Whatever intention a ceremony is given, whether it be a healing ceremony, an initiation ceremony, an honoring ceremony, or a commitment ceremony, each ceremony is performed with sacredness towards the land, towards the people, and towards All of Life.
You can also simply make your connection with the Ancestors either of your own lineage, or more in general with those who went before us. Their wisdom and love can be tapped, and can support you on your current journey.
The totem pole in the heart of the Medicine Wheel is an original, made by the Nez Perce Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Its grand stature reminds us of the Sacredness of all traditions and of the Oneness of all Peoples.
It is a tool for ceremonial activities, to celebrate your earth connection, to allow your heritage to speak to you through the Ancestors of the land or your own Ancestors. You can seat yourself on any of the stones, each of which has a distinct meaning.
The Medicine or Ancestor Wheel is based on the same ancient sacred geometry as the Chartres Labyrinth: the circle and the cross.
This Medicine Wheel has its own unique design. On the concentrical circles stones are placed, that each have their own significance. They connect with the seven sacred directions, with the planets, with all living beings, and with spiritual goals and tributes. Each of these stones offers a seat to meditate on the theme of that specific location.
The retreat center is tucked back on a long dirt road, a little ways from town. I loved the peace and quiet! I figured I would come and go but found that I spent most of my time on the property practicing yoga, meditating, hiking, walking the labyrinth, hanging out with the cats or cooling off in the creek. I stayed in one of the cabins which was beyond amazing- laying under the stars at night! The rooms, bathrooms and kitchen were all clean and stocked with everything I needed for my trip.