Aggie was one of 13 women from indigenous cultures from around the world who were invited to the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers in October, 2004. Since then, she has been very active in following up on this first meeting.
For more information, see the sources in the "Links" section of this website, and the article in the second issue of World Pulse Magazine, p.37. www.worldpulsemagazine.com
Here's an update the Center for Sacred Studies, September 19, 2005.
Hello dear friends and supporters of the Grandmothers,
We hope this finds all of you in good health and spirits. In this time
of purification, things are really shaking up and falling apart so
that new life can emerge. We are experiencing this on all levels, as
we are sure you all are. Fortunately the grandmothers herald a new
growth of compassion and kindness.
We know that many of you were wanting a response from us much sooner,
and we apologize for that. The interest in the 13 grandmothers has
been enormous and many changes are afoot. We are doing our best to
keep up with this, update our web sites and contact everyone by email.
Many of you may know by now that their council meeting in Dharamsala
has been moved forward to October, 2006. Please check out the update
letter below for details.
With much love and gratitude for the prayer that you carry in your
Ann and Jyoti
Center for Sacred Studies
sacredstudies.org grandmotherscouncil.com forthenext7generations.com
PO Box 745
Sonora CA 95370
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS
"We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our
Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next
seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the
unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of
indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors
will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our
vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse
cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and
through projects that educate and nurture our children."
2004 Fall- First Council Gathering, Menla Mountain Retreat, New York
On October 11, 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the
world--the Arctic Circle, North, South and Central America, Africa,
and Asia, arrived in the Tibet House mountain retreat in upstate New
York. Within a few days of convening, the grandmothers agreed to form
a global alliance; to work together to serve both their common goals
and their specific local concerns. The first council gathering was a
time of hope and inspiration. The grandmothers are both women of
prayer and women of action. Their traditional ways link them with the
forces of the earth. Their solidarity with one another creates a web
to rebalance the injustices wrought from an imbalanced world; a world
disconnected from the fundamental laws of nature and the original
teachings based on a respect for all of life.
2005 Spring—Second Council Gathering, Pojoaque Pueblo, New Mexico
The Grandmother Council convened in May for their second council,
hosted by the Mayan Grandmother, Flordemayo. They solidified their
alliance, created a mission statement, voiced prayers at sacred Pueblo
sites and approved projects to further their vision:
* Development of a web site to disseminate their teachings to adults
* Development of a pilot project for the establishment of a network of
local grandmother councils with the Cheyenne grandmother, Margaret
* Development of a pilot project to apply permaculture methods to
protect their local waters.
* Review of trailer for the film about them entitled "For the Next
* Review of copies of their biographical material written for the
Shambala book about them.
At the end of their week together, the grandmother council decided to
gather regularly, to travel the world to each other’s homeplaces
cultivating their unified prayer for peace.
2006 Spring--Third Council Gathering, Oaxaca, Mexico
The next step for the council is to continue their mission for global
peace in Mexico. Julieta Casimiro, the Mazatec Grandmother, has
invited the Council for the fourth council gathering at her homeplace
in the Sierra Madres.
2006 Fall-Fourth Council Gathering, Dharamsala, India
In October the Grandmother Council will reunite in the exiled home of
the Tibetans, hosted by the Tibetan grandmother Tsering Dolma
Gyaltong. Their intention is to have a private audience with H.H. the
Dalai Lama, to strengthen their prayer for global peace and to
acknowledge their solidarity with the Tibetan people to reclaim their
2007 Spring- Fifth Council Gathering, Black Hills, South Dakota The
Grandmothers will gather as a council for the fifth time in the home
of the Oglala Lakota grandmothers. At this time the council will be
celebrating the 80th Birthday of Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance in a
Native American prayer service.
2007 Fall- Sixth Council Gathering, Gabon, Africa
The sixth council gathering will be held in the African rainforest
surrounding Libreville, Gabon, at the temple of Bernadette Rebienot.
CENTER FOR SACRED STUDIES
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers has
requested to come under the umbrella of the non-profit organization,
the Center for Sacred Studies (CSS). The Center for Sacred Studies is
a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to sustaining
indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural spiritual practices,
ministry and education, and a commitment to peace and unity for all
This global prayer for peace calls on all of us to gather hands and
hearts across borders. Many have volunteered their time, inspiration
and funds for the realization of this unity. In order to fulfill the
vision of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous
Grandmothers, the Center for Sacred Studies is continuing to seek
support of all kinds. Thank you for joining in with us. We stand
united in this prayer, and we are grateful.
Center for Sacred Studies
P.O. Box 745 Sonora, CA 95370
Jyoti, Spiritual Director
Ann Rosencranz, Program Director