News and Events
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Learn about coaching and clearing for friends, family, support personnel and those preparing to cross over, in the format of the DyingConsciously.org shamanic hospice. Classes and workshops to groups, professionals, and all interested parties are also offered. CEU credits are available to medical professionals completing this hospice training course. Kitty Norris is an experienced volunteer and Certified Teacher for the DyingConsciously.org project of the nonprofit Institute for Energy Medicine. Dying Consciously training classes are offered under her licensing agreement from the Dying Consciously project.
March 25th, 2009
A fun, educational, fiesta-style Autumn celebration of world cultures and activities centered around the celebrations of Halloween and the Day of the Dead - El Dia de los Muertos.
Ceremony, Ritual, Music, Dance, Arts & Crafts
October 25th, Nov 1st & Nov 2nd - Day of the Dead Mexican Art
October 28th through November 5th - Day of the Dead Altar Trail:
October 30th - Grande Ceremony - Andean Despacho Ritual and
Ceremonial Fire Offering
October 31st - Children's Halloween Festival
Parade & Piñata Party - For children and adults alike!
Festive Family Photos - 3:00 to 7:00 pm with Ron Greystar -
October 31st thru Nov 2nd - Day of the Dead Community Offering Altars
Nov 1st - Day of the Dead Mexican Art Workshops - 11:00 am to 7:00
Offering Altars - Design, Assemble & Community
Mystic's Faire - a Body, Mind & Spirit gathering
Flamenco Performance - Anda Jaleo Flamenco Ensemble
Masquerade Ball & Festive Photos:
Fundraising benefit for the Willits Center for the Arts & Hallowmas
Nov 2nd - Festival & Day of the Dead Celebration
Day of the Dead Mexican Art Workshops
Offering Altars: Community Repository
All are invited to participate in honoring loved ones by creating altars or placing memorial cards, flowers and personal mementos on the Ofrendas (Offering Altars).
Most events request a small offering of money, canned food, supplies or participation
Willits Community Center (WCC)
"Radiant Visions: Huichol Indian Art," a bilingual exhibition
at Ukiah's Grace Hudson Museum, will open on Saturday, October 27 at 2
p.m. with a reception featuring a slide show and lecture by guest curator
The Huichol believe that everything in their natural environment is alive and capable of feeling and action. Through their shamans the Huichol send prayers and petitions to a multitude of personified nature deities who govern such things as animals, water, weather, and plants. Huichol shamans are the teachers, guides, and mediators between the natural and the supernatural realms. To be a shaman is both a privilege and a demanding responsibility. Shamans conduct rituals to ensure the health and welfare of their communities and perform sacred chants recounting Huichol ancestral mythology.
All Huichol ceremonial life centers on the sacred peyote cactus that is used in rituals to contact the spirit world. Huichol shamans obtain their power from these ceremonies and from the peyote visions they experience. Huichol art, both two-dimensional yarn paintings and three-dimensional masks and sculptures, uses ancient symbols to represent these spirits, to tell the cosmic drama of creation, and to document age-old Huichol traditions. With no written language, Huichol people rely on various types of artwork to maintain and communicate their beliefs and myths.
While Huichol Indian art has become popular among collectors of folk art around the world, few outsiders know much about the world of its creators and their complex spiritual heritage. This exhibit provides an unusual glimpse into that world. The pieces on display are from the collection of Isabel Jordan of Yelapa, Mexico, and her daughter, Gail Meyer, of Boonville.
On moving to Mexico more than thirty years ago, Jordan became interested in Huichol people and their culture. She has established long-term ties with many Huichol artists, and helps to preserve their traditional way of life by buying their art and selling it for them at galleries and exhibitions she has mounted in Canada, Europe, throughout the U. S., and now in Ukiah, California.
Sherrie Smith-Ferri, director of Grace Hudson Museum, considers the museum fortunate to be able to collaborate with Isabel Jordan and Gail Meyer on this exhibit. ³It is a treat to hear Isabel describe the artists and their work in such personal terms. She provides an entrée into a fascinating world where deer speak, wolves turn into people, feathered arrows carry prayers, serpents bring rain, and shamans play the violin.² The public is invited to come to the opening on Oct. 27 to talk with Jordan and Meyer and to enjoy the artwork. ³Radiant Visions: Huichol Indian Art² will be on view at the museum until Sun., Jan. 13, 2008.
Grace Hudson Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4:30 and Sunday, 124:30. It is located at 431 S. Main St., behind the Sun House (Grace and John Hudson¹s historic home), and it is part of the City of Ukiah¹s Community Services Department. To reach the museum from Hwy 101 take Gobbi St. west to Main St.and turn right. More information about the museum and this exhibit is available at www.gracehudsonmuseum.org or at 707-467-2836.
A week of activities centered around the celebrations of Halloween, The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), and the Wise Ancient One in All of Us.
Events Include: Workshops, Mystics Faire, Ritual and Ceremony, Dance Party, Children's Activities, Community Altars, and Pre Hallowmas Playshops.
3 Major Saturn Life Cycles – Carlin Diamond and
Goddesses of Power for Wise Women – Ann Weller:
Sunday, October 28th,
Natural Recipes for Beautiful Skin – Ann Maglinte:
Body, Mind & Spirit Expo – Jaynellen: Saturday, November 3rd, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Body Workers, Psychic readings, Spiritual Counseling, Free Mini Workshops & Demonstrations.
Admission: Free to the public.
Ritual & Ceremony
Initiation for Wise Women: Sunday, October 28th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Dum Supper: Thursday, November 1st, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Hallowmas Ceremony & Burning of the Altars: Saturday,
Masquerade Dance Party with Moon JuJu: Saturday, November 3rd, 8:00 to
Halloween Costume Parade: Wednesday, October 31st, 4:30 to 6:00pm. Free to the public
Halloween Party: Wednesday, October 31st, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Free to the public.
Open for the public to take part in creating and constructing the Day of the Dead Altars from October 29th through November 2nd, 3:00 to 6:00 pm.Free to the public.
Creating: Altars, Sugar Skulls, Skeletons, Banderitas, and Headstones:
All proceeds generated will be used as seed monies to bring this event and others like it back to the community again next year. This event is sponsored by the Hallowmas Committee and Triple Trinity Temple of the Arts.
Pledge Night Iridium Radio Pajama Party
Dear Friends, Music lovers, Supporters of KZYX, Iridium
Radio and the Willits Studio!
If you prefer, or cannot stay up and listen that night, reply to this email and send us the amount of your pledge in advance! Any amount is welcome, and Credit Cards are fine!
Jaynellen from the Triple Trinity Temple of the Arts will be with us [in her feather boas and pajamas] to take pledges and answer questions about the Community Hallowmas Celebration coming up this month. Community altars for Dias de los Muertos will be in shop windows of Main Street Merchants, there will be a variety of workshops, events and a kids Halloween party!
We have some wonderful music planned for you on the Iridium Radio show Sunday night. Our pajamas, robes and slippers are ready, fur, feathers and frivolous frills too! Tune in 90.7 FM or 91.5 FM Sunday night October 14, 10 pm - midnight and join the fun!
International Peace Day
Connect to your inner peace, set a strong intention and attract personal and World Peace!
Join us as we unite our energies with others the world over for an International Peace Day gathering, Friday, September 21st at 7:00 pm, at 30 E. San Francisco Ave., Willits, CA 95470. Triple Trinity Temple of the Arts along with Shaman Kitty Norris will be hosts to a praying ritual of transformation in the Inka tradition known as a Despacho Ceremony. This ceremony connects all of us worldwide who work for and foster peace as the chosen way of being and living.
Please join us on this special day and bring a rainbow peace flag to hang if you like. If you cannot be with us physically, hang a rainbow flag, and/or join with us in prayer and intent.
What is a Despacho Ceremony? It is a praying ritual of transformation, with specific healing intentions such as bringing balance and harmony to the Mother Earth, an honoring of new beginnings, and the ridding of dis-ease. The despacho has its origins from the Shamans and Medicine Persons of the Andes. Each participant will be asked to set their own personal and global intentions and then add them to the despacho.
Because we will be linked with this energy from all over the planet, time is stepped up; our awareness is heightened and our ability to manifest is greatly magnetized. The ceremony brings participants into alignment with their personal intent, local group intent, global intent, and gratitude to the earth, which supports all of us in all of our endeavors. When the despacho is finished, it is traditionally offered to the fire, the water or the earth and tended to only by the Shaman. It is our intention for our Shaman Kitty to make the offering in a fire ceremony that evening.
What is a despacho? It is a colored assembly of natural material such as corn, beans, rice, flowers, leaves; metaphorically representing everything sacred and life giving, such as the elements, the weather, the clouds around mountains, rainbows, the four directions, lakes, rivers and streams, the fruits of our labors, the sun, moon, earth and stars. The despacho becomes filled with intent for connecting to the Earth Mother and the Cosmos, and affects the totality of energy in the universe.
What is International Peace Day? The Hague, (also referred to as the International City of Peace), in the Netherlands is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Second World Peace Conference. The first one ever was also held here in 1899.
DesPACEo - The despacho for this day is being named as DesPACEo.
Links for further information:
email: kitty at kittynorris dot com
Copyright 2011, Kitty Norris