Took place on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range
25th May – 30th May 2018
Weaving with Wayuu Women
Kogi Mochila Weaving
Jaba Teresa Kogi Seeress
Womb Clay Making Workshop
Erika Rose Live Performance + In Conversation
Live Show with Low Leaf w/Harp
Photography w/ Hannah Faith + Jess Bercovici
Stela 9 Experience in Business Talk
Indigenous Women’s Wisdom w/ Gabriela Del Mar
Books of Hours with Rozanne & AJ
Caribbean Dance w/ Minkie English
Kundalini Yoga, Heart Flow + Yoga Nidra
Introduction to Ayurveda & Oils w/Gretchen Westlake
Mandala Making + Ancient Symbolism
*SSG – the research of our forgotten female mysteries insight talk and Q&A
*Marketplace – Colombian treasures, Stela 9 + Shibori Silks
*Healing Arts Space
*Full Moon Fire Cacao Ceremony
Colombia is home to 87 Indigenous Tribes, and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to the 4 Tayrona tribes: the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo.
For Chapter 2, we learned from the Kogi & also Wayuu tribe.
The Wayuu (pronounced “wah-you”) are indigenous to the semi-arid desert region of the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia. The tribe is matrilineal, with the Mother at the head of the household, she teaches her daughter how to weave their Mochila bags.
To the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence and creativity. According to legend the tradition comes from the “Wale’kerü”, a spider that taught the women how to weave their creative drawings into the Wayuu bags.
‘Imagine a pyramid standing alone by the sea. Each side a hundred miles long. It’s a mountain, nearly four miles high. In its folds, imagine every different climate on earth. This is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The people hidden here call the Sierra the Heart of the World.’
The indigenous tribes of the Sierra Nevada share a common belief that they are guardians of the heart of the world. The belief is that entire mountain range is a living entity and before being created by Sezhankwa the Great Mother existed in the spiritual universe.
-Ereira, Alan. The Heart of the World. J. Cape. 1990.
*The following is to offer a guide and idea of our gathering flow…
Jan 31st – Gathering our soul seeds – Dream Seed Planting
Arrival & Information
Opening Ceremony, connecting in circle, community and with the earth.
Feb 1st – Growing with ritual, tools and learning
East of the Wheel
Youth – Learning about ceremony & ritual
Play – movement and creating
Feb 2nd – Nourishing our ideas, visions and creativity
South of the Wheel
Teenage – Blood Mysteries & Sacred Sexuality
Sacred dance & movement
Feb 3rd – Blooming
West of the Wheel
Mother – Birthing what we choose to create
Warrior voice and facing fears
Feb 4th – Celebrating fruits of labour
North of the Wheel
Ancestors – Unravelling the mystery
Feb 5th – Pollinating
Sunrise commitment ceremony and group celebration to Self