This ritual is an important step to access the Ancestors for healing and initiatory experiences. This process of aiding the departed in “crossing over” in common terminology or psychopomp in classical shamanism, is the ritual of Ancestralization.
COST AND LOGISTICS
Tuition: $100. “Villagers” will be offered a discount. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Lodging: options include cabin rental, staying in the lodge and tenting. From $10-$25/night/person. Options available during registration.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, beginning with Wednesday dinner and lunch on Sunday before departure. Regular meal plan: $35/day/person. $40 for special diets (please contact to discuss before registering).
Arrival/Departure: This event runs from October 13 – 17th. Plan to arrive by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 13th. Activities end on Sunday, October 17th at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be provided, and you can plan to depart around 2:00 or 3:00 pm after helping to return the space to its original state.
Staying on the Land: We’ve provided a basic list of the essential gear you will need during your stay. Please go here for the list. Most important is warm clothing in layers, warm coat/jacket, rain gear and good footwear. For those planning to sleep in tents or cabins, please bring extra warm sleeping bags as it will be chilly at night.
- Pictures of the deceased loved one(s) to be ancestralized. If photos are not available, bring mementos of deceased loved ones or write their name on paper as a substitute. Do not bring photos of the living and the deceased. **
- Candles – red for the Ancestor altar, yellow and/or brown for the Earth shrine. It is important to have long-burning candles, so the shrine stays fully lit during the vigil. The 7-day candles in glass are ideal as they require less attention and are safer. Please avoid scented candles. As a substitute, you may bring white candles if red ones are not available.
- Fresh flowers, sacred items to decorate the Ancestor altar and Earth shrine.
Offerings – cornmeal, tobacco, whole foods including fruits, vegetables etc.
- Pieces of fabric or old clothing belonging to the deceased, if possible. Ideally of natural fabrics (no metal or other inert materials). Do not bring clothing that belongs to you.
- Sewing materials: scissors, needle, thread, thimble, etc.
- Knife for whittling branches, if you have one.
- Celebratory outfit for Feast to Honor the Ancestors.
**Note about photos. Be sure that photos do not depict anyone that is still living. Protect original photos by covering with plastic, laminating, or bringing copies. Black & White photos disappear when laminated – copy and laminate the copy.
For more information about Ancestralization, please contact Robert Walker at email@example.com, or call: 561-657-7518.