Celebrate the Wesak Festival in Mount Shasta, California!
22nd Annual Wesak Celebration, May 20-22, 2016
A message from a Wesak 2015 attendee...
I felt inspired to share with our community a beautiful highlight from our annual Wesak event this past weekend of May 1st to the 3rd, 2015. I have been attending Wesak since its inception for over 20 years and for the past 5 years, we have been graced to have Spring Hill Nursery loan us plants of our choice for setting up the Wesak hall of events. This includes presenters, musicians, Kirtan, guests and volunteers.
This year we had something noticeable take place that to my knowledge has not happened any other year to this degree. This year when I went to pick up plants from Spring Hill Nursery, I wanted bring as many blooming plants as possible to brighten the effect up on the stage. The nursery is very generous year after year to provide our event with plants for loan with the provision that we state they are for sale, and that they come from Spring Hill Nursery. They also state that if there is any damage in transport or during our event, we agree to buy them.
We had a smaller group this year, and I first had concern about the fact that the plants we were loaned were more in tight buds and the leafing plants were tucked in so to speak. The stage we put the plants on was darken so no natural light came into contact with the stage except for a few string lights.
As the weekend progressed I noticed something which I had never witnessed before. Up on stage I could almost watch the flowers start to bloom in a slow motion fashion and by the end of the weekend with all the speakers have given their talks, the musicians and Kirtan play their music and the guests really being present for this event, the plants responded actively in a like manner. The spiritual light was such that ALL of the plants came to full bloom, expansion and were literally bursting forth in chorus. What a joyous surprise to witness and partake in. The flavor of our deep relationship with nature and the plant kingdom was thriving. Whoever buys these plants are receiving the most high, in terms of natural allowance and maximum in plant growth.
Again, I deeply want to thank all participants who made Wesak a wonderful event and especially thank Spring Hill Nursery for the opportunity to share their beautiful plants with us at Wesak.
Bright Blessings for us all,
2015 Theme: Developing Your Inner Wisdom
Build your spirit, your Love, your God Connection, to help the world evolve from headlines of hate to celebrations of Joy!
As powerful spiritual beings, we create our own reality. It is essential that we as a race begin to govern ourselves solely from within, from our own personal connection with the Divine. It can take courage to follow your own moral heart but if we don't, we run the risk of losing our souls for the sake of getting by. We allow dysfunction to surround us unchecked and to out-picture in our society like a bad dream. Just one heart, one mind standing clear and tall amidst chaos will cause chaos to order itself around it. We, as workers for spirit, must be that clear mind. We come together to reinforce one another's choice to be free and to stand tall. As more and more of us learn to do that, society will change. The resulting groundswell of clarity and truth as everyday experiences will have to have an affect on our selves, our societies and our governments all over the world.
Solutions to all of the world's problems (which means all of yours as well) lie within you! Hidden in full view!
Come to Wesak so that — in the tradition of Buddha, Christ and all Masters/Saints — you can heal your life, help heal others and begin healing the world in the process! If you and I don't do it, who will?
2015 Featured Speakers...
Meg Blackburn Losey (Ph.D)
Best selling author, healer, master channel, artist and celebrity
Meg Blackburn Losey, Ph.D., is the author of the international bestseller The Children of Now, along with several other books including Conversations with the Children of Now, The Art of Living Out Loud, and The Secret History of Consciousness. Dr. Meg is the creator of the Touching the Light Healing Modality and offers Certification courses. She is an international keynote speaker and lectures worldwide. Dr. Meg is a PhD of Holistic Life Coaching and holds a Doctoral Degree in Metaphysics and has served as a consultant to Good Morning America and 20/20...... Read more.
Author and Illustrator
Nancy Marie is a driving force for self-actualization and the creator of the I Create What I Believe! Self-Awareness Art Program — which is based on the research of Dr. Bruce Lipton. Nancy is also known internationally for her highly accurate intuitive readings and is the author and illustrator of three other books: Out of the Box and Into Yourself!, Passage of Change, A fable based on the research of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D, and The Beckoning Song of Your Soul, A Guidebook for Developing Your Intuition. Drawing from her own 35+ year practice, and incorporating cutting edge science, Nancy Marie has developed two systems, The Beckoning Song of Your Soul, and I Create What I Believe! that enable both young and old to transform old beliefs and perceptions, gain greater clarity, develop their intuition and reconnect with their inner wisdom..... Read more.
"...Nancy Marie's art exercises provide children and adults with an alternative way to consciously release the stress or pressure that can build up in a person's system. These exercises enable the participants to both express their emotions and generate more constructive responses. They are so simple and adaptable and can be used in almost any situation to effectively redirect energy without having to consciously focus on the prevailing situation... Constructive pattern interrupts release stressful pressures, clear perceptions, and pave the way for more wholesome behaviors and resolutions."
— Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles (View Bruce Lipton talking about the I Create What I Believe! program here.)
Jude Unegbu has been a spiritual healer for over 16 years. Born in West Africa, he traveled with his Shaman grandfather, Job Unegbu, who offered healing to people afflicted with epilepsy, elemental attachments, leprosy, mental curses, depression, and other physical illnesses. His healing education was further enhanced by the techniques he learned from another great man, His Eminence, Sir George King, founder of The Aetherius Society, whose spiritual and yoga teachings offered a strong foundation from which Jude has built a life dedicated to serving humanity and loving all things..... Read more.
Licensed Resilience Coach, HeartMath Corporate Instructor
Claudia Weber, M.A is the Founder and Director of H.E.A.R.T. Partners LLC. located in Beaverton, Oregon providing Healing, Energizing, Awareness and Resilience Training. She is a Licensed HeartMath Corporate Instructor and Licensed Resilience Coach and a volunteer transition coach through American Corporate Partners. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, former Children's Mental Health Counselor and Corporate manager, Claudia brings unique expertise into teaching and coaching others to navigate challenging experiences. She will guide you to learn new skills to prepare for, adapt and recover from stress, challenges and adversity by utilizing intelligent energy management techniques and by accessing and trusting your inner wisdom. Every life has challenges, every heart has an answer. Learn to access and trust your answers..... Read more.
Author and Registered Nurse
Allou Guthmiller is a registered nurse and author of The Healing Power of Money, Healing Nuggets for Success and Support, The Navigator Within, and Guidance Cards for Navigating Stuckness (her latest edition). She is also an internationally known healer. As an associate instructor of the Reconnection, she has traveled extensively with the Reconnection team and Dr. Eric Pearl teaching Reconnective Healing® and The Reconnection®. She now offers The Reconnection-Certified Practitioner Program here in Mt. Shasta..... Read more.
Quantum Healer, Quantum Vortex Activations, Global Meditations, ONE Community in the New Earth Paradigm, Founder of Quantum Vortex Therapy
Meg Benedicte discovered early on that she had a unique gift for understanding subtle energies and later for discerning the vigorous traumatic patterns that relate to dysfunction and ill health. Over the years, she has become a notable pioneer in Quantum Healing, first through her own transformation and eventually working with clients spanning the globe. For the past 20 years, Meg has been sharing these dramatic findings in her proprietary process, Unified Field Therapy®, in private and group Quantum Healings, Meditation CDs and podcasts, with global audiences in telecasts/webinars, radio shows, in the Quantum Vortex™ Teleseminars, and her book, Soul Realized: Unlocking the Sacred Keys of Becoming a Divine Human..... Read more.
Founder of Ascension Mastery International (1986), author, workshop leader
Joanna Cherry is Founder of Ascension Mastery International (AMI), an organization based in Mount Shasta, California. AMI helps build the consciousness that we are part of the divine, unlimited and totally free; and that our natural state is one of full mastery, happiness and fulfillment. Since 1980, Joanna has given workshops and talks nationally and internationally on spiritual subjects. Among these are contacting and becoming one's master self; emotional healing; sexuality and spirituality; fulfilling life purposes; rejuvenation and immortality; light body activation; and ascension..... Read more.
Author and Healer with Dolphin Star Temple
Like many other seekers, my journey began with indigenous teachers, in my case, Peruvian shaman/priests who taught me deep honoring of the earth, ceremonial practices, and most importantly heartfulness; and it was in Peru that don Victor Estrada introduced me to my wife Ulla. Then together our paths led to Mt. Shasta and Amorah Quan Yin. On the day we first met her, Amorah invited us to join a session doing work on the earth. It certainly made an impression on us, because since that day Ulla and I have journeyed to the far reaches of the world doing sacred earthwork with Swedish groups fully trained in Amorah's healing techniques, now directed toward working with the earth..... Read more.
Dolphin Star Temple, spiritual entrepreneur, retreat leader
Keiko Anaguchi is a well-known spiritual counselor, consultant and public speaker in Japan. She is also a spiritual entrepreneur. She is recognized as a person who can manifest a spiritual message in a realistic form. Over the past 15 years she has trained 5,000 people to be spiritual counselors. She has served over 10,000 clients in the past 10 years. She leads spiritual tours to Mt. Shasta and Sedona in the U.S., as well as to Southern France, England, Peru, and other power spots..... Read more.
Kathy Zavada is a nationally acclaimed performing/recording artist and producer of sacred music. She is also an ordained Interfaith minister, inspirational speaker and long-time retreat and workshop facilitator. Kathy's music has been heralded in the top-ten best world CDs on Amazon.com and downloaded on iTunes all over the world..... Read more.
Sahadev and Dawn Fazende lead bhajan/kirtan chanting weekly in Mt. Shasta. Kirtan is call-and-response devotional chanting of the Divine Names in the Hindu tradition. This repetitive type of chanting naturally puts us into energetic alignment with the deities whose names are chanted. Read more.
The Wesak Celebration is held at the Mt Shasta City Park, Lower Lodge — Click here for directions.
With every century, people see things differently. A 21st Century worldview is emerging — of oneness, interdependence and the primacy of consciousness — but calcified institution stay stuck in the limitations of 20th Century thinking. Our job is to be the presence of the Alternative wherever we are, always presenting another way to see the world whenever love is not put first.
— Marianne Williamson
If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world. We are selfish, that's natural, but we need to be wisely selfish, not foolishly selfish. We have to concern ourselves more with others' well-being, that's the way to be wisely selfish. We have the ability to take the long-term benefit into account. I think it is possible to make real change in this century.
— HH Dalai Lama
Why did we pick these dates? Click here.
Wesak Sacred Site Tour
Are you ready to deeply remember who you are and why you're here on Earth during these extraordinary times?
Are you inspired to explore some of the most powerful sacred sites on Mount Shasta?
If you are, join please join us for a Wesak Sacred Site Tour on Monday May 4 from 10-2. Our theme will be Receiving the Gifts of Magical Mount Shasta.
After enjoying the profound speakers and inspiring music of the Wesak Festival, you'll be ready to come up on the mountain for a true spiritual adventure.
Mount Shasta is a magical place. The pure energy the mountain radiates makes it easy for you to connect with your deepest essence and to remember your true purpose.
Your guide will be Andrew Oser, an author and life coach who lives in Mt. Shasta. Andrew has been guiding retreats and tours on the mountain since 1982. He has a great passion for helping visitors receive the abundant gifts Mount Shasta has for them. For more information, please see mountshastaretreat.net.
To make this life-changing experience accessible to all of you, Andrew is only charging a nominal fee for his services. With advance registration, which is strongly encouraged, the fee is only $35 per person. The price the day of the tour is $45.
We will be meeting at 9:45 at the Headwaters in the City Park, 1315 Nixon St., Mt. Shasta.
Andrew is also available for private sacred journeys on the mountain before and after the Wesak Festival.
If you have any questions or would like to register, please or call 760-525-4512.
All activities on Mt. Shasta are conducted through Shasta Vortex Adventures, which operates under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. These activities operate on a non-discriminatory basis.
Our vending area is open to the public.
VENDORS: Click here for an important notice about your space.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW VENDOR COORDINATOR: Greta Hanelt
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Dawn Fazende discusses Wesak 2012, interview by Judith Conrad
Mt. Shasta: its origin as mecca for spiritual seekers (Mt. Shasta Herald)
This year's event is also a fundraiser for our local Meals on Wheels Auxiliary. Part of the proceeds from Wesak 2014 will be donated to the program.
Meals on Wheels needs a wheelchair accessible van capable of carrying at least 4 wheelchairs. The cost on these is quite substantial — upwards of $50,000. Grants may cover part of the expense but they require matching funds from the program. We are counting on Wesak to provide a descent part of the those funds.
Photo by Living Shasta Photography
Human beings operate in so many realms, above and beyond the miraculous but relatively mundane physical, mental, emotional, and energetic. But what is it that connects us, what are the virtues and substance of our true natures, as individual "consciousnesses" and as the infinite, magical, mystery of which we are all part? And as our world changes, as time seems to speed up, as our minds and bodies and technologies evolve, what remains true and essential? Has this changed? Surely our relationship to it has, as we grow in awareness. With so much changing so fast, how do we stay attuned and aligned to live our part consciously, both personally and universally?
Mount Shasta's Wesak festival is a "spiritual family reunion" begun, in what some consider one of the holiest places on this earth, by the late Dr. Joshua Stone and now under the direction of Dawn Fazende (editor of Mount Shasta Magazine).
Wesak is named for the legendary convergence of Buddha, Christ and other Masters in the hallowed Wesak Valley in the Himalayas during the Buddha full moon occurring in May each year. The convergence is celebrated variously in cultures throughout the world, including annual pilgrimages to the original site. The Mount Shasta Wesak Festival, however, is an event whose scope extends far beyond the Buddhist holiday with whom many associate the term Wesak.
As one of the seven sacred mountains in the world, Mount Shasta is uniquely suited for this annual North American Pilgrimage. The very atmosphere here is charged with powerful energetic currents and a profoundly restorative silence. The mountain is considered alternately as the Heart Chakra or the Head Chakra of the planet. The I AM Activity, a religion based on instructions dictated by St. Germain in the 1930s on Mt. Shasta, states that this is the place where Christ energy enters the planetary grid.
Local Native Americans believe Mt. Shasta is where God lives and Creation began. Many believe there is a city under the mountain and that Mt. Shasta is a portal between dimensions. It is said that the lenticular clouds so frequently seen here are generated when a vehicle moves between dimensions. Tibetan Buddhists, who are building a monastery here, have 28 specific criteria a mountain must meet to be called sacred. Mt. Shasta is the only one in the USA that meets all 28. People have been drawn to be present with Mt. Shasta's pristine and beautiful natural environment for years. They come to renew their souls and spirits and, at Wesak, to hear the best teachers available anywhere who assist with their personal development.
Wesak is an Eastern Tradition
Years ago our local Buddhist Abbey contacted us about the fact that we were using the wrong date to celebrate Wesak. They reminded me that Buddha was born a Hindu, under the Vedic (or Sidereal or Eastern) Astrological system. I checked online and virtually all the Buddhist countries celebrated Wesak at a different time than we were.
So I contacted a Vedic astrologer who cast the Wesak dates back to the time of Christ and found they Wesak was ALWAYS on the full moon of MAY which, in the Vedic system is Taurus. It seemed westerners had again taken an eastern tradition and made it conform to our specifics by using the Tropical (Western) Astrological system.
I looked into this very carefully and came to the conclusion that Alice Bailey made a typical western centric mistake — normal for her time and culture — and assumed Wesak was a western creation, under a western zodiac, the one with which she was familiar. She was told to celebrate on the Taurus Moon (and we all know it's really the Scorpio moon, Taurus sun.) I believe she went with what she knew — the western sun sign of Taurus running from April 21 to May 21.
Many of the descriptions given by various western spiritualists — including I am told Bailey herself — say that the festivals of the three moons are EASTERN in origin. The Buddha full moon is a Vedic tradition — an eastern tradition. (Remember DK is the Tibetan.) The down pouring of the Wesak blessing has always been tied in with Buddha's birth/death/enlightenment, according to Dr. Stone. Wesak is the date of this birth, death and enlightenment. This is celebrated by Buddhist countries as the first full moon in May. The Vedic system shows Taurus at varying times — because it actually calculated when the constellations are directly overhead — but roughly mid May to mid June.
Sun in Taurus, full moon in sun sign Taurus, occurs twice in a year — once in the Tropical and once in the Vedic systems. We decided to used the Vedic system as it seems to be more in keeping with Buddha's heritage and traditions.
Where two or more are gathered the Ascended ones will attend, no matter what the dates may be. It is only we on this plane who are constricted by such measurements. We are fully in touch with Wesak's spiritual energies. Our participants fully receive the outpouring being offered by the Ascended Masters. While doing that they also receive information to allow them to incorporate that energy into their lives.
Left: Audience interacting with one of our presenters.
Right: Early shoppers checking products at our Vendor Fair.
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