Constructing and Using Altars for Spiritual Practice and Healing
March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Do you feel drawn to altar-making as a spiritual practice? Cultures throughout time and all over the world have used altars as a way to focus intent, connect with the forces of the universe, and anchor devotional practice and meditation (among other uses).
In today’s world of chaos, altars provide us with a way to bring the order of the Cosmos into our earthly lives.
In this workshop, we learn the basics of altar construction to provide a structure based on the four directions and the four elements. We then expand it to incorporate elements of your personal spiritual interests and background. In making your altar truly and uniquely yours, you may choose to add items that include: flowers, foods, incense, personal symbols, icons, instruments, found objects and photos. Next, we move on to how to use music and chanting to wake up and activate your altar. Finally, we cover how to connect your altar to practices like meditation and healing practices both for self and others.
Robert Vetter is a cultural anthropologist whose fieldwork began with his adopted grandfather Oliver Pahdopony, the last medicine man of the Comanches. Along with his adopted Kiowa uncle, Richie Tartsah, he authored the book Big Bow: The Spiritual Life and Teachings of a Kiowa Family. He is a practitioner of Curanderismo, and studied with noted Curanderos from both the U.S. and Mexico, including Elena Avila (Author of Woman Who Glows in the Dark), Berta Valez (featured in They All Want Magic: Curanderas and Folk Healing by Elizabeth de la Portilla), Laurencio Lopez Nunez from Oaxaca and Rita Navarrete Perez from Cuernavaca. He maintains a practice of traditional medicine and a community temazcal (Mesoamerican sweat lodge) on Long Island. He also leads educational travel groups to Mexico. His podcast (on iTunes and all major podcast platforms) is “Healing and Spirituality in World Cultures.”
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- Registration closes thirty minutes before the start of the event.
- Tickets are non-refundable.