Thank you to everyone who participated in our outdoor ceremonies this summer. We hope to see you back again next year!
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.
We are all products of the lives, lessons and the energy of our family members who have gone before us. The Ancestors Ceremony honors them and helps us to tap into the wisdom and knowledge passed on to us throughout the generations. You will be asked to bring a small dish of food that will represent your ancestors - perhaps you would choose a cultural dish, or your grandmothers favorite cookies. The food will then, through ceremony, be placed in nature to honor the ancestors and to provide nourishment for the animals who live in the woods.
The Medicine Wheel, or the Sacred Hoop, honors the 4 winds, or the 4 directions. Each direction, the North, the South, the East and the West, represent a time period of our lives; a state of being such as mind, emotion, body and spirit; a healing plant; a color; a season; a time of day; an animal teacher; and the lessons and healing that can come from each. The 4 Winds Ceremony helps us learn, through participation, about honoring these teachings, helping us tap into the energy of each direction, and expand our thought process to understand how to look for lessons in all of nature.