When you courageously stand in the fire of your truth and gain clarity on what you are awakening within each moment, you can then consciously create and imbue that truth in all that you do and all that you are.
Carolyn Little, MA, Yoga & Meditation Facilitator, and Yona FrenchHawk, Cherokee Elder, Wisdom Keeper & Ceremonialist are coming together to hold space for you to journey deep within, to listen, to honor your ancestral lineages, and to receive the guidance of your own deep inner knowing. With this clarity, grounded in truth, you will have the opportunity to set intentions and identify actions that are in alignment with your purpose to guide you into this new year. We will offer a Full Moon Fire Ceremony on Friday to honor and balance the feminine and masculine energies within and around us. On Saturday, following a sunrise meditation, we will journey into the womb of the earth in two sweat lodges, one in the morning and one in the evening. That afternoon, take time to gather in circle while Yona shares with us songs, stories and teachings of the Cherokee traditions followed by a yoga practice led by Carolyn. Sunday, following the sunrise meditation and breakfast, we will gather for a closing circle where we will share our awarenesses and clear intentions that will carry us into 2017. (A sample schedule of the weekend is below.)
"Regardless of context (a yoga mat / cleansing program / e-mail exchange), I always leave interactions with Carolyn feeling extremely supported and empowered with implementable knowledge. Her ability to support must be partly due to her compassionate mindset and complete comfort with resistance – regardless of origin. Her multidisciplinary training really allows for a unique approach towards health and wellness. With Carolyn’s guidance, I have benefited immensely through opportunities to safely explore transformative lifestyle changes. Because I would recommend her to anyone in my family, without hesitation, I can very confidently endorse her to anyone!" ~Ashley S.
Sample Schedule (subject to change) Friday:
2pm-5pm: Participants to arrive Friday afternoon
5pm-6pm: Early dinner
6:30pm-9pm: Full Moon Ceremony: Balancing of Masculine & Feminine
3:30 – 4:30pm: Afternoon yoga and meditation session
5:00pm – 7pm: Evening sweat lodge
After dinner – time for songs, sharing, connecting, or relaxing
7:00am – 8:00am: Sunrise meditation
8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00pm: Closing circle
12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch
About Yona FrenchHawk: Yona FrenchHawk is a full-blooded Cherokee Wisdom Keeper and Ceremonialist that was born and raised on the Qualla Indian Boundary located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Cherokee, NC. Also known as the Cherokee Indian Reservation. He grew up in harmony with the land gathering wild greens, roots for basket dyes, fishing, trapping and learning the ways of his ancestors. There are less than 300 Full-Blooded Cherokee that remain who speak and write the Cherokee Language out of a documented 30,000 enrolled members in the federally recognized Eastern Band of North Carolina and Western Band of Oklahoma. To keep this tradition alive.
Yona is honored to journey the bridge from the ancient past to the ancient future which is in constant need of support. Yona is a well respected ceremonial leader and shares the meaning of the Sweat Lodge ceremony as a way of life as it was shared with him by his Grandfather. Yona‘s Great, Great, Grandfather, Yonaguska, was Chief of the Cherokee during the time of The Trail of Tears. And led the remaining Cherokee to hide in the mountains from the armies looking to move them west.
Much like his historic ancestors, Yona shares in the vision of the Cherokee Prophecy, alive in today’s Seventh Generation. This generation is the core essence of all the generations that have come before and connects us all as indigenous people to represent one tribe. We are all one indigenous tribe of the Turtle Island. To learn more about Yona and his offerings visit: www.yonafrenchhawk.com
About Carolyn Little: Carolyn’s multidisciplinary approach to wellness, empowerment, and leadership blends her experience nationally and internationally in social justice, sustainability and public health with techniques in meditation, movement and integrative nutrition providing a unique opportunity for students to mindfully learn to love, heal, and live fully with vitality, ease and grace.
Her unique journey has led her to study with indigenous Elders from Columbia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, and North American (including the tribes of Cherokee, Lakota, Anishinaabe, and Cree). Carolyn is catalyst in bridging these ancient traditions with modern technology across various spaces from yoga studios to western medical and corporate settings, imparting the philosophies of holistic healing, earth based traditions, and the subtle skills of self inquiry and interpersonal relationship.
To find out more about Carolyn and her workshops, speaking events, and retreats visit: www.livethrivelove.com.