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Standing in the Fire of Your Truth: The Weaving, Jan 12-15 2018

January 12, 2018 | 9 Mountain St, Plainfield, MA 01070

“Standing in our truth means that from time to time the fire can get pretty intense. There are times when it takes more than one attempt to get the lessons in life to come into balance with our understanding; not only the understanding, but in the comfort that it brings to our spirit when we know that we are in alignment with the path that leads to our individual futures; and then joins with others as we journey along in a good way.” ~ Yona FrenchHawk

Carolyn Little, MA, Yoga & Meditation Facilitator, and Yona FrenchHawk, Cherokee Elder, Wisdom Keeper & Ceremonialist are coming together to hold space for you to journey deep within, to listen, to honor your ancestral lineages, and to receive the guidance of your own deep inner knowing. With this clarity, grounded in truth, you will have the opportunity to weave your intentions to guide you into this new year.

On this retreat you will experience:

  • 3 nights lodging at the beautiful Nine Mountains Retreat Center – we added a night this year! (relax in the outdoor hot tub, walk the natural trails through the forest, enjoy peaceful spaces to read, write, or reflect).
  • Delicious, nourishing vegetarian meals (Friday dinner, 3 meals Saturday and Sunday, breakfast and lunch on Monday)
  • 2 purifying Sweat Lodges
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Cherokee stories and songs
  • Cherokee traditional arts (basket weaving)
  • Opening and Closing ceremonies
  • Optional – additional night at 9 Mountains, Thursday Jan 11th, and participation in Ceremonial Drum Making workshop to make your own drum! (see details below)
  • Deep, heart warming, and reaffirming connections with new and old friends
  • Inspiration and clarity to begin your new year empowered to live your purpose and fullest potential!

(see sample schedule below)

When: Jan 12th – 15th, 2018 

Where: Hosted at the beautiful Nine Mountain Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA.


This retreat will sell out so make sure to reserve your place as soon as possible!

Payment Options

Shared Room:  $535

Private Room: $660 (Only 2 available!)

Commuter Rate: $400, Includes all activities, use of the facilities, and all meals (lodging is the responsibility of the participant).


Ceremonial Drum Making Workshop (& extra night)

Join us on Thursday, Jan 11th, for dinner and a cozy night at the retreat center where Yona will share stories and songs about the meaning of the drum. Then Friday morning Yona will lead a 4 hour ceremonial drum making workshop. Price includes lodging, meals, and all materials for you to make your own ceremonial drum: $350 (*if not attending the full retreat, then cost is $400)

A note from Yona about Ceremonial Drum Making: “The making of the hand drum was always a treat as a child. Growing up my cousin John Bull StandingDeer taught me how to make a drum with some leftover deer hide he had from a recent hunt. He taught me about how we always give offerings and blessings for those that have given so that we might better know the rhythm of the heart of Turtle Island. The Cedar Tree was honored for the frame of the drum and its symbolic Hoop of Life. The Deer was honored for its hide and all it gave for the family of the hunt. The deer and cedar come together to teach us that in death there is always life anew on the other side of the sun. The heartbeat echoes eternal.”


Sample Schedule for Retreat (subject to change)

Friday, 12th:

  • 2pm-5pm: Participants arrive 
  • 5pm-6:30pm: Dinner
  • 6:30pm-9pm: Opening Ceremony

Saturday, 13th:

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9am – 11:30am: Yoga/Meditation
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Light the sacred fire
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Cherokee Teachings and art
  • 3:30pm – 7pm: Sweat Lodge
  • 7:30pm: Dinner
  • After dinner – time for songs, sharing, connecting, or relaxing

Sunday, 14th:

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9am – 11:30am: Yoga/Meditation
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Light the sacred fire
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Cherokee Teachings and art
  • 3:30pm – 7pm: Sweat Lodge
  • 7:30pm: Dinner
  • After dinner – time for songs, sharing, connecting, or relaxing

Monday, 15th:

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9am – 12:00pm: Closing circle
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Departure

About Yona FrenchHawk:

Yona FrenchHawk is a full-blooded Cherokee Wisdom Keeper and Ceremonialist that was born and raised on the Qualla Indian Boundary located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Cherokee, NC. Also known as the Cherokee Indian Reservation. He grew up in harmony with the land gathering wild greens, roots for basket dyes, fishing, trapping and learning the ways of his ancestors. There are less than 300 Full-Blooded Cherokee that remain who speak and write the Cherokee Language out of a documented 30,000 enrolled members in the federally recognized Eastern Band of North Carolina and Western Band of Oklahoma. To keep this tradition alive.

Yona is honored to journey the bridge from the ancient past to the ancient future which is in constant need of support. Yona is a well respected ceremonial leader and shares the meaning of the Sweat Lodge ceremony as a way of life as it was shared with him by his Grandfather. Yona‘s Great, Great, Grandfather, Yonaguska, was Chief of the Cherokee during the time of The Trail of Tears. And led the remaining Cherokee to hide in the mountains from the armies looking to move them west.

Much like his historic ancestors, Yona shares in the vision of the Cherokee Prophecy, alive in today’s Seventh Generation. This generation is the core essence of all the generations that have come before and connects us all as indigenous people to represent one tribe. We are all one indigenous tribe of the Turtle Island.

Yona also offers individual sessions to assist in being present in one’s current journey while simultaneously connecting with ancestral healing. Helping to connect with their roots to truly live an organic green way of life. And embrace the legacy of connecting cultures by understanding what fruit to bear according to our roots. “Sgi Tsa” (thank you) for offering this opportunity —Yona

About Carolyn Little: 

Carolyn Little, MA, Yoga & Meditation Facilitator, has had a unique journey that has led her to study with Grandmothers, (female Shamanic leaders and wisdom keepers of ancient indigenous earth based medicine and healing), from Columbia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, and North American (including the tribes of Anishinaabe, Cree, Lakota, and Cherokee). Currently, she is working with Cherokee Elder, Yona FrenchHawk leading ceremonies, retreats, and gatherings for people to learn tribal ways of ceremony, to connect back to the earth, and most importantly, to themselves.


Images from last January’s retreat:


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