WELCOME TO OUR SACRED SPACE

The Earth School is an altar, a sanctuary and a sacred space for learning, grounding, remembering, and expanding into the loving consciousness of Mother Earth.

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MOTHER EARTH MEDICINE

We believe that Mother Earth is Medicine. We tend to avenues that enable us to root into trust and remember our sacred bond with the living world through rituals and ceremonies. We honour the teachings of our Elders and search for the essence, the mystic, and the universal to speak up for and to protect the sacred earth medicines. Journey with us into the heart of the medicine wheel, the songlines of intuition, expand into the consciousness of plants, and renew your loving bond with the Spirits of Nature. Join the guardians, the keepers, the tenders, and healers to weave a peacefully connected global culture into being. 

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WEAVE INTO THE INVISIBLE HARMONY

TO THE LIVING WORLD

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We asked the Earth School: ‘Who do you want to be?’ 'First, we need to unschool! We will listen and acknowledge the nature-based traditions that inform us. From there we will follow the threads into the past to find out, who the wisdom keepers are to give thanks to. We will grow more intimate with the circle, to learn how to be in the right relationship with the living world. We will be guided by the land and its seasons.’

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Image by Ľuboš Felčík

FROM AUTUMN EQUINOX TO SAMHAIN

WEAVING MEDICINE

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Weaving Medicine is a journal where we store the medicine stories that we collect on our journey through the medicine wheel. 

CELEBRATING OUR SOLAR RETURN

To the Living World

 

When we published the new earth school in the eye of the autumn equinox we had little content and no offer. Yet, the forces pulled us to state our presence in 2020. Until then, the earth school was the teaching and speaking heart of Cacao Mama. 

 

Looking back, Nina and I had first tried to understand the earth school as a business - we worked on marketing and communication channels, thought about an offer and worked out a financial plan.  When it was all done, we put the whole thing in the drawer and asked the earth school:  Who do you want to be? 

 

Earth school said something like: First, we need to unschool! You will listen to and acknowledge the nature-based traditions that inform you, follow the threads into the past to find the wisdom keepers to give thanks to. You will grow more intimate with the circle, to learn how to be in right relationship with the living world. Let yourself be guided by the land and its seasons.

 

Our journey through the medicine wheel began with a blank page of a journal which we filled with pictures, recipes and findings.  We reflected through our filters, invited friends to weave medicine with us and followed a calling to 'report to pachamama'. This is a new experience and it is wonderful to feel the earth school’s personality within our sacred space. 

 

Now,  we experience our first solar return und have entered the eight’ chapter of our journey, from Equinox to Samhain.  We will celebrate,  look at what we have harvested, honour that we have received and give thanks. 

 

Soon, we will prepare for the darker time of the year, when we will sit with the ancestors in darkness and negotiate the terms for the upcoming seasons. We will pray for the light ahead and bless our seeds for Imbolc to be seeded into this reality and harvested in abundance.  

 

Thank you for witnessing.

- Serap Kara, founder earth school

In Gratitude

I am filled with gratitude for our first turn around and with the medicine wheel. It has been a ride!

In the beginning, I felt like glimpsing into a new world, feeling into a new feeling, flowing with a new stream of time. It felt like dipping into and diving out of a new reality, hesitating to stay to protect myself from being overwhelmed by the vastness, beauty, and timelessness I found there. So I came for a visit, stayed a bit to delve into this ancient energy, and soon returned to my world.

But then my visits became longer and longer and I felt more and more comfortable in this ever-turning wheel, taking me to places I only had heard of before.

 

I came to understand the beauty of winter, the dazzling energy of spring, and the powerful presence of summer. I felt the strong shift of each turning point during our journey, the dark womb on Samhain, the soft awakening on Imbolc, the vivid strength on Summer Solstice.

And with every festivity, I felt something deeply ingrained in my body that started to move and grow. My inner cyclical being softly opened her eyes and stretched out her hand to connect tentatively with the outer nature, mama earth. And I realised that this was the feeling I was looking for and at the same time has been dormant within me all the time. 

 

This journey is a remembrance that I am not separate, but part of the cycle of life and nature and that I am loved in whatever season I might find myself. It is the heartbeat of mama earth my body wants to follow.

 

It is a remembrance of beauty in all its colours, my own beauty, and the beauty of the earth, as it is all the same.

 

The medicine wheel has taught me that I am nature.

 

I belong.

 

- Nina Weid, host

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TRADITIONAL CODE OF ETHICS

  1. Each morning when you wake up and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life, for the good things the Creator has given you and others, and the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Give thanks for yesterday’s thoughts and actions and for the courage and strength to be a better person. 

  2. Respect. Respect means "to feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well-being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy." Showing respect is a basic law of life.

  3. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.

  4. Special respect should be given to elders, parents, teachers and community leaders.

  5. Don’t make anyone feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.

  6. Don’t touch anything that belongs to someone else (especially sacred objects) without permission or an understanding between you. 

  7. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are with elders, strangers, or others who should be especially respected. 

  8. Never walk between people who are having a conversation. 

  9. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute the air or the soil. If others want to destroy our mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.

  10. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religions of others. 

  11. Listen with courtesy to what other say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. 

  12. Listen with your heart. 

  13. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council or a meeting, it no longer belongs to you. 

  14. Be truthful at all times and under all conditions. 

  15. Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests. 

  16. The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all. 

  17. Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family. 

  18. All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the creator they must all be respected. 

  19. To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, or the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. 

  20. Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms: in prayer, in dreams, in times of quite aloneness, and in the words and deeds of wise elders and friends.

 

Original version printed in 1982 in the book,"The Sacred Tree" by the Four Worlds Development Project. Adapted and reprinted in the "Inter-Tribal Times" October 1994.