Web of Life Animist Minister Ordainment Program
Become an Ordained Animist Minister in the Web of life Tradition
Earth Web Media’s Web of Life Animist Church is seeking Earth Honoring People who are called to become legally Ordained Ministers in the Web of Life Tradition*, in service to Earth and her People.
*The Web of Life Tradition- We are all connected by, and an equal thread in, the Sacred Web of Life. Earth Web Media (a legal Animist “Church”) trains and empowers Earth Honoring People of all Genders, Cultures, and Bio=Regions who are called by their Ancestors to practice the intuitive and healing arts on behalf of other People in their communities. Together we create a sacred bridge to harmony within and between Humans, Non-Human Beings in all forms, and the Spirits of Earth and beyond.
The current 12 month Training is in process
The next ordainment program begins May 3-5 2019
Opening and Closing Weekends in Tucson, AZ and together Online for the months in between
Weekend 1- Friday, May 3, 2019 – Sunday, May 5 Friday, 4pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-2pm
Weekend 2-Friday, April 24 2020 -Sunday, April 26 Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-2pm
All months in between, we meet for 4 hours a month LIVE ONLINE, and those in Tucson can join Quynn when she is in town
Suggested meeting time is the first and third Sunday (10am-noon MST), but other times could work if the group decides. Including 4 hours once a month.
Expect to read, write and journey independently 2-3 hours a month. Sharing of exercises takes place in private forum.
As Web of Life Animist Ministers we lead the way as we~
~Focus on our similarities, rather than our differences, so we can strengthen our Animistic Spiritual Movement in service to Earth and her People
~Provide opportunities to listen to our Ancestors and the Spirits of the Web of Life for guidance in these unsettling times
~Practice and find our ways we”minister” to members of our Earth honoring, Shamanic, Atheist, Queer, Pagan and Animist communities
~Be a strong advocate and protector of healing ways of Earth and the ancient Wisdom Keeper Humans
~Receive support from a growing network of Animists who are skilled Spiritual Guides and Leaders in many fields of influence
~Become a voice for the Earth and all of her inhabitants, into worlds beyond
You love the Earth and you hear her speak. A generally accepted word for this is Animism.
Specifically, animism is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system or cosmology of indigenous tribal peoples, especially prior to the development and/or infiltration of colonialism and organized religion. Although each culture has its own different mythologies and rituals, “animism” is said to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous peoples’ (of every continent) “spiritual” or “supernatural” perspectives. The animistic perspective is so fundamental, mundane, everyday and taken-for-granted that most animistic indigenous people do not even have a word in their languages that corresponds to “animism” (or even “religion”); the term is an anthropological construct rather than one designated by the people themselves.
This Training emphasizes Animist exploration and understanding, including offering respect and being open to communication with: animals, elements, plants, trees, spirit world, dream world, intuition, ancestors, spirit guides, other humans, and sacred self.
“Minister” is the word used by the IRS with regards to Religious Non-Profits (churches):
The general definition of the word “Minister” is a person who attends to the “spiritual” needs of others, esp in religious matters. To “minister” means to tend to the needs of others, to serve.
IRS Publication 517 defines ministers as follows:
“Ministers are individuals who are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed by a religious body constituting a church or church denomination. They are given the authority to conduct religious worship, perform sacerdotal functions, and administer ordinances or sacraments according to the prescribed tenets and practices of that church or denomination.
To learn more about Earth Web Media’s Animist Beliefs, Please see our Statement of Beliefs
Earth Web Media is a religious non-profit (church) that practices Full Circle Animism, and is recognized in Oregon and Arizona, with legal standing in other states coming as needed.
Full Circle Animism- We practice the tools that consistently show themselves in Earth honoring cultures, including: honoring the sacred circle, activating trance with a consistent rhythm, dreaming, honoring the Earth and Sky cycles, elements and directions in Nature, intuition, trance, soul restoration, ritual, interaction with spirit world, ceremony, divination, storytelling, connecting with animal and plant allies, blessings/prayers, dance and sacred singing. Each person consults their own Spirit Guides about how to practice these arts.
This path is for anyone, but especially for anyone who is the first generation in their family, after numerous generations of silence/denial, who openly feels their connection with the Sacred Web of Life. It is understood that the Spirit World teaches and guides each person in their healing, and each Animist in their sacred arts. In these times we are called to remember what our ancestors knew, and enact these ways in our daily lives. In this time, we are coming “full circle”.
Each “Minister” (you will choose your own name for your role) is guided by their Spirit Guides and Ancestors to create your own “Ministry”, in a way that has meaning for you. You will create your own way to share the Animist message in this evolving world, in collaboration with others of like mind.
What can you do as an Animist Minister?
As a officially ordained Minister, you can offer your animist inspired services to: ~ Hospice and Hospitals ~Social Justice, Queer, Environmental and Pagan Communities who need Spiritual Support and Advocacy~Prison Ministry~ Private and Home Schools (yours or someone else’s) for Kids and Adults ~
You can legally and professionally officiate: ~Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies ~Ceremonies for Release and Rites of Passage ~Classes and Workshops ~Individual Spiritual Support Sessions ~ Land and Space Blessings and Clearings ~
Ministering is a sacred mix of Holding Sacred Space and Storytelling, delivered with your own style of Performance.
This Training is designed to inspire you to discover and creatively express your Unique Nature of Service (“ministry”), and sharing them with the world in your own unique way.
Please note: In order to be eligible for this ordainment program, you must already have training in at least one healing, arts, spiritual modality, and are currently serving your community. You must have experience holding space for others, either in a one on one, or group setting. Completion of the Animist Soul Support Practitioner (Soul Medic) Program is preferred. (The Spirit Bridge-Healing Practitioner Training Program is optional)
Outline of 12 month Program
There is an application process for this program. See end of text for contact info.
Quotes from past participants:
“I have gained a deep sense of Animist community and the charge to further that in my future, and to help bring that feeling to others. I am getting more of a sense of the great potential that a ‘minister’ holds for creating Animist community. “
“I am realizing and actualizing a practical method of shamanic healing practice to bring to the world, and building a strong foundation for my life grounded in Animist practice. “
1) Spirit World and Nature Ambassador (bridge between Humans, All other Beings but Humans, and Spirit Worlds in a protected way)
There are so many situations where this practice can bring benefit. A growing number of people describe themselves as “Spiritual not Religious” yet feel that they are connected to something bigger than them. However someone calls it, the “spirit world” affects and touches people of all walks of life. It is natural. We are in relationship with all other “Peoples” of the Earth, and it is time for we humans to be a bridge between worlds. We create safe and protected space with our intention.
2) Sacred Circle Host (Rhythm Making/Holder of Sacred Space, Ceremonial Speech)
Sacred space is so important. When people feel safe they can share sacredness in many ways. The rhythm of the drum, rattle or the clapping of hands, helps calm our minds so we can relax and feel safe. Hosting a sacred circle can look many ways but the intention is that people leave the circle feeling better than when they arrived.
3) Seer, Empath, Diviner, Intuitive, Energy Body Navigator
Intuitive abilities are essential for any Animist Minister. To be able to hold space for someone and intuit their needs allows you to serve the person, as well as the community. We all have our own version of Intuitive abilities. You will find out more about your unique intuitive brew and put them to sacred work.
4) Spiritual Voice for Social and Environmental Justice (Speaking up for others in the Web of Life is part of ministering)
Social Justice and Environmental awareness are not separate from Animism, they are a part of it. All Beings are equal and important in our Sacred Web of Life. Assess the movements that speak to you most, and explore ways that Animistic practices can strengthen our communities as we speak up against injustice.
5) Rhythm, Trance and Song (Altered States of Consciousness as Helpers and Healers)
We are born to make rhythm, experience altered states of consciousness and feel the songs of the multiverse tone through our vibrational body. As you release the bonds that hold you back from experiencing the joyful release of your Spirit through Trance, you help others connect in this sacred way as well.
6) Honoring the Ancestors-Honoring the Land
Where do you live? Where did your Ancestors live? What is the “history” of the land where you are? What ancient and current Tribes live there? How do they want to be honored? Where are the sacred power places nearest you? Who are the Other than Humans who live there? What is your role in protecting them? How do you tend the soul wounds of this place? These are all questions that must be answered in order to be honorable in the Sacred Web of Life.
Subjects for 10 Months in between- 4 hours a month online ( 2 hours biweekly- Recorded) -First and Third Sunday 10am-noon MST
Reconnecting with Ancestral Teachers for Healing
Guidance for your Future is in the Wisdom of your Ancestors. Our ancestors are in our DNA, calling to us every moment. Deepen your relationship with the ones who are ready to share helpful messages. Reclaim your connection so you can encourage and hold space for others as they heal their ancestral connections.
Sacred Nature Guide (Being an Example in Communicating with Nature Beings). Offerings and Reciprocity.
Every Animist culture was closely connected to the Beings that live all around us (“Nature”) in all its diversity. Build your connections with the Beings that are in your every day life. The Tree People, Animal People, Insect People, Mountain People, Water People and Earthen People await your sacred attention. Listen for ways to offer to each People in your life. As you quiet yourself in the “Nature” around you, you will hear and see messages that will help you know how to share your gifts and service with your community.
Balance Restoration Practitioner –(Balance in Body, Community, and Web of Life)
To acknowledge, recognize and hold sacred space for the mending, tending and healing of Soul Wounds and Imbalances is a core practice of each Animist Minister. Each participant will practice their ways of bringing balance to their personal communities.
Clearings of Mind and Body, as well as Space, Time and Spirit (To help things, places and people heal, a “Clearing” can be useful)
We gather much in this world. Energy, attitudes, behaviors, trauma. People, animals and places gather energies that can stick and be sticky. We can help people understand how they can let it go, clear it out, and move on with a tended soul.
Life and Death, Sickness and Wellness (Animist view of Life and Death, Sickness and Wellness)
The “Web of Life” means All Life. We are all an equals in this web. Death is for all of us. It is said that our Death is our Best Teacher. How do we “minister” people in the age of extinction? Explore your feelings about Life, as well as Death, and help others approach these subjects without fear. What causes Sickness? How do we react when “Sick”? How “Well” do we feel? How do we hold space for people who are sick, and how do we encourage people to be well (on all levels)?
The World Around Us: Seven Sacred Directions, The Four Elements, Animal Powers, Stone Allies
North, South, East, West, Above, Below and Center- Air, Fire, Water and Earth orient you and keep you alive! Help others to feel these realms around them! The stones of this Earth want to strengthen you. Connect with Animal Powers. Incorporate their wisdom and practice holding space for others as they connect within.
Finding Peace within, and within one’s Community
Facilitating peace can be a challenge. Many people are fighting within themselves. Explore the ways in which an Animist Minister can, and does, activate peace in the harmony of Nature, for the benefit of the Humans they serve. Help others feel this truth!
Body Love, Wisdom of Trance, Power of Shapeshifting
Trance Activates your Energy for Rejuvenation and Healing. “Body Prayers” – Your Body is your trusted guide for Health. Help others honor the sacred vessel of their body! Cultivate balance in your Body for full spiritual health.
Every place is sacred. Learn to notice the power in the places Beside the Road that are Between the Worlds. Love the Nature right where you are, and inspire people to do the same! The Claw, the Feather and the Fin of the Dragon- The Three Realms of Earth, Water and Air- Feel the magic of the three life support realms of Earth! Experience Healing of Place, Altars, Personal and Community Ceremony where you Live.
Offering Self in Service of Earth Honoring People-
Explore your creative ways to Minister in your family and community where you live (writing, video, audio, music, art).
Enhance your Shamanic Ceremony and Healing by focusing on your tribal and personal expression of what you wear and the tools you use. Your clothes and outward appearance express yourself in the world. A shamanic healer, a performer, a minister… all these roles will be rolled into your own mix of created and found objects and tools that you need to fill your sacred shoes. As you become the message your spirit guides will show you how they want you to look for each service you provide.
Over the Ten months between personal meetings, you will:
~Document the process of creating a body of work expressing your direct relationship with your own personal healing, your relationship with the Animistic world, and your personal ancestral Animist heritage.
-Create opportunities to practice your Nature of Service by offering your skills to your community during these ten months.
6) Artist (Use all your senses to make beauty in the world)
All humans are artists, we are all creative in so many ways. How you see, feel and understand your Spirit World will bring forth the artist within you, and your creativity will give you inspiration about how you can best be of service in the physical and spirit worlds. Making art of many forms is a beautiful form of service. Express yours to help others.
7) Ceremonialist- Life Passages (marriage/union, passing over, coming of age, birth), Releasing (body part, health, divorce, relationship) and Initiations (Acknowledgement of Growth)
Life is a ceremony. Life is filled with moments that demand to be marked by ceremony. Many people long for heartfelt ceremony (unencumbered by religion) in their lives. A large part of being a minister with an Animist perspective is to be able to provide and co-create meaningful ceremonies for people who need them, when they are needed.
8) Community Ceremony: To culminate our time together, each Minister will choose your name for this sacred role and co-create a community ordainment ceremony
Instead of EWM telling each participant what word to use, part of your “training” will be to listen for the word that best describes your role. To close this yearlong experience all participants will create a public ceremony to present themselves to the community, combining each Minister’s unique gifts and areas of interest.
9) Official Ordainment (declaration of Cultural Privileges and Responsibilities)
Once “ordained” in the ceremony, you will be officially a Minister of the re-emerging Animist tradition. You will help further the animistic and shamanic renaissance to make our beliefs more visible and understandable in our modern world. Blessings to you! Go forth~
This one year ordainment training also includes:
12 month subscription to Quynn’s Earth and Sky Cycles Journey Club called Raven’s Circle
- To strengthen your connections to the cycles around you, each Dark/New and Full Moon of the year you will receive an mp3 guided meditation, prayerful intention and drumming, approximately 20 minutes long. Also included- Near each of the Sacred 8 Days (Equinoxes, Solstices and Quarter Days) you will receive an invitation to a live drum journey circle hosted by Quynn (approximately 1 hour with two drum journeys). The circle, minus personal shares, is recorded and available to Ministerial trainees.
Access to Quynn’s companion audio workshop library for this training
- Over 6 hours of mp3 workshops (approx 1 hour each), individual drum journeys and guided meditations related to subjects covered. Available for listen and download anytime.
Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a E-packet of legal, IRS, and support documents to help you navigate through the legalities of being a “minister”. You will be an Ordained Animist Minister to represent Earth Web Media’s Web of Life Church in the world. You will be able to legally officiate Marriages, gain access to hospitals and other healing environments as a “Minister”, as well as conduct Life Ceremonies (transitions, passing over, coming of age) in the Animist Tradition.
Earth Web Media is not responsible for you and your ministry, after you complete your training.
While this training does not validate or certify you as a Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner, it does acknowledge that you have completed the Web of Life Animist Minister program in the Full Circle Animist Tradition of Earth Web Media’s Web of Life Church (a legal church in Arizona and Oregon. Other states too, as needed). This training empowers you to claim your Nature of Service as an Animist Minister in the world, to speak in support of the Web of Life, and to support people as they find their place within that web.
Strengthen your Earth Loving Voice in the World as an ANIMIST MINISTER!
Your Human Guide, and the creator of this training, is Quynn Red Mountain. To find out more about Quynn, check her out HERE.
$1200-$3600 depending on your financial situation
**$900-$3000 for those who completed the Animist Soul Support Practitioner Program (Soul Medic) or the Spirit Bridge-Healing Practitioner Training Program**
Payment Programs are available with signed agreement.
Do you feel a call to this program yet the low end of the sliding scale feel daunting or impossible? Reach out to Quynn to find a win/win for an equal exchange so you can participate.
In order to apply for this training, you need to have training in at least one healing modality (Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner with Quynn or other teacher, Massage, Energy Work, Coaching, Yoga RYT200+, other options available) and have active experience holding space for other Beings in your community.
Want to go further?
To apply to participate in this program:
1) Complete the Animist Soul Support (Soul Medic) Practitioner Program, the Spirit Bridge-Healing Practitioner Training Program, or have equivalent Animist Soul Tending experience (Quynn decides if experience is equivalent). If you are new to Quynn and her approach to Animist Ministry, to make sure you resonate, please join her for at least 3 circles or a series (in Tucson or Live Online) and/or purchase and listen to an mp3 course of your choice.
2) Next- Email Quynn Red Mountain at earthwebmedia(at)gmail(dot)com or in facebook.
3) You will be sent an application.
4) If you and Quynn have not yet met, a consultation will be scheduled (phone, skype, in person) to determine if this relationship is a good fit for both of us at this time, as stated by our Guides.
A Message from one of the participants:
We are all connected. We can communicate with nature. We are all Kin.
We don’t have to be in charge all of the time.
Take time to listen to nature, to the plants, birds, animals, rocks, and hear what they have to say.
We can take direction from them, from Nature who wants to help us and be a part of our lives.
Spirit is in Everything and We are Each an Equal Thread in the Sacred Web of Life.
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