Ancestral Spirit Tribe is a fully non-profit church with a very small team and we are not profiting off of these sacred ancestral medicines. Here at AST our mission is the priority, and we offer the lowest prices for healing that we can sustainably offer. All donations to the space and us personally go directly into operational expenses, to improving the healing and ceremonial experience, and into the land. We accept any and all contributions with immeasurable gratitude.
We do not yet own the land that we are operating on, and rent, along with electricity and utilities, is one of our largest expenses. Our intention moving forward is to work towards purchasing the land to better secure our ability to continue providing our services and have greater freedom to create and grow as a sacred space.
A huge amount of energy and sacrifice goes into the collection, transportation, and preparation of the sacred medicines we offer, and many years of training and self-transformation are required to serve them. A great deal also goes into preparing for ceremony including prepping the space, cleaning, hospitality needs, marketing, etc. Our ceremony donations cover the bare minimum to continue offering this healing. Still, we want to expand our offerings and find new and better ways to facilitate the healing experience, as well as contribute to the ethical and sustainable use of ancestral medicine. Much of your support is directed towards this cause.
We are often providing culinary needs during and after ceremony, and offer lodging to those who need it. We are always looking to offer more and have plans to create dorms and camping areas for more affordable options. Food, beverages, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and the like are definitely a consistent expense, and we are always open to receiving these as dontations.
We hold tremendous gratitude for this beautiful land we are on, and wish to honor it by cultivating community gardens, constructing altars, and creating many beautiful outdoor spaces for all to enjoy. Even basic landscaping can be a lot to manage with such a small team, so any volunteering, equipment, or financial support goes a long way in manifesting our collective vision.
Music is a very important aspect of our work in ceremony, community building, and preservation of indigenous culture. We hope to provide an improved space for music to be created and enjoyed by the greater community. Recording equipment is something we are very excited to invest in as a means of sharing ancestral wisdom through music and podcasts. Also expanding our collection of instruments would be a beautiful way for us to further connect with each other, discover our talents, and find deeper healing within the community.
Hosting, maintaining, and growing our website is definitely a priority for us. We are very much at the limits of what our current system can provide, and we are looking to invest in better solutions to connect the community and offer spiritual knowledge in the digital era.