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Gathering of Grandmothers event returns to Rutland

Gathering the Grandmothers, Honoring the Wise Women, Healing the Feminine, will return to Rutland, Jan. 13. “The event was created to elevate the status of Wise Women,” according to organizer Teresa M. King.

Gathering the Grandmothers, Honoring the Wise Women, Healing the Feminine, will return to Rutland, Jan. 13. “The event was created to elevate the status of Wise Women,” according to organizer Teresa M. King. Photo courtesy of Grandmothersspeak.com

— Grandmothers are wise women, according to Teresa M. King of Rutland. King started a series of gathering events to illuminate what she calls “wise women”—not just grandmothers—in the community. It is a tradition that dates back to the earliest tribal ceremonies in Native American cultures.

“Gathering the Grandmothers has been created to elevate the status of the Wise Women,” she said. “Area women who see themselves as wise women or in the grandmother stage of life are invited to speak their wisdom, be honored and celebrated. You do not have to have grandchildren to attend.”

King tapped into an international movement that is doing the same thing, honoring and recognizing women of wisdom. We cann all learn from these women, according to King.

“Long ago the dreams and visions of the Grandmothers became counsel for the entire Native American tribe,” King said. “Major decisions that affected the tribe had to be brought to the grandmothers. The ultimate goal in creating these circles is for the grandmothers of our society to remember how important they are and reclaim their place as wise elders in their communities.”

King said the Rutland region’s next Gathering event will be on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2-4 p.m., at the Right to Wellness facility located at 19 West St. in Rutland.

“New women are always welcome,” King said. “Our suggested donation is $15-$20.

The upcoming Gathering will be be facilitated by King. For more details or to RSVP, contact King at 518-854-3313 or by e-mail at teresaking1@live.com.

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