In the bathroom at 4am in the morning, I hear the birds start to sing. Instantly, I am transported back to my tent at Midwest Herbal Conference in Wisconsin to the excitement of starting a new day with the feeling of being in nature with fellow conmadres, amazed at the knowledge and wisdom the women around me hold. Watching them go into the forest, bend down to see a plant, put it in their mouths and eat it.
It was there that I first came to the realization that it does not have to be processed by a facility, put in a box and transported to a grocery store to nourish us. The idea that nature is already there at our feet waiting to sustain us. Learning to trust our knowledge and inner wisdom about what is good for you, not only in regards to plants but what is good for you mentally as well.
These past nine years, I have had an app that has helped (mainly) women find events, circles and resources like these. It has allowed me the opportunity to not only attend some incredible, life changing events but also to learn how to differentiate between these events and ones that are more social in nature.
ALisa Starkweather’s Daughters of the Earth gatherings were watershed moments for me. I still speak of these events, how they opened my eyes to another way to live, how to hold power as a woman and how to come together across culture and color lines.
I remember waiting for my return flight at the Boston airport after the first one in utter amazement and shock, watching each woman pass me by, thinking to myself, ‘do you even know what you are capable of?’
I remember sitting in my tent feeling this community of women around me and thinking to myself that I could live there forever.
Finding the deliciousness of community that is sorely lacking in most of our lives.
The ripples that ALisa has sent out around the world. I still often meet women who in the course of our conversations I discover they traveled ALisa’s Priestess Path route. I nod my head, our eyes lock and I honor them.
Because I know they have descended and risen.
ALisa gave me a deer antler rattle that when I take into circle, I take part of that connection as well.
Gather the Women yearly gatherings. I was amazed at the first one to find out the small size of these gatherings, only about fifty women. But I discovered this allowed a deep connection over the weekend.
Standing around a labyrinth in the desert of Arizona, the wind on my skin, greeting the morning while Tu Bears, an indigenous woman led us in a morning chant. “We n’ de ya ho”. I am of the Great Spirit.
I attended several of the Gather the Women annual gatherings each held in a different location but all following the same format of breaking apart into smaller Circles then coming together in a larger one.
I remember the climax of those large Circles a couple of days into the gathering where after doing the necessary work, the room was filled with this indescribable feeling of love and connection.
If only the whole world had the opportunity to feel like this.
Surely we could change the world.
Surely we could heal the world.
I have done a lot of thinking about what sets apart these events from other more social events I have attended over the years.
Intention. The setting of Sacred space. A coming together at the beginning, and a coming together at the end. A connection to nature. A connection to each other.
The establishment of a container in which to find your own power and do your own healing.
This. This is a divinely feminine event.
This. This is what is needed at this time.
I would love to hear in the comments about life changing events and gatherings that you have attended.
5 thoughts on “Divinely Feminine Events to Change the World by Caryn MacGrandle”
As a naturalist and a ritual artist life changing events happen every day – just now with the second day of spring underway – I am overwhelmed by CHANGES – receding snow returning birds repotting plants, raking debris around fruit trees to protect them from drought, sitting next to wild turkeys – miracles all. To me the goddess and nature are one which is why I feel distress reading these words:
“The idea that nature is already there at our feet waiting to sustain us” I beg to disagree.
Nature is NOT there for us to continue to USE her for ANY reason without according her sovereignty – instead we must begin to move into a reciprocal relationship with nature – WE ARE ONLY ONE SPECIES – we have been taught that nature is a resource to be used not an organism so complex that we have not yet scratched the surface of knowing Her/Him/them.
I am so distressed by this new way we are starting to use nature for ourselves – wildcrafting irresponsibly is rampant on a planet that is already under such stress….
I am not saying that this is what you do – I am putting out a call to begin to help us see that ‘using’ nature for any reason is a continuation of the patriarchal paradigm.
What we need to do is to ask HOW CAN WE ENTER INTO THIS RELATIONSHIP RESPECTFULLY – HOW CAN WE GIVE BACK?
Sara, I most definitely did not intend for it to come out as a one way relationship. I am always thinking of a respectful give and take when it comes to nature. My intent was to communicate that I grew up just thinking of food being packaged and sold in grocery stores (which of course is a one way take and make money) to ‘cutting out the middle man’ so to say. I make sure to ‘steward’ and give back in all of my relationships. Thank you for pointing out my miscommunication.
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Yes, of course it is critical to point out that it was ‘normal’ for many to not go further than the grocery store for food – had I not had a grandmother who grew and canned her own food or not lived in the country I would probably never have thought about where my food came from – which is scary – and one reason we are in the mess we are now… all that store bought stuff was treated with chenicals that most of us grew up with if we are older – and now that we are trying to create more healthy ways of eating – and developing awareness around what we eat we are facing unprecedented air and water pollution that is impacting every single one of us no matter how and what we eat…..Your points are sound – but I am compelled to bring up the other side for obvious reasons –
Hi Caryn, last year I went to a winter solstice event where I had my past lives reading and tarot reading done for the first time, it was simply magical. It was something completely and totally new to me, something eye-opening… after that I signed up for ascending meditation and had a blast. I feel like I am starting a new page of my life, it feels just right to be doing this.
Lovely to hear Milena and thank you for sharing. These events can be life changing!
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