Clearing the Space : Making a Sacred Feather Wand
February 22nd 7-9pm
Throughout time mankind has had a deep spiritual connection to nature and the animal kingdom. Our relationship with the birds runs deep as they are considered the sacred messengers of the Divine, sending off our prayers to the Spirit world. They are considered the link between heaven and earth and are powerful allies for mankind.
From these sacred birds we are blessed with prayer feathers, shed naturally and offered as gifts from these animal allies. Through these feathers we can program our intentions and prayers for healing + blessings for ourselves and loved ones. The first nations utilized feather smudge wands to send their intentions of prayer up to the heavens, fanning the smoke of burning herbs around the body and temple.
It is believed that to gain blessings of the higher spirits you must offer a gift that will delight them and the stronger in purity and love of the creator’s prayer by its creator the stronger energetic essence the wand will carry.
Join Emily Mikaelah of Helios + Solene as she guides you in making your very own sacred feather wand. Together we will learn the ceremonial ways of preparing these offerings to the animal kingdom, native elders and teachers, and Spirit as we ask for their blessings in our creation.
In this class we will go over:
*All feathers used for this class are sustainably sourced from cruelty free farms and are naturally shed by it’s original owners. Birds live free-range and are never caged, as well as nourished properly and cared for by their owner. Leather used for wand handle is up-cycled from fabric waste tossed by the NYC Garment District. Students are welcome to bring their own feathers.
*Please note- for students bringing their own feathers please honor the lineage of it’s owner and understand that feathers that are not sourced sustainably may carry the vibrations of it’s original owner.
Saturday February, 17th 12-4pm
Aba Love Apothecary is a line of plant-based skincare and healing aromatics formulated by myself, a Certified Aromatherapist and Botanical Perfumer. The line is lush, using only the purest essential oils and botanicals in our formulations. All products are meant promote healthy skin while uplifting the spirit with thoughtfully selected aromatherapeutic blends.
Her products are handcrafted in small batches in Long Island City, NY made with Organic, Wild Harvest and Sustainably Farmed Ingredients. No synthetics or parabens, of course.
In this workshop you will blend up to 7 beautiful essential oils to create your own custom Aromatherapy 5ml roller!
Saturday February 24th, 7pm-9pm
Activating The Witness - facilitated by Robert Picciotto
“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
“The Witness” is a term that refers to the part of your consciousness that can be a neutral observer of your own life. The Witness understands that it does not have to identify with the thoughts or emotions one might experience. It’s a beautiful anchoring device because it recognizes that if your thoughts or feelings begin to spiral out of control, you can take a step back and say “That’s not me, that’s just something that’s happening within me”. Just like a heart beats and lungs breathe, a mind thinks. It’s what the mind was designed to do, but it’s not who you are. You are no more your own thoughts than you are a breath of air you take. The wave is not the ocean.
When we activate The Witness within us we suddenly become aware of a truer identity and open ourselves up to connecting more deeply with ourselves, with others, and with our surroundings. When we realize that we don’t have to be constantly analyzing, judging, and evaluating, we allow ourselves to experience and appreciate each moment more fully.
In this meditation we will be using the power of sound, breath, and our ability to focus our attention to develop The Witness and to access deep parts of our own consciousness. Our goal will be to access untapped truths buried deep inside all of us, to dissolve the boundaries we imagine to be real, to reveal the connection between our outer and inner worlds and ultimately to become aware of awareness itself.
Our shared experience will be divided into four parts:
1. Discussion - A short talk about the nature of sound and its therapeutic applications. We’ll go over some basic mindfulness and listening techniques to ensure that everyone has the necessary tools to get the most out of the experience.
2. Set and Setting - Setting our intentions and settling into the space. Together we will create a safe and supportive environment of trust and acceptance to facilitate a state of self-healing through synchronized breathing and visualization techniques.
3. Listening - Utilizing a selection of overtone-emitting instruments we will achieve a state of shared consciousness by individually focusing each of our attentions on a single source.
4. Integration - As we return from our collective journey inward, everyone will be given a chance to share what they observed and experienced. We'll discuss how to best integrate those experiences into our daily practice.
Please try to bring a mat and a blanket to lay on, as well as an eye mask, a bottle of water, and anything else you might like to have on hand such as a notepad or journal, or any objects personally relevant to you. If you're unable to bring a mat or blanket we will have a few extras on hand. Remember to dress comfortably and try your best to eat lightly before the meditation, and come with a clear mind and an open heart.
Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure we can begin on time.
Robert is a Brooklyn based sound meditation facilitator. As a third generation musician, sound is deeply ingrained in him. His diverse training in sound design and audio production, and his extensive experience with electronic music combined with his acoustic sound meditation practice gives him a very unique and multifaceted perspective on the possibilities and applications of sound. While he values his training and background, he's committed to leaving space open to intuition, to play and possibility, and to learning from the unexpected.
Please contact me via email [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you have any questions.
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