Labor Day Weekend Festival celebrates the feminine in all of us
By Cheryl Kain
Meeting Pandora Peoples is a multi-sensory experience. The meditation room is serene, almost like a tree house, looking out over woods and a lake. Sage is burning inside a big seashell, and the aroma of Jasmine tea wafts gently by. Pandora’s smile, complete with dimples, is high-wattage and welcoming.
We are drinking Pandora’s Saraswati Mood Lifter tea, with organic St. John's Wort, Kava Kava, and jasmine flowers. It has a delicious, minty taste. I am not usually partial to tea, but this tea is out-of-this-world. Pandora’s name means “All giving and all gifted” in Greek. Born and raised in Venice, California, her forward-thinking parents raised her celebrating Christmas, while focusing on Jesus as a healer, and Mary as a demi-Goddess.
Pandora co-produced the upcoming Cape Cod Goddess Festival with her friend, Nadia Schuessler. The Festival arrives this Saturday and Sunday, at HJT Arts Center, 265 Sisson Road in Harwich. An indoor/outdoor event, the Festival will feature face painting, Karate classes, Flamenco, Egyptian belly dancing, an art show, a kids’ writing workshop, Cape Cod Henna, Tribal Fusion dance, Hip Hop/Soul from Boston, Trevor the Juggler, African dancing, a chanting class, intuitives, shamans, Higher Consciousness massage, piano music, blues, indie rock, bagpipes, yoga, organic and green clothing/accessories, food by Dancing Spoons, poetry, and so much more. “There are so many talented Cape people who have traveled the world who came back here to live, with many great artists who will be sharing their work at the Festival.” Men are featured as well as artists and musicians.
“I’m hoping the Festival will spark people’s creativity and rekindle things they may have put aside,” she says, of the kid-friendly event. Pandora tells stories about Kali, the demon slayer, who fights for justice; Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom, and Saint Bridget, the Goddess of Hearth and Healing, mother and keeper of the home. “We can all relate to these powerful women,” she says. We talk about having balance in our lives. “It’s important for us all to find that balance and connect to the Divine. When we have that balance and are aligned [with Spirit], things come easier,” Pandora says, with a bewitching smile.
She believes in everything, from Buddhism to Judaism to Catholicism to Goddesses and more. She just believes. “We all naturally do things that are ritualistic and meaningful. Even non-believers tend to believe in something and channel that energy into something positive.” Pandora is a psychic medium, as well as an herbalist offering herbal consultations. The herbs are all adaptogenic, meaning tailored to your needs. Her clients from around the world have been assisted in their journeys on weight loss and pain management, in which Pandora specializes, as well as nutrition and diabetes. All her products are organic and she uses Aromatherapy to create a fragrant environment.
Though raised in Southern California, she is effusive about her love for the Cape. We talk about Cape Cod being a place where manifestations are quicker. “It’s like living on an island,” says Pandora, referencing the salt all around us, which conducts energy, and citing detoxifying seaweed. As a medium, prior to a “magical reading,” she likes to gather information in advance, steeping in the essence of the person, with all the facts informing her during her everyday life.
She is a self-described Photo Shaman, whose work will be on display at the Festival this weekend, featuring her Living Goddess Series, representing the thirteen cycles of women.
Pandora is excited about empowering women and men to embrace the collective Feminine element. “Women tend to be apologizers, minimizing their own gifts. It’s important to celebrate the many aspects of women. We are moms, volunteers, working people, caregivers, lovers, friends and sisters, playing so many roles. Facilitating a workshop, Pandora “hopes women will connect with their sacred feminine, as well as their ancestors, re-energizing themselves and connecting to the earth.”
If you go: The Cape Cod Goddess Festival is Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets at the door: adults $10, children 5-12 are $3; kids 4 and under are free. Parking at venue and across street at Harwich Historical Society. Visit Pandora’s Garden on Facebook and her website here.