Enlivening the Sacred Feminine through Education,
Service and
spring blossoms
MARCH MONTHLY For Friends and Members of WWRL
Issue #40 - 2009
honeybee in action EAST MEDICINE WHEEL

VFW Hall, Enumclaw

Join the buzz!. . .
Ceremony, workshops,
Wisdom Council, crafts,
Drumming & dancing!

Miss the registration deadline? Come along anyway! Print and bring a registration form and RSVP to programs@wwrl.org

Rawhide Rattle and Amulet Making Workshop:

rattle and amulet by willowFROM RAWHIDE TO RHYTHM
with Willow Dreamfeather McKean
at Willow's in Buckley, WA
10 AM - til the time is right
Cost: $25
Limited to 10 people.  Sign up by April 19
To register, contact: willow@wwrl.org

Have you ever picked up a rattle, started shaking it during a drum circle or ceremony and heard, over the beat of the drums, a rhythm that wasn't there before?  A rhythm of your own making, coming from deep within?  What a powerful experience!

Imagine using a rattle you have hand stitched. A rattle in the shape of a power animal or sacred icon, painted with your own power symbols and used in your own uniquely individual way.  From rawhide to rhythm it is all yours!

Then imagine wearing an amulet you have also made.  A pouch for your power stones, herbs, beads, cornmeal, anything you hold close to your heart that you want to carry with you.  These amulets can be worn as a necklace, carried in your pocket or placed on your altar.

All this can come true for you. Bring munchies to share as we will be working for several hours.  Of course, everything you need for making your rattle and amulet will be provided. However, if you have a thimble, please bring it.  Patterns for rattle shapes will be available for you to choose from, but if you bring your own pattern we will see if it will work for what you want.

In This Issue
East Gathering
Rattle/Amulet Workshop
Growing Red Lodge
Weaving Hoops That Connect
Mentoring into Crone
Sweat Lodge Rebuilding
Poetry! Music of Words
Growing Red Lodge
radiating growth
As we radiate out
  from a vibrant core,
Red Lodge is touching
more & more communities!
Members' inventiveness and intuitive wisdom
keep us fresh.

This Spring, our Action Research Project will be contacting a random sampling of our members, and asking fun questions to learn how you want us to grow. Would you like to help conduct these  interviews? Contact actionresearch@wwrl.org

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tree weaving Weaving Hoops That Connect Us

This Spring, a growing network of Red Lodge women's hoops is taking root in four communities.  Each hoop will be unique.  And each is part of Weaving the Hoop That Connects, a Red Lodge service program that gathers women once-a-month to share woman's way traditions, sing and drum, connect and grow community, as we tend the inner fires of Life!

To register or learn more, click on each hoop below:

tree weaving photo courtesy of aimee

Covington Hoop Begins Sunday, March 15:  A new hoop, co-facilitated by Aimee and Norleen, invites 9 women, from ages 16 to 106, to commit to a 9-month journey to explore new practices of honoring our deeper self.  We will share wisdom, experiences and community, and take home sacred connection and spirit-affirming tools to use in daily life.

Enumclaw Hoop Begins Monday, March 16:  Now in it's second year, Enumclaw hoop is thrilled to be continuing and expanding.  Our upcoming 9-month cycle will be co-facilitated by everyone. "The next buddha" says Thich Nhat Hahn, "may not be an individual but an enlightened community."

Vashon Hoop Begins Sunday, March 22:  Now in our 3rd year, we are calling to the Grandmother, Mother, Sister and Daughter in each woman. Co-facilitated by six continuing hoop members, we invite 7 new women to join us on an adventure of connection.

Tacoma Hoop is incubating!: Kelly and Anne are meeting to dream up a creative and healing format for a hoop, looking to start up later in 2009.

Interested in starting a hoop in your own community?  Contact: weavinghoops@wwrl.org
fuzzy buds Mentoring or Initiation into Crone

Buds are appearing and tender young shoots are peeking through the Earth. What is budding in you in this season before spring?  Are you having thoughts about stepping into the next phase of your life? Are you thinking about becoming a crone, but don't know where to begin that process or who to ask? There are elders in Red Lodge who are willing to mentor and/or initiate women who feel called.

When I was ready to move into the next phase in my life, I spent 13 months with an elder/wise woman who mentored me once a month in telephone conversations.  My mentor shared her knowledge and information about the ways of the wise woman and I in turn learned more about my place in the cycle of life. As I was writing this article, I shared with this woman how much fulfillment I experienced by going through the process of becoming a crone. It culminated with an initiation ceremony among friends and Red Lodge sisters. The following morning, as I was sitting on my deck, my heart was feeling fullness and wonderment. It was truly an exhilarating, nurturing and fulfilling experience for me.

Each woman's journey is unique and individual to her. Some of you may know you are ready to step into this phase of your life and want to share your process with someone. You may want to experience a gathering of your important people and want some ideas as to how to do that. Or maybe you want to create your own private ceremony and could use some direction with that.  Red Lodge sisters have done it many different ways and are willing and excited to share.

If you are interested in finding a mentor for this process, want to simply be initiated as a crone or have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to eldercouncil@wwrl.org
                                                                                                  - Pam Tillson, Elder Council Chair
burton hill sweat lodge Sweat Lodge Re-Building
9AM - 3PM
Burton Hill Lodge, Vashon Island
More info and RSVP to sweatlodge@wwrl.org

Our lodge needs major repairs this year.  Bring hand tools, work gloves and food to share.  We will completely rebuild the lodge as well as work with firewood, altar, and perhaps the cedar circle if there is time and energy.  A small group will do prep work March 21/22, including sacred gathering of poles, dismantling the lodge, washing blankets and sheets, and leveling the ground.  If you want to be part of that work, please be in touch by March 15.  Thank you so much for your support of the Burton Hill Lodge!
poetry moon Poetry! Music of Words

Workshop with Anne Lohr
10 AM - 3 PM, Potluck Lunch
Catherine Place,923 S 8th St

Tacoma, WA
Cost: $25 
Click here to register . And here to invite a friend!

Come everyone and celebrate Our Mother Earth through the music of words: Poetry!  Together we will explore different elements and styles of poetry with an emphasis on our connection to Earth.  Gather your pens, paper, drums and rattles for this expressive workshop!

Questions? Contact: tcrowstudio@wwrl.org

Ongoing Events

South Sound Women's Drum Circle

otter woman2nd Fridays, 7 PM
Cedar Center, 906 Webb St. SE, Lacey, WA.
$5 suggested for facility rental + Hearth Fund donation encouraged
Open to all women
Contact Barbara at southsounddrum@wwrl.org

Join an intimate circle of women to drum, sing, and share ceremony, prayer, and wisdom teachings in an informal, friendly monthly gathering. Experience the healing power of working with a women's Mother Drum, hoop drums, rattles, and more and have fun connecting with other women through drumming. Bring your own drums and rattles if you have them. No experience necessary.

Visit our Online Calendar to browse or submit more Events of Interest

Aloha to New Members!
aloha lei

Aloha and a heartfelt welcome to a new Lodge Sister member who recently joined Red Lodge!  She lives in La Veta, Colorado.

Curious about La Veta? It's in a valley at the foot of one magnificent mountain, click here to see!

Readers Write for Us (and send photos!)

Submissions to The Monthly are welcomed from WWRL Members.  Send photos or brief articles (100-400 words) with news of Red Lodge events, programs or human interest stories. Deadline is the 20th of the month preceding JAN, MAR, APRIL, JUNE, JULY, SEP, OCT and DEC. Send to the editor, Kristina Turner at: monthlyenews@wwrl.org

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We are grateful that contributions and co-creative members support our programs and ongoing services in many Northwest communities.  We are excited that several Lodge Sister Members are percolating visions to bring WWRL to more states.
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