The Gathering: An Alliance of Healers, Elders and Wisdomkeepers

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Indigenous elders and healers from around the world will gather in Big Bear, Calif., to share ceremony and teachings, address issues in their communities and work toward conflict resolution.

“It is not so much that the four races have come together, that is not what is so interesting to me. It is that the indigenous peoples and their wisdom traditions would come together and we would hold each other so that they could be revived, so that the original wisdom could return to the world. I think about it as a kind of musical composition each one of the different peoples carries a different note, very much I suppose like we do in our community musicals. Many voices come together in what is utterly beautiful, improvised like great jazz, in order to bring healing to someone. In those voices coming together, the human voices and the music are not sufficient. The spirits have to be there. The animals are there, and the wind is there, and the entire world is made whole,” says author Deena Metzger referring to the Gathering.

JOURNEY TO THE HEART, a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) non-profit is proud to announce their sixth annual THE GATHERING: AN ALLIANCE OF ELDERS, HEALERS AND WISDOMKEEPERS. The event will be held for the fourth year at Alpine Meadows Camps in Big Bear, Calif.

It has long been prophesized by nearly every indigenous community that as the Bushmen say the "little people" will gather and dance around the fires, that rather than continuing to look at our differences, we will start to see that we have more in common that we thought. In fact, in order for us to address the issues that are plaguing the world today we will have to put aside our differences and work together. The Gathering provides neutral ground for all to come together for the highest common good, to hear and respect all points of view and to provide a space for peace to exist across borders, color lines and spiritual traditions. Healers and elders from around the world will gather together to share ceremony, healing traditions and to create a sacred place in which a true cross-cultural exchange can begin. The Gathering, often referred to as a “mini united nations but from a spiritual standpoint”, is based on the ancient tradition of council where all voices are equal. Journey to the Heart assists seemingly divergent communities around the planet to work together on such issues as hunger, alcoholism, loss of land rights, or cultural preservation.

Speakers will be traveling from Zimbabwe, Thailand, England, Ecuador, New Zealand, Sweden, India, China, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Australia, the Congo, Liberia, Cameroon, Southeast Asia, and several Native American and Canadian tribes. More will be announced in the coming weeks. Many are still living traditionally within their communities and some will be coming to the United States for the first time. Each has made a significant contribution to their local community with projects such as a community farm in Zimbabwe, a foundation to preserve the native plants in Ecuador or as a voice for those who have none in Botswana and New Zealand. Many are dealing with the ever- increasing struggle between living a traditional lifestyle and the difficulties of coping in a world that is growing faster than it's resources.

For more information on presenters and the event itself, please visit http://www.journeytotheheart.org or call 800-540-0471. To speak with someone directly, please call Kim Langbecker at 310-663-4139. The registration fee of $375.00 ($475.00 after August 9) includes food, lodging and all activities.

Journey to the Heart is dedicated to the promotion of cross-cultural awareness and the formation of collaborative partnerships with people of diverse teachings and spiritual traditions based on the principal of spiritual ecology.

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