Saturday, November 5, 2022

Something Old, Something New

When Chokecherry Grove was getting started seven years ago, we put together our "little green book" to help folks new to ADF understand our Core Order of Ritual and participate in it. That book is still available as a paperback on Lulu.com. But after someone interested in our hybrid Samhain ritual asked if we had a script, I decided to make the little book available as an ebook on Smashwords.com as well, slightly edited to reflect the evolution of Chokecherry's usual Core Order over the intervening seven years. The e-book's official publication date is December 1st, but you can buy it now through this pre-sale link. It's available in epub, mobi (kindle-compatible), and pdf formats. Bonus: I've set it up on Smashwords as "reader sets price", so you can pay whatever you can afford, or take it for free!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Samhain 2022 Update

 

Chokecherry will be celebrating our virtual Samhain on the evening of Sunday October 30 - a day early so we can be at home on Halloween. 

Here is the Zoom link. The link will open around 5 pm, ritual starts around sunset. Anyone who hasn't attended an ADF ritual before might like to look at this page first. Also, we encourage virtual participants to participate in the ritual, either by taking roles when asked, or by having their own cups for the Blessing, and perhaps making their own offerings during the general offering as well.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Samhain 2022

 

Chokecherry will be celebrating our virtual Samhain on the evening of Sunday October 30 - a day early so we can be at home on Halloween. I'll post the Zoom link later this week, but it will probably be a case of gather at 5 pm, ritual starts around sunset. Anyone who hasn't attended an ADF ritual before might like to look at this page first. Also, we encourage virtual participants to participate in the ritual, either by taking roles when asked, or by having their own cups for the Blessing, and perhaps making their own offerings during the general offering as well.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Postcript - our 2022 Rocky Mountain Retreat

 I'd like to thank all our presenters - Rev. Ian Corrigan, Anthony Murphy, Manny Tejeda Moreno, John Beckett, James "Pigeon" Fielder, and Rev. Jean "Drum" Pagano - for their wonderful presentations, and everyone who joined us. I will be sending out links to the recordings for everyone who signed up in a day or two.

It was a wonderful weekend, and we plan to do it again next year!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Our October Retreat this year - FINAL UPDATE!

Our October Rocky Mountain Retreat starts Friday evening (Oct. 14th) at 6pm MDT with a Zoom chat session followed by a bardic circle. 

Saturday will be our main presenters day, with four 1.5 hours sessions starting at 9:30 am MDT. Topics of the presentations will include: 

9:30 am MDT: Rev. Ian Corrigan: Rites of Audience - Modern Theurgic Invocation

11:30 am MDT: Anthony Murphy: Loughcrew - Tombs on the Cailleach's Mountain

2 pm MDT:  Manny Tejada Moreno: Environmentalism as Reciprocity

4 pm MDT: John Beckett: The Morrigan: An Introduction to the Great Queen

The day will conclude with an evening ritual at 6 pm MDT. 

Sunday morning, beginning again at 9:30 am MDT, we will have two more presenters:

9:30 am MDT: James "Pigeon" Fielder: Ritual of Gameplay

11:30 am MDT: Rev. Jean "Drum" Pagano:  (title to be determined)

We will not be concluding with La Foret's Labyrinth as we had hoped due to scheduling problems. We also will be unable to offer a Saturday Day-Trip option this year. But remember, all presenters' sessions and the Saturday evening ritual will be recorded and available afterwards to everyone who signs up, so even if you can't watch everything live, you won't miss out! To sign up, visit our blog at chokecherryadf.orgNOW! (If you access it via your phone, you will need to scroll down to the bottom to choose "view web version" in order to see the payment link on the right sidebar.)

 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Our October Retreat this year - Update #3

 

Our October Rocky Mountain Retreat starts two weeks from today. Zoom links for the entire weekend (six speakers, two rituals, and a Friday night bardic circle) are only $20. All sessions will be recorded and will be shared afterwards with everyone who signs up, so even if you can't watch everything live, you won't miss out. To sign up, visit our blog at chokecherryadf.org now! (If you access it via your phone, you will need to scroll down to the bottom to choose "view web version" in order to see the payment link on the right sidebar.)

Saturday will be our main presenters day, with four 1.5 hours sessions starting at 9:30 am MDT. Topics of the presentations will include: 

9:30 am MDT: Rev. Ian Corrigan: Rites of Audience - Modern Theurgic Invocation

11:30 am MDT: Anthony Murphy: Loughcrew - Tombs on the Cailleach's Mountain

2 pm MDT:  Manny Tejada Moreno: Environmentalism as Reciprocity

4 pm MDT: John Beckett: The Morrigan: An Introduction to the Great Queen

The day will conclude with an evening ritual at 6 pm MDT. 

Sunday morning, beginning again at 9:30 am MDT, we will have two more presenters, and will conclude by our walking La Foret's Labyrinth at about 1 pm MDT.  Sunday's presentations:

9:30 am MDT: James "Pigeon" Fielder: Ritual of Gameplay

11:30 am MDT: Rev. Jean "Drum" Pagano:  (title to be determined)

The retreat will conclude by our walking La Foret's Labyrinth at about 1 pm MDT. 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Autumn Equinox Ritual 9/24/22 - update

 

Here is the Zoom link for our Saturday September 24th Equinox ritual: 

Topic: autumn equinox
Time: Sep 24, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

The ritual theme will be Celtic. If you haven't attended one of our rituals before, there is pre-ritual information here. Join us to celebrate the changing seasons - and plan to join us next month as well for our virtual October Rocky Mountain Retreat!