On June 30 at 9:30 am, the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple invites women of peace and their harmonious companions to gather at Parker Plaza in Mt Shasta dressed in head-to-toe white clothing and wearing comfortable walking shoes in any color.
We will process from Parker Plaza to City Park in silent contemplation of how we can each bring more peace into our lives and the world. When we arrive at the headwaters of the Sacramento River, we will chant OM MANI PADME HUM in a brief ceremony to the waters for the purpose of offering peace and healing to ourselves, each other, the land, and all of its inhabitants. Afterwards, everyone is welcome to stick around to have lunch together, then we will walk back to town as we wish.
Please bring your own picnic lunch and something to sit on, water bottle, and any comfort items you will need.
If the walk is not possible for you, please arrive at City Park at 10:30 to join in the festivities and luncheon without the walk. Meet near the headwaters. There are seating areas nearby if it is not possible for you to stand during the ceremony.
All over the world, wearing white clothes is a symbol of the sacred. In Nigeria, white cloth is considered an honor to the spirits. In China, white is a color of solemnity and reverence for the dead. In Latin America, wearing white to church or on holy days is respectful. And in the US, white is associated with Spring, the rites of marriage, and the first wave of feminists who opened the door for women to vote. To see a crowd gathered to pray, chant, or honor the divine while wearing white is a visually moving experience. This event is an opportunity for our Temple and surrounding community to create a living, breathing, moving peace painting, to help us all create indelible memories of the commitments we are willing to make to further the cause of peace in the world.
If you have any questions about this event, please message us and we will get back to you. Feel free to share this invitation and join us! No cost to attend, though we will be gathering donations to give to the Winnemem Wintu tribe for their work as water protectors.