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2018 BELTANE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 4
|11 am||Merchant Arrivals|
|Noon||Open for General Arrivals|
|Noon - 7 pm||
|2 pm||Wishing Tree & Blessingat the Faerie Shrine with Judith, Selena and Byron
Wishing Trees or Rag Trees are common throughout Ireland, England and Scotland. Pieces of cloth decorated by you will be tied to the trees at the Faeire Shrine to ask for an answer to a prayer or a wish to be fulfilled. In this form of sympathetic magic, the thought is that as the rag decays, the wishes will come true or the prayers will be answered. Join us making your own "clootie" to tie to the tree or bring your own offerings of coins, jewelry, rings, prayer cards and trinkets as offerings to the Fae. Rags will be at the Faerie Shrine for everyone to use during the weekend.
|4:30 pm||Unwrapping of the Maypole|
|5:30 pm||Dinner behind the Farmhouse|
|7 pm||Opening Ritual with Selena, Sharon, Judith and Jake at the Maypole
Ceremony of Welcome
|8:00 pm||Fairie Masque Ball - Music, Magic & Mischief
Come in your best Faerie finery to dance, to laugh, to play games, and to mingle and play nice with other elves, mermaids, trolls, gnomes, pixies, nymphs, faeries, brownies and other spring spirits in a magickal setting! There will be drinks and snacks, mischief, making new friends, more mischief, music, and more! The Frolicking Faeries are sure to stir up their own type of mischief! The entire family is welcome!
Saturday, May 5
|7 - 8:30 am||Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen|
|9:45 am||Adult Maypole Practice on the Green Must be 16 years old to participate!|
|11 am||Bringing in the Merry, Merry Month of May! on the Green
Bring your chairs or blankets and stroll on down to the Maypole and join in the fun as we bring in the May! They’ll be bubbles, face painting, snacks, mischief and more and even a children's Faerie Parade. The selection and crowning of the May Court will be held. We'll enjoy the entertainment of the Oak Apple Morris Dancers. And be sure the Frolicking Faeries will be in attendance to surprise and delight you with their mischief and acts of kindness! Smiles and fun will be had by all!
|12:30 pm||Lunch behind the farmhouse|
|4:30 pm||Raffle Drawing and Silent Auction|
|5 pm||Dinner behind the Farmhouse|
|6:30 pm||Gate Closes for Main Ritual (reopens for departure after ritual)|
|7:00 pm||Beltane Ritual with Rev. Sharon and others|
|Until Midnight||Beltane Spiral Labyrinth with Tereesa and Jason
Come walk the labyrinth and feel the presence of the Spirits of Spring & Nature. Interact with those you may meet along the way. Re-ignite your creativity, your passion for life, expand on personal and community possibilities…..the magick of the labyrinth awaits you.
Sunday, May 6
|7 - 8:30 am||Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen|
|8 am||Spring Nature Walkwith Rev. Bob Paxton
Join in on a slow-paced walk to see, hear and smell the sights and sounds of Spring as the land is awakening. Birds, butterflies, bees, flowers and more!
|10:30 am||Brunch behind the Farmhouse|
|Noon||Wrapping it All Up with Rev. Selena, Rev. Sharon, Jake, and Judith
The event is over, but our work is not. We'll spend some time talking about how things went and what you take home. Distilling the lessons we learned this weekend… or have yet to learn. Focusing on the gifts and knowledge we gained over the weekend. Of sharing conversations and smiles with new friends old and new. How we keep the fire burning in us until we meet again.
|1 pm||Closing Ritual and Farewellswith Rev. Selena, Rev. Sharon, Jake, and Judith|
|3 pm||Final Departures|
ITEMS TO BRING
- Ritual garb and/or brightly colored clothes, as well as a crown of flowers or greens for your head or bells for your feet, to wear during the Beltane ritual. (optional)
- Offering of small crystals, fresh flowers, other items for Fairy Shrine (optional)
- Offering of small stones, crystals, rocks, flowers for the Stone Circle (optional)
- Your own cup to use for drinks at meals and other times.
- Camping Gear: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress, flashlight, water jug, towel, biodegradable soap and shampoo, personal toiletries, sungear, raingear, cold weather gear, insect and tick repellent.
- A lawn chair, mat, or blanket for outdoor seating. Many activities will be outside.
- An item for the Raffle and/or Silent Auction (optional)
- Drum, rattle, or other rhythm instrument. (optional)
- Chants, songs, or rhythms for late night drumming/dancing (optional)
|Adults (each):||Through 5/2||At Gate|
|Children 5+ (each)||Through 5/2||At Gate|
Children under 5 are free.
Cancellations received before April 24th will be refunded minus 50% processing fee. Cancellations received on April 24th or later will not be refunded. Please refer to Circle's cancellation policy if you should need to cancel your event registration.
If you have questions, please contact the Circle Office.