Elk & Cedar Birthing A Sacred Drum of Power
April 2022 CALIFORNIA
Phase 1 of 3: Courting Visionary Purpose Partnership With A Drum of Power
Cost: $525 Materials Fee $150
Guides: Palika Rewilding
Guest Guide TBA
Camping, No Backpacking
Limited to 13 Participants
Deep down in your bones, is there a desire in you to enter a partnership with a Sacred Drum of Power that will serve The Greater Good in these times, offer vision, hope, healing, leadership ? Is there something about rhythm, skin and wood and breath and wild, voice, vision, and prayer that is resonating with you? Could a tended relationship between yourself and a Sacred Drum draw you into a deeper belonging to the Circle of LIfe? Help you discover your vision and place in gifting the Greater Good? Ripen your ecovisionary leadership?
In a sacred circle held by Soul and Nature, you will make a traditional skin and wood frame drum, sourced by our animal and tree kin here on the Pacific Coast. This is a 4 Day Nature Immersion where we will camp on the land together, make group meals together and create a well tended psycho spiritual nest to make a Sacred Drum. We will leave our cell phones, vocational and social identities, business as usual, and fast paced consumer life behind. We will slow down, listen, wonder wander, and give our attention in a ceremonial way to making our Living Drum.
Under the auspices of an unfolding new moon and ancient Oak Elders, Palika and an assistant will guide the birth of your living, breathing, Elk and Cedar drum. Immersed for 4 days in the dynamic of the inner and outer wildlands; we will inquire into the ancient relationship between drums and humans. We will invite these kinds of questions to permeate our hearts and our prayers: What speaks to my heart and soul about initiating a relationship with a Sacred Drum? Why this why now? How could praying, grieving, praising, celebrating, visioning, and listening with a Sacred Drum help me belong more authentically to the Circle of Life and discover more of who and what I am? How might it deepen my authentic participation and contribution in these times?
For 4 days and 3 nights we will engage in these conversations that matter with Wild and Mystery. Under the stars, sunsets, in circle and by the fire; you can expect solo time on the land, journal writing, drum journeying, deep imagery, dream work, council, witnessing and mirroring; as well as prayer, longing, movement, and our attention to call in the heart of our Sacred Drum and begin a lifelong relationship with it. As a group we'll court curiosity about our unique partnership with a particular Living Drum and how to feed the web of life with that relationship. The first step is the making of your own from the gifting of our Elk and Cedar kin. In this way, we will like our ancestors before us, participate in the rhythm and symphony of Life and perhaps tend to the well being of All. You will also learn about relationship with Elk, how these Elk skins were harvested and the conscious way of connection to, and using gifts from our animal and tree kin.
THE DEEP PURPOSE
This offering is NOT about "a making something workshop", or something to check off a bucket list. Rather we are offering a facilitated container for a deep dive to those of you responding to an unavoidable, and resounding psycho spiritual call to enter into an active and sacred relationship with a Drum of Power. You want to seed that relationship by making the drum yourself with the touch of your hand and beating of your heart and kiss of your own breath. This offering will be held in a ceremonial and prayer full container.
All Wild Mythos Drums offerings are founded on the biggest questions that have cracked my heart wide open in these times - What does it mean to become fully human? What is my individual and our collective place in the miraculous and Great Web of LIfe? How do I live a meaningful eco and soul centric adult life that gifts the Greater Good of the village and harmonizes with the Dream of Earth itself during uncertain, tumultuous times?
THE LANDSCAPE - Note the current location for this offering is undetermined at this time.
The Los Padres National Forest of the gorgeous California interior Salinas River Valley, and the foothills of the Santa Lucia Coastal Range. On the backside of Big Sur, this expansive rolling Valley Oak Grasslands is dotted with stupendous clusters of Oak Elders and has been tended and inhabited currently and for 10,000 years past by the Salinan First Nations people. There is evidence of their history everywhere, mortars, grinding stones, residue from their fires, pathways and primitive cutting tools. We are guests in this land.
The Arroyo Seco River, San Antonio Creek, Nascimiento Creek are part of the Salinas River Watershed and converge in the area we will camp. There is concentrated effort to protect and reestablish strong Steelhead populations in these waters. The park is home to abundant wildlife. Large mammals are mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyote, wild pig, and reintroduced and protected pronghorn antelope and tule elk! Turkey, quail, dove, ground squirrel, voles, mice, snakes, lizard, magpies, flickers, woodpeckers, songbirds, and hawks, owls and vultures roam the skies, waterways, and land. Many endangered species are protected here. The Los Padres are one of the most botanically diverse landscapes in California. Though there hasn't been much rain, this is the ideal time for wildflowers and we'll likely get to hang out with some along with many native medicinal plants.
There are many precious habitats and ecological niches here, including where humans are allowed, so we will have a very strict protocol with regards to our footprint on the land, in order to show our love, respect and committment to Earth. Because there was significant fire here in recent years, the land we will be in a particular state of emergence that we will respect and honor.
DETAILS THAT MATTER
We will follow all current CDC and local guidelines. Our overall intention is to insure as much as possible, that it is highly unlikely that COVID would be in our midst, and secondly if it is, that noone would spread it to others. The following are the protocols you agree to if you register. Everyone follows the protocols whether you are vaccinated or not.
All participants are asked to be conservatively cautious as possible to avoid exposure to COVID 2 weeks before our program begins.
All participants will take a COVID ANTIGEN TEST 3 days prior to travel and bring the negative test results. If positive you won't be able to participate.
Upon arrival to our group site, each participant will take another COVID ANTIGEN TEST - it must be negative for you to participate.
In general we will socially distance when sharing meals, gathering in circle etc.
In the event of rain and there is a need to gather physically close under a tarp we will all wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
If you experience any symptoms of sore throat, fever, nausea, diarrhea, headache; you will report to the guide immediately and wear a mask. We will ask you to take another rapid test and if its positive you would not be able to continue in the program.
We will use non fragranced hand sanitizer with robust yes!
Our commitment is that we are each responsible for our own health as well as our impact on others. Following all these guidelines cannot guarantee that someone could not have Covid in our midst and therefore we will consider that it could be. You could be exposed in your travel and it would not show up symptomatically in anyone until the end of our program. There is no 100% guarantee against contracting COVID.
All participants will fill out a medical questionnaire with medical insurance carrier and emergency contact as part of registration. You are not fully registered until we have your medical file. Thank you.
One or both of our guides will be Wilderness First Responder certified. All participants are responsible for their own safety, there are always risks in camping and wandering in nature. There is poison oak, and are rattlesnakes and ticks that live in California.
For all camping programs; breakfasts, lunches, snacks, tea and special needs foods are the responsibility of each participant. Only dinners are group meals prepared by participant teams. Each meal team will be responsible for planning, purchasing and preparing their group meal, this keeps food costs low and quality very high. We will total all the receipts for each of the dinners and divide the total cost between participants. Camp kitchen is provided by the guides and is exclusively for dinner prep. YOU WILL NEED YOUR OWN CAMP STOVE IF YOU WANT IT FOR YOUR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH.
To support our Covid Protocols, dinners will be prepared with masks on, and served with masks on by the dinner prep team.
Our location is just short of 3 hours south of San Jose Airport, 2 1/2 hours south from Santa Cruz, 2 hours south of Monterey and 3 1/2 hours north of Santa Barbara, and just short of 5 hours north of LA. Best airport to fly into for this program would be San Jose, CA.
Start time 1pm Thursday
End time 5 pm Sunday
Participants are also responsible for their own transportation to and from the program location. We'll provide a travel share spreadsheet to the group after registration. Our site is in Monterey County, CA.
$500 Early Bird Suggested Donation
$525 Suggested Donation
$150 Materials Fee
*there is a small paypal service fee included
THIS APPLICATION IS REQUIRED, PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN BY EMAIL. THANKYOU! You are fully registered after we have received your program donation, material fee and application.
Elk & Cedar is phase one of a powerful 3 part program - Courting Visionary Purpose Partnership With A Drum of Power - offered in 2022
Your Guides: Various Amazing Guest Guides will join Palika for this offering.
Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with over 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. Chris has lived most of the past 20+ years in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah. He lived in a tipi for 6 years, homesteaded along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states and led totally Stone Age expeditions into the wilderness of Idaho and Oregon. His teachers include Lakota, Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow, Blackfeet and Serri tribesmen, many wilderness skills experts and life itself. Chris’ workshops focus on awakening instincts, ancient skills and deep nature connection as doorways to understand more fully who we are and why we're here.
Palika was found by Wild Mythos Drums. She is a weaver of ceremony, keeper of Drums of Power, midwife for women's mature emergence and leadership, soul guide to becoming fully human, and humble tender of deep nature connection. Her center of gravity is the question of our species' place and participation in the web of life and the deep evolutionary impulse of the Cosmos. She understands her own place as a shapeshifter of culture, consciousness and heart, and an imagineer of new stories and shapes of human habitation on Earth, that cooperate with the heart and intelligence of the Circle of Life. She serves to crack open the aches in human hearts for meaningful and connected lives, deconstruct soul destroying structures of our modern times, and midwives others to new stories, lenses and ways of living that grow relevance, deep belonging and an irresolute Yes towards a life affirming culture.
She has been guiding humans of all ages and developmental stages on the ecological and psycho spiritual journey of wholeness, soul and leadership for over 30 years. Palika is a SoulCraft and Wild Mind guide with Animas Valley Institute, has apprenticed to: The Work That Reconnects, Deep Nature Connection, teaching at the Womens Herbal Symposium, midwifing the Death Journey, mentoring and facilitating Moon Circles and Red Tents, teaching Permaculture, Somatics, and offered many moons and suns of eco and soul centric counseling and mentoring private clients. She is grateful for her Life.