Learn to Create Meaningful, Life-Changing Ceremonies.
Step into the mysteries of the ancient ways as you travel on an allegorical journey to explore the many dynamic aspects of what makes a ceremony transformative for yourself, your family and your community.
Weddings, rites of passage, baby blessings, funerals, yes, and also life changes that are not typically honored: loss of relationship, divorce, new home, new job, eldership and retirement.
For many of us, the formats provided by higher authorities are not enough, and imitating traditions of other cultures is controversial. We need to return to the bare bones of ceremony and create transformative events that are personalized to our own lives and the culture we live in. This is where our power lies.
With Tasara Stone's careful guidance, you will learn to:
- Identify your heart's yearning and turn its message into a pure, ceremonial intention
- Create beautiful metaphors and symbolic language to express your heart's need
- Invoke and maintain sacred space
- Perform ceremony with effective, safe practices
For public ceremony you will learn to:
- Identify community needs and desires
- Empower others to participate in the ceremony-creation process
- Manage large groups of people when the energy is unpredictable
- Hold ethical and safe space for others
Tasara Stone's lyrical writing, which includes prayers, blessings, and paeans of gratitude, transports us to a sacred landscape where our heart's needs are treated with utmost care. We tune into the light that glows at our core, connecting us to all of life. We spend time with Mother Earth and her elemental spirits, who teach us to walk the sacred spiral path. We learn about the importance of aligning ourselves with the cycles of growing and dying, accepting and letting go. Only with this wisdom and love can we craft and experience ceremonies that are truly transformative.
Tasara Stone offers us not only a practical guide, she gives us a powerful and moving experience of the energies that will nourish our practice. Her words root us in the very soil out of which ceremony grows. Fully engaged, heart, mind, body and soul, we come to understand how the wisdom of ancient times can help us cultivate an authentic spiritual practice in the midst of modern life. This is another essential gift of The Ancient Bones. As we contemplate the lies and distortions that bombard us daily, we come to understand ceremony as a way of creating alternative stories for ourselves, ones that give our lives true meaning.
Access The Sweetness Within You. Sing Your Song. Shine Your Light.
"Tasara Jen Stone has written the book I wouldn't have thought anyone could write. Ceremony is ineffable, nearly impossible to capture or describe, and infinitely variable. Yet Stone's The Ancient Bones of Ceremony approaches the subject with deep respect, profound understanding, and a wealth of experience. What's more, she succeeds in laying out a path through all the aspects of ceremony that is clear yet poetic. Just to read it is to be drawn into timelessness and connection. Reading it is a ceremony, in that you lay aside daily concerns and travel on the currents of love and connection. Her voice is consistent and lyrical, and it's obvious she has the requisite years of experience and training to write about this subject. This is a book to read and re-read, to dream over, to act with."
- Ramona Gault, award-winning writer, newspaper and magazine editor, author of Artistry in Clay: A Buyer's Guide to Southwestern Indian Pottery and The Dry Line: A Novel. She is a longtime student of shamanism and ceremony.
In this remarkable book, Tasara Jen Stone invites us to reclaim our spiritual roots in the sacred ground from which all ceremony arises. Her reflections are a summons to listen to the rhythms of the earth, so that they might resonate anew in our human journey. This is a deeply personal book, but its implications take us beyond the personal to the wider religious crisis of our culture. For some time now, Christian ceremony has been losing its experiential roots in the earth and the cosmos. If other clergy read this book, they might--like me--discover a renewed vision of living ritual.
- Fr. John Heagle, author of Justice Rising: The Emerging Biblical Vision
"With beautiful invocations and gentle guidance, Tasara leads you to the ancient times and ways of ceremony. The Ancient Bones of Ceremony is chock full of images, teaching stories and thoughtful suggestions for creating your own sacred ceremonies. A wonderful guide and reference book!"speakin
- Alida Birch, shamanic practitioner and author of The Co-Creation Handbook