(All Workshops are located in Venice, FL unless otherwise noted.)
Medicine Bag Workshop
Saturday, October 21, 2017
1:00 - 4:00pm
(includes all materials)
Pre-registration & payment in full required upon commitment.*See Cancellation Policy.
Pre-registration and payment in full upon commitment. * See cancellation policy.
Pre-registration and payment in full is required to hold your seat for this workshop, and is
non-refundable. Specific materials are purchased well in advance, therefore, a credit will be applied to any future workshops, should you need to cancel.
A medicine bag is traditionally a small pouch filled with talismans such as stones, herbs, found objects, personal memorabilia, etc. and is intended to bring protection, good luck, and/or for use in healing to/by its owner.
Native Americans have carried these bags for centuries, but in recent years, they've also become popular in our modern day culture, becoming rear view mirror adornment, wall hangings, and decorative displays.
However, medicine bags are generally worn about the neck or on the belt because in Native American culture, it is believed that the
spiritual power is best when worn on the body, but now-a-days people feel the spiritual power surrounds the bag wherever it is.
Medicine Bags come in all shapes and sizes, fringed or not, decorated or not, but, generally, are all made of leather, and, ideally, hand-stitched, as Native American beliefs tend to shy away from machine stitching as it is believed that machines 'steal' the power from the bag.
Each person who acquires a medicine bag should place their own individual power objects in it, being a few or many. Herbs, stones, feathers, fetishes, found objects, personal items, photo's, a snip of your hair, a special jewelry piece or anything that is of significance to you. If the bag is a gift, the original owner or maker should add something of their own to it.
The owner of the medicine bag should remember that, traditionally, it is considered to be sacred. The bag should not be opened by anyone else. The person can take items out of the bag to show and share their significance with people, if so desired. Stones can be taken out and other stones put in, as wanted/needed, due to the individual requirements of the owner, as there are some stones that will change color over time, thereby reducing/losing their power or energy.
The other items need to always remain in the bag, because, essentially, each item in the bag is a talisman and is representative of
sacred power, and is meant to bring that power and spirituality to the owner of the bag. Allowing others to access the bag and it's contents, 'steals' the power of the talismans from
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