.:. Welcome to the Sacred Way of Becoming .:.

March 14th ~ 10AM-5PM Ostara (Spring Equinox)
May 2nd ~ 10AM-5PM Beltane
June 20th — 10AM-5pm Summer Solstice
Aug 2nd Lughnasadh
Sept 19 ~ 10AM-5PM Mabon (Fall Equinox)
Oct 30 – Nov 1 ~ Friday the 30th 7pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday~10am-5pm (Residential at Parker Ranch) Samhain
Dec 19th ~ 10AM-5PM Yule (Winter Solstice)

(All Events are held at Sanctuary Studio in Black Mountain, NC unless otherwise specified)

Join a group of dedicated ritualists who gather, spiraling inward and outward, honing their inner compass to the turning of the wheel in Earth’s cycles, to the sacred pathways of our ancient ancestors.

(Image by Jackie Morris)

$150.00

We have lost ways of harmonizing with the Holy Earth’s rhythms in this 21st century due to hundreds of years of colonization, migration, and industrialization. As a result, many experience cultural and spiritual amnesia, a felt loss of sense of belonging to place and ways of relating with both the seen and unseen around us. We have lost those cyclical rituals which alchemize our becoming-how each of us harnesses the sacred for our own soul’s evolution.

“We are in need of a deeper story, one that reveals our own interior mystery to offset the counterfeit images given to us by a culture disconnected from the sacred” ~ Frances Weller

When we honor the rhythms of the Earth’s seasons, as our ancestors have for thousands of years, something happens to us internally. As current world demands take us farther and farther from our center, our truth, when we seek to be in reciprocity with the Earth, we are grounded and not easily thrown off course. With a deepening understanding of our place in the larger cosmos, we then live with fully embodied joy for the well-being of the world, what remains is deepening attention to the unseen unobscured by the intensity of modern living.

I hope you will join a group of dedicated ritualists who have been meeting for three years now in this sacred way to tune their inner compass to the turning of the wheel in Earth’s cycles. The process assists us personally and as a collective in listening to our soul’s calling, that which is for you to work within the context of your own mythos, for the sake of your life and all the places you inhabit. Here there is a bigger truth, a narrative which places your life in the context of the sacred. It is a place to turn loose the felt experiences of personal and collective sorrow for all that has been lost in the natural world, and reclaim the wilderness of your soul’s terrains indigenous to your belonging in the place of things.

 
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN AND WHERE ARE WE GOING? 

We meet on or approximate to the 8 Sabbats of our Gaelic/Celtic ancestors. During this time we will call on the elevated ones who reign over the season to assist us in dismembering all the debris and personal myths that accumulate in our earth walk between each turning of the calendar wheel, that which holds us back from our sense of belonging. We will then visit liminal spaces leaning in on the enriching experience of being re-membered to our truest natural state of being as we move forward in these terrains of becoming. Existing within these experiences is our heartfelt giving of land offerings, song, ritual and reclaiming of old ways of honoring.

Through the work, you will come to understand the ways in which you are rooted within the particular historic narratives of your ancestors, and of your own felt experiences, how you personally have become woven into a collective field of archetypes and personal myths alchemizing your becoming. We begin with our first gathering:.

OSTARA (SPring EQUINOX- MARCH  14th, 2020

Equinoxes are about the constant balance of life’s seeming dualities,  and as such, we embark on the serpentine journey from death into life in the Spring and life into death in Autumn. The exchange of light and dark, yin and yang, masculine and feminine energies follows the rhythms of the Earth as we become a pathfinder of the wisdom of our life.

In the Wheel of the year, we are at a time when dark moves to balance the light.  As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase.  Around us and within us, life force quickens, the soil begins to warm, the sap is rising, trees start to awaken, and seeds begin to germinate where we celebrate Rebirth Renewal and Abundance. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

It’s the season to acknowledge the Ostara, the Germanic goddess who’s powers preside over fertility, renewal, and rebirth. The Goddess Ostara is traditionally seen as having the shoulders and head of a hare. For our Celtic ancestors, the hare is sacred to the Goddess and represents the moon. Also, in some mythologies, Ostara is associated with serpent or dragon energy.

Also very present is the Goddess Persephone. Before she earns her name, Persephone is Kore, the youthful aspect of the Triad Goddess, the naive Spring Maiden.  In Greek myth, Kore,  the daughter of Demeter,  is seized by Hades, and taken into the underworld.  Demeter, in her grief, causes the world to die – no plants bear fruit, no bees pollinate, no flowers bloom.   At last, an agreement is made in which Persephone can be returned to her mother but because the youthful Goddess has eaten 6 pomegranate seeds, she must return to the underworld for part of the year to be the wife of Hades. It is Hecate, with her two torches, who assists Kore to return from the darkness into the world of light, and Kore matures into  Persephone, the dual and integral Goddess of both life and of death.

There is further lore still residing in Ancient Sumeria with the Goddess Inanna, who like Persephone is said to preside over the Equinox seasons. Only her story a bit more complicated and in a bargain for her to return from the dead, it is her husband, Dumuzi, who must travel for part of the year into the Underworld realm to become the husband of Ereshkigal her sister as well as Inanna.

“We see In both these myths there is great wisdom about not only the cycles of the natural world but our own participation in these cycles, physically, emotionally, psychically.  Without the sleep of winter there can be no exuberance of spring,  without incubation there can be no birth.   If we attempt to remain in perpetual youth, we cannot mature into the empowerment of adulthood.  If we refuse to allow ourselves to grieve, we cannot heal and move into new ways of being.” ~ Lauren Raine

After having passed through the gates of winter’s death lodge/dismemberment and the composting of Imbolc, the Goddesses bring light and life to the Earth

What are you birthing, what gifts are emerging, what opportunities are waking and stirring?

To find out please join me on March 14th for a ritual day of tending as we, along with the ancients, honor the return of Inanna, Ostara and Persephone, and the bright fields of Persephoné’s Mother, Demeter, Mother Earth, the Mother of us all.

We will engage in rituals and guided journeys with the Goddesses and their aspects. Through your visionary experiences, you will begin to further develop your personal relationship with the healing powers of these deities and clarify your purpose.

 

.:.  Join the Sacred Way of Becoming.:. 

During this day of ritual tending we track our Becoming. As the Sun returns we hear the cracking of our emerging in the belly of the Earth Mother, the seeds turning in the soil beneath us, we nurture what will be born in the return of Spring. 

We’ll embrace opportunities to be transformed from the season of the deep winter’s floor into our birthing into the spring, our childhood, a soul reaching for the light of awareness, empowerment, and connection with the world around you.

As a participant in this workshop, you will experience equinox initiations, rituals specifical to vision fertility of your destiny and life goals and guided journeys that yield an abundance of visions, positive physical sensations, interactions with healing images, archetypes and meaningful metaphors, along with information about this process and much more. 
Looking forward to sharing in this sacred space with you all.
 
 

 

When the Alchemy Happens, it Happens!
8 Intensives on the Following dates

March 14th ~ 10AM-5PM Ostara (Spring Equinox)

 

Ok, I’m in but where?

All events are held at Sanctuary Studio, 130 Center Avenue, Black Mountain, NC

Space is limited to 12

 

And the Exchange is?

$150

Registration is secured through PayPal for each individual intensive, If you like the lot, please be in contact or if needing to pay by check, please message me at shannon@redearthhealing.org

Reach out to me directly if the installment option is supportive.

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Please contact me if you have any questions. (706) 612-3816 or shannon@redearthhealing.org. 

Thanks for your deepest consideration of joining us!

Cancelation policy: If registering for the full series, sessions missed will be made up in individual sessions. All refunds within the 30-day envelope will be provided minus a 10% fee if space is filled by another registrant. In the event of illness preventing you from attending the day of credit will be applied towards one of Shannon’s next offerings.