Nahua Weather Shamanism: Connecting to an Ancient Tradition That Is Still Alive Today
with Alison Gay
How is your relationship with the weather and the natural world? Come to an evening about the Nahua weather working tradition and learn about its influences in your daily life.
The Nahua believe that the natural world is alive and sacred and have established an enduring relationship with the natural world. They perform rituals and offerings to maintain the natural order and to ask for blessings and support from a variety of gods and beings. They have a particularly strong relationship with weather and have a tradition of weather shamans, or Graniceros, that work as conduits between the people and the weather forces. Believing that sickness can be the result of a disruption of the natural order, the Nahuas are known for their use of shamans, Temazcallis (ritual sweat baths) and medicinal plants to successfully treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Alison Gayek is a Plant Spirit Medicine (PSM) practitioner and teacher, as well as in initiated Granicera (weather shaman) in the Nahua tradition. Always looking for the path that spoke to her heart, Alison found herself reading Plant Spirit Medicine in 1996 and immediately knew that she would study and practice this healing modality. She began studying with Eliot Cowan in 1997 and graduated from the PSM course in 1999 and began teaching with Eliot Cowan in 2002. Alison maintains a PSM practice in Chapel Hill. After opening that door, Alison continued her healing studies and work through various pilgrimages in the Nahua and Huichol traditions.For more information, see www.plantspiritmedicine.org