Joy Wedmedyk

Joy Wedmedyk (Olorisha Omi Lasa) is an initiated priestess in Regla de Ocha, an Ifa tradition commonly referred to as Santeria. For 30 years she has studied and learned from the spirits and ancestors of the planet and from the indigenous people of the Americas, Africa and Cuba. Joy continues to develop her skills as priestess, medium, healer, artist and drum maker. She has been traveling and teaching for over 25 years. Her workshops give the participants an opportunity to experience and learn from the cosmology and mythology of the indigenous people of the earth. She will speak on Santeria and Ancestor Worship.

Drum Making - Shamans Peace Drum

Indigenous people around the world have used Hoop Drums to commune with spirit and bring healing and wholeness to the self and the community. Journey with others on this sacred path and create your own deer rawhide drum from start to finish along with a leather covered beater. We will begin with a ceremony to remind us of our connection to the deer spirit and to the universal rhythms of life and conclude with a blessing ceremony to honor the power of our Drum. This is a 2 day workshop. (3-4 hours each day) All Materials are included Per person cost --$125. The class will be scheduled at Starwood based on the best times for the participants. Please inquire at the Earth Rhythm booth. Class limited to 8 people.

Orisha as Warriors

The Orisha are the pantheon of gods in the Santeria traditions. They all lived on earth at many different times and learned how to cope during the trials of their lives. Explore the types of warrior spirits they exemplified—from conqueror and conquered, mediator and instigator, wise ruler and dictator, fighter and lover. This is an interesting overview of the Orisha in their many different manifestations as warrior spirits.

Possessed by Ghosts

Learn to identify, talk to and release a discarnate spirit entity attachment. This workshop clarifies what discarnate spirit possession is, the physical manifestations of personal ghost possession that we can identify (including acute and long term manifestations), the symptoms that people experience, and how to de-possess ghosts and move them to their own path of spiritual progression. The main focus of this class will be on removal techniques used by practicing Mediums and other healing practitioners.

Spiritual Evolution through the Initiations of Santeria

This workshop focuses on the initiatory steps that are given in the Lukumi tradition of Santeria. These initiatory transitions are given as a way for the people and their community to find spiritual evolution and progression. The early initiations lead to the formation of relationships with the Orisha (The pantheon of Gods). The Kariocha ceremony creates a Priest that is capable of becoming a vessel for these energies. This allows the Orisha to walk among the community as a living and breathing God among men. Initiations covered include: The giving of Beads (The washing, head cleansing and the Baptism), receiving The Warriors (Eleggua, Ogun, Oshoosi and Osun), Orisha received Santo Lavado, the seven day Kariocha ceremony (Initiation to become and OmoOrisha/ Santero or Santera), and the ceremony of Ifa (the making of a Babalawo).

















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