DAWEYO KERDA: Hearth Woman Initiation
with Carolyn Hillyer
In the ancient mother tongue DAWEYO means the woman who kindles the hearth fire, the keeper of flames, the guardian of embers and ashes. KERD is the Proto-Celtic Bronze Age word for skill or craft, journey or trail. This workshop is offered as a welcoming, inspiring and empowering circle for women to deepen their work with kindling sacred fire and sister circles. We will shape our journey together in ancient and newly-envisioned ways with the ingredients of ancient drum and sacred song, wild prayer and intuitive ritual, ceremonial totems and the magical exploration of women’s wild, wise and ancient fires. During this workshop Carolyn will share art work and mythic writings from her seminal work THE WEAVERS’ ORACLE and teach proto-Celtic songs from her book HER BONE BUNDLE. Braiding together the three themes of ancestral connection, sacred wild land and deep sisterhood.
Carolyn’s early albums (House of the Weavers, Grandmother Turtle) have come to occupy an iconic place within women’s sacred music and other recordings (Weathered Edge, Cave of Elders, Wyched Wombe) have, over three decades, defined the essence and edges of her unusual perspective on women’s spiritual journeys and ancient mythological landscape. For over 30 years she has been teaching a series of powerful workshop journeys for women that braid together ritual song, intuitive ceremony, ancient initiations and direct interaction with wild land. She is founder of Thirteen Moons women’s festival.