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... I recall the great vision you sent me. It may be that some little root
of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf
and bloom and fill with singing birds...

— Black ElkÕs prayer, 1931

Our Mission

To honor and preserve the integrity of indigenous wisdom and sacred cultural practices by providing cross-cultural exchanges, education, and community-building opportunities.

Our Name


The word Kenosis comes from the Greek and means "to empty". When we release what is extraneous in our lives, we can recognize what really matters. The mind stills. Peace comes and affects who we are in the world. Through that state of being we naturally reach out to touch others by role modeling genuine peacemaking — and a ripple effect is created.

Spirit Keepers

In a time when there is a global movement away from our origins, disintegration of family and disconnection from the natural elements, Spirit Keepers are the true warriors of today. In diminishing pockets throughout the world, in many ways disrespected, they still maintain the invisible threads that connect us to our roots. A tree that is uprooted quickly dies.

Our Message

Spirit Keepers are the stewards of our future. The ancient, indigenous ways instill appreciation for the Mother Earth and all beings. When Spirit Keepers are honored and come together to share their sacred practices, we are all nourished. Our common foundation is strengthened.

An aspen appears to grow on its own. But in reality, its roots run underground to other aspens around it. This is the way they spread and grow. A stand of aspens is actually a family, interconnected and intertwined. The prosperity of one depends on them all. Introduce nutrients to one and all will receive some value. Initiate disease in one and all will be affected to some degree as well.

— Carla Woody
Founding President
Excerpted from Navigating Your Lifepath

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Kenosis Spirit Keepers is recognized as a charitable educational organization by the State of Arizona and by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3). You can donate to support our programs in many ways:

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