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"THANK YOU for the wonderful ritual at the Witches Heal event this year. I was really moved by the energies and the emotional release associated with this working. I had never experienced this type of ritual before."
--participant, Reindeer Healing Ceremony, Witches Heal 2004

Crow smudgesOur long involvement in the Pagan community and familiarity with the tribal context of shamanism give us a keen awareness of the importance of ceremony and ritual. Our love of ceremony makes us excellent and practiced ceremonialists. We are especially known for our ability to honor your needs for celebration and to incorporate them into a well-formed and crafted ritual which will communicate effectively with Spirit and with your community.

As ordained ministers recognized by the State of Ohio, we perform legal and binding weddings.

For more information about these ceremonies, services or circles in the Athens OH area, contact Crow at (740)664-5050 or crow@church-of-earth-healing.org

Drumming Circle

The Church of Earth Healing sponsors a weekly Shamanic Drumming Circle in the Athens OH area, offering shamanic healing and spiritual guidance.  The Circle has met since 1989. The location, time and day of the Circle vary, though it is usually mid-week, in the evening.  Anyone trained in shamanic journeying may attend.  In addition to safe space and spiritual support to those on the shamanic path, Circle provides  opportunities for members to journey on their own behalf to consult with Spirit, or ask for shamanic help from others. Crow facilitates the circle in partnership with the other members.

In 2014 Bekki founded a weekly Shamanic Drumming Circle in Ithaca NY, based on the model she and Crow instituted in the original circle in OH. It meets on Wednesday evenings. Like the home circle, anyone trained in shamanic journeying may attend.  As with the Athens circle, it provides safe space and spiritual support to those on the shamanic path, and opportunities for members to journey on their own behalf to consult with Spirit, or ask for shamanic help from others.

Birthing

Birth is our first rite of passage. Western culture has showers and baby parties, but seldom celebrates this event in a spiritual way. Tribal peoples see ceremonial acknowledgment of our birth as vital. They often celebrate birth and life more than once, with important Birth Days at various ages.

Naming

Tribal folk lead us to recognize how important our first name is. When your baby is old enough for naming, we can assist in that celebration. New names may be given or received at almost any age; acknowledging the life changes which a name change conveys is a wonderful time for celebration.

Puberty and other Turning Points

Arrival of the challenging energy of puberty is a recognized point in the process of growing up, an important and rewarding time of initiation. Other times of early change are also significant for boys and girls and may deserve ceremonial recognition. Tribal groups often celebrated several different stages of initiation.

Joining

Our rites of Joining (weddings or handfastings) don't happen quite as soon after Puberty as they used to, and remain one of the most important times of ceremony. We are very fond of Joinings and have officiated them in churches, horse pastures, street festivals, hilltops and caves. Where may we help you to celebrate yours?

Land, House and Office Blessings

Today, we are almost as mobile as traditional nomadic peoples. Each time we move, our relationship with the land and its Spirits can be made stronger and more effective through ceremony. In addition to Blessing Ceremonies, we offer Feng Shui services to help integrate your energies productively with any place you may find yourself. Should problems arise, we also do Shamanic Clearing and Depossession, which, for previously occupied premises, may be done as a matter of course prior to any Blessing work.

Separating

Times of separation, whether a parting of the ways or a formal divorce, are not easy. Ceremonial acknowledgment of the pain and the change of status are important and very helpful with the process of moving on with our lives. We have personal and professional experience with these events.

Elderhood

Some say there is little to celebrate in growing older. Crow says, celebrate every birthday and make the half decades or decades really big ones!  Pagans are fortunate in having proper Croning and Elderhood rituals. It is joyous for us to facilitate those, or any other way you may prefer to honour your age.

Final Passage and Return

Worldwide, shamans are expert at assisting the final passage of the soul to the other side through psychopomp journeys. Tibetan Buddhists know how to find and rejoice for the soul when it has made its passage beyond and returned. Irish Wakes are famous celebrations of the life of the deceased. How may we help you in the passage of your loved ones and yourself?