Summer Solstice 2016

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Hello everyone,

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
NW regional Druid

Stone CircleBeyond the Gates


Featured Guests are Phaedra Bonewits (Guest Emeritus), wife of Isaac Bonewits, founder of the ADF, and Kirk Thomas, former ArchDruid of the ADF

Nestled in the Mt. Adams territory, Columbia Protogrove ADF welcomes you to share the long summer days with us at the White Mountain Druid Sanctuary, part of Trout Lake Abbey. Workshops, Communion, Rituals, and Fellowship amongst stone circles and streams. Unity is key. Join us as we become one with our Ancestors, Nature Spirits, Gods/Goddesses, and YOU.

Eight Winds 2016July 14 – 17
Prosser Reservoir in Truckee, CA.


Join us at Prosser Reservior for a weekend of community, learning and relaxation! Eight Winds is open to all Druid, Heathan, Pagan and other open-minded guests.

Announcing our Features Guests:
Jason Mankey, editor of the Pagan Patheos Channel and awesome ritualist; ADF’s Archdruid, Jon Drum, and our most recent Archdruid emeritus, Kirk Thomas, will be joining us!

For more information or to make a reservation:

From the Editor – Wellspring Overview

Greetings Druids!

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 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)

Nemeton at TredaraThe Nemeton at Tredara

Around the Region

This is a new column to include things that are happening around the region.
Email to get your items added!
You can find out how to contact any of the Grove Organizers or Senior Druids

Cascadia Grove

Summer Solstice
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church
June 25th, 3pm-5pm

Many Gods West in Olympia
August 6th.
For Information on Many Gods West:
Website | Facebook

Sierra Madrone Grove

Summer Solstice
Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento on Sierra Blvd
June 19 at 4pm

Protogrove of the Valley Oak

Summer Solstice
June 18th, 10:30am – Noon
Contact the Grove Organizer for directions
Facebook Event

Larrea Tridentata Grove

Summer Solstice
June 23 at 7 PM – 10:30 PM
Check Facebook for more details

Columbia Grove

Norse Midsummer
June 26 at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – WHUUF
Facebook Event

 Useful links & reminders

Support ADF

Reminder that ADF is supported by your donations!
As a non-for profit organization, all of your donations go back into our operations and to support our traveling Clergy and Regional Druids.
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ADF Forum Archives

Are you looking for archives for our mailing list posts? or do you prefer to use forums rather than mailing lists?
You can find our ADF Forums and Mailing List archives at

ADF Blogs

Drum has been updating the Archdruid Blog at
Check it out to get this latest words.

The Mother Grove blog includes agendas and minutes from the Mother Grove meetings. These notes also go out in email to ADF-Discuss


 Podcasts & Projects

ADF Northwest members are working hard to get information about their spirituality and their practices out there.

Check out these podcasts, and remember to rate them too!

Gifts of the Wyrd
Hosts: Jan Tjeerd (yan-teerd) Hyatt and Laine Delaney

Part the Mists

by Jonathan & Arin

Cernunnos Shrine at White Mountain Druid Sanctuary
The shrine foundations are laid!
Keep an eye on their original Fund raising campaign for links to the newest one!–3#/

 Seeking the Sacred Divine Anthology
Victoria S. is requesting submissions for a new anthology about ways that we can connect with the Divine.
Find out more on her blog at:

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Have questions for our Regional Druid?  Contact Sean at
Have a submission for the next newsletter?  Email us at
Want to help out at Pantheacon or Eight Winds?  Email us at
Image Credits:
Images by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag) unless otherwise indicated below
Beyond the Gates image from Trout Lake Abby