Sunnaira Armstrong is the Lodge Mother for the Silver Buffalo Lodge. In her walk she has been a Sundancer for many years and more recently danced the Spirit dance for a cycle of 8 years.
The Silver Buffalo Lodge is a welcoming circle in the forest, a place where we can be strong in our declarations to be seen in our emergence as clear powerful lifegivers, whether we are elders, mothers or maidens. There is room here and intention for every woman in the circle to be seen, to be heard, to be understood…. and to be Wise….
Sunnaira shared, “to me Buffalo represents the Great Give Away. The one that willingly says ‘take my body and use it to sustain your own…food, clothing and shelter while you walk this earth walk, so you can learn the lessons of returning to our own great luminosity…the Great Love and Harmony’ “. This speaks to the comfort and nourishment that will sustain you and inspire you to shine while you are in this Lodge in the workshops, journeying, quiet times and in the conversations with each other and these elder women.
Sacred Pipe Ceremony
Sunnaira will also lead a Sacred Pipe Ceremony on Friday afternoon. It’s a time to focus on your intentions for the weekend. A Pipe and the Ceremony was one of the gifts from White Buffalo Calf Woman who offered the people of Turtle Island a tool to focus their prayers and thoughts. Any sacred object gathers the energy of being in a state of openess and spiritual connection.
Sunnaira deeply values the hands on participation in circles and ceremony as she shares her vision of our walk as Earth Keepers. As an Earth Keeper we clear the mind of ego driven directives so we can live from personal luminosity. One cannot vision clearly with anger, judgement and negative thoughts controlling our mind and emotions. When we are clearer, then we are able to be Earth Keepers…to dream a new world into being, a world of peace, love and harmony, when we come from a place of our own luminosity. Of course there will be fun and laughter involved.
As older women, you are Goddesses or Medicine women in the last third of our lives. You have been gathering understanding from all our experiences whether exciting or challenging and growing for years into the gifts, medicines and our callings. We have the opportunity to become even more focused in our Spiritual walk as the demands of child rearing and careers ease off and our focus on relationship shifts.