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Our overall goal for the Gathering, which begins with the Opening Ceremony and ends with the Closing Ceremony, is to open our hearts and minds and receive points of light into our lives so we can see ourselves and the world differently.
In early spring Grandmothers gather to sit in circle and explore their own wisdom, creativity and power. We connect with each other for inspiration and guidance in workshops, meditation, music and healing arts—sharing laughter, tears and more.
When we meet, we put our names into the Circle and close it around us, building a container of love. At the Closing Ceremony we say THE CIRCLE IS OPEN BUT NEVER BROKEN.
Traditionally, Gatherings include a theme—some of our recent themes have been “The Turtle Path—Connecting our Inner Lives with our outer surroundings”, “Living our Legacy”, “Dragonfly Medicine—Celebrating Transformation”, “The Sacred Feminine” and “The Evolutionary Woman”. We have Opening and Closing Ceremonies; provide time for meditation, conversation and healing arts and daily small circles. The Grandmothers offer a Marketplace and Silent Auction to raise money to support another Grandmother’s attendance at the Gathering.
At the Gathering we also practice non-attachment through a Giveaway Ceremony in which we each part with some possession which we value, telling its story and passing it on to another Grandmother to cherish. The Elder Ceremony is a special circle where those who have reached the age of 70 are honored with a purple shawl and the collective appreciation of all in attendance. It is a time of joy!
We honor our “Crones”. In early cultures, the female elder was considered a wise woman. She was the Healer, the teacher, the imparter of knowledge. Crone is related to the word “crown”. For women, reaching the status of Crone can be a major milestone to be celebrated. More women are reclaiming the name of Crone in a positive way, and see it as a time to joyfully welcome one’s position as an elder within the community,
At the Gathering the small circles are a safe place to share our stories, honor our voices and claim our empowerment as we soothe our souls and transform our lives.
The incorporation of the Peer Spirit Circle process—including principles, practices and agreements brings a way of heartfelt communication within each Gathering. Approximately eight women are randomly selected to sit together in a small circle each day of the Gathering. Two of the women are co-facilitators and the discussion is focused around the Gathering theme.