Crafting a sacred object is an intimate journey, it reveals our creative energy and allow us to be in communion with the natural world.
Crafts manifest our longings and prayers, they must be weaved with intention and can used for protection and guidance.
Bringing the Spirit into the role of matter is one of the intentions of sacred objects. We must create elements that are intriguing enough to awaken our soul. For drawing in helpful allies we can make medicine bundles, amulets, talismans and charms using stones, herbs, crystals, feathers and seeds. For new beginnings or deepest hopes and wishes one can carve prayer arrows with symbols and threads. The quality of the creation process holds medicine and learning, opening space for other projects to emerge.
Crafting an element is a ritual that empowers us, it inspires the design of the ceremony and builds connection between us and the unseen world. It is a way of slowing down and allowing the natural world to know that we are preparing ourselves for sacred time. One may experiment weaving in silence, with no distractions, placing intention and a prayer for every knot. I also craft in the middle of the ‘village’, where people are coming and going in their busy lives. To be witnessed by the human community can also be a powerful way to engage with the elements.
One can go into nature looking for materials, allowing them to emerge organically and receiving inspiration from the land. When walking in a state of receptivity, approaching the world as a suitor and asking permission we are doing things in a sacred way. These ways of crafting reveal a deep connection with the feminine archetype and serve as a gateway to ancient women who worked with their hands to give spiritual support to their tribe. It's a grounding skill that connects us to the ever present web of life and the potential for healing and transformation. It reminds us that the world is animated, all that is asked from us is our intuitive mind.
One of my passions is working with dreams, activating and honouring them. Part of this work was initiated by Native American traditions and dreamcatchers, objects that aim to protect us from unwanted dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The sacred hoop can be thought of as a huge council of all beings. The inside is weaved with a thread creating a mandala, a web of connection and paths. Recalling the ritual objects I weaved for ceremony, there is one space who brings me immense connection and power.
Crafting stimulates patience and appreciation for what is valuable, we craft a sacred space within ourselves. I invite you to connect with your hands and give yourself sacred time. We must live with our full heart. Crafting sacred objects is love and Spirit made visible.
The workshop has the duration of 2 hours. During the workshop you will explore the qualities for rituals and ceremony, steps for its design, have a medicine walk and nature connection activity to finally empower yourself to develop a meaningful and personal sacred ceremony. The sessions will be recorded and you will be able to listen to it again at home, you will also receive printed material to support your journey.
Weaving sacred objects is an ongoing project. If you wish to join or host a workshop, please contact us to learn more details.
Full Workshop for 5 people or more: 300RMB per person
Private Workshop: 1.500RMB
LOCATION: SHANGHAI, CHINA
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
My name is Maria Eduarda and I am a social ecologist with an MA in Ecology and SpiritualityI've worked for 7 years with the indigenous tribe in the Amazon Forest where I learned about rituals and ceremony, forwarding my studies at Schumacher College. Read more about my journey here.
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