This is the program of past Shamanic Retreats. The program will be very similar to this one. We will be updating the activities as time comes closer to the date of the event.
2 pm - Gate opens for registration and camp set up.
4 pm - Meet and Greet. Get to know your hosts and the other participants in the retreat.
5 pm - Medicine Wheel for Women: An introduction to a traditional medicine wheel that is used as a guide for spiritual journey.
6 pm - Dinner.
7 pm - New Moon Shamanic Ritual. We will begin with discussion and preparation for the ritual that will take place on Saturday night.
8 pm - Shamanic Drumming: Introduction to drumming and ecstatic dance. We will then connect and share with spirit through a shamanic drum circle journey.
9 am - Breakfast
10 am - Greeting the Day. We will gather in the main circle and celebrate the new day with chanting.
11 am - Tea Ritual. We will prepare our tea using sacred herbal blends and share a Tea Ritual with specific intentions.
12 pm - Totem Animals: In this workshop we will discuss the significance of totem animals. We will also connect with our personal totem to help guide us through our journey.
1 pm - Lunch. After lunch, we will prepare our food to be eaten after sweat lodge.
3 pm - Preparation of Sacred Sweat Lodge. The group will help to build and cover the lodge. We will start the fire and every participant will have the opportunity to include their own intention into the stones. We will learn about the sacred stones from a Native American perspective.
4 pm - Communing with Self through Nature: Each participant will spend time with a particular aspect of nature. We will then, through meditation, learn what nature has to teach us about self-healing and enlightenment.
5 pm - Free time. Use this time to rest and prepare yourself for sweat lodge.
6 pm - Sacred Sweat Lodge. This is a ceremony of purification and rebirth. We will come closer to ourselves as we heal, seek wisdom, and purify the mind, body, and soul. The community dinner will follow the sweat lodge
9 pm - New Moon Shamanic Ritual. A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start. It represents a time of rebirth and growth. The New Moon is an ideal time to plant seeds of intention for what you wish to manifest in your life. We will create sacred space for ourselves.
9 am - Breakfast.
10 am - Women's Medicine Shield: Learn to use objects decorated with symbolic designs that reflect your personal vision and spirit guide to create your own sacred medicine shield.
12 pm - Lunch. This time will also be used for review and discussion.
3 pm - Gates close
About the hosts.
Donella has facilitated Sacred Spaces for several ceremonies and sweat lodges for over 20 years. In Donella's words:
I've traveled a long and varied road to get here. It all began with curiosity and questions. I've studied Wicca, Ancient Cultures, a little Buddhism, and a little of this and little of that.
. . . I discovered the Red Road and had been happily traveling it ever since. Most of what I know are simply life lessons and I'm happy to share any and all knowledge with anyone who needs it. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin.
Norma Mora has been on a spiritual path for over 25 years. Her natural and holistic passions—yoga, meditation, Reiki, aromatherapy, Ayurveda to name a few — lead her to All World Acres; a sanctuary and community, where she organizes festivals and other retreats. As a Reiki master, she has devoted herself to helping others find their path through teaching.