April 11, 2017 – Elora, Ontario
People gathered at the Awareness Yoga Studio, on the bank of the Grand River in Elora last Sunday to experience the magic of a Peruvian Water Despatcho. Led by Fiona Rattray and Linda Ludwig of Red and White Carnations, and co-hosted by Save Our Water and Wellington Water Watchers, the despatcho was an opportunity for guests to reflect on the value and meaning of water in our everyday life.
A flower and seed sacred area rug was created and later unfurled into the flowing Grand River. The petals and seeds floated downstream, under the full moon, just beginning to appear over the Badley Bridge.
The ceremony served as a reminder to carefully preserve and maintain the area’s watershed for future generations. Amy Corner, volunteer coordinator with SaveOurWater.CA, later reflected on the Water Blessing: “ I think if Kathleen Wynne had been with us – no photographers, no press, no political speeches, she would have been as moved as the rest of us. I believe, in this moment, she would agree that it’s time to say “No” to Nestle and end the practice of granting permits for water bottling.”
The Full Moon Water Blessings provide opportunities for community members to demonstrate their support for water as a public trust: Water for Life, Not Profit.
Wellington Water Watchers invites groups with a variety of faith and cultural traditions to co-host Full Moon Water Blessings in order to reflect on the deeper relationship we all have with water and a duty we have to protect it.
For more information about how to attend or co-host a Full Moon Water Blessing please contact Wellington Water Watchers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Water Blessings:
Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day afternoon – 2:00pm @ Marianne’s Park Mothers, Grandmothers, Daughters and Granddaughters are invited to bring their families. Rain or Shine. Dress for the weather.
Sunday, May 21st – 7:30 pm Bissell Park, Elora, First Nation Facilitated, All Ages, Community Welcome