December 19, 2018
Hello Dear Ones,
The Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony is CANCELLED for Friday evening December 21
If you are interested in the end of year Rattlemaking Ceremony and/or Sweat Lodge Dec 29-30 (see below), please let me know by December 26. This was going to be a women's retreat as a two day offering. That has been changed to two separate offerings so you can attend either one or the other or both.  As the overnight retreat aspect is no longer an integral part, the lodge and rattlemaking are now open to men and women as they have been in the past.       
Below you will find information about upcoming offerings:  Sweat Lodge, Oracle Card Readings to call in the New Year on Tuesday January 1 at 1-5 pm
May you feel peace in your day, may you pass it on to another, may your heart be able to give and receive, may your eyes soften their gaze upon a loved one, may a friend find you, or a pet grace your lap, may you be loved,.May there be Peace, Love, Respect, Truth and Wisdom a plenty to guide us through these times....
With heart, love and gratitude for all of creation,
Miriam /Firebir
Sweat Lodge and Shamanic Rattlemaking Ceremonies
Saturday December 29 Sweat Lodge Ceremony    RSVP by Thursday Dec 27  It will be cancelled if we do not have enough people (minimum of 8 needed).
We will sweat our prayers of release for 2018  pray for clarity, guidance, balance, good health healing for our personal and  and and create medicine rattles to assist us in our dreaming in 2019 and beyond.  We will also need to ready the land by carrying stones (so generously offered by RJ Dobs), wood, and more down the hill before the lodge. Perhaps on the 26th, 27th, or 28th if anyone can offer a few hours. It is lovely if we can meet together but it is also fine to meet people's availability with flexibility. We are grateful for the help and it is the only way this ceremony can happen. It is a community endeavor requiring many hands and hearts. We are grateful for your generous gifting to support the elder and firekeeper offering this ceremony in addition to $5 per person for wood.  We will have a travelling firekeeper so gifting for her as well as the water pourer is appropriate and appreciated greatly.
Sunday December 30th Shamanic Rattlemaking.  
The cost for the rattlemaking is $75.00. which includes most materials and lunch on Sunday.   Let me know your food requirements and I will do my best to meet them.  Please speak with me if monetary gifting is a challenge for you, to see what arrangements we an work out to honor both of our needs. To secure your place, please send a deposit of $50.00 by December 27, 2018 made out to: Miriam Lieberman  1920 Western Trail   Chapel Hill, NC  27516 . I will need to get things rolling in terms of food, supplies and set up right after Christmas.
Rattles are used much like drums in shamanic healing. They can be used to scan and detect congested energy or imbalance as well as to dispel it. They are used in celebratory song and dance and to connect us to our inner knowing, our guides, helpers, teachers and protectors.  Your rattle, created of hide, and charged with your own dreamtime energy will carry the energy of all our relations and that which you (and those who "show up") are called to imbue it with. In this ceremonial creation of medicine pieces we will be in a state of gratitude for all life and the gifts of abundance in our lives.  Feel free to call me if you have any questions.  
For Rattlemaking please bring any of these that you have :
Sweet sound makers from nature: small shells, salt crystals, seeds, beads small stones (no larger than corn kernel)
Stick for handle of your rattle (optional)
Heavy duty scissors or shears
Exacto knife or sharp pocket knife
Water Bottle
Low chair or cushion (optional)
Patience and open heart
Dress for indoors and outdoors 
Annual Tradition of Oracle Card readings for the the New Year: 
Tuesday January 1 from 1-5pm   please rsvp by December 30th.
We will begin with some light refreshments potluck style and share some Sparkling Cider.  We consult a variety of decks: Animal Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Sacred Pathwway Cards by Jamie Sams, Path of the Red Road Cards by Joseph Rael, Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins and others to map our year in advance, seeking guidance and trail markers to follow. Bring the decks that you have.  We will have fun and ready ourselves for the ride that we will be embarking on in 2019.  Suggested donation is $20.00 to $25.00
Fire Ceremonies 2018
Friday Dec 21           Winter Solstice Fire        6:00 pm  potluck and ceremony     rsvp by 12/18 CANCELLED  
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! Call my cell phone for  last minute 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 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.
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 December 29 Workday  Friday December 28  1-4 pm (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  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.
Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
Miriam Lieberman
(919) 304-5754 or
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 
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