Hoop of Evolving Elders
Returning to the Home Fire Within

Awakening Your Essential Elder

Awakening your essential elder

Forgiving the Unforgivable
Let us be the first.

In 2005, Jim Miller, a Dakota Elder and Veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. Jim’s words, “Let me be the first to forgive,” continue to inspire and be the foundational message for a yearly ceremonial ride with descendants and friends to Mankato, Minnesota. This story and others continue to call the Hoop of Evolving Elders to gather.

Join us in a safe and respectful space as we nourish our rooted kinship with each other, Nature, and all life.

What is Essential Eldership?

Monthly Gatherings
Every Third Thursday

Grandmother Tahirah recently said, “The Elder is emergent from within you and without. When we talk about forgiving the unforgivable, there’s a life that’s lived through these ancestor lenses, and they have broken down certain walls, either through their action or just living. So how do we, the living, breathing ancestors from within, look at what needs to be forgiven? Do we continue to hold on to an old dispensation, or do we look at what that dispensation taught us through the ancestor voice or the ancestral wind?”


Our Dream and Vision

The dream and vision

Meet our Original
Hoop of Elders

Together we implement ancient wisdom and evolutionary practices as we explore Essential Eldership, Forgiving the Unforgivable, and respond to the vital need for Individual and community healing.

Tahirah Abubakr

 A renowned initiated Priestess in the Ifa tradition, Iya is a healer, teacher, storyteller, and shamanic practitioner. A great-grandmother, she believes elders are essential to navigating and bridging the way for future generations.

Alda Glover
Daniel Ramos

Alda and Daniel work side by side as Clan Mother and Spiritual Elder of the Choctaw Muskogee Yamasee Nation. Together, they honor and preserve indigenous traditions and ceremonies to ensure the future of humanity and Earth.

Shelley Darling

Shelley is an Author, Evolutionary Dowsing Mentor, Waterkeeper, and Heart Resonance advocate who brings a unique blend of ancient wisdom and evolutionary consciousness to her work. Shelley’s joy is to restore wholeness to our hearts, homes, and habitats and create community spaces that nurture and empower our sacred relationship with Earth and all life. 

June Steiner

As a great-grandmother of twenty-three, June regards family and community as the heart of her work. Fifty-two years as an International Shamanic practitioner, transpersonal therapist, and spiritual guide have given her a deep awareness of the power of love and forgiveness. June sees Elderhood as a path of shared wisdom and nurturing of our sacred roots.

"I consider myself an Elder in training. Becoming an Elder is to integrate and understand the lessons. I'm listening to all the Elders. And by that, the lessons that the trees, the birds, the plants, the animals, the fish, and the stones have to teach us.

I'm grateful to be in a circle where there's information, intuition, knowledge, and wisdom."

Alda Glover, Choctaw Muscogee Yamasee Clan Mother

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