By admin | June 9, 2012
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our June 2012 Services, featuring guest workshop presenters and ritualists, Raven and Rhea of Nightwing! The day includes workshops, a potluck feast, an outdoor stone circle, and a beautiful wetland setting to explore.
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road – Redmond 98053 (see directions below)
10:00 AM Stewardship Party (please do not arrive before 2:00 PM unless you are joining the Stewardship Party)
2:00 PM Site opens
2:00 PM Singing and chanting in the stone circle
2:30 PM Opening circle
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM Workshop: Elemental and Planetary Magic (with Raven and Rhea of Nightwing)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Younglings Workshop: Earth Air Fire Water (with Dana)
6:00 PM Potluck dinner
7:00 Newcomers’ Orientation
7:45 PM Pre-ritual discussion with ritual to follow (Knoll near Smoking Porch): Planetary Gate Ritual with Raven and Rhea of Nightwing
9:00 – 10:00 PM Coffee Klatch (with Kimberly) Blockhouse
10:30 PM Closing Circle
Stewardship Party: Longhouse Grounds 10:00AM- 2:00PM
What is it? An opportunity to help the Longhouse residents care for the site they generously share with us each month. It’s a chance to get to know some OLOTEAS staff and other volunteers a little better, observe the changing seasons and wildlife before the site opens, burn a few extra calories while you work, and have fun knowing your time is well spent supporting the Longhouse and OLOTEAS. In addition, we’ll feed you lunch and you’ll be first in line for the pool and hot tub when they open!
Singing and Chanting in the Stone Circle 2:00 PM
Continue the oral tradition of Pagan chants and songs before our Opening Circle. Don’t worry if you don’t know any yet! (In the event of pouring rain, we’ll meet in the Meditation Room.)
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM Workshop: “Elemental and Planetary Magic” (with Raven and Rhea of Nightwing)
A practical workshop in making elemental and planetary altars, making rituals, planning ritual timing, and aligning with the energies of the temple of earth and the temple of stars. Both traditional and syncretic approaches will be demonstrated and discussed.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Younglings Workshop: Earth Air Fire Water (with Dana)
All Younglings are welcome to join us in a child-focused exploration of the elements. This class will focus on how we experience these elements everyday as well as aspects of play and safety. Comfortable play clothes are recommended.
7:45 PM Pre-ritual discussion with Ritual to follow (Knoll near Smoking Porch)
Rhea and Raven from Nightwing present a planetary gate ritual, where celebrants will follow a path that begins with the elements, and travels through the patterns of moon, sun and stars.
9:00 – 10:00 PM Religion and Politics Coffee Klatch (with Kimberly – at the potluck tables) Religion and politics—two things we aren’t supposed to discuss in public, but they’re all over the news today. Are you interested in an open but moderated discussion in a safe, respectful space? Come to the Coffee Klatch!
OLOTEAS wants your help! Sign up for our Volunteer Guilds here:
Registration is open for the Earth and Sky Pagan Camp-Out in July! See full event details and online registration here, or pre-register in person at the June Services.
What to Bring:
Snacks for yourself, a potluck item to share, and your own feast gear (plate, cup, utensils), as on-site supplies are limited. No meat may be prepared on the kitchen surfaces (pre-cooked meat is acceptable). No alcohol or other intoxicants are allowed at OLOTEAS events. You might also want to bring a towel for pool/hot tub use (note: the pool area is clothing-optional). Shoes cannot be worn inside, so please wear a pair that can be slipped easily on and off. We strive to do the main ritual outside, regardless of weather, so please bring layered clothing for colder/wetter weather if desired. Feel free to bring and play your drums or other instruments. Also, please note that, due to allergy and wildlife concerns, no pets are allowed on site (except service animals).
Remember that throughout this year, OLOTEAS will be collecting donations of non-perishable food and cash to support Northwest Harvest. The summer months are particularly challenging to families who are struggling to make ends meet, with no free school breakfast or lunch for the children available, and the food banks feel the pinch too. Please give generously if you are able, either at an event or directly through the Northwest Harvest Donation Page.
For this event, we request a donation of $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for young adults ages 13-17, and $2.00 for children 2-12; this includes all aspects of the event. It is important for event and ritual planning that *all* people check in at the front door. Please do not arrive before 2:00 PM unless you want to attend the stewardship party at 10:00 AM .
A Note About Children:
This site features a swimming pool, hot tub, and numerous natural outside features that pose potential risks for unattended children; therefore, children MUST be under adult supervision (in line-of-sight) at ALL times during this event. With respect to the pool, an individual adult may be responsible FOR NO MORE THAN 3 CHILDREN (those 13 and under). Other than the kids’ workshop (when offered), there are no organized children’s activities, although there are games and crafts for kids.
A Note About Noise at the Longhouse:
The Longhouse requires that participants keep the noise level very low after 10:00 PM. Loud noise includes car alarms (so make sure your alarm is turned off), car muffler issues or backfiring (if your vehicle has issues, please park at the top of the hill parking lot), loud motorcycle engines (again, please park at the top of the hill parking lot), drumming or other music (if it continues long after ritual, please stop and ask a staff member if there is a space indoors where drumming or other music could continue until 10:00 PM), and loud talking in the parking lot (voices carry over to the neighbors’ property). Also, please be considerate by entering and exiting the site quietly.
A Note About Parking and Carpooling:
Please carpool if at all possible — there is limited onsite parking. If driving to the site, please park close to the adjacent vehicle, but be considerate of vehicles displaying disability license plates or signs. Once at the site, due to limited space and potential number of participants, we advise that folks leave most personal belongings in their vehicles.
There is no public transit option for the Longhouse, so if you are able to offer a ride or are looking for one, please feel free to post ride availability or requests to the OLOTEAS community list or our Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/55778298081/.
Take 520 eastbound to the Redmond Way/Fall City (WA 202) Exit. Turn right at the light at the end of the off ramp. Go approximately 5 miles on Redmond-Fall City Road . Driveway is on the right, 23301 (directly across from Guardwell Storage). If you pass Albertson’s, you have gone about 100 yards too far. When you first pull into the drive you should immediately see a large wooden sign that says The Longhouse; if you don’t you are in the neighbors’ drive.
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky
12345 Lake City Way NE #195
Seattle , WA 98125-5401
Email: oloteas (at) oloteas (dot) org
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