Sunday, June 2, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Create a Talking Stick

  • $49.00

During this two hour workshop led by medicine woman Guzel Gjenasaj, you'll make your own talking stick and learn about how they are traditionally used.  Talking sticks, also called  speaker's staffs, are an instrument of aboriginal democracy used by many tribes, especially those of indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast in North America. Talking sticks are typically used when people are speaking in a council circle to ensure respectful and attentive listening.  They can be used in group circles as well as in family discussions.

We will provide all materials including sticks, beads, twine, etc., but encourage you to bring any important momentos you would like to incorporate into your talking stick like crystals, feathers, etc.  You may also bring your own stick.

Workshop is limited to 10 people, so please consider signing up early.  Your name will be on list at door once you purchase ticket -- bringing confirmation is not necessary.

Parking is available on the street, as well as at the Trader Joe's lot at Venice & Culver and the lot at Cardiff & Culver where it's free for the first hour and $1 per 30 minutes thereafter.

All events at The Whole 9 Gallery are family friendly and help to fund the life-changing work of our non-profit, The Peace Project.

The Whole 9 Gallery
3830 Main Street
Culver City, CA  90232


Guzel grew up in Brooklyn, NY, (with a large family in a diverse urban community) and has a backgroud in environmental education, off-the-grid-living on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica, starting a communal house in Santa Monica (utilizing permaculture principles), planting food and good times, organizing events, hosting co-ed and ladies only circles, (one of those events being Cross Pollinate, which is a quarterly women's networking and empowerment gathering in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and for the last 15 years has studied different styles of breath work, yoga, attended workshops on mindfulness meditation, nutrition and cooking, compassionate communication and various healing modalities.

Guzel is an artist, a yogini, a teacher, a gardener, a cook, a medicine woman and a community leader. Her spiritual practice is rooted in Native American, Mayan and Gaia loving traditions. She is a Reiki Master and is currently attaining a Master's Degree in Transformational Psychology at the University of Philosophical Research, in Los Angeles. She believes our connection to mother earth and all her healing elements are a catalyst for deep transformation, connection and true bliss. She loves to share the wisdom and practices that she has learned along the way. She has combined research and practical experience to provide transformative and empowering opportunities for all.

Additionally, she is a moon dancer with the Ollintlahuimetztli tradition, in Teotihuacan, Mexico, in which she is pipe carrier. She completed her 5th year commitment in 2018 and plans on going for 2 more years to carry the medicine of the sweat lodge. She received her Reiki training from a private teacher, Chris Eagle. She is attuned as a Reiki Master in the traditional Usui Reiki method. She has a space in Glassell Park and Venice for private healing sessions -- visit to learn more.