- feel distant or separated from your culture, your ancestors or other places of belonging,
- feel drawn to culture, heritage, and indigenous perspectives,
- enjoy working with natural elements and love the rich textures of aged and weathered elements,
- would like to explore the spiritual alchemy of art, creativity, and self-expression,
- have a message or a story and are ready to explore its depth and significance,
- are ready to reclaim your voice, your wisdom, and your power.
Honor your ancestor’s story by creating a unique art piece that incorporates symbolic elements and layers. No prior art experience is necessary. Literally much of what we do is as simple as cutting our images and gluing them onto paper or a board. Experienced artists will appreciate the unique perspective they gain from learning about encaustic and cold wax art techniques as well as exploring indigenous perspectives,
Transformational Story & Song
As a Native American singer, Gemma weaves in transformational story and song with layers of rich metaphor, spiritual language, and healing energies.
Remembering Forgotten Places
What’s In This Course?
This online course contains over six hours of richly created, pre-recorded audio and video along with over 40 pages of written material that will guide and support you as you explore your ancestor’s story and release destructive energy patterns.
Once you purchase the course, you will receive full access to one section each week for five weeks. You will also receive an invitation to join our private, Facebook group where you will have access to ancestral healing community and ongoing conversations about transformational story and art.
As a graduate of the Ancestor’s Journey Course, you will be invited to share your story poem or art in an upcoming anthology of healing stories and art.
Section 1: Calling In The Ancestors (Download now!)
Section 2: Remembering Forgotten Places
Section 3: Understanding Spiritual Language
Section 4: Exploring Your Ancestor’s Story
Section 5: Honoring Your Ancestor’s Story
Groups and additional support opportunities are available.
So, here’s what you walk away with once you’ve completed your course:
- a beautiful art piece to commemorate your healing story and transformational experience.
videosand worksheets that you can review regularly to reinforce and build on your experiences.
- rich perspectives, empowering beliefs and paradigm shifts that will lead to a richer, meaningful, and truly abundant life.
- a creative spiritual practice designed to reconnect you with the power of your own voice, your own creativity, wisdom, and power.
- systems, language, and a community that supports you to live these concepts and also to expand and create from them.
About Your Guide:
Gemma Benton is a Native American singer, mixed media artist, best-selling author, spiritual activist and Coordinator for the Healing Story Alliance. Woven into “The Ancestor’s Journey” course are key spiritual principles, wisdom, and understanding that Gemma has gathered in her
What if I am adopted, don’t know my family history or my family is secretive?
What if I had a bad experience with one or more of my ancestors, do I have to work with them? Do I have to forgive them?
No. You definitely don’t have to work with them and you don’t have to forgive them. This work draws on restoring the connection of love. Love is the link. So you working with those ancestors is not part of the process at all. We are working to reconnect with those places that we already love and care about to transform these places in our lives. Having said that, sometimes in when there is profound
After years of being heavily involved with Native American ceremonies, I found myself without a place to call a spiritual home. Spirituality and art have always been a part of my life. But I didn’t understand how they could be blended together as a spiritual practice until about ten years ago. Over the years I have learned how to blend more of my own spirituality and indigenous practices into my art practice. Eventually, as life lead me into the important work of healing historical and intergenerational trauma, I found that my art was mirroring what I was doing with my ancestral healing work. it wasn’t about making good or bad art, but having those powerful conversations with the ancestors. So I would say that the smaller portion of this course is art instruction or technique. The course and art act as a container and a means to share this healing work.
Recently I have taken my mixed media art and blended it with wax in an encaustic and cold wax process. I have fallen in love with the encaustic/wax process and have found that it adds such incredible depth and richness to my art and is a great match with the ancestral healing process.
How is this work different than other ancestral healing or family constellations work?
The focus of my work is to reconnect you with your ancestors and your own sacred identity. It is my experience that the disconnection and fragmentation of our connection with the Sacred and with a spiritual reality that is the cause of dis-ease and is an indicator of un-tended trauma. This work is as much about healing as it is reconnecting with the Indigenous spirit in us all and
Family constellations and most other ancestral healing work
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever and ever. You will have unlimited access to this course and any other recorded materials we add along the way. The way this course is designed you could literally move through many stories, your ancestors and your own, and get tremendous insight and healing every time. Throughout the year, you will have an opportunity to go through this course as part of a live, interactive group. As you can imagine, doing it with a group is even more powerful once you’ve done it on your own.
As an online course, you will receive instructions for unlocking one module, each week for six weeks. You can certainly take longer than six weeks to complete your course and I wanted to be sure you did not get overwhelmed as you moved through the course the first time. After the six weeks, you will have immediate access to all the course contents and any bonus materials or updates. Neuroscience research suggests that engaging in positive, whole brain activities over time helps to create new neural pathways and will help support new, expanded perspectives and beliefs.
Is this course a replacement for my traditional ceremonies or other spiritual practices?
Is this course a replacement for psychotherapy?
This is powerful spiritually transformative work and is designed for those who understand or are willing to understand the role of spiritual relationships in regards to their health and well-being.
While this is a prerecorded course and much of the materials are designed for you to do without further instruction or support. Having said that, we will be launching this course as a group on March 17th. If you’d like to do this course with the added richness of a group and more interaction with myself, this a great way to do that. Additionally, there are opportunities for personal interaction
If you have other questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Are you ready to start this amazing journey with your ancestors?