Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our December services!
Join us for a day of ritual, workshops, potluck dinner, wetland trails, indoor swimming, and celebration!
Date: Saturday, December 22, 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 Bobby – Please don’t arrive before 2PM unless you are joining Stewardship)
2:00 pm Site Opens
2:30 pm Opening Circle
3:00–4:00 pm Workshop: Sorcery & Mayhem Series: Breathing, Trance Induction, and Altered States of Consciousness (with Bobby)
4:00–5:00 pm Kids' Workshop & Activity: Growing Up Pagan: Pagan Symbols and Making Solstice Ornaments (with the Magickal Miscreants Pagan Youth Group)
5:00–6:00 pm Discussion Group: Young Adult and Occult: What Does It Mean to Be Culturally Pagan?
6:00 pm Potluck Dinner
7:00–7:30 pm Newcomers' Orientation (with Kimberly)
7:45 pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Grandmother Winter's Fireside (with Stephanie)
9:00 pm After Ritual: Drum Circle!
10:00 pm Cleanup Begins
10:30 pm Closing Circle
Special Note for December:
During potluck, Santa Lucia and her attendant will walk around the Longhouse to hand out small presents to children, and cookies and fruit to adults. Happy Solstice!
Rituals & Workshops:
11:00am – 2:00pm Stewardship Party (with Bobby)
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!
3:00pm – 4:00pm Workshop: Sorcery & Mayhem Series: Breathing, Trance Induction, and Altered States of Consciousness (with Bobby)
Practical breathing exercises will be part of this workshop, comfortable loose-fitting clothing is recommended.
Due to the nature of this workshop, a neutral and non-self-medicated headspace is requested of any who choose to participate.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Kids' Workshop & Activity: Pagan Symbols and Solstice Ornaments (with the Magickal Miscreants)
This is a series of classes 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 will learn about the significance of different Pagan symbols and then have a kids' activity making Solstice ornaments of those symbols.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Discussion Group: Young Adult and Occult: What Does It Mean to Be Culturally Pagan?
At this month's Young Adult & Occult we will have a group discussion on what it means to be culturally Pagan.
7:00pm – 7:30pm Newcomers' Orientation (with Kimberly)
New to Pagan events or to OLOTEAS? Come to the newcomers' discussion! We'll give you the basics of what you should know, answer any questions you have, and go over more info about what to expect from our rituals and events.
7:45pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Grandmother Winter's Fireside (with Stephanie)
Winter blues and holiday stress getting you down? Come in from the cold for a cozy, indoor circle with Grandmother Winter, for some peaceful dreaming and grandmotherly wisdom.
9:00 pm After Ritual: Drum Circle! (Blockhouse or Stone Circle, depending on weather)
We're bringing back a drumming circle after a long hiatus. Bring your drums or other percussion instruments to play (and extras to share if you have them), or just bring your dancing feet, and let's get the post-ritual party started!
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). Most events offer a kids' class or activity for younger kids and a Young Adult and Occult discussion group (ages 15-25). There are also some games and craft supplies available.
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 near the outdoor "Registration" booth if that space is open), loud motorcycle engines (again, please park near the outdoor "Registration" booth if possible), 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 (In 2019, except August)
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oloteas/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oloteas/
Email: OLOTEAS (at) oloteas (dot) org