Sat, Dec 16|
Sticks and Stones Farm
Chakra Dreaming into the New Year
Come create your personal compass for 2024!
Time & Location
Dec 16, 2023, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sticks and Stones Farm, 197 Huntingtown Rd, Newtown, CT 06470, USA
About The Event
In this workshop led by Cassandra Hamilton, you’ll dream aided by a shamanic drum to consult each of your seven chakra’s governing animal, spirit guide, or idea to best propel your life in the coming year.
You'll focus on a life issue (such as how to cultivate a relationship or improve your health) or a project (like a business venture or a book you want to write) or a general inquiry about your year. From each drumming, you’ll find an essential insight, inspiration or action plan for the months ahead.
You’ll gain fresh and powerful images/ideas to help you live your best life. You’ll have time to create based on your experience by either a) creating visual images (with provided gel crayons, a non-toxic media that can be used like crayons, watercolors, or pastels and watercolor paper) or b) writing in your journal.
Both those new to drum dreaming and seasoned shamanic journeyers will be supported during these clearly explained, soulful inner landscape travels. With each consultation with a chakra, you’ll gain perspective on where you are, what needs tending, and where you’re headed.
You’ll experience how dreaming is:
You’ll leave with either a visual totem of seven images or a written map in seven parts that you can use to inspire and guide you in the months to come.
Bring: your journal and pen, even if you plan to make visual images.
Cassandra has practiced shamanism for over 30 years. In 1997, during a medicine wheel ceremony she was named a Thunder Being (One Who Reminds People Why They Are Here). In 1998, Albert “Little Turtle” Dugas gifted her his medicine bundle before he passed with instructions she do as she was taught but in her own way. In 2003, she healed her rare eye disease using a macrobiotic diet given to her by Michio Kushi and, with the assistance of Lewis Mehl Madrona, a shamanic journey witnessed by dozen workshop attendees.
She’s learned from cores shamans (including Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman and Keshav Howe) and well as shamans who practice imbedded in their culture and visit the United States (such as Tzenwaxolokwauhtli, Carrier of the Mexihka Black Smokey Mirror Tradition). She’s a Level 3 Dream Teacher in Robert Moss’s School for Active Dreaming and is currently studying Egyptian Goddesses in Normandi Ellis’s Priestesses Program. Her master’s degree is a Special Field Study in Shamanism and the Arts from Wesleyan University.
Her art training includes all aspects of theatre designs (except sound) from her BFA in Drama: Production/Directing at Carnegie Mellon. She then ventured into clay, learned techniques in pinching, rolling, coiling, wheel throwing, and slab rolling for stoneware. In Raku and pit fire, she found home and for two years sold her pottery the day of or after her firings until health issues changed her life. In 2015, she returned to creating art. She’s since studied Bargue drawing, oil and acrylic painting, watercolors, and colored pencils. Her artwork has shown in local art and museum shows and in international literary publications.
Cassandra’s writing training began when she wrote and directed her first play at 15 years old. She studied playwriting and screenwriting at Carnegie Mellon, and after graduation, worked on a handful of new plays. She’s taken writing workshops with Natalie Goldberg, Dinty W. Moore, Allison K Williams and various faculty at Women on Writing and Literary Cleveland Flash and Nonfiction festivals. She’s published several flash fiction pieces with US and international publications and is currently writing a memoir about the thirty snakes she’s encountered (all but one was wild).
She teaches dreamwork, dreaming and writing, and dreaming to create art, to international students via zoom through her company BearDog Dreaming.