As we move through the depth of winter, we begin to notice the light lasting just a little longer each day, and onward we progress into the cycle of the year. February is, as most winter months are, a slower month a Deeply Rooted, where we spend our time forging plans and sharing ideas for the year to come. In this vein, we will be holding a Members Weekend on Feb. 13th – 15th. Here’s an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas for DR, and to get first hand information on the plans for the upcoming year (and as usual, we’ll throw some fun in there too!). This gathering is for paid members of Deeply Rooted (btw, keep your eye out on the website in the next couple months for information on what it means to become a Member of DR!). If you’d like to attend please check the Members Facebook group for more information (if you are a Member and do not know about the Members FB page or are not on Facebook, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you situated). And just so we don’t get complete cabin fever, we’ll be holding a Games, Crafts & Guns Weekend on Feb. 27th – Mar. 1st.
We’ve got many events and projects in the works for the next year, the largest of them being the new lodge that will begin construction as soon as the weather and land allows. Because of this very large and incredibly awesome change, activities at DR will be a little more free-form this year while we get our new building up and ready. Work weekends will most likely be quite prominent in the Spring, Summer and Fall months. In the meantime, we’ll take our time during the cold months to hunker down and make plans, together.
We’re off to another year of Pagan festivals, community gatherings and intentional off-grid living! While we move into the heart of Winter, we’re knee deep in the process of establishing next year’s leadership through board elections, as well as planning out the event dates for 2015 and starting the initial planning phase for building our new Community Center as soon as the ground is thawed and ready for us. It’s an exciting time, and we can’t wait to dig in and get moving!
January is a slow month for activities, but we still need to see our peeps! So, we’ll be holding a Games, Crafts and Guns weekend (rec shooting will be weather permitting) on January 23 – 25th. Then the following weekend (Jan 30th – Feb. 1st) we head into our Imbolc Celebration.
Hope everyone has a terrific 2015! Can’t wait to see how this year plays out
As we head into the quiet & cold of the year, things quiet down at DR as well. We’ll be hunkering down for the winter with lots of wood for warmth and lots of quiet time indoors with time for reflection. We have only one gathering scheduled for November, which is our last Work Party weekend of the year scheduled Nov. 14th – 16th. The last work weekend is usually a mild one, with just odds and ends worked out in preparation for the winter months. For the most part, it’s mostly a weekend of indoor movies, games and good company. There is sleeping space available inside with prior notice, but these spaces are limited so please register soon if you plan to attend.
Of course, we will be having our Yule Celebration on Dec. 19th – 21st, which will include a main ritual, good food, and our annual Polar Plunge into the back pond (if jumping into a hole of ice cold water in the middle of winter isn’t your cup of tea, you’re welcome to observe and share in a cup of hot chocolate instead ).
***UPDATE*** Since we’re not much for working our backsides off in the middle of winter any more than we have to, we’ll be having a Games, Crafts & Guns weekend on Dec. 5th – 7th. This is a free event, with lots of fun, laughs, and frivolity (and perhaps a few shenanigans thrown in for good measure). Be sure to register to attend, we have limited sleeping space.
After a brief quiet time at Deeply Rooted (well, the land has been quiet, DR folks have been busy participating in various Pagan events throughout the region), we’re heading into some of the busiest time of the year! We’ve got some events coming up, as well as some new fundraising opportunities going on.
Coming up this weekend (Oct. 17-19), we’re having this month’s Work Party Weekend. We’ll be doing lots of prep for our upcoming Samhain Celebration, held on Oct. 31 – Nov. 2nd, as well as prepping DR for the long winter months. In between those fabulous events, we’re holding our annual Men’s Weekend (Oct. 24 – 26) , which always includes deep discussions, exploration of Men’s Mysteries, and in usual DR fashion, recreational gun shooting (sorry Ladies, this one is only for the Gentlemen).
As you may also have noticed, we now have an Online Store on the DR website! To celebrate (and to raise funds), we’re having a Deeply Rooted Hoodie Sale, where you can purchase warm, fuzzy fleece hoodies with the DR logo at a discounted price. The sale ends on Oct. 24th, so be sure to get your items in soon! Items purchased with this batch will be available for pickup at DR by Samhain (or you can opt for shipping for a fee).
Before we know it, the crops will be cut and we’ll be reaping the benefits of a bountiful harvest!
We have a number of gatherings coming up this September, starting with a Women’s Weekend the second weekend, where women’s mysteries will be explored and experienced. Then we’ll be having another Work Party Weekend Sept. 12th – 14th, where we will prepare for the upcoming Mabon Celebration the following weekend. Bring on Fall and the feasting!
A little news about our new Community Center building construction. As you might remember, we had hoped to have the new community center built and usable by Fall 2014. While this was our hope, unfortunately it will not be the case. We are ready to start construction, but have work yet to do with the county to make sure all proper permits are in place and regulations are followed. We have another meeting with the county next week that will determine whether we will be able to start construction this year or will wait until Spring. We will keep you posted!
***UPDATE*** Due to a lack of interest, the Women’s Weekend on Sept. 5th-7th has been cancelled. We will try this event at another time.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone that contributed donations to our DR booth at PSG this year! It was definitely a wet one this year, but it was worth it. We made approx. $425 from sales at our booth Every penny helps Deeply Rooted keep moving forward!
We’ve got a number of events coming up in July and August, the earliest being our July Work Party Weekend. These are always lots of fun, with work thrown in for good measure These are the weekends where we take care of the necessities and projects around DR. Kids are welcome! (we have no problem putting them to work )
Mid-Month we are having our first Kids Camp week, where kids 10+ years old can stay at DR for the week, learning about DR and doing many fun activities focused around natural community living. Our Kids Camp this year is full, but be sure to keep it in mind for next year!
Our Lughnasadh/Lammas Celebration is coming up August 1st-3rd. Come celebrate Lugh with games and fun for everyone!
PSG (Pagan Spirit Gathering) is just around the corner! We’re seeking donation items that we can sell at our booth to benefit DR. Got some knick knacks sitting around collecting dust? Make jewelry and would have a few pieces to spare? Or maybe some altar items that are ready to move on to a new home. We’d love to sell them, every little bit helps! If you’d like to help, send an email to Wade (email@example.com) detailing the items and we’ll contact you about pickup/transportation to DR. Thank you muchly for supporting Deeply Rooted!
It’s almost time for our annual Beltane Celebration at DR! Yes, it’s been a bit wet out there this year, so let’s hope the Sun gods will shine on us with ample light and warmth! It’s that time of year, when we celebrate the return of warmer days and the fertility of the Land and it’s many inhabitants. Join us for an incredible weekend!
Check out the Beltane event page for more information and registration.
Coming up mid-April (11th-13th) is our Games, Crafts & Guns weekend! This is a community weekend where folks get together for all kinds of fun! This weekend makes for lots of laughs and hilarity , and hey, you can shoot stuff too. Does it get any better than that?
Check out the event page to register online for this excellent weekend adventure!
Ostara is just around the corner, and we’re getting ready to celebrate the return of Spring! Yes yes, the snow is still pretty deep out there, but it’s getting warmer, can you feel it? The light is returning, and it’s time to connect with our world as it begins to awaken from it’s deep slumber…
We hope you can join us! Click here to more information and registration