Our next event is:
Saturday, September 24, 2022
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 discussion, ritual, indoor swimming, and celebration – Hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, September 24, 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
Schedule of Events:
Pacific Time Zone (UTC-7)
12:00 Longhouse Site opens
12:30 Opening Circle (with Laura)
1:00 Newcomers’ Orientation (with Laura)
1:15–2:15 Young Adult & Occult Discussion: Topic: YA&O Annual Community Meeting
1:15–2:15 social time
2:30–3:30 Kids' Class/Activity: Magical Hygiene (with the Magickal Miscreants)
2:30–3:30 Community Discussion (with Stephanie)
3:45 Pre-ritual discussion with ritual to follow: Rest and Be Thankful (with Stephanie)
After Ritual: Cleanup begins (with Kimberly)
5:30 Closing Circle (with Kimberly)
6:00 Longhouse site closes
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 encourage everyone to remain masked in all indoor spaces except the pool room and Shrine (when open). Masking outdoors is optional.
- There will be no potluck meals at our September—October events (future beyond that TBD). We will have coffee available indoors. You are welcome to bring your own food to eat outdoors or in your vehicle. If you are eating or drinking indoors, we encourage you to maintain some social distance if you are together with people from outside your household.
- Our schedule will be different than it was in previous years. Site opens at noon and closes at 6pm; see event listings each month for the full schedule.
- The Indoor Pool is now re-opened after renovations! :) The hot tub may still be closed.
- The Pan/Aphrodite Shrine, when open, will be 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 September but will be open in October.]
- Stewardship events will not occur prior to our events on event days, but we will post information 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.
Workshops & Rituals:
12:30 Opening Circle (with Laura)
1:00 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.
1:15–2:15 pm: Young Adult & Occult Discussion Group: Topic: Annual Community Meeting
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 our annual community meeting where we will discuss our current programming and where it can be improved to better meet participant needs.
2:30–3:30 pm: Growing Up Pagan Kids' Class/Activity: Magickal Hygiene (with the Magickal Miscreants)
At this month's Growing Up Pagan: We will learn about basic magickal hygiene, including the basics of shielding and grounding.
Coloring supplies and story time will be provided as an alternative activity for younger kids.
2:30–3:30 pm: Community Discussion (with Stephanie)
As is traditional for our services closest to the equinoxes, instead of a workshop this month we will have a community meeting to talk about ideas for upcoming programming and other topics the community feels are important. If there is something in particular you would like to discuss at our meeting, please visit the link below and add your ideas, before 6pm on Friday, September 23.
OLOTEAS September 2022 Community Meeting Topics - Google Docs
3:45 pm: Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Rest and Be Thankful (with Stephanie)
Humanity has experienced an unprecedented several years of pain and challenge. Disease, economic stress, political and social unrest, and extreme weather events have been added to whatever personal challenges we are or were already facing. In this month’s ritual, we will create a space for rest and gratitude, and consider how we might individually and collectively address the burden of grief, stress, and worry that we are all carrying to some degree, as we go forward from our sacred space. If you are able and moved to bring an offering of non-perishable food, cash, or other items, there will be an opportunity during ritual to make thanksgiving donations to Northwest Harvest. It is NOT required that you bring a donation to participate in the ritual!
5:30 Closing Circle (with Kimberly)
Wanna chat between events?
Join us on the OLOTEAS Discord server!
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.
What to Bring to the Longhouse:
You may want to bring snacks or dinner for yourself. There will be no potluck meals at our September—October events (future beyond that TBD). 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/).
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 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