Our next event is:
Saturday, Sept 23, 2023
In person at the Longhouse in Redmond
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our September services!
Join us for a day of community, ritual, Community meeting, indoor swimming, and celebration!
Date: Saturday, Sept 23, 2pm – 9:30pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
Please donate to OLOTEAS Harvest Fundraiser 2023 – Until Oct 15
September is our birthday! For 28 years we’ve shared sacred space, celebrations, learning, and community. At OLOTEAS, together we create a Pagan spiritual home where all are welcome. In the Harvest season, we ask for your help. Our goal is to raise $4000, to cover the difference between our monthly donations at the door and our actual yearly expenses.
If you can, please donate online by PayPal or at our September event. In-person donations get a thank you bat sticker! :)
However you contribute to the OLOTEAS community, thank you for being a part of it!
Schedule of Events:
2:00 Longhouse Site opens
2:30 Opening Circle (with Laura)
3:00 Young Adult & Occult Discussion: Magical and Religious Significance of Names
4:00 Kids' Activity: Creating Neo-Pagan Harvest Festivals (with the Magickal Miscreants)
4:00 Community Meeting & OLOTEAS Birthday Party! (with Stephanie & All)
5:30 Potluck (please bring your own feast gear)
6:30 Newcomers’ Orientation (with Laura)
7:00 Pre-Ritual Discussion with Ritual to follow: Harvest Thanksgiving (with Kimberly)
Drumming Circle after Ritual?
9:00 Cleanup begins (with Jane)
9:30 Closing Circle and Site Closes (with Jane)
As a community we care for each other:
OLOTEAS is designed to be a safe space for everyone. We each have different spiritual and cultural backgrounds, and we come together to intentionally create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which personal responsibility is encouraged, and bodily autonomy is respected. We ask everyone to participate in our welcoming culture as you interact with others here.
- Please shower before entering the pool and hot tub.
- Please wear a mask if you are more comfortable doing so.
- We ask that you wash your hands frequently, especially before and after Potluck and before having treats from the coffee bar.
- Please do not attend if you are not feeling well.
- No alcohol or non-prescribed drugs are allowed on site.
- Predatory behavior is not tolerated.
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: Magical and Religious Significance of Names
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 have a group discussion about the magical and religious significance of names.
4:00 pm: Growing Up Pagan Kids' Activity: Creating Neo-Pagan Harvest Festivals (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 different neo-Pagan harvest festivals and create our own.
4:00 pm: Community Meeting & OLOTEAS Birthday Party! (with Stephanie & All)
OLOTEAS is 28 years old at this event! Come and celebrate with cake and other treats, and a very special announcement.
5:30 pm: Potluck -- please bring your own feast gear
We encourage you to bring your own feast gear (plate, utensils, cup) to avoid the use of disposable dinnerware.
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: Harvest Thanksgiving (with Kimberly)
Join the OLOTEAS community in coming together at the time of Harvest to give thanks. As we gather to honor our oneness with Nature, you will be invited to share your thanks with the community.
Drumming Circle after Ritual?
9:00 pm: Cleanup begins (with Jane)
9:30 pm: Closing Circle and site closes (with Jane)
Wanna chat between events?
Join us on the OLOTEAS Discord server!
What to Bring to the Longhouse:
Please bring a potluck dish to share. No meat may be prepared on the kitchen surfaces (pre-cooked meat is acceptable). We encourage you to bring your own feast gear (plate, utensils, cup) -- this avoids the use of disposable dinnerware. No alcohol or other intoxicants are allowed at OLOTEAS events. 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 indoors, 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