Close up shot & birds eye view of a simple nature altar set up in a grassy area. Elements include two intricate wavy branches that form a circle and inside are stones, lichen, a flower and a pine cone.

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SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS FOR THE SOUL

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Location:

Common Ground Ecovillage in Mebane NC

  • Forest Temple: Samhain
    Sun, Oct 30
    Common Ground Ecovillage
    Oct 30, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
    Common Ground Ecovillage, 1021 N Frazier Rd, Mebane, NC 27302, USA
    Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or "darker-half" of the year. This is a time to remember and honor your ancestors.
  • Forest Temple: Autumn Equinox
    Sun, Sep 18
    Common Ground Ecovillage
    Sep 18, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
    Common Ground Ecovillage, 1021 N Frazier Rd, Mebane, NC 27302, USA
    Autumn Equinox marks the beginning of Autumn and Libra season. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its journey southward, and we experience equal duration of day and night.

Forest Temple is inspired by the Wheel of the Year. Gatherings take place IN-PERSON roughly every six weeks on Sundays falling closest to Quarter & Cross Quarter Days

WHAT TO BRING & A NOTE ON WEATHER

Bring your songs and your voice, your percussion instruments and sound-makers! We come together regardless of the weather unless it is unsafe to do so. We ask that you dress for the weather, bring your own blanket or folding chair, walking stick and water.

 

ACCESSIBILITY / LOCATION NOTES

Gravel roads and mowed grassy area for parking

Meeting in the grass under the Grandmother Oak Tree, right beside parking

Area where we gather is mostly flat but grassy, shade is available under the tree

Rest rooms: outdoor privy / not wheelchair accessible

A NOTE ON COVID-19

Out of respect for one another, we ask that all attendees come prepared to honor social distancing guidelines with masks for when we are in close proximity to one another. 

A NOTE ON COST

Simply pay what you can afford. Payment allows for our facilitators and space holders to get paid for their effort, creativity and time. To donate, follow this PayPal link.

All are welcome and respected at Forest Temple gatherings. We strive to be diverse, multigenerational and accessible to people of all walks of life. Please contact us when you'll be attending with children or when accessibility is a concern so that we can be as accommodating as possible. 

Our seasonal celebrations playfully explore the way nature and our more-than-human relatives speak to and through us; how we are shaping and being shaped by place. Together we move at natures pace and engage in meaningful practices, storytelling (non/verbal), and rituals that orient us relationally in space/time, ground us in somatic presence, and explore the gifts, intelligence, and healing benefits of where we find ourselves in the cycle of the seasons.

Forest Temple is a co-creative unfolding which means that each person is invited to share the gift of their expression as they feel inspired to. In this way we honor, sense and listen to how the spirit of place wants to moves through each of us. As an invocation of emergence, we honor spontaneity and surrender our seriousness to the art of play! So we practice paying attention to the way that Earth speaks, sings, and whispers to us.  This is not about performance nor will it ever be a striving for perfection. This is quite simply playful co-creation. 

Our gatherings weave together nature-connection practices; reflection, contemplation, prayer; folk craft-making; music, song, movement and so much more! 

UPCOMING

 

WHEEL OF THE YEAR

The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of eight earth festivals (known as Sabbaths) which combines two different celebration cycles: the four solar festivals: Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox) and the four seasonal/agricultural festivals: Samhain (sow-win), Imbolc (im-ulk), Bealtaine (byel-tin-uh) and Lughnasadh (loo-nuh-suh).

 

The Wheel of the Year symbol (as depicted below) illustrates a circle divided into eight equal sections. Although this depiction is relatively new and was developed in the 1800's as part of the Neo-Pagan movement, it closely reflects the nature of the holy days that were celebrated by the early Celts thousands of years ago.

Under industrial growth society, we follow the concept of linear time, however in the past, when we lived in close relationship to nature, time was perceived as cyclical. The Wheel of the Year is a calendar focused on this cyclical journey of the seasons.

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  • Mid-Autumn / Samhain: October 31 – November 1

  • Winter Solstice: December 21 - January 1

  • Mid-Winter / Imbolc: February 1-2

  • Spring Equinox: March 20

  • Mid-Spring / Beltane: May 1

  • Summer Solstice: June 24

  • Mid-Summer / Lughnasadh (Lammas): August 1

  • Fall Equinox: September 21

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“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond."

 

― Robin Wall Kimmerer