Events, Ceremony & Workshops
Remember that movie where the indigenous man leaves nature behind to find his soul's purpose in the city? Me neither.
Indigenous ceremony is a big part of my "prescription" for spiritual transformation. Lacking the dogma of religion, these ceremonies put one in touch with elemental spirit and induce soulful reflection by means of contact with the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Each ceremony is different, depending on what you bring to it. Instruction is mandatory beforehand in order to respect and preserve to the best of our ability the intent of the rites and to show respect for those that preserved these ceremonies, often at great personal expense. Whether Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic, Pagan or even atheist, these ceremonies can be powerful gifts of transformation, a catalyst for new beginnings, a way of closure for things that have run their course.
WHY FIRE CEREMONIES? There are many types of indigenous ceremony. Each has it's purpose, and they're often very specific. The Q'uero fire ceremony is no different, except it's meaning ultimately exists within the heart of each person that partcipates. It's purpose is to give each of us a means and space within a sacred environment to let go of things that our subconscious has been holding on to, and to simultaneously attract or dream into our lives the things that are of higher benefit. There is a lot in those words. To illustrate, many of us feel we keep making the same mistakes over and over, or find ourselves in familiar patterns that we are powerless to break. The serious participant in this fire ceremony is in the process of asking "what is that about?". Through meditation or deeper, even shamanic techniques, we can identify a core trauma or wound that has informed our lives. THIS is what we are releasing - IF we are ready, and WHEN it has been properly identified. Suffice it to say that the more work an aspirant has done before the actual ceremony, the more advantageous the ceremony will be. Since nature and vacuums do not mix, we always ask our souls what we want to attract in the place of that which we are letting go. We do our best to get "underneath" an egoic response to this question, or else we are simply trading in one set of egoic actions for another. It all takes practice (!), and there are many tools I can assist you with on a one-on-one basis. After all, I am doing my own work in this way. No matter what your preparation has been however, just getting to one is often a step in the right direction for increasing spiritual, mental and emotional health. To prepare PHYSICALLY for a fire ceremony, see "Gifting and Fire Ceremony Prep" below. Or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakota Inipi Ceremony
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New / Full Moon
Molalla, Or (NEW MOON)
Nov. 26, 2019
Come join in an ancient ceremony to pray and cleanse. The inipi (sweat lodge) does just that. These earthy ceremonies are conducted with deep respect for indigenous spirituality. This is an authentic, potentially life changing experience. As always, gifting sacred tobacco is important. There is no charge but an hour or two of instruction and preparation is necessary beforehand, particularly if this is your first lodge. Contact me for details. Ceremonies in both Bend and St. Helens, Oregon are available.
Laika fire ceremony is conducted every new and full moon, notwithstanding the weather. Generally I conduct these in the desert near my home in Bend, Oregon. If another venue is chosen it will be listed above. For first timers, an hour of instruction is necessary to experience the full benefit of the ceremony which begins after nightfall on new or full moon or no more than two nights before or after.
Bring with you one thing you wish to release, and one thing you wish to attract into your life!
Smudging 101 Workshop NOTE: COMPLETED
October 21, 2014 | 8:00pm
Smudging... that mysterious thing that smells so good that you've seen hippies and Buddhists do... but why do it? What benefits can it have for you? Is there a right and a wrong way to do it? What do you need... and why?
Come to my home in beautiful Molalla, Oregon in October. We'll sit around a fire and talk about energy, intention and sacred smudge. Cost includes a sage or cedar smucge stick or sweetgrass braid, lighter and abalone shell... as well as refreshments!
Contact me for more information or to sign up. I look forward to seeing you there!
As interest grows and a local tribe begins to form, we'll gather at my little off-grid cabin and talk about all things consciousness, how to integrate our practices into our lives, and share some food. A reading and/or study group is also welcome.
As I am just coming up from a long-ish hibernation, I will wait until we have interst and maybe 6 people who are intersted.
Gifting and Fire Ceremony Prep
GIFTING: Gifting in return for ceremony presents an opportunity for the particpant in a sacred ceremony to practice the concept of sacred reciprocity. Most indigenous wisdom of which I am aware has some form of teaching around the "flow of energy". The Lakota, for instance, practice "wopila", or "the giveaway" at important life events such as the fulfilling of a commitment, a marriage or a birth. It is believed that holding on to posessions too tightly can infect one with greed and other vices. When attending a ceremony it is customary to "gift" the host a sacred object such as a small packet of tobacco (yellow Top tobacco is usually around $4-5 and when tied with a red ribbon is generally completely acceptable for most ceremony). However, in some instances - like mine - I have so much tobacco I don't know what to do with it all. Moreover, as I plan to live in my tipi the year round, gifts such as a bundle of kindling, batteries for lights, propane, candles, blankets, and even canned food are acceptable. The only thing I do not accept for ceremony is money. Just remember that no matter what you bring to ceremony, it is generally more for the particpant than the host. So if you have tobacco... I'll take it (and likely gift it to MY teachers!)
FIRE CEREMONY PREP: The thing to remember with any indigenous ceremony is the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. I well remember preparing for my first vision quest. I was to make 700 prayer ties; small 2 inch by 2 inch pieces of fabric of various colors containing a pinch of tobacco and tied to a continuous string. My first hundred ties took me 5 hours! In deep frustration I asked my teacher for help on the next hundred and it went much better. I can now do 100 ties an hour for hours on end and it has become the prayerful meditation it was intended. The point is that sure, we can come to ceremony and do things the last minute to participate. And given not showing up at all, that is preferable. But there is great wisdom and value in taking time consistently for a few days beforehand to think about what is calling to be released into the fire, and what wants you to birthit into the world in its place. Instead of prayer ties, this ceremony uses two "arrows": the "life arrow" and the "death arrow". One releases with thanksgiving, one attracts new life or direction. I suggest taking time a few days before either a new moon or full moon ceremony and decorating two small twigs - usually no more than 5-6" long and the width of your little finger - with feathers, paint, string, bows... whatever calls to you. Open sacred space in your home before you start. State your intention. Ask for wisdom. The whole process may take only half an hour spreaad over a few days, but the difference it makes in your ceremony and your ability to transmute the lessons of life into wisdom can be great.