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Spirit Rising - San Francisco - 13 Grandmothers

13 Grandmothers with Dalai Lama
Event Date: 
August 21, 2010 - 11:00 - 18:00

On Saturday, August 21, Golden Gate Park will be ablaze with sacred energy, prayer, music and dance as the Center for Sacred Studies hosts its biggest fundraiser ever for the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. The fundraising event is titled Spirit Rising and will take place from 11am to 6 pm.

Participants will be able to experience the sacred energy that surrounds the internationally acclaimed Grandmothers Council. Mayan grandmother Flordemayo and Takelma Siletz grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim will be present to bless and inspire participants. Emmy and Peabody award winning director Carole Hart will be honored at the event for her tireless work on the Grandmothers’ documentary film, For the Next 7 Generations.

Performance & Prayer featuring:
--Drumming & Dance of all Nations, including Native American, Haitian, Turtle Women Rising, Jaynie Lara
--Indigenous soul performer Goodshield Aguilar
--Native activist and First Nations artist Phillip Meshekey
--Ann Rosencranz singing Call All Nations
--Spirit Walk of Peace - A moving meditation with drums and chanting around the perimeter of the Bandshell
--Circle of Four Directions representing 3-4 Grandmothers each
--Inspirational speakers include Ohlone Elder, Grandmother Agnes, Grandmother Flordemayo, Jyoti and Terces Engelhart.
--Local & Regional Artists TBA

A circle will be created within the event that marks the 4 directions to honor the Grandmothers that come to us from around the world. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the circle and will be used to help bring all 13 Grandmothers along with their prayers to Japan, the ancestral home of Grandmother Clara Shinobu Iura, in October of this year. The Japan gathering is open to the public and information can be found on the Events page at

About the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers:
The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. They are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. They believe the teachings of the ancestors will light the way through an uncertain future. They look to further their vision through the realization of projects that protect their diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.

Golden Gate Park Bandshell
San Francisco, CA
United States


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