Grounding with the Wise Woman
Doll Making & Stone Medicine
East Asheville Fri 2/3 7-9.30pm & Sat 2/4 10am – 5.30pm
Imbolc is the festival of the Celtic Goddess Brighid the ancient Mother Goddess of Ireland yet it can also be described as the feelings of unease and uncertainty that often arrive at this time of year. Our current political climate and the current state of affairs on this planet could be seen as embodying the feeling of Imbolc.
In this weekend retreat we will explore two main tools in staying grounded, rooted and nourished through stones which support our journey throughout the wheel of the year and making a traditional Brideog doll. Tools which both have an ancient lineage found in the woven baskets of the Wise Woman.
In this Weekend Retreat We Will be Exploring:
Several traditions around Imbolc – from protective prayers we can cast in times of feeling uneasy to traditional songs and carrying out the tradition of laying out the Bhrat – cloth for Brighid to bless (which we will do on the friday night). We’ll also exploring our intentions through Brighid’s Wheel (cross) discuss how to work with your Brideog doll as well as guided meditations & shamanic journey.
Explore the basics of what stone medicine is and how the stone pack you receive can support you throughout the year as well as meditations in relating to the energies of the stones we are working with. We will also incorporate stone medicine into our doll making.
*3 places left * (as of 11/7)
By the end of 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.
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 with a 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.
Forest offering to the Cailleach
In this workshop we will share stories of the Cailleach (provided) and discuss our feelings around them. We will also watch a short film about the great hag and get a sense of her great age. We will have a guided meditation which takes us to the priestesses of the Cailleach, the ones who know the ways of this divine crone.
We will then take those inspirations and weave them into our dolls. Our dolls will be made through a needle felting process, suitable for complete beginners. We will decorate our dolls with Scottish tweed as well as pockets and little jars which can be used in ritual and with intention – we will also discuss working with dolls.
Deer Priestess – Click on image for full description & shop
The Deer priestess honors the ancient antlered one, the creatrix. Her lineage runs through all the deer that feature in many cultures from pre-Celtic, to Sami to the Scythians. Here the priestess is a protector of sacred space, guardian to you on your journey. This wall hanging may serve as a reminder of what she offers – hang her somewhere you can connect to her daily, or by an altar.
The White Horse of Uffingdon – click on image for full details & store
The White Horse of Uffingdon is etched into the chalky earth on the Berkshire Downs, England. Created in the bronze Age (1200-800 BCE), it stands 110 feet tall and 365 feet long. It could have been the totem of a local tribe, who might have worshipped a horse goddess such as Epona or Rhiannon.
This piece is inspired by our most ancient ancestors, and often the inspiration comes to me when I enter into the same ‘sacred space’ wither through ritual, ceremony, meditation or trance. The stitched spirals offer a sense of movement as she guides us over the threshold into the otherworld. This wall hanging is an inspiration, a daily reminder of our connection to source/the divine.
Wet felted, double ended dreadlocks – click on the photo for full details