Red Road gathering scheduled in Vermillion

Red Road gathering scheduled in Vermillion The 13th annual Red Road Gathering will be held in Vermillion on Oct. 18, 19, and 20 at the National Guard Armory on Cherry St. The Red Road approach to healing has been a way to wholeness for many people, native and non-native alike, who have had to deal with alcohol and substance abuse, suicide, domestic violence and other problems.

Each year for the past 13 years Gene Thin Elk has led the Red Road, a holistic approach that uses prayer as the basis of all healing. The gathering is a tradition that draws participants from all walks of life. Many who attend the Red Road return year after year to participate in an event that is unlike any other approach to wellness. It is healing through feeling.

There will be a healing village again this year at the Red Road with healers from around the world who come to the event to give of themselves to Red Road participants. The following are just some of the gifts and talents that the healers will share: acupuncture, ayurveda, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, shiatsu, massage, reiki, and reflexology.

A sample of the presentations for the Red Road 2002 include the following topics: Breaking the Cycles of Violence and Achieving Success; Transcending the Impact of Family Suicides; Ihanktwan and Brave Heart Society "Red Page, Trauma and Healing the Camp Circle"; Family Therapy; Psychological Factors of Stress; Compassion Stress; Teachings and Healing through the Wakte Gli Ceremony; Recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Stories and Songs that Create Living Memories.

The Red Road approach to healing puts an emphasis on mututal respect for the afflicted, the medicine (therapy) and the healer (facilitator). According to Thin Elk, "All these essences are present in the Medicine Wheel, which is innate to Native Americans. The traditions and values of the Native American people ensure balance by living these cultural traditions through the Red Road. We utilize our ceremonies and belief systems to become whole once again, in balance, walking the sacred Red Road."

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