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Honouring the Sun, Sacred Power, and Tending Spirit
For this Wheel Of The Year event, we’ll focus on community rituals around hearth and fire.
Your ticket includes accommodation and celebratory libations and meals – some cooked over live fire.
The Summer Solstice is symbolic of our full embrace of our power and embodiment. Our three days will include lots of food, song, dance, poetry, fire, spellcasting, and worship of the mighty ones including Vesta, Hestia, Astarte, and the lion-guarded Queen Of The Year who some have associated with Makeda, Queen of Sheba.
This weekend, we will honour strong women and the radiance that comes from knowing who you really are – and if you aren’t clear on that for yourself, you will be taught how to engage with the deities who can lead you there. You’ll be given instruction around spellcasting, calling in powerful guides and deities, and developing your own rituals.
We’ll begin on Thursday afternoon with a Territorial Acknowledgement by Elder Norman Retasket of the Shuswap Nation. He’s a sweet soul who takes spiritual care of our Questers before they head up the mountain each year.
Norman is a storyteller and drum-maker who is happy to sell you one of his drums, show you how to care for it, and tell you the story of how it was made and from which materials. If you decide to purchase a drum, it can be consecrated that night at our fire ritual as we drum and sing together.
Norman will stay and join us for dinner. We ask that you provide an edible offering to our feast table that night. Details to follow.
That night, our ritual fire will be lit and we will take turns keeping vigil and tending the fire which will burn throughout the night. Your night-time vigil is an opportunity to perform sacred service to the community as you keep the spiritual fire alive on behalf of the collective, as well as do your own private ritual. It will be a short shift (about an hour), but if you’re afraid to be alone in the dark, we’ll pair you up.
Sun and Fire Magic
At dawn on Friday, June 21, (around 5am), we will have a sunrise ceremony just as ancient peoples since Neolithic times at places such as Stonehenge and Callanish have done, gathering on the hilltop in our white robes to welcome the Sun.
After resting Friday morning, we’ll do some trance work, and begin preparing spells and making ritual objects for our evening bonfire. You can choose whether you want to make a sun wheel, a witches’ ladder, a poppet, a consecration oil or something else – or one of everything!
In the afternoon, we’ll make healing dolls as power objects.
In the evening, we’ll collect and purify water from the creek and use it to make offering breads that we’ll also cook in the ritual fire.
Claiming our Strength
On Saturday, you have the option of exploring the area on foot with a hike up Mt.Bowman, or alternatively, if you’d like to brush up on some ancestral skills, you can spend a half day learning fire starting and knife skills, and/or learn to shoot small calibre rifles (always a suprisingly popular activity).
If none of those are your suit, you might opt instead to cool off in the creek, sit in silence with the horses for a while, maybe catch up on some handicraft or help out in the kitchen with meal prep. This is your day to do whatever you want to do to honour your own need for spiritual regeneration.
If everything goes to plan (re: fire bans), our Saturday night feast will be live-fire cooked. Live-fire cooking is always fun, unpredictable and slightly experimental! It’s a great communal activity that lends itself well to laughter and sharing.
As we are warmed by the fire, we’ll be telling feminist myths and re-invigorating the old stories of Persephone, Lilith, Pandora and Vassilisa!
After a hearty breakfast Sunday morning, you’ll set off back home again with lots of time to enjoy the gorgeous scenery, particularly if you take the Pemberton/Sea to Sky route back to Vancouver and points beyond.
Thursday, June 20
3:00pm Arrive and check-in at Circle H Mountain Lodge
4:00pm Territorial Acknowledgement with Elder Norman Retasket
Nightime Fire Vigil (everyone takes a shift)
Friday, June 21
5:00am Sunrise Ceremony
Full Day of Magical Workings
Nightime Bonfire Ritual
Saturday, June 22
Option 1: Ancestral skills with Ruben
Option 2: Make your own fun
Nighttime Fire-cooked Feast
Sunday, June 23
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Circle H Mountain Lodge is about a five-to-six-hour drive from downtown Vancouver. There is no plane, train or bus that can take you all the way there, you’ll need a car. Ideally, folks would carpool and I’m happy to facilitate connections.
What about accommodations?
Accommodations are simple, rustic and will be first come, first served for choice of room. Please bring your own pillow and sleeping bag. Read more about the facilities here.
There are two shared bathrooms available and one shower room. Please bring your own towels and shampoo.
You are welcome to bring a tent if you absolutely don’t want to share a room. We are happy to offer a 20% discount to folks who choose to camp.
Maximum capacity for this retreat will be 10 participants.
What can I bring into the event?
Feel free to bring your tools for sacred work: drum, rattle, vestments, etc…If you have herbs, plants, stones, or talismans that are sacred to you that you would like to use for spellwork, bring them. Bring layers of clothing that are suitable for the outdoors, proper footwear for hiking, and some slippers to wear inside the main Lodge.
What about dietary restrictions and allergies?
Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available for each meal.
We’ll do our best to accommodate dairy-free and egg-free diets if you let us know in in writing at least 30 days prior to the event.
If you have any life-threatening allergies, we must know about those before you purchase your ticket. The nearest hospital is several hours’ drive away. This event may not be suitable for you.
What do you mean by “A Women’s…Celebration”?
I mean it’s for women. So anyone identifying as a woman or seeking to make space for, lift up, and worship women is welcome.
What’s the refund policy?
Full refunds available up to 30 days prior, 50% after that. You are welcome to transfer your registration to a friend taking your place.
~ Nature & Potency ~