Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Prana ‘Gaia Galactic 2011’ Festival

Having only attended one other festival; Island Vibe with the Whale Dreamers on North Stradbroke, QLD, Australia in October 2010, I came to Prana with really no expectations. All I knew was that the festival had been a happening thing on the Coromandel for the past 19 yrs and was possibly one of the largest new age festivals in the country. For various reasons a few of the usual Prana regulars who I had recently met had chosen not to participate in the festival this year however I did not allow this to cloud my vision or dampen my enthusiasm and proceeded to answer my calling and show up so that I may discover for myself what the festival was all about . . . and I am very pleased I did!

Day 1 involved a short drive from Te Moata back through the misty rain to Tairua, time to stock up on a few essential supplies before continuing on to Prana Eco Retreat located on the east coast of the Coromandel just north of Whangamata. Donnell arrived the night before and had already set up our gazebo in the front row of the healers zone where we could easily be seen however as much as I appreciated her intention the space just didn’t feel right. I explained to Donnell that I trusted in vibrational attraction and after a bit of a wander through and around the boundaries of our zone we found a space just a little further back that we both felt would be way more conducive for our purpose. A space where not only could we not be crowded, we simply were not.

It was fun consciously creating space for ‘Healers of the One Heart Race’. Relying on vibration is one step toward living in the world we are creating however what is important is that we are consciously sending out the vibration for what we wish to attract. So as we made our space and assembled our altar all was done with prayer and conscious intent. This however did not stop the drizzle which I was assured would last that afternoon and most of the first day of the festival as according to Prana’s long standing history the days of arrival for stall holders and participants were reputed to also be the days of cleansing.

With our sacred space and meeting place prepared beneath the pine tree where I would roll out my swag each night, we shared a scrumptious supper of falafel and avocado before taking an evening wander to explore the Buddha field and the Global Village. Only we didn’t get very far beyond the Buddha field before being waved into Jyoti’s chai tent to hold space for a brother who was in a little bit of bother.

Moving with the ebb and flow of the festival energy felt like the most natural way to be, our little corner of Jyoti’s chai tent soon became a healing zone and as we began our work some moved on while others came to hold space and observe the happenings. Energetic surgery took a little longer than I imagined it would but as no one was watching time that too was unimportant . . . once our work was complete Jyoti prepared us a lovely cup of chai and let us know that we were welcome to refill our cup at any time.

We then moved on to the global village, Donnell kindly introduced me to all she knew and I her to all I knew . . . strangers were simply friends we hadn’t met and the atmosphere was one of family, community, warmth, peace, joy and love . . . wow I can’t believe it has taken me 42 yrs to discover my ideal feeling of what community life could and can be like. There was clearly an international community of festival going friends and families that had somehow managed to escape my awareness until now. And I soon began to realise Prana was the perfect space in which to network with like-minded local and international artists, practitioners, project coordinators and scientists who are bringing their gifts to a national stage and making an effort to raise awareness and human conscious on a global scale.

And as we made our way into the main tepee to join the drumming circle and warm ourselves at the fire I was delighted to discover Tor Webster, of the Rainbow Serpent Project, sitting at none other than centre circle. A brother from Avalon last seen on the streets of Glastonbury in November 2009, a wonderful surprise and a great opportunity to catch up with each other as we shared stories of our last 12 months of adventure and discovery. We departed with a promise to connect for tea and cake next day which on festival time equated to about 3 days later after one of Gary Cooke’s inspiring talks on Sacred Sites and Ancient Mysteries . . .

Day 2 for us which was effectively day 1 of the festival was declared by Donnell and I as our day off. After a beautiful star filled night beneath the milky way the day dawned red and the clouds returned to complete the cleansing they had begun. A process that continued right through until the end of the opening ceremony that evening and as most participants were still arriving and setting up camp we decided to make the most of the opportunity to attend a whole bunch of interesting workshops.

Opening Ceremony

Workshops ran all day each day throughout five different venues, a multi-media tent for films, slide shows and presentations and multiple music venues for both local and foreign performers. Children had their own program of activities including nature walks and movie making playshops and there was a day care facility for when Mum and Dad both had places to be at the same time. There was something for everyone from meditation to martial arts, laughter yoga, music making, workshops channelled by the Arcturians, practical permaculture, sacred geometry, sacred sites, sacred journeys and the sacredness of our water with none other than my favourite waterkeeper!

An amazing mulit-colour mulit-facted Orb!

So many interesting and colourful characters . . . one who particularly caught my attention was Chris, the director of Oceans Watch. The passion, dedication and integrity with which he conducted himself and presented the story of his charity reminded me so much of Ian and I and our adventure into Conservation in Africa that I wanted to get to know him. And as one does, once his talk was over I asked him if he had ever experienced an energy healing session and when he responded no, I asked him if he would like to the following morning. The privilege to hold space for Chris was entirely mine and afterward we made the most of the opportunity to have a good chat. I also wanted to share my understanding of Earthwalk and its connection with the coming earth changes as I was now aware that Chris worked with a number of communities that lived at sea level, communities that may quite possibly need to relocate in the near future.

Making music with our Maori flutes!

I now understood why someone had suggested that I should not be too concerned about working on my first visit to Prana however I did have to earn my ticket so after being very busy but only having one paying client in the first two days I began the morning of day 3 with a word in the ears of the universe and set my intention to manifest sufficient paying clients to cover the costs of my healers ticket, camping, meals and the fuel and food for my journey through the Coromandel that I knew would follow soon after Prana . . . and so it was! And not only did I get to meet some extremely gifted individuals who found their way to our healing/meeting space but I also shared some interesting exchanges experiencing different modalities with a number of other neighbouring practitioners.

Every session came with its own unique gifts tailored to suit each individual and I continue to do less and hold space for healing to happen so that I may learn more. One of the most interesting was realising that someone had a disruption within their nervous system, a good time to get out of the way and hold space for the etheric surgeons to come in. And, as I held space at my client’s head I could feel what I can only describe as neurosurgery taking place, it truly was an extra-ordinary experience.

I also found it very difficult containing my excitement as I held space for Donnell to receive a transmission that contained the story of her role in the greater Earthwalk Project  I was so excited that one of my team members had shown up that I had to keep reminding myself what it was like for me directly after and for the month that followed my transmission. The complete disorientation caused by a high frequency energy overload, not knowing to laugh or cry, not being able to think, being very content just to ‘be’ yet having to continually move my body to help integrate an energetic shift that I knew had just transformed my life in a very short space of time.

It is interesting looking back at the similarities of our journeys to date as we had both had to bring closure to our lives as we knew it, make a conscious effort to heal ourselves and step into the unknown, to show up for what we had come here for without knowing in advance where we were headed. And now there are two of us to assure you that those choices have so far been well worth the effort . . . and who knows what adventures await us???

The food at Prana was absolutely amazing, lots of organic living foods, raw foods and vegetarian delights all made consciously with an abundance of love and care that you could taste in every mouthful! It was also the first time I was introduced to the Wise Cicada, Gift Economy Cafe where there were no fixed or published prices and the customer decides how much to pay for their meal, an incredible concept that really asks people to make conscious choices based on personal values. And I must say the wheatgrass at Prana was the sweetest I have ever tasted and the stall holders did not hesitate to share their secrets of cultivation, of keeping their seedlings well hydrated and in the dark until it was time to introduce them to the sun.

Prana ‘Gaia Galactic 2011’ New Year’s party was brilliant . . . more like a gypsy carnival than a festival and with so much sound, light and colour! And the time and effort some people had gone to with their costumes was really quite incredible. Donnelle, Ro and I were very grateful to my sister and her extensive wardrobe of angel/fairy cocktail dresses but that was nothing compared to what other people and their imagination had created.

I loved the way that there was no separation between event organisers, stall holders, workshop presenters, artists, healers and participants. Everyone shared the same space and a common interest and outlook on life. Fernanda summed it up quite well when she said wherever you go and whoever you meet at Prana there is always a meaningful conversation to be had. I remember on the last evening of Prana lying on cushions at the edge of the chai tent listening to some of Russell Walder’s wonderful music when a young boy by the name of Blake just came right up and sat down next to me and we shared his apple pie and my chai along with stories about our lives . . . hmmm, community life where the whole community is responsible for the upbringing and welfare of the children.

It was one of those long weekends that could have carried on forever which I guess in some ways it did just that . . . the morning everyone was packing up and leaving I had a couple more clients and it was mid-afternoon by the time we packed everything up and headed down the beach for a swim. For whatever reason we still didn’t feel like leaving so instead joined in and shared our last evening with the crew and stall holders that had remained and I am glad that we did.

I finally got a chance to chat with Michael Fleck, an American/NZ Resident from Waiheke Island who is a networker of note and suggested a number of further contacts that I should make on my NZ travels. And as we shared our last cup of chai in Jyoti’s space along came Tejas, the engineer behind 19 yrs of Prana festivals and an absolute wizard on free energy devices who just so happened to be heading north into the Coromandel also. We shared the next couple hours completely absorbed in conversations that ranged from free energy and earth changes to crystals, Merkabah fields, DNA and light body activations! Tejas had also been seriously ill a few weeks previously, an illness that had been a final cosmic slap to remind him to get back on track as he had work to do! I invited him over next morning for an energy session before I left then rolled out my swag for my last night beneath my trusty pine tree.

Only when next morning came my calling to head north was getting stronger along with the feeling that there was some earthwork to be done and as we were both heading in the same general direction I suggested to Tejas that it would probably be best if I escort him to his next destination so as that way he could rest after his session while I carried on. At this time he said that he didn’t really have a fixed destination if I didn’t mind he would be interested in joining me for whatever earthwork I was doing even though, as was becoming the usual, I had no idea yet what had to be done where only that I was to head north . . . and then there was two of us!

I enjoyed a lovely relaxed cup of tea with Fernanda, Donnell and Michael Fleck during which I discovered that there had been a whale stranding here at Prana a couple years ago and it just so happened that Todd, who was at that moment giving Tejas a healing session, knew exactly where the whales had been buried. Tea and healing session completed, the girls had decided that they would not be joining us for our walkabout through the Coromandel so we said our goodbyes until our next meeting and while Tejas set about preparing himself for our joint venture Todd offered to take me for a walk to the whale burial site . . . only little did I know I was taking my own little journey to bury all of my old stories with the whales.

When we got to the site Todd took me completely by surprise by offering to hold space for me to which I agreed without question and simply surrendered to the process . . . a process I am hoping to one day have the opportunity to experience again and learn more about. It wasn’t until we began and Todd asked if I was ready to let go of the whole Earthwalk story I had just spent the last 30 mins telling him about that I suddenly realised that it too was just another story that I would have to release in order for it to manifest as it was meant to which probably wasn’t much at all to do with what I thought was going to happen anyway.

SO in that moment I simply said yes and as we worked our way through every other place of tension in my physical body, letting go of all the stories that they carried my mind became silent . . . so silent that by the end I couldn’t even hold a thought and at that moment the tears began to flow . . . I didn’t even know what they were for and it didn’t matter and for once I didn’t need to know, quite simply my tears needed to flow . . . time to surrender again . . . a never ending journey of surrender and I was so grateful for Todd’s gift and the integrity of the space he held for me . . .

Once he left I took a long walk and swim . . . I didn’t know what I wanted in that moment except to be still and by myself. Not an ideal situation when I had just agreed to begin a walkabout with Tejas so I made my way back to camp, took a shower to wash my hair and prepare for our departure. Todd gave me a hug goodbye and as I burst into tears again I realised that I very much needed to find a space where I could allow myself time to process and integrate. Looking back now I should have chosen to stay another night however I let me head decide and chose to fulfil my commitment to Tejas only in doing so we really didn’t make it very far. When we stopped in Tairua to purchase something for supper and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat I knew then I needed a quite space to roll our my swag so that I could crawl into my cave for the evening.

Tejas to the rescue knew just the spot . . . a little DOC (Department of Conservation) campsite up in the hills behind Pauanui where everyone used to gravitate toward after Prana Festivals of old. a quiet space where we could camp deep in the heartland of the crystal Coromandel next to a river . . . a perfect place for my next period of incubation!

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Christmas & making the most of the space in between

Mum arrived down on the night of the 23rd and it was rather special to share a simple supper with my mum, my dad and my big sister. It had been two years since we last gathered and how my world and perception of reality had shifted since then. The wonderful and very grounding thing was that their perception of me was of little to no different as it had been two years ago which in its own way provided a very important anchor and point of reference for the very human side of myself. And the best thing was that as I no longer looked like an undernourished yogi who had just emerged from three months on the Indian Continent my family were no longer too concerned about my well being, so long as I was healthy, happy and enjoying my life that is all that mattered to them. There remain regular references to my future, the possibility of considering another relationship, establishing myself in a certain space and saving for retirement from my Mum however I do my best to explain that they are her fears and assure her that shaman don’t retire and like a good wine can only mature with age ;-)

It was great to have a whole 24hours with Lotta and her family, 16 yrs was a lot to catch up on and the boys were very patient listening to the two of us talk non-stop during our afternoon exploring the reserves, ocean beach and estuaries of Ohiwa. Meanwhile as many Europeans tend to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve Mum had kindly volunteered to roast a leg of Lamb in honour of the occasion. We invited Brian over to share our Christmas Eve supper on the lawn which was followed by a campfire especially for the boys to toast marshmallows. It was not surprising that they thought this had been the best stop on their whole journey to NZ. And it would not surprise me at all if Lotta and her family considered immigrating to NZ in the not too distant future. She could also easily relate with my Earthwalk Project so we are both rather excited and curious to observe how this may manifest in the time to come.

Christmas morning came with a feast of Nick’s blueberry pancakes, a breakfast of abundance that was wonderful to share with friends. Then it was time to settle in for some quiet family time, Nick’s mate Mike joined us for lunch and Nick and I got to enjoy a leisurely ride along the beach in the afternoon. It made me wonder where I would be for Christmas 2011, my feeling was that the earth changes were beginning and that I may have to do a few miles before I get back to Aotearoa after the next journey. The future however will unfold in its own good time, for now I was enjoying my time with family and very grateful for Mum and Nick’s assistance with preparing myself and my paperwork for Prana. And seeing the first A4 copy of the Earthwalk logo took my breath away. Wow, does this have its’ own special vibration or what???

I had never heard of Prana until last summer when I ended up house-sitting for a friend who was attending the festival. And it was only when I returned to NZ this year that I realised I not only had the opportunity to attend as a healer but that it might also provide the perfect stepping stone into the Coromandel, a special corner of NZ that I had never before visited and felt very called to explore! And so be it! As I did not want to work 12 hours a day I organised permission to share my space in the Healers Zone with Donnell, a very gifted friend and energy worker from Tauranga. We had realised we had a connection when we met at the Wanangas I attended in Eastern Bay of Plenty last summer and Donnell had soon also realised that she also had an important connection with the island of Socotra, an island I had recently led a recce trip for Wildfrontiers which appears may be somehow linked to the Ancient Sacred Sites of the Earthwalk Project.

Time to pack and say my goodbyes to family, Mum was heading back north, Nick as always had things to do and people to see and Dad had the rest of his life to ‘be’ in his favourite little resting space in Nick’s backyard overlooking Ohiwa Harbour. Goodbyes with Dad have always been an emotional affair and this day was no exception however when he managed to get out his little line of farewell for my next journey“ I wish you an enlightening Earthwalk’ my tears of sorrow turned into tears of laughter as I gave him an extra squeeze and said thank you, I hope so ;-).

I had two days before Prana to visit Te Moata, a retreat centre and workshop venue similar to Sharda that is situated on a mountaintop just north of Tairua on the East Coast of the Coromandel. Annie B had encouraged me to visit Te Moata when I first met her at Sharda a year ago and as I had a feeling that I would be busy after Prana I felt to make the most of the space in between and called in to share a couple nights with Dee, a friend from the Grandmothers of Pacifica Gathering, and meet Te Moata along with Jessie and Dave her custodians.

And what a special space, I arrived in the early evening and spent the night catching up with Dee and her unique journey of awakening. The following day whilst doing our dharma which included cleaning bathrooms and gathering flowers, she showed me around the centre, the gardens and grounds. What a perfect place for shamanic w/shops, surrounded by all the elements with many kms of native bush trails to explore. How easy it would be to get lost in time, however I had made a date to be at Prana next day so I hoped that the opportunity might present itself again at a later date.

We shared a lovely evening of stories over supper with Jessie and Dave the custodians of Te Moata. Such an extra-ordinary sequence of events that had brought them to Te Moata and what a special space they had been given to hold and care for during this important time on our planet.

Te Moata

Monday, January 24, 2011

Summer Solstice 2010, a 1 day event that evolved into 3 days of ceremony

As the solstice neared I had a calling to hold another Ayni Despacho Ceremony for the Earthwalk Project. It had been over a year since the first one we had held in Glastonbury on 11.11.09. Although preparing for the Despacho and holding the ceremony would require a little more physical effort that I was feeling up to at the time, I also knew that to deny my feelings would cause disruption to my otherwise very peaceful energy body a situation that I had no intention of creating just when I am getting used to living peacefully in harmony and balance. Once more one must make the most of the opportunity a solstice provides for clearing out the old and creating space for the new! And was it a coincidence or not that after many months of development Jurgen and I were in agreement that the Earthwalk Project website was ready to go live on 21.12.2010, a situation worthy of a celebration of its own!

I also realised that for those travelling long distances an Ayni Despacho Ceremony would provide another opportunity on their list of possibilities to acknowledge and honour our earth on such a special occasion as having a full moon and lunar eclipse fall precisely on the solstice. Another way through which to appreciate the significance of such an extra-ordinary event and the perfect opportunity to experience what it is like working in sacred space at the level of the collective consciousness for the greater good of all. An opportunity to step out of their ‘me’ story and into the ‘we’ story if they chose to!

After a relaxing weekend sharing time with my Dad and riding with my sister, Puawai and I spent Monday in preparation for our Ayni Despacho Ceremony and the Fire Ceremony that would follow. It was a pleasure to work beside Puawai who seems to have never forgotten how to honour her creativity. My preparations included browsing my sister’s pantry for suitable nuts, seeds and beans, a shopping trip to the local “Bin Inn” for inspiring sweets with a brief stopover at the $2 shop for stars, butterflies, feathers and other burnable offerings. I asked Puawai if she would accept the responsibility to prepare the Pachamama (Mother Earth) offering for our Fire Ceremony and never before have I seen such a beautiful and meaningful creation to honour our earth.

It was also important to prepare ourselves which meant doing the laundry, clearing out the car and tidying up the house. I also felt it important to complete my story of our Journey through the Land of Mu so that I would be completely empty and open to receive whatever the next chapter of life had to offer me. This also meant having a light supper, washing hair and taking a candle-lit soak in a bath full of Epsom salts, an opportunity to reflect on another incredible year of adventure that I had experienced through living my dream, taking opportunities I had created as they came along and doing my best to live in the present and enjoy each and every moment!

A little bit about Ceremony and the Ayni Despacho . . .

When conducting ceremony it is important to choose your space with consideration to others and the environment and assemble the three vital ingredients; purity of heart, sincerity of intention and conscious awareness of our interconnectedness with all that is. Then, share your intention with your imagination, follow your heart and intuition, and allow your left brain a rest while tapping into the unlimited potential of your creativity and simply allow your ceremony to evolve.

Ayni Despacho

Ayni – balance or right relationship, coming into right relationship within ourselves, with each other and with our environment.
Despacho – a bundle of prayers offered to spirit to assist our shift into balance
Kintu – collection of 3 coco or bay leaves in which to blow prayers

Remembering that the way in which our ceremony unfolded is simply a guideline as when conducting your own ceremony it is important that you do what feels right for you be it calling in the Four Directions, Mother Earth and Father Sky, or calling on the presence of the Divine in whatever way this has manifest for you. Also of upmost importance is that you enjoy yourself, sacred space doesn’t have to mean serious space, it is honour and respect that must be adhered to which can be shared lightly and with laughter!

Now back to the ceremony . . .

I asked everyone that as they stepped inside to consciously step out of their ‘me’ story and into the ‘we’ story. And as Pania ushered everyone in through her gift of music, Puawai sprinkled sacred water, the traditional way of cleansing the spirit of each individual prior to entering sacred space and/or conducting ceremony.

A guideline to the Ayni Despacho . . .

Firstly tune in and connect with the essence of what you wish to come into alignment with.
Starting with a cross of sugar, which represents Southern Cross, we added four dots of sugar in each quadrant for the four directions. Next we lay our kintus; generally speaking there are four for earth and sky and six for Mother Earth. Then a representation of the red road and the white one, which I understand are the energy lines, perhaps to you they may represent the masculine and the feminine, pieces of wool work well. We also used a blue ribbon for the middle road – the path of the dancer.

Then start in the Uku Pacha, under or lower world with seed, beans, sea salt (the salt of the earth) using any connotation of interpretation that comes to mind, especially focus on how the water and fire crack through the outer shell and produces life out of the unmanifest.

Next layer the Kai Pacha or middle world is the flowers and fruits produced in this world, include an altar for the ancestors you can use a scallop shell or a cracker and place upon this gifts for them. Animal and plant sweets are good for bringing focus to their medicine, I cut little pictures from magazines that were relevant to the project, also play money or old train/plane tickets, herbs, flower oils, pictures of sacred sites, anything can be used and expanded upon to include many different aspects of the purpose of your Despacho..

If you have easy access to fresh or dried flowers they are a great representation of the fifth world. Work your way up through to this world, allow everyone to place a personal wish before placing rainbows (our true colours) and clouds(cotton wool) over the top of this world. If at any time you feel/sense there might be something missing or not quite balancing up in this world, pause and tune in adding sugar for sweetness and love to any words that may come to mind.

Now onto the Hanac Pacha or upper world, the essence of all things considered divine, light beings, angels, Saints, Light of St.Germaine, Sun, Moon and Stars our Family of Light, Milky Way - candles are good here too, Heart (sweets) of the Great Mother, white chocolate buttons to honour the moon, our cycles and the alignment with our galactic centre that was in the process of taking place.

I like to meditate and focus on everything beforehand putting everything out on platters for each world and connecting with the medicine available from each item.

Doing Despacho often brings unconscious fears and/or resistances up. Before starting ask for the help of your allies/jaguar to transmute any negative energies which may emerge from all present as they arise. And remember that during the ceremony there is always time and space for anyone to express themselves be that through offering a song, reciting a poem, playing an instrument or any other way befitting to the occasion, holding space for children to share there stories is also a very special gift :-)

Once complete wrap your Despacho up from bottom to top, left to right and encircle with a ribbon of your choice then wrap sacred cloth around until ready to burn.

And what a special ceremony it was . . . 15 people from six different nationalities chose to join us for the Ayni Despcaho bringing with them their offerings and prayers, their gifts and their presence. Aged from 6 to 80 yrs all had something to offer and what a gift it was to have both youth and wisdom present. And was it a coincidence that the total number of people present came to 17 (8) a number that just so happens to be associated with the Earthwalk Project? Who knows? With our ceremony complete it was time for afternoon tea on the front lawn overlooking Ohiwa Harbour and an opportunity to meet the new members of our rainbow family while the rest of the tribe began arriving for a pot luck supper prior to our evening fire.

I did my best to meet and greet all as and when they arrived while assuring myself that there would be plenty of time to weave in supper and to prepare our fire in the process. The whole afternoon and evening seemed to flow effortlessly which of course is much because of the combined efforts of Puawai, my sister Nick and all the other angels that shared their light while tending to the more practical matters. And to my absolute surprise and delight some of the last guests to arrive was my dear Swedish friend Lotta accompanied by family and friends. Lotta had been on one of my African Overland expeditions in 1993, we had met again in Sweden during the fall of ’95 and in NZ during the summer of ‘96 and I had not seen her in 16 yrs. Although I was expecting to see them all on Christmas Eve I had no idea that they were coming to fire!

As we assembled on the lawn I realised just how many people had been called to fire, there were 52 people present from many different backgrounds, ages, nationalities and walks of life, all indigenous of planet earth and all here to share sacred space and celebrate the Solstice! Wow, it seemed as though the events I had envisioned would take place last summer were in fact manifesting here and now! And the 53rd person bringing us to another 8 was Dad, who although he chose not to join our circle as it was past his bedtime, had performed to perfection his self appointed task as our parking angel. Thank you Dad and thank you Puawai for sharing a day with my Dad in your workshop of creation, a blessing that he cherishes and what a gift you were to help my Dad understand a little better the world I have chosen to walk in. A special gift from a special sister, I thank you.

I sensed our fire ceremony was a first time event for many so I took a little time at the beginning to explain the gift of sacred space and a basic outline of the proceedings before opening that space and allowing the ceremony to unfold. People had been invited to bring with them anything they wanted to release and I had a spare stack of driftwood (issue sticks) for anyone who had forgotten, there was space in between for anyone felt called to express themselves and much to the delight of all we enjoyed plenty of song, music, drumming and dance not to forget a fantastic fire dance from Ra! Then it was time to pass around the bowl of popcorn kernals, the perfect and most entertaining vehicles for which to transport our dreams for the future through the transformative energy of fire into the ethers.

Our evening went on into the night and although we were not privy to a view of the eclipse we had felt very blessed that the second largest rainfall recorded for 2010 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty had given us a day of grace in which to celebrate the Summer Solstice! It was also interesting to learn a little of the local history and the significant role that the Scandinavian people had played as the earliest recoded settlers in the area. And not only that but the daughter of Lotta’s friends had chosen to sing a song from her home country titled ‘Footsteps in the Sand’, a story that related directly to Manawa’s ancestors from the area. I felt this situation to be quite significant as it brings awareness to the reality that we are in fact our ancestors and during this special time on the history of our planet we are being called not only to heal everything from this life but also all that we have left unhealed from previous lives.

A number of people stayed over the night and although some headed off next morning a group of 8 remained to do a little further earthwork in the area. With Karlos as our driver and guardian angel and Manawa as navigator we were taken first to Marumutu Marare, the marae of Manawa’s ancestors that sits in perfect alignment with a natural pyramid inland and Whakari (White Island) NZ’s most active volcano that lies 15 kms off shore. After visiting with the ancestors and local Kaitiaki we were called to the Pohutukawa tree in the east and here shared our songs and music in honour of the land and it people.

Next stop was to the beach for a picnic lunch followed by a visit to Murawai’s Marae, perhaps another coincidence or perhaps not after all my work with the Spirit of Murawai last summer. Murawai’s Marae seemed in need of a little TLC (tender loving care) perhaps it too is due for a revival with the new energy of the next cycle? We were offered an out of season supply of fresh mushrooms and then headed for home where everyone enjoyed a relaxing afternoon sharing space in my sister’s special place. There was time for resting, healing and making music and in the afternoon while Nick, Fernanda and I took a ride along the beach the rest of the team created a driftwood sculpture of the phoenix, a Kaitaki of the Earthwalk Project and an offering to fire to honour our earth and the end of the 24 hour period of solstice celebrations that had taken place around the world.

It was the 23rd of December, Mum was due down for Christmas and everyone mucked in to clean up Nick’s space, a very special and sacred space we had shared for the past few days. Once the work was done and Manawa had distributed her last batch of New Zealand Flower Essences, with which she is very gifted, we came together in circle to conclude our three very special days of ceremony . . . new friendships made and old bonds strengthened. Puawai surprised me with a lovely gift complete with its own story that I will allow to speak for itself and I presented each of our circle of light-weavers with a hand woven shawl from Ethiopia thanking them for their presence and support, for showing up, creating ceremony, holding space, and taking responsibility for the world we are dreaming into being!

My gift from Puawai
Whale Bone - Creation
Mahia - that person, Ma (purity), hia (sound),
Kina - 5 potinted Star
Plaits - 3 AIO Christ Conciousness, Peace
Harakeke - Ha (breath of life), Ra (great enlightenment), Keke (sweetness)
Violet Feather from Phoneix - Violet flame of St Germain
and from Pania a natural sage candle for cleansing . . .