Welcome Fall 2021

Welcome Fall 2021 squareSeptember 18, 2021
9am - 5pm

At Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve

Coordinated by Shel

As the sun of summer still warms our back, we lean into the shortening days of fall. The Fall Equinox, or as some call it Mabon, is the middle child of the 3 harvest festivals. Come together with the larger community to embrace the bounty, connect with land and community, and revel in the joy of autumn.

More Information:

Celebrating the Seasons: Fall Equinox



Saturday, September 18th

All times in CENTRAL (UTC -5)

9 AM

Gate Open for Arrivals
Resource Shop also open!

9:30 AM

Welcome Circle with Shel and others

10 AM

Autumn Transformations with Rev. Selena Fox
Connect and reflect on the beauty and magic of Autumn, its changing colors, its symbols, and its teachings. Bring a symbol of Autumn to work with, plus a journal and pen for noting experiences and insights.  This workshop will also be livestreamed; those who wish to watch online may register here.

Recycled Craft Hour(family programming)
Create your own craft or follow along with a guided one. We will have a variety of materials available to create figures and their homes - or whatever craft your heart desires. In the days of old, children made corn dollies in fall. These days we have an abundance of reusable materials available to us in our recycling bins. With a bit of creativity, the possibilities are endless! Adults welcome.

11:30 AM

The Cornucopia of our Faith
As we continue to re-emerge after a long period of physical isolation we are still reconnecting. During this autumnal season let’s look at/share the ‘harvest’ of our faith. In a casual, yet guided, discussion we will have an opportunity to share and hear how folks came to choose Paganism as a religion, what Paganism has brought us, and how it continues to contribute. This also could be a place to ask questions you might still have about the practice of our faith.

Fall Fruits and Foliage(family programming)
Learn to identify 3 plants and their edible parts. Oak trees, apple trees and roses are all fruiting at this time of year. Join us as we familiarize ourselves with these plants and respectfully harvest the fruits of season. Adults welcome!

1 PM

Feel free to bring a sack lunch, snacks, and beverages for yourself and your family. Please remember to not bring nut products of any kind. Resource Shop also open!

2 PM

Brigid’s Spring and Beyond Meditation Walk with Dennis Carpenter
Join Dennis near the barn for a leisurely meditative walk to Brigid’s Spring. Walking will continue out the valley after a meditation at the Spring. Focus will be upon deepening our sense of presence and connection with the beauty and wonder of Nature at Circle Sanctuary. We will briefly explore walking and nature appreciation from a mindfulness perspective before embarking on our journey together. Be prepared for standing and walking in any weather conditions.

Fall Frolic(family programming)
Meet us under the Maypole for songs, games and craft. We will be creating a harvest mandala and apple print flags, along with some fall themed songs and games. Kids & Adults welcome.

3:30 PM

Fall Favorites Recipes Exchangs
Since in this time of Covid we are not in a space to have a good ole fashion potluck we will do the next best thing. Calling for cooks of ALL abilities to share your family favorites and seasonal recipes. Especially the ones that make you wanna cuddle into this time of the year. Breakfasts, savory main meals, harvest worthy sides, or delectable deserts, we wanna hear them all. Folks who are sharing their recipes please write them up ahead of time. Feel free to add pictures, details of where you got the recipe, or what this dish means to you or your family. Any little extra you want to add.

4:15 PM

Welcome Fall Community Ritual
Join together in community to build a container big enough to hold all our harvest joy. Let this ritual be a celebration of all the work we have done to get to where we are today.

5 PM

Cleanup and Departures
We merry met, so we shall ensure the land looks better than when we came so we can merry part to merry meet again.


Items to Bring

  • Craft Projects to share or work on
  • Biodegradable items to add to the Harvest Mandala
  • A hand-written recipe for the recipe exchange
  • A sack lunch and snacks for you and your family -- please, no nut products!
  • Your own bottle or cup for water, and/or a mug for coffee
  • What you need to survive in nature: sun-gear, rain-gear, insect and tick repellent, sun screen, sturdy shoes.
  • A lawn chair, mat, or blanket for outdoor seating. Weather depending, some activities will be outside.



Registration for this event is CLOSED, and we are not accepting registrations at the gate owing to COVID-19 precautions.

Cancellations received before September 15th will be refunded minus 50% processing fee. Cancellations received on September 15th 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.