Wisdom Keepers Debut at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival - Parts 1 & 2
Contribution by Jeff Firewalker and Ben Christie
The Wisdom Keepers is an organization that provides a platform at major festivals for elders and spiritual leaders from indigenous communities and Wisdom traditions around the world to share workshops, prayer and wisdom, and to collectively vision a more conscious, peaceful, and sustainable world. Firewalker and Ellen have been involved with this organization for a little over a year now.
The Wisdom Keepers are motivated by the accelerated changes that are occurring on the planet today. This is a time of prophecy and we are at the precipice – it is our collective choice as to whether the future is bright or catastrophic. We believe that spontaneous and profound shifts can be sparked when a large number of people are given the opportunity to experience and appreciate traditional wisdom ways. Collectively, the Wisdom Keepers carry holistic, comprehensive and practical worldviews and practices with immediate and relevant application.
The Wisdom Keepers spent a week at the festival, offering an opening ‘haywarikwy’ prayer to the land and waters, a kind of Andean prayer bundle made collectively which literally means ‘to offer with my own hand.’ We also participated in several opening ceremonies and main-stage events including the spectacular Green Fields opening where Elizabeth Jenkins led upwards of 50,000 people in a collective energy bubble (poq’po) exercise.
During the festival, the Wisdom Keepers led the Procession for the Earth in partnership with Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, Oxfam. Emily Eavis, with Kurikindi offered the opening prayers and Jyoti the closing prayers in the Stone Circle field.
The Wisdom Keepers also shared talks, ceremonies and workshops during the course of the festival across several venues. We also led a tribute and thanks for the life of environmental and human rights pioneer Polly Higgins and her work bringing Ecocide law into being. We also advocated for the Rights of Nature framework (where natural land and waters are considered as sovereign beings in their own right). We also gave closing prayers at the Avalon Stage, kindly hosted by Nahko Bear and the Medicine People.
The Prayer of the Wisdom Keepers is to promote sustained presence of Elders and spiritual leaders at the world’s biggest festivals.
Part 2: Interview with Jeff Firewalker - Wisdom Keepers Summer Pilgrimage
For complete audio of this interview - https://voices.earth/podcast/wisdomkeepers-earth-reignites-ancient-ways-at-music-festivals/
In today’s modern, technology-driven society, many people are seeking wisdom and insights from elders and spiritual leaders from indigenous communities. One of the key ways to share this wisdom is at festivals where people gather in their own spiritual ways to embrace the profound impact of music.
By partnering with the producers of some of the world’s largest festivals,
WisdomKeepers.Earth brings this vision to life by providing a platform for these spiritual leaders to collectively bring about a more conscious, peaceful and sustainable world.
“I really appreciate the work you are doing around the '.Earth' moniker,” said Jeff. “We are absolutely and completely intertwined with nature. The divisions in the modern world between self and nature are absolutely artificial. We exchange all of the atoms and molecules with nature on a fairly regular basis. The reminder that we are all deeply part of the web of life is critical right now.”
Following are highlights from an interview with Jeff Firewalker:
More about Jeff’s background in supporting the Wisdom Keepers’ mission (1:19)
Why people are seeking out wisdom in today’s industrialized society (2:10)
More about Wisdom Keeper’s events and programs at music festivals (4:40)
The overall response of festival goers at the events that Wisdom Keepers hosts (7:42)
The future vision for Wisdom Keepers (9:19)
How the concept of Earth plays into Wisdom Keepers’ mission and vision (10:59)
Why we need to change how we think about activism to help support the future of humanity and our planet (12:54)