Create your very own Ancestor Doll
The Ancestor Doll helps you appreciate and remember your ancestors, while establishing a spiritual connection with them. This felted medicine doll can be used as a tool of magic, to be placed on your ancestral altar, for holding your intentions, used for ritual, meditation, and for connecting to the spirit world.
An ancient tradition passed down from generations before us
Discovering the age-old tradition of making and creating medicine dolls forged a deep link to my Celtic roots, and a family member who also created these dolls. Ancestor Medicine dolls are more than just objects, they’re filled with the knowledge of our elders and the restorative powers of nature itself. In essence, these dolls are special charms holding spiritual energy, serving as channels for healing. Traditionally, these dolls were made using materials from the earth like woven cloth, wool, clay, and sticks. Fast forward to today, and they still hold the same potent message of healing and encouragement. I’m so excited to share this ancient craft with you.
Creating Your Own Ancestor Doll
The first step in our journey involves cultivating a deep connection with the divine within you. We’ll invite the assistance of your ancestors, spirit guides, and sacred guardians as we bring your ancestor doll to life. This workshop gives you the know-how to needle felt – a method of making soft sculptures from wool. We’ll dive into the enchanting world of medicine doll magic, explore pilgrimage trails, delve into tales from folklore, learn about the power of plant magic, and techniques to forge a deeper connection with intuition and your ancestors. As well as guidance to set up your elder altar.
Each doll you produce acts as a vessel for your prayers, desires, expressions, gratitude, and healing energy. Further still, they symbolize your intent to change, clarify and transform. When we use wool, textiles, herbs, amulets, charms, and sigils, we dip into the time-less space where wisdom, intuition, and ancestral knowledge thrive.
The creative process
As part of our Sacred Creative space, we’ll be taking a magical ride into the world of Celtic shamanic journeys. This will be your special time to connect deeply with the spirit realms and the land of your ancestors. They’ll guide you, heal you, and aid you in crafting a unique ancestral doll.
Before we get crafting, you’ll have a chance to jot down your visions and ideas. This is an essential step in the process, so make sure to bring along a notebook!
Next, we’ll move on to creating a special ‘medicine bundle’. This will be your very own, handcrafted pouch, holding your intentions and wishes. Your doll will be built using natural fibres, skilfully woven together with a felting needle. Although we won’t give your doll a specific face, you might notice that she will take on faint features of her own as we progress through the workshop.
Once your doll is completed, you will have the exciting opportunity to add personal touches. flowers, herbs, stones, crystals, beads, and even poignant symbols that you might have been shown on your shamanic journey with your elders.
creative space 10:00-16:30
Four ladies are welcome to join me at my house in Havant, Hampshire. Snacks, beverages, and a light vegan lunch will be supplied. Just so you know, you’ll have a super friendly canine companion sharing the space with us as well. Post ticket-purchase, you can expect a confirmation email with the complete address and any other important details.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP
- Shamanic guided journey to connect with your ancestors
- Creative journaling
- Oracle card guidance
- A blessing & naming ritual for your ancestor doll
- Step-by-step needle felting tutorial
- Wool and needle felting tools are supplied for the class
- Herbs, dried flowers, crystals, feathers, charms
Cost - £122 per-person
ACCESSIBILITY: My wish is to make this course financially accessible for all, should you need to pay in installments, then please get in touch.