It was the weekend of the May Full Moon. A diverse group of women came together from all over and from different backgrounds, to a sacred site in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada for the “Mother Earth Gathering Womyn of All Nations”. They came together to share stories, to connect, with each other, with Mother Earth and with Grandmother Moon. They came to learn from each other, to sing together, to honour each other, to celebrate being women. They were young and old, single, married, young mothers and mothers to be, children, teenage girls entering into womanhood, and everything in between.
I had the opportunity to attend one day of this celebration. What impressed me most was the collaboration that occurred to bring this all together. It was not clear how many people would show up and yet over the course of a few days there were probably a couple hundred women that came and went from this place. The night before there were about 150 women participating in a Full Moon Ceremony. Everyone worked together to make this gathering a meaningful experience. Food was mostly provided by donations both from the larger community and from participants bringing food to share. There seemed to be a high level of trust that whatever was needed would be provided and there appeared to be an abundance of food available at all times. There were open fires constantly burning with pans and roasters of food cooking, and pots of tea or coffee being brewed.
After spending a bit of time at the Petroform site nearby, I arrived back to the gathering early in the afternoon. Next to where the food was being cooked, on a grassy area on the bank of the river, I entered into a large circle of women. One woman was sharing about the many ways we are connected as women – she shared about food, children, the heartbeat of a drum, singing, sharing and honouring each other. She talked about how important it is in this time to come together. She created a mandala with corn, beans, grain etc. She invited the women to add to this throughout the day. Before the sun went down, she wanted to take this mandala and release the contents into the river.
I noticed Eagles circling overhead. Earlier in the day, some women sang songs to the Eagles, so they were there to join in the celebration.
I watched and listened to an aboriginal elder as he assembled a water drum and shared the tradition of this drum. I had the opportunity to participate in a Sweat Lodge ceremony, led by the same elder. This is a sacred ceremony for cleansing and healing. It is a safe place to release burdens to Creator to allow for healing to take place. It is a gift and an honour to be invited into this sacred circle. In this space everyone is connected and everyone is equal. What is shared in this place is honoured and protected within the space of this womb. There is a trust that whatever is shared will not leave the Sweat Lodge. It is truly a beautiful experience.
Late in the afternoon a sharing circle formed. Some women sang Ojibway songs and played their drums. Some special guests arrived. One woman stood in the middle of the circle and talked about living her life as an example to the women of her community. She spoke with incredible strength and authority. She talked about letting go of the painful stories of the past and choosing to live life in a different way. She was speaking primarily to the indigenous women in the group, but there was a message in her words for everyone. She and her helpers prepared for a ceremony as she spoke to the group. I didn’t stay for the entire ceremony, but I believe this was a special ceremony for the teenage girls’ initiation into womanhood.
Regardless of where we come from, what stories we carry, we are all connected. When we come together, honouring each other, extending a hand in love and friendship – when we honour our connection to each other and to the earth – when we build bridges and create space for collaboration and cooperation, we allow for healing to take place and for a new story to evolve.
I have been told that this site, where the Petroforms are, is linked on the same energy gridline as Mayan Ruins such as Machu Picchu. That is why one can feel so much energy in the rocks as I talked about in a previous post. It was not by chance that this gathering happened here. I believe the energy and intention of this event will spread well beyond this sacred place and beyond the women that journeyed here for this gathering under the May Full Moon.
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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and a Financial Representative. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 47 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working in Financial Services for the past 16 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki and ThetaHealing®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”