Hi everyone, here is what you need to bring for the workshop, if you have room you might want to bring a couple of pairs of slippers so you have them in more than one building.
For the New Year Workshop:
Bring a drum or rattle and your ceremonial outfit; be prepared for rain and cold weather. We have a no shoes policy in the buildings, please bring slippers, heavy socks,or slip on shoes that you will not be wearing outside to wear in the buildings. We have a place for your shoes inside the main house so that you can change more comfortably.
Food for the workshop : We will have a signup sheet for you to choose the meals you will be making.
Thursday December 29th –Since people will be arriving on their own schedules you will be responsible for your meals this day.
Friday December 30th - We (Rutury, Anaya & Nahwi) will be responsible for taking care of the food.
Saturday December 31st – We need people to sign up to plan & make Breakfast, snacks during mid day and Dinner.
Sunday January 1st – We need people to sign up to plan & make Breakfast; the workshop will end at noon.
For those who are staying until Monday at noon you will be responsible for your meals after the Sunday Breakfast.
Can't wait to see and hug you all!
Pam Pa Dios
It is so exciting to be out at the Center right now! The sounds of saws, hammers and muffled voices, the air is filled with the smell of fresh cut wood and paint.
The floor is going down in the Main House, the cabinets are in and the stove was installed the other day. The tiles for the bathrooms have been chosen and are about to be installed.
Work is not just being done on the main house. The Pima House is getting a new ceiling; there is now heating and air conditioning installed and , heart be still…..a double sink and new counter has been installed!!! We can stop getting water for coffee and cooking from the tiny bathroom! And a new working sliding glass door so we can access the beautiful upgraded patio with more ease.
The Pueblo House is going through changes too. The bunk beds are gone, new carpet is to be installed, the fire place has been removed so we have more room in the common area. The ceiling has been fixed and a new coat of paint is also being done.
I am dizzy with all that is going on. What an incredible way to end this year.
As we go forward into this next year the first Workshop in years will be at Wirikuta Spring. It is needed and we are so happy that it is happening!
Greetings Every One!
The work we are doing could not continue without you. We are very grateful for your support and help. Every single prayer and donation is appreciated more than you can know. Thank you so very much for your support.
Page 1: Note from Rutury
Page 2: Note from Anaya
Page 3: Note from Nahwi
Page 3: New Years Workshop info
Page 4: Misc notes
A note from Rutury:
Que Tuma Aku. Greetings dear friends!!
These are the words and message of an Elder woman I spoke to last week.
Many years ago, we were told to protect and treat our Mother Earth better and with great respect. She is alive but she cannot live forever without our cooperation, and so much damage has been done already. Now from all corners of the world changes have begun to become more noticeable, from east to west and north to south, all are feeling ripple effects. Everything living on our earth will experience a big impact. Our Mother Earth is weak and is in need of good cultivation from the human tribe. Our prayers and thoughts become the strength to keep our world together, and the human tribe must rise up over and over and not get caught in the mentality that this is my land and not yours. Nobody can truly own the land. We share the use of it. We need to learn that when we share it means we ask nothing in return but to help others in need. We must overcome every obstacle and pray together no matter our religion or our different beliefs. Our Earth does not belong to one person, our Earth belongs to the entire human tribe, and those that were here before us understood the system that every time you take something from the Earth you must give back something in return.
For the first time after many years we will have a New Years Ceremony at Wirikuta Springs. All participants will work on their candles, prayer flags and sticks, and will participate in a candle ceremony at the Spirit Tree and walk in a ceremonial spiral.
In the Wixarika culture when an Elder shares a message or vision, the community comes together and each family promises to do something to help the community or environment. The Wixarika Elders have promised to be our guides at the New Year and all of us will be following a processional ceremony that has been prepared for us by them. For those of you who will be joining us here at Wirikuta Springs I am looking forward to being with you, and for those who will not be able to be with us, I send my greetings and prayers to you and wish you a beautiful new beginning in the coming year.
Looking forward to being with you,
Love and blessings,
A note from Anaya:
I just wanted to thank all the participants who were in the first workshop that Rutury lead in Mexico a few weeks ago. It was such a special group and we had such a beautiful time together! I could not have wished for a more successful trip. Rutury recently spoke with someone from his tribe who passed on the message that the impressions they had of our group were enthusiastically positive. This was truly a beginning for the building of a bridge that is connecting his people and their ceremonies with us as a community and as individuals. I am grateful for your generosity and for your open hearts and adventurous spirits!
I look forward to being with you again,
Thank you Yulama for this wonderful picture!