Maps of the Wise Woman. Sunday 23rd September. 10.30-6.30 East Asheville, NC.
Autumn Equinox marks the transition from the light half of the year taking us into the dark half of the year. This change is marked in the land by an alignment of cairn T in Loughcrew Ireland – where the morning sunrise shines into the cairn chamber. The Cailleach plays her part in this changeover as she has her great stone seat outside of this cairn – it’s only fitting that it is the Cailleach leads us into the dark half of the year.
The Cailleach is associated with the magic and mystery of the Bean Feasa (the wise woman), who has a deep relationship with the landscape she lives in. The wise woman knows the terrain through many eyes of the creatures that call the land home – from eagles to mice, worms to deer and bees to plants. She knows their ways, their worlds as these eyes view the same land differently, each holding their own maps. The map of the eagle is very different from that of the wren or to the map of the Yew tree. The wise woman uses the knowledge of all these maps to find her answers. She knows exactly where to find the first wild raspberries, can foretell coming dangers from the pattern of spots on fish in the loch and knows the language of all the creatures around her.
This workshop will offer a guided journey which offers the opportunity to seek your own answers with the help of seeing through the eyes of all the creatures of the land. You will create a drawing of symbols of your own map - which might hold clues of the places you wish to go in your life, the things you wish to achieve which are in alignment with your soul work in this world.
We will look at some examples of ancient maps and make our own interpretations to what they recorded. We'll consider what our own clay pendants might look like and what they would have recorded if they had been handed down to us through our own lineage and then make them from clay. and create our own small map pendant in clay.
At lunchtime there will be time to walk the labyrinth , which is outside on the land.
In the afternoon we will create our own maps through needlefelting and sewing on meaningful objects. You may wish to represent meaningful events n your life that brought you onto this path - like the night you saw a shooting star that was an answer to something you’d been struggling with, or that time you sat in the forest and you and a deer just stood and looked at each other. These are the magical moments, the moments of insight where we truly connect with the world. Imaging making a map of some of these moments which may have changed your life and to look back over your life like this great meandering river. You can also consider the real things you wish to accomplish and add these to your map.
The aim of the day is to enter into a more conscious relationship with the land around us and consider all the overlapping maps of other creatures as well as your own personal role in the world.
Please note you don’t need any drawing or felting skills for this workshop – you already have them you just don’t know it yet!
Taking an otherworldly journey with the Bean Feasa in a Scottish landscape and seeing through the eyes of many other creatures
Play with shapes and colors and explore what your map might look like
Taking the idea a little deeper and forming a pendant map in clay
Create a larger art piece using needle felting as well as sewing on items to your map and using symbols you are drawn to
Spend the day in an inspiring circle of women
Walking a labyrinth
Marking autumn equinox
Creating a map of magic, mystery and meaning
Booking & Sign Up
This workshop is limited to 6 women
** 9/16 - we currently have 2 places left and the early booking discount is extended until the 22nd **
Early booking discount – The cost for this workshop and all materials is $125 with an early booking discount of $98 if you book before the 5th September. I will confirm your booking once it has been processed.
Accommodation is available for this workshop in the same house we are holding our workshop – at Heron House in the Bull Creek area of East Asheville. Please email me if you are interested in booking one of the rooms at $60 per night and I’ll pass on the Airbnb links.