Hope has been facilitating Womens circles for 20 years, and Jill Walton, a trusted elder ceremonialist, has been creating Sacred Circles for women for over 40 years. Together they are ready to begin to share what they have learned to help other women experience a healthy space for sharing and building sisterhood. ~We both really appreciate & thank the many indigenous teachers we have worked with, however this circle is not based on any one tradition; we are just calling on the traditions of our hearts.~ We will gather at this New Moon to share in circle, calling in the 4 directions, setting intentions of healing, and listening from our hearts.
Under this dark moon, let us explore womens authentic spirituality~ to be both strong and vulnerable, to call in our love, power and wisdom, and connect to the earth while building trust by using honest communication. As we come together we raise each other up, as we share from our hearts we find our confidence in our voice, as we listen to each others' stories, we loose the need to compete, and we root for each other to rise with us.
This New Moon circle is free to join & all wombyn are welcome. In this time of pain and confusion, we are opening this circle online to share, heal, & hear each others heart songs; as well as teach simple practices for you to facilitate sister circles in your community.
For those of you who would like to learn and share more deeply, Jill and Hope will be facilitating 3 more circles at the next FULL Moon (Aug 3) Cleansing & Centering, NEW Moon (Aug 18) Finding your Voice & Setting your Intention, and FULL Moon (Sept 1) Creating Ceremony. It is just $45-$65 sliding scale total to go deeper into the next 3 sessions with us. It is very affordable because we want to share this with you & build our community. (Scholarship avail. if needed, let us know)
Limit 20 women.
To join: * Personal Message* Hope directly by Aug 1st if you would like to join for this longer session
and Paypal to: Hopemedford@gmail.com
Gathering in circles is ancient wisdom & technology of our ancestors, the grandmothers- this is what we’ve always done. It can be a feeling of coming home when you're in a safe circle with women, held in trust with intentions for healing.
We have deep memories of this~ It is in the marrow of our bones.
We are experiencing the beginning of a long process of dismantling an unhealthy and patriarchal structure of power in our world. We need to be strong and unified as women to support each other along this journey.
Women are creators, and we need to be creating, to be whole. We want to support women and assist their path into balance, so together, we are working to build sisterhood within humanity. We believe in you.
After the killing of George Floyd ripped across our nation, there is a renewed need to show up and recognize how much #BlackLivesMatter to all of us in our global family. I have deep gratitude for the Africa, which I have visited several times, both studying African drum and working delivering babies. Thank you Mama Africa, your culture and continent, for the powerful musical lineage which brought the djembe and its rhythms through centuries, carrying with it, ancestral traditions and potent songs of healing and empowerment.
I want to offer my respect to all the people of color who inherited racial injustice in our country after their foremothers were brought here against their will to be slaves. We are opening our eyes further to the levels of injustice they have been struggling in for too long. And I want to honor the voices of musicians and artists of color who have courageously continued to speak up and share their voices in spite of societal pressure against them. We see you, we are sorry for what you have endured. Together, in this generation, let's raise awareness and end racism.
Hope will be performing at 5PST at the GoddessFest online~ June 13th. It is a Womens only 2 day vigil of honoring sisterhood and sharing from the heart- music, workshops, and presentations. This is a powerful lineup of amazing women will be an exciting to be a part of- join in at any time to listen to any of the 72 presentations, join directly through: Facebook.com/groups/gfestgoddesscollective
Hope is honored to be performing and sharing her music as part ofr the Walking in Beauty Festival- online benefit for the Dine tribe in the SW who have suffered greater losses than most from Covid-19. They have lost many elders and ceremonial keepers of their tribe. The resources gathered from this event will be brought directly to them in person by Porangui, one of the headlining musicians of this event and trusted friend of Hope's.
The presenters include Lyla June of the Dine tribe, Alexa of Climbing PoeTree, and DJ Dakini & Porangui and many more! Join us!.
Meredith Rom, is a visionary life coach, whose mission is to uplift, encourage, and inspire awakening women and entrepreneurs to take courageous steps on the path of feminine leadership.
She is the founder of the Rising Women Leaders podcast.
Sacred Birth, Rhythm & Raising Women's Voices with Hope Medford
Meredith interviewed Hope for an hour discussing:
Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world, resides on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is a sacred site and burial ground for ancient Hawaiians.
There is a current threat of an 18 story telescope observatory being build on a foundation the size of a football field on top of Mauna Kea and on this sacred site. The local Hawaiian community is shocked and activated by this. They have organized and created a peaceful encampment at the base of the mountain blocking the access road since the summer of 2019 and there is no end in sight. The protestors consist of many of the island's most powerful Kapunas (wise elders) carrying Hawaiian wisdom and culture with them. Many elders have ben arrested holding the front lines. Hope went to spend time at Mauna Kea to stand in solidarity together and bear witness to this powerful indigenous community standing up for their rights and culture.
Hope attended an intensive retreat on learning to work with Ancestral Medicine, featuring the work of Daniel For, PhD. This mulitday journey of understanding and healing was a combination of education, techniques, and facilitated experiential journeywork. Including explorations and shamanic drumming exercises to contacting and clear past wounds from your lineage. The last step is always making an offering, co-creating a mandala of gifts from the earth. Powerful work at a time when many have passed over to the other side.
Asheville, NC is known for its annual Handpan gatherings, this year a new one was created~ the Reminiscence Gathering. Hope joined the lineup of performers and gathered a group of women to perform a co-collaboration featuring handpan, cajon, frame drum, and flute for a unique presentation of the feminine spirit; in the rustic yet breathtakingly beautiful setting at Laughing Waters Retreat Center in the Appalachian forest alongside natural waterfalls. .