Experience the spirituality that recognizes human beings as connectors between Earth and Sky. Our modern culture creates separateness, but we are designed to serve as participants in the web, connected to all our relations: family, community, nature, spirit, Mother Earth, Creator.
Learn sacred ritual practices that you can incorporate directly into your daily life from esteemed teachers who walk this path with wisdom and heart. This is a rare opportunity to absorb and embody a weaving of practices from both North and South America (Turtle and Heart Islands).
Join us at The Mountain, near Highlands, N.C., as Robert Vetter guides us into the spiritual and healing practices of the Southern Plains Indians as handed down to him from Oliver Pahdopony, his adoptive grandfather, the last medicine man of the Comanches.
Ceremonies of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Southern Cheyenne will come to life through storytelling and rarely seen videos, including the role of the Smoke Lodge, Vision Quest, and Tobacco Ceremony. We will learn about the use of four sacred herbs—cedar, sage, sweet grass, and tobacco—in prayer, purification, healing, and ceremony. A traditional smoke lodge for physical and spiritual cleansing will be held on Sunday, harmonizing heart, mind and body into an integration of our experience.
As don Oscar often reminds those heartfelt aspirants of the Great Work, "By doing, one learns; with study, one refines; through dreaming, one creates; in loving, one fulfills. This is the secret of tending the sacred garden of the Soul."
"Behold, I stand in good relation to all things." Kiowa