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Wild Spirit - Magic, Activism, and Healing in the Woods, August 15th-17th

A weekend convergence for forest defenders, activists, healers, and the Pagan Cluster to share ritual, healing from the struggles wešve been engaged in, and renewal in preparation for the upcoming Fall actions. Learn, teach and practice the skills of magic, healing, and activism - from ritual creation to tree climbing, surveying for endangered species, trauma counseling and healing for activists, with the possibility of an active use for our skills to climax the weekend.
Wild Spirit Gathering
A Convergence of Activists, Pagans, and Healers
Workshops by Starhawk and More!
Friday, August 15th, through Sunday, August 17th
Mt. Hood National Forest

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT SERENA AT  heartcirclehealing@yahoo.com
Or 503-781-1475

1. What it is
2. Rough schedule
3. The location
4. Directions
5. Contact information
6. What to Bring


1. What it is: Wild Spirit - Magic, Activism, and Healing in the Woods

A weekend convergence for forest defenders, activists, healers, and the Pagan Cluster to share ritual, healing from the struggles wešve been engaged in, and renewal in preparation for the upcoming Fall actions. Learn, teach and practice the skills of magic, healing, and activism - from ritual creation to tree climbing, surveying for endangered species, trauma counseling and healing for activists, with the possibility of an active use for our skills to climax the weekend.

Friday August 15 - Sunday August 17
Arrive Friday afternoon, leave Sunday afternoon, or when the action's over

No charge, but donations are welcome to cover food, expenses, and contribute to forest defense.

For more information on Heartcircle Healing Space, see  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/07/268477.shtml


2. In practical terms, the weekend will look like this:

Friday: 4pm- Arrivals, site orientations, introductions
A light meal will be prepared.
9pm-???- Introduction circle. What is Forest Activism? What is
Magical Activism? What is healing? Why do we practice these things? What do our practices look like?
Ideally, we would have 3-6 speakers introduce these topics, and then open the circle to sharing, in facilitated fashion, afterwards.
Saturday: Saturday is to be dedicated towards getting to know the place you are in - the incomparable Clackamas Cathedral Grove - and the skills of the three callings. Hikes through the ancient forest, and climbing trainings, will be ongoing. There may also be visits to sites of recent logging activity.
Workshops will include: Ritual Creation: facilitated by Starhawk
Self-healing tools: by Innove
Treeclimbing: by friendly forest activists
Plantwalk: by a 3-years apprenticed herbalist
Introduction to Energy Work: by Sharon
Breakfast: grab and go: breads, spreads, fruits, etc. Coffee and tea may be available, but to be certain of supply, bring your own.
9am-10am: Morning Circle - orientation to the day ahead
10am - noon: 1st workshop cycle. Basic introductions to the subjects of: forest activism, healing, and magical activism.
Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch, a volunteer-prepared meal. Volunteer help much appreciated.
1:30-3:30 pm: 2nd workshop cycle.
3:30- 5:30 pm: 3rd workshop cycle
6PM-7:30 pm: Dinner, a volunteer-prepared meal. Volunteers will be triply blessed.
7:30-8:30 pm: Ritual preparation.
8:30 pm - ?: Ritual for those who desire.
?-??: Post-ritual circle, impromptu poetry, talent show, music, story, and song.

Sunday: Sunday is the day when the camp circles back to reenter the world. People will take time, within the forest, to envision and prepare how they are going to return, changed, to the civilization they came from, and how their actions will proceed from there.
8am-9am: Breakfast, a volunteer-prepared meal.
9am-noon: Break-out sessions, to vision what comes next, or bid a farewell to the place.
Noon-1pm: Lunch, a meal prepared by... ..red tree voles and some volunteers. Organizers will be available for feedback.
1pm-2pm: closing circle. Report-back about vision sessions. We see how we can all be connected, and release the energy of the gathering and place.
2pm onwards: farewells and departures.

Sundayish, Mondayish: POSSIBLE USE FOR OUR SKILLS.

Then, for those who are able to stay, on August 21st, BUSH IS COMING TO PORTLAND! Stay if you'd like to - to perfect your ability to stay balanced in the storm!


3. The location:
The campsite is located an easy 5-minute walk away from the crystal clear Upper Clackamas River. Across this river, a stroll on the back of an ancient cedar log away, lies the roadless area that some call "Big Bottom", and others name "The Clackamas Cathedral Grove". The Oregon Natural Resources Council, which is striving to get this priceless tract preserved for perpetuity, describes the place like this:
"The Big Bottom Roadless Area is an isolated classic old-growth forest located along the Upper Clackamas River. At 2,400 feet above sea level and surrounded by 5,000-foot mountains, Big Bottom is a flat forested valley rarely found at such a high elevation.
In this sheltered environment, trees grow to their fullest potential. Big Bottom is home to an awe-inspiring forest of cedar, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir, and other native trees. Oregon's largest living western red cedar, at 36 feet in circumference, has stood here for centuries."
That description in no way illustrates the hushed magic of the place, its tangible lushness of life in the air as well as on the earth, or the soaring cathedrals that are its trees. Come fall in love!
Due to the delicate nature of this ecosystem, we will reduce our impact by staying on the paths, and keeping our presence within it as minimal as we can, while still allowing for the full experience of its magic and beauty.

4. Directions:
From Portland:
Go about 30 miles S of Estacada on Rt 46, about 10 miles south of Austin Hot Springs, and about four miles S of FS rd 4650 (a R). You will see big signs in an open space on your R - pull in there, and ask the volunteer for direction. If you reach FS rd 42 on your L, you've gone 2 miles too far.

From Salem:
From I-5 at Salem, take exit 253 and go E towards Stayton/Detroit on Hwy 22. After crossing the Detroit Bridge, turn L onto Hwy 46 at the only gas station in town and head N for about 30 miles. You will pass FS rd 4680 on your R, then 2 mi later, FS rd 42, also on your R. About 1.0-1.5 miles afterwards, look to your L for a grassy shoulder/pull-off with a waist-high rock shaped like a saddle at the back and center of it. There will be a sign or a person to direct you from there.


5. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT SERENA AT  heartcirclehealing@yahoo.com
Or 503-781-1475

6. What to bring: tent/tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, personal dishes and utensils, personal medications, warm layers of clothing, raingear, bug repellent, food for special or preferred diets, flashlight, extra batteries, musical instruments, magickal instruments, curiosity, your questions, your inspirations, and your Self.
Optional: water filters/purifiers, plant/animal ID books, art supplies, climbing equipment, bathing suit.

THANK YOU! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

homepage: homepage: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/07/268477.shtml
phone: phone: (503) 781-1475

carpools 07.Aug.2003 18:58

super rocket girl

I've volunteered to help organize carpools. You can email me at  superrocketmonkeygirl@yahoo.com. Please put Carpool in the subject line, and say if you need a ride, or if you have spaces in a vehicle and, if so, how many.

Latest Updates 13.Aug.2003 07:30

heartcirclehealing@yahoo.com

WILD SPIRIT GATHERING ONLY DAYS AWAY

4pm, Friday, August 15th to Afternoon/Evening Sunday, August 17th

Magic, Activism, and Healing in the Woods


Come join us for a weekend of rejuventation, invigoration, magic, and action!



Weekend highlights:

Friday evening, from dark on: A "lanternside circle". Due to the fire ban, there will be no fire. Speakers will include: Starhawk: on activism and trauma. Sharon: On the cosmology of magic. Others will speak on healing, and forest activism. Speakers will be followed by group discussions.



Saturday: Ongoing: canopy ascent and protection techniques: Serena and Wombat

Forest ecology walks

10-noon: Synove: Self-Healing Tools

Lupin: Native Herb Walk

Chincopin: Tales from the Forest Movement

1:30-3:30: Starhawk: Ritual Creation

3:30-5:30: Synove: Energetic Self-Protection

Sharon: Introduction to the Tarot



8:30 onwards - Ritual!



Sunday: Facilitated convergence of inspiration and action.





Bring: tent/tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, personal dishes and utensils, personal medications, warm layers of clothing, raingear, bug repellent, food for special or preferred diets, flashlight, extra batteries, musical instruments, magickal instruments, curiosity, your questions, your inspirations, and your Self.

Optional: water filters/purifiers, plant/animal ID books, art supplies, climbing equipment, bathing suit.



Let us know if you can bring 1) supplies to share with the group 2) skills to share with the group 3) a ride for other people in your area. If you have email, and can carpool, please email Kristin at  superrocketmonkeygirl@yahoo.com . If not, call Serena at (503) 781 - 1475.



Although registration is not necessary, we would greatly prefer to know how many people will be arriving with you, so that we can help prepare the site. RVSP to  heartcirclehealing@yahoo.com or to (503) 781-1475 .



FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT  heartcirclehealing@yahoo.com or call Serena at (503) 781-1475



Thank You! We hope to see you there!



Directions:

From Portland:

Go about 30 miles S of Estacada on Rt 46, about 10 miles south of Austin Hot Springs, and about four miles S of FS rd 4650 (a R). You will see big signs in an open space on your R - pull in there, and ask the volunteer for direction. If you reach FS rd 42 on your L, you've gone 2 miles too far.



From Salem:

From I-5 at Salem, take exit 253 and go E towards Stayton/Detroit on Hwy 22. After crossing the Detroit Bridge, turn L onto Hwy 46 at the only gas station in town and head N for about 30 miles. You will pass FS rd 4680 on your R, then 2 mi later, FS rd 42, also on your R. About 1.0-1.5 miles afterwards, look to your L for a grassy shoulder/pull-off with a waist-high rock shaped like a saddle at the back and center of it. There will be a sign or a person to direct you from there.