Retreat: Thirteen Grandmothers NY

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Raised by 55 people in 34 months

Hello beautiful people :-) Thank you for helping out! I am a teacher and a writer, a single mom living in central Virginia, putting the last of my three kids through college by myself. 

I have been invited to attend a retreat hosted by The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers in upstate New York, taking place August 25-28, 2016. 

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers represent a diverse mixture of women of prayer, Each Grandmother, a leader in her community, has devoted her long life to prayer and action. 

You can learn more about the Thirteen Grandmothers here:

This is a healing retreat, Creation to Completion, completing a full cycle that began at Menla twelve-years ago with the creation of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, where the Grandmothers Council will come together, for one last time, to complete their circle of prayer around the planet. 

Prayer as Action, Action as Prayer is the way I try to move through each day, and it would be the dream and honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to learn from these incredible spiritual leaders. 

The funds would cover registration, room and board,and my driving travel to upstate New York. The retreat isn't until late August but space is limited and so time is a factor. 

These women embody what I say each day--Every moment a miracle, every footstep a prayer.  And to be able to attend this retreat would absolutely be one of my life's miracles. 

If 160 of my FB friends donated just $10, I could have this trip funded in a few minutes.  $10 is such a small amount but it adds up so quickly when many friends and family come together. Thank you so, so much ahead of time for liking and sharing, even if you can't donate at this time, and for my donors, endless gratitude, the biggest thank you of all! <3

As an added Thank You, I will send each donor a print of one of the photographs I take while on this journey, with a small prayer I will write just for you. <3
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Home today from this amazing trip, only possible because of your kindness and generosity. Gonna write up some reflections when the road-weary has lessened, and post some pictures. No photos were allowed of the Grandmothers or of ceremony, but I did get some of the beautiful grounds at Menla where the gathering was held. :-) Now I'm gonna go sleep off the 1,361 miles I drove :-) So much Love and Gratitude to you all <3
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Only three days til I leave for the retreat with the Thirteen Grandmothers in upstate New York, I'm finishing up last minute things here at home, prepping for the trip, and preparing my gratitude gifts for the Grandmothers <3 But I just can't find words to express my gratitude enough to y'all <3 You truly are blessings in this world <3
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You did it!!!! You did it!!!! Together, you made it happen!

WIth the addition of offline gifts, the original goal has been met! Y'all are astounding! So generous! So beautiful!

In just 9 days, you all pitched in to help me make this dream of attending the retreat with The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers come true! ! ! Your love and encouragement has been overwhelming! YOU are the greatest miracle in all of this <3 Thank you so so much! There just aren't words for what I feel right now, other than overwhelming Gratitude, and so so so much Love <3

As promised, each donor will receive a print of a photograph from this journey, along with a small prayer I'll write just for you. Just a token of my deep deep gratitude. I'll pm you all in the next week or so to build a mailing list.

Surrounding you all in Light and Love and Joy and Peace <3 Bless all those who read, who shared, and who donated. Bless you to pieces, every one of you <3

Peace Peace Peace to the Universe
Love Love Love to the Universe

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Woot!!!! SO grateful!!! With the addition of several offline gifts, we're only $90 away from the full goal :-) Thank you all SO much for your generosity and support!

"It's incumbent upon us to continue that prayer, to pray for those generations to come, the ones we will not see. That is our responsibility. You aren't here for nothing. ..But along with that prayer, there must be action." ~Grandmother Mona Polacca

Thank you for helping me companion my prayers with action <3
Mona Polacca of the 13 Grandmothers
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Raised by 55 people in 34 months
Created June 13, 2016
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Amanda Baker
34 months ago

More than anyone I know, you deserve this.

Suzanne Stetson
34 months ago

Enjoy and soak up the love and encouragement.

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