Raising Our Shields: A Spiritual Activist Workshop

sheild Collage

My head is still ringing from the words of Rev. Barber and the many causes us Ashevillians brought out to campaign against. There’s the folks that say such demonstrations do nothing but even taking the politicians themselves out of the picture it serves to inspire those how turned out, for us to realize that we are not alone in thinking our state has literally turned politics into the dark ages. The dangerous war on women’s rights as abortion has almost been made illegal in this state! We are going backwards, not forwards – it wasn’t all that long ago that there was segretion of blacks and whites in this town!

A war against women, animals and nature

There is a war going on. It is a war against women  it is a war against animals and it is a war waged on the planet. Five minutes online and i’m subjected to reports that feminists have received open rape threats on Twitter (which goes on unchecked by Twitter), brutal conditions of intensive farming, hell we gas unwanted pets in this state not to mention the ravages carried out in extracting the Earth’s resources such as fracking and mountain top removal.

All this doesn’t serve to make me wanna get up and fight I feel overwhelmed, bombarded with this onslaught and all I want to do is to retreat, hide in my little world and pretend none of this is happening.

Threshold time

One thought that gives me a little hope is that this is threshold time. The only way to get out of this dark age is to plant the seeds for a gold age – and that is what thousands upon thousands of groups around the world are doing. The threshold is the magical time, on the cusp, between one and the other, and yet of neither. It occupies a very special place – as this is the space in which magic occurs.

The Workshop

Raising our shields is a day retreat. A day in which we will gather in circle and listen to each others stories. A day in which we will dance in trance as endless generations of women before us have done (ok your near ancestors might not have but I am talking of our ancient elders who were handmaidens of the great feminine divine).

Who is this workshop for? It is for women, women who give a damn about something. WOmens who are seeing their rights in this country be eroded. Women who are building a better world, women who are creating alternatives. Women who call on the great mother goddess, women who see the goddess in themselves. Women who sometimes want to go and hide in the face of what they see happen in the world. Women who draw their strength from being in circle with other women. Women who want to sing, dance around fire and replenish their reserves!

Circle of women


Women have always gathered in circle, creating a safe and sacred space. It is here that we speak our truths and are heard, witnessed. We will gather together in circle in this retreat exploring our relationship with the warrior archetype and how we psychologically use our shields.                                                                                                    We will ground acknowledging our strengths, their sources as ultimately without a deep spiritual roots we are unlikely to sustain our momentum and succumb to the shiny array of distractions our modern world has created to turn us into consuming, brain dead zombies!                                                                                                                       We will also discuss what activism means to us, as well as discussing Celtic warrior goddesses such as  Brighid, Scathach and the Morrighan as well as others and what lessons we can learn from them.

trance dance


With live drumming will cover our eyes and journey to the otherworld – fully prepared with our intentions, and with our allies we will meet the ancient ones. We will gratefully receive any form of wisdom received and then spend time drawing and journalling our impressions. You are welcome to lie down for your journey if you prefer.

Sacred art

We will take our lessons, our impressions whatever gifts we are given in our dance with the ancestors and translate them into art, creating our shields with symbols, talismans, signs, scenes or figures.


We will create a fire ceremony, where we can raise our shields and renew our commitment to the great goddess and the work we carry out in the world. We will consecrate our shields while in this fire circle, dancing and singing to drumbeats – feet deep in the earth and arms raised high to the stars. We will renewing our commitment as the living ancestors (honoring the ancients who have gone before and the future ancestors still to be born) as well as our commitment to each other, our family, friends wider community and our more than human community and of course our mother, Gaia.

Date & time

Saturday 21st September. Starting at 2pm and finishing at 9.30pm. Location: North Asheville.


Price is $55 with the early bird price of $50 which is available until Sunday 11th August.

Paypal – use the email themoonandtheoaktree@gmail.com

Facebook event: click on this link 


Please email me at judelally@gmail.com with any questions


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