ANIMISM: EVERYTHING IS ALIVE, EVERYTHING IS “PEOPLE”
We begin with an animist ethic that everything is alive, and connected. We honor the personhood of the natural world–the soils, the winds, the rocks, the trees—just as we honor the personhood of humans. We engage in the process of remembering how to perceive the speech of this more-than-human world. We learn to hear the wise voices of ancient ancestors from which we descend.
GRIEF WORK and ANCESTOR WORK are INSEPARABLE
At the Well, we offer the salt of our tears back to the Great Waters. We regard grieving as a critical skill in the great healing work of our times. Most of of our trauma stories are intergenerational, reminding us of the profound opportunity to flex our grieving muscle in our ancestral landscapes. As we learn to mourn what our kindred could not, we tap into a well of ancestral blessings.
Our grief becomes a gateway through which OUR ANCESTORS GET FREE from perpetual loneliness.
NO ONE IS FREE UNTIL ALL ARE FREE
THE WELL honors the lineages of liberation that our ancestors walked, and we trace these treads, weave these threads until ALL BEINGS ARE FREE. We gather and share tools to help us GET FREE of the of the colonizer / dominator brainwashing, in service of actual change in our communities. From landback to story circle, our culture building-work supports freedom and justice on multiple levels: for the land, for the people, for the body, for the mind.
BEYOND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL, INTO THE CEREMONIAL
Though individual psychological healing is important indeed, our work at the WELL focuses on elevating ritual back into the center of our cultural lives. The WELL strives to be a center for a renaissance of ritual forms, nurturing the vital ceremonial work which helps us move beyond our over-reliance on conventional psychological models.
TENDING SYNCRETIC SEEDS
At the WELL, we are custodians of a SYNCRETIC SEED BANK. Though we find ourselves in the very late stages of cultural disintegration, we splash holy waters on these patient seeds, sprouting an amalgamation of diverse traditions, stories and songs, emerging tendrils of liberation from this beautiful cultural mashup.
As we compost the isolation of the colonial, dominator society, our roots tap ancestral aquifers, revealing who we truly are is not so far gone as we’ve been told. Never isolated cogs in a machine, destined for perpetual orphanhood, we are resilient descendants of ancient wisdom keepers from every continent.
HONORING THE MYTHIC
The WELL recognizes that we are living in MYTHIC times. The collapsing stories of domination, individualism and separation are simply inadequate to equip us for the monumental tasks before us. We seek and there we find well-preserved clues and resources in ancient stories. We bring their olde-tyme wisdom to bear in our current era. We offer ongoing gratitudes for our forefolk, who preserved so much knowledge in the form of myths, fairy tales, and legends. These stories contain a map full of insight into all that needs rediscovered.
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