A portable, temporary maypole was created using pvc pipe
and was decorated with mountains of curly ribbon and
Grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia
The Patriarch has been very ill since about mid April, a condition which started (and continues) as lower back pain, but which then developed into a flu-like condition and culminated in a diagnosis of severe infection of one of his heart valves (which has developed a murmur over the past few years). After about a week in the hospital, he is now convalescing at home, and receiving daily IV antibiotic infusions to combat the infection. Once the infection is gone, he will have major oral surgery (and replacement of teeth), followed by a replacement of the infected heart valve. He is also due for a sleep study (for apnea). This should all be wrapped up by early September, we hope.
Due to the above, the 2010 Redwood Coast Druid Gathering has been cancelled.
Due to the above, the Senior Archdruid is way behind on the publication of the Beltane Druid's Egg, though she does promise it "any day now". :)
Due to the above, the Senior Clerk is way behind on the processing of new memberships, sending out "The Druid Path" kits, and other tasks. He promises to get caught up as soon as possible.
And next year in Dryad's Realm!
Circle of Stones begins it's Season of Flourishing with a Calan Mai/Beltaine closed grove ritual titled Stone Energy Empowerment/Activation at Helen Hunt Falls on May 5th at 10:00 AM. This ritual is the testing grounds for Arch Druid Dyddgu's newly revamped Stone Energy formally titled Stone Reiki. Afterwards we will go on a nature hike to discuss herbs & stones native to the ritual area. As usual dress for the weather, BYOE and bring food and drink to share. Manual for Stone Energy will be available for purchase and download on the new COS website after May 11, 2010.
Alban Heruin/Litha will be celebrated on June 21, 2010 at Noon at Helen Hunt Falls. This is a community ritual open to the public celebrating the Summer Solstice at it's zenith. As usual dress for the weather, BYOE and bring food and drink to share.
Celtic Study groups well be commencing again beginning May 17 at 6:30 pm at North Cheyenne Canyon Picnic area, if inclement weather arrives, study group will meet at Panera Bread @ 1832 Southgate Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
*BYOE= Bring your own everything: chairs, blankets, grills, pavilions, water, coolers, feast gear, drums/instruments, cameras, (alcohol if in a very discreet container) and crane's bag, etc.
For the Summer Solstice, we are planning another nature hike to area waterfalls. Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir, CA was absolutely beautiful; grove mates are eager to explore the other wonders of Gaia in our own backyard.
Many members of Starlight are planning to join the grove in attending the Druid convention in July.
Our fledging web presence is at: http://www.myspace.com/manzanita_druids
Although it's not a "Grove", the NoDaL still qualifies as an "autonomous collective" of the Reformed Druids of Gaia, and consists of all the 3rd Degree Druids therein. The purpose of the NoDaL is to provide a space for Archdruids of the RDG Groves and Proto-Groves to discuss the many aspects of running a group of Druids, and provide advice and support for each other. They also act as the "legislative" branch of the RDG - creating policy as needed.
The Nemeton has finished it's process of reviewing and revising "The Druid Path" cd rom self-study course and has made it's recommendations to the MG, which has begun implementing them,
Nemeton members request that anyone interested in having input in RDG policy, please share their concerns or suggestions. You may write the NoDaL at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to our ancestors and the ancients, Aelvenstar Druids respect all life and receive inspiration from Nature and the heavens. We believe it is the natural state of Mankind to live in harmony with Nature. and that it is our responsibility to respect and protect the Earth. As activists, it is our responsibility to do our part collectively and individually to heal the environment.
Emphasizing development through the practice of Druidcraft, focus is placed upon personal growth through the development of body, mind, and spirit. Through study, discussions, rituals, retreats, fellowship, and meditation, a spiritual framework is provided through which Druids may further develop themselves.
Aelvenstar Grove holds eight celebrations a year, on the solstices, equinoxes, and cross quarter festivals. We sometimes meet on other occasions for outings and initiations. Online meetings and initiations are held too, as some members live a distance away.
We welcome new members of all backgrounds who love nature and seek spirituality permeated in the divine beauty and wonder that surrounds us. Nature is groovy!
Courses available: Reformed Druidism 101
For more information about Reformed Druidism, visit http://reformed-druids.org
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