This Grandmothers Circle is a very long time coming for me and many women who will join us to learn, grow, become friends with each globally. Women from young to old are welcome. The name of the gathering, of course, came from the grandmothers who live all around us in the trees, rocks, stones, grasses, plants, the moon, and many other forms.
I went through a long period of prayer in which the grandmothers helped me to organize this online quarterly gathering. The grandmothers named it so that we remember we are coming for them, for the grandmothers in this world who need to be heard by us to communicate to the rest of the world. To be a steward for any needs they may have, especially when they ask us for our help. The grandmothers also wanted me to hold the energies of the number four, this is why we are meeting quarterly. Four corners are needed for a foundation, four seasons, four directions where the grandmother’s strengths are.
My main intention is to learn from each other in very Native, Original, Ancient, traditional and Indigenous ways. To learn to make right with everything that is so wrong, in a good way, in relationship to All Our Relations.
No matter what names we call her, the grandmother she is the constant adaptation, working to flourish no matter what, she is the intentions to the details we overlook as young women, the very simple ceremonies, rites, and attention to the care, nurturing and faith of our world. We get caught in the futuristic world sold to us by any means to hook us, stall us and hold us, we become the prisoner, instead of the keepers, co-creators, birther’s alongside the grandmothers to cure, fix, heal, sow a new future.
This gathering is about women, young, confused, lost, emotional, old, free, chained, afraid, in joy coming together to learn the ways, ancient ways lost from our cultures about the medicines of the grandmothers, our ancestors and of course La Madre Tierra, Mother Earth and one of my favorites Pachamama!
Come as you are, learn with us, build with us, love with us and of course gather with us.
In Service, All My Relations
Bridgette She Walks Among Stars
All gatherings will be online on zoom, you will need to download zoom onto your computer, tablet or phone beforehand. The zoom meeting link posted for each gathering is only to be used 15 minutes before the time of gathering. The gatherings are free, But Bridgette accepts any and all donations through the Ministry Of Consciousness that supports the work and website of the Red Road Society. You can donate on the front page of the Ministry website here: http://ministryofconsciousnessnevada.org/
Sunday, December 24, 2017 ~ 10 am Pacific ~ 10 am to 12 Noon.
Jannie Vaught will be teaching on December theme: We sleep as the trees. How our lives closely resemble the seed. Whip and producing a tree. How we go dormant to rest and build our time of production. Let us rest when we need to. Let us grow when we are fully ready. We have the winter time of sleep. Listen to your body. Listen to your intuitions.
Jannie Vaught was born to the bird clan in 1953. Four generations of farmers who came to central calif in the dust bowl. Okies. She was called to the medicine path as a small girl. Jannie carried huge quarts everywhere as a child, everywhere she went. Jannies stone/s sat at the doorway. White quarts trained in ceremony and healing energy, also trained as herbalist and massage therapist. Jannie has always gardened. In a life ending car crash in 2009 coming out of humblecha, Jannie met the third person, yes, there was a third person in the car. Jannie had been crushed and her left unserviceable along with a triple head injury, she was taken to Gallup, New Mexico hospital. Only her my hips and legs were not broken. Jannie’s right arm was scheduled to be amputated. however on that day at the hospital there happened to be a young orthopedic surgeon his name Dr. Scott Baker. Dr. Baker was Just in from Iraq. He put my arm back on and many surgeries later, somehow the life source in her and her arm has never left. Today at 64 Jannie lives with her two daughters in the hill country of Texas. They have wind, solar power, and a permaculture garden. She started the farmer’s market, a seed library and she writes a weekly column in two local papers. Bloom where you’re planted. She is a testament to the Abounding Love of Creator. The patience and encouragement of Mother Earth. Jannie is grateful for the incredible genetics of her Cherokee, German and Irish heritage.
Topic: Grandmothers Circle
Time: Dec 24, 2017 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/s/592980734
Meeting ID: 592 980 734
Sunday, March 25, 2018 – 10 am Pacific – !0 am to 12 Noon
NANSAMBA JARIA will be teaching for March theme: Ceremonies
NANSAMBA JARIA is a Ugandan under Buganda tribe, Lives in Bulenga 2-3km from Kampala city. She is 44 years of age. She works as a link between the healers who act as conduits to the spiritual world to healers who don’t in LUTHA https://www.facebook.com/LUTHAorg/
NANSAMBA JARIA is experienced in spiritual ritual and ceremonies. She will have an interpreter.
Topic: Grandmothers Circle
Time: Mar 25, 2018 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 624 378 514
Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – 10 AM Pacific – 10 AM to 12 Noon – More Information will be posted as it comes together, Please check back. Meeting link:
Topic: Grandmothers Circle
Time: Jun 24, 2018 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/s/991466998
Meeting ID: 991 466 998
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 10 AM Pacific – 10 AM to 12 Noon – Bridgette Lyn Dolgoff will be offering “Putting the Bears to Sleep” a ceremony for Fall. Working with animals medicine, specifically for this teaching, the ceremony will be about the Bear. More Information will be posted as it comes together, Please check back. Meeting link:
Topic: Grandmothers Circle
Time: Sep 23, 2018 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 368 623 121
Josephine Mandamin has walked more than 17,000 kilometres to raise consciousness of Great Lakes
She is known as grandmother water walker. In effort to raise awareness about pollution, laws and any issues that impact water, First Nations elder Josephine Mandamin has walked the shorelines of all five Great Lakes. That’s more than 17,000 kilometres of coastline and equal to nearly half the earth’s circumference. This week Mandamin left her home in Thunder Bay for southwest Ontario to speak at the 5 p.m. opening of Museum London’s Water Rights festival.
Before the opening, we spoke with her about her experiences. Here’s a portion of the conversation:
Q: Why did you set out to walk around the Great Lakes?
A:I think we need to raise consciousness. We need to be aware of the polluted waters we see. We are all of water. We need to protect this water as much as we can.
Q: Protect it from what?
A: The fracking, the pollution . . . the mining where waters are coming in. Corporations are selling off the water, prostituting our mother the earth. It’s the big corporations that need to be understanding.
Q:Where is the worst evidence of pollution and what did it look like?
A:In terms of looking at Northeastern Ontario there are a lot of small lakes in that area around the highways we walked on with green slime on the waters. The water is very still, it doesn’t move.
Q:What about the Great Lakes?
A: Lake Ontario . . . You could almost see the shimmering when you got to the New York side of it. We didn’t even touch the water, we usually take our shoes off at least and put our feet in. We swam in lake Michigan almost every day. But we didn’t touch Lake Ontario.
Lake Erie was brown. When we were on the U.S. side, it looked very dirty and very brown.
Q:How long did it take to walk around Lake Superior?
A: 32 days.
Q:What was your routine?
A: We’d get up at 2:30 or 3 a.m., and walk until the sun goes down. We’d have an orange or fruit along the way or juice. You have to walk with a pail as if you are walking with a water stream. It’s very important to keep the water moving because you’ve made that promise to keep it moving while you are walking. People would put us up in homes or if we had funds we’d stay in motels.
Q: What was the biggest challenge?
A: Our walkers were always having blisters but our feet got used to callouses after a while.
Q: Which Great Lake do you like best?
A:I think Lake Superior was the one we really respected a lot in terms of it’s majestic length and coolness of the water. It was very nice. You couldn’t swim in it because it was so cold. Lake Huron is my home water and I really have a lot of personal attachment to the water there. I’m from Manitoulin Island and Georgian Bay was pristine waters when I was there.
Q: What was your worst experience?
A: Lake Erie was a place where we were called down. On the American side, people were driving by saying ‘Crazy indians’ when we walked through Detroit, it was really scary. When we got back (over the Ambassador Bridge) to Windsor my son said ‘it’s good to be back home.’
Q: You’ve mentioned the pollution. Did anything give you reason for hope?
A:Lake Michigan is a beautiful lake and it flows into Lake Superior and there’s hope that we can still keep our waters pristine if we keep the motor boats and the gas out and get back to canoes. Where there are motorized boats, you can see the oil and gas in the water.
Q: What else?
A: One of the nicest things about people though was when they knew we were coming, people would come and help us out, they’d have supper for us, or give us money for hotel rooms. When we crossed (into Windsor) there was a committee of people and stopped and said the church was open for us.
If you go:
What: Water Rights Festival at Museum London, includes several documentaries about water
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday (film times listed at http://waterrightsfilmfestival.wordpress.com/)