Summer is coming to an end and autumn is soon laying its magical color carpet over nature. I have been away in the country for the most of summer and not been able to blog a lot this summer, but I am back again with lot of inspiration and creative news for soulful creative people. To do this feels vital for me. I feel I need to get away from normal routine and have my own retreat where I can rejuvenate and recharge my batteries. I stayed two weeks in my family’s summer cabin which has no electricity nor hot water. I had the most magical time there and did prayer stick out of wood and a talking stick. I love to make sacred art out of wood. I even found beautiful branch for making my power bow, which I painted and is going to remind me of my intentions and dreams and help me keep focus upon my target.I connected on a deep level with nature and its symbolism through staying silent in meditation and observing. I connected to the animals around me and got magical gifts from the animal kingdom. I received swans feathers and wing for my sacred art and tools and power stones. I am very thankful for this time.
After magical time in nature with my family I started to prepare transformative creative retreat in the highlands of Iceland, Thorsmork. It is an exquisite nature oasis between the mountains and glacier and the power there is immense. We made a sweat lodge in a viking way, building the base with stones, soil and grass and the sweat lodge ceremony was beautiful. The day after the sweat lodge we recharged through yoga outside in nature.
We prepared people to go on a vision quest where they walked alone in nature, treading their own path asking for guidance and symbols to speak to them. That was deep experience for people in this beautiful place and many connected on a deep level with nature. Later I led vision journey through drumming where people connected to their power animal and reclaimed their power face. The group did their power masks and at the same time releasing their false masks. Everybody decorated and painted their own power mask. The ceremony was powerful and people connected on deep level. After that we danced around the fire with the masks celebrating and ended in chakra dance where everybody released and felt happy in dancing through the chakras. This was all so powerful and magical and we the instructors were also left with open heart and connectivity with our tribe.
It is so profound when people open their heart and share their innermost being-ness with others totally being authentic. I am deeply thankful for experiencing this feeling of connectivity and community with kindred spirits.
Sitting around the fire singing, drumming, sharing and laughing enhances community and deep harmony between people. If we could just do more of that in today’s society. Our ancestor had their heartfelt councils and ceremonies around fires and it is beautiful and sacred experience. In our retreat we used swan feather as our talking stick which is passed around. When you hold the feather, you speak from an honest and open heart and nobody interrupts. It is sacred communion to listen and share so deeply and be able to speak from the heart with one another.
Shortly after the retreat, I was so blessed being able to partake in the opening ceremony of a medicine wheel, in the Icelandic highlands. Jesse Blue-Forrest Peacewalker and Sandra Moondancer from Canada had been circling Iceland building five medicine wheels. One in each direction, with a goddess wheel in the middle, which was going to activate all the others. These were built in Iceland for world peace, and the goddess wheel was lighted at the same time Yoko Ono lighted the Peace Tower in the island of Videy in Reykjavik. At the opening of the medicine wheel there was a peace pipe ceremony. It felt powerful to witness and to connect with the sacred Cherokee peace pipe. I feel so blessed.
Here is the radiation from the peace medicine wheels in Iceland spreading peaceful energy around the world.
With Love, Peace and Blessings to you