Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our April Beltaine Faire!
Join us for a day of ritual, workshops, potluck dinner, wetland trails, indoor swimming, and celebration!
Date: Saturday, April 27, 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 Kharisee – Please don’t arrive before 2PM unless you are joining Stewardship)
2:00 pm Site Opens
2:00 –7:00 pm Swap Shop/Free Store!
2:30 pm Opening Circle
3:00–4:00 pm May Pole Dance! (with Stephanie & All)
4:00–5:00 pm Workshop: Dance Magic Dance (with Ananda)
4:00–4:15 pm Kids' Workshop: Growing Up Pagan: The Purposes and Meanings of Longhouse Structures and Spaces (with the Magickal Miscreants)
4:15–5:00 pm Kids' Class/Activity: Recycling and Compost (with the Magickal Miscreants)
5:00–6:00 pm Discussion Group: Young Adult and Occult: Navigating Sexuality in Pagan Spaces
6:00 pm Potluck Dinner
7:00–7:30 pm Newcomers' Orientation (with Laura)
7:45 pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual – Beyond the Veil of Life: Springtime in the Underworld (with Ananda)
9:00 pm After Ritual: Drum Circle!
10:00 pm Cleanup Begins
10:30 pm Closing Circle
Rituals & Workshops:
11:00am – 2:00pm Stewardship Party (with Kharisee)
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!
2:00pm – 6:00pm Swap Shop/Free Store (in the "Greenhouse" building)
Reduce, reuse, and recycle by bringing your gently used clothing in all sizes, small household items, books, etc. and swap for others. This is the perfect place to a find a new home for magickal items in particular. We’ll have an area where you can set out your offerings and then “shop” from among the others.
3:00pm – 4:00pm May Pole Dance! (with Stephanie & All)
Come dance the May Pole with us! Historically, dancing the May Pole was an important fertility rite for European agrarian cultures. This Beltaine Faire, we will dance for the health and fertility of the land that sustains us, and for the creativity of our minds and spirits. No experience necessary, kids welcome, ribbons provided!
4:00pm – 5:00pm Workshop: Dance Magic Dance (with Ananda)
In this workshop we will experiment with using dance and gesture to channel energy, evoke personal symbolism, and get in touch with the communication of our bodies. This workshop will be experimental and participatory and will focus on our different relationships with dance based on our individual bodies, aptitudes, and learning styles. No experience necessary.
4:00pm – 4:15pm Kids' Workshop: Growing Up Pagan: The Purposes and Meanings of Longhouse Structures and Spaces (with the Magickal Miscreants Pagan Youth Group)
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 will walk around the Longhouse grounds and talk about the purposes and meanings of different structures and spaces.
4:15pm – 5:00pm Kids' Class/Activity: Recycling and Compost (with the Magickal Miscreants Pagan Youth Group)
For this months' kids' class we'll learn about recycling and compost and play a game to learn how to sort items properly.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Discussion Group: Young Adult and Occult: Navigating Sexuality in Pagan Spaces
Young Adult and Occult is a space for Pagans in their late teens and early twenties (roughly 15-25) to build community and learn together that is held monthly at OLOTEAS events. This month, we will discuss how to navigate sexual themes and topics in Pagan spaces.
7:00pm – 7:30pm Newcomers' Orientation (with Laura)
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 – Beyond the Veil of Life: Springtime in the Underworld (with Ananda)
Sometimes the realm of life seems as mysterious as the Underworld. There are many reasons that we may not always be able to take in the joy and color of the season, from the mundane grays of daily life to the deep blues of depression and trauma. Tonight let us gather to take a walk beyond the Veil of Life, taste the fruits, and find the wisdom of the world of time.
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