Handprints on the Cave Walls 

A Shamanic Journey into Ancient Feminine Mysteries

 Women’s Initiation & Divination Training


Reda Rackley, Masters in Mythology & Depth Psychology


 Red Ochre Handprints – “Hands at the Cuevas de las Manos upon Rio Pinturas, near the town of Perito Moreno in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

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


 The Invitation:

I want to…

  …live in a world where the visible & the invisible walk beside each other.  I want to live in a world when the drums begin, we invoke the Venus of Willendorf,  Venus of Lespugue, Venus of Laussel  and She whispers the forgotten dreams in our ears.    I want to live in world where women gather to make beauty, make powerful healing medicine, dance, sing, paint, write, create sacred rituals!  

venuslespuguesmThe Lespugue Venus is a figurine, a statuette of a nude female figure from the Gravettian period, dated to between 26 000 and 24 000 years ago.

I’m weary of…

…violence again women, children, mama nature,  the indigenous ones!   I am done with hiearchical ways of being that diminished the power of the feminine!   I am calling you sisters to come “gather the bones with me, listen to the wisdom in the mineral, fire, earth, nature, water spirits!”   I want to look into your eyes, to touch your mind, body, soul & spirit.  I want to see your hips moving, dancing, undulating!  I want to fully embody this initiation with you in flesh & bone!

I want you to…

…have a tribe of women that you can call upon for the rest of your days!  I want to sit across from you, you listening to me tell my ancient stories, I want to hear yours.  I want to know what is the deep howl in your belly, what is the beauty you wish to give birth to.  I want you to express your wild feminine soul in a way She doesn’t even know exists!  I want all the parts of you!  I want your rage, your sadness, your beauty, your sensuality, your sexuality, your gifts, your wounds, your fears, your ecstacy!     We will make beauty from all of it!

So, I am offering…

…a sacred place for you to come home to!  To gather with like-minded women, who long to be “An Initiated Wise, Wild Woman!”  I had a dream that 9 women were gathered in the deepest recesses of a cave, our hands were dipped in the red ochre painting.   We were painting the walls with our handprints and then we were painting each other’s bodies with black charcoal,  spirals on the 3rd eye, chevrons up and down our legs!   


Newgrange is an ancient burial tomb located about an hour north of Dublin.
It remains in darkness throughout the year except during winter solstice when the tomb floods with light, illuminating the beautiful spiral designs on the walls.

We will: gather 3 times a year – We are going to immerse ourselves in the ancient wisdom of the paeolithic goddesses and the rock art images found on the cave walls.   This is an invitation to surrender to the great unknown, to trust the path that is before you!  When I traveled to Africa to become an Initiated Diviner you were not given an itinerary, a list of all that you would accomplish from this initiation;  you were given the 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 training, only spirit knows!  


We will: paint on the cave walls of our soul, we will write her stories, we will dance,  we will drum, we will sing!  We will be traveling to a sacred cave as a part of our remembering & initiation!   We are going to enter the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” together as a tribe, to re-dream the world we live in, to bring back Her wisdom through our creative souls!  We live in time that is asking women to Remember where we came from so we can guide those that are longing to come home to their own deep soul medicine!  Women it is time to walk a different way in the world in which we live!  It is time to bring your sacred medicine to the board room, every patriarchal institution, to the mother earth, to all of creation!  


This is also an invitation for you to learn the ancient art of bone, stones, shell, & sacred objects divination.   This training will bring forth the wisdom of the ancient feminine, the ancestors, the spirits of nature!  You will become a tracker of the soul, to help others come home to their own true nature.  You will learn how to divine, to prescribe rituals for healing, & to also facilitate rituals in your community, in your work, in your family   You will become an initiated woman of the bone memory!

In addition to the training & initiation you will receive:

  • A divination from Reda to prepare you for the initiation! 
  • Participation in a private online forum
  • Monthly tele-conference (optional)  calls will be recorded
  • Certification as a Women of the Bones Diviner

After registering you will be given the list of the sacred objects that you can begin to gather and instructions on how to create your divining cloth!       


I made a promise to the other world, I would make myself available to bring forth their wisdom, I would become the “hollow bone” for the ancients to speak through.  I need you,  I want you to embark upon this initiation with me!  Claim your sacred stone in the cave and come let us enter deep into ancient feminine mysteries together!


With all my love and fierce commitment in honoring your deep souls longing to return to the wisdom of the ancient feminine mysteries!



Memory, like long
Corridors leading into
Deep and yawning caverns:
Echoes, echoes, echoes.
The heart beats,
And its pulse echoes
Through the halls and back
Along the labyrinth of Time.
Oh Great Antique mystery
I stand before your entrance
And feel my own blood echoing
Through your darkly hidden chambers.

~ Unknown



Down to the Bone Details 


Reda Rackley, M.A. in Mythology/Depth Psychology

Reda Rackley, M.A., is a cultural mythologist, author, educator, storyteller, expressive artist, 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.


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The cost for the Initiation/Training is $5000.00 – this includes your room, food, & initiation/training!   Full payment must be received before the start of the training unless payment plans have been arranged!   

Quarterly and monthly payment plans are available! Checks accepted or paypal – redarack@sbcglobal.net – Notices will be sent the first of the month! 

To hold your space a $500 non-refundable deposit must be made.  

Cancellation Policy: Because the initiation is limited to 8 women and the contracts for the property & caterer have been signed, no refunds are available unless you find someone to replace you!  Payment serves as your acceptance of these terms and conditions.


Meeting Space

Standing Stone Sanctuary, Carmel Valley, CA






Private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis at the Mesa del Sol Vineyards. Directions will be sent upon registration.