Blue Deer Center News

Posted September 6, 2011


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Posted September 6, 2011

We are delighted to welcome Mayan Daykeeper OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez to the Blue Deer Center in 2012, when he will be offering a journey through some teachings from the Mayan tradition on subjects ranging from finding light in the darkness and living from the heart to how to endure the purification process of our era while opening to the flowering of the soul. His program will be April 27th to 29th, and will include a Mayan Fire ceremony.

OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez was born in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was 11 years old. In 1978 he was adopted by the Mexiko Teotlkalli Kalpull Koatlkalko and the teacher Tlakaelel and given the name OmeAkaEhekatl in 1978. He was made an Aj Q'ij (Mayan Spiritual Guide and Daykeeper) in 1994 with the Great Confederation of AjQ'ijab of the Original Peoples of Guatemala and received his bundle through the teacher Apolinario Chile Pixtun. In 2005, he was also adopted into the Ts'aalth Clan, the five finned killer whale people of the Eagle Clan of the Haida, and given the name Gaada, meaning supernatural light.

Erick is a member and representative of various councils of Indigenous elders, youth, and spiritual guides. He is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of Tinamit Junan Uleu - Earth Peoples United, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity church dedicated to preserving indigenous wisdom and traditional practices, and renewing our custodial relationship with the Mother Earth and all her Beings.

OmeAkaEhekatl is working to create two models of spiritual land stewardship: one in Guatemala on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and one north of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. These are being created to demonstrate how to live in harmony with and appreciate the natural and spiritual worlds, restore land and create natural food and medicine gardens, and be places for indigenous wisdom keepers to come together to share their wisdom and ceremonies.

Posted August 9, 2011

The days are shorter now but the sun is still warm. The golden light reveals a world garden bursting with huge orange pumpkins and a magnificent variety of giant squashes. Old, gnarled trees offer limbs laden with luscious red and yellow apples. Fields of warm, golden wheat and tall sweet corn wave in the gentle breezes and reach with bursting stalks to touch the horizon.

It is harvest time. It is time to gather and store the food, the memories, the limitless motherly sympathy and love we require to see us through the fall and winter and early spring. It is time to work together in harmony as a family or community picking apples, and onions and squash and transporting them to where they need to be stored for colder, harsher days.

Receiving this cornucopia of rich colors, warm sounds, and ripe, fragrant smells grounds us in the Earth's garden. The abundant splendor of Late Summer's energy embraces us with the comforting arms of the Divine Mother and nourishes us with everything that we need for a peaceful body, mind and spirit.

Come and join us in a personal exploration of the Harvest Season August 19 - 21 at the Blue Deer Center. The plants are there and waiting to nourish us.

~ Carla Leftwich

Carla Leftwich & Safia Johnson will be teaching Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine” August 19-21st.

Hear Safia Johnson talk about Plant Spirit Medicine on WIOX, recorded on July 21st.


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