Full Circleis based on the books written by J.T. and Michael Garrett as authors to preserve the spiritual traditions, culturally rich tapestry and beautiful ways of right relationship to self, others and nature as Medicine in Cherokee ceremony.
PRAYER - Blessing Way
O Great One, I come before you in a humble manner, giving thanks for all living things in Creation. I offer the clarity of my mind, body, spirit and natural space in prayer to you, O Great One, for the spirit of all Creation. I offer thanks and what gifts I have to Four Sacred Directions and powers of the universe and I pray: To the spirit of fire in the East, To the spirit of Earth in the South, To the spirit of Water in the West, To the Spirit of Wind in the North.
I pray and give thanks to you O Great One. I pray and give thanks to Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon, and all of our relations in the Greater Circle of Life. I thank you for your power, energy, wisdom and sacred gifts, because without you and the guidance of all my relations, I would not be able to live, and love, and grow, and feel and learn. I ask that I be shown another way if I have ever harmed or hurt other living things. I pray, offering what gifts I have, that you may guide us, heal us, purify us, and protect us. I pray for all of our relations that we may exist together in harmony and balance. "Wah Doh" J.T. and Michael Garrett
Fall 2019 Full Circle
Siyo Friends of Full Circle:
The theme for Fall Full Circle 2019 is “Turtle Medicine: Vision and Protection of Family and Mother Earth." Full Circle will be held at the Chestnut Tree Inn in Cherokee, North Carolina on September 27, 28 & 29, 2019. Registration will start at 6:30 pm on Friday evening with drumming beginning at 7:00 pm in the Hotel Conference Room.
Turtle Medicine is an ancient teaching among American Indians and many other cultures about strength and protection as a primal earth energy. Several old legends and stories are being shared for the first time in the Fall Full Circle gathering. Stories of Old Turtle and Little Turtle express our purpose in being a protector of Mother Earth and the Circle of Life itself. In group activities these ancient teachings will include activities at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains considered by earlier Cherokees as sacred for ceremonies.
The year 2019 is a time for us to bring positive energy with stone and plant healing to ourselves and to Mother Earth. The teachings will include old wisdom about the "old ways" preserved by female keepers. On the Turtle's back are 13 segments that coincides with 13 moons. Messages of purpose and protection will be shared. We will honor Turtle Medicine with ceremony, song-chant and drumming in the beautiful mountains surrounding the Cherokee Boundary.
We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Full Circle 2019.
In Harmony and Balance,
J. T. Garrett, Ed.D.
Member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Registration and Lodging
Advanced registration is a reduced rate of $200.00 per person if your check and registration is received by us on, or before September 23, 2019. Please mail your check and completed registration form to be received by us no later than that date. If we have not received your check by this date, those who pay at the door will pay the $250.00 per person. Our refund policy is listed below.
Registration at the door is $250.00 per person for those who have not sent their payment to us by the deadline date of September 23, 2019.
Please bring warm clothes, blankets, lawn chairs, bottle water, drums, rattles, and flutes for group participation, if you have them.
The Chestnut Tree Inn group rate is $79.00 + tax per night, for a double room. Please make your room reservations as soon as possible as this is a busy time in Cherokee and rooms are always very limited. Their deadline for allowing the group rate is August 28, 2019. Be sure to mention you are with THE FULL CIRCLE GROUP. This group rate includes a free hot buffet breakfast for up to 2 people per room. No other meals are provided. Their number is 828-497-9181.
For those flying in, the nearest airport is in Asheville, NC, about an hour away from Cherokee.
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