2016 Schedule of Events

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GOC 2016 Schedule of Events

Theme: Seeds of Innocence

~All Activities will Occur or Begin in the Main Circle~

Wednesday, August 3rd

1:00pm                 Sweat Lodges Setup             

3:00pm                 Set Up Large Group Canopy

4-5:30pm             Welcome Tent Open: Register, Pick up T-shirts, Buy Raffle Tickets, Get Events Guide

6:00pm                 Opening Circles:

Smudging: You will be smudged (cleansed and blessed) with sage and sweet grass to prepare for a weekend of ceremony.

Blessing from Grandmother Flordemayo

Oneness Blessing: Led by Karen McGinnis and other Blessing Givers

Pipe Ceremony and Explanation: Led by Brett Messer. Brett was passed the GOC Pipe from Pamela Lightsong Scheler in Odessa TX in 2009.  Brett is now the Pipe Carrier for the Rainbow Bridge Clan.  He creates sacred space through ceremony. He will be assisted by other pipe carriers, as is our tradition to open the weekend ceremonies in this way.

Introductions and Orientation: Led by Brett Messer

Thursday, August 4th

  8-9:00am           Introductions and Announcements for new arrivals

9-11:00am           Guest Speaker: Grandmother Flordemayo

12-2:00pm           Lunch Break

  2-4:00pm           Workshop with Grandmother Flordemayo

  4-5:00pm           Conversation with Special Guests

  5-6:00pm           Children’s Sweat Lodge: led by Shawna Mitchell

  6-8:00pm           Supper

     8:00pm            Men’s and Women’s Sweat Lodges: Lodge Coordinator – Steve Lake

Friday, August 5th

      7:30am           Morning Meditation with Bob and Wanda Wade

9-10:45am           Workshops (meet your workshop leader(s) in Main Circle):

                                 Mike Andrews and Joyce Anastasia: Beyond Unconditional Love

                                 Bob Wade and Larry Bell: Aikido and Tai Chi, Two Paths, One Truth

                                 Cesar Rosatto: Indigenous Knowledge and Story Telling

11-12:45pm         Workshops (meet your workshop leader(s) in Main Circle):

                                 Brett Messer & Natalie B: Holistic Health Experiential Workshop

                                 Kathy TwoHawks: Learning more about wild crafting herbs

                                 Patsy Malin: Change for a New Self – Changing the Habit of Being Yourself

  1-2:00pm           Pancake Brunch

  2-7:00pm           Time for Visiting, Supper, and Preparation for Dance

7-11:00pm           Sweet Medicine Dance: Time to dance your dance of life and find your own Sweet Medicine. Gather for the processional, which will enter the dance circle from the four cardinal directions. Choose your direction or… let it choose you. Trust in Spirit to guide you this night to find what your soul needs. Dress your best, paint your face, wear your mask… or not, find your center and dance your best.

      11:00pm            Co-Ed Sweat Lodge: Lodge Coordinator – Steve Lake

Saturday, August 6th

     7:30am            Morning Meditation with Bob and Wanda Wade

     9:00am           Raffle: Led by Shawna Mitchell

   11:00am            Talking Stick & Giveaway: Led by Kathy TwoHawks. Bring a gift wrapped in a paper bag for the “give-a-way.” This should be something of significance (meaningful) to you, which you now want to relinquish your attachment to, and pass on to a new keeper. The size or monetary value of this item is irrelevant but the more significant to you the better. It may be symbolic of something of yourself, which you have or wish to let loose of so that your “hands” are freed up for your present pursuits. Listen to your heart in deciding what to “give-a-way” at this time.

     4:00pm            Feast: Hosted by June Baldwin.  Bring “pot luck” dish and share the fellowship at the Main Circle! Please stay as long as you can to help take down the sweat lodges and police the campsites. Cleaning is a key part of the overall GOC experience.  🙂

     6:00pm            Take down Canopy

     8:00pm            Drumming: Led by Cathy Martin and Pete Phillips

Sunday, August 7th

Packing and Goodbyes

 Please leave your camp area in its beautifully natural state. Please see one of the coordinators if you lack adequate number of trash bags to complete your clean-up tasks.