The rituals at Fertile Ground Gathering are designed to work as a thematic arc that spans the entire event. Each ritual builds upon the last, and creates a robust ritual experience. Combined with the workshops that follow the event theme, these rituals offer our guests the opportunity for an even more profound and spiritual journey than ever before.
In celebration of our twelfth year, the theme for the 2019 Gathering was
Each of the rituals below were designed with this theme in mind. We invite you to read through these to give you an idea of how we will design the 2020 ritual arc.
Join us in the Feast Hall on Thursday evening as we draw on the power of sacred word and sacred action, to define and protect the space that will be our spiritual home for the coming days.
The Warding has been our tradition for many years, and we invite you to come, and give what power you can, and take what protection you need, as we begin to weave the tapestry together.
The space is open, the protections at the perimeters set, and the sun is risen on the first full day of the Gathering. But we *ourselves* are not yet fully ready for all that is to come. Join us at the Ritual Field in the early afternoon on Friday, so that we can begin the journey, within and without, and awaken our minds, bodies, and spirits in order to be receptive to what we are here to learn.
This ritual will involve movement, for those who wish to and can participate, and will also involve stillness and sitting for a time. We encourage you to bring chairs or cushions to sit upon if you would like to have them.
Warrior Blessing Ritual
Among us we have those who have chosen to serve in a way that requires courage and self-sacrifice at a level that many people never know.
Each year, Fertile Ground Gathering honors those who place themselves, their lives, their futures at risk for the benefit of us all.
Former Marine Irene Glasse will lead the Warrior Blessing Ritual on Saturday as a way to remember those who have served, recognize those who are serving, and honor those who will serve in the future. It is specifically intended for those who are former- or active-duty military and their families, as well as Emergency Services personnel.
Those who are not warriors or family themselves are also welcome to attend the ritual to hold space and offer honor and gratitude.
Attending this ritual is free for all military and former military, as well as Emergency Services personnel, whether or not they are paying guests of Fertile Ground Gathering. If you are not already attending the Gathering and would like to attend the Blessing, we also invite you to join us for a cook-out lunch starting at 12:15.
If you wish to have lunch with us and are not already attending Fertile Ground Gathering, please send us a message to let us know that you will be coming so that we can ensure there is food for everyone.
We, the Fertile Ground Gathering staff, thank you for your service.
Every year at Fertile Ground Gathering, we dance the Maypole. It is a symbol of different things to people from different traditions, but it is something we always return to year after year.
By the afternoon of Saturday, May 4, we will have set in place the protections for the event, and awakened ourselves to the working we are a part of.
Come join us at a familiar place: the Maypole that stands in ritual field, as we dance it and weave it...and then leave it behind in our minds and begin a journey out of what we think of as real; a journey into the liminal space between worlds that we will not complete until the next morning.
This ritual will offer movement for those who wish, and an opportunity to hold space for those who prefer. We encourage you to bring chairs or cushions to sit upon if you would like to have them.
The wards have been set. Our minds are in the right space. We have set aside the everyday, danced to bring in the May, and stepped into liminal space, one and all.
But where do we go from here?
The moon is dark and we walk in shadow. Then...lights half-seen in the distance draw us forward; figures cloaked in shadow beckon, and we step farther from what we know, farther from the real, and dare to explore all that is possible in the realm without limits.
Join us on Saturday evening as a magical performance by Kindred Crow leads directly into ritual space as we walk together to the Bonfire Circle to connect to the Divine in sacred work.
Over the course of days, we have journeyed together in safe and sacred space, each of us following his or her own path, because even though we often walk beside one another, and even though we often walk in the same direction, the thread of each person's existence is his or hers alone.
But we are not alone; the threads of each person's life intertwine to form the tapestry that is our community.
Join us in the Feast Hall on the morning of Sunday, May 5, as we weave together the tapestry that is us: the image of a community of people who come together year upon year to learn and share and grow among others like and unlike ourselves.