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In this group you will learn about "the good Red Road," aka Native American Lifeways and Spirituality. Lectures, workshops, drumming circles, crafts and other events are presented. These are offerred to anybody who is interested, regardless of heritage. You need not have any prior experience or knowledge to participate, just a willingness to learn.

We welcome all: full-blood, mixed-blood, no-blood, women, men, LGBTQ, latinex, all nationalities, ages, and backgrounds. We only ask you respect all others when attending a Meet Up.

The meet ups are led by Grandfather Rick McBride who is mixedblood Ani'yunwi'ya (aka Tsalagi, or Cherokee) whose knowledge comes from actual experience and the direct teachings from a number of traditional elders he has been privileged to associate with over the years.

Please visit our secure website: https://mixedblood.info (https://mixedblood.info/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Forgiveness; Finding the Gift

1489 N Military Trl

$60.00

Forgiveness is more about your future than your past. The loss of emotional/psychological energy in maintaining a grudge, especially over a long period of time, is staggering. Yet most people are unaware of how corrosive and far reaching the long term effects of "hangin' on" to the past really is. So, what is it to forgive? Is it even possible to really do it on the deepest emotional level where it has to happen to do any good? Most approaches to forgiveness are actually confrontational in nature, requiring an almost inhuman will and god-like consciousness to accomplish. But is this realistic? More importantly, are there any real benefits in forgiving? Those clanging the forgiveness bell typically have one approach: "Just do it..." But when it comes to something as beneficial as forgiving some person or event or situation, we need to see real results. If you're ready to let go of past events you can't change anyway, be prepared to face your monsters and to understand how they have infected your core beliefs. And how your core beliefs perpetuate whatever it is you're shackled with. Consider this: A) Way back when, something terrible happened. B) That something made you feel bad, angry, sad, helpless, vulnerable, alone, victimized, betrayed, all of the above and more. C) You developed painful feelings, which have sapped the vitality from your life. D) You adapted your beliefs and behavior to either compensate for or accommodate A-C. (messy) E) At some point in life, maybe years after the fact, you realized you've been robbed by all this F) Someone comes along and gleefully shouts "Forgiveness is the Way to Salvation!" G) You try to forgive but get nowhere because you've been taught that forgiveness is tough, confrontational, and takes years of therapy. H) Because you're still looking at A the same way you did while living in B-D, the term "Mexican Standoff" takes on new meaning. I) And so, the Endless Loop continues: Nothing changes. The premise of this non-religious but spiritual approach goes something like this: Look for and find the Gift inside A, consider the meaning of it, when you accept the meaning, the Mexican will blink and your view of A will move off center, all on its own. There is, of course, more to it than this and this is not the only technique you'll learn, but once you grab the common underlying principles you'll see what a simple process it is to forgive. Not necessarily easy, emotionally speaking, but uncomplicated. And you will be able to do these on your own. These are spiritual techniques, not psychotherapy. Register early. Because of the nature of this work, and because every participant will get the opportunity to work on a real issue, I must limit class size. Also, what happens in this workshop, stays in this workshop. Rick McBride is mixedblood Ani'yunwi'ya (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. Prepayment appreciated. PayPal on website: https://mixedblood.info/schedule.htm

Drum Circle

1489 N Military Trl

Native American Hand Drumming Circle 3:30pm to 5:00pm led by Grandfather Rick McBride; Donation. Please arrive promptly and please note this is an INDOOR drum circle. Traditional preparation, songs in the Lakota language, and drums to loan. There is no charge for Ceremony, but donations are accepted to support the continuation of the circle. It is traditional for women to wear skirts or dresses to Native American Ceremony. Please arrive promptly; it is important for everyone to be present at the start of the Ceremony. Rick McBride is mixedblood Ani'yunwi'ya (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road in ceremony for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He completed his 17th sundance last June on the Cheyenne River Res. in South Dakota and is traditionally trained to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info (https://mixedblood.info/index.htm) NOTE: Grandfather Rick builds drums. If you have interest in acquiring one of his drums, or you would like to build your own in a 1-on-1 workshop, follow this link to the DRUM PAGE (https://mixedblood.info/drum workshop.htm) on his website.

Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers

1489 N Military Trl

$25.00

Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers Sunday 2 February 2:00pm to 4:00pm $25 There exists a relationship between humans and non-humans, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and on a spiritually profound level. Humans have for millennia assumed they are superior to non-humans. Indigenes have never assumed this. Western science is just now beginning to understand that non-humans have the same emotions as humans. Sometimes even more deeply. They also display the same caring and support as humans inside their own species, and many times beyond their species. Yet they lack the avarice of humans. Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers will acquaint you with ways to understand animal “medicine” without books. As you build on this understanding, you may find yourself caring more deeply about all animals, even those you might now find difficult to accept. When this happens, you will naturally extend your new awareness into all of nature. So, in a very real sense, understanding animals more completely and compassionately is a doorway into your deeper connection to the Earth Mother. We’ll expand on the word “medicine,” you will learn how to apply the medicine of an animal to your own life, we will touch briefly on differences in language, direct communication with animals, we’ll do a participatory exercise that will help you up accept all animals as valuable, intelligent, and sentient beings. And we will have fun doing it. I encourage you to leave your assumptions and expectations -- not only about animals but such other topics as science and religion -- at the door, and to open your mind to a point of view that helped so-called prehistory people thrive for over 20,000 years. "Thank you Grandfather Rick, for the EXCELLENT presentation that gave me a better understanding of the animal helpers and how to utilize them in my own life." L.K., WPB "Very informative, interesting and fun! I look forward to attending more classes and workshops. I found Grandfather Rick to be engaging, accessible and down to earth." C.A., Wellington Rick McBride is mixedblood Ani'yunwi'ya (Cherokee) who has practiced Red Road ceremony for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth.

Drum Circle

E&E Center (Lott Academy)

Native American Hand Drumming Circle 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Grandfather Rick McBride Please arrive promptly and please note this is an INDOOR drum circle. You need not have any prior knowledge or experience to enjoy this drum circle. Traditional preparation, songs in the Lakota language. Drums available to loan. There is no charge for Ceremony, but donations are accepted to support the continuation of the circle. Please arrive promptly; it is important for everyone to be present at the start of the Ceremony. Rick McBride is mixedblood Ani'yunwi'ya (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart, and comleted his 17th sundance last June on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info (https://mixedblood.info/index.htm) NOTE: Grandfather Rick builds drums. If you have interest in acquiring one of his drums, or you would like to build your own in a 1-on-1 workshop, follow this link to the DRUM PAGE (https://mixedblood.info/drum workshop.htm) on his website.

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Drum Healing Circle

1489 N Military Trl

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