Friday 25th November 7-9.30 pm – Saturday 27th November 10.30 – 6.30pm 2016. Woodfin (5 mins from Downtown Asheville, NC).
By the 25th November the pumpkins have started to rot, the costumes discarded and the decorations back in their box. The majority of ancestral souls have returned to where they dwell. The world is quiet, dark and it is time to answer the souls calling and journey into the cave. As nature draws her energy down to the roots it is natural for us too to turn inwards as it is here in the dark that we can best tend to our soul life. This retreat gathers in the foothills of the Appalachians in sacred circle as the overhead moon wanes from crone into the dark moon.
The Cailleach is sometimes described as having a great third eye in the middle of her forehead. Through this eye she can see through all time and space, her great insight her primal intuition. She see’s all that causes havoc in our world. We will draw on her wisdom and activate our own third eyes so we can see afresh into our own lives and see the cause and effects that we might otherwise be blind to.
Will you allow yourself some slowing down this winter. Come, come join us in the cave. Drop your baggage by the entrance. You are welcomed here, wrapped up in a bear skin, given a seat by the fire and a mug of steaming herbal tea.
We gather on the Friday evening in circle as we share stories about the Cailleach and our feelings around the dark. We will add personal items to our Ancestor altar for our time together.
We gather again on Saturday morning in circle. A guided meditation will introduce us to the priestesses of the Cailleach and live drumming will invite you on a shamanic journey travelling with our own personal intentions. We will have a period of silence for journey reflection, art, collage or writing.
In the afternoon we will create our Cailleach doll (see the above image for example) she will be made through a needle felt process which is easy to learn and suitable for complete beginners. We will also add special features such as bags and pockets which can hold sacred items and intentions.
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