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Therese on Wise Woman Radio

Autumn has begun with the sweetest of “Indian Summer” weather here in the Pacific Northwest.  The new twins born to Round House residents Sarah and Sage on Sept 1st, are getting fat cheeks and everyone in our community here is settling into some semblance of  routine.  Our garden is still boasting a big harvest of chard and kale; our community dinners are full of love and laughter.  Life is good in the Groves as we slide into the dark corner of the year.

Therese is featured during an interview with Susun Weed this month, talking about “Women’s Mysteries.”. To hear it, click here.

Good news for a troubled world

Things at the Groves are wonderful in their small, simple way this summer… usual we welcomed the new season with joyous song, dance, ceremony and silly-ness in two different events, drumming and dancing June 19, Summer Solstice Ritual June 20th. We do indeed feel we are living in the “Whirling Rainbow Dream” here. But elsewhere in the world, things are not so good. Oil is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in alarming amounts every day, coastal and ocean wildlife habitats are being devastated….And the Gulf of Mexico is only one troubled place among many. I just heard that there is an oil spill in Nigeria that is as big (or bigger) than the Gulf spill and its been spewing oil for nearly a decade.(Read more here.) Not to mention the many wars, the refugee camps, prisons, slums and polluted places all over the globe!

As near as I can tell, a powerful and important tool for “holding” and hopefully healing our current global situation is prayer/intention. Here’s a link to follow for guidance from the ancient grandmothers, from a website called Their messages tell us ways to bring our love and positive energy to the “net of light” in the face with the wars, environmental destruction, greed and poverty of our current world, with the intention of restoring harmony and balance.

Following is a wonderful statement for/about our current world leaders that came from an organization called “The Intenders for the Highest Good.” I hope you are as inspired as I was by this statement that calls forth the positive, rather than dwelling in a negative view about our current political leaders. We need to envision a new world and this kind of approach will help usher it in!!

If you want to join your prayers with others, do join us here in the Groves in the coming months. The Red Cedar Circle and Wailing Ritual are each offered monthly. Our next sweatlodge is July 10th. These are powerful rituals that will help transform you and our world, bringing in more love, harmony and authenticity.
Ceremony ignites the spark of enthusiasm.
It ignites the light of willpower.
It gives man the strength to carry on,
to move forward, to have motivation.

When you get into one of those moods where you feel like you can’t make a difference, or like your life is out of control, you can always turn to ceremony to give you a boost. Indeed, that’s one of the great things about ceremony: it catapults you up and out of your apathy. It ignites the spark of willpower within you. Ceremony is like medicine for the lost soul.

~ An Open Letter to the Leaders of the World ~

On one hand, we want to thank you. You have provided us with such adversity and it is this that has finally made us stronger. You have been formidable foes, but we are learning that this world will get better only when we love our fellow travelers and see the good in each one of them. We know that every bad guy has a good guy inside. And we know that spark of divine essence that dwells deep within our own beings, also lies deep within yours.

If you were to come and join us at our table, you would find curiosity, friendship, and forgiveness. Just because you have treated us badly does not mean that we hold a grudge against you. We would, however, expect you to understand that we reject your authority and that you will find no support for your plans and schemes among us. We simply no longer choose to be manipulated.

Although there will be obstacles, we are willing to start over. We are prepared to be responsible for our own lives now. We must discard your Cards, Vaccines, and Chip Implants because they have too many strings attached. We must turn off your television and radio programs until their messages become uplifting. And we will start to rebuild our lives, without your help, by first living together in small self-sufficient communities. If need be, we will grow our own food in our backyards as well as in common areas, and we will barter and trade among ourselves. We will also nurture our children with foresight, and learn to love and heal each other so peace and freedom can return to all of our lives.

As we see it, you are also being stalked by your own evolution and you will change. You cannot avoid being drawn out of your secrecy at this time. The only path left for you to follow is one of conscience. Like us, you are realizing that there is no separation between you and what you perceive. We are all beginning to understand that when we inflict pain or hardship on others, we inflict it upon ourselves. Once you fully comprehend what you are doing to yourself, you won’t be able to continue. Enlightenment is coming to all who renounce conflict and violence. Even an unscrupulous, sophisticated robber baron can evolve into a higher, more loving entity. He is no less entitled to the Grace of our Great Creator than the people he has conspired against.

Just that one small transformation in your attitude whereby you begin to see, without blinders, that you only lack the opening of your heart in order to take the next step — a step for which you are poised and ready, but which all of your power and money cannot provide for you. Isn’t it ironic, now, that you have dared for generations to hide our own hearts from us? Ever since we were trusting little schoolchildren reciting your pledges and practicing your patriotic ceremonies, you deceptively taught us to place our hand over our heart on the left side of our chest! Only now are we locating our hearts in the exact center of our chests, and we are learning how to activate the ¬wondrous feelings that have long slept dormant within us.

The people of the Earth yearn for the day when we will all live together in peace. You cannot stop us from advancing toward the love we all deserve. That glorious moment nears, when, instead of being adversaries, we will stand together as brothers and sisters whose consciences have awakened, as equals whose time of heaven on Earth has come. Until then: for all the people who needlessly suffer and die because of your economic and political manipulations; and for all the animals who face extinction or life in a cage that doesn’t even allow them enough space to turn around; and for all the beautiful plants and trees of the forests who burn indiscriminately, we ask one last question. Why must you continue to bring harm and havoc to all the living things of the Earth when your own truest happiness would automatically come from helping us instead?

From The Intenders of the Highest Good Novel

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is awakening the land, as well as our hearts, bodies, minds! We celebrated Spring Equinox in a wonderful way with songs, dances and planting flowers in the Medicine Wheel garden. Photos below give you an idea about all the fun we had.

medicine wheel garden 2010

spring equinox circle

Sacred Fire CHoir Sings

2010 Starts in a good way!

We closed the old year and brought in the new year with a few heart-opening and well attended events….

Our annual Winter Solstice Celebration was the best ever–beautiful songs from Lorraine Bayes and the Sacred Fire Choir, the home-grown shadow puppet show “Raven Steals back the light!” written by friend & artist Craig Spencer, enacted with Therese, Tere and Connie of the Groves. We sang, we danced, we laughed, we ate, we sat in darkness and made prayers.

On New Years day we held our annual sweatlodge, a full lodge with strong prayers. The next day, we ushered the new year in with drumming and dancing–WOO HOO! As you can see from this photo–we were having FUN!
drumming Jan 2

The calendar for 2010 is getting fleshed out, I think I’ve got most of it up to date now and most of the hot-link glitches on various pages fixed finally. We look forward to a great year here!

Mostly we truly hope that the work we do here at the Groves to weave together community in healing and heart-opening ways helps bring about a more peaceful world for all of us two-leggeds around the planet. May the earth get greener this year, the trees grow taller, people’s hearts flourish.

We’re Grandmas Now!

The big news around here is the arrival of Therese’s grandson, Tavi Orion on November 25th in Seattle. His full official name is Octavian Orion Fetz Stallings, son of Ariel Stallings (Therese’s daughter) and Andreas Fetz, her wonderful husband.) Tavi

This wonderful sweet boy coming in in this dark corner of the year is a testimony to new life in the darkness. He’s healthy, mellow, easily soothed, sweet, beautiful, precious. What else can a grandma say?

December is a quiet month in the Groves but we are offering our usual monthly events (Earth Mothers circle, Wailing Lodge, Sunday meditation) and a few special events too: Winter Solstice Celebration (Dec 20th), a Si.Si.Wiss ceremony and Red Cedar Circle (Dec 27th), a New Year’s Day sweatlodge and a New Years Drum-Dance, Jan 2nd.

One of our sweet yurtlettes is awaiting a new resident (or two), available for short-stays if you are looking for a getaway place during this dark corner of the year.

Happy Holidays everyone! Whether you celebrate Solstice, Christmas, Hannukah or nothing at all, may these dark days of December bring you inner peace.

Autumn Arrives

autumn golden maplesAutumn is the time of the west, time of twilight, deepening darkness, release, ebbing, waning, time of elder-hood. We started the autumn season with several wonderful events. On September 19th we hosted our annual ‘descent into darkness’ ritual where we walked through the woods with candles, singing “We descend…..down to the darkness, our mother so dear.” On October 3rd we co-hosted the ENTER AUTUMN Festival with Woman’s Way Red Lodge, when we honored and told stories about important elders in our lives. On October 10th, we hosted our autumn sweatlodge, this season’s opportunity to release the old and open to the new.

As usual, these events were attended by a wonderful mix of open hearted men and women. Now we’ve got ourselves in alignment with the new season and hope to flow with it in a good way.

There are two big week-end retreats coming up this fall: Compassionate Listening training (Oct 24-25) and Grief Ritual Retreat (Nov 21-22); the monthly Earth Mothers Circle will continue through the fall too. But otherwise, things are quieting down as we gestate the seeds of what is to come in 2010.

Though we don’t have many events, guests continue to be welcome to come stay in the Guest Room at the Round House (our new Bed and Breakfast room) or the Moonlodge for private retreats and quiet time in the Groves. Happy Autumn Everyone!

What a summer!

We’ve had so much joy, play-fulness, good company and good food here in the Groves this summer that as fall begins to come in We just feel GOOD, full with the harvest of all we shared here.  Below is a photo from the Drum-Sing-Dance week-end Simone LaDrumma and I co-facilitated.


“On Sunday morning ten of us gathered around the drum and proceeded to pound out the heartbeat while Therese, my co-facilitator and owner of Sacred Groves, led us in chants to the Mother Earth. We took turns lying under the drum, feeling its power.  That is me, under the drum. I could feel the earth beating beneath my body. Soon I couldn’t tell what was the drum, what was the earth, and what was my heart. It was all One.

In Joyful Rhythm,