Welcoming the Wisdom Council Back to LIB - Lightning In A Bottle

Welcoming the Wisdom Council Back to LIB

April 25th, 2019 - Lauren Fukawa
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After an incredible first year, The Compass and LIB are excited to bring back The Wisdom Council in 2019!

What is The Wisdom Council?

The Wisdom Council is a weekend-long learning experience led by revered and respected elders and mentors from a collection of the world’s most cherished traditions and lineages.

Throughout the weekend, each of the Council members in attendance will be gathering for Wisdom Council Sessions, as well as conducting ceremonies, speaking in workshops or taking part in presentations. In the wisdom they share, we will also bear witness to their legacy as they continue their own learning experience in the company of each other.

Why It’s Significant?

It is such an honor to be able to receive stories and teachings from these deeply respected individuals, particularly as so many of us have grown up without our own connection to traditional earth ways and lineages. There is so much to be learned about our joyful responsibility to the earth and all her creatures, how to cultivate right relations and how to walk with integrity in all we do. There is deep old magic to be shared here, magic that will stay with us long after the festival is over.

What to Expect:

This year there are many different opportunities to bask in the offerings of our Wisdom Council:

  • Welcoming to the Land Ceremony and Festival Blessing at the Fire WED & THURS at 7pm
  • Daily Morning Water Prayers at the Fountain at 10:15am
  • Daily Sunset Gratitudes at the Fire at 8:15pm

Don’t miss these other important offerings from the elders and mentors of our 2019 Wisdom Council:

First Voices Council ~ Pat McCabe, First Nations (Diné)

  • When: WED 11:45am-12:45pm
  • Where: The Beacon

Welcoming to the Land ~ Wendy Ireland (Kern Valley Indian Community) & Violet Cavanaugh (Northern Chumash)

  • When: WED 7:00-8:00pm
  • Where: The Fire

Cacao Ceremony ~ Tata Pedro & Marina Cruz (Tutuhil Maya Lake Atitlan Guatemala)

  • When: WED 8:30 -10:45pm
  • Where: The Beacon
  • About: Tata Pedro is a respected Mayan elder rich in knowledge of Mayan culture, cosmology, the sacred calendars, and ancient oral wisdom. Tata Pedro is one of the founders of the Unification of Ancestral Wisdom Festival in Tikal, Guatemala. These festivals have brought together fragmented Mayan descended tribes throughout Guatemala to promote unification and cultural traditions. Marina, his daughter has worked defending indigenous women and revindicating Mayan languages in Guatemala. She has studied social linguistics and is a professor of applied linguistics. Together, they will share the oral tradition, ritual and culture of the Maya with a cacao ceremony.

Understanding the Mayan Sacred Calendars For Better Living ~ Nan Shumantla Fenix (Maya Ajq’iij Daykepper)

  • When: FRI 10:00-11:00am
  • Where: The Cauldron

Tobacco: Master Plant Healer ~ Erika Gagnon (Japan)

  • When: SAT 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Where: The Cauldron
  • About: A healing talk focused on traditional wisdom & ceremonies of the Americas, plant medicines, sacred altars, ancestral lineage, the origins of dis-ease in our physical, mental & spiritual bodies and how to transform and transmute toxic thoughts & energies. Following the talk, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a traditional South American liquid tobacco ceremony called “Singado”, where we will work with Nicotina Rustica, to help heal, cleanse & release old blockages, unhealthy patterns, memories and traumas. Tobacco is one of the most powerful native plant medicines, which is also why it is one of the most abused on the planet, and should only be used with deep respect and healing intention. This sacred plant medicine spirit offers clarity, balance & grounding, as it helps to realign your body, mind & spirit. We remind you that the ceremony is optional and that this is your opportunity to work with tobacco in a sacred manner.

Indigenous Women Spiritual Rights & Responsibilities ~ Desirae Harp (Mishewal Wappo) & Niria Garcia (Ohlone/Lisjan Territory, CA)

  • When: SAT 1:00-2:00pm
  • Where: The Beacon
  • About: In the face of climate change, environmental degradation and mass migration, indigenous women are rising to empower their peoples, protect sacred sites, waters and future generations. Join us for a discussion with women who will be discussing how the empowerment of indigenous women and girls and preserving and protecting spiritual rights and indigenous responsibilities are essential to building sustainable and regenerative solution that are equipped to address the most pressing issues of our time.

Prophecies of the 2020 Time Gates ~ Marza Millar (Yavapai, Nevada City) (Center For Sacred Studies)

  • When: SUN 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Where: The Cauldron
  • About: In the Ancient World the use of Offerings to the unseen forces were used. Offerings are a form of prayer, it’s a form of magic that has been mostly forgotten in this modern world. In our time together in this class we will explore the rights and responsibility of ritual offerings and how they can restore the balance of nature and cosmic power.

Wisdom Council hosted by Chris Dekker ~ Joyti (Center For Sacred Studies) & Youssoupha Sidibe (Sufi Kora Master)

  • When: SUN 12:30-1:30pm
  • Where: The Beacon

Kora Music Performance ~ Youssoupha Sidibe (Sufi Kora Master)

  • When: 6:00-6:45pm
  • Where: The Beacon


Placing the Being back in Human ~ Phillip Scott (Petaluma, CA)

  • When: SUN 6:00-7:45pm
  • Where: The Cauldron
  • About: Throughout the world, the Prophecies from diverse cultures are being realized. The quickening- the acceleration of time in our lives and the insidious force of domestication- is contributing to the forgetting of our fundamental humanity. Our survival and those of our relations will depend upon the remembrance of how and what it means to be a human being upon the Earth, our Mother. Drawing upon ancient Indigenous wisdom and practices, we explore, remember and cultivate the very nature of who we are, what we are here to accomplish and our legacy to the future generations.


Plus, our 2019 Wisdom Council host CHRIS DECKKER (Founder of Earthdance and OneDome)

Featured Wisdom Council Content Partners

Amazon Watch: Protecting the Amazon: Defending Indigenous Rights ~ Leila Salazar-López & Maria Xiomara Dorsey

  • When: FRI 3:00-4:00pm
  • Where: The Beacon

If Not Us Then Who: Guardians of the Forest ~ Paul Redman, Jaye Reynold, Mina Setra & Dinamam

  • When: FRI 4:15-5:15pm
  • Where: The Beacon

If Not Us Then Who: Indigenous Filmmaking

  • When: SUN 4:00-5:00pm
  • Where: The Culture Hub

If Not Us Then Who: Short Film

  • When: 9:30-10:00pm
  • Where: The Beacon