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Peace Talk April 2012

This Week

Tuesday 7:30 pm - "Messiah" Training class
 
Friday 7:30 pm - Drumming Circle
 
Saturday 6:45 pm Fire Ceremony
 
Saturday 7:30 pm Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
 
Sunday (fire starts) 10 am EASTER Sweat Lodge
 
** THIS MONTH **
 
 
Saturday April 14th 9am-4 pm ~ Freedom Workshop
 
Thursday April 19th - Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
 
Saturday April 28th-29th - Native Nurturing Overnight
 
 ** COMING IN MAY **
 
May 25th-27th - Women's Web of Life Dance
 
 

Easter Lodge

Dogwoods
Easter Morning
Sweat Lodge

Sunday April 8th
fire starts at 10am
 
Ahh Spring!
 
Easter is a time of renewal and rebirth. What a perfect time for a purification and celebration lodge.
 
The sweat lodge experience is an opportunity to deepen our awareness of our connection to God (Spirit).
 
The fire will start at 10am and we will go in the lodge when the rocks are hot (usually about an hour to an hour and a half).
 
PLEASE COME EARLY TO PRAYERFULLY PREPARE .
There will be a potluck meal after the lodge, so bring a dish to share.
 
For more information on what to wear, and what to bring, visit our website page about the sweat lodge.
 

Easter Sweat Lodge

April 14th- Freedom Workshop

 Freedom WorkshopFreedom Workshop
 
April 14th
9am-4pm
 
Register Core Shamanism
 
  • Are you still angry about something that happened in the past?
  • Do you feel like you've forgiven, but don't feel free?
  • Do you feel like you keep re-living the wound?
  • Are you tired of investing so much time & energy into the past?
  • Do you feel like a victim?
  • Do you want to forgive, but don't know how?
  • Are you haunted by hurt/rejection/abandonment/abuse/disappointment or grief?
  • Are you ready to be happy and at peace?
 
If you said yes to any of the above questions, this workshop is for you. By spending the day in a safe environment of Love and Understanding, we gently work with the whole you to create a new experience. We work with your brain to release the memory, your emotions to re-frame the experience, your body to let go of the cellular memory, and the heart to fully open again in unconditional Love. You deserve Happiness! You deserve Peace! You deserve Love! You deserve all the wonderful things that God has promised you!
 
Learn how to release all the anger, the pain and the fear through Native American Ceremony and Healing exercises.
 
WHAT TO BRING
 
Please bring a dish to share for lunch, a pillow, a blanket, a bandana and a picture. The picture represents the younger (wounded) you. If you can find an age-appropriate picture, that’s even better.
 
The contribution for this workshop is $80.
 
For more information contact us by Email or Call Marti Ackerman at 704-906-9464

More information and registration

Native Nurturing Overnight

Red EagleNative Nurturing
April 28th & 29th
 
Register Core Shamanism
 
A weekend retreat for parents and their children
The children will learn about
  • Long Dance Ceremony
  • Drumming
  • The Four Directions
  • Story Telling
  • Chanting
 
This Spring the focus is on planting seeds.
We will make a special gourd garden to grow gourds to make personal rattles in our fall Native Nurturing Weekend.
 
Grandfather Joseph, Beautiful Painted Arrow, recently taught us about singing to the plants in honor of their lessons about life and growth and how Mother Earth sustains us. It is about understanding the balance of life and our own part in it.  There will also be plants for the children to take home to nurture. 
 
On Sunday morning there will be a Children’s Sweat Lodge, Give Away  and Feast
 
Contribution:  $25 per person; $100 family of 4 +
 
Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
 
For information contact:
Nan Citty: nan@centerforpeace.us 865-405-6809

Register for Native Nurturing Overnight

Women's Web of Life Dance

Web of Life
Women's Web of Life Dance
 
May 25th-27th
 
 
 
 
Led by: Jeanne Robinson and Margarita DiVita
 
Register Core Shamanism
 
 
 
 
The Women’s Web of Life Dance is about looking down the threads of life (both forward and backward) and seeing all the possible consequences of our choices. It is about seeing, understanding, and ultimately taking responsibility for what we set in motion. It is about gaining understanding of how we affect the strands next to us and across from us, indeed the whole web of life. Maybe it’s about learning how every single little thing that we do affects the whole.
 
This Dance is a little like the Sun-Moon Dance in that Spirit has shown us to dance back and forth to the center--but in this case we dance to the fire, which gives us the energy to create. This Dance is also a little like the Long Dance in that we also have been shown to dance around the circle (and perhaps even at times later into the night). We have been told to shape the dance area like an egg and put up thirteen poles--twelve around the perimeter and a larger thirteenth pole at the edge of the dance area.
 
Although the dancers and the crew are all women, men are invited to help prepare the dance area on Friday afternoon and to return on Sunday to partake in the feast.
 
The contribution for this dance is $300. This covers the expenses necessary to hold the dance. There is never a charge for ceremony.
 
For information, email us
 
Or call  Jeanne Robinson at  865-428-3070

"Messiah" Training

 
Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
 
"In September of 2009,  I began leading a weekly seminar at the Center for Peace around the subject of 'Messiah' Training.  These are on a continuing basis [until they are not] and everyone is invited to participate.
"If you have read and liked such books as Richard Bach’s ILLUSIONS and/or are intrigued by the teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES and/or follow the visionary path taught by people like Joseph Rael, you already may have been studying up on this subject – already a 'messiah in training'.  
"Please do not let the language throw you!  These times together are very little about doctrine, demands, or nice ideas and much more about self discovery, personal power, and mutual support."
 
Perry Robinson

More Information on Messiah Training

Fire Ceremony

Fire7th of each month, 7 pm
           ~ led by Katy Koontz

The purpose of the FIRE CEREMONY is to heal and purify both the planet’s physical oceans and the oceans of cosmic thought.
At 7 pm local time, fire elders light ceremonial fires at  each of the Peace Sound Chambers around the world. Those present watch the fire in silence until it burns out, giving to it what we want to transmute in our lives and staying open to the messages and teachings it brings.
 
All are welcome. We suggest you arrive around 6:45 pm.

Donations are appreciated.

Fire Ceremony Information

Sweat Lodge

Sweat lodge
Saturday Night Lodge
April 7th 7:30pm
Easter Morning Lodge
April 8th fire starts at 10am
 
Thursday Night Lodge
April 19th 6:30pm
 
 
A sweat lodge or "Purification Lodge", is an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the womb of Mother Earth (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.
Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness intensify prayers and personal introspection. The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.
There are composting toilets in the meadow. You may change clothes in these toilets or at the Peace Sound Chamber. There is no nudity in our lodges.

Suggested Items to Bring:
 
• Two Towels
• Men are requested to wear swim trunks, gym shorts or something similar.
• Women are requested to wear a skirt or dress. (Something for inside the sweat that is modest and you don’t mind getting muddy.)
• Change of clothes (Preferably long sleeve and covers all of the legs to keep from getting the feast area dirty).
• Covered Dish for the Feast.

It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary gift for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.
Cash donations are used to support the Sweat Lodge.  We use lots of wood for the fire; supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, and more. If you are feeling abundant, a donation would be appreciated. 

There is never a charge for Ceremony. If you are not feeling abundant, PLEASE do not allow this to prevent you from coming.
 

More sweat lodge information

Drumming Circle

Every Friday @ 7 pm
~led by José Gonzalez and Tamy Brown

Drumming is a powerful, sometimes dramatic, way to break into other levels of our mind.  Sensitive instruments can measure the way that drumming affects the brain waves.  That’s the reason for tens of thousands of years the shaman has journeyed with the drum.
This drumming is not specifically for journeying; but you get to use it whatever way you wish – including having a good time doing it!
So, on Friday of each week, bring your drum, and come join us.
Donations are appreciated.

2012 Dance Schedule at Center For Peace

Dances at the Center For Peace have been one of the major activities that we hold each year. The complete dance schedule for 2012 follows.
 
You may click on the dance name to be taken to the web page for that dance where you will get further information and will be able to register.
 
After you register, you will be taken to a page where you have the option to make your dance contribution by PayPal. AND new this year, once you have registered for a dance you can click on the "make a payment" button at any time to make incremental payments on your contribution by PayPal.
 
If you choose not to use PayPal, you can send your contribution by check to the Center. Be sure to put the name of the dance in the memo line.
 
 
March 23-26 “For the One” Dance 
 
May 25-27 Web of Life Dance 
 
July20-23 SunMoon Dance 
 
 
August 24-26 Star Dance 
 
August 31-September 3 Hollow Bone Dance 
 
September 21-23 Drum Dance 
 
December 1-2 Long Dance 
 
 
 

Perry's Ponderings

 
Fire Speaks
by Perry Robinson
 
[Balance seems to be the word for this month.]
 
On the morning of the seventh [March], Tamy, one of our people awoke from a dream in which she was writing a message to us all about balance and how we create imbalance, when we are always the ones carrying, not allowing others to carry us.  I hope a lot of people got to read it.  Her email landed in my “inbox” right before I went to the meadow that evening for the Fire Ceremony, although I did not open it or read it until right before I retired for the night.  When I read it, I knew I needed to stay up and write the following:] 
 
After Jeanne and Heather went to bed tonight, I had been monitoring a few things on the internet; so I stayed up longer, kind of drowsy, and I also read Tamy’s email.
 
Notice that Tamy wrote about imbalance! I am up way past my bedtime; because I just read her email and dropped my jaw! Let me tell you about what I saw in the Fire Ceremony tonight.
 
This is the last Fire Ceremony of the winter. As Katy was lighting the fire, I noticed that the fire was laid in such a way that it WAS going to fall to the east. The stack of wood was LEANING toward the east. Katy didn’t notice it, because she was in the east as she laid it. From her perspective, the stack of wood was straight. When I noticed this I thought about how we have hardly had a winter anyway, so the fire is rushing up spring.
 
She lighted the fire and we placed offerings in it. It was burning strongly; and the wind carried the flames to every direction EXCEPT the east. When the fire shifted and fell, it did not fall to the east; rather it settled into balance upon itself. [The term “settled into balance” came to me as I was describing to those present my thoughts on the fire.] As it burned, the blaze to the north went out first, then the south. The east and west burned the longest, but the west was a larger blaze which burned long after all other directions were out.
 
Message of the Fire:
The blaze in the east burned long and strong enough to let us know that new beginning was in the fire. The east is about birth, springtime, sunrise, mental body, new beginnings, purity, and clarity.
 
But the anchor, strength, and weight of meaning of the fire were obviously in the west, where a large blaze continued and continued.  The west is about sundown, fall of year, physicality, maturity, healing, awareness, harvest.  It seemed that the fire was saying that something planted long ago is bearing fruit, maturing, and that a new beginning in the form of  something SETTLING INTO BALANCE in the physical world might be taking place.
 
[This came later.]  There is a metaphor here, which I hope I can describe.  Like the fire, we lean.  We individually have a bundle of “leanings” that make up who we are;  mind sets, emotional buttons, inherited traits, spiritual guidance, likes, dislikes, and all the aspects that each of us has chosen to bring into this lifetime to work with them. 
 
We do not know how those “leanings” will settle out, until they are in the “fire”.  Fire is the great transformer. 
I have seen perfectly laid fires scatter all over the fire pit, when they fall.  Almost every fire “tells” us something in the way it settles and falls.  In this case there was a fire which, when it was laid, had a definite “lean” to it, from my perspective.  But when it was consumed it fell into its own footprint . . . in balance.
 
What I get is that, when we offer our “stuff” into the “fire” of Life and Spirit, we can “fall” into our right place – whatever that is!
It is going to be really interesting to watch what unfolds between now and the next Fire Ceremony [coming up Saturday, April 7], I think!
 
Katy can tell you more about the fire, if you are interested.
 
Oh! [Going back to the fire March 7:]  
Before she lighted the fire we saw what looked like smoke coming out of the fire! Later, we talked about the prophet of old who piled up wood, poured water over it, and then CALLED the fire to it. And it blazed! Katy said she went to that place recently, while she was in Israel.
 
Hmmm! Think something might be up?

Contact Perry

In This Issue

This Week

Easter Lodge

April 14th- Freedom Workshop

Native Nurturing Overnight

Women's Web of Life Dance

"Messiah" Training

Fire Ceremony

Sweat Lodge

Drumming Circle

2012 Dance Schedule at Center For Peace

Perry's Ponderings

Calendar at a Glance
 
APRIL
 
April 7th 6:45pm
led by Katy Koontz
 
April 7th 7:30pm
led by José Gonzalez
 
April 8th 
fire starts at 10am
led by Perry Robinson
 
April 14th 9am-4pm
 
April 15th 10am
Council Meeting
NOTE: New Time
 
April 19th
led by Steve Citty
 
April 28th-29th
led by Nan Citty
 
MAY
 
May 5th 7:30pm
led by José Gonzalez
 
May 6th 10am
Council Meeting
 
May 7th 6:45pm
led by Katy Koontz
 
May 17th
led by Steve Citty
 
May 19th 10am -4pm
Work Day for Women's Web Dance
 
May 25th-27th
led by Jeanne Robinson and Margarita DiVita
 
 
Work is Worship
“Work is Worship”
 
Work/activity is one very clear way to celebrate our selves as part of the community by which we are being fed spiritually. And it is always a lot of fun. Time seems to alter into a process rather than a taskmaster and friendships are born and nurtured by our community participation.
Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, water and an open willing attitude. If you have any special skills, please let us know so we can best use your talents. Of course, we will first take care of the pressing needs, but there is a lot of work to be done and all your talents are valuable.
We provide lunch. (So kitchen help is also appreciated.)
Contact:
Perry 865-428-3070 or
Steve 865-300-4424
Chanting in the Chamber
The Peace Sound Chamber is available for chanting, vision quests and ceremonies of many different types.
You are encouraged to come to the chamber and chant, drum, meditate or simply sit (the chamber Spirits love it); please check first that there is not something already scheduled.
 
Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve our facilities as usage requires council approval.
Council Meeting
 
This is the gathering of the board of directors to discuss new ideas, future projects, and events.  Feel free to come with suggestions and comments.
 
April 15th 10am
May 6th 10am
-Visitors welcome Note new time.
 
For more information, call the Center at (865) 428-3070.
Directions to the Center
Directions


Council Members
The Center for Peace is a non-profit religious corporation in the State of Tennessee. Donations to the Center for Peace can be claimed as deductions from income for income tax purposes.

Active Council Members of the Center for Peace:

 
Marti Ackerman
Belmont, NC
704-906-9464
 
Nan Citty
Knoxville
865-405-6809

Steve Citty
Knoxville
865-300-4424

Margarita DiVita
Jefferson  City
865-475-3799
 
José Gonzalez
Seymour
865-300-3439
 
Dona Hodges
Sevierville
865-805-8372
 
Ed Hodges
Sevierville
865-951-8924
 
Sandy Palmer
Seymour, TN
865-304-0765
 
Barbara Rector
Knoxville
865-789-9955
 
Jeanne Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Perry Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

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