Join Grandma Amy for a Winter Solstice Observation and Celebration
WHEN: SUNDAY DECEMBER 23
TIME: NOON CEREMONY WITH POT LUCK TO FOLLOW.
For those wishing to make musical RHYTHM STICKS OR RAIN TUBES MEET AT 10 AM in room #4 prior to Ceremony * See below for more detail.
WHERE: ROOM #4 NEWTON REC CENTRE (In the Ice Arena Building) We will walk together to the adjacent Newton Medicine Wheel at NOON weather permitting returning to arena to feast and visit.
ICE ARENA ADDRESS: 7120 136B St, Surrey
WHAT TO BRING: A short poem or quote, something to share for pot luck, drum, rattle or music maker. Please dress for weather. (Bringing your own cup, dishes and cutlery is appreciated)
THIS IS A FREE FAMILY COMMUNITY EVENT! ALL WELCOME!
A reminder of our Work Party tomorrow and an introduction to some new friends at the PLOT SHARING GARDEN!
Calling all friends of the PLOT Old and New. The Garden needs your loving help!!!!
WHEN: Sunday October 21
WHERE: Plot Sharing Garden (Corner 71 Avenue and 137A St)
TIME: Noon to 3 pm
WHAT: Work Party to Get Garden Ready for winter
WHAT TO BRING: If you can please bring garden gloves, weeding bucket, shovel and/or trowel or favorite weeding tool! (~: Finger food snack to share.
The weather looks great this coming weekend so putting out an all points bulletin call for a PLOT work party to help bed down the garden for winter! Lots to do so come out, even if just for an hour or two! Weeding, cutting back and pulling plants as needed.
Lets give this amazing garden it’s due and help it through to see another year of possibilities.
Be wonderful to see you all and work in community together again in the garden.
PLUS!!!!! Three new garden minders seem to have appeared at the PLOT. Photo submitted by PLOTTER Steve W! Rumour has it that this one has two friends!
AND IF ANYONE FEELS CALLED BRING SOME APPROPRIATE OLD GARDEN CLOTHES we can create some New Scarecrows together as we tend the garden!!!
FALL EQUINOX CEREMONY AT THE NEWTON MEDICINE WHEEL
Sunday September 23, Noon to 3pm
Please join us for an Autumn Equinox at the Medicine Wheel with Cree Elder Grandma Amy*,
followed by Pot Luck in Room #4 in the Ice Arena Building.
It will be a time of marking the seasonal change, visiting, relaxing, enjoying the garden and being part of the community!
Candace Brown Bear Woman and other guests will be joining us.
WHAT TO BRING: Plate, Cutlery, Mug, Something to Share, Drum or Rattle etc or a Quote if you wish.
PLEASE DRESS FOR WEATHER and bring a lawn chair if you need to sit during the ceremony.
This is a Free Family and Community Event. Please feel free to share and or invite others.
*SPECIAL NOTE: Grandma Amy is inviting attendees to explore how their own ancestors might have lived in a good way with Mother Earth, how it was integrated into daily lives and how events like Solstice and Equinox might have been celebrated. Contributions Welcome.
Join us for ceremony at the Medicine Wheel with Grandma Amy Sunday June 24 @ noon followed by Pot Luck Picnic.
Candace Brown Bear Woman will be joining us to offer a song.
For those who would like to stay on for the afternoon other activities have been planned by some of the Friends of the PLOT, including a Labyrinth Walk, Wishing Tree Ribbon Tying, Music and Poetry Quote Reading.( Please see attached Flyer)
It will be a day of leaning into community, visiting, relaxing and enjoy the gardens.
Much Gratitude to Grandma Amy for cultivating and creating such a good space for us at the Newton Medicine Wheel.
Much gratitude to Katheren Szabo for creating our flyer and organizing this year’s Summer Solstice event.
WHERE AND WHEN:
Meet at Newton Seniors Center in the Activity Room at 5PM for set up/tea juice and visiting ( activity room is just off cafeteria)
Move to PLOT Newton Medicine Wheel Ceremony at 6pm for Ceremony then back to Center for POT LUCK
Grandma Amy, her son Grant and girlfriend Adrian will be joining us . Hopefully some of the members of the Turtle Island Clan Mothers will be joining us too.
WHAT TO BRING: A quote or a small poem to read, warm clothes for outdoor portion of evening, lawn chair if desired and something to share for pot luck. Please BYO dishes/cuttlery/mug etc
ADDRESS: Newton Seniors Center 13775 – 70 Avenue, Surrey, BC
Sweet Spring Wonder and the Balance of the Equinox to All Things!
Despite the pouring rain and cool weather several PLOT volunteers arrived to prepare for the Spring Equinox.
Claudia Brown Bear Woman, who helps facilitate Sweat Lodge at the Cwenen-gitel Aboriginal Centre in Surrey, arrived as things were being set up and gifted us with a sage smudge, then offered up a traditional healing Bear Song in blessing for the land and the people.
Grandma Amy – Manchus S’Kwao – Earthworm Woman, arrived wrapped in a beautiful West Coast style button blanket that she had made. People from the community circled around, filling all the spaces under the tent and overflowing out under umbrellas to help celebrate the first anniversary of the Newton Medicine Wheel.
Grandma Amy and another singer drummer Janeh began the Ceremony with the “Seven Direction Song” by Grandma Harris of North Vancouver. As the ceremony continued Grandma Amy and the Medicine Wheel team shared their words acknowledging the four cardinal directions of the wheel and the four related major elements that make up the fabric of life, Earth, Fire, Water and Air.
Telling stories, drumming and singing Grandma Amy was asked several times if she was too cold and wanting to leave. Each time her response was no, no, no I am good and she would launch into another wonderful life experience or teaching story.
After the Equinox Celebration and abundant feasting, the rain stopped. About half a dozen of the garden volunteers set about working on the garden well into the late afternoon, with shovels flying and wheelbarrows rolling, another set of beds was readied for planting.