Work Party @ Oakbear’s, A Recap.

A sage has widely varied definitions to be found online via a simple Google search.  Whenever someone refers to a sage, I think of Oak Bear.  He is respected and revered within the walls of Deeply Rooted.  His health issues have kept him away from Deeply Rooted’s land for far too long.

He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, and that with his other prevailing health issues; have kept him in the Tomah VA center more often than not.  Many of our tribe members keep tabs on him, they make calls and the journey to see him at the VA.

During one of Jon’s visits to see Oak Bear, they got to dig around in these raised garden beds that are kept out near the entrance to the facility.  Oak Bear enjoyed the activity, because he could work while still in his wheelchair.  Jon got the idea to build some for Oak Bear and Sandy at their home in Nekoosa so that Oak Bear could continue to garden even though his mobility is restricted.

Deeply Rooted tribe banded together on July 29 to assemble three raised garden beds and work on the land for Sandy and Oak Bear.  Jon, Nick, Kirk and Libby assembled beds; Wade cleared weeds and burned brush before he joined the crew working on the beds; Kim, Kristen and Stephanie M weeded around the garage and in the gardens.  Kim also cooked some yummy food for us all, others brought other food wares from various sources.  Sandy did what she could until she joined me in the shade.

I am still restricted to what activities I can do, I ran for food and water for the folks working on the beds; I snapped a few photos; I am writing this piece on tribe and togetherness.  I kept Sandy company, we spoke of many things, I learned a bit about Oak Bear’s past and how they met.

I spoke with Stephanie about music and the upcoming show we’re interested in.  I watched Kim as she sat, taking in the surroundings with a smile on her face.  I watched Kirk and Libby help Jon, Wade, and Nick get the beds done and set up.

We all have our differences; if we were all the same…how boring would life be.  I am comforted to know that we could all occupy the same space that day and put the rest of life away to help those in need.  Sandy hugged us all in turn and nearly cried when we refused to take any money from her for the work we did.

I look forward to all of us being able to continue to work together for Deeply Rooted, for community and for tribe.  We are Pagans and we need to work together for our future.

Faimly/Youth week.

Aug 13-20 @DeeplyRooted is the annual Family/Youth week. Our free! pagan campout week for families and your kiddos. (For entire week or just a day/night or more). The 113th Athens Fair is Thursday the 17th thru Sunday the 20th. Also free (tho rides cost) – we’ll also likely have a thrift shop day, a farm day, and a swimming pool day (medford). In between, crafts, nature walks, (including medicinal herbs), bonfires, fire spinning, and mostly time to just read, relax, talk, play games, and nap a lot ! Please contact any Caretaker: wade@deeply-rooted.org, brandi@deeply-rooted.org, text/email shahara at shahara@deeply-rooted.org, 715-613-7727, or call (715) 600-3771

Fox Valley Pagan Pride Music Festival 2017 – A Review of Revolution

The Wisdom of Trees
The Wisdom of Trees

So, I won’t play games with you, folks, or try to mince mine words. This is an example of shameless cross-promotion of both the 2017 Fox Valley Pagan Pride Day Music Festival and Deeply Rooted, an intentional off-grid Pagan Community.  It’s also a message to the Pagan community as a whole when it comes to working together.  When you think about the Pagan world, you think of the strong-willed individuals and vastly different mindsets that make uniting us all a great challenge. It really isn’t a challenge though when you think of the goal we’re all trying to accomplish.  Be it talented musicians, skilled artisans, crafty vendors, and communities who hold spiritual services and our hearts, we’re in this together. We’re Pagans and that’s exactly the message that Fox Valley Pagan Pride Day Music Festival embodies.

As Pagans, we are unified by the concept that our value is proved through our actions. It’s the actions of many individuals that came together and worked countless tiring hours to form this event. As I walked around, I could see fearsome Ravenhof’s presence in the form of Security and medics in case of emergency.  They are a dedicated group of individuals who strive to uphold all that makes Northern Tradition great and honorable. I watched as Coordinators of the event radioed and darted about ensuring that every guest, vendor, and performer was properly attended.

This year, we were treated to some very interesting musical talents, namely Celia Farran, Brian Henke, Random Fractions, and last but not least, Sentinel Grove. If you weren’t left swinging your hips or grooving to the music after these performances – it’s time to check your pulse! An assortment of vendors that carried everything from exotic rocks and gems to locally crafted goods were all too eager to answer questions about their products and give spiritual advice to those who were newly coming into Paganism.  A visible impression was left on anyone who roamed the grounds and listened to the wise words of readers coaching their clientele through personal challenges or given new ideas on alternative living/worship practices by communities such Deeply Rooted, the Protogrove of the Whispering Spirits (ADF) and our newest Pagan homeland to the north, Roots and Runes!

Say "hello" to my little friend!
Say “hello” to my little friend!

This year, it was my very first time to have not only the honor of attending the event but also a chance at helping spread the word of the community of Deeply Rooted to about 100 folks. I handed out fliers for Deeply Rooted, spoke to a wide-variety of individuals who each had something to teach me in the process. Indeed, I am a better Pagan for having met those folks even if we just spoke to each other about our unique paths and philosophical perspectives. I wandered around, unable to contain my curiosity at all that was going on around and watched interactions between people as they enjoyed a variety of musical styles, the company of fellow Pagans and the hidden treasures that awaited them in the vendor tents. You never knew who you were going to run into at the event!

There are a few individuals I’d like to bring your attention towards because not only did they take a flier and listen to me about Deeply Rooted, they each gave me their own genuine life experience and time. Let me honor that here and now in front of my Pagan Brothers and Sisters. Please click on the individual images to learn the story of behind the picture.  If anyone pictured below is interested in attending an event or hosting a workshop at Deeply Rooted, please see “Contact Us” in the menu above. Thank you!