A retreat within the sacred lands of the Tewa People in northern New Mexico at Ghost Ranch with Cynthia Jurs, Marian Naranjo and friends. Includes a special ceremony on the New Moon, Thursday, April 23rd.
Please stay tuned for details about the background and layout of this rare and special workshop. An on-line application form is required for those interested. Space is limited.
The package rates on the website registration form include a $100 materials fee. When registering by phone or by mail, the $100 will be added to your registration fee.
“What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?” This was the question that dharma teacher, Cynthia Jurs, asked a 106-year-old Tibetan Buddhist Lama living in a remote cave in Nepal back in 1990. In response, she was given a practice to fill and seal and bury Earth Treasure Vases. For thirty years Cynthia has taken these holy vessels around the planet, making relations with elders and activists and filling them with prayers and offerings to bring healing and protection to the Earth. Once filled, these little clay pots are planted like seeds in the Earth in diverse cultures, communities and ecosystems around the world. The prayers and intentions they contain take root in surprising ways and creative initiatives have been catalyzed though this ancient practice of sacred activism especially suited for our times.
The first location for these holy vessels was within the sacred lands of the Rio Grande bioregion of northern New Mexico. Here, in the region known to the Tewa people as their Church, at the center of what has become a global healing mandala of prayers for Mother Earth through the Earth Treasure Vase practice, there once stood a mountain range as tall as the Himalayas. When this mighty volcano exploded a million years ago, the caldera it left behind became the ceremonial center for the Tewa people. In the 1940’s the US government seized a nearby mesa from the Tewa people to build the Los Alamos National Laboratory and develop the atomic bomb. The time has come to focus our healing prayers even more deeply in this region.
Co-leading this retreat with Cynthia Jurs is acclaimed Santa Clara Pueblo potter, activist and educator, Marian Naranjo. The retreat will begin with Marian and a group of Tewa women potters who will create traditional sacred seed pots as an offering to this land. These earthen vessels, the local equivalent of earth treasure vases, will initiate a new chapter of the necessary healing called for here, serve to make reparations between all our relations, and support the reclamation of an important traditional Tewa life way. The seed pots will be gifted to Native and Hispanic farmers who are part of a movement Marian and members of the New Mexico Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance started to grow native food and save seeds for the benefit of future generations, insuring the continuation of life.
This is a rare opportunity for retreat participants to be invited into prayer with Marian and other women elders to learn the respectful mannerisms of the Tewa people within their church and witness the women as they mix the clay and craft the pots in the traditional way. Having received this transmission, participants will then be guided in the process of hand-making sacred earthen vessels as an offering for the healing, protection and renewal of our lands.
During the retreat, Cynthia will offer dharma teachings, guided meditations and experiential learning on the land. We will listen deeply to how we are each being called to make our most heartfelt offerings for the healing, protection and renewal of the lands we love. When the pots are dry, they will be fired overnight and at the end of the retreat we will join together for a final ceremony to consecrate the seed pots for the local farmers and seed keepers and the hand-made earth treasure vases for our own parts of the world.
Space in this retreat is limited. If you are interested in participating in this deep ceremonial healing work and are serious about taking up the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases please apply here (link to application form).