13 INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS COUNCIL’S upcoming events

grandmothersmaryWe represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children

Grandmother Flordemayo, a member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, will hold a healing workshop at Enso Studios in Half Moon Bay on April 28, 2013 from 3:00pm – 6:30pm. Flordemayo is a spiritual healer, teacher and “Curandera Espiritual” who was born in a small town in the highlands of Central America. She will share the teachings of her ancestors: healing remedies made with herbs; prayers; ceremony; and the sacred seed temple.

For more information, contact Jeanne Vargas at 650-868-0849 or at jeannelv@gmail.com. Tickets may also be purchased at jeannevargascmt.com.

April 26-29: Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance at Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Conference
Flint Hills Wisdom KeepersThe Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation invites you to join in a conversation that began more than 25 years ago as the Wisdom Keepers Conference in North Carolina and has since become the Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Gathering hosted in Kansas. Started by indigenous Elders from tribes across the country, that original conference sought to share the Elders’ cultural wisdom and insights. Author Doug Boyd was involved with this original group and he subsequently devoted his life to fostering cultural understanding of indigenous people from North and South America. With Doug’s passing in 2006, we honor his work by bringing indigenous Elders to the Flint Hills for sharing traditions and insights with those willing to open their hearts and minds to these deep truths.

Located in the picturesque Flint Hills of Kansas, teaming with energy and life, the annual Gathering is held at the beautiful White Memorial Camp on Council Grove Lake. The Elders offer this weekend experience because they feel it is important to share indigenous beliefs, wisdom, and practices for how we should live in harmony with Mother Earth and each other.

After an introductory session Friday evening, the Gathering officially begins on Saturday with a Sunrise Ceremony around the Sacred Fire (hotchka). Tipi put up 2007 Wisdom Keepers Conference, White Memorial Camp, Council Grove, KS, across small bridge. Used as breakout session room.This honoring of the Elders and each other sets the tone for further sharing throughout the Gathering. This Sacred Fire is tended at all times and is open to everyone to offer prayers, commune with the Fire, and visit quietly. Much healing and learning occurs in this sacred space through chance meetings, songs, and lessons from the Firekeeper.

When coming together for the opening forum, it becomes clear why we need a variety of tribes representing their different traditions. The diversity of the cultures springs from the diversity of nature. Elder-led discussions include many aspects of their culture from food to prayer ties, spirit guides, drumming and dancing, the importance of storytelling, or the meaning of the Medicine Wheel. Elders often ask attendees to submit questions so all needs may be addressed. Spirit may guide the discussion which can lead Elders to tell jokes or stories, or invite us to join them in singing or drumming. They like to keep the energy moving.

We cherish the Elders and the opportunity to show our respect for them, their knowledge, and wisdom. We seek to restore their prominence in the conversation between cultures in the United States and around the world. That is why we gather in the beautiful Flint Hills to listen. We listen as hard as we can because these Tipi with the yellow-red sun rising behind it at the Wisdom Keepers Conference held at White Memorial Camp near Council Grove, Kansasare the precious voices that have been missing in the broad cultural conversation that began centuries ago. Hearing these voices will help us to heal personally, culturally, and globally while providing an invaluable perspective on the question, “How can we honor diverse cultures, honor Mother Nature, and live together in peace?”

Please join us for our annual weekend Gathering to both share and find inspiration in that which is seen and unseen. Be a part of the extraordinary vision and common purpose in restoring balance to our Mother Earth for the sake of many generations to come.

http://www.fhwisdomkeepers.org/

13 Grandmothers in Karlsruhe, Germany July 19-21

Earth Oasis presents: the First International Conference on Health, Mind, and Healing – featuring the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, July 19-21, 2013. The 3-day event at Schwarzdwaldhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany, features councils, workshops and breakout sessions. For more information visit the Earth Oasis website at: http://www.13GrandmothersGermany.com or visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/13GrandmothersInGermany.

Update: 13 Grandmothers’ Gathering Moved to Stockholm

About Suzanne

Suzanne Lewis, editor and manager Wholisticbodymind.com since 2000. Suzanne is a Planetary Peacekeeper, an Agent for Conscious Evolution, a Spiritual Healer, a Mother, a multi - faceted artist (beads, gems to trade beads; guords star seed art; published author and Lover of Life for the sake of All our Relations.
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