January 31, 2018
Hello All,
Good day friends.  It is hard to believe that January is already drawing to a close. With each passing day the light returns bit by bit. I cherish the glimmer of warmer longer days ahead, while still enjoying cold nights by the wood stove with a piping hot beverage, basking in the radiant heat with my feline friends.  It has been quiet here with Jay tending to business in New York. We had a magical time in the snow with the surprise snow and then two weeks later another that fell for hours and hours until we had upwards of 10 beautiful inches. Such a sense of peace with only the movement of birds darting to and fro the feeder and the brilliant red flash of the cardinals agains the wintry white landscape. For us living out here in the country, where roads are slow to recover, this means a guaranteed four day retreat without driving.  Once I surrendered to the notion that  I could not see the many clients on my calendar that week, I was able to shift my focus to the winter wonderland outside my door and the many things needing my attention here at home.  I was also able to complete the written requirements for my Healing Touch Practitioner Class and the subsequent Certification process! Yes, soon I will go for the Level 5 Class and complete this goal I set for myself in December of 2016, before I really knew what was entailed (LOL).  Even as a child I would just run and jump in the deep end of the pool and worry about whether I could swim later.  I always made it to the side. Now, again, lap after lap I can see the end of the pool ahead and just keep the long strokes coming. It is exciting to set and complete goals for myself as I continue meandering down this lifelong road of learning and growing.  What next I wonder?  
This Spring we will have a Drummaking Ceremony here at Drumsong. If you have been waiting to make a hoop drum and want to  create one in ceremony come join us on Saturday March 24 from 10-4ish.  See below for details.
In January, I started a new Shamanic Teaching Circle largely based on the teachings from my longtime teacher. Cherokee Elder Will Rockingbear, who is now back in the realm of spirit. This circle meets 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of the month 7-9 pm and is gender inclusive. We have had a lot of interest in this spiritual development circle.  As we settle in, our "just right" size is coming into shape. For now, if interested there is a wait list in the event someone steps away from circle making a space for a new person.  Or, if it feels right, we will grow bigger in the near future.  If you feel drawn to be a committed member of this circle please give me a call and we can meet to see if it is a good fit, answer your questions, and let you know what this dance with spirit could look like ... 
May there be Peace, Love, Respect, Truth and Wisdom a plenty to guide us through these times....
With heart, Miriam /Firebird
Shamanic Drummaking Ceremony               
Saturday March 24 from 10am - 5ish
Deposit of $70.00 is due by February 26th to order the supplies for your drum specifications.
Please send checks made out to: Miriam Lieberman  1920 Western Trail   Chapel Hill, NC  27516
10 " Drum  $ 130.00     includes supplies and lunch
12"  Drum  $ 140.00          "              "                 "
14"  Drum  $ 150.00          "              "                 "
Let me know what size drum you would like to make.  I can order deer or cow hide and frames in the sizes listed above.
I will provide a light vegetarian and gluten free lunch. It will be available as people find a good time to break during their drum creation period, rather than eating as a group.  If you have food restrictions feel free to bring your own. 
Please Bring:
Heavy duty scissors or shears
Exacto knife or sharp pocket knife
Clothes pins (for holding the hide in place while drying)
Plastic bag to take your drum home in as it may be wet still.
Water Bottle
Low chair or cushion
Patience and open heart
Dress for indoors or outdoors (weather permitting)
Fire Ceremonies 2018
Sunday March 18      Spring Equinox Fire       5:00 pm  potluck and ceremony
Sunday June  24        Summer Solstice Fire     6:00 pm  potluck and ceremony
Sunday Sept 23         Autumn Equinox Fire     6:00 pm  potluck and ceremony
Friday Dece 21         Winter Solstice Fire        6:00 pm  potluck and ceremony  
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!
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 melieber@mebtel.net 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.
Spirit has been whispering in my ear for a bit now to start another circle that 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. 
Little Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge
  ( Available by request unless specific dates are listed herein and/or in addtion to dates listed.)
  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 melieber@mebtel.net  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.
Peace be with you, Miriam
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 melieber@mebtel.net
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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