“Opening to the Ancestors”
The ancestral realm can hold so much for us, both in terms of resources of connection and community through time as well as needed information and allied support in transmuting old stuck patterns from generations past that we may find ourselves bumping up against in the dynamics and physiology of our present.
However, with the myths of separation and disconnection woven through the dominant narrative of colonization over centuries, there is much in terms of lost knowledge and wisdom as well as blocks to self-permission that often stand in the way of our being able to access and integrate these connections into our daily lives.
It is probably the most frequent lament that I hear from folks across the board – a longing and resonance to connect with the ancestors coupled with a sense of hopelessness and grief born of either not knowing how to begin or feeling like the abuse, neglect and trauma of the currently or most recently embodied generation is too great to allow a turning towards the deeper lineage lines.
With this in mind, this 6-session closed group held over a period of 12 weeks is designed to support you through experiential explorations and verbal processing in beginning and/or deepening your journey of opening to and walking with the ancestors.
Some of the exploratory themes will include looking at your relationship to the word/concept of ‘ancestor’ and Daniel Foor’s (author of “Ancestral Medicine”) idea of “the last well ancestor,’ the death culture of the family you grew up with/in, your current relationship to the life/death/life cycle, and reciprocity within ancestral connections.
This group will be capped at 6 participants and will be held virtually via Zoom for Fall 2020.
When: 6 Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm – 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27 and 11/10
Where: Zoom via your computer or mobile device
Investment: $240 (payable in installments, if needed)
To Register: Please contact me at (512) 560-7294 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Turning Towards Eagle Medicine: A Camping Soul Adventure
Well, it appears that the time has come again for another group camping soul adventure – this time relatively nearby at Canyon of the Eagles in Burnet, TX. Can you hear the eagles calling? If so, keep reading because this trip may be for you!
I find myself returning to Canyon of the Eagles again and again for its protected sanctuary feel that draws and honors so many creatures of the air, earth and water. Located on Lake Buchanan, this beautifully tended respite is not only the seasonal home of the endangered American bald eagle from October to March each year, but it also offers protected breeding grounds for the equally endangered black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler. Rabbits, snakes, bobcats, deer, armadillo, roadrunner and feral pigs are also part of the ecosystem so, while eagle medicine may be the holding container for our journey, there is much to draw from in terms of the gifts and medicine of other animals and, of course, the plants during our time together there. As some aspects of eagle medicine include strength, freedom, vision, personal responsibility, healing and balance within the interconnected web of all beings, what better time to come together to engage this adventure than during this time of collective shifting and emergence!
In the spirit of interdependence, we will form our own traveling ecosystem for the weekend, caravanning from the Healing House on Friday morning and working to collectively ensure that the group’s campsite, tent and food needs are met with each contributing from the place of their own gifts and areas of interest as the weekend evolves. This being said, there will be plenty of space for individual exploration, reflection, rest and/or play interspersed with opportunities for group hikes, meals, reflection/processing and journeying with the drum.
No prior camping experience is required. Group will be capped at 7 campers. Specifics about the weekend are as follows:
When: Fri., 10/16/20 (ETD – 11:30am) – Sun., 10/18/20 (ETA – 2:00pm)
Where: Canyon of the Eagles, Burnet, TX (Departing from The Healing House, 701 Morrow St., Austin, TX, 78752)
Investment: $250 (all park camping and day use fees included) – A $100 deposit paid by 9/25/20 in cash, check or credit card reserves your spot.
To register: Call or e-mail Heather at (512) 560-7294 or email@example.com
“Walking with the Ancestors” Monthly Drop-in Group
Prerequisite: Attendance in a previous series of “Opening to the Ancestors” (see above) or with my prior approval
This monthly drop-in group affords those who are actively working to integrate their connection to the ancestors into their daily lives and personal journeys a place to drop back into that connection with the support of others who are also open to and/or immersed in this work. The group format is similar to that experienced in the prereq group.
****Please note: this group is currently meeting via Zoom at will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
When: Generally the 1st Thursday of each month
Remaining dates for 2020: 8/6, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5 & 12/3
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Investment: Sliding scale during COVID pandemic – $15-$45
To register: Please call Heather at (512) 560-7294 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.