Green Spirit 2019

gs17-2July 26 - 28, 2019
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
near Barneveld, Wisconsin

Join us as we gather together for this year's Green Spirit Festival to celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the First Harvest!  It’s time for us to reap the bounty of what we have sown not only in our fields and gardens but in our lives.  Lughnasadh is also a great time to share your skills with your tribe and reap the bounty of your own talents!  There will be family programming and a Lughasadh ritual and so much more!  Whatever gifts, skills, or just presence you have to offer, we invite you to join us and give thanks as a community for the abundance we have in our lives at this First Harvest Time!


About Green Spirit / Lammas / Lughnassadh

Celebrating the Seasons: Lammas / Lughnassad

About Circle's 3-day Festivals


Featured Presenter: Erin LaFaive

Erin LaFaive is an herbalist and Plant Priestess providing herbal education to improve wellness and reinstate the sacredness of plants. She does this through herbal coaching, eCourses, in-person workshops, and her "Learning Herbalism Workbook". Erin studies and experiences other ways of knowing through ceremony, ritual, sacred fire circles, and sweat lodges If your interested in nature spirituality, herbalism, or gardening check out Erin's offerings at or contact her at

Erin LaFaive


Friday, July 26th

Noon Open for General Arrivals
Please register at the gate as you come in, and sign up for community service shifts and various weekend activities.
2 pm

Workshop: Creating Magickal Talismans with Aviel and Raven in the Temple Room
We will use seasonal correspondences in herbs, stones, and colors to create intentional talismans for magical uses. If you have herbs and stones to use, bring them. We will also provide materials.

Family Programming: Wildcraft Game with Mandie and Rev. Florence in the Summer Kitchen
Join us for a game of Wildcraft, a board game about herbs and herbalism for kids.

4 pm

Green Spirit Opening Ritual with Judith Willowind and Rev. Selena Fox n 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.

Tattoo Scavenger Hunt Kick-off with Nate and Rev. Jake
Grab a hunt game sheet and identify the owners of as many tattoos as you can throughout the weekend. Turn the sheet into Nate or Jake whenever you’re finished.

4:45 pm Newcomer Meet & Greet with Jim Blechschmidt, Rev. Messina, and Rev. Jake in the Temple Room
5:30 pm Dinner behind the farmhouse
7 pm Drumming Circle with Laurie Blue Heron in the Temple Room
We will start with a bit of instruction, and move into a short facilitated community rhythm making, then have unstructured, Spirit-led drumming for the rest of the time. All are welcome: players, dancers, chanters, and watchers. Let’s have fun!
8 pm Tavern on the Green with DJ Rev. Jake and MC Rev. Messina on the Green
Bring your dancing shoes, your karaoke voice, and your best air guitar for a dance party and talent show extravaganza. Sign up with Jake or Minerva if you want to perform.

Saturday, July 27th

7:30 - 9 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
9 am Hike to Spirit Rock with Heather, conditions allowing
This is a brisk and strenuous walk over uneven ground, potentially encountering briars, and climbing a very steep final assent to an absolutely transcendent view. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants, and take drinking water.
10 am

Workshop: Medicinal Trees and Shrubs with Erin LaFaive in the Temple Room
Learn about herbs and some of their many uses. If weather permits, we will take a short and easy tour of Circle environs and learn to spot trees and shrubs with medicinal value.

Family Programming: Lemonade and Tea Making with Mandie and Rev. Florence in the Summer Kitchen
Help us create lemonade, teas, and other beverages infused with herbs we can harvest together. We’ll offer the resulting drinks to the community at our first-ever Green Spirit Lemonade Stand over lunch.


Lunch behind the Farmhouse

Green Spirit Lemonade Stand with Rev. Florence, Mandie, and the kids
Come sample the beverages made by the family program with some harvested-from-the-land ingredients, with proceeds going to get supplies for family programming at future festivals.

1:30 pm

Workshop: Working with Green Spirits with Rev. Selena Fox in the Temple Room
Learn about developing and deepening spiritual relationships with herbs, trees, and other plants. Explore work with chants, meditation, rituals, and Nature communion. Bring a basket and hand clippers as part of a guided Green Spirits attunement walk and harvest.

Family Programming: DIY Fieldguide to Trees with Mandie and Rev. Florence in the Summer Kitchen
Learn to identify some of the common trees at Circle, and collect leaves to make your own field guide using leaf rubbings.

3 pm Green Spirit Games for all ages on the Green
Some athletic, some silly, some requiring epic teamwork, most just requiring your willingness to jump in – come and have fun on the Green!
5 pm Raffle / Silent Auction Drawing with Niki behind the barn
5:30 pm Dinner behind the Farmhouse
7:30 pm Green Spirit Main Ritual with Rev. Shel Skau
Let us gather together as tribe and celebrate the abundance in our lives. In this first of the 3 harvest holidays we will begin to embrace all that the Earth has to give while focusing on fostering further growth. A magical working with the Spirit of the Green will be just the bridge building we need not only for the harvest festivals but also between our spiritual and mundane lives.
8:30 pm Green Spirit Summer Singalong with Rev. Jake, Rev. Messina and Amanda on the Green
Bring your hearty singing voice, and anything you can shake, pluck or strum to sing songs of summer, fun and togetherness. Lyrics booklets will be provided.

Sunday, July 28th

7:30 - 9 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
10:30 am

Workshop: Herbalism through a Plant Priestess Perspective with Erin LaFaive in the Temple Room
This workshop includes working with the cycles of nature, seeing plants as alive beings that are not just here for humans, and adding magic to herbal practice.

Family Programming: Dangerous Plant Walk with Mandie and Rev. Florence in the Summer Kitchen
Not all the plants in our ecosystem are safe to handle. We’ll take a walk and identify some of the plants we need to avoid while enjoying outdoor activities.

11:30 am Closing Ritual with Judith Willowind and Rev. Selena Fox in the Temple Room
Noon Lunch and Final Departures
2 pm Gate Closes


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)
  • 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)



Outdoor vending space is available -- please review the FAQ and the Guidelines, and contact the Circle office with any questions.




Adults (each): Until midnight 7/24
3 Days $120
Fri - Sat $90
Sat - Sun $90
Sat. Only $75


Children 5+ (each) Until midnight 7/24
3 Days $45
Fri - Sat $40
Sat - Sun $40
Sat. Only $30

Children under 5 are free.



Registration at the gate is also available.

Cancellations received before July 25th will be refunded minus 50% processing fee. Cancellations received on July 25th 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.