Transformative/Restorative Circle Process Training

The Third Annual Transforming the Culture of Power Conference will focus on teachings about the Seven Fires Prophecy which speak about the “Lighting of the Eighth Fire,” when people from all races will unite as one to build a Nation based on equity and justice where all races will live in brotherhood and peace. The Transforming the Culture of Power Conference will be presented as a hybrid event. The in-person event will be held at Woolman Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield, Massachusetts on 110 acres of land. The event will be livestreamed via Zoom and will provide ASL interpretation and Spanish interpretation. The Seven Grandfather teachings, Walking in Balance with All Our Relations, the importance of Storytelling and Ceremonies in the healing of trauma will be highlighted. There will be teachings about the thirteen moons for both men and women. Workshops will cover the voices of youth, and the importance of prevention strategies and healing interventions for those who harm and for those who have been harmed in relationships. Other workshops will deal with human trafficking and the systemic roots of this very real problem in all our communities.

In the evening, after the teachings of the day are done, there will be opportunities to participant in healing ceremonies with the elders. The venue can host 150 people. The online access will accommodate 300 people. In-person registration will be limited to the first 150 registrants on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Transforming the culture of power means, among other things, understanding that treating each other equally is not the same as treating each other equitably. A one size fits all equality model doesn’t account for the fact that everyone is different, occupies different positions of relative power (or lack thereof), and has different needs. Treating people equitably involves supporting each other to meet our unique needs and doing our best to rectify power imbalances when we see them. Genuinely transforming the culture of power in which we live means we take a critical look at where we stand on the scales of privilege and oppression and ask ourselves what we need and can do to help balance those scales. To that end, for BIPOC, registration for this conference involves no charge (though you are still welcome to donate if you would like). VBCIC acknowledges that many white participants may be unable to donate, so there is no mandatory cost. However, white participants who have the means to do so are strongly encouraged to reflect on that privilege, consider this an opportunity for both transformation and reparations, and to make a donation that you feel is reasonable (suggested amount $25-$250.), to help offset costs and provide equitable admission for BIPOC and others with less access to wealth.

THIRD ANNUAL GATHERING

LIGHTING THE EIGHTH FIRE

REINDIGENIZING, TRANSFORMATIVE,
RESTORATIVE CIRCLE PRACTICES

Tuesday-Thursday
May 7-9, 2024

Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center
on the Pocumtuck Ridge

INDIGENOUS TEACHINGS AND CEREMONIES

For more information, call 413-961-9167

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