Turning the Wheel: Samhain Ceremony
Time & Location
About the event
On October 31, we’ll gather at Heartward Sanctuary to honor the ancient love story between our Earth and Sun. Here at Samhain, we'll greet the mystery of the ancestors, share a ritual fire and dance this turn towards the dark. Our community is conspiring to bring a dance complete with ritual icons, effigies and an ancestor altar.
For a full revolution, our evolving community has gathered in the open air to celebrate to this exquisite, cyclical dance. Even amidst a pandemic, we've gathered to celebrate this life-generating relationship through prayer, song, dance, play and elemental ritual attuned to the earth's rhythms. We too are part of nature. Attuning to these natural cycles also offers a way to honor the seasons of human life: our transitions, growth, struggles and celebrations. Each point on the wheel bringing its own ritual need and elemental medicine.
As we enter our second pandemic winter, we're each amidst different stages in the ongoing journey of metamorphosis. Whether still in chrysalis, dissolution or fully emerged, we invite you to bring your prayers for your personal and our collective transformation.
All ages welcome.
Only pre-approved pups.
Curious about our Ceremonies? Here's a Photo Essay with written reflections about our Turning the Wheel series
3-3:30 ~ Arrival
4:15pm ~ Opening Circle: Invocation, song, communal movement
5:15pm ~ Ritual Dance & Metamorphosis ~ Fire
A mix of live and recorded music
Followed by Potluck & community time
A written prayer or burnable offering for the fire
A biodegradable offering for your beloved ancestors (flowers, food, wine, water &/or talisman to leave on the altar for the night)
Beverages or dish to share (we'll have a post-dance potluck)
Mask (for indoor bathrooms and composting toilets)
Water vessel (water refilling available here)
Instruments, drums, songs, hoops, etc
Along the right side of the driveway. Then, walk towards the barn and turn left towards the house. For those who park at the end of the driveway, we are trying to reserve these close spaces for elders and those with little ones. You can walk to either side of the house to find ritual center.
Optional camping available near the barn, to the side field near the fire circle and in the field along the driveway. Campfires only in designated areas. Please consider making an additional donation if you're staying overnight.
Festive attire, costumes welcome
Consider invoking your spirit allies with regalia
Composting toilets available in the barn
*Registration is limited. Please pre-register.
*Sustainers are by donation
All donations are greatly appreciated.
**We value consent.
As a COVID-19 cautious community, we need to practice new and evolving forms of consent in these prolonged pandemic time. Given the spaciousness of this outdoor sanctuary, we don't require masks during the ritual, but expect for folks to be respectful of varied boundaries and risk tolerances. Please get consent before getting hugging or touching.
**We value inclusivity and sustainability
We are a predominantly Euro-ancestored community that celebrates diversity and welcomes people of all ages, races, nationalities, abilities, genders, orientations and vaccination status.
In an attempt to keep these gatherings accessible and also sustainable, we have a three-tiered pricing structure for this event. If you are interested to attend and the minimum cost is prohibiting, please let us know as we have a few work-trade positions available.
**We respect our neighbors
We ask that you do the same. Please be kind and courteous and DO NOT trespass on any neighboring land.
- Samhain ~ Supported$25$250$0
- Samhain ~ Sustaining$40$400$0
- Samhain ~ Generating$65$650$0