Circles of Empowerment is led by Clan Mother Hua Anwa, a woman who is a teacher of mixed European, Mayan and Cherokee descent who has been leading ceremony on the Central Coast of California for nearly thirty years.
Hua is a long time resident of the Central Coast, and has been leading an annual celebration of the traditional Long Dance since 1990. Falling on or about the autumnal equinox each year, the Long Dance event gathers together some one hundred or more women into a great community circle of drumming, singing, sweat lodge and teachings that culminates in an all-night ceremony lasting from sunset to sunrise. With the event held on remote private, both men and women participate in the village building and the communal creation of sacred space that makes possible this high point of the spiritual calendar. It is a mighty undertaking, requiring weeks and months of advance planning, organization, and the gathering together of materials, resources and various community partners.
In addition to the Long Dance and Full Moon circle and other ceremonies which she leads in Arroyo Grande, Hua also offers classes, teachings, services and counseling to a wide variety of audiences, individuals and her extended community.