March 17th ~ Spring Equinox Ceremony and Potluck
Please bring Spring flowers, plants or objects from the land you call home to contribute to the community altar. For this celebration being held on the new moon, we’ll be planting the seeds of our intentions for the coming Spring , and spreading some pollinator love as well by planting echinacea seeds in bio-degradable pots to take home with you. Bring a potluck dish to share and your own re-usable cup, plate and utensils. 7-9 pm / Free *
March 31st ~ Despacho Ceremony: Living in Sacred Balance
A Despacho is a sacred offering, created in the form of a nature mandala and prayer bundle. The tradition originated with the indigenous communities of the high Andes mountains, and has been used by the Q’ero people for centuries. The Andean people create Despachos to honor births and weddings, to ask for healing, and bless any new project or endeavor. Objects placed within the mandala are symbolic offerings, carrying the prayers of those gathered for the ceremony, calling for the release of heavy energies, welcoming blessings and benevolent forces, and honoring the balance of ayni, reciprocity, the sacred exchange of giving and receiving. There are many kinds of Despacho, and a wide variety of offerings that can be placed in the mandala, including sweets, grains, flowers, incense, feathers, and leaves, but the most essential offering is an open, grateful heart. Once the mandala is complete, the Despacho is closed and bundled, and gifted to Spirit through ritual burning, burial, or offering to the water.
Angela Blueskies was gifted the Despacho ceremony as a practice by several elders and teachers in the Andes Mountains of Peru, where this tradition was born. This past year, when she asked her teachers how western people can help to make change and bring healing in the world, they all said the same thing: make more offerings! And so, Angela and Helene gather community to welcome the power and beauty that this practice brings.
3:00 pm – 5:30pm. Suggested contribution: $20-30
No one turned away for lack of funds.
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JUNE 2nd through 3rd, 2018
3rd Annual SHENANDOAH VALLEY HERBAL GATHERING !!
21 inspiring herbal classes to choose from, regional plant walks, botanical vendors, keynote by folk healer Richael Faithful, live music with soulful siren Cassi Raye, followed by a Sacred Fire Circle Ceremony, delicious locally grown/catered food by Mama’s Best Food, camping option and a kids camp ! Full schedule and classes on FB event page / 3rd Annual Shenandoah Valley Herbal Gathering. .All ages and skill levels welcome.
To get tickets visit 3rdshenandoahvalleyherbalgathering.brownpapertickets.com
*All events are held here at Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary 1799 Persimmon Lane Shepherdstown, WV 25443 *Caution…GPS has been misleading. Persimmon Lane is located between 45 and 480. (If you are coming from 45 / Winebrenner, left at fork onto Quincy… turns into Persimmon).