Featured Presenter: Nancy Vedder-Shults
Named a Wisdom Keeper of the Goddess Spirituality Movement in 2013, Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D is the author of The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom (Fair Winds Press: April, 2017). This innovative book presents 40 multicultural techniques, 1/3 of which are visual, 1/3 auditory, and 1/3 kinesthetic. Nancy is the thealogical columnist for SageWoman Magazine, and blogs for Elephant Journal, Feminism and Religion, and formerly for Matrifocus. She recorded Chants for the Queen Heaven, a CD of Goddess chants from around the world and has offered spiritual growth presentations across North America since 1987. Nancy honed her intellectual skills from 1975 -1991 in the emerging field of Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her focus on empowerment began.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
Friday, July 27th
|Noon||Open for General Arrivals|
|1 pm||Stone Circle Bounty Blessing with Rev. Selena Fox and Florence at the Stone Circle
Placing of stones donated during road restoration in Circle Sanctuary's Stone Circle and Nature meditation.
Workshop: Animal Oracles for Accessing Your Inner Knowing with Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D. in the Temple Room
Family Programming: Tree Talking with Florence at the Family Center
|4 pm||Opening Ritual: Sacred Woods and Kindling the Flame with Rev. Selena Fox and Messina on the Green
Come join with us to kindle a first harvest fire with the Celtic nine sacred woods. Learn more about the first nine trees of the Celtic Tree Calendar and the ritual uses of their woods as we build our festival fire and bless the festival.
|5 pm||Newcomer Meet & Greet with Papa Jim and Ministers-in-Training in the Temple Room|
|5:30 pm||Dinner behind the farmhouse|
|7 pm||Chanting Workshop with Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D. in the Temple Room
Bring your favorite chants and a hunger for new ones as we come together as one voice.
|8:30 pm||Tavern on the Green
Lughnasadh is a great time to share your skills with tribe and reap the bounty of our talents! If you're a bard, or just like to have fun, come share your karaoke, singing, speaking talents, and lip sync abilities.
|TBA||Sunset Lodge in the Lodge Space (depending on weather)|
Saturday, July 28th
|TBA||Sunrise Lodge in the Lodge Space (depending on weather)|
|7 - 8:30 am||Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen|
|9 am||Baby Blessings with Rev. Sharon on the Green
All are welcome to the blessing of three of our community's newest members and their mothers. Join Heidi, with Ryden and Soren, and Jessica, with Serafina, as we welcome them into our loving community.
Workshop: The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom with Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D. in the Temple Room
Family Programming: Labyrinth Walk with Florence at the Family Center
|Noon||Lunch behind the Farmhouse|
Workshop: Lughnasadh Prosperity Magic with Rev. Selena Fox in the Temple Room
Family Programming: Lughnasadh Songs and Stories with Florence in the Summer Kitchen
|3 pm||Green Spirit Games on the Green
Celebrate Lughnassadh with the tradition of the Tailteann Games and Fair of Taltiu. Activities for adults and youth.
|5 pm||Raffle / Silent Auction Drawing with Amanda behind the barn|
|5:30 pm||Dinner behind the Farmhouse|
|7:30 pm||Community Lughnassadh Ritual with Rev. Selena Fox, Minerva, and Rev. Sharon
Join as we celebrate the turning of the wheel into the harvest season. Now is time to reap the bounty of our hard work. Come to honor our gods and goddesses, the first harvest of the season, and ourselves.
|Following Ritual||Spiral Labyrinth
As the wheel turns, spiral in and spiral out to reflect on your bounty during the first harvest.
|10 pm||Midnight Late Night Life Chats with Messina and Raven in the Summer Kitchen
Congregate in the Summer Kitchen for camaraderie and community building through intentional dialogue. Converse on random topics drawn from the cauldron of possibilities.
Sunday, July 29th
|7 - 8:30 am||Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen|
|9 am||Book Signing with Author Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D. on the Green|
Lughnasadh Ritual Post-Mortem with Ritual Leaders in the Temple Room
Family Programming: Children's Service Project - Japanese Hedge Parsely Pull with Florence at the Family Center
|11:30 am||Closing Ritual with Rev. Selena Fox and Messina in the Temple Room|
|Noon||Lunch and Final Departures|
|2 pm||Memorial Service for Sandy "Artistfair" Kucyk with Rev. Selena Fox and Rev. Ana Blechschmidt in the Temple Room
Join with the Kucyk family and the Circle Sanctuary community for the burial ceremony of Sandy's ashes. Meet in the Temple Room for further information, followed by a procession to the Circle Cemetery.
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):||Through 7/26 and at gate|
|Fri - Sat||$90|
|Sat - Sun||$90|
|Children 5+ (each)||Through 7/26 and at gate|
|Fri - Sat||$40|
|Sat - Sun||$40|
Children under 5 are free.
Registration at the gate is also available.
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.
If you have questions, please contact the Circle Office.