Our next event is our Beltaine celebration!
Saturday, April 22, 2023
In person at the Longhouse in Redmond
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our April Beltaine services!
Join us for a day of community, ritual, indoor swimming, and celebration – Plus dancing the Maypole!
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2pm – 9:30pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
Full Details: http://www.oloteas.org/next-event.html
Schedule of Events:
2:00 Longhouse Site opens
2:30 Opening Circle (with Laura)
3:00 Young Adult & Occult Discussion: Differences and Overlap Between Magic and Religion
4:00 Kids' Activity: Learn About Dancing the Maypole (with the Magickal Miscreants)
4:00 Dancing the Maypole! (with Stephanie & All)
6:30 Newcomers’ Orientation (with Laura)
7:00 Pre-Ritual Discussion with Ritual to follow: Chloeia, A Greek Fertility Ceremony (with Stephanie and Sebastien)
Drumming Circle after Ritual?
9:00 Cleanup begins (with Jayson)
9:30 Closing Circle and Site Closes (with Jayson)
Notes About In-Person Events at the Longhouse:
As a community, we care for each other, and there are people in our community and among the Longhouse residents who have risk factors for complications from covid infection or who are still too young for vaccines.
- While on the Longhouse grounds, we strongly encourage everyone to remain masked in all indoor spaces when not eating or drinking (except the pool room and Shrine when open).
- Please wash/sanitize your hands frequently, especially before and after Potluck and before having snacks or treats from the coffee bar. OLOTEAS will have hand sanitizer available.
- Please do not attend if you are not feeling well, or if you participated recently in a gathering with anyone who was symptomatic.
- The Indoor Pool and hot tub are open.
- The Pan/Aphrodite Shrine, when open, is available for one party at a time only. If the door is closed, assume the space is in use. When leaving the Shrine, please leave the door open for air circulation. [The Shrine is open for Beltaine in April.]
Also, Stewardship events will not occur prior to our events on event days now, but we will post when we know Longhouse Stewardship events are scheduled. Participants who are over age 18 and able to do so are encouraged to join in site stewardship activities to help maintain the site for everyone.
Questions or concerns? Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops & Rituals:
2:00 pm: Longhouse site opens
2:30 pm: Opening Circle (with Laura)
3:00 pm: Young Adult & Occult Discussion Group: Differences and Overlap Between Magic and Religion
Young Adult & 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 (and sometimes offsite). At this month's Young Adult & Occult: We will discuss the differences and overlap between magic and religion, and how we use them.
4:00 pm: Growing Up Pagan Kids' Activity: Learn About Dancing the Maypole (with the Magickal Miscreants)
Kids can get a quick kid-friendly explanation of the maypole and how to dance it before joining the larger community maypole dance.
4:00 pm: Dancing the Maypole! (with Stephanie & All)
We'll spend a short time talking about the history and tradition of Beltaine and the May Pole, followed by the ribbon-weaving dance for all who wish to participate. If you'd rather not dance, feel free to bring a drum or other rhythm instruments to encourage the dancers. Feel free also to bring flowers from your garden to help decorate the May Pole ring.
5:30 pm: Potluck :)
6:30 pm: 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.
7:00 pm: Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Chloeia, A Greek Fertility Ceremony (with Stephanie and Sebastien)
Join us for a re-imagining of the Ancient Greek Chloeia festival, celebrating the fertility of the land and offering gratitude to Demeter and Kore as we sow barley seeds in the Community Garden.
Drumming Circle after Ritual?
9:00 pm: Cleanup begins (with Jayson)
9:30 pm: Closing Circle and site closes (with Jayson)
Wanna chat between events?
Join us on the OLOTEAS Discord server!
What to Bring to the Longhouse:
Please bring snacks for yourself if desired and a potluck item to share. 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 want to bring a towel for pool/hot tub use. The Longhouse no longer loans out towels -- please bring your own. (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. 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 & Occult discussion group (ages 15-25). There are also some games and craft supplies available.
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, 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/).
A Note About the OLOTEAS Parents, Etc. Facebook group:
For the parents in our community, if you are not already a member, you may be interested in joining the OLOTEAS Parents, Etc. group, where we will be sharing resources for education and entertainment for the kiddos who are stuck at home. This group is ONLY for family members of children in the OLOTEAS community, and is a private group. To join, please send a friend request to the OLOTEAS Pastor FB account (not the FB group), and also send a DM requesting membership. You will then receive an invitation to join the group.
Also see the GROWING UP PAGAN lesson plans and activity outlines available on our website now.
Our virtual Healing Temple webpage is always open with resources for self-care and finding support.
Directions to the Longhouse:
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 SmartStop Self 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
Longhouse event address: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oloteas/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oloteas/
Discord server: https://discord.gg/CJKsksmDED
Email: OLOTEAS (at) oloteas (dot) org