Earth Spirit Series 2020: Session 6

Last Monday/ Moon Day in September

We’ll meet and honour the full moon that’s coming on October 1 at 2:05 pm  timeanddate.com

https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/

Volunteer Park–as usual. (it’s right across/North of Tatlow Park in Kitsilano)

Participants: BL (photos of dancing); MBeam: dances; C & S; BD – Welcome and organize directions

The moon will rise at 6:22 pm

https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/canada/vancouver

Standard reminders:

Because of the public health restrictions and the guidelines for responsive neighbourhood small grants, we can only have 6 in our circle at each gathering.

I’ll try arrive by 6 pm with “plarn” to set up the labyrinth. If you can come early please do.

Setup: one bench will be for giveaway items. Please take home with you anything no one takes at the end of the evening.

There will be hand sanitizer there. We recommend using before and after the gathering.

6:30 pm – Welcome (please sign in if you’re new) including the photo release if you’re willing to have photos on this website and social media. If you’re not wanting your face, but just hands or back, just note that. Walk labyrinth as you arrive.

Someone will give out cards with the readings for the opening and closing ritual.

6:45 pm – If you have questions about labyrinth ask Bria or Mary

7 pm – We move to circle dance area and cast a circle, and participants will call the directions and the divine masculine/feminine. When you call a direction, you first of all ask people to face in that direction. Because we’re outdoors, you’ll face the people rather than the direction so they can easily hear you.

7:10 pm – Circle dancing: If you want to know more about sacred circle dancing go to Mary’s blog sacredcircledance.wordpress.com – Many of the dances we’ll do have music or video linked there.

Dances: These are some of the ones we’ve danced. We usually repeat so people get familiar with them. Our repertoire increases:

We are a Circle Within a Circle, Air am I, May the Circle be Open, Eno Sagrada, Red-winged Blackbird, God Bless the Grass, Thank you for this day. Moondance.

7:50 pm – Closing ritual (same roles for readings as the opening)

8 pm – Stay and chat if you wish. I stay and leave the labyrinth up for passers by to walk it. I don’t need help rolling it up. I like to just hang around and then do it as a silent meditation.

BL Will take photos of the sacred circle dance and ritual and upload photos directly on this blog and on facebook groups.

 

Earth Spirit Series 2020: Session 3

Labour Day Monday – meeting in spite of high winds expected. Volunteer Park–as usual.

Confirmed Participants: B (photos); L (learning dances to teach); C & S – discuss labyrinth at Kits House; K? M? We have room for one of you.

 

Standard reminders:

Because of the public health restrictions and the guidelines for responsive neighbourhood small grants, we can only have 6 in our circle at each gathering.

(Your volunteer role is marked with the first letter of your name below).

Here’s the schedule for Monday September 7

I’ll arrive by 6 pm with “plarn” to set up the labyrinth. If you can come early please do.

Setup: one bench will be for giveaway items. Please take home with you anything no one takes at the end of the evening.

The other bench will have: a sign-in book which gives your permission for photos to be posted to this blog and to facebook. If you’d prefer not to have your face, but are ok with back or hands and feet, just note that. There will be hand sanitizer there. We recommend using before and after the gathering. There’s also the materials for making “plarn” (crocheted plastic bag strips): crochet hooks, scissors, plastic bags.

6:30 pm – Welcome (please sign in) including the photo release if you’re willing to have photos on this website and social media. If you’re not wanting your face, but just hands or back, just note that. Walk labyrinth as you arrive.

B will give out cards with the readings for the opening and closing ritual.

We’ll set up a “give away” table every week (A “tradition” from last year’s group) or in this case, probably put items out on a bench.

6:40 pm – BL will introduce you to our 7 circuit labyrinth and help pace people walking the labyrinth. Maximum 6 at a time. Please wear a mask or keep 6′ from other participants.

7 pm – Mary will cast a circle, and participants will call the 4 directions and the divine masculine/feminine. When you call a direction, you first of all ask people to face in that direction. Because we’re outdoors, you’ll face the people rather than the direction so they can easily hear you.

7:10 pm – Circle dancing: If you want to know more about sacred circle dancing go to sacredcircledance.wordpress.com – Many of the dances we’ll do have music or video linked there.

Dances: These are some of the ones we’ve danced. We usually repeat so people get familiar with them. Here Now, Eno Sagrada, Red-winged Blackbird, God Bless the Grass, Thank you for this day.

7:50 pm – Closing ritual (same roles for readings as the opening)

8 pm – Stay and chat if you wish. I stay and leave the labyrinth up for passers by to walk it. I don’t need help rolling it up. I like to just hang around and then do it as a silent meditation.

BL Will take photos of the sacred circle dance and ritual and upload photos directly on this blog and on facebook groups.

 

Earth Spirit 2020 Volunteer Roles

My vision is that a team will emerge that will continue sharing leadership for an ongoing group. If you’d like to be part of that team, you’ll be asked to take on one of the following roles during this series.

Opening and closing ritual: Choose readings, print out cards for participants, assign roles and give any instructions for the start and end. (optional: consider a theme and bring related objects for the centre)

Teach circle dances. We usually do 5-6 dances from the sacred circle dance library. If you take this role on, you’ll teach at least 3, bring your own music, figure out how to connect to my speaker or bring your own. If you are able and willing, after the closing ritual, you are welcome to stay and continue dancing with a maximum of 5 other people in the circle. I’d likely join you.

*Labyrinth guide: Welcome people to the labyrinth, explain the basics of labyrinth walking, ask people to wear masks and keep 6′ apart when possible, ensure only 6 people are on at one time (a parent and child walking together count as one).  If you’re willing, make up a sign, come early, stay late and share the experience with drop-in guests.

People able to fulfill these first 3 roles will get priority for any particular evening. I want to not do it all so need those who can take on responsibilities.

*Photographer: Take photos, ensure written permission is given, upload photos onto blog and relevant facebook groups.

*Plarn maker/demonstrator: Demonstrate how to cut the plastic bag strips and crochet them into plarn.  I can provide the materials, or you can bring your own. Please ask people to use the hand sanitizer before and after touching materials.

Opportunities for when you’re not one of the six selected for a particular session but would like to come to the public park and share your knowledge and skills

*Even if you are not on the schedule for one of the 6 people, you are welcome to come and offer these roles. Just keep 6′ away and unless there is space within the 6 person maximum, you won’t participate in the ritual and circle dancing. If you can bring your own chair and sit away from the circle dance area or set yourself up on a separate bench, that would work best.

Maximum 6

Because of the public health restrictions and the guidelines for responsive neighbourhood small grants, we can only have 6 in our circle at each gathering. Most people who registered will get to attend two of the sessions. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have to cancel. Regrettably the cancelled session will count as one of your two invitations.

Confirmation: If you are confirmed for a particular evening, you’ll receive an email from me by Friday evening.

Volunteer Roles will be marked with the first letter of your name on this blog.

Standard schedule

I’ll arrive by 6 pm with “plarn” to set up the labyrinth. If you can come early please do.

Standard Setup:

one bench will be for giveaway items. Please take home with you anything no one takes at the end of the evening.

A second bench will have: a sign-in book which gives your permission for photos to be posted to this blog and to facebook. If you’d prefer not to have your face, but are ok with back or hands and feet, just note that. There will be hand sanitizer there. We recommend using before and after the gathering.

Plarn area – if a volunteer is available to teach how to crochet plastic bags they can take over a 3rd bench or bring a chair and perhaps even a small table.

There are materials for making “plarn” (crocheted plastic bag strips): crochet hooks, scissors, plastic bags.

6:30 pm – Welcome (Volunteer will ask for you to sign in) including the photo release if you’re willing to have photos on this website and social media. If you’re not wanting your face, but just hands or back, just note that. BL will invite you for a labyrinth walk and answer questions.

Another volunteer will give out cards with the readings for the opening and closing ritual. and answer any questions.

Giveaway Bench: We’ll set up a “give away” table every week (A “tradition” from last year’s group) or in this case, probably put items out on a bench. Just put items there when you arrive, take whatever you’d like at any point in the evening and take home at 8pm or whenever you leave anything that no one else has taken.

6:35 pm – Labyrinth volunteer will introduce you to our 7 circuit labyrinth and help pace people walking the labyrinth. Maximum 6 at a time. Please wear a mask and, if possible, keep 6′ from other participants. Turn your head away from another person if you pass close by.

7 pm – Volunteer will cast a circle, and participants will call the 4 directions and the divine masculine/feminine. When you call a direction, you first of all ask people to face in that direction. Because we’re outdoors, you’ll face the people rather than the direction so they can easily hear you.

7:10 pm – Circle dancing: If you want to know more about sacred circle dancing go to sacredcircledance.wordpress.com – Many of the dances we’ll do have music or video linked there.

Dances taught will be listed here:

Here Now, Eno Sagrada, Red-winged Blackbird, God Bless the Grass, Thank you for this day.

Information on these will be posted to the blog mentioned above.

Volunteer will set up the outdoor speaker. Circle dance teachers can use the 6:30-7pm time to ensure their music connects. The speaker is supposed to allow up to 3 devices to link in, so we can easily take turns connecting, all going well.

7:50 pm – Closing ritual (same roles for readings as the opening) If you have a reading, and for some reason have to leave early, please ask another participant to do your role.

8 pm – Stay and chat if you wish. I stay and leave the labyrinth up for passers by to walk it. Labyrinth guide, plarn demonstrator are especially encouraged to linger. The speaker is available if anyone wants to continue circle dancing after our official close.

Signage: If I get ambitious, I’ll make a sign with instructions (including covid instructions) for walking the labyrinth and a “no entry” with explanation for the circle dance area.

 

 

Earth Spirit Series 2020: Session 2

Next Monday 6 of us will meet in Volunteer Park.

Because of the public health restrictions and the guidelines for responsive neighbourhood small grants, we can only have 6 in our circle at each gathering. Most people who registered will get to attend two of the sessions. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have to cancel. Regrettably the cancelled session will count as one of your two invitations.

(Your volunteer role is marked with the first letter of your name below).

Here’s the schedule for Monday August 31:

I’ll arrive by 6 pm with “plarn” to set up the labyrinth. If you can come early please do.

Setup: one bench will be for giveaway items. Please take home with you anything no one takes at the end of the evening.

The other bench will have: a sign-in book which gives your permission for photos to be posted to this blog and to facebook. If you’d prefer not to have your face, but are ok with back or hands and feet, just note that. There will be hand sanitizer there. We recommend using before and after the gathering. There’s also the materials for making “plarn” (crocheted plastic bag strips): crochet hooks, scissors, plastic bags.

6:30 pm – Welcome (BD will ask for you to sign in) including the photo release if you’re willing to have photos on this website and social media. If you’re not wanting your face, but just hands or back, just note that. BL will invite you for a labyrinth walk and answer questions.

S will give out cards with the readings for the opening and closing ritual.

We’ll set up a “give away” table every week (A “tradition” from last year’s group) or in this case, probably put items out on a bench.

6:40 pm – BL will introduce you to our 7 circuit labyrinth and help pace people walking the labyrinth. Maximum 6 at a time. Please wear a mask or keep 6′ from other participants.

7 pm – Mary will cast a circle, and participants will call the 4 directions and the divine masculine/feminine. When you call a direction, you first of all ask people to face in that direction. Because we’re outdoors, you’ll face the people rather than the direction so they can easily hear you.

7:10 pm – Circle dancing: If you want to know more about sacred circle dancing go to sacredcircledance.wordpress.com – Many of the dances we’ll do have music or video linked there.

Dances: Here Now, Eno Sagrada, Red-winged Blackbird, God Bless the Grass, Thank you for this day. I hope the outdoor speaker will arrive in time. We managed with just my phone but it was very faint.

If anyone has a speaker (preferably blue tooth) please check in with me and bring it along if mine hasn’t arrived.

7:50 pm – Closing ritual (same roles for readings as the opening)

8 pm – Stay and chat if you wish. I stay and leave the labyrinth up for passers by to walk it.

If I get ambitious, I’ll make a sign with instructions (including covid instructions).

BL Will take photos of the sacred circle dance and ritual and upload photos directly on this blog and on facebook groups.

Confirmed participants: BD, SL, L, BL, CD and me!

 

Our first session

Tonight 6 of us will meet in Volunteer Park. (Your volunteer role is marked with the first letter of your name below).

Here’s the schedule:

I’ll arrive by 6pm with “plarn” to set up the labyrinth. If you can come early please do.

6:30 pm – Welcome (K will ask for you to sign in) and B will ask you to sign a photo release if you’re willing to have photos on this website and social media. If you’re not wanting your face, but just hands or back, just note that. Mary will give out cards with the readings for the opening and closing ritual. (Ch–want to bring some herbs to give away?)

We’ll set up a “give away” table every week (A “tradition” from last year’s group) or in this case, probably put items out on a bench.

6:40 pm – P will introduce you to our 7 circuit labyrinth and help pace people walking the labyrinth.

7 pm – Mary will cast a circle, and participants will call the 4 directions and the divine masculine/feminine.

7:10 pm – Circle dancing: If you want to know more about sacred circle dancing go to sacredcircledance.wordpress.com – Many of the dances we’ll do have music or video linked there.

Dances: Here Now, Eno Sagrada, Red-winged Blackbird, God Bless the Grass, Thank you for this day. Note: the outdoor speaker won’t arrive until later this week. I’ll just have the music on my phone. If anyone has a speaker (preferably blue tooth) please bring it along.

7:50 pm – Closing ritual (same roles for readings as the opening)

8 pm – Stay and chat if you wish, P help bundle up the plarn into the big blue bag.

B – Can you upload photos directly on this blog? I’d be happy to give you access to do so or onto the facebook group.

Kits Free Store?

There’s a free store on Point Grey Road. How about one near Kits House?

12 Hidden Gems in Kits to Check Out Before Summer Ends

 Little Free Store

As the name suggests, a free trading platform for you to leave a gift, then take a gift! Items such as clothing articles, and other small items are available for you.

Location | South side of Point Grey Rd. between Bayswater & Balaclava

 

from:

Recent Developments 6 – Community Building on Point Grey Road


But as Ken Ohrn noted in previous posts, there is a charming little construction that says something nicer about this neighbourhood.  If you’re not careful, you might cycle by it without noticing:

It’s the ‘bricks and mortar’ version of an online ‘gifting, sharing and trading’ platform – afeatherway.com.

Leave a gift, take a gift – just nothing broken, dangerous or illegal.
The book titles alone tell you that you’re in Kitsilano:

So do the sticky-post sentiments:

 

Chocolate Mint: Herb of the month!

The chocolate mint is flourishing at the Mary-Go-Roundabout garden at 6th and Trafalgar. Go and pick a bit – just scratch and sniff while you’re walking or pick some to take home and make tea or add to an ice cream or sherbet dessert as garnish. There may be a small pot there on the west side. If there is and you want it, it’s yours! If there isn’t and you want one, well, bring a pot, some soil and a trowel and dig some up from the big metal container on the west side. You’re welcome!

Learn about chocolate mint here.

Chocolate mint ice cream recipe here.

How to make a cup of chocolate mint tea – and more tips.

Add a few leaves to your coffee grounds before brewing for a special chocolate peppermint coffee. Can be added to brownies, cakes, ice creams and more for an herbal treat

Use chopped chocolate mint tossed with fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries or chopped pears; for herb tea; infused in milk for hot chocolate (strain milk before using); add about 1/4 cup chopped to your favourite brownie batter; infuse in hot cream for chocolate truffles (strain before using); with a bit of melted chocolate in crepe batter for strawberries or raspberries; in a chocolate fondue or sauce (strain before using).

Earth-Spirit Series 2019 Week 5 – Happy Summer Solstice!

As we reached the longest day of the year, we finished our series of workshops with a Summer Solstice celebration, also known as Litha. We opened up our regular group to include friends and family, extending our celebration into the wider community.

A joyful evening was spent with circle dancing, circle casting, magical herb pouch making and feasting! With gratitude to Mother Nature for her generous gifts.

Summer Solstice Celebrants!
Feasting, Abundance and Gratitude
Calling the directions with some special little helpers
Magical herb workshop
Charging the magical herb pouches with our intentions
Circle dancing
Special thanks to Catherine for bringing the rhythm!

 

Blessing the ‘cakes and ale’ or pie and water!

Many thanks from Mary & Jodie for everyone that made this series of workshops so enjoyable. Hope to see you all again soon for more seasonal celebrations and deepening our connection with the rhythms of nature.

Earth-Spirit Series 2019 Week 4

This week we made magical wands to focus and extend our energy into the world! Last week we were instructed to find a branch that felt right to us, roughly the length between our elbows and our index fingers. There was a beautiful range of branches including those from willow and apple prunings, amongst those found in local parks and gardens.

After our usual check-in and snacks table, we experienced an earth-based grounding meditation. Fully in the zone, we were supplied with an amazing array of materials to decorate our wands with including shells, leather crystals, gem stones and wire. The photos really don’t do this group justice as there are some fabulously creative types present and the wands were beautiful.

Enchanted Wands
Group Circle Check-in
Wand Making Supplies

 

Earth-Spirit Series 2019 Week 3

This week we learnt a little about the phases of the moon and how she travels through the signs of the zodiac. During our workshop, the moon was almost at waxing crescent in the sign of Leo, filling the room with a creative warmth.

New Moon in Leo

We split into groups and decided on an intention we’d like to manifest. We selected fabric, objects, herbs, images and symbols that would ‘draw down’ the gifts of that zodiac sign or planet and create the energy of what we’d like to bring into our lives.

The Love of Venus & Taurus
The Positivity of Sagittarius
The Fire of Aries, Leo & Sagittarius

The snacks and swap table were also overflowing with goodies!