Misa Espiritual 2023

At-A-Glance Schedule of Events

7:00 Communal Meal

8:00 Misa and Santeria Class w/ Patricia Althouse

9:00 Misa Espiritual Ritual

10:00 Bonfire 

Misa Espiritual: Communication with and Honoring the Ancestors and Helpful Spirits

Welcome to our Misa page! Here we will have all the need-to-know information for our event, including how to RSVP.  [ Related: Fellowship Gathering: Santeria Night ]

Date:  Saturday October 21, 2023

Location: Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden, 177 Rimmey Rd. Centre Hall, PA

Ticket Price: $25.00 online by Fri, Oct 20 ($15 for members); $30 at the door ($20 for members).

Program Notes: 

7:00 to 8:00 - Gathering and meal provided by Happy Valley Golden Wheel

8:00 to 9:00 - Misa Espiritual Preparation Class

Learn about the Santeria tradition from an experienced practitioner and what you will need to know to get the most from the Misa ceremony. 

9:00 - 10:00 - Misa Espiritual Ceremony

Presented by Patricia Althouse

The Misa is a version of Spiritism developed by Allen Kardec in the 19th century that has been adapted by several Caribbean cultures to honor ancestral spirits and seek their aid. If you are picturing the classic 'séance' you've seen on tv, you have the right general idea (without the dramatic special effects). We will sit together around a boveda, or spiritual table, to speak prayers, sing songs, and perhaps receive messages from the spirit world. The content is an ecclectic collection from several religions, including Christianity and Paganism.

The goal is the betterment of spirit or spiritual evolution. Betterment of one's own spirit, certainly, but also the evolution and elevation of spirits for the sheer goodness of doing so – some spirits are in need of aid for they can be trapped or too obsessed or addicted to something to move on. Spirits are assisted by the living through offerings of prayers, songs, candlelight, and clear water.

Spiritual work through the Misa ceremony also brings the benefits of aid from one's ancestors and the host of spirits that agree to work with you, help you, and protect you. It is a form of giving and receiving of mutual benefits; you offer your energy and tend their needs, and in return your spirits help you with workings involving goals like cleansing, blessing, healing, consecrating as well as helping you overcome obstacles.

Please bring a white head covering to the ceremony. White clothes are encouraged, but not mandatory. I hope you will join us.

Patricia Althouse, “Ocha Weye”, was initiated a priestess of Obatala in Cuban Santeria in 2006 and is a member of a Santo house, or 'ile', based in Washington DC.

10:00 - 11:00 - Chillout and hangout at the Bonfire

Important Notes: 

To attend, please register and purchase tickets.