Sayawan alay sa paghilom ng diwa
August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 18 @ 1:00 pm
The purpose of this multi-day gathering is to re-connect with and adapt pre-colonial spiritwork oral teachings of ancestral and indigenous Philippines. Our hope is that this work will lead to the 1) strengthening and healing of Pilipinx/Filipino diasporic communities, and 2) support for the self-determination of and justice for the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
Though this is a free event (donations welcome), registration is mandatory, to ensure that we can accommodate the access needs, food requirements, and transportation costs of the gathering. This gathering centres people with ancestry from the islands colonially known as the Philippines. We also prioritize any Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour who would like to join us in Ceremony. Those with only European ancestry are welcome to register, but attendance is not guaranteed. Exceptions will be made for partners, co-parents, care attendants, caregivers, family members, and other helpers who need to be on-site.
All those who attend the gathering are part of it in some way, as helpers, teachers, dancers, singers, musicians, and builders. Though there will be joy and celebration in the ways we spend time together, also understand that this is a sacred and ceremonial space/time, and remember to act in reverence to the Ancestors and Spirits that will be gathering with us. This gathering also centres, prioritizes, and celebrates the sacred nature of those among us that are labeled or self-identify as nonbinary, queer, trans, pansexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, androgynous, genderqueer, genderfluid, etc., etc.
The program will include the following activities: creation of communal altar; storytelling and jamming; sunrise ceremony; Opening Ceremony; teachings around offerings/atang/dulot/tulod/etc; teachings about communal altar and altar making; visiting the shrines on the land and giving offerings; communal feast and introductions to each other; discussions around protocol, protection, sensing energy, and sensing spirits; general discussions about rituals while preparing for communal healing ceremony; Communal Healing Ceremony; gathering for the TQBLG+; discussions around divination and creation of sacred tools; discussion around medicine making, working with pre-colonial Filipino spirits, and having a spiritual daily practice; discussion on spiritual and material responsibilities to Indigenous peoples, treaties, and the Land; Farewell and Closing Ceremony.
Check-in for arrivals will begin at 3pm on Friday, August 16th, and departures will begin around 1pm on Sunday, August 19th. The schedule is forthcoming.”