The Braided River

SOITLÂ – The Bone Dreamer

Soitla petroglyph

Ninth Moon: BERYO KAMAWO – Carry The Sorrow

Tenth Moon: SNAD GWORO – Bind The Prayer

Eleventh Moon: YÎKKÂ MANTALO – Mend The Trail

Twelfth Moon: ERBYO ADSORO – Trust The Return

Thirteenth Moon: YÂLO WEGYÂ – Honour The Loom

Soitla

THE JOURNEY BUNDLE

  • Five sets of texts available as both online interactive moon journeys and as printable pdf files (around 200 pages in total) 
  • Journey tasks and five sets of painting images – online and printable pdf file
  • Five roundhouse ceremonies recorded at night by firelight, including drumming and singing – pre-recorded films, one hour each
  • Monthly live online kuro sessions with Carolyn – group zoom circles, 2 hours each, archived and available to view afterwards
  • Monthly email newsletters – kansti which means the sharing of words
  • Journey bundle – posted package of handmade and organic materials for sacred ceremony and craft work
  • Ongoing access to the trail community through the Riverbank conversations (forum) including monthly Prayer Tree and seasonal Travellers’ Archive (library of shared work), Daweyo and Lagyâno Galleries (for sharing photos), Swanna Gallery (for sharing song recordings) & Sister Map. New access to the Soitlâ Gallery.
  • Suggested minimum journey time each moon is 20 hours. It can take longer but it is important not to feel rushed in your journey, so there is no limit to how long you travel with this journey.
  • Option to join the Soitlâ Clan, a monthly online circle facilitated by Carolyn to deepen the conversation and support the journeys of women who are on the third arc of the Weavers’ Trail. This includes a dedicated place on the Riverbank where clan sisters may share, exchange, honour and witness each other’s journeys with the Bone Dreamer. There are more details about the Soitlâ Clan option in the Soitlâ journey introduction.

Open to trail travellers who have completed the LAGYÂNO Journey.

SOITLÂ INTRODUCTION

The final journey of the WEGJÊ KERD spirals inward, reaching deep into the hidden heart of the trail. The journey around this arc of the trail can be intense; SOITL  work is profound, can be challenging and requires commitment and focus as the trail unfurls through five cycles of ritual. The Bone Dreamer is a primordial being, intangible and elusive; we must listen close to find her, we must travel hard to reach her. SOITL carries five threads that wrap and tangle around our yearning, returning souls. She is a woman of smoke and bear, ice and wolf, blade and shroud and ancient night. She is witness to the darkest, most vulnerable places in our journey and she lays down wild berries to sustain us, scratches symbols on rocks to guide us, prods us onwards when we imagine our spirits, and even our bodies, are too weary to continue on the trail. When we encounter SOITL we learn to travel with authenticity and integrity, carrying our deepest truth; we can do no less. In this way we circle back towards the place where we first stepped onto this trail, wearing the braid of DAWEYO, LAGYÂNO, SOITL coiled around our hips, with drum and coat, vessel and fire, earth and waters, songs and spirits, sorrow and prayer, return and loom, all these threads gathered into our bundle: our sacred tools, our heart offerings, our cherished gifts. SOITL leads us a long way out across the ancient dreamscape but then accompanies us back to the home hearth, one loop of the spiral, one turn of the trail. And the journey is not ended for the kerdâ unfurls in front of us, waiting quietly for our next step…