Winter 2018 
News and Upcoming Gatherings
Winter Greetings

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer."
-  Albert Camus

"In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move."
-   Henry Rollins


Deep in the blanket of winter, the bear sleeps, the wolves hunt, and we find ourselves drawn around the warm fires of our life. As the sun gets higher in the sky we remember that every day the passing of winter brings us closer to the burst of spring. This portion of the year is the time of going within. To go within our selves, and delve the familial and friendly bonds we have developed. A time of strengthening our ties to this world of light and dark.

Happy new year to everyone, we have some wonderful news, prayers answered, and wish to spread the cheer. With the securing of our new Sweat Lodge site in Arroyo Grande, we will once again be having monthly Sweat Lodge! Location and timing are mentioned later in the newsletter.

We will also be having Vision Quest again this Spring. If you are interested, please contact Hua to participate. Call her at (805) 481-0892
NEWS

Prayers Answered!
New Treasurer!
Please welcome Maurica Fitzgibbons to the COE board as treasurer. She brings a wonderful spirit and bright intention into our circle. As well, she has non-profit experience and is an amazing addition to the team.

New Truck!
We have acquired new to us truck! It's use will be in helping arrange and gather our ceremonies and helping in our medicine harvests.

New Sweat Lodge!
We are so excited about this! We have a new site in Arroyo Grande, located at  756 CA-227, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.
We have a Sweat Lodge Building Work Party scheduled for Saturday, January 27 @ 9 AM.
The plan is to prepare the site (gather the willow, clear the area, build the lodge, dig the fire pit, create the altar, dig toilet facilities, and participate in a Sweat Lodge Ceremony). We can't tell you how excited we all are to be back in ceremony! After this we will be having regular monthly sweats.
If all setup work is done, we will have a late afternoon sweat!

What to bring:
Gloves
Tools, (Shovels, pickaxe, hoes, rakes, clippers)
Personal lunch
Potluck food for community
Water
A smile!

We are open to wood and Christmas tree donations! But what we really need is monetary donations. To get this site up and running it has been over a thousand dollars. We ask that if you are able, please donate to us here: Donation Page
When you make a donation please specify Sweat Lodge Fund, thank you!





Jan 27th Sweat Lodge Build and Ceremony
We have located a Sweat Lodge Ceremonial Site in the Arroyo Grande area! It's next door to the old site on Hwy 227 (aka Carpenter Canyon Rd.). When accessing the site, do not go to the house, access the back yard off of the side street La Vida parking along the road.
We have a Sweat Lodge Building Work Party scheduled for Saturday, January 27 @ 9 AM.
The plan is to prepare the site (gather the willow, clear the area, build the lodge, dig the fire pit, create the altar, dig toilet facilities, and participate in a Sweat Lodge Ceremony). We can't tell you how excited we all are to be back in ceremony! After this we will be having regular monthly sweats.
If all setup work is done, we will have a late afternoon sweat!
What to bring:
Gloves
Tools, (Shovels, pickaxe, hoes, rakes, clippers)
Personal lunch
Potluck food for community
Water
A smile!

Jan 31st Women's Full Moon Ceremony
Full Moon Ceremony

Feb 3rd and 4th - Empowerment Through Ritual And Ceremony, Second Class

Feb 24th - Sweat Lodge Ceremony
Arrive at 11:00 am and expect ceremony to last into late afternoon.
It's next door to the old site on Hwy 227 (aka Carpenter Canyon Rd.). When accessing the site, do not go to the house, access the back yard off of the side street La Vida parking along the road.

Mar 1st Women's Full Moon Ceremony
Full Moon Ceremony

Mar 3rd Vision Quest Class
Those that want to explore Vision Quest may attend this class to get the necessary knowledge and understanding before quest.

Mexica New Year Mar 10th and 11th in San Jose, CA

Mar 17th Sweat Lodge Ceremony
Arrive at 11:00 am and expect ceremony to last into late afternoon.
It's next door to the old site on Hwy 227 (aka Carpenter Canyon Rd.). When accessing the site, do not go to the house, access the back yard off of the side street La Vida parking along the road.

Mar 25th Mayan Fire in Santa Ynez

Mar 31st Women's Full Moon Ceremony
Full Moon Ceremony

Apr 7th and 8th  - Empowerment Through Ritual And Ceremony, First Class

April 21st Sweat Lodge Ceremony
Arrive at 11:00 am and expect ceremony to last into late afternoon.
It's next door to the old site on Hwy 227 (aka Carpenter Canyon Rd.). When accessing the site, do not go to the house, access the back yard off of the side street La Vida parking along the road.

April 29th Women's Full Moon Ceremony
Full Moon Ceremony

New Years Blessings




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