May 16, 2019
Hello Dear Ones,
Wow, the time has flown by since my last newsletter. Much has happened here at Drumsong. I was very busy getting ready for my son's wedding and his bride's bridal shower here in March. Lots of serious Spring cleaning and reorganizing took place. Then right after the shower, we had one month till the wedding on April 20, 2019 and so much to do! Most everything else just had to wait. The wedding was in the mountains and was magnificent despite some challenging weather and a few snaffoos. The newlyweds have honeymooned and are back at work and moving into their new home.
Early spring was a delight here with many new varieties of daffodils and narcissus popping their cheery faces up all over. My precious peony season came and went quickly this year with the early rain and then a blast of 90 degree days. The queens of my garden opened and closed quickly, some remaining in tight buds, refusing to show their luscious petals to the world. The first blush of roses has come and gone. I am praying for a second showing. The garden is offering up kale, swiss chard, lettuces of many sorts, chives, and strawberries galore. The little red gems just sparkle under their greenery. We are glad to be settling back into a routine after so much excitement.
THE SWEAT LODGE WILL NOT BE HAPPENING AT THIS TIME SINCE WE HAVE NOT HAD ENOUGH INTEREST. THE WORKDAY TOMORROW IS ALSO CANCELLED. AS SOME OF YOU KNOW THE LODGE IS A BEAUTIFUL LABOR OF LOVE THAT REQUIRES THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER IN PREPARATION AND SIMPLY IS NOT POSSIBLE OTHERWISE. HOPEFULLY WE CAN REGROUP SOON AND BE IN CEREMONY TOGETHER WHEN THE ENERGY IS THERE. PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US FOR THE NEXT FIRE CEREMONY ON JUNE 21.
There has been a request for a sweat lodge on June 8 (June 9th is the rain date). Of course we will need some help with preparation so let me know if you can help with wood, raking, hauling, etc either Memorial Weekend (Sat. 5-25 10-12) and/or the first weekend of June (June 2 10-12). You can also let me know when you have some time if those times are not good for you. We can alway use wood if you have any to spare or can get some.
Fire Ceremonies 2018
Friday June 21 6:00 potluck Fire at 7:00 Summer Solstice rsvp by Wed June 19
Friday Sept 20 6:00 potluck Fire at 7:00 Fall Equinox rsvp by Wed Sept 18
Sunday Nov 3 4:30 potluck Fire at 6:00 Day of the Dead rsvp by Wed Oct 30
Sunday Dec 22 4:30 potluck Fire at 6:00 Winter Solstice rsvp by Wed Dec 18
Come bring your inspiration or find some here for yourself. The fire is where we lay down our fears and excuses and take responsibility for what we are willing and able to do to make this world a better place right now! Take strength, courage, love, light, growth, resilience, clarity, innocence, playfulness, and joy away with you. You will have the opportunity to release 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. If your health and circumstance permit you to stay for the entire ceremony we appreciate that greatly and it is always ok to take care of yourself and your children so please plan accordingly. This is not about rules or permission, it is about respecting ourselves and others,witnessing and being witnessed in sacred community. The choice is yours! Fire ceremonies are a community ceremony so rsvp's are requested by dates listed. If we do not know people are coming they are subject to cancellation. Call my cell phone for last minute weather updates or info: 919 618-4919
Bring a chair, flashlight, drum, rattle, closed water bottle and dress for outdoors (if super cold or heavy rain we'll be indoors by the woodstove). Feel free to bring some healthy food to share if you are so moved. If you are drawn to be here please call or email Miriam at (919) 304-5754 or email@example.com so I’ll know how many people to expect and give you directions if needed. Come prepared for both indoor and outdoor conditions weather depending. 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 a fee for ceremony but Gifting is appropriate and appreciated to support the life and work of the elders who dedicate their lives to keeping the old ways available and for wood and supplies needed for ceremony and the upkeep of the land.
SHAMANIC TEACHING AND HEALING CIRCLE
CIRCLE MEETS THE 2ND AND 4TH MONDAYS 7-9 PM, CALL TO EXPRESS INTEREST AND/OR TO GET MORE INFORMATION. I WILL NEED TO MEET WITH YOU IN PERSON PRIOR TO COMING FOR A VISIT.
The Shamanic Teaching circle meets on a regular basis (bi-weekly) to deepen our relationship with our guides and helpers, to heal ourselves, to dream to the sacred beat of the drum, to share wisdom teachings and step out of the frenetic pace of life, to be authentic clear channels for spirit. I will be sharing teachings from the elders I have had the privilege to sit with, from my fifteen years of annual pilgrimage to vision quest in sacred community (as quester and supporter) and as one whose life purpose it is to serve and feed the people on this path with heart. I invite you to bring your wisdom teachings, healing gifts and spirit of love. The drums are calling to be played and for their medicine to be shared in the service of humanity.
If you too feel this call, please let me know your intentions, needs, desires and willingness to commit to holding sacred space together. I can be reached at 919 304-5754 or 919 618-4919.
A suggested donation for the holding of the space and facilitation of the circle: $20.00-25.00.
As always the amount of your gift is between you and spirit as we do not charge for ceremony itself.
Little Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge
( Available by request unless specific dates are listed herein and/or in addtion to dates listed.)
Sweat Lodge Saturday June 8
Rain date sunday June 9
Workdays: Saturday May 25 10-12 and Sunday June 2 10-12 (or by private arrangements as you can make some time).
The lodge is poured by Miriam / Firebird 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 and the gentleness and ease for those who will join us for the first time (which is how it came to be known as the Little Boys and Girls Lodge). It is not a lodge specifically for children as some have asked, but supervised children are welcome to attend ceremonies here unless otherwise specified. Please notify me if spirit is calling you to join us, so I can let you know how to prepare and know how many people are coming. Please know that we need at least 8 people to pour a lodge due to all the preparations involved so let us know if you would like to join us in ceremony.
People always ask me "how long does a sweat lodge take?" My first thought is how much we need these ceremonies to take us back to soul time where it is the experience, the prayers, the being together in community, the work as worship that really matter and not the construct of time that we are forced to run our lives by. I have learned for myself to not schedule anything else on lodge days as I step outside of "time" to be present to what is, the stones, the fire, the people and their prayers, the feast and then basking in the richness afterwards. Please take care of yourselves however you need to with "time". You are welcome to join us for the time you can be with us and if you need to leave due to other commitments that is yours to keep track of. My wish for you is that you can be timeless with us and sink into the ceremony as it unfolds organically. If for some reason you need to leave during the lodge please be sure to let me and/or the firekeeper know ahead of time so we can assist you.
We usually light the fire around 9 am and close the ceremony with a feast in the afternoon after cleaning up the ceremonial grounds. It is tradition to leave a place better than you found it. Please bring a dish to share for the feast following the lodge.
Workdays : I'm looking forward to hearing from those of you who want to build this community, be you newcomers, or those who have been here often to share in the love of lodge from beginning to end. We can always use help with gathering or purchasing, and splitting and moving wood, raking, moving blankets, etc. We are in need of stone people if you can bring some stones that have not been in an active creek bed (cantalope size) If you have a truck and/or chain saw and want to help gather some wood between lodges please let me know so we can find times to work together, it is an ongoing need. 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, mother earth, the water and help deepen one’s experience of the ceremony as we joyfully prepare the grounds together.
Contact Miriam/Firebird at 919 304-5754 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are called to attend. Please RSVP with contact info if you would like to join us. I will let you know what to bring, how to find us and how to best prepare once I know you are coming. Feel free to call with any questions as well. Checking in the day before lodge to verify last minute information or changes due to weather, illness or attendance is strongly encouraged as we have to have a certain number of people to hold this particular ceremony.
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Thanks for reading! Remember who you are, what you came here to do and have fun sharing your gifts with us all ! Shine your light brightly with love and gratitude.
(919) 304-5754 or email@example.com
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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