By admin | October 18, 2013
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for our October 2013 Services! The day includes workshops, kids’ activities, a potluck feast, an outdoor stone circle, and a beautiful wetland setting to explore.
Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2:00pm – 10:30pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
In a tradition borrowed from Reclaiming circles, we will read aloud the names of the dead in the circle. This year we will also name other losses of importance. If you have a loss you would like to read in the circle, please send it to email@example.com before 5pm on Friday, October 25th. You need not be present at the ritual to submit a loss to be read. You will also have the opportunity to submit losses to be read on the event day. For losses that are not a person or a pet’s name, please limit your description to four words.
THIS RITUAL IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Elements of the ritual may be frightening or triggering. If you have concerns, please check with Stephanie prior to the ritual.
Schedule of Events:
10:00pm Stewardship Party (please do not arrive before 2:00 PM unless you are joining the Stewardship Party)
2:00pm Site Opens
2:30pm Opening Circle
4:00-5:00pm Workshop: The Able Archer Incident (with Robert and Rich)
4:00-5:00pm Children’s Workshop: Pumpkin Carving (with Ruthie)
6:00pm Potluck Dinner
7:00-7:45pm Newcomer’s Orientation
7:45pm Ritual: Endings (with Stephanie)
9:00pm Healing Temple- opens immediately after the Ritual (with Jayson)
9:30pm Healing Guided Meditation (with Jayson)
10:30pm Closing Circle
10:00pm – 2:00pm Stewardship Party
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, burn a few extra calories while you 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!
4:00pm – 5:00pm Workshop: The Able Archer Incident (with Robert and Rich)
Imagine holding a dress rehearsal for nuclear war. Now imagine that the other side didn’t know it was a dress rehearsal. Thirty years ago this month, this all came true. A scary, scary tale for Halloween…
4:00pm – 5:00pm Pumpkin Carving (With Ruthie)
All younglings are welcome to join us for our annual pumpkin carving! If you have a particular pumpkin you want carved feel free to bring it, but some will be provided as well. This is a great time for children to mark their place in the Wheel of the Year with a time-honored tradition.
7:45pm Ritual: Endings (with Stephanie)
What have you lost this year? A friend or loved one? A beloved pet, your health, a cherished relationship? Come and grieve your losses in the darkness, in the company of the Queen of Phantoms.
Following the ritual, a Healing Temple will be open in the Blockhouse for those who need help grounding or processing.
9:30pm Healing Temple Guided Meditation (with Jayson)
A formal guided meditation from The Pagan Book of Living and Dying for all who wish to participate.
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). Remember that throughout this year, OLOTEAS will be collecting donations of non-perishable food and cash to support Northwest Harvest. Please give generously if you are able, either at an event or directly through the Northwest Harvest Donation Page (http://www.northwestharvest.org/Donate.htm)
For this event, we request a donation of $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for young adults ages 13-17, and $2.00 for children 2-12; this includes all aspects of the event. It is important for event and ritual planning that *all* people check in at the front door. Please do not arrive before 2:00 PM unless you want to attend the stewardship party at 10:00 AM.
A Note About Children:
This site features a swimming pool, hot tub, and numerous natural outside features that pose potential risks for unattended children; therefore, children MUST be under adult supervision (in line-of-sight) at ALL times during this event. With respect to the pool, an individual adult may be responsible FOR NO MORE THAN 3 CHILDREN (those 13 and under). Other than the kids’ workshop (when offered), there are no organized children’s activities, although there are games and crafts for kids.
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 at the top of the hill parking lot), loud motorcycle engines (again, please park at the top of the hill parking lot), 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:
Please carpool if at all possible – there is limited onsite parking. If driving to the site, 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 list or our Facebook group page (https;//www.facebook.com/groups/55778298081/)
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
12345 Lake City Way NE #195
Seattle, WA 98125-5401
Email: oloteas (at) oloteas (dot) org
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