We have a variety of offerings throughout the weekend on top of our keynotes and workshops.
Tŷ Crwn Tân Galon (Heart-fire Roundhouse)
A community hearth space will be tended by the hearth-tenders and hearthkeepers. A space much akin to the Red Tent, but tied into our Avalonian ancestors and the Roundhouse of the Community Matron. This sacred space will be kept for all attendees to relax, rejuvenate, share, commune and hold space for each other as well as create shared communal energy. We will sing, drum, share stories, bake bread and nourish and nurture each other in this space. All attendees are encouraged to bring items of comfort and spiritual meaning to co-create this space. Blankets, pillows, statues, instruments, crystals are welcome and appreciated.
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.
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.
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.
Yoga with Lenessa
Sunrise morning yoga prior to breakfast. More information to come.