Ceremony and Ritual has re-emerged in recent decades as a powerful and indispensable vehicle for social transformation. As activists recognize the need for deep trust, healing and sharing within organizing circles, we are seeing the blurring of boundaries between meeting space and ritual space. Moreover, ritual and the components of ritual are galvanizing movements through connecting movement with their true purpose, evoking a clear vision of their desired outcome, and building close connections between members.
The Ceremony of Everyday Life – Tyler Rai
How do we listen to the intuitive technology of our bodies and imaginations? How are the stories in our bodies connected to our lineages and cultural inheritances? How do we listen to what our body has to say? In this workshop we will explore how to listen to our body through movement, drawing and writing, to better understand what stories our bodies hold, and how those stories can become resources for creating personal ceremony. In ceremony, we hold space for what is beyond us. To commune with what is beyond us, we must go deeply within us. Playfully and collectively we will attempt to rediscover our relationship with the phenomenal world that is everyday life, and listen deeply to the inner guidance our bodies hold.
This work will be guided by the creative protocols developed by the Tamalpa Institute’s Life/Art Process. The workshop will be primarily movement-based. Movers of all abilities and experiences are welcome.
Ritual and Transformation – Cleo Kearns
Ritual is a vital human function – and may even be important to animals as well! But the connections between ritual and social and personal transformation are only beginning to be understood. Come to this workshop and learn:
1. Some of the effects of ritual on our brains and bodies 2. The role of ritual in social action 3. The elements of a good ritual performance 4. The centrality of water to ritual life 5. Practical examples of rituals you can do at home
Understanding Historical Trauma and its relationship to Cultural Appropriation – Sherri Mitchell and Ron Tremblay
A lot has been said about cultural appropriation, yet it is still confusing for many people. At this time, ancient ceremonial practices are being renewed and new forms of ceremony are emerging in spontaneous ways. Knowing where to draw the line is not always clear.
This discussion will present an honest reflection on cultural appropriation, and look at how the taking of ceremonial traditions from another group can trigger the deep wounds and historical trauma experienced by those people. Peoples from every part of the world have undergone profound cultural dissociation. Many have tried to recover those lost connections by appropriating the living culture of Indigenous peoples. In doing so, they may be unintentionally recreating the same conquest paradigm that has destroyed cultural connections throughout history.
This is an opportunity to learn from two First Nations leaders about the subtle and not-so-subtle boundaries of cultural appropriation and how being aware of these boundaries can play a role in cultural healing and restoration for us all.
The Living Labyrinth – Elisabeth Cadle
The labyrinth is a divine imprint which embodies the sacred feminine. Universally available for personal and collective transformation, this powerful tool can take on many forms. As a daily practice, container for ritual and ceremony or living symbol, a labyrinth represents a vessel which can be filled with intention, opening the pathways to a deeper connection to source and inspiration.
In this workshop, we will explore creating a personal labyrinth ritual then collectively experience a labyrinth water ceremony.
Restoring our Relationship with the Earth: Practices and Rituals for Everyday Life – Carolyn Hooper
Developing relationship with the Spirit of the Land and her elements (earth, air, fire, and water) is a powerful way to manifest transformation in our lives and in the world around us. Ritual, ceremony, and creating sacred space are all tools we can use to reconnect with the Earth as a living being, strengthen our place in the Web of Creation, and restore the 2-way bridge of healing between humans and Nature. In this experiential workshop, and with the Spirit of Water as our inspiration, we will use simple principles and interactive practices from Druidry as our guide to:
Create personal rituals for use in our everyday lives Explore the use of sacred space, indoors and outdoors Complete with a simple group ceremony of our own creation to offer as healing for the waters of the Earth.