Jhenah Telyndru will be hosting another wonderful Bardic Circle. Bring your poems, chants, songs, dances, etc. to share around the fire. Some might call this an open mic and yet others might say it is a talent show; we call it a Bardic Circle where we share our talents and loves with everyone in a non-threatening manner.
One of our herb and tool vendors.
The Sacred Altar at Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar carries Ritual tools for transformation. Featuring sacred blessing herbs for smudging, ritual incense blends, cauldrons, pendulums, exciting prints, altar boxes, and more.
Another of our wonderful vendors!
Christina Countryman brings Adorn Your Doorway and Adorn Your Wardrobe, unique origami artwork and handbags made from upcycled materials. Her efforts benefit specific artisans in a rural community in the Philippines who now struggle with lack of livelihood after the devastating super-typhoon Haiyan demolished the coconut groves which are the natural basis of their economy. In addition, the materials collected by a relative in Manila and shipped by bus to the province would otherwise clog city streets and waterways as litter. With Adorn Your Doorway, all proceeds are funneled directly into improving the ability to provide the artisans a living wage and other vital support. Christina’s time is a donation. ETSY.com/shop/AdornYourDoorway
Kava is an ancient plant from the South Pacific islands which has been used ceremonially, medicinally, and socially for thousands of years. A gift of our Mother Earth, Kava contains divine and nourishing wisdom, holding close the awareness of Nature and Spirit. The Kava ceremony is a celebratory community gathering of goodwill with participants joining together in circle to share in the relaxing and uplifting properties of the earthy tasting Kava tea, prepared from the ground root of the Piper Methysticum plant steeped in cold water and served in a coconut shell.
In ceremony participants become introspective, thoughtful, and more connected to their truest selves while also experiencing a deeper more empathetic connection with others. Kava helps to initiate clarity of mind while also opening to the deeper connections of spirit, calming nervousness and social anxiety. Each individual participating in ceremony is given an opportunity to share and reflect their feelings within the community circle.
When used in ceremony and ritual Kava has the ability to set in motion and help to manifest the sacred union between the human Spirit and Nature. Kava can be used as a tool to help facilitate community discussions as well as in ceremony and in deepening ones ritual practices.
Leading the Kava ceremony for the Ninefold Festival is Judi Galgoczy of Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, located in Ithaca, NY.
The Opening Circle is how we begin our time together for the weekend. It is a time to set our intentions for the weekend and open the container that will be our Avalon. The Closing Circle is how we will end our weekend together. It is a time to share with one another our experiences of the weekend and take that energy out into the world.
Another one of our amazing vendors:
Wise Women Rise is a women’s whole health collaborative rooted in the Divine Feminine, offering empowering workshops from childbirth to Yoni steaming as well as monthly Red Tent and seasonal Goddess circles. Individual services include massage and Reiki plus coaching with the goal of being comfortable in your own skin. For more information see wisewomenrise.com
The Power of Myth: The Hera’s Journey
Many are familiar with Joseph Campbell’s monumental work in Comparative Mythology, especially his identification of the hero’s journey or the ‘monomyth’. Campbell identified that the stories found in cultures around the world had similar – or even identical – structure, indicating an undeniable universality of the main theme or teaching. This theme of the ‘hero’s journey’ outlines the key stages each hero must go through for his initiation into herohood.
But the language of the monomyth presupposes one significant detail that speaks perhaps more to Campbell’s generation than to relevance in the 21st century. The hero’s journey is presented from a masculine perspective and has always been approached as applicable regardless of gender. If a female protagonist is dropped into the story, the mythic structure has always remained unchanged.
Powerful as the hero’s journey is as a mythic structure, it does not speak to a key monumental difference between the hero’s journey and the hera’s journey. This experiential workshop presents a revisioning of Campbell’s monomyth with the particularities of a feminine call to the adventure of reclaiming wholeness. With a combination of lecture, storytelling and creative expression, we will illuminate the signposts that mark the hera’s journey from containment to freedom and empowerment.
Tiffany Lazic (BAA, RIHR, RP) is a Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director with a private practice in individual, couples and group therapy in Kitchener (Canada) and internationally via Skype. As the owner of The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness, she created and teaches two self-development programs, “The Great Work: Patterns of Conscious Living” and “Spiritual Language of the Divine” Programs, as well as teaching in Toronto’s Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training’s Spiritual Directorship and Divine Connections Training Programs.
An international presenter, retreat facilitator, and keynote speaker, Tiffany has conducted workshops for many conferences and organizations in Canada, the US, Mexico, and the UK. She is the author of The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year (Llewellyn Publications, 2015). Tiffany has been a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon since 2007. She served as Hearth Mother to Kitchener’s Aelwyd am Gwenyen Arian Novice Hearth from 2009 – 2014 on the Board of Trustees as Administrative Director. She currently serves on the Council of Nine as Lorekeeper Matron. For more information about Tiffany’s work, please see her website at http://www.hiveandgrove.ca.
Descending into Darkness
In many ancient cultures the labyrinth was seen as a gateway or portal through which we can ritually experience death and rebirth. As the year moves toward darkness, we too must prepare to face our own darkness and find the wisdom hidden there. Descent into darkness is an archetypal theme in many Goddess mythologies, like Inanna moving through the seven gates of the underworld or Kore descending to Hades to become Queen of Darkness. Only by embracing our shadows can we become whole and stand fully in our power. In this workshop we will use the 7 circuit classical labyrinth to part the veil and descend into shadows, returning with a missing piece of our deeper wisdom.
Tracy Andryc has been sharing her love of the labyrinth since her first walk on its path in 1998. She sees the labyrinth as a universal tool that can be used in a magical/spiritual context, regardless of your religious path. Tracy is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Certified Birth Doula, Reiki Master and owner of One Path Labyrinth Ventures. She takes a holistic approach to her labyrinth work by incorporating other modalities such as crystal grids, sound and sacred dance. For almost two decades, she has facilitated workshops and rituals on the labyrinth and other topics at venues throughout New England. Tracy lives in Massachusetts, with her husband, three adult kids and three step-kids, happily playing with clay.
Self-care Nature Walk and Tree Meditation
Come take a walk on the wild side as we explore the natural landscape of the Arnot forest, identifying edible and medicinal species as we go. Learn how the plants can aid us in our self-care, especially in trying times. We will pause to meditate with the trees and make a new green friend or two. Deepen your symbiotic relationship with the plants as you tune into their ancient wisdom and healing energy.
Diana Byron is a practicing herbalist who enjoys empowering others to support their health naturally. As owner of a small herb farm and botanical sanctuary in New England, Diana works to preserve endangered plant and pollinator species, and to connect humans more consciously with the green world. Find out more about Diana’s work at http://www.earthknowsbest.com.