Ancestral Memory and Longing 2019/2020 session Full
A Lunar year of tapping into the ways of our ancestors, rooted in the bones of ancestral memory, and animist connection.
What we will be diving into:
This offering is a year of in person immersive study and healing for women starting at Samhain and ending the following Samhain for a total of thirteen months or one lunar year. I will only be taking 10 women at this time, as this content is best experienced in small, safe groups. We will meet for one week-end a month Saturday and Sunday 10-5 at my home/ teaching studio in East Vancouver B.C.
Regardless of who our ancestors were or what our ancestral lineage may be, most of us find ourselves filled with a longing for deeper wisdom's that only our elders could have offered us. Sadly we are deeply lacking wise elders to help keep us in check and to pass on lineage traditions and wisdom teachings to us. This is where having the ancestral understanding of where we come from, and the ability to journey into the spirit realm can serve to support us in understanding some of our inherited gifts and faults as we navigate ourselves into or along our destiny path.
Together we will explore and create an ancestral practise that honours who we are, and where we come from, and seek to deepen through daily connection with spirit. I have spent more then a decade understanding how to navigate the spirit realm and working with my own ancestors for healing and support, and this has led me to the understanding that it is part of my destiny path to teach other women how to unfold into their own destinies and deepen their connections with their ancestors. This includes the important work of healing family lineage lines and working with our helping ancestors for support as we navigate contemporary daily and spiritual living.
This means dedicated work, ceremony, and the creation of a daily ancestral practise. Together we will work to heal ancestral family lines, and understand who we are from where we come from, this is intense work, and part of the reason why I prefer to take a full spin of the wheel to dive into it. Create talismans and sacred objects to aid in our ancestral work. It is helpful to have had your deep ancestral DNA tested, but please know that this is optional to this course. I recommend The Geographic test as well as ancestry.ca
October-Samhain Understanding our ancestors means understanding ourselves. ~Ancestral basics-how to work with our ancestors in a safe way. Not all of our ancestors went where they needed to go and are safe to work with as spirits. How to tell the difference. ~Protection and boundaries within the spirit world. ~Understanding who we are and where we come from, asking our ancestral helping spirits for guidance. ~ Honouring the dead with ceremony. ~ Grave Pots, vessels, and our connection to them when honouring our ancestors. ~Funerary herbs for honouring the dead. ~Ancestral ceremony
November: Shadows and Masks-Understanding our gifts and misgivings as they relate to our ancestors.
~Building ancestral altars to begin a daily practise. ~beginning to understand what healing the family lines really means, and creating ancestral talismans. ~What did our ancestors like to eat, how did they sit in ceremony, what animals or elementals did they connect with? Lets stop appropriating other cultures and discover what our own ancestors did things, and deepen into our own lineages rather then fetishizing others. ~ Work to understand the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. ~Deprogramming ourselves and finding our way in integrity. Understanding decolonization and spiritual activist work with regards to our own ancestors. ~ Come back home to ourselves, rooted in a deeper understanding of who we are and finding a sense of belonging in the world.
December: The dreaming time, the hunger time. Working with past ancestral trauma as healing for the future. ~How what our ancestors endured affects us today, and what we can do about it for healing. ~ Working with Bear and Moth, hearth and home ancestral magic. ~Deepening our ancestral connections with Wax readings and amulets. ~Celebrating in the old ways-finding our foods and celebrations and bringing them back to the hearth and home. ~Celebrate the season with an ancestral yule exchange, sharing our ancestral, cultural foods and ways.
More: Protective magic with mugwort, bone divination. Work with the seasons learning pathways that our ancestors walked. Mapping Grief and Forgiveness, using handmade ground earth pigments. Keys to the underworld-brooms and the willow tree. Foraging for the ancestral table, ancestral elixers. Working with our first ancestors-Earth, Air, Fire and Water to understand our blood ancestors better, and vice versa. Retreat away with the ancestors-a week-end of full immersion. Talisman weaving-nettle tales and Hag stones. Honey Pot vessel magic and summer connections to our ancestors ways of preserving food. Ancient dying using indigo and botanical prints, how did our ancestors create art and magic using plants. Myth Telling Feeding Baba Yaga-the stories and myths of our family lines--what are our stories? Feasting with the ancestors and completion celebration.
The cost for these 13 month's together has been calculated per month, although those who wish to pay up front will save $100. This includes materials, but does not include basic costs for our retreat week-end. Cost: $225 per month Full Investment for a savings of one hundred dollars: $2,825 If you would like to join us please send me an e-mail and we will go from there: Nikiahseeds@gmail.com
Living and working on theunceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.