Thursday, November 1, 2018

Looking ahead

I see we omitted to post about our Samhain celebration on this site, although it was listed on our "Coming Activities" page, and for this I apologize. It was covered on our Facebook page, and we held  it on the past Saturday (October 27th). Our next high day will be Yule/Midwinter on Saturday December 22nd at Jefferson United Church in Golden, CO, followed by our Imbolc ritual on Saturday February 2nd (probably at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae in Denver, although this site is not yet confirmed). After that, weather permitting, we will return to our usual summer location in Overland Pond Park beside the Platte. In the meantime, a joyous New Year to you all, here at the beginning of winter!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Rocky Mountain Retreat - this year and next

It was a wonderful weekend full of friendship, learning, and natural beauty. We are already planning next year's retreat, which will be held at the same site October 18-20, 2019. There will be a maximum of 18 full weekend packages (food and lodging) available next year, plus the option of day tripping on Saturday.

Friday, September 21, 2018

3rd Update

3rd & final update: our Rocky Mountain retreat starts this afternoon at La Foret conference center. Can't make it today? Come tomorrow morning! Saturday presentations start at 9 am at the Blue Spruce lodge. There are still luncheon and dinner spots available on our food plan.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Retreat Update #2

If you are planning to attend our Rocky Mountain Retreat this year, here are more things you might like to know.

  • Our cabin accommodations in Willow consist of 6 shared bedrooms, each containing two beds or bunk beds. Towels and linens are not included unless you prepaid for them, so be sure to bring your own towel and bedding.
  • Cabin accommodations include shared showers and toilets.
  • Meals will be in La Foret's large dining hall, and will include a number of options. For details, see La Foret's "Dining" page. Meals are included in our weekend rate, but are not guaranteed for Saturday-only attendance unless you have registered (and hopefully prepaid). There will also be coffee and tea available at Blue Spruce during our workshops.
 Again, here is our preregistration link. We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Retreat update #1

Greetings! Our Rocky Mountain Retreat starts in 9 days on Friday afternoon September 21st. If you are planning to attend, here are some things you should know.

  • Friday check-ins will be at Willow Cabin after 1 pm. Saturday events will be at Blue Spruce. Saturday presentations will begin there at 9 am.
  • If you are planning on staying overnight on Friday and/or Saturday, you MUST preregister now as accommodations are limited.
  • If you are planning on having lunch and/or dinner on site Saturday, PLEASE register now. Again, meal slots are limited.
  • If you have any mobility issues, PLEASE let us know ahead of time. The cabin and dining hall locations are separated from Blue Spruce and the Fire Circle by a not insignificant hill. 
  • For more information on these locations, see the Site Map tab on our website.
Here is the preregistration link. We hope to see you soon!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rev. D. Rowen Grove

Rev. D. Rowen Grove is Senior Druid of Chokecherry Grove, ADF and ADF's Preceptor.  She will be our third speaker at this year's Rocky Mountain Retreat (Sept. 21-23, 2018).

Her topic: Bone Reading

"Bone reading is a form of divination that is simultaneously archaic and modern, structured and free-form, and found in many cultures around the world," says Rowen. She examines some of the historical and archaeological background of this intriguing form of divination, and discusses how those interested in trying it could go about developing their own set of pieces to connect with their ancestors and local spirits.

If this sounds interesting, preregister now - there are still a few weekend packages left!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Rev. Jean "Drum" Pagano

ADF's Archdruid Jean "Drum" Pagano will be our second headline speaker at this year's Rocky Mountain Retreat (Sept. 21-23, 2018).

His topic: Building a Devotional Practice with Land, Sea, and Sky.

"Working with High Days is a wonderful thing, but High Days come and go eight times a year. What can someone do if they want to develop a monthly, weekly, or daily practice?" asks Drum. This workshop will investigate building a devotional practice with the Three Realms, namely, Land, Sea, and Sky. Lunar-based devotional practices will also be discussed. Devotional scripts will be distributed, but there will also be an opportunity to write and offer scripts by class participants.

If this sounds interesting, preregister now - there are still a few weekend packages left!