Around the world, the balance of night and day which happens twice a year at spring and autumn equinoxes is played out by great mysteries such as the story of Persephone and Demeter and the metaphor of Innana’s descent into the underworld. The first emergence story was that of the bear, she who went into hibernation around the autumn equinox, slept through the dark months to awaken again at Spring Equinox. This is a time on the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland wheel of the year which explains the bear’s emergence, her relationship with Brighid and why the Cailleach’s day is 3/25, all stories we will explore on this day workshop.
Throughout the dark months of winter, the bear has slept in her cave, the Cave of the Grandmothers – ancient women who are part human, part bear and part mystery. Women throughout the ages have journeyed to this cave to ask the guidance of the Bear grandmothers
To celebrate the Spring Equinox we will take an otherworldly journey to the Cave of the Grandmothers as the bear prepares for her emergence back into the world. We will acknowledge how our own journey through winter has been and mark what aspects we wish to continue working with, what new insights we have all within gestures as we create our grandmother dolls.
Your grandmother doll will be made from a stick or sticks you’ve chosen – possibly from a favorite tree and while some embellishments will be available your encouraged to bring special items which have meaning for you. Your doll will be a talisman of what you are taking from the dark of the year and mark what you wish to leave behind. These are dolls which you can hang outside or hang from a wall and act as a reminder that whatever the time of year you can return back to the Cave of the Grandmothers to ask for their advice.
We will also discuss our roles in what we can do to protect bears n the world today.
Accommodation is available at the workshop venue if you require staying over the night before the workshop or after, or both. Cost is $60 per night – click on the sleeping bear image for more details.