Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our August services!
Join us for a day of ritual, workshops, potluck dinner, wetland trails, indoor swimming, and celebration!
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
Schedule of Events:
11:00 am Stewardship Party (with Jayson – Please don’t arrive before 2PM unless you are joining Stewardship)
2:00 pm Site Opens
2:30 pm Opening Circle
4:00–4:15 pm Kids' Workshop: Growing Up Pagan: The Slavic Pantheon (with the Magickal Miscreants Pagan Youth Group)
4:15–5:00 pm Kids' Class: TBD (with Ruthie)
4:00–5:00 pm Workshop: Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Global Warming? (with Bobby)
5:00–6:00 pm Discussion Group: Young Adult and Occult
6:00 pm Potluck Dinner
7:00–7:30 pm Newcomers' Orientation (with TBD)
7:45 pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Prometheus Returns (with Bobby)
10:00 pm Cleanup Begins
10:30 pm Closing Circle
Rituals & Workshops:
11:00am – 2:00pm Stewardship Party (with Jayson)
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, help with your work, and have fun knowing your time is well spent supporting the Longhouse and OLOTEAS.
We'll also feed you lunch and you’ll be first in line for the pool and hot tub when they open!
4:00pm – 4:15pm Kids' Workshop: Growing Up Pagan: The Slavic Pantheon (with the Magickal Miscreants)
This is a series of fifteen-minute classes at the beginning of each kids' class about what it means to grow up Pagan – taught by Pagan kids, for Pagan kids. We are all young adults who grew up in Pagan families, and these classes draw on our personal experiences of what we wish we had known growing up and the kids’ own questions about what it means to be Pagan. At this month's Growing Up Pagan: We are continuing our pantheon series, with a class on the Slavic pantheon.
4:15pm – 5:00pm Kids' Class: TBD (with Ruthie)
4:00pm – 5:00pm Workshop: Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Global Warming? (with Bobby)
What does the search for extraterrestrial intelligence have to do with global warming on earth? Turns out, possibly quite a bit. A discussion of research by Carl Sagan and new research by NASA scientist Adam Frank, which somehow also relates to the story of Prometheus and this evening's ritual.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Discussion Group: Young Adult and Occult
At this month's Young Adult & Occult we will continue the discussion from the last event about what we want a young adult Pagan group to look like. We will give everyone a quick rundown of what was discussed at the July meeting, so folks who were unable to attend last month are still welcome to join us for the discussion.
7:45pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Prometheus Returns (with Bobby)
The gods warned Prometheus that if he gave mortals fire, they would burn themselves with it. He did it anyway. Prometheus was bound to a rock for all eternity as punishment. Now, he is seeking parole.
What to Bring:
Please bring snacks for yourself, a potluck item to share, and your own plate, cup, and utensils (as all on-site tableware needs to be sanitized in the dishwasher before we can leave). 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).
Please check in at the front door when you arrive on-site (or after Stewardship if you come early to help!). We are sustained, and do our part to sustain our community and the wider world, through a multidirectional flow of resource contributions. These contributions include but are not limited to money, skill, talent, and material goods. We ask all those who are able to make a money donation when they come to events (usually $10 for ages 13 and up, and we're not requesting donations for ages 12 and under). This is a request, no one ever has or ever will be turned away from a regular OLOTEAS event for lack of funds, but we do sincerely ask for it if you are able.
A Note About Children:
This site features a swimming pool, hot tub, and many natural outside features that pose potential risks for unattended children; therefore, children younger than the age of 13 MUST be under adult supervision at ALL times during this event. With respect to the pool, an individual adult may be responsible FOR NO MORE THAN 3 CHILDREN (those under 13). 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:
Parking availability at the Longhouse is limited – please carpool if at all possible. Park near the outdoor "Registration" booth or along the stretch of the driveway near the outdoor kitchen and stage areas. 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 email list or our Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/oloteas/).
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
Mailing address: 12345 Lake City Way NE #195 Seattle, WA 98125-5401
Event address: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053
Email: OLOTEAS (at) oloteas (dot) org