Ancestral Legacy & Personal Healing Workshop

Ancestral Legacy & Personal Healing Workshop

“In many indigenous cultures, the ancestors have an intimate and absolutely vital connection to the world of the living. They are always available to guide, teach, and to nurture. They embody guidelines for what is most valuable about life” —Malidoma Some Saturday, November 14, 2009 and January 16, 2010 Instructors: Maura Singer Williams and Atava […]

The Buffalo Return Home

The Buffalo Return Home

Someone sent me a link to this video a few months back.  It documents the return of a herd of buffalo from the Catalina Islands to their homeland in South Dakota and to the Lakota people.  Buffalo are very sacred to Native American people- traditionally they provided the people with food, shelter, clothing, and tools.  […]

Our Solstice Newsletter

Our Solstice Newsletter

As we move towards the Summer Solstice (and gratefully out of Mercury retrograde!) we’d like to share some updates for Circle of Ancestors. The Polish Ancestral Healing Project (PAHP) which is fiscally sponsored by COA, now has a new website: http://www.polishancestralhealing.org. PAHP was founded by Atava Garcia Swiecicki and Maura Singer Williams in 2004 when […]

Flower Healing Past and Present

Flower Healing Past and Present

This is a good time of year to learn about the healing power of flowers.  Flowers have been and continue to be a significant medicine for all traditional peoples. Flowers are used for spiritual cleansing, for blessings, for celebration, and for mourning.  Flowers are an important part of ceremonies all throughout the cycle of life, […]

Flower Healing

Flower Healing

In March, I journeyed to the Anza Borrego Desert outside of San Diego, California.  I was joyful to be around the plants of my desert dwelling ancestors.  Here is one of the most important plants that I encountered:   Chaparral is one of the oldest living plants on Mother Earth.  Some chaparral plants living in […]

Polish Ancestral Healing Project

Polish Ancestral Healing Project

In June of 2004, Maura  Singer and I (Atava) made a collective journey to Poland. As two women of Polish descent, one Jewish and the other raised Catholic, our journey centered on exploring our common Polish heritage and looking deeply at the shadow side of Polish history. We drew upon our indigenous Jewish and Slavic […]

Indigenous Science and Herbal Medicine

Indigenous Science and Herbal Medicine

"Native science, often understood through the tree, is holistic.  Through spiritual processes, it synthesizes or gathers information from the mental, physical, social and cultural/historical realms." Dr. Apela Colorado(1) For thousands of years, indigenous people have had a strong relationship to the natural world.  Indigenous people have their own way of coming to knowledge, their own […]

Slavic Healing & Baba Yaga

Slavic Healing & Baba Yaga

In honor of Barbara Spetz Dean, September 29th 1942- October 25, 2003   In 2003, I wrote my Master’s Thesis entitled, "Journey to Recovering My Polish Indigenous Mind."  I was/am on a quest to recover the ancient healing traditions of my Slavic ancestors.  A big part of my writing was on Baba Yaga, the ancient […]