Lockley is a senior shaman in the Xhosa lineage
of South Africa. South African shamans are
known as Sangomas, meaning seers, dreamers
or prophets – they are the traditional
healers of Africa.
Following a prophetic dream calling, John
suffered from the thwasa, a severe period
of ill-health that is inherent in all ancient
shamanic cultures. Through many difficulties,
he served a 10-year apprenticeship with Mum
Gwevu, a well-known Sangoma medicine woman
in one of the poorest townships in South Africa.
John is one of the first white men in recent
history to become a fully initiated Xhosa
John’s initiated name, Ucingolwendaba,
means messenger or connector between people
and cultures, reflecting the bridge his work
creates between the cultures and teachings
of his African, English and Irish ancestral
lineages. John is based in South Africa, although
his work takes him around Europe and the US.