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.

Ancestral Breaks

Our chain of ancestors should be stable, strong and continue back to the beginning of our life on earth. "Breaks" or gaps in the chain can cause many spiritual problems in our life. Symptoms of an Ancestral break are as varied as ill health, possession, soul loss, family curses and even OCD and autistic behavior. Joy will share her healing techniques and give examples of sessions she has done with clients the repair the damage done by "breaks" in the ancestral chain.

Drum Making: Shamans Peace Drum - 14 inch hoop

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 two-day workshop. (3-4 hours each day) All Materials are included Per person cost: $125 Please inquire at the Earth Rhythm booth. Class limited to 8 people--please call 330 273 6260 to register

Orisha as Guardian Angels

In Santeria there is a belief that a specific Orisha is a Guardian Angel for each individual on Earth. Your Guardian Angel, or Orisha, has a direct effect on your personality and helps to shape your destiny. In this workshop you will learn about the Orisha, their likes and dislikes, their offerings, how they manifest in the world and other personality traits that they exhibit. Learn which Orisha are closest to you and affecting your life and perhaps discover your own Guardian Angel.

The Boveda - Spiritual Evolution Through the Ancestors

The Boveda (alter) for the ancestors and other benevolent spirits is a place of prayer and comfort, and the foundation of your spiritual progression. Based on the practice of Espiritismo, Caribbean ancestor reverence, the Boveda will help you build stronger connections to your Ancestors and other spirit guides. It will help organize your spiritual frame and balance your connections in this world and to the world of the spirits. You will learn about the different spirits present at the Boveda, how to choose a place for the alter, how to set it up, how to take care of it and your spirits, and how to maintain effective communication through prayer and meditation.

















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