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CreationtoCompletion2016 Lge Feature



Dear Friends of the Grandmothers Council,

We are letting you know about a special opportunity to participate in a retreat of prayer and gratitude with the Grandmothers Council, their friends, family, and supporters at Menla in upstate New York from August 25 to 28, 2016.

Upon completing a full cycle that began at Menla twelve-years ago with the creation of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, the Grandmothers Council will come together to complete their circle of prayer around the planet, in the Creation to Completion retreat.

Registration is now open, so please register now if you would like to secure your place at Menla for this special event.

In honor of the late Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance’s vision for healing and forgiveness, and in her own words, “us, Grandmothers, should reunite again and pray for each other, make prayers like when we started… and have gratitude for all who have helped us and followed us.

To date, the following Grandmothers have confirmed their presence for this retreat:

Aama Bombo (Tamang)
Agnes Pilgrim (Takelma/Siletz)
Bernadette Rebienot (Omyene)
Clara Shinobu Iura (Japanese/Brazilian)
Julieta Casimiro (Mazatec)
Maria Alice Campos Freire (Brazilian)
Mona Polacca (Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa)
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance (Oglala Lakota)
Rita Pitka Blumenstein (Yup’ik)
Tsering Dolma Gyaltong (Tibetan)

Celebrating the completion of the circle of the Grandmothers Council will be a life transforming event for everyone – the Grandmothers, their supporters and all participants will come together to experience and share devotional prayers, healing and cultural festivities.

Early registrants will have a first come first serve opportunity to sign up for private consultations and healing treatments offered by the Grandmothers on Monday, August 29th, at the new Mahasukha Spa and Healing Center at Menla.

Space is limited; click here to register now!

We look forward to coming together at this special retreat!

For more information, please contact: or +1 (845) 688-6897 (ext.7507)