Bones Stones & The Crone
The Secret Society of Wise Women
A Year Long Pilgrimage
with Monthly Video Conference Calls
“When you choose to sit on the Earth as a Goddess….she awakens to your call. Our bodies are like sacred text, showing us the ways of wisdom through our feminine form. We are wisdom-keepers. Through Ritual and Ceremony we access gateways to sacred and ancient mysteries of the ways of women as only women can know. Through specifically designed Rites of Passage Ceremony we not only give ourselves the gift of celebrating life’s transitions, but also discovering the depth of our true beauty, strength, wisdom and grace.” – Carrie Woodburn
Ancient Feminine Calling
With our Hands, we begin to trace faint images
etched into the walls.
And now, beneath these images, we can see the gleam of older images
And these peel back to reveal the older still,
The Past, the dead, once breathing, the forgotten, the secret
the buried. The once blood & bone, the vanished,
shimmering now like an answer from these walls, bright and red.
Drawn by the one who came before. And before her.
And before. Back from the beginning!
~ Susan Griffin
I want to…
…live in a world where the wisdom of the wise woman is valued and respected. I want to live in a world where old woman are honored for their hard-won wisdom. I want to live in world where the grandmothers are taken care of and celebrated for the wrinkles upon their brows. I want to live in a world where belly laughter echoes down the halls of institutions, corporations and wise women lead the way! I want to live in a world where the crones gather on the dark of the moon, cackle, stir the cauldron, whisper secrets in the young daughters ears so they will remember where they came from so they will know where they are headed! I want to live in a world when the grandmothers speak, the universe stops to listen!
I’m weary of…
…violence against women, children, mama earth, people of color, gay, lesbian, transgender, indigenous tribes. I am done with hierarchical ways of being that attempt to diminish the power of ancient feminine wisdom. I am done with a misogynist, racist, patriarchal world. Done! Finished! I am howling, roaring, calling the wise women, crones, hags, witches to come gather the bones with me, to listen to the wisdom of the elementals: mineral, fire, earth, nature, and water spirits. I want to see you celebrating your beautiful being and body as we grow deeper into our years. I want to howl, dance, sing, cry, write, paint, sing the crone’s wisdom. I want to fully embody this crone initiation with you, down to the bone!
I want you to…
… have a tribe of wild, wise, hag, witches, crones to call upon for the rest of your days. I want you to feel safe in your bones. I want you to not feel alone. I want you to have a tribe of women to tell your stories to and to listen to theirs. I want to know the deep howl in your belly! I want all parts of you. I want your rage, your sadness, your beauty, your sensuality, your power, your gifts, your wounds, your fears, your ecstasy. I want your wisdom! We will make sacred medicine from it all. I want to stir up the wisdom of all-wise women through all times, to call upon their power in these times we are living to leave a legacy of beauty for the next generations!
I am offering you…
…a sacred place to bring your holy, wild wisdom. A place to enter into shamanic trance to return to the cave in our holy imagination where the old crones have gathered for eternity. We will walk deeper into her mysteries upon the crooked path, with our crooked staff, our crooked legs, our crooked wisdom! We will come together to place our medicine in the great cauldron of creation: stirring, dreaming, chanting, dancing, singing, painting, writing, redreaming the world through the ancient wisdom of our ancestors and the ancient wisdom that lives in our bones! We are going to fully surrender to embodying the mind, body, soul, & spirit of the crone. We will dance with the death giving and living giving aspects of Her! We will make sacred medicine, we will tell stories, we will remember and record what has been forgotten! Weekly rituals, offerings and guidance will be offered on our secret Facebook page!
I invite you…
…to surrender to the great unknown of this initiation, to trust the crooked path before us. When I travel to the motherland of Africa to become an Initiated Diviner, I was not given an itinerary, a list of all the things I would accomplish from this initiation. I was given the blessed gift of deep listening, observing, tracking, most of all, surrendering. I cannot give you a detailed sales page of what you will receive at the end of this initiation, only Spirit knows! What I can tell you once we enter into sacred ritual space together, the old wise ones will come and whisper exactly what your bones have been longing to hear since the beginnings of time! We will pick up our staff of wisdom and keep on walking down the crooked path together. What I want you to know is now you will never be alone on this journey of becoming an Initiated Bone, Stone, Crone Woman!
BoneWoman she got credentials, but mostly she got a whole lot of soul and fierce commitment to remembering what has been forgotten, to remembering the wisdom that got left on the cave walls thousands of years ago! Reda Rackley, M.A., is a cultural mythologist, author, educator, storyteller, certified expressive artist by medium and shamanic counselor. She lectures and facilitates women’s retreats bridging mythology, depth psychology, and spirituality. Reda was initiated into the indigenous medicine of the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso, West Africa and teaches ancient shamanic traditions through storytelling, ritual, art and divination. Published selections are included in The Circle Continues Women Respond to the Circle of Stones, Judith Duerk, ed. Kiss me Goodnight, Stories and Poems by Women Who Were Girls When their Mothers Died, Ann O’Fallon & Margaret Vaillancourt, eds, The Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets, Ryan Masters, ed & . Reda’s C.D. “Mud, Blood, and Blackberries: Fictional Memoirs.” Reda received her B.A. in Psychology with a special focus on Women’s Spirituality . She graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara with an M.A. in Mythology and Depth Psychology.
Once a Month – Video Conference Call
2/26, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17
5:00pm PST – Calls are from 1 1/2 to 2 hours long and will be recorded.
ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE CALL AND SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP
This offering is first and foremost for the wise women that are no longer bleeding and are longing for an initiation as a crone/elder. And then this offering is for all other women that have longed for a circle of women! Maiden, Mothers, Queens, & Crones are all welcomed!
Step 1: Registration…
Step 2: Payment of… $600.00
By check to: Reda Rackley 65 Middle Canyon Road Carmel Valley CA 93924
Or by Paypal (logging into your account) or Credit Card through Paypal (you won’t need a Paypal account) using the button below.
How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go … a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman…a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself…waiting to be released…A place of women…How might your life be different?
How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you…a place of women, where you were received and affirmed? A place where, after the fires were lighted, and the drumming, and the silence, there would be a hush of expectancy…a knowing that each woman there was leaving old conformity to find her self…a sense that all womanhood stood on a threshold.
And if, during the hush, the other women, slightly older, had helped you to trust your own becoming…to trust it and quietly and prayerfully to nurture it…
How might your life be different? A Circle of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself by Judith Duerk.