Medusa is known in Greek and Roman mythology but her story goes back much further in time as scholars continue to revisit her “story” pointing us in the direction of learning about a true Leader, Queen, Warrior, Healer and Priestess of a tribe of Amazonian like women, The Gorgons, living near Lake Tritonis in Libya. The name Gorgon derives from the ancient Greek word γοργός gorgós, which means "grim, dreadful", and appears to come from the same root as the Sanskrit: गर्जन, garjana, which is defined as a guttural sound, similar to the growling of a beast. Because of their legendary and powerful gaze that could turn one to stone, images of the Gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection. One of the earliest representations of the Gorgon is depicted on an coin discovered during excavations at Parium.
In this workshop we will explore the many facets of Medusa and her Tribe of Gorgons through history and ancient art to see a different story than what we have been told. We will see some surprising images of Athena as well and see the connection between theses two female energies. We will tap in to the power of the Gorgons creating a Gorgon Warrior Battle Mask, journey to the Medusa and then bring Medusa's transforming energy back to balance by literally reattaching her head back onto her body in a Re-Membering Ritual.
If you choose to create a mask bring a towel or two (one for clean up and one to put under your head for comfort), wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, bring any items that call to you for your Gorgon mask and any items you would like to add to the Re-Membering.
You do not have to make a mask to be a part of this ritual. You can donate to the cause and assist in whatever way you see fit.
Please select your mask size for the mask making part of the workshop!