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Current news - what's happening in the world of Hua?
Here's where you can learn more about Hua, her teachings, services and offerings and links to other members of the community.  Go to the Circles of Empowerment newsletter for the current schedule of events!
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LONG DANCE 2014 
23nd annual event
Wednesday - Sunday
Sept 17- 21st, 2014

see Women's Press: Why Do You Go To Long Dance?
see Hua in the Tribune
www.longdance.org

NEW! Online Registration & Payment via PayPal!
www.circlesofempowerment.org


some quick links  


COE Board Vision Summit
Saturday - Sunday, April 5 & 6th

Long Dance Power Circle
Conference Call 1-567-314-1136 | Access Code:  714621#
Thursday, April 10th 6:00 - 8:00 pm  

How to Build a Traditional Shelter Teen Class with Oztachane
Sunday, April 13th

Gathering of the Clan
Conference Call  1-567-314-1136 | Access Code:  714621#
Thursday, April 17th  7:00 - 8:00 pm

Connecting with the Dark Moon
Class with Hua
Saturday, April 26th 10:00 - 4:00pm

Empowerment Through Ritual and Ceremony, Part 2 (Advanced)
Saturday, May 17-18th  10:00-4:00pm

Weekend Wellness Intensive
Friday, May 16th - Sunday, May 18th

Empowerment Through Ritual and Ceremony Retreat Weekend
Friday, June 27th - Sunday, June 29th


Community Sweat Lodge 
and Full Moon Circle
Both ceremonies will sleep through the winter. 

For more info about our big annual event, Long Dance please see the Long Dance site


For more details on all these events, read below and/or see the March Newsletter
    

Earth Medicine Alliance talk (MP3 download):

At the 2012 conference "Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom" representatives of four earth-honoring paths participated in an interfaith panel on the topic of ancestor reverence. Presenters included Awo Ifagbemi (Ifa/Orisha tradition), Hua Anwa (Red Road, Native ways), Chandra Alexandre (Shakta Tantra), and T Thorn Coyle (European Pagan ways). For the full recording of this lively discussion: click on this link.


12-21-2012 (MP3 download):

Listen to Hua's reflections on her trip to Guatemala during the famed 2012 Winter Solstice.  This profound ceremonial occasion marks the end of the Mayan calendar and the start of a new Age of Honey.  Download her talk here.




A NOTE FROM HUA for April 2014:


Happy Spring, Everyone!
 
How lovely this unfolding of spring has been. As we enter this season, we see the seeds we sowed during the darkness and decay of winter starting to sprout and become visible. With this growth, it's our responsibility to nourish these tender sprouts: our projects, ways of being, and movement in our lives. We want to encourage the opening of our pathways to achieving the manifestation of our intentions. Paying gentle attention to what these new visions need is the best thing to do right now. Allow for Great Spirit to guide us!
 
When we gather for the COE Vision Summit this coming weekend, we'll be watering the seeds of inspiration to guide us through the coming year. I want to ask all of us to bring our collective attentions to the search for our homeland, a permanent home for ceremony. It is vitally needed.
 
The Mexica New Year's celebration was extraordinary! We saw familiar faces everywhere, from dancers to supporters who came forward to encourage our Mexica sisters and brothers. It was an amazing way to give back to the community that gives us so much every year at Long Dance. Thank you for lending your energy to the celebration!
 
Upcoming class offerings include the new Dark Moon Ceremony class, which covers in-depth exploration and a giveaway of the New Moon Ceremony. I will offer an Empowerment Class, Part 2 (Advanced), for those who have already completed the Empowerment Through Ritual and Ceremony weekend class. This one-day class goes into candle and altar work, oracles, medicine wheel, and a totem journey.
 
Don't miss the amazing opportunities at the new Apeiron Wellness Center in Pescadero, CA. Oztachane offers 2 weekend classes there and I will offer a weekend retreat for the Empowerment Through Ritual and Ceremony Class in June.
 
We're asking you to show up strong right now - bring the energy of new growth forward to build community! The Gathering of the Clan conference calls are a chance for you to be heard for your visions and dreams. We need you and appreciate all that you contribute to this community! These calls are a way to strengthen the magnetic power that draws us to our homeland!
 
Great warm blessings to all, and let's move into manifesting our needs. I'm looking forward to scheduling the dates of upcoming Sweat Lodges and Full Moon on new land!
Love and Blessings,

Hua Anwa


Join A Power Circle!



We have created a new tool to maximize the efforts of our amazing community.  Power Circles are being formed for every major hub of activity that falls under the umbrella  of Circles of Empowerment.   

Power Circles are semi-independent groups that involve our community directly in decision making. 

Think there should be a new class?  Join the Classes Power Circle.

Want to see different event choices at Long Dance?  Join the Long Dance Power Circle. 

Want to grow Spirit Dance into a major event on the spiritual calendar?  Join the Spirit Dance Power Circle.

Want to build our permanent Village of Empowerment, an intentional community based on sustainability & permaculture? Join the Church Power Circle.



The new Power Circles that are in formation include: 


The Circles Facility/Community Power Circle  (Contact Supriti )

Please contact Hawk with your interest in volunteering your energetic leadership for more Power Circles in formation:  Community, Classes, and more.  Co-creation is more than just a theory - it is a practice!  Come get your practice honed by doing some of the most rewarding work you'll ever find.   

 

Call Hawk at 650 520 9882 with questions and get direction based on your areas of interest.  You can definitely be part of more than one Power Circle!   

 

No acts of volunteerism are too small, so be bold and step up.  You'll be amazed by how amazing you are! 


 

Mark your calendars now for these events that Circles of Empowerment will be offering in 2014:

Sweat Lodge is asleep for the winter 

Women's Full Moon ceremony  is asleep for the winter

* Sacred Pipe Ceremony throughout the year.

* Teaching Circles

Spirit Dance Ceremony - Saturday & Sunday on May 25th and 26th 2013 for men women & children

* 24th Annual Long Dance - Sept 17- 21, 2014 

* Vision Quest

* Travels to other communities, including Pantheacon February 2014, Mexica New Year in March 2014, Deer Mountain Youth & Wisdom Keepers Fire Council in August 2014

We who sponsor and offer these Ceremonies and events are passionately committed to serving you in these ways. There are ways that you too can support our vision for community. One big need is through financial contributions. Please go to the Circles of Empowerment website to see how you too can contribute to the vitality of our growing community.

AHO!...................Hua

For more info on Long Dance go to www.longdance.org

Or send a Large SASE to:

Circles of Empowerment

P.O. Box 76

Arroyo Grande, CA 93421
 

Upcoming News


Please see the Long Dance site for our schedule of special events at www.longdance.org




VIDEOS WITH HUA...
 


INTERVIEW:
 
Hua interviewed by Earth Medicine Alliance.  Watch this seven part interview for an hour of teachings and commentary by Hua on the topics of Ritual and Ceremony





 FULL MOON CEREMONY:
 
Our last Full moon ceremony of the year, and the last on Carpenter Canyon Road will be Sunday November 17th  7 pm 
This is a women's prayer ceremony. This is a great first time ceremony for anyone wanting to explore our Medicine Way here at the Church. Wear a skirt and layers (for that little nip at night), bring a box of tea, a potluck something to nosh on, water. It will be very good to see and be with all the sisters.  Please remember that we always need good drinking water here on the grounds for ceremony and Sisters please also bring a six pack of white flowers for beauty way around the wheel :)



 SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY SCHEDULE:
 
 
The last Community Sweat Lodge at the Carpenter Canyon site is on
Saturday November 16th at noon
Bring a Gallon of water to donate, drinking water for yourself & a potluck item


Sweat Lodges were given to the people all over the world, thousands of years ago to help improve their lives.  The Sweat Lodge is a sacred place to explore, develop and enhance our relationship to 'All That Is' and it acts as an accelerator to spiritual growth.  The ceremony is a powerful way to pray, and it cleanses us, heals us and helps us to grow.

If you have never attended a Sweat Lodge, or would like more information about how to have a good sweat experience in general, please read this PDF for some helpful info and guidelines.


Hua has been pouring water for nearly 30 years.  She is fully qualified to lead a safe, beautiful sweat and she creates a dynamic space of sacred prayer and transfomation with her seasoned, experienced insight into the mysteries and wonders of the Sweat Lodge ceremony.

Men and women are welcome to join us and keep in mind to dress modestly - women dress in a sweat dress or skirt; men wear shorts and a tee shirt.  You are welcome to come in an hour early to help with set up.  In the event of rain, an indoor ceremony will be offered, with all other details remaining the same.

Wood donations are gleefully appreciated, as are monetary donations towards wood purchases.

There is a Potluck after Sweat Lodge, so bring your favorite dish to share and a gallon of good drinking water to donate!  
 
Giveaway:
For the attendees, it is always proper etiquette to bring giveaway offerings for the 4 to 6 officers of the sweat to acknowledge their efforts on all our behalf.  (Giveaway is a gift of your choice and/or tobacco offering showing your appreciation for officers providing services at Ceremonies).
 
Water:
When having ceremonies here at the church facilities, we require good drinking water for all to drink and for the sweat lodge ceremonies themselves. We are on a well here whose water is not good for drinking. So PLEASE bring a gallon of good water to share. 


 Vision Quest and Elder Vision Quest
 

Postponed, Location TBA

 Ten questers are already signed up for the next Quest and the registration is closed.  There is a waiting list in case of cancellations.  If you are interested in Vision Quest for 2014, please contact Hua and pass her tobacco.

Eight questers signed up for quests in 2012.  They quested and fasted for four days and four nights. 

When we Quest, we ask for support for the Questers, in the form of:

  - Energy and Prayers during the Questing.
 -  There will be a support team there the whole time so food and wood and water will be needed.
 -  A monetary donation to support this endeavor will be gratefully received. These donations will help to cover our    expenses. It can be any amount  to show your support for theses relations that are seeking vision for themselves and for the whole community.

Since the beginning of this cycle of time, humanity has returned to nature to connect with spirit and to seek answers to problems of the physical realms, especially in these days when the messages of prophecy reveal themselves to the seeker. In its own way, the vision quest is an Initiation not unlike the days of the ancient mystery school teachings where one learns about themselves and the mysteries of the universe are often revealed to them. Who am I? Why am I here? It is a time of internal transformation and renewal.

A Vision Quest usually lasts two to four days within a circle, in which time the seeker delves deeply into their soul. The physical surroundings will allow the spirit to move into a dimensional reality of total connectedness. In ancient times, the entire clan prepared for the Vision Quest, supporting with food, wood, prayers and other support. The clan watched for the return of the Questers to hear the visions they had received for the well-being of the entire clan.



Readings, Cleansings & Retrievals


Tarot Readings from Hua:
 
$50.00 Contribution
Tarot Card Readings
 
I have been reading cards since I was 18, when I got my first deck, and I have been reading ever since. I come from a tradition that allows you to see what Creator wants you to know, in a co-creative manner, what you have conjured up for yourself. It is a wonderful tool that lets you know the potential of what can be happening for you. I use the Ryder-Waite deck and 30 years of reading experience.  Please contact me regarding long distance readings as well!
 
Call to set up appointments. Open from 1 pm to 9 pm.  805.481.0892  International and long distance readings are welcome, and tapes can be mailed per prior arrangement.  See my 
offerings page for other classes and services

Personal Cleansing Ritual

$100.00 contribution

A person may come to me feeling as though they have been psychically or energetically attacked. They may feel as though something negative has been attached, sucking their energies away. We call this feeling being shot with “dark arrows.” I use sacred powerful medicines that have been passed to me through the years, to cut the ties of attachment, the energetic cables and wires which I can see attached to that person. I use special eyes and other clair-senses: guides, listening - my whole bag of tricks - to clean up what is not theirs, that which has gotten in the way, attached to where it does not belong.

 

Soul Retrieval

$200 contribution

Soul retrieval is a shamanic practice, part of a long standing ancient shamanic tradition of journeying to dimensional worlds beyond the ordinary plane of material reality in order to gain new insights about what is happening in the here and now. Soul retrieval honors the knowing that illness and diseases can start in non-physical worlds, and have their root in non-physical causes beyond the reach of ordinary medical practices.

My particular soul retrieval practice is informed by many previous lifetimes as a healer, as well as decades of deep experience in this one as a certified massage therapist and spiritual counselor. During the soul retrieval, I journey to various spiritual dimensions and, with the guidance of my spirit helpers and guides, bring back some of the broken soul pieces which have gone missing from the seeker's spirit and psyche.

The process can be intense and rewarding, and I have seen many people gain great benefit from receiving back these missing pieces. 'Soul loss' is a significant issue in our modern world and soul retrieval is one of the major antidotes to that debilitating problem.


Hua invited to speak at local events on the Central Coast and beyond

Hua is honored to be an invited Elder at the Deer Mountain Youth and Elder Wisdom Fire Council hosted by Earth People's United in August 2010, 2011 and again in 2012.  She has been traveling and speaking a lot these past couple of years.  Locally, Hua has been featured as a guest speaker in multiple venues in the last part of 2009, including the Cambria 350 event to encourage awareness of carbon issues and global warming in October, the Hopedance film screening of the 13 Grandmothers movie in San Luis Obispo September 2010.  At another 2010 Cambria gathering in honor of the past Winter Solstice, prayers were exchanged with Mayan spiritual leader Tata OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez, with whom she has participated in several events. 

In 2011, Hua has been an invited speaker at the Earth Medicine Alliance conference in San Francisco, and she will return again in 2012.  She returned to Deer Mountain for the sixth annual gathering - an extraordinary event, and will participate in the seventh year in 2012. 

In the summer of 2010, she spoke at the Salon for the Spiritually Creative Life held at Pasadena's Institute for Art & Philosophy, and is a featured writer in the stunning book by Carol Soucek King celebrating the Under the Bridges at Arroyo Del Rey, now available on Amazon. 

Hua is available for special talks, teachings and community events.  Please feel free to contact her for your event at 805.481.0892.



Church Donations Accepted

  
To make monetary contributions (tax deductible) make your check out to:

Church of Empowerment
PO Box 76
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420



Hua In the Press:

Hua is in the Tribune August 2010

Hua is in the March/April issue of 
Women's Press


   

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