Lorna Coulson - Sacred Pipe Carrier and holder of Grandmother Moon Tent
Adopted sister and Apprentice Elder to Chief Sandy Dancing Two Eagle Spirit, I work under her teaching with medicines, songs and the drum. I am blessed to be on a journey learning to carry a sacred pipe for the community and pour water in the sweat lodge. Named by Chief Sandy as a “voice for their people” I will be retelling stories of colonisation which have been shared with me by my beautiful Canadian First Nations sisters, inviting us all to respond in a good way and to pray to know our role in reconciliation. As a drum doula I hold space in drum birthing. Keeper of 50 drums, I bring many of them to camp to celebrate with my sisters in song and dance and to help us weave our own songs. A space holder and song weaver holding women's healing groups, I offer ceremonies to celebrate who we are as well as end of life ceremony calling to the ancestors to take our loved ones home.
In my “day job” I have worked in mental health services for 30 years, holding space at depth for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. My name on the Red road from Chief Sandy is- Black Fire Horse Woman I am a member of the McTavish clan from Dunardy in Argyll.
Grandmother Moon Tent:
In our tent for up to 20 women we will be offering space with a programme including
a journey to the drum
a pipe ceremony,
drumming and singing Strong Women songs.
Healing ceremony with Celtic connections – the story of my Gaelic healing song
Who am I? - I (Lorna) will be telling my story of my grandmothers and travelling to Canada to discover who I am through my connection with my Elder Chief Sandy. We will learn a couple of connection with the ancestors songs.
We are interested in a vigil for women in particular indigenous women who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Prayer for the women who have been murdered. We will send up prayers for the women who are lost. We will pray for the women taken away as children to the residential schools in North American colonisation as well as the little girls taken in our land and abused in a care setting. We will send up prayers for women who have experienced (are experiencing) rape all over the world. We will think of the women and children in the camps In America as well as those involved in the conflicts throughout the world.
The Black Tent
To the Black tent we would like to offer a pipe ceremony which will include some of my ancestor and grieving songs. We will use some Sacred Grandmother Moon incense medicine given to me by Sandy my Elder. This ceremony offers the chance ask our grandmothers and grandpas to care for people who are very unwell or recently passed. Maybe we have other grief around people we loved that it has been hard to let go of- then this is an opportunity to work on that too. Both Eagle Tree and Black Fire Horse Woman have worked through difficult losses in their lives in recent years and this has opened our hearts to grief work in a much deeper way. We have learned to trust the medicine and used our drums in dealing with our grief. We continually call on this help in our own walk. We will briefly share about one or ceremonies we have held for sending loved ones home. There will be an opportunity to give our grief to the pipe and to send the smoke to the grandmother's with our prayers.
The Expression Tent
To the expression tent we would like to offer a song weaving workshop which would take an hour or a bit more if possible and would involve an opportunity for women to receive a couple of our songs and the deep stories behind them. We will learn that within indigenous Canadian native traditions it is always important to tell the story of the song before you sing it and to have permission of the person to whom the song has been given if you want to share or use a personal song. I will also share a song I was given when I was meditating about Polly Higgins I can share a little about my family lands being somewhere she loved. Hopefully this can be shared with the bigger group. We would hope that some of the songs the women birth will be shared in the bigger tent to celebrate their birth.
The Art Grotto To the art grotto we would like to offer an opportunity to make personal medicine bags. This would be bags made of animal and non animal materials. We will have a small teaching about medicine bag and then have the opportunity to make one and think about what we might keep in our bags. About an hour.