Ceremony & Workshop Protocols

Ceremony & Workshop Protocols

Helpful guidelines for participants joining Ann Megisikwe Filemyr or other teacher-leaders sharing traditional practices for the School of Embodied Spirit (SES).

How to Prepare

Each of us is ultimately responsible for ourselves.

We will each hold ourselves accountable for our own participation.

Expectations for participants include:

  • Open-heartedness
  • Willingness to engage honestly with self and others
  • Willingness to engage deeply with the other-than-human world
  • Willingness to enter silence
  • Willingness to participate in the community we will create together, including keeping confidentiality
  • Ability to listen carefully and learn experientially
  • Commitment to sobriety

 What to Bring

  • Pack a simple daypack for light items you might want to carry with you during outdoor activity, including any snacks or foods you need.
  • A journal and pens/pencils as we might sketch or write or if it serves your memory, there will be opportunities for you to take notes.
  • Wear comfortable weather-appropriate clothing, including sturdy shoes for walking or other outdoor activity.
  • Bring layers for cooler weather or sudden rain.
  • Watershoes are always helpful to have with you so we can walk/be in the water if the opportunity arises.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses. Remember we live in the desert!
  • If you have sacred tobacco, cornmeal, or kinnickinnic for the offering, bring it with you.
  • Bring something special to place on the altar throughout the Ceremony, something that you will take home with you when you go.
  • If you have a sacred and/or ordinary object that you use regularly that you would like cleansed and/or blessed as part of the Ceremony, bring it with you.
  • If you have a Pendleton blanket, bring it with you to sit on, wrap up in, or it may be used in other ways during the Ceremony.
  • If you prefer to sit on a sit-upon or something that you can carry that is easy and lightweight, bring it with you. Otherwise, it is fine to just sit on the ground!

What to Leave Behind

  1. Cameras and recording devices – nothing can be recorded from these teachings unless prior arrangements have been made as we are deeply engaged in strengthening and keeping alive the oral/aural cultural practices of this lineage.
  2. Cell phones – turn them off during activities.
  3. Any mind-altering substances – absolutely no alcohol!
  4. As much as possible, leave other commitments, duties and responsibilities at home or at work. This is a time to come together and be rejuvenated through traditional practices of reconnecting with ourselves, each other and the land.

Please inform the teacher/leader:

  • If you are currently dealing with any health issues and/or you are taking any prescription drugs. Please share this information prior to your decision to participate.
  • If you have any concerns regarding your own well-being at any time during the teaching or the ceremony.

For any questions regarding these protocols, please email: megisikwe@gmail.com

Migwetch! Thank you!

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