Taino Woods Update – December 2021

Greetings Tribe, 

With only a few of the leaves still left to fall, the quietness of the Winter Solstice is quickly covering the Land, filling our hearts and blanketing our minds. 


At the beginning of this month, we held an intimate, but powerful sweat lodge ceremony. As a gathering of four, we were able to offer more of our traditional teachings and share in the experience of each beautiful step of this sacred ceremony just as our Seven Sweat Apprenticeship offers. Participants were able to learn about and practice the significance of stone catching, cedar blessing the lodge, water pouring, and sacred prayer. Jesse and Chantel attended two additional lodges this month within our larger community during which they lit and tended the fire to send off the sacred Bear into hibernation. What an honor and beautiful gift to have such a community to gather and pray with. Bo Matum Great Spirit!

Looking ahead, we have our first sweat of the new year on Saturday January 15th! Great for the immune system, most especially in Winter, this sweat lodge is one you don’t want to miss! In honor of the Full Moon, this is an opportunity to sit in the fullness of our lives; to feel deep gratitude for our many blessings; and to recommit ourselves to what matters most. Please join us in ceremony; it will be our only sweat lodge this Winter. If you are interested in attending, reserve your spot by emailing us at: tainowoodsny@gmail.com
Space is limited! 


Taino Woods has purchased a new Tipi this weekend! What a wonderful gift to be able to have a new gathering place on the land. We have also been gifted with a kind and generous donation by Yamoca Guakaraku (Michael Casiano) that has helped us with this great purchase. May you receive goodness in return, tenfold! 

Calling for Help:

On the land, we are in need of wood-cutting, and stone gathering. If you are interested in contributing your time,energy, or donations to the goodness of Taino Woods, and help us to grow this community.  Please email us at: tainowoodsny@gmail.com

Our Offering: 

Our Seven Sweat Apprenticeship is open to those who are interested in learning about the steps and sacred traditions of the sweat lodge ceremony. If you are interested or have any questions, please email us at: tainowoodsny@gmail.com.

Our Chantel is offering reiki at two locations: Taino Woods land and/or in Connecticut. This is a wonderful opportunity for healing, release, and renewal; a chance to be cared for during this winter season. If you are interested or have any questions, please email us at: tainowoodsny@gmail.com.

Our very best to you and yours; and a Happy New Year 2022!