We at WENS invite you to partake in our various community-oriented ceremonies, while also encouraging you to start your own individual journeys to a healthy, daily practice.
Sunday - Sabbath: Sunday Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship. According to Exodus 20:8 the Sabbath is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of rest, as God rested from creation. We offer prayer services in the morning and the afternoon to our Member Conscious Prayer Circles.
- Equine Activities Free and open to the community!
- Hemp Steam Lodge An authentic steam lodge built out of white willow with volcanic rocks in which can accommodate up to 20 people at a time, participants receive complimentary Hemp Oil and Body Care and receive the guidance from the power of mother earth prayers in our sacred steam lodge.
Monday - Shiva Puja: Shiva Puja is the name of the action in Hinduism by which one worships Lord Shiva through traditional and ancient rites with the use of mantra, tantra, kriyas, mudras, and abhishekam (devotional activity).
Benefits of Shiva Puja
1. Protects from negative influences of Shani.
2. Keeps away major diseases and improves overall health.
3. Helps you be more ambitious and achieve professional success.
4. Brings harmony to your marriage and your family life.
5. Gives courage to face the various difficulties of life.
6. Helps to gain Moksha or salvation in the afterlife.
Woman and/or Men Grieving Circle
Two hours a week in a personal space to support men and women to grieve and teach breathing techniques for processing the passing of a loved one. Circle process joins people together around a common intention or topic, as well as using the process to address a number of public health issues based on community need. The circles are a response to grief, loss and trauma. These circles include all of the stages, format and concepts that other Restorative Justice Circles include. The difference is that instead of a variety of perspectives in the Circle, the group is common to the loss. These types of Circles are called Healing Circles, Support Circles, Talking Circles.
Funerals are a ceremony for honoring, respecting, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person and/or animal who has died. Funerary customs vary widely both between cultures and denominations within cultures and are comprised of the complex beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. Funerals often have religious aspects which are intended to help the soul of the deceased reach the afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation. The funeral generally includes a ritual, rites of passage. Depending on culture and religion, these can involve either the destruction of the body, perhaps cremation, or its preservation.
Rites of Passage is a celebration of the passage which occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another. In the work, WENS concentrates on groups and rites individuals might normally encounter progressively: pregnancy, childbirth, initiation, betrothal, marriage, funerals and the like. Possible others include a territorial passage, the crossing of borders into a culturally different region, such as one where a different religion prevails.
New Member Ceremonies All members go through an initiation ceremony and take an oath of the code of ethics regarding using plant sacrament for only sacred purposes and an oath regarding to not intentionally hurt anyone or anything.
On-Line Ceremonies For people who want to be members but cannot come to our office or healing circles or cannot sponsor sacrament guide/healer to come out and initiate, then we provide for a skype/on-line initiation ceremony.
Specific Plant Sacrament Ceremonies
Members may personal request a specific plant medicine ceremony with sacrament guide and healers, to include but not limited to cannabis, hemp and bird of prey feathers.
The Sacrament Ceremony Three important purposes for this ceremony are to rediscover one’s innate goodness, to assist in the forgiveness process for oneself and others, and to reside in truth (Good Health-Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically).
Moon-Cycle Ceremonies Woman who are mooning/menstruating and wish to be together with one another in ceremony.
Coming of Age Ceremony A pray circle with a question and answer setting open for member children coming of age and coming into their kundalini/sexual energy. We hold council and give verbal guidance for their safety and journey ahead.
Welcome Home Honoring soldiers, veterans, holy people, people of service who have honored their country by being of service to humanity and the land in a type of prayer-pipe ceremony, where a prayer-pipe is passed around in conjunction with sharing and catharsis. Blessing Way A ceremony based on new beginnings. A mother's blessing is an intimate party inspired by an ancient indigenous ceremonies called a blessing way. The ceremony is held to prepare an expectant mother for her upcoming birth journey, to shower mom-to-be with love, support and encouragement.
Basket Ceremony In this ceremony, the bride and groom exchange baskets filled with gifts. The baskets symbolize the dowries traditionally required to be exchanged by the bride and groom's families. Gifts may consist of bread, corn, and meat.
Vase Wedding Ceremony A vase with two holes on either side is filled with water. The bride and groom drink from the water pouring from the vase as a toast to their union. A couple that can drink simultaneously without spilling a drop is believed to have good understanding with them throughout their marriage.
Blanket Ceremony In this ceremony, the bride and groom are first wrapped individually in blue blankets. While wrapped in the blankets, the officiant blesses the couple's union. The blankets are then removed and the couple wrapped in a single white blanket. The blue blankets represent the elements of the couple's individual past lives and the white blanket the couple's dedication to filling their new lives with peace and happiness.
Ring Ceremony Because metal was not available in historic ceremonies, rings were not traditionally exchanged. This ceremony is simple, with the bride and groom exchanging rings to symbolize eternal love that has no beginning and no end. There are no specific vows or words that must be said during the exchange of rings, and it can occur at any time during the ceremony.
Fire Ceremony In this ceremony, a fire circle is created using stones and many types of wood (up to seven). There is one large, unlit stack of firewood built in the center of the circle and two small fires built that sit to the north and south of the circle. These small fires represent the bride and groom's individual lives. After the two small fires are lit, prayers are offered by the bride and groom and they then push their individual fires into the center stack of wood, igniting one large fire.
Laying of Hands A ritual that accompanies certain religious practices, which are found throughout the world in varying forms such as Christianity and Jewish cultures. This practice is used as both a symbolic and formal method of invoking the Great Creator mother Earth primarily during baptisms and confirmations, healing services, blessings, and ordination of healers, sacrament guides, elders, officials, medicine man, medicine woman and members, along with a variety of other sanctuary sacraments and holy ceremonies.
Baptism (Adults & Infants) Involves a sacrament guide and two healers; Baptism is the Holy Oil Anointing and praying over sacraments, to include holy water and bless the member who is confessing to great creator mother earth by pouring the water over them. Going to a sacred water site and blessing the member by complete immersion into the water. Parents or godparents may bring their child to their sanctuary sacrament guide or healer for the pouring of holy water
Full Moon & New Moon Ceremonies
On every passing of a Full/New moon, there is a complimentary community event for the whole family. A potluck (members and/or visiting members share food), drum, dance and music circle.
Vision Quest This ceremony enables human beings to remember and understand the mission they had previously committed to achieving before their spirit assumed its earthly body and introduce them to or discover their spirit guides/inspirations. This is a ritual seeking personal communication with the spirit world through visions that are induced by fasting, prayer, and other measures during a time of isolation: typically undertaken by an adolescent male in most native American traditions although WENS believe to give this opportunity to women as well. A journey, lasting up to four days, into the wilderness on horseback as members sit in isolation with a sacrament guide/healer for safety in their vision quest.
Sweat Lodge (Temezcal / Inipi) Ceremony
The Sweat Lodge represents the womb of our mother earth. We pray to honor ourselves, our difficulties and all relations. Two important purposes for this ceremony are to remind the participants to honor and respect the creative process and to assist the participants to honor and respect all of one’s relatives, especially one’s biological mother and father. Consists of building a dome out of red willow and blankets in a sacred manner honoring all four directions, sacred smudges, and lava rocks.
The Sacred Prayer Pipe Ceremony
Three important purposes for this ceremony are to remind our members to honor and respect the power of words (prayer) to assist gracefully in unity and respect of male and female differences, and to activate the law of synergy to assist all participants in achieving their heartfelt desires. This ceremony as well has a time and space for education and guidance when praying with cannabis in a pipe for meditational purposes.
The Sacred Breath Ceremony
Provides two important purposes including having the Great Creator Mother Earth infiltrate every cell of one’s body and to assist the participant in experiencing unconditional love. We go through ancient breathing techniques that are based upon Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoist, Tantric Buddhism, and Tibetan Relations.
Corn Meal Prayer Offerings Waking up in the morning and giving thanks to the creator and all relations by praying with a pinch of cornmeal and offering the cornmeal to the elements. Incense/Smudging For daily smudging & purification include Cedar, Palo Santo, Sage, Cannabis, Hemp, Tobacco, Copal - the act of smudging certain herbs is traditionally used to purify or bless people and places.The specific herbs burned ceremonially cleanse and repel evil influence, as well help in clearing negative energy from a space.
Holy Anointing Smudging and topical use with sacred food, medicinal oils, and/or good spiritual intentions of ingesting sacred food medicines.
Mountain Movement Holy Anointing with movement cultivating one’s energy and surroundings promoting peaceful gestures.
Yoga Holy Anointing with good peaceful intentions and gentle stretching.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced Chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. This practice is done under the influence of breathing.
Tai Chi is a gentle way of relieving stress through postures and movement mocked by the elements and animals. This practice is done by focusing on the breath with one’s postures.
Meditations Dedicating a certain amount of time, a day or multiple times a day to relaxing and emptying the mind or reciting mantras, affirmations, & prayer. Depending on the culture, this is done in a variety of ways with the same intention of gratitude, peace, & love. Shiva/Shakti Dance Yogic Postures and dance of the balance of the Body, Mind, and Spirit in good health and good wealth.
Shiva Puja At-Home Vidhi
1. Devotees must observe a strict fast for the entire day of the Shiva Pooja.
2. Taking a bath early in the morning is necessary to cleanse one’s mind, body and soul.
3. Mantras like the Shiva Bija Mantra, Maha Mrityunjay and other mantras are to be chanted during the pooja.
4. Flowers and fruits are offered to appease the Lord along with the lighting of lamps and incense.
5. Panchamrit Abhishekam is performed on the Shiva lingam.
6. Shiva Puja must be done during Pradosham Kaal, which falls on the 13th day of both Krishna and Shukla Pakshas.