Monday, September 13, 2021

September update #3 for our October Rocky Mountain Retreat

To continue sharing information about our scheduled presenters who are writers, here are a couple of jacket covers from former ADF Archdruid Rev. Kirk Thomas.  Kirk is our only Saturday presenter who will be speaking from North America - the others will be Rev. Diane Cacciato from Sicily, Kristoffer Hughes from Wales, Anthony Murphy from Ireland, and Shaz Cairns from Australia!


In this book Kirk explores the development of personal relationships with Gods and Spirits. He describes the subtle and complex integration of personal commitment, devotion and reciprocal offerings that begin and sustain with the Gods and Spirits. Sacred Gifts is all about reciprocity (the give and take of life) and how the religions of the ancient world relied upon this gift exchange to even exist. Just as people give to each other in life, so may we give to the Gods and Spirits, expecting blessings in return.


Again, if you are viewing this on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose "view web version" to see the right sidebar link where you can sign up for the whole exciting weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2021

September update #2 for our October retreat

 Several - indeed most! - of our speakers this year are authors as well. Most ADF members are familiar with books by our Archdruid Rev. Jean "Drum" Pagano and former Archdruids Rev. Ian Corrigan and Rev. Kirk Thomas, but I would like to draw attention today to books by Kristoffer Hughes and Anthony Murphy.

Kristoffer has an impressive catalogue of books on Amazon. His latest title is "Cerridwen: Celtic Goddess of Inspiration", shown here. I can recommend all his work. As his presentation will show, he has deep knowledge of Welsh history, mythology, and the bardic tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Murphy has also published a number of books on ancient Irish myth and history, also available on Amazon. One of his latest books is "Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past", shown here. I have followed some of his delightful podcasts on Facebook, and look forward to his presentation.

 I would encourage all of our prospective attendees, virtual or physical, to look over these and other publications by our authors before the retreat, as their presentations will hopefully be followed for a little time for questions!



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September update #1 for our October Retreat

 We have finalized the speaker schedule for our October 15-17 Rocky Mountain Retreat. All speaker slots are 1 hour, plus 15-20 minutes of chat after the main presentation.

Presentations start on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm MDT with ADF's former Archdruid Rev. Ian Corrigan, who will share with us some thoughts about connecting to the Ancestors and the Land. He will be followed at 4 pm by Rev. Gaarik Hamr, who will suggest some ways in which the use of runes for divination connects us with them. And at 6 pm MDT, Chokecherry Grove will present our opening ADF Ritual in the scenic courtyard of La Foret's Blue Spruce cabin.

Saturday starts at 9:30 am MDT with a presentation by Rev. Diane Cacciato, ADF's Regional Druid for Western Canada, speaking from her other home in the island of Sicily. She will be followed at 11 am MDT by Kristoffer Hughes, head of the Anglesey Order of Druids, speaking to us from Wales on the topics of Welsh history and the bardic tradition. After a lunch break, we will hear at 1 pm MDT from Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland, speaking to us from the Boine Valley near Newgrange. At 2:30 pm MDT we return briefly to North America with a presentation from former ADF Archdruid Rev. Kirk Thomas from his home in Washington state. At 4 pm MDT we will hear from Shaz Cairns, ADF's Asia-Pacific Regional Druid, speaking from what will be her Sunday morning in Australia. And our busy international day will finish with another ADF Ritual at 6 pm MDT in the Blue Spruce courtyard.

On Sunday morning we will hear at 9:30 am MDT from Dr. James "Pigeon" Fielder, Member of ADF's Board of Directors, Instructor of Political Science, Colorado State University, and Insight Professor, Cherry Hill Seminary. He will be followed at 11 am MDT by our closing speaker, ADF's current Archdruid, Rev. Jean "Drum" Pagano. Plans for an unusual closing ritual are also under discussion.

I hope many of you can join us for this exciting program, either by Zoom from the comfort of your own home, or by visiting us physically on Saturday at La Foret in addition to Zoom links for the whole weekend. Registration and prepayment links are on the sidebar - $20 for the entire Zoom weekend, or $30 per person the links and a sandwich lunch with us at La Foret. FYI: the links to register are not available on the mobile version. Click the "view web version" at the bottom of the page, and it will appear.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

August update 1.1

 Some additional information for people trying to register: "FYI: the links to register are not available on the mobile version. Click the "view web version" at the bottom of the page, and it will appear."

Monday, August 16, 2021

Retreat Update #1 - August

 We are still adding presenters for our October Rocky Mountain Retreat, but so far we have:

REV. JEAN "DRUM" PAGANO, CURRENT ARCHDRUID OF ADF

REV. KIRK THOMAS, PREVIOUS ARCHDRUID AND ARCHDRUID EMERITUS

REV. IAN CORRIGAN, PREVIOUS ARCHDRUID AND ARCHDRUID EMERITUS 

KRISTOFFER HUGHES, HEAD OF THE ANGELSEY DRUIDS IN WALES

ANTHONY MURPHY of MYTHICAL IRELAND (mythicalireland.com), who podcasts regularly on Facebook about Ireland's ancient past!  

SHAZ CAIRNS, ADF Regional Druid for Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

REV. DIANE CACCIATO, Grove Organizer of Garry Oak Protogrove, ADF, in Vancouver, Canada and Regional Druid for the Canada West Region.

REV. GAARIK HAMR, Grove Organizer of Spirit Valley Protogrove, ADF, in Cleveland, Ohio

JAMES "PIGEON" FIELDER, Member of ADF's Board of Directors, Instructor of Political Science, Colorado State University, and Insight Professor, Cherry Hill Seminary

We have also added a payment link on the sidebar, in addition to the registration link. If you are planning to attend, either virtually or in person, please use both!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Lughnasadh

 Our virtual Lughnasadh celebration will be Saturday July 31. Ritual should start at 7 pm. Due to the expected weather our physical ritual will probably be indoors, but here is the Zoom link:

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

October Rocky Mountain Retreat Update

 We have added more speakers to our list! Confirmed speakers now include:

ADF Archdruid Jean "Drum" Pagano

ADF Archdruid Emeritus Kirk Thomas

ADF Archdruid Emeritus Ian Corrigan

Rev. Diane Cacciato, Grove Organizer of Garry Oak Protogrove, ADF, in Vancouver, Canada

Rev. Gaarik Hamr, Grove Organizer of Spirit Valley Protogrove, ADF, in Cleveland, Ohio

AND OUR NEWEST ADDITION:

ANTHONY MURPHY of MYTHICAL IRELAND (mythicalireland.com), who podcasts regularly on Facebook about Ireland's ancient past! 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Our semi-virtual Midsummer!

 

Chokecherry will be holding our first public high day ritual this year semi-virtually on Sunday June 20th. This is the 7th anniversary of our first public ADF ritual!
 
The Zoom link will open at 7 pm MDT for gathering and set-up, with the ritual starting at approximately 7:30. We hope to see some of our friends from the park rituals again!
 
G R Grove is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Chokecherry Midsummer
Time: Jun 20, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 856 6405 8495
Passcode: 630365

Monday, May 31, 2021

#3 Still here

First, my apologies for not updating this site for a while. Even in Denver, it is no longer snowing; instead we are welcoming in summer and looking ahead to the possibility of public rituals again. Initially, at least, these will be partly virtual. I am hoping to post a Zoom link in a couple of weeks to our Midsummer one.

We are also moving ahead on our plans for our October Rocky Mountain Retreat. There will be three options this year: (1) three days of Zoom sessions, including eight or nine workshops, for $20; (2) in addition, a Saturday day-trip option, probably for $35; and (3) a limited number of in-person full weekends with us. More details on that option will be available by September 1st.

As the summer progresses, check this site regularly for updates!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Still here #2

Yes, we are still here, and busy planning this year's activities!

First, we are planning on returning to the park for public Zoom rituals this summer - possibly by Midsummer, and probably by Lughnasadh. More details as we get closer.

Second, we are actively working on arrangements for our October Retreat. This will be mostly Zoom sessions, but with options for a Saturday day-trip and possibly a complete physical weekend. We have already lined up three speakers, and are planning on several more. See the Rocky Mountain Retreat tab on this page for more details!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Still here #1

 

We are still here, and are trying to figure out how to hold public zoom rituals. We hope to manage this sometime this summer. 

We are also working on plans for a virtual October Retreat (October 15-17, 2021) with multiple speakers! Please do not prepay at this time, as the prices offered will change. However, preregistration will insure that we keep you up to date on our plans!