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.

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