Since I have a new email I am sending this to my entire mailing list, if you
don’t want to be on it then let me know Blessings to All)
Calling all Dearest Sisters…
Well it is April already & soon the days of 24th thru 26th
At the ranch will be filled with laughter, joy, & celebrationn…
The reason is called Woman’s Dance~this our 15th year at ranch.
I know that we shall be doing a baby cord ceremony, a coming of age
Grandmothers ceremony, & going to help my friend Rhonda Caffee
Celebrate her 50th Birthday! My helpers Starr Grimes & Sandy
Are geared for I don’t know what all but I got some pretty
Neat friends a coming like Angelique Swiss-Dr. Elizabeth Gaines-Charla
Hermann...& yes Sparky Shooting Star who when thru a cancer operation
& asked help from Spirit & is now a Cancer Survivor thanks to Great
Mystery & a ceremony from my son Chief Rich.
Oh I am so excited. Grateful. Happy. Yeah
Call 979-242-5474 for info
Dear God/Goddess/Great Mystery:
The lady reading this is beautiful, classy & strong,
& I send love her. I ask her to join with me in a
Dance of life where we turn our SCARS into STARS!
Help her live her life to the fullest.
Please promote her & cause her to excel above her expectations.
Help her shine in the darkest places where it is impossible to love.
Help her to Believe when it is beyond Reason to Believe!
Protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs you the most,
& let her know when she walks with you, she will always be safe
Because of wonderful men, warriors, like Rich, Mike, Bear, Jesse,
Who support women & take care of them. Natural Balance!
Thank you Great Mystery-Spirit of All for hearing this prayer &
Bring all the women, who are coming to the 15th Annual dance at
Thunder Ranch here safely.
In Gratefulness Mary Elizabeth Thunder
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A email from:
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2009 2:38 AM
Hello all you lovely
ladies & Keegan, could you please
pass this on to Bernadette? (We'd love to have you there to support with
the guys Keegan-Travis-Lee-their
friends will be coming out some of the weekend to support hopefully
& could someone please pass this on to Ann Daylong, she's wanting
to come but I don't have her email address-thanks.
It's that fabulous time in the spring when flowers are blooming
& life is vibrant. It's
time to celebrate & DANCE, DANCE,
DANCE & celebrate my 50th birthday,
along with many other birthdays including Jessica, Mallory, Annie, Ann,
Kim, whoever has birthdays close to April 24,25,
& 26th which are the dates of Women's
Dance. Some of you are dancers of
many moons but there are alot of first timers so I'm going to give a
brief overview of the weekend. Anyone that can go to Thunder Ranch
before the dance, on Thursday &
during the day on Friday to help prepare the arbor-this is greatly
appreciated & this could be a way for
some of you that are concerned about love
offerings to give to Thunder Ranch as it takes alot to make the
arbor look so beautiful & bring what you can
for it takes a lot of $$$ to just feed everyone, I have never seen
anyone turned away because of fees or whatever.
earlier the better for arrival on Friday, of course this is coming from
the queen of waltzing in at the last minute before we get into our white
dresses for opening ceremony, which usually happens around sunset. It's
important to remember that everything is on Indian time out there, you
step into another world really & time
slows down, it's part of the magic that happens so these are just
approximate times. The opening dance is the only one that has specific
guidelines for your dress-we wear white to symbolize purity, can be
very pale pink & it's so lovely as
the children lead us into the arbor while they throw rose petals. We
dance, then have dinner brought by the fantastic men who support us
through the entire weekend so we can have lots
& lots of girl fun! There's a talk
& we usually dance a fire round.
I should say here that you should bring all kinds of fun dresses,
outfits to wear through the weekend-any shawls, scarves to swirl around,
fairy wings, Halloween costumes are great especially for the young ones,
bubbles, anything fun & magical
& creative I'll have my tent with all
my fun dresses, accessories-oh yes hats!
Also Thunder usually has a space where people can come
& borrow things for the dances. I'm
getting excited thinking about it!
of us camp out there & they have lots
of great spots for our tents. However, I know we have many coming that
aren't big campers so we have 2 rooms at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort for
Friday night-one room for Carla, Alex, Stephane
& one room for Lynette, Karen, Sara,
&Donna (we're hoping Sara
& Donna can come for both nights, let
me know girls). Hopefully Sandi will be with us both nights also, I'll
be calling her this weekend. Then we have three rooms at the Hyatt for
Sat night as Jessica & I will be
joining the party there late Sat night (we'll be camping Friday night).
We'll have some room for more on Sat if Mallory
& Deanna want to join us-the more the
merrier. Now back to the Sat
schedule-in the morning we have some type of exercise, tai chi,
& breakfast, then dancing, usually
have the wiping of the tears ceremony (with chairs out for loved ones
that have passed on recently-will have a chair for Casey) If you have
lost someone dear recently that you want to honor, bring pictures of
them and something special to remember them if you want to place in
their chair in the arbor as we dance.
wonderful LifeArt friends who are coming for my celebration, you are
welcome to come anytime on Sat but I'm hoping we can have some of the
free dance (Jessica I need to talk with you about songs for the tape)
around 3:00pm & then Bebe can you be
there by 4:30 to perform some ceremony with Thunder? Will that work
Thunder? I have friends coming in from Austin that are just coming for
the afternoon, who will need to get back in the early evening-of course,
if ya'll get out there & love it,
maybe you can stay for some of the evening too!
Sat we have our lovely tea ceremony brought to us by Debbie
Rushing, a very elegant affair
where we can really dress up. Then we dance more rounds Sat evening
& have a late dinner
& a talk, Thunder often has special
ceremonies late Sat evening. Last year we had the beautiful "grandmother
ceremony"; Sunday begins with some
type of exercise, movement if you want &
breakfast. There's usually some time for free style dancing
& then most of Sunday afternoon is
the healing rounds, dancing, fun with the elephant coming in for the
children, teachings, & then the
wonderful men join us (who have been taking such good care of us).
Everyone gets blessed with sacred waters from all over the world
& blessed by the special sword given
to Thunder by the Lady of the Lake at Glastonbury. Thunder
& her helpers have the most gorgeous
Egyptian costumes created by Carol Weaver,
who personifies Isis throughout weekend-it's truly magical.We end with a
wonderful feast & giving our gifts to
one another, can be handmade gifts, little soaps, whatever you come up
with-they don't need to be expensive at all, just from the heart,
recycling gifts you have never used is great too.
I should say something here about donations for Thunder Ranch,
which are tax deductible as it's a church &
all donations go to help with the upkeep of the spiritual community as
well as all the fabulous meals they prepare for us over the course of
the weekend. For those staying at the Hyatt, think of what you would
spend for three dinners, two lunches, &
two breakfasts (probably around $100)
& please give at least that much to Thunder Ranch. For my LifeArt
friends, or anyone that was thinking of bringing me a birthday gift,
please make a donation in my honor instead-any amount helps them out
& Thunder has been amazing about
helping all our Woodside family out over ten years, with very little
financial compensation-lots of hard work on the land
& tremendous gratitude but that
doesn't get the new washing machine, pay the electric bills,
(They just had Vision Quest Ceremonies on
the land & the electric went up $300 making their electric bill $800
wow) etc, etc.Thunder has always been wonderful about wanting
everyone to join in the ceremonies, celebrations
& she doesn't want the money issue to
keep anyone away. Give whatever you can afford
& give of your time, work, bring a
casserole dish, however you can contribute but COME
wait to share this spiritual, magical, healing, amazing, fun, inspiring
experience with all of you, my loved ones.
Love and Blessings, Rhonda