From the Regional Druid
The wheel of the year seems to rotate faster and faster. It feels like we just published one of these. I do pray everyone is doing well this warming season, and I hope things are well with everyone on a personal basis.
As the summer nears, we have a couple of festivals on the horizon in our region.
At Trout lake Abbey on Thursday July 7th through Sunday July 10th. They have a packed lineup of guests including ADF Bard Laureate Rev. Missy Burchfield, Arch Druid Emeritus Rev. Kirk Thomas, Rev. William Ashton, Phaedra Bonewits, and several others. It looks to be an exciting festival, and TLA is an amazing place.
The following weekend, July 14th through July 17th is the 10th Annual Eight Winds Festival being held in the majestic wonders of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Prosser Ranch Reservoir in Truckee, CA. Guests include Archdruid Rev. Jean Pagano, Blogger Jason Mankey, David Foster (Gannd) of Sonoran Sunrise Grove, and Arch Druid Emeritus Kirk Thomas. Deputy RD Victoria Selnes and myself will also be presenting, and Lindsay and I are providing the food plan.
That’s all I have for now. I wish everyone a terrific summer and many blessings.
Rev. Sean Harbaugh
From the Editor – Wellspring Overview
I was recently able to go out East to the Wellspring event at Tredara. Stone Creek Grove did an amazing job of hosting the event for the first time at this new site.
The Mother Grove meeting was open to all at Wellspring, so I was able to sit in on that and see how the business gets run. There’s a lot of cool things planned including a Survey for all ADF members to help us to clearly express what we think! There’s no timeline on the survey. In addition to the Mother Grove meeting, there was the Annual meeting were our officers all gave their reports. I was thrilled to be able to give the report for the Northwest Region in person (thanks Sean for letting me do that!).
Also at Wellspring, was the creation of the Ancestor Mound. You can read more details about how that was done on Ian Corrigan’s blog at http://intothemound.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-throne-for-dead.html. This is a pretty big deal as we have very few permanent sites of worship. Ian and Sue jointly made an oath at the Sumbel to make the shrine always available to ADF members and members of the families of those interred there. The capstone of the festival was the Grand Sumbel, and the installation of our new Archdruid. Among the wind and rain that showed up that evening, we had a great ritual, with many toasts, boasts and oaths! Francesca Hendrick kindly posted her photos of the Installation on Facebook.
In addition to all the official stuff that I’ve mentioned above, there was a great time had by all – with official bardics, spontaneous bardics, dancing around the fire and lots of great hospitality!
If you ever get a chance to head out East to a festival, I recommend that you do so. It’s a fantastic time, and it was amazing to meet all these folks who I only ever knew as email names.
May the blessings of the Kindreds be with you!
Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
The Nemeton at Tredara
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Images by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag) unless otherwise indicated below
Beyond the Gates image from Trout Lake Abby