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Wisdom of the Elders - Healing the Earth Time

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Kavanaugh Conference And Retreat Center

7505 Kavanaugh Road

Crestwood, KY 40014

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Indigenous Elders and Teachers from many tribes and cultures: When the Inhabitants Walk with Integrity, the Earth will Heal. Must Register.

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Many tribes and cultures talk of learning from the 7 Generations before us in order to carry the wisdom to the 7 Generations ahead of us. The previous 7 Generations impact who we are and how we live today. What we learn, how we live, and what we do will impact the 7 Generations to come. The values encircled above are held by many of the tribes of Turtle Island and serve to give us the tools to make a positive impact.

The Elders and Ancestors tell many stories about the coming of the New Springtime or Coming Together Time. We have been in that time of learning wisdom from the different directions. Now, we are in the Healing the Earth Time, a time to check and balance the way we walk so the earth may be healed.

Every negative thing going on in our world today is a direct result of how we are out of balance. We must Heal the Earth by bringing balance to our lives. The Elders, Teachers and Indigenous Wisdom keepers are ready to share the lessons necessary to help us accomplish our goal.

We hope you will join these honored and gifted teachers for the Healing the Earth Time.


Once Registered, you will receive additional information and updates on added presenters.

Elders and Teachers from Cherokee, Ojibwe, Chippewa, Oneida, and Africa, East Indian, Ireland will be present. Others have been invited.

Raining Deer Harjo is a multi-award winning author, a cancer thriver, community ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Philadelphia, and recipient of the Barack Obama Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce and Pat Hardwick have held hundreds of Sacred Fires at "The Rainbow Lodge" where the lesson of "4-All" was grounded in the truth that humans can put differences aside and find common ground at Grandfather Fire. Bruce, Pat, Duane and Van have traveled and shared these teachings all over the world.

Dr. Riffat Hassan is Professor Emerita (U of L), an Activist and a pioneer of inter-religious dialogue in the U.S. She founded The Salaam Network which stands in solidarity with those who seek to make our community the abode of peace and to make it whole.

Geshe Rapgyal, Executive Director & Spiritual TeacherGeshe Rapgyal is the Executive Director and Spiritual Teacher of Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion. Born in Tibet, he is a monk and respected teacher, and part of Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India. Geshe Rapgyal is very involved in bringing compassion and nonviolence practice to the Louisville community and beyond. Please www.drepunggomangusa.org/ourmission/monks/

Duane Kinnart is a passionate Firekeeper, singer, and drum leader. He speaks about how he came to the Fire wanting to be a better man so he could be a better father. Invited.

Van Archiquette Van is a respected Elder in the Wisconsin Oneida. He has worked and taught alongside the other Firekeepers for many years. He is known for his quiet wisdom and presence. Spend some time with this gentle spirit.

Grandmother Jeremie, Ngahu Taawi (Medicine Song)Grandmother Jeremie is Ministerial Director of Sanctuary, Inc., a Spiritual and Educational foundation in Kentucky. She shares her memories and wisdom in 10 ongoing Wisdom Teaching Circles. Jeremie’s hope is to weave a new tapestry of knowledge that honors the teachings and traditions of the Hopi as well as other American Indian Traditions, in the old way, through circles, stories and ceremony as well as by example. Please See: http://www.hopiwisdomteachings.com

Grandmother Sings True - Women’s Drum Saturday Night CeremonyGrandmother Sings True is an intertribal women’s healing drum. She is and brings the love and heartbeat of the Earth. The drummers and songs come from many tribes and continents, we sing the traditions and memory lines of all of our ancestors. Our purpose is to support transformation and healing for individuals as well as community as a whole.

C. J. Wright, Awahili GawoniRev. C. J. is the Executive Director of the Rainbow Spiritual Education Center, serving the indigenous and wider community for over 18 years. She has received teachings and ceremonies from many Elders and is committed to sharing them in good and sacred ways. Momfeather and C. J. taught together in Louisville. Momfeather made her promise that the Wisdom of the Elders would continue. And, so it is. Wado,

We have been in the Coming Together Time. Now, the Healing the Earth Time has begun. We are all needed.



Format: This event will be a combination of large circles, small circles, and Ceremony, held on 37 acres of a beautiful facility with designated forest land, walking trails and benches along the trails for rest, reflection, prayer or simply taking in the sights and sounds of the woods. Some circles will be held outside at the Eagles' Nest Fire Circle. Others will be inside facilities.

Young People: There will not be separate events for children. Teenagers are welcomed if accompanied by an adult and if participating with everyone else. The Wisdom to be shared is for their ears too. They are our future. See registration details.

Restrictions: No drugs, alcohol or weapons permitted. Pets are not allowed inside any lodge or facility, and must be leashed at all times. Pet parents are responsible for immediate clean-up

Costs Info: The costs are for the facilities, presenter stipends, the teaching circles, lodging, food and supplies. We never charge for Ceremony. Any net proceeds go to further the educational programming of RSECI (Rainbow Spiritual Education Center, Inc. , a non-profit 501c(3) organization. RSECI is Volunteer run.

With Gratitude we thank our Sponsor CONAM (Committee on Native American Ministry – United Methodist Church) for their support.

Thank you to the following people & organizations for helping to advertise:

Dan Creely, Jr. - T.E.A.M., Northeastern Illinois University

Kentucky Indigenous Peoples

Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission

The Salaam Network

United Methodist Church Committee on Native American Ministries

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Crestwood, KY 40014

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