Ceremonies and celebrations are a huge part of our Western culture, from weddings, baptisms and memorial services to confirmations, first communions, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and graduation ceremonies.
The ceremonies presented at White Barn are a beautiful multi-cultural blend of ancient history and traditions complimented with new “traditions” honoring our present time, all designed to help us navigate life’s milestones.
Depending on the number of guests, the ceremonies will either be held in the tipi, in the Medicine Wheel, or in the field between the two.
These ceremonies are supportive and beneficial for anyone on the journey of personal and spiritual growth.
Sat., June 25th 7pm - 9pm
Cost: Donations at the Door are appreciated
Pre-Registration Required ("REGISTER HERE" button below)
Gates Open at 5:30pm for guests to come out early, visit, sit in the Medicine Wheel, walk the Meditation Trail, watch the rescued animals, or simply to relax and enjoy the peaceful energy at White Barn.
Scroll down for a list of ingredients for the mandala
This ceremony is about several things — bringing balance into our lives is a big one. When life feels off-kilter, our balance between work, home and family, school, personal time and other responsibilities may not be in right harmony.
Another important experience in this ceremony support our role in our community, and helps us learn to serve others.
And yet a third aspect of this ceremony is to invite healing into our lives, healing for the body, mind and spirit.
Creating the mandala helps us to learn to both focus on our own needs, but at the same time, to make room in our lives to support the needs of others. For this ceremony you will be asked to bring several items with you to participate in creating the mandala, and a list to choose from will be sent to you after you register.
- Humility and gratitude and an open heart are important throughout the ceremony
- And to set specific intentions for healing, for right relations, for balance in all aspects of our lives
- This Anyi Despacho Ceremony has been adapted to our Culture here in the United States
- It is a centuries-old sacred ceremony—very beautiful, very powerful
- It originated in the Peruvian Culture—in Inka times—with the Quero people
- It is traditionally led by the high shaman—known as the “Wisdom Keepers”
- The Ceremony is a Living Prayer. The despacho is a living prayer.
- Anyi means balanced and right relations. When people are imbalanced, the world reacts to this and becomes imbalanced as well. This ceremony is about reciprocity, honor and gratitude. What exactly is reciprocity? It is the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit or a mutual exchange in a relationship
There is a strong emphasis on COMMUNITY. This ceremony brings the individual, the community into a place of harmony and balance with the natural world.
It is truly about giving back and coming in right relationship with everything and everyone in our lives.
Below is a list of suggested ingredients and some of the meanings connected to these items. Give some thought as to what prayers you would like to put into the making of the mandala, and consider choosing ingredients that carry a special meaning and the support the energy of these prayer.
• Animal Crackers - Represent the animal spirits
• Apples—represent our sense of family and understand our path and purpose
• Bay Leaves - used to hold prayers, let each leaf represent new energy replacing the old
• Bear Grease— for Balance, bear represents balance in our lives, honors the direction from where physical healing comes from
• Candles/Wax— represents celebration and rejoicing, represents our light, we are to shine in the darkness, our inner light getting stronger through ceremony
• Cedar Chips – for protection both physically and spiritually (as much as you want) • Chocolate or Candy —represents everything we are in relationship with, honors Pachamama, the Earth
• Colored Confetti or Sprinkles - Celebrate all life
• Bay Leaves — used to hold prayers.
• Corn and Other Grains — to nourish participants and Pachamama (Mother Earth)
• Cornmeal - reciprocity, a gift back to the Earth for what we have been given, represents gratitude for our many blessings
• Cotton or Cotton Balls —Represents aware-time and dream time, represents the clouds—the lightness and beauty of our own energy • Feathers—represent our ability to rise above life’s challenges and difficulties and reminds us to look at the bigger picture (feathers must have been found, not bought or dyed)
• Flowers and Flower Petals—represent healing taking place (as many as you would like to bring)
- Blue Morning Glory—the grace that brings peace
- Pink Dahlia—symbol of self love
- Red Begonia—balance
- Red Carnations—for the Earth
- White Carnations for the mountains
- White Lily—represents our choices and decisions
- White Rose—spiritual awakening
• Fruits—the fruits of our labor, without effort, there is no reward, natures sweetness • Garlic—absorbs negativity and negative energy
• Incense– helps to connect us intuitively, strengthen our intuition and trusting that we are Divinely Guided, honors our connection with Creator
• Lima Beans - represent the protection, and places from which we source our energy like power places, sacred places, and the springs that nourish us
• Loose Sage—to cleanse and purify
• Mint—represents calmness, stillness, quietness and is soothing and comforting
• Nuts—Gifts for the plant people
• Oranges—represent our sense of self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem
• Palo Santo—for cleansing, clearing and purifying
• Raisins—honor the Spirits of our Ancestors and our blood lineage
• Rice—represents abundance, sustenance, brings our prayers to fruition
• Red Cord - Represents the "red" road
• Sand—Represents our connection to Pachamama, Mother Earth
• Seeds - New beginnings, starting anew, growth in our personal and spiritual journey
• Sugar and Various Sweets —brings sweetness and love to the prayers, compassion, represents family—should be placed on the despacho in the shape of a cross if representing family
• Stars—representing our hopes and aspirations and the stars in the sky
• Salt– the salt of the Earth, represents grounding and our connection to Pachamama, Mother Earth, represents stability and wise decisions
• Tobacco—to honor all present, including those in the world of Spirit (no limit - must be loose tobacco, no additives, plain, no chemicals)
• Yarn or String—represents the strands of the spider web, reminding us that we are all connected on many levels
If you choose to be creative and come up with your own ingredients to bring, the following guidelines will be helpful:
- Items should be organic in nature
- No plastics, resins, or metal
- All materials should be safe to place in a fire
- No fire-retardant materials or cloth
- Ingredients should be respectful to all living things