Cultural Teaching Circles & Traditional Sweatlodges
Heart of Unity’s philosophy is to help build bridges between all peoples, celebrate diversity, while seeking to connect through the common threads that bind us together as a human family. Hosting Indigenous events and retreats is intended to assist us all in moving toward reconciliation during these important times in our history. Our circles are open to people of all ethnicity and cultures.
In Common Unity (Community)
Monica & Richard
Join us at Russwood (our Bancroft home) with Indigenous Elders, Record Keepers, Traditional Healers, and Teachers, Mark & Wendy Phillips for Traditional Cultural Teachings and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies. Dates are below.
**While we are in the process of selling our home, Russwood Retreat, we are going to be offering Cultural Teachings and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies on a month to month basis and will post as such. See below:
Cultural Teachings Friday October 20th 6:00pm
Sweat Lodge Ceremony Saturday October 21st 2:00pm
CULTURAL TEACHINGS 6pm potluck teachings to follow For potluck: Food Allergies Eggs, Gluten, Honey, Raspberries, Melons, etc please list or know the ingredients in whatever you bring. Other items to bring: lawn chair, flashlight, weather appropriate outdoor clothing, and blanket for tipi. We will have the fire going and hot tea on the fire.
SWEATLODGE CEREMONIES 2:00 – 9:00pm with potluck feast
• Do not wear jewelry or glasses into the lodge.
• Things to bring: Tobacco; potluck food item for ceremonial feasting after sweat
Mark & Wendy Phillips both come from an ancient lineage of teachings called, Old Mede’win, a secret society also known as the Grand Medicine Society. These ancient teachings went underground when the Europeans arrived in North America for safe keeping and were not openly shared. In fact the teachings were so carefully guarded that family members did not even speak to other family members about it! This was done to preserve the culture and original calendars/history of the earth. Both Mark and Wendy have undergone extensive teachings and training from the time they were young children, as their gifts were noted by Old Mede’win knowledge keepers. They were fortunate to find each other, married, and now teach together. After the beginning of the 8th Fire (a 400 year time that began in January of 2000). according to prophesy, the Phillip’s were free to share openly with all who wish to learn the original teachings.
Both have worked and taught extensively at Universities, Colleges, Indigenous groups, prisons, and children’s programs and more. They are dedicated to their role in facilitating the once hidden ceremonies, teachings, and healings. Mark & Wendy carry sacred scrolls with ancient history and Wendy also carries the Aztec, Mayan, and Turtle calendars.
William F Mann, an officer of the Knights Templar of Canada’s Grand Executive Committee, a member of its Grand Council and serving as the Sovereign Great Priory’s Grand Archivist is both a descendent of Templar Prince Henry Sinclair and of the Algonquin bloodlines, and wrote a series of books, Templar Sanctuaries in North America, The Knights of Templar in the New World, and The Templar Meridians. William has been interviewed on several radio shows, including Coast To Coast and Red Ice Radio, and speaks about his connections to the Phillips and the historical connections between the Templars and the Indigenous poeple’s of North America PRIOR to Columbus’s arrival. There are numerous parallels between the Templar teachings and the Old Mede’win teachings. We hope you will join us on this magical journey!