Good Morning. I am writing to say Thank you ! Thank you so much Michelle and everyone at The Lodge who so graciously made many families here at Hartland High School have an even better holiday. Back in November members got together and created meals for our families in need at Thanksgiving and within days Michelle called and asked "How can we help for Christmas?" I am blown away by the kindness, thoughtfulness, (organization:)..put into, again the meals for a family and the items donated for SEVERAL of our families in need. Much thanks and blessings to all of you and your families this holiday! Nicole Schingeck
I am writing on behalf of Hartland High School as Michelle and Gayle reached out to me earlier this month to adopt a family in need of a Thanksgiving dinner. Not only did they adopt one family but Michelle called back and said they really wanted to help out another family as well. So tomorrrow two of our families from the high school will be able to sit down together and enjoy all of the fixings (from scratch) from the generosity of Cedar Water Healing Lodge. Each family that was adopted has several children that will enjoy this wonderful and kind gift!!!!!!! Thanks so much for all the effort, thought, and generosity. Nicole Schingeck
When I work there, I can tell how much everyone cares for everyone and I think it's amazing how much they do. They always treat people like family. And they are so friendly and really amazing people. I absolutely LOVE the Cedar Water Healing Lodge. And I think anyone that has been there will agree with me.
As we begin our lives, we rely on the teachers closest to us, be it our parents, our teachers, clergymen, etc. Once we set off on our own journey (and for many of us this starts with our college years) we start to hear other people's stories, learn other cultures not previously exposed to and, many of us, start questioning our own basic belief system. We question only to further understand what we have been taught and to grow our own belief system thus making it "ours". I was born with Cherokee blood running through my veins but was never able to have a true understanding of what that meant. I was raised Catholic and followed the Traditions of the Catholic religion very closely. Once I was out and on my own, I learned about different cultures and different beliefs and grew a respect for each of them - whether I "agreed" with the philosophy or not. As an adult with children, I encourage my kids to seek understanding in each belief system and decide what is right for them (not me). When I started attending classes at the Cedar Water Healing Lodge, I began my journey into an understanding of myself and others that, I am certain, I could not have gained on my own or while continuing to travel down the same path that I had been. The respect of the teachings at the Lodge grew when we were encouraged to express teachings that we desired. That respect has grown even more so year after year as we are adopting families to feed, offering our Community Garden to the general public, speaking to children in schools and on the land when they visit. I felt that I finally belonged to the Community that the Lodge has built during the 2012 Ancient Wisdom weekend. The Healing Ceremony offered to each person in attendance was extremely profound and incredibly personal. This Lodge opens it's arms to each person without judgement and without expectation. The Traditional Native American Ceremonies have helped me to understand my heritage and have given me a respect of my own when it comes to Mother Earth and our own individual journey. The only desire is to reach out and help. I hope to be involved here throughout my life's journey.