Gorilla Medicine

Finding Family, Strength, and Peacefulness
October 6-8, 2017

Bethel Horizons
Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Spirit of the Gorilla

The Gorilla

Spirit of the Gorilla: Leadership, intelligence, peacefulness, family, strength, nobility, generosity, gentleness, calmness, vegetarianism, loyalty, patience, dexterity, steadiness, scrutiny, conservation.

Gorillas have excellent memories and a keen sense of observation. They are found in groups and are quite social. If a person tries to harm anyone in their group the gorilla remembers that person and will have a tendency to charge that person every time he or she approaches. This indicates their undying loyalty to family and loved ones. Respect is very important to the gorilla.

Gorillas have acute hearing and respond to unusual sounds that are not part of normal activity. For those with this totem this indicates clairaudient abilities. Gorilla medicine people can hear vibrations and frequencies that others cannot. Hearing is one of their main gifts. They are great listeners and really hear what others are saying and respond accordingly.

Gorillas are conservationists eating only a few leaves from each plant always leaving several leaves so that the plant can replenish the leaves quickly. Those with this medicine care about the environment and need to have access to nature and its elements to maintain balance and harmony within themselves.

Gorillas have a gentle strength, patience and clarity of vision. Once they create a goal they stick with it until accomplished. They are extremely intelligent. Gorillas have been taught to use sign language to communicate words and have even been known to form simple sentences, this indicates an ability to utilize sound to its fullest. Many Gorilla people choose professions working with the deaf and dumb and are compassionate insightful healers.

Spirit of the Gorilla

Meanings / Messages:
Intelligence, Maternal instincts, Soulful

The bulging forehead of the gorilla signifies intelligence and learning capacity. They have the ability to perform complex tasks. Although they are giants among primates, they generally are shy and quiet in nature. When a gorilla shows up as a totem it can indicate a higher education opportunity. Gorillas are family oriented and live in the wild as a nurturing community. As a totem, gorilla teaches the importance of each individuals responsibility within a family. What role do you play in your family, the gorillas asks if you are doing your share?

Often misunderstood as ferocious and aggressive, the gorilla is quite a peaceful creature. Perhaps its close relationship with humans both in appearance and mannerism is what causes the gorilla to be a commonly overlooked totem. After all, the human mind tends to fear that which exposes its true identity.

Ape/Gorilla Animal Totem

The ape, although tremendously powerful, is, unless provoked, a gentle animal. As a totem animal, the ape may represent self-control, self-discipline, and the confidence to express strength through gentleness and kindness. If you have chosen the ape as your spirit helper, be assured that you will begin to notice a new respect from your fellow workers and in your family environment.

While you are experiencing new physical accomplishments with the help of your totem guide, be certain that you do not neglect taking time to enter the Silence for your spiritual growth.

Spirit of the Gorilla

Gorilla Medicine

Gorilla demonstrates a gentle yet firm strength. He teaches balance between passive and aggressive. He shows the art of communication and social interactions with family. Gorilla teaches the skill of listening to subtle frequencies; intuition and clairaudience.

Call on Gorilla when:  Feeling lonely, isolated, and want to socialize with people that share genuine mutual caring. Feeling fragmented and ungrounded from being too much in your intellect, or spending a great deal of time indoors and lacking contact with Nature.

If Gorilla is your Power Animal:  You are very observant and have an excellent memory. You are very gentle, tender, and compassionate.  You would only become aggressive if someone seriously threatened you or a loved one. You carry yourself with dignity.

Affirmation: "I will trust my hunches and be willing to share my knowledge."

Gorilla's Wisdom


  • Intelligence
  • Gentleness
  • Maternal instinct
  • Use of speech
  • Benevolence
  • Communication
  • Loyalty
  • Leadership
  • Compassion
  • Nobility
  • Dignity
  • Strength
  • Responsibility
  • Nurturing
  • Connectivity

Spirit of the Gorilla

Gorilla Dream Symbol

Gorilla – Gorillas are symbols of power and nature. If you dream about gorillas then you will have power and status laid before you in the near future. It could come in the form of a job promotion. It might come in the form of finally being asked out on a date by that guy you have been eyeing.

Gorillas might also be your totem animal and secret spirit guide. If you dream about them it is important to know that gorillas are some of the most intelligent and peaceful animals on the earth. They are one of humankind’s closest relatives and have even been taught to communicate via sign language.

Who Should Come

The workshop is designed for people from all walks of life. It is focused towards expanding the awareness of spiritual explorers, healing and shamanic practitioners, and the delightfully inquisitive.

What to Bring

Please bring any rocks or crystals that want to come along. A journal notebook is encouraged as well as any comforts for sitting on the floor, such as floor chairs, back supports, blankets, pillows, etc. Bring lots of grounding stones.

Plan For

We will be in the outdoors of the many sacred energies of Bethel Horizons Camp. Plan for hiking and spending some in nature. Plan to learn to clear your subtle energy field and to adjust it with each moment by being a living, healing presence.


The workshop is residential and will be held at a beautiful Lutheran kids camp at Dodgeville, WI. You will receive detailed directions and a list of what to bring with your registration.

Please include your email with any registration. Suzette will send out registration confirmation. These emails will come from rocksandsouls@gmail.com . Suzette and I will both be able to read any replies. The fee for the workshop is $545, which includes lodging for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, a light luncheon on Thursday evening, 3 meals on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. There is a fee of $10 for linens and towels or you can provide your own. Class size is limited to 26.

To register, please send a refundable $100 deposit or the amount in full to Marie Smith 19126 Campbell Hill Dr, Richland Center, Wi. 53581 by September 1st. We eat gluten free at these workshops and you can preview the menu upon request. All special needs like vegetarian or dairy-free can be honored. I will take names for the waiting list if/ when the class fills.

We will begin class at 9 am on each day and end at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. If you have questions, please contact Marie Smith at marie@hawkrdg.org or (608) 647-2366.

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