East Coast Pilgrimage June 2019
"Walking backward into the future is about finding a way forward to heal the soul wounds of our nations. As we make this pilgrimage across America, from east to west, entering significant indigenous landscapes, we arrive at the threshold of the visible and invisible -
open to all possibilities" - Larry and Deborah Littlebird and Greg Valerio
Along the pilgrimage route, special programs will be open to the public:
WALKING BACKWARD INTO THE FUTURE
A Conversation with Pueblo Indian elder, Larry Littlebird and Greg Valerio from the British Isles
Tickets are $15 | Available online Feb.20
Join Larry Littlebird and Greg Valerio for a timely conversation as they share what it means to be indigenous to place and exchange stories rooted in ancient wisdom traditions of Native American spirituality and Celtic Christianity. Set apart by land, water and time, they explore our human connections, one to another and to God as Origin. Embarking on this migratory journey of healing and forgiveness, they ask us to join them in charting a way toward peace, justice and reconciliation.
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REAWAKENING OUR ORIGINS
An all day experiential spiritual retreat - a peregrination on the land
(Peregrination: a journey, by foot, notably by a pilgrim, crossing over from one landscape to another)
Led by Pueblo Indian Elder, Larry Littlebird from New Mexico and
Greg Valerio, Spiritual Director of the Society of St. Columba, British Isles
Facilitated by Deborah Littlebird
Retreat Cost is $90 | Space is limited to 20 people
We will gather on a "significant indigenous landscape" of the local community in the safe and nurturing council of the Listening Circle. The day begins with spiritual precepts of the ancient wisdom traditions of British Isles/Celtic monasticism and Native American spirituality followed with guided listening on the land. The afternoon continues with seeking our own “origin root story” and rediscovering the Divine Creator in the simple act of listening. For true listening is worship. As we listen to one another and share our stories of migration, trauma, loss and up-rootedness, we are mindful that every step we take is a prayer. A prayer that leaves an indelible imprint of who we are on the land to which we belong. Guiding us forward on a pathway of forgiveness and healing.
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"Land has a silent memory and can offer that immediate threshold to tap into the roots of our ancient self. Silence and stillness are like two ancient spiritual seers, whose call to every generation is to rediscover the Divine Creator in the simple act of listening and holy living".
(Laguna/Santo Domingo Pueblos) is the founding director and spiritual elder of Hamaatsa, an indigenous continuum, simple living farm and spiritual retreat center located on 320 acres of environmentally protected lands in the rolling foothills of the Ortiz Mountains, south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, once homelands to Littlebird’s Puebloan people. A master storyteller and inspirational speaker, Littlebird shares story legacies and prophecies from his tribal American oral tradition culture. His signature experiential curriculum, Learning to Listen©, has had a profound impact on many lives working with individuals, social businesses, tribes, schools and community leaders and organizations. Providing spiritual guidance through his remedial work through listening circles, story camps and wilderness pilgrimages, his clients are able to realize a cathartic process within their own lives. As a filmmaker, artist and author, Littlebird was one of the first American Indians to produce and direct films for and about Native people. He is the author of Hunting Sacred Everything Listens: A Pueblo Indian Man’s Oral Tradition Legacy, which introduces readers to a timeless story of living in divine relationship with all life. FULL BIO >
Dr. Greg Valerio is the Spiritual Director of the Society of St. Columba, a monastic agrarian community on the South Downs of England. Greg has an MA in Celtic Christianity and is an international speaker in the New Monasticsim movement. An advocate for socially marginalized people and indigenous communities from around the world, in 2016, Greg was honored with an MBE (a British honour given to a person by the Queen for their achievement in community service) for his humanitarian work in fairtrade gold mining in Africa and South America. Respected for his creativity and reviled for his compassion, the destinations Greg often visits are like apocalyptic scenes, Sierra Leone diamond mines, Congolese gold mines and Indian gemstone mines where adults and children worked knee-high in mud, exploited by local and international traders, the modern day slavery of extreme proportions. Greg confronted the industry giants to create a way for justice in jewellery to pursue human rights for the local indigenous miners and their communities addressing poverty, health issues, empowering women, alleviating child labor and pursuing environmental justice for their polluted ecosystems. Greg is the author of Making Trouble, his personal story about fighting for justice in jewellery. FULL BIO >
Deborah Littlebird is the producer and director for Walking Backward into the Future and the Slow Story project on Listening Ground. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, she was educated at Kendall School of Design and worked for an award winning international design firm. In 1991, she moved to New Mexico and has worked alongside her husband, Larry Littlebird as the Director of Hamaatsa, an indigenous land continuum, spiritual retreat center and simple living farm. Deborah co-facilitates story camps, contemplative retreats and serves as natural foods chef and herbalist. FULL BIO >
WALKING BACKWARD INTO THE FUTURE is presented by Listening Ground in collaboration with the Society of St. Columba. Produced and Directed by Deborah Littlebird.
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