What a day.! Hurricane Irene is spinning her way up the east coast after barreling through NC today. We had mostly gentle rain and big gusts of wind whipping the trees around here at Drumsong. The tree outside my kitchen window came crashing down and spirit was kind to us as it appears to have just dented the gutter and landed right between the corner of the kitchen and the fish pond that was recently donated . It just missed the electrical meter before crushing the chair I sat in last evening while visiting with the frogs and fish. Thank you Creator for the graceful way you spared us and the goldfish from danger! We are so grateful!!. May those in Irene’s path today be blessed with such grace as well. Today was spent harvesting and preparing the summer abundance of holy basil (tincture), hot peppers (drying), and basil (pesto). The house smells of basil, garlic, and bone broth as I settle in for the evening with so much to be grateful for.
Fall is on the way and the calendar is filling up. There are some changes from the last newsletter so please verify herein for dates and times of ceremonies. I had to cancel the Fall Equinox Fire ceremony here as I’ll be in ceremony elsewhere that weekend but we will have the Yom Kippur ( Day of At-One-Ment) Fire Ceremony on October 8th and a Sweat Lodge on October 1st so we‘ll welcome Autumn then. Feel free to help out on one of the work days if you can. Then on November 4th we’ll celebrate our ancestors at the Day of the Dead Fire Ceremony. I hope to see you around the fire, in ceremony as we continue to heal ourselves and one another in this great circle of life.
If you have not yet seen the Paperhand Puppet Show this year next weekend is the last chance at Forest Theater before they go to Raleigh. The show is called The Serpent’s Egg and is about the Divine Feminine. It’s awesome!!! www.paperhand.org
May you take the colors of summer, the warmth of the sun, the hummingbird giggles, and the green of the sunlit water deep into your bellies as the nights get cooler and the days shorter.
With love and gratitude for my life and yours,
Arapaho Little Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge
This lodge will be poured by Miriam / Windson g Woman in the tradition passed down to me by my beloved Elder Sharon Mitchell. This is a beautiful teaching lodge that has the strength and heat for those with experience in an inipi and the gentleness and ease for those who will join us for the first time (which is how it came to be known and the Little Boys and Girls Lodge). While supervised children are welcome it is not a lodge specifically for children as some have asked me before. Feel free to call me with questions and to let me know if spirit is calling you to join us so I can let you know what time to arrive and how to prepare.
Saturday October 1 , 9:00 am until we have returned the land and lodge to order and feasted well … into early evening most likely
Workdays Possibilities: Saturdays September 3 and 17 ; Sunday September 4 and Fridays September 23rd or 30th OR by letting me know when you are available to help with gathering wood and stones, raking, moving blankets, etc.
The preparations are part of the ceremony and are a labor of love and communion with the land, the tall standing ones, the stone people, the water and enrich one’s experience of the ceremony greatly as we joyfully do this sacred work together.
Please contact Miriam (919) 304-5754 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP, find out protocols, directions and/or ask questions. I will send more information to those planning on attending as to how to prepare and what to bring. Directions are also available on my website www.drumsongsanctuary.com.
Sacred Pipe Ceremony
Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
September 29, 2011 7:15 pm
Come join our healing circle on Sept 29 for this beautiful ceremony passed down to us through various native traditions. We will gather and pray for peace, balance and healing in our country and planet at this time. All that is needed is for you to show up and participate with an open heart.
Please bring a cushion, a lap cloth, and a blanket for indoors or outdoors. If you wish to have water please bring a closed container. If you are drawn to be here please call Miriam at (919) 304-5754 or email me at email@example.com so I’ll know how many people to expect and give you directions if needed.
Gifting is appropriate and very much appreciated.
Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
Saturday October 8 5:30-8:30ish Solstice/Yom Kippur (Day of At-One-Ment)
FridayNovember 3 Day of the Dead
Sunday December 18 4:00-7:30 Winter Solstice
Join us for a Fire Ceremony to release what no longer serves us. Come feed the eternal flame as we circle round this sacred fire holding ourselves accountable to creator for our successes and our messes. Come prepared to lay down self- judgment, fear, blame, anger and take responsibility for your life stepping into the person you aspire to be. Take your strength, courage, love, light, growth, resilience, clarity, innocence, playfulness, joy away with you.
You will have the opportunity to shed beliefs, grief, feelings, thoughts, relationships or anything else that is hampering your ability to be fully and completely who you are by offering them to the fire. We will witness each other as we make new agreements with spirit and dream our lives into being. We will feed the holies and ask their assistance in co-creating ourselves, our thoughts and our lives as we wish them to be. The choice is always yours!
“We spend our lives for-getting that living is for-giving.” Dean Fraser
If you are drawn to be here please call or email Miriam at (919) 304-5754 or firstname.lastname@example.org so I’ll know how many people to expect and give you directions if needed. Come prepared for outdoor conditions. ….Bring, drums, rattles, water. I invite all women to wear a skirt or sarong over pants to honor our sacred grandmothers and the circle of life. There is never no fee for ceremony but Gifting is appropriate and appreciated.
Bi-Weekly Shamanic Teaching Circle at Drumsong
Every Other Thursday 7:15 pm -9:30 pm
Remaining 2011 Dates:
Sep 1, 15, 29,Oct 13, 27, Nov 10, Dec 1, 15, 29
Explore the world of your dreams and partner with your spirit helpers to trek deep within and become a spiritual warrior on the path of peace. Each week’s skills will build upon the next, stalking our inner obstacles and finding our power through impeccable action. We will journey with the sacred drum each week. Learn to get out of your own way and bring spirit through serving as a hollow bone in all your endeavors. When we work with the guides and helpers that are available to us, invite our medicine ancestors and honor the old ways and our elders, the doors of spirit healing open to us. Come be a part of the magic as we offer shamanic healing ways to the community near and far.
Please call Miriam if you wish to attend or learn more about this circle.
A contribution of $20- $25 per circle is suggested. May spirit always be your guide.
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