Green Spirit 2017

Sacred Land, Sacred Servicegs17-2

July 28 - 30, 2017
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
near Barneveld, Wisconsin
Coordinated by Revs. Bob & Georgette


  • Guest Presenter: Max Dashu
  • Guest Musician: Celia
  • Zephyr & Emily's Wedding
  • The Return of the Tailteann Games
  • And much more!

Featured Presenters

Max Dashu
Max Dashu

Celia Farran
Celia Farran

Rev. Selena Fox
Rev. Selena Fox

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Previous Green Spirit Festivals:

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Friday, July 28th

9 am Open for General Arrivals
Noon Opening Ritual: Honoring Green Spirits with Rev. Selena Fox, Celia, and others at the Fairy Shrine
Celebrate connections with herbs, trees, crops, & other vegetation
1 pm Workshop: Sacred Stones with Max Dashu in the Temple Room
Max Dashu presents a global view of petroglyphs, including spirals and rings, cupules, vulva stones, birthing women, baby rocks and rain stones, ancestors and masks, labyrinths, solar calendars, rock gongs, and story stones, from Tanzania, Britain, Korea, Australia, Costa Rica, Utah, Angola, Sweden, Brazil and more, plus European and Ethiopian megalithic art and sculptured water channels from Colombia. 
1 pm Family Programming: Harvest Begins with Calypso
The wheel turns and we will tell stories about Lugh, Lammas, and the first harvest.
3 pm Zephyr & Emily's Wedding with Rev. Ana Blechschmidt in the Stone Circle
5:30 pm Dinner behind the farmhouse
7 pm Celia In Concert in the Temple Room
Celia has been described as "A cross between an Earthy Enya, Joan Baez, and Tina Fey." She dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and sacred. With powerful, heart-felt vocals and wacky comedic improvisations, the audience never knows what will happen with Celia on stage.
9 pm Tavern on the Green
Join us for music, libations and laughter!

Saturday, July 29th

7 - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
9 am Mugwort Harvest with Selena, Celia and others on the Green
Join in the annual community harvest of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) a sacred herb used in rites, divination, dream pillows, spirit bags & celebrations. Bring hand clippers if you can. Open to all ages.
10 am Workshop: Witches & Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion with Max Dashu in the Temple Room
The spiritual heritages of Pagan Europe: wisewomen, healers, seers, enchantresses and nightfarers. We look at sacraments of spinning, weaving, herbcraft, divination, incantation and sacred dance. Fatas, faeries, and the “good women who go by night” with the Old Goddess: Diana, Holle, Nicnevin, Abundia, Andra Mari, Perchta. Norns, the Weird Sisters, Befana, faerie godmothers, Eorthan Mother and her serpents, Sapiente Sibillia, and the Baba Yaga.
10 am Family Programming: Games of Skill with Calypso
We'll have mini competitions to see who's the best at what!? Play games and show us your skills!
Noon Lunch behind the Farmhouse
1:30 pm Lammas Lore & Magic with Rev. Selena Fox in the Temple Room
Explore ancient & contemporary Pagan & Christian Lammastide folk traditions and their connections with the Celtic Fire Festival of Lughnasadh.
1:30 pm Family Programming: Mugwort Magic with Calypso
We will take take some of the Mugwort harvest and discuss it's magik and craft smudge sticks!
3 pm Tailteann Games with Rev. Bo
Celebrate Lughnassadh with the tradition of the Tailteann Games.  Contests for adults and youth.
5 pm Raffle / Silent Auction Drawing
6 pm Dinner behind the Farmhouse
7:30 pm Community Lughnassadh Ritual with Rev. Georgette and Others
9 pm - Midnight Spiral Labyrinth

Sunday, July 30th

7 - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
10 am Workshop: Trance, Shapeshifters, Spirit Flight with Max Dashu
Visual talk on ancient depictions of out-of-body journeys, shapeshifting and animal doubles, shamanic steeds (dragons, stags, eagles, chimeras); serpent powers, bees, wolves, and tigers. Ancient Spain, Algeria, South Africa, Egypt, Scandinavia, Arctic, China, Bulgaria, Iran, Mexico, Ecuador, Crete and Greece, Canaan, France, Italy, Zimbabwe, Congo, India. And a look at entheogens in Peru, Siberia, Chad.
11:30 am Lunch behind the farmhouse
1 pm Closing Ritual
3 pm Final Departures


Items to Bring

  • Please help us conserve paper: bring 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.
  • Items to donate to the raffle and silent auction
  • Offerings of fairy images, crystals, fresh flowers, dried or fresh herbs for Fairy Shrine at Opening Ritual & other times (optional)
  • A lawn chair, mat, or blanket for outdoor seating. Many activities will be outside.
  • Herbs or grains as an offering for main ritual
  • Green Crown, Foliate Mask, and/or other ritual garb (optional)
  • Clippers for Mugwort Harvest (optional)
  • Drum, rattle, or other rhythm instrument. (optional)
  • Chants, songs, or rhythms for late night drumming/dancing (optional)
  • A stone to give away to the Stone Circle. (optional)




Adults (each): 7/1 - 7/23 7/24 - 7/26
3 Days $100 $115
Fri - Sat $70 $85
Sat - Sun $70 $85
Sat. Only $55 $70
Fri. Only $20 $25


Children 5+ (each) 7/1 - 7/23 7/24 - 7/26
Fri - Sat $35 $40
Sat - Sun $35 $40
Sat. Only $25 $30
Sat. Only $10 $10
Fri. Only $5 $5

Children under 5 are free.



Registration for this event is limited.  Please register online to guarantee you will be able to attend.  Some same-day registration may be available depending on numbers.

Cancellations received before July 26th will be refunded minus 50% processing fee. Cancellations received on July 26th or later will not be refunded. Please refer to Circle's cancellation policy if you should need to cancel your event registration.



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