When a woman chooses to step onto the path of motherhood for the first, second or sixth time, a remarkable transition begins, weaving one chapter of life to the next. During this time we can create simple and intentional ceremonies to mark this powerful shift – rituals that honor and support a woman's physical, emotional and spiritual growth alongside her growing baby.
Shamanic ceremonies are some of the oldest and most elegant tools with which to navigate a normal human life of change. Shamanism invites the organizing principles of the natural world and its sacred energies to assist in grounding and smoothing the passage of the soul through the dynamics of life. A family who participates in ritual and ceremony to mark this time feels prepared on all levels of their being to welcome the upcoming transition with trust, ease, surrender and grace, knowing their intentions and prayers have been powerfully received. Returning to a life of ceremony feels wonderfully uplifting and joyful.
M O T H E R B L E S S I N G A Celebratory Gathering
A mother blessing is a ceremonial day of ritual designed to honor, nurture and shower the mother-to-be (or be again) with loving care before her baby arrives. Surrounded by her closest female friends and family members, she enjoys a feast day of pampering and care, including a ceremonial floral foot bath, cornmeal foot scrub and flower crown. She is acknowledged by each of her guests with their words of support, affirmation, wisdom and prayer. We complete the day with a nourishing feast and indigo onesie dye bath.
This gathering of intention and support weaves a web of care around the mama, an energy that will carry her forward into her postpartum days. The ceremony is held with pure intention: to celebrate the joyous sanctity of life!
Benefits: Joyful, deeply relaxing and uplifting, brings community together, ceremonially marks the transition of new life.
One mother blessing performed at your home or the location of your choice: $325 (6 hours) Includes all materials, invitation design, communications, set up and breakdown.
B I R T H D E S P A C H O A Celebratory Prayer Bundle
In shamanic traditions, a despacho is a ceremonial offering composed of dozens of ingredients including flowers, seeds, herbs, foods and sweets, confetti, glitter and more. It is the primary ceremony performed by the Q’eros pacos (shamans or medicine people) of the Andes, often to request permission to visit a mountain or to create harmony (ayni) in their community and the world.
A birth despacho can be a beautiful addition to a Mother Blessing or Baby Shower, or as a private ceremony for new parents to set their intentions together for the birth and early childhood. It is also a powerful way for a couple to mark the transition into parenthood, or birth loss, in a culture that is often devoid of meaningful rite-of-passage ritual.
Together we will open sacred space, calling on the four cardinal directions as well as Pachamama, Great Spirit, and the direction within to create a strong container for our ceremony. Following this you will co-create a beautiful mandala of sacred natural objects in reverence and joy.
We will offer our gift to Great Spirit and to Pachamama through the element of fire with pure intention: to honor and ceremonially acknowledge the sanctity of life, to receive and trust in the gifts that life has in store for you, as they birth from your heart and soul.
Benefits: Celebratory, joyful, uplifting and focusing. Sanctifies and unites community and family. Profoundly commemorates life transitions.
The ceremony is offered on a sliding scale from $150 - $300. Duration is 2 - 3 hours at the location of your choice. All materials included.