at the Isis Cove Community and Retreat Center
in the Beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina


The Yucatan

Sacred Sites
Tour Photos


Join us in
England at
the Avebury/
Crop Circles
August 2015


Join Anyaa
for the
Priestess Process
at the
Cliffs of Moher
in Ireland

Late August








PLEASE READ: We are having a problem with our current web software and will be changing to Word Press as soon as we can. Meantime, the major pages we are promoting at this time is the page for Anyaa's Ireland Priestess Process and the Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine UK trip (click on each to go there

Full Moon Sanctuary of Venus Rising is a 501(c)(3) non-profit shamanic psycho Spiritual organization and Interfaith church offering wisdom teachings and tools for personal transformation. We offer Shamanic Psycho Spiritual programs to Awaken the Shaman Within at Isis Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, as well as other locations in the USA and around the world.

The Half Moon Temple occupies 500 square feet on the second floor of our home, Full Moon Sanctuary, and boasts a sweeping panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains. The temple serves as a workshop space in addition to services and includes a separate guest room.

No matter what season, Full Moon Sanctuary sits in the Great Smoky Mountains, the oldest mountains on the planet, and is only minutes away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

The Garden Patio in Summer

Do yoga or Shamanic BreathworkTM, or get a massage in the temple, relax or meditate in the temple, on the patio, or by the Pond...walk one of the many trails in the community, or spend time at the medicine wheel, the labyrinth, or Prayer Point, where one of the best views of the Smokies is the reward of a short hike.

The View of the Smokies From the Garden Patio  

Just as beautiful in the winter.... 


© Copyright 2014 Full Moon Sanctuary of Venus Rising

Gary Stamper and Anyaa McAndrew, Founders and Ministers

Bishop Anyaa McAndrew, MA, LPC, NCC, is a licensed, transpersonal shamanic psychotherapist, an ordained high priestess and teacher, a certified Shamanic Breathwork™ facilitator, a couples therapist, a Master Shamanic astrologer, and a Bishop in the Madonna Ministry and a Shamanic Global Minister with Venus Rising. She has been facilitating emotional healing work and creating safe, nurturing space for profound, personal transformation for over 34 years.

Rev. Gary Stamper - the Rev. Dr. G - has a PhD in Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Studies. He is an ordained Shamanic Minister in the lineage the Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts, west of Asheville, North Carolina, a Shamanic Priest, and the author of the ground-breaking  book  on men's spirituality, Awakening the New Masculine, The Path of the Integral Warrior. Gary is a Certified Level II Reiki Practitioner, a Pastoral Counselor and a Certified Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitator. Gary's passions include creating community and sharing with others how to embody the Integral and Shamanic consciousness of The Sacred Masculine.

Gary and Anyaa live in intentional community at the Isis Cove Retreat Center and Community in the Beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.