Our next event is:
Saturday, January 28, 2023
In person at the Longhouse in Redmond
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our January services!
Join us for a day of community, ritual, indoor swimming, and celebration – Hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2pm – 9:30pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
Schedule of Events:
Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)
2:00 Longhouse Site opens
2:30 Opening Circle (with Laura)
3:00 Young Adult & Occult Discussion: YA&O Community Planning
4:00 Kids' Activity: Divination and Dowsing Rods (with the Magickal Miscreants)
4:00 Workshop: That Which is Greater (with Stephanie)
6:30 Newcomers’ Orientation (with Laura)
7:00 Pre-Ritual Discussion with Ritual to follow: Rabbit in the Moon (with Jane)
Drum Circle after Ritual?
9:00 Cleanup begins (with Kimberly)
9:30 Closing Circle and Site Closes (with Kimberly)
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. Flu, covid, and RSV continue to circulate at high levels in our region. Public Health of Seattle-King County is recommending that people return to masking in public indoor spaces.
- 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). Masking outdoors is optional.
- 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 is open. The hot tub may still be closed.
- 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 closed in January.]
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: YA&O Community Planning
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 community meeting to plan out discussions for the year and get feedback on our programming.
4:00 pm: Growing Up Pagan Kids' Activity: Divination and Dowsing Rods (with the Magickal Miscreants)
At this month's Growing Up Pagan: We will learn about divination and learning to use dowsing rods.
4:00 pm: Workshop: That Which is Greater (with Stephanie)
Polytheism, pantheism, animism, deism, atheism, monotheism, and other -theisms all find a place under the Pagan umbrella. What do they mean, though, and what do practitioners do? We will share experiences and respectful questions in a guided conversation about relating to the Greater Powers, however you define them.
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: Rabbit in the Moon (with Jane)
Join us for a lunar new year cleansing of the circle! Bring your noisemakers of the musical and non-musical variety to help us scare away the spirits who wish to snuff out our courage, diminish our accomplishments, or trip up our every endeavor to be happy, healthy, and prosperous.
Note: although they are traditional, there will be no firecrackers or other pyrotechnics during this ritual—please do not bring your own.
Drum Circle after Ritual?
9:00 pm: Cleanup begins (with Kimberly)
9:30 pm: Closing Circle and site closes (with Kimberly)
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 (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