Full Circleis based on the books written individually and together 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. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
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
Spring 2019 Full Circle
Siyo Friends of Full Circle:
The theme for 2019 Spring Full Circle 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 May 3, 4, and 5, 2019. Registration will start at 6:30 pm on Friday evening in the circle with drumming at 7:00 pm in the Hotel Conference Room.
The Turtle is an ancient symbol of strength as a primal earth energy. Traditionally, Turtle was considered as holding Mother Earth on its back. North America is considered by American Indians as Turtle Island. The energy of Turtle is female for protection and guidance. The segments on the Turtle's back represent 13-Dimensions and Moon teachings to guide us. We will learn from the Ancient Ones what this means for protection. It is said that we become more aware and expand our vision by better understanding these teachings. In the beautiful natural environment of Cherokee, we will honor the gifts we receive in this setting of mountains and streams.
Native American stories say that Turtle is one of the oldest of the reptiles. We will follow the ancient Turtle's wisdom for inner strength and balance.
Group activities will include traditional teachings within the Full Circle family or tribal way of Turtle Medicine. We will give thanks and honor those who made it possible for us to enjoy the Sacred Circle of life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Turtle Medicine is the symbol for longevity. It is truly time for seeking balance between our Sacred Earth Mother and the Water Spirit of healing.
We look forward in bringing these teachings to you at the Spring Full Circle.
In Harmony and Balance,
J. T. Garrett, Ed.D.
Member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Registration and Lodging
Advanced registration is $200.00 per person, received on or before April 30, 2019. Please mail your check and completed registration form to be received by us no later than that date. Please refer to our website for our refund policy.
Registration at the dooris $250.00 per person for those who have not sent their payment to us by the deadline date of April 30, 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 very busy time in Cherokee and rooms are limited. Their deadline for allowing the group rate is April 5, 2019. Be sure to mention you are with THE FULL CIRCLE GROUP. This 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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