who is this course for?

I welcome all who feel they are adrift in a sea of disempowerment, disenfranchised by power over structures which lodge in the soft body. Wounding that is known, felt and experienced directly or indirectly, the ancient wounding, unknown, and the wounding which turns us against our own sovereignty.

This course is for anyone seeking meaningful ways of understanding how patriarchy has created disharmony to our Holy Earth and all of Earth’s inhabitants through the wisdom of the ancient mothers. For those who bring heart awareness, presence and willingness to explore the ways of restorative healing in connection with the wider field of relations, seen and unseen.

This is a course also for those who want to disarm the cultural patriarchal toxin personally through self-reflection and commitment to personal inner work in personal and community spaces through deeply embodied ritual and inner visioning. For those who are willing to commit to dismantling the effects of patriarchy through walking in an alignment organized around “a culture of love and mutuality.” *

The mother-child relationship can be seen as the first relationship violated by patriarchy.~ Adrienne Rich

So much of what is happening in the world around us can be tracked down through an initial cultural wound of the emergence of patriarchal systems. What is known as the mother wound grows itself as a product of the patriarchal systems that have existed for the past 5000 years. In these environments, there is a felt knowing of unequal distribution of authority, men are in power, women and children are subordinates. Through this, the very source of how we are brought into the world, our Ancestral Mothers, were systemically stripped of all majesty. Enslaved, related to property, a common marketplace status, this wound left with it a legacy of the emergence of other cultural wounds: war, poverty, caste systems, racism, sexism, and earth disconnection. As patriarchy became institutionalized it relegated those who do not hold power to end fighting amongst themselves and attempting to reclaim their power through their children as our ancestral mothers struggled to find some balance of the sovereignty they once knew. Here we find the Mother Wound.

Transforming and transmuting patriarchy allows us to liberate the entanglements with our mother wound in order to fully self-actualize our soul’s evolution.

What We Will Do

Through this course we will embark on a transformational journey to sources of matrilineal wisdom as well as the collective where we will:
  • Explore what patriarchy is, how it manifests and the ways patriarchy has created felt burdens in personal experiences, in present life, and on ancestral lineages.
  • Develop a personal relationship with a matrilineal spirit helper, an eternal child, and also an elevated blood lineage ancestor. These guides inform the processes of retrieving vital soul essence and transmuting the burdens of patriarchy into a source of empowerment and sovereignty.
  • Hold space for transmuting the cultural toxins of patriarchy through somatic awareness and through ritual practices.
  • Receive initiation/attunement/empowerments for personal healing and re-connection through embodied ritual.
  • Journey as a collective to perform a larger world healing around the cultural wounds of patriarchy.

When will it begin?

The course starts on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 with the first lesson released and a Zoom call at 4pm, and ends Sunday, November 17th, 2019 with the last community call.

The ancestors always remind us of these sacred lines telling us that we are not separated from them and they follow us wherever we go:

Putting on the clothes of clouds, drinking the ambrosia of air, crossing the bridge of fire, we will follow, wherever you go. ~ Bhola Banstola

what you will discover in the course

There are 12 pre-recorded lessons, released each week on Sunday afternoons 5:00pm EST. Each lesson is self-directed, consists of a pre-recorded video which will have shared wisdoms with a guided practice. Also in the lesson will be journaling prompts and additional reading resources to deepen your understanding.

There are four live hour and a half Zoom meetups where we will gather as a community. The first one is on September 1st at 4pm and subsequent ones will fall on the last Sunday of the month at 4pm in September, October and November. In this space we will gather for deeper connection to the work at hand, leave spaciousness for questions and drop into ritual space to further the work as a community.

You’ll be woven into the course through a private one on one session each month with Shannon creating a unique experience as you move through the course content.

We’ll have dedicated space for any questions that arise as you delve into the work and if relevant and agreed to share with the group, they will be made anonymous, compiled and shared as a resource for garnering collective wisdom. Additionally, a private Facebook page will be created for group support relevant to course content.

Course Content Will Include

Lesson 1
Foundations of Patriarchal Wounding

  • Uprooting: Patriarchy from historical perspective
  • Personal and cultural implications
  • Ritual embodiment strategies for healthy containment and release

Lesson 2
Personal Relationship to Patriarchy

  • Archetypal & attachment styles and expressions of patriarchy
  • Partnering with a Spirit ally for rooted healing
  • Ritual for grounding, clearing and protection

Lesson 3
Unraveling Patriarchal and Personal Bias

  • Discerning historical loss and defining grief passages
  • Exploring cultural and personal obstacles to healing
  • Ritual for transformation and titrating felt harms

Lesson 4
Wounded Healer: Meeting Your Eternal Child

  • Navigating your inner child
  • Sourcing wounded scripts and dismantling outdated strategies
  • Ritual of reclaiming Sacred Mother

Lesson 5
Ritual Skills for Personal healing

  • Foundations of sovereignty
  • Creating balance through honoring current pathways
  • Ritual for returning sovereignty

Lesson 6
Understanding Your Unique Ancestral Narrative

  • Foundations of ancestral practice addressing cultural and intergenerational harms in relation to patriarchy
  • Inventory of perceived/felt known patterns of your people
  • Ritual for ancestral connection to a elevated blood lineage ancestor

Lesson 7
Rooted Healing: Reclaiming Ancestral Practices

  • Reclaiming practices of sovereignty and matrilineal wisdoms through ancestral mentorship
  • Understanding narratives/nature of patriarchal burdens and their impact on your ancestors
  • Ritual to repair personal & ancestral cultural harms

Lesson 8
Ritual Containment from Felt Harms

  • Discerning levels of harm woven into relational ways of showing up
  • Navigating the space between embodiment and ancestral support
  • Creating ritual containment from felt harms

Lesson 9
Holding Sacred Grief

  • Discerning personal and sourced ancestral grief
  • Navigating grief through ritual embodiment and ancestral support
  • Ritual for witnessing and honoring sacred grief

Lesson 10
Forgiveness as Ritual

  • Foundations of forgiveness
  • Restorative and ritual considerations
  • Forgiveness Ritual

Lesson 11
Towards Cultural Healing

  • Defining your role in the larger collective healing
  • Safety considerations - calibrating somatic awareness
  • Ritual for extending blessings for personal and collective healing

Lesson 12

  • Vision of Restoration
  • Somatic embodiment of newly claimed/informed principles
  • Consecrating Holy belonging

Details of the Offering

This current offering is weaving together in an intimate circle of 15 participants. Through this container, we will gather as a cohort to learn from one another as well as have dedicated opportunities for self-exploration and mentorship through 3 personal sessions.

Cost is $350USD payable through Paypal

What you will Receive:

  • Instructional course videos (20-30 min per lesson)
  • 4 Zoom calls: One intro and then one per month (last Sunday of the month)
  • 3 personal mentoring sessions (once per month, scheduled at your convenience)
  • Private Facebook forum to engage in dialogue with course participants
  • Q&A Forum
  • Accompanying readings and course content

Red Earth Healing is LGBTQ friendly and celebrates diversity. Sliding scale offerings are available for marginalized persons, those of grassroots movements, and those who are actively organizing against oppressive systems. I am committed to keeping this work accessible and I offer a number of scholarship spaces at $300 and $250. Please contact me directly for these options. If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly by email: shannon@redearthhealing.org

Your Instructor

Shannon Willis, M.Ed is dedicated to helping others explore the inner landscapes in life, in re-establishing balance and personal sovereignty, strengthening relationships within the great web of relations seen and unseen. All offerings are in service to reclaiming the ancient ways of animistic, earth-honoring purpose, living with fully embodied joy for the well-being of the world.

For over 25 + years she has committed her work to addressing the deep wounding of the feminine through social justice advocacy related to intimate partner violence, diversity, and the oppression of marginalized populations. She has a Masters degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling with a focus in Jungian and Gestalt modalities and uses this training to support folks in honing their inner capabilities through connection with intuitive and spiritual resources as a means to shift through imbalances, embody deeper wisdom and earth-honoring purpose. Discover more here.

She is a teacher and practitioner with Ancestral Medicine; and a founder of Heart Path Studio, a non-profit organization in Athens, GA which aims to create a new folk culture of relating with the unseen world through the convergence of animistic and shamanic principles.

Her ancestors hail from the British Isles, France, and Cherokee and Kaskaskia/Ilini nations. Committed to collective healing, She holds grounded, empathic, heart-centered ritual space which supports presence, trust, and community rooted in the ancient ways of healing as service to the Earth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course for me?

This great question came in! I’ve examined power and control dynamics, the root cause of which is patriarchy, cross the cultural and personal lines of race, gender, age, ability, religious affinity and more through trauma-informed approaches for most of my professional life., As we are all affected by it, It applies to everyone, and because of this, with heartfelt enthusiasm, I offer this course to everyone in earnest hope of bringing clarity and healing for personal and collective harmony.

Where did the notion “culture love and mutuality” come from?

“Culture of love and mutuality” is a concept coined by bell hooks, acclaimed feminist theorist, She explains that patriarchy is organized around domination and power, whereas feminism is organized around a culture of love and mutuality.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts on September 1st, 2019, with the first lesson being released and a community Zoom Call. The course ends on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 with the last Zoom community call.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

Are refunds possible if I’m unhappy with the course?

A full refund is available for up to 30 days after the course begins. If helpful, please reach out as I would like to see if it’s possible to make the course work for you. Of course, you are welcome to the refund as well with no questions asked.

Are there pre-requisites to enroll in this course?

Prior experience with personal healing work and spiritual practice is recommended and includes skilled experience with navigating interpersonal terrain through journeying and having a deepening relationship with spiritual allies (such as helping spirits, elevated ancestors, deities and other unseen sources of support, If you’ve yet to have this requirement and would like support with this, please reach out and we can book a session together before the course begins.

What if I can’t make the live Zoom calls?

All Zoom calls will be recorded and made available within 48 hours within the course drop-down menu.