without much effort or tools. You will decide how much effort or exercise you are up for. And…in the unlikely event that you do not find any Herkimer Diamonds, the gift shop will help you to purchase some to take home. Their gift shops offers many other kinds of stones and crystals as well as books, sculptures, etc.

My biggest find thus far!
Chris and I will be there Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. (We are extending our stay through Monday morning for this trip.)

You may want to come for one overnight or two. Most people are leaving from CT Friday late afternoon or early evening for the approximately 3 hour ride. Some are leaving CT on Saturday or coming just on Sunday without staying overnight. Please let me know if you are interested in a ride share or hotel roommate and I will help you to connect.Some hotels are pet-friendly and pets are allowed at the campsites and at the mine, leashed and with responsible clean-up.

PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own expenses and for making your own hotel, camping, and transportation arrangementsBe sure to communicate with anyone you are sharing a ride or room with.If you are carpooling, you are welcome to meet here at 29 Davis Road in Burlington, CT and leave your extra cars in our driveway.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this fun adventure! Of course you may invite your family and friends! Kindly inform me if you will be going and how many people will be in your group. An accurate head count will be helpful…thanks!  


or phone: (860) 675-9706


Ace of Diamonds Mine
NYS Route 28
Middleville, NY 13406
hone (315) 891-3855

Red Roof Inn
100 Marginal Road
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone (315) 866-0490

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Gong Meditations and Vibrational Energy Healing


The session will be divided into segments:

  • Introduction to the beautiful sounds of the gong.
  • Intention setting, personally and as a group.
  • Release of whatever is preventing you from living joyfully and completely.
  • Infusion of Light and Love via the powerful vibrations of the gong.
  • Chakra balance and restoration of the auric bands
  • Extended meditation, inviting you to explore the higher realms and dimensions where you may encounter angels, guides, teachers, animals, helping spirits, and more.

People have described the sounds and effects of my gong as “other-worldly” and I definitely agree! Participants have shared that they have been given helpful information and insights during these meditations. Others have experienced improved physical or emotional health and almost everyone responds with an audible “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” and a very gentle smile.

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I was blessed to participate in a gong meditation. I was astounded by the powerful energy of the gong and of my personal response to it. Upon my return home, I researched and listened to many different sound bites of various gongs until I found just the right one for me. I have worked with drums and rattles for many years, knowing how powerful the vibrations are and how beautifully they move energy around and into the body and mind. Unlike drums and rattles, where each beat follows the previous beat, the gong layers the sounds, creating more and more powerful vibrations. The effects are more dynamic than anything I have experienced in more than 30 years doing energy healing. The feedback I am getting after group meditations, individual and group healing, and in-person or remote/distant healing is astonishing!

I feel that often the cells of the body have collapsed, blocking energy, nutrients, medications and/or medical treatments, and any positive intentions intended to improve physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Simply stated, the “good stuff” just cannot get in! The powerful gong vibrations seem to open up the cells to receive those things which help create a healthy, joyful, balanced life. The gong is also helpful in releasing those things which are blocking personal or spiritual progress. Then space is created for life enhancing intentions. This new positive energy can now circulate through the body, filling the molecules, cells, and spaces between. As with any energy healing technique, this extends into the auric field.



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