HONORED GUESTS

Unci Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance - Oglala Lakota

“Our people know that the land and the language are one. If we lose one or the other we are no longer who we say we are.”

Grandmother Pershile (Perci) - Hopi/Tewa

I a member of the Hopi/Tewa Tribe, from the Village of Walpi, AZ. I am a Grandmother who is dedicated to healing hearts, minds and spirits…

Grandmother SaSa - Abenaki/Dawn land people

I was born in Central Maine to a father of Abenaki/Scottish/Irish descent and a Japanese mother.

Grandmother Moetu Taiha - Maori Tuhoe Elder

Moetu-Taiha is descended from Ngai Tauhoe and the Kahungunu Tribes of Aoteara, New Zealand.

Reverend Grandmother Eila Paul - Maori Tainue Elder

Grandmother Reverend Eila Paul is a healer with a spiritual and physical connection to her people, the Maori of Aotearoa New Zealand and to our world culture.

MUSICAL GUESTS INCLUDE:

Joanne Shenandoah

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press.

Leah Shenandoah

Imani

Mz. imani, plays Music as Medicine. She is a ceremony woman, a percussionist and vocalist, a facilitator of New WErld Shamanic perspective, music and practice.

Geri Littlejohn

Geri LittleJohn is a flute maker, a mother, a lover of nature, an activist, a performer, a healing sounds practitioner, a ceremonial singer, and …

Rick ‘Thunder’ Bastine “Music As Medicine”

Walking Star “Music As Medicine”

PLANNED HOURS FOR OUR PROGRAM

May 15, 2018 TUE 10:00am - 8:30pm
May 16, 2018 WED 5:45am - 10:30pm
May 17, 2018 THU 7:00am - 10:15pm
May 18, 2018 FRI 7:00am - 9:00 pm
May 19, 2018 SAT 7:00 am - 10:30pm
May 20, 2018 SUN 7:00am - 1:00 pm

OTHER EVENTS

Path Open House Facebook Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/332325487251604/

Silent Auction and Raffle of donated items to help raise funds for the Grandmothers and Non-profit sponsors.

Store with many items that each Grandmother and honored guest will have for sale and Sponsors.

GRATITUDE TO OUR SPONSORS:

Unci Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance

“Our people know that the land and the language are one. If we lose one or the other we are no longer who we say we are.”

Unci means Grandmother in Lakota. Unci Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance is Oglala Lakota, she was born in the SW corner of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. She still lives on the land that was allotted to her great grandparents over 100 years ago. Unci Rita cherishes and advocates her traditional Lakota ways and language which she speaks fluently. Unci Rita is empathetic to single parents and their struggles to raise their children, because she her self was a single parent raising her children (and five of her oldest grandchildren) on her own.

Unci Rita is skilled in survival knowing how to dry food and make clothing traditional Lakota style or contemporary wear. Today Unci Rita is a grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Unci Rita feels that being part of the grandmothers council feels like family, like blood relation, like the other grandmothers feel like her sisters. Unci Rita said the most important job the grandmothers council has is to keep all the people in a straight line, “no matter what denomination or color they are”.

Grandmother Pershile (Perci)

I a member of the Hopi/Tewa Tribe, from the Village of Walpi, AZ. I am a Grandmother who is dedicated to healing hearts, minds and spirits of those that are experiencing pain,educating those who are eager to learn, guiding those who have taken the wrong road, reminding those who forgot the message. I am a wisdom gatherer and a protector of ancient wisdom. I stand in support of all Grandmothers from a variety of ethnicities and religious traditions.

As a Hopi Elder, I believe in the Hopi prophecy, “When the Grandmothers speak, the world will began to heal.” I am creating awareness to heal the isolation and separation between people of all nations by sharing my beliefs, stories and history. I go where I am called and rely on the generosity of people to support my work. My most recent work has been with: Patina Wellness Center, Pasqual Yaqui Youth Group, Unity Community Church, Phoenix Indian Center, Native American Urban Ministry, and the Partnership with Native Americans. Most of my personal work has been with community members who are suffering a life threatening and life altering events. Helping and assisting people to deal with pain.

Grandmother SaSa

I was born in Central Maine to a father of Abenaki/Scottish/Irish descent and a Japanese mother.

While growing up, I realized the gifts that I was born with were to be a seer, a dreamer and a hands-on healer. I knew one day that I would meet the Grandmother with whom I was always having spirit conversations in dream-time. The day finally came when I met Grandmother Nakai Breen (Rose of the River), a Cherokee medicine woman in Texas. I spent 20 years with her, learning how to remember the things I already knew and receiving new teachings. When we first met, she asked me, “Where have you been for so long? It took you long enough to get here!”

Grandmother Nakai Breen walked as a “Beloved Woman of the People.” She taught me to search and practice the gifts that I was born with and use today at The Rose and The Swan Healing Center to help “Heal the Healers” – the manifestation of a vision I saw in my dreams. The vision Grandmother Nakai and I had led to building the Healing Center we have today located on the Bear Camp River in West Ossipee, New Hampshire.

The Rose and The Swan is operated by donation only. No one would ever be turned away. As a Universal Healer, I hold a Medicine Hoop of Life Ceremony twice a year at The Rose and The Swan that was passed on from Grandmother Nakai. This is held the first Saturday of every June and October. My husband of 47 years and I, along with my two helpers, also conduct sweat lodges, pipe ceremonies, and the teach traditional beadwork.

Grandmother Nakai also introduced me to the The Crystal Earth Project – a project of helping to plant Crystal Earth Seeds. I have blessed and planted a Crystal Earth Seed in Texas in honor of Grandmother Nakai, blessed the planting of the “Onondaga Peacemaker” Crystal Earth Seed in Syracuse, N.Y. in the Spring of 2016, and planted a Crystal Earth Seed in ceremony at the Medicine Hoop of Life that I keep. This technology directly engages the energies of Mother Earth, through the use of special crystals, for the purpose of healing and enlightening the human physiology.

In addition to The Rose and The Swan Healing Center, I currently work with gifted children and adults with brain trauma. At The Rose and The Swan, I also do individual and group counseling. I travel across the United States and Canada to share the Teachings, conduct Sacred Ceremonies and assist with healing when asked.

I am a lifelong lover of the earth and its people. My husband Terry and I are blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren. Terry and I have been married for 47 years. Before opening The Rose and The Swan, I formerly served as a National Accredited Flower Show judge and worked as head designer for a major Southern florist for many years. I also served as volunteer for Hospice.

I am honored to be able to serve humanity and be a part of the healing work taking place among the human race at this Sacred time.”

Grandmother Sasa – Swan of the North

Grandmother Moetu-Taiha

Moetu-Taiha is descended from Ngai Tauhoe and the Kahungunu Tribes of Aoteara, New Zealand. Moetu-Taiha, in light language means, “I stand for my dreams and in my power.” Moetu derives from two family lines of healers and leaders of the tribe of Tuhoe. Her knowledge has been handed down to her by several Maori Tohungas [Shamans] and acknowledged elders of her tribe. Moetu has spiritual access to information that only a few people can access. Growing up with her special gifts and being taught the art of healing through love since childhood Moetu has traveled the world for 16 years. Moetu’s professional portfolio holds a wealth of knowledge and her specialty in working with cellular system. This method helps to transform trauma by identifying and releasing memories and scar tissue and replacing them with new patterns that empower. I work on the Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Etheric layers, supporting you to access your “KNOWING.” Go on a journey for self-empowerment to discover your Truth, your Wisdom, as she helps you uncover the Beacon of Love and Light that you are. Moetu’s expertise is providing Transformational Workshops that provide a framework for inner exploration and empowerment by bridging the gap between spirituality, rationality, and emotions. The workshops are carefully tailored and delivered to assist people from all walks of life in conscious co-creators in all aspects of their existence, whether personal or professional. Moetu’s focus has been around MANA-WA-ORA translated means Heart Power = Light Dimension = Wholistic Radiance. Our bodies are mirrors of our inter- personal – our Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Emotional and Etheric, also our Professional, Sexual, Creative, Financial and Environmental Health. It’s our relationship with all that WE are, which includes partners, family and friends. This is Holistic Health in its entirety. DIMENSIONAL LIGHT FROM THE POWER OF THE HEART RADIATING HOLISTIC WELL-BEING.

Accomplishments 

Speaker/Facilitator at the Benediktush of Centre Germany 2016 – 2017
March of the Women for Peace, Belin with Yael Deckelbaum 2017
Omega Institute, Rhineback, New York, USA – September 2016, September 2017 Grandmothers of the Sacred WE Gathering, Michigan, USA 2017
Elders Gathering with Angaangaq, Greenland 2017
World Climate March Opening Prayer Speaker, New York City, USA 2016 Global Indigeneous Grandmothers of the Sacred WE 2012 – 2017

Grandmother Reverend Eila Paul

Grandmother Reverend Eila Paul is a healer with a spiritual and physical connection to her people, the Maori of Aotearoa New Zealand and to our world culture. Eila works with the elderly and children, using sacred sound as a tool to heal and transform space within people and the environment. She has traveled through North America and Europe offering sacred seeds of knowledge and healing. Eila’s philosophy is that path of Love, Harmony and Beauty. Her singing and music transform life. She is from New Zealand and is a Maori Tainue Elder, member of Grandmothers Circle the Earth, Aotearoa, healer, storyteller, songleader, and dreamweaver.

Joanne Shenandoah

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press. She is a Grammy Award winner with 3 Nominations), over 40 music awards (including 14 Native American Music awards – Hall of Fame Inductee) with music ranging from solo to full symphony and 22 recordings.  She is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia.  She has received multiple awards and praise for her work to promote universal peace and understanding.  She is a direct descendent of the famed “Chief Shenandoah” who is noted to have been given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington and established Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (The Oneida Academy).

On January 21, 2017 Founder, Mitchell Bush presents to Joanne Shenandoah:

“The American Indian Society of Washington, DC presents its most prestigious award to a Native American whose life’s work has led to the improvement and empowerment of Native Americans through social, political, legal, environmental or educational initiatives.

Shenandoah is a founding board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge www.hiawatha.syr.edu, a non-profit higher learning educational facility that is based on Iroquois principles.  Also in 2014 she served as Co-Chair for the Attorney General’s National Task Force of Children Exposed to Violence for the Department of Justice.

www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/defendingchildhood/pages/attachments/2015/03/23/ending_violence_so_children_can_thrive.pdf

Shenandoah has performed for noted leaders such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Huston Smith, Mikhail Gorbachev, and is celebrated with the honor of East – West Interfaith Ministry.  www.interfaithseminaries.net

“A bridge for peace in and among all cultures and spiritual traditions.”

Shenandoah has performed at prestigious events such as St. Peter’s Basilica, The White House of the US, Carnegie Hall, 5 Presidential Inaugurations, The Vatican – St. Peter’s Basilica for the canonization of the first Native American St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Madison Square Garden, Bethlehem Fine Arts Center, Palestine, Crystal Bridges Museum, Smithsonian museums, The Ordway Theater, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto Skydome, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions, (Africa, Spain and Australia) and Woodstock ‘94.

“Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest attributes to Native American Music and Culture.”  Neil Young

“She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter’s night,” Robbie Robertson

“Tonight I have heard an angel!!” (Joanne Shenandoah) Miguel Ruiz –Author of the Four Agreements

Mz. imani, plays Music as Medicine. She is a ceremony woman, a percussionist and vocalist, a facilitator of New WErld Shamanic perspective, music and practice. While she does sing from the stage, she more often, sings from the circle.

Also known as Mama Mojo, Mz. imani returned to WNC, in late 2013, to help host an international Handpan gathering (HOUSA). In 2014, she found her land and began renovating the Swannanoa Sound Chamber (18th Peace Chamber, of Joseph Rael / Beautiful Painted Arrow’s Visionary Work ).

Mz. Imani’s innate wisdom, initiations to the drum and the sacred fire by Babatunde Olatunji, and her life’s experience of walking with many as friend, assistant, colleague and counsel, have given her the skills to take care of the Chamber.

As a maiden, mother and now a grandmother, she has been fascinated and facilitating ceremonial music, collaborative art and sacred fires. Her passion is to pay attention to the ways transmutation happens. She has been cultivating containers for eclectic, new werld ceremony, singing, drumming, music, art and movement, for 30 years.

Mz. Imani chose to become the curator and caretaker of the Swannanoa Sound Chamber because there are cosmic and collaborative alignments, in the WErk of the Chambers and her calling as a Planetary Citizien and Spiritual Activst.

The lands surrounding the chamber are wild lands, north facing with steep slope. For more than 30 years the Chamber grounds have been dedicated ceremony and prayer spaces. The Chamber was inspired and built by a community of people, as students of Joseph Rael, and visionaries in their own rite.

Geri LittleJohn

Geri LittleJohn is a flute maker, a mother, a lover of nature, an activist, a performer, a healing sounds practitioner, a ceremonial singer, and a woman engaged in the process of becoming a human being – happy to share what she has learned through her years of deep listening, participating in Lakota ceremony, and many years of cultivating her relationship with nature through making and playing Native American style flutes.  And always open and grateful to learn from others.

Her first flute teacher was her late-husband, Cherokee flute maker Hawk LittleJohn, with whom she began making flutes 25 years ago. He was fond of saying, “the only sin is the sin of separation. ” And when doing anything, the best advice was to “keep ego out of it and become a hollow bone.”  Geri took these words to heart and whatever she does, whether it be with a flute in hand or in the capacity of supporting community or Ceremony, she approaches it with humility and dedication to service. “I ask that Spirit keep me out of it and that all receive whatever they need in the moment.”

Every conscious moment is an invitation to remember that we are a part of this Great Life. That we each carry Medicine, gifts unique to us, and that the Universe is asking for us to share those things now. Every breath is an opportunity for connection to nature through the trees that exchange breath with us.  And through the Trees to All of Life. Being human is this amazing opportunity to experience incarnated life on playground Earth, surrounded by incredible natural beauty on a planet that is a part of a much greater mystery.

The music Geri plays is all improvisational, inspired by both the beauty and the grief of this world. It is an expression of the carnate and the cosmic.  She holds a belief that as human beings, one of the greatest gifts we can share with the World is an expression of gratitude, a smile, a laugh, a beautiful song.

Her work with flutes in also very intentional, She understands how important vibration and frequency are.  By working intentionally with these vibrations, she has witnessed how music, tone, and frequency can shift people, shift energy.  Music heals – the body, the mind the Spirit. A low flute can connect a listener with the earth that supports us, nourishes us, and gives us life. A clear, high pitched flute speaks directly to our spirits. As a wind instrument, the flutes remind us to breathe.

“The whole experience of listening and playing is an inner journey that at it’s best connects us with our bodies, our innate Wisdom, our ancestors and All Life.  When I play a concert, lead a musical or silent meditation, engage in deep conversation, support a yoga instructor or co-facilitate a workshop, there is always an invitation to be present.  To center, to release and to receive, and then to integrate. It is my hope that when it is complete, we all leave feeling lighter, more loving, more connected, nourished, awake and aware.”