And Then There Was Firewood

A005[1]s people began to arrive for the wood-cutting weekend, on October 17th, the first thing that greeted them was that one of the trees marked to be cut down had already fallen, nearly missing the outhouse at the bottom of the hill.

015It was obvious that the Goddess had placed Her hand into the event, with the tree missing the outhouse by mere inches. That’s always been how things had worked, for the most part, on the Land. We could never say that “bad” things never happened, but they almost always could have been much worse. Some, this tree falling, were truly miracles.

Obviously, that made this the first tree that needed to be taken care of, so the cutting began. More chainsaws and more hands could really have been used, but as is always done, the best was done with who and what was available to work with.

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A BIG “Thank you!” goes out to Gary C. Herron, Del Smarr, Jean Alberts and John from West Virginia for coming and doing what you could to help in the cause.

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That was the last official work weekend for the year. Although not as much was accomplished as was hoped, progress was definitely made and we appreciate so much those who came when they could and did what they could this year.

We’re still very much hoping to hold a Summer Solstice gathering in 2016. We’ve decided to return to the original name that got it all started at Summer Solstice in 1983 – Goddess Gathering – with a slight twist. Watch for news about Goddess Gathering Reborn 2016.

If you come to the web site in the months to come, you will see not only news about Goddess Gathering Reborn, but a new calendar of work weekends and other events along with updated membership information and forms. There will also be a special form, appearing soon, for Goddess Gathering Reborn done especially for those who are only interested in attending this event. Prices and deadline dates will be included in the information.

So, until those pages and forms are ready, I wish you a fabulous Samhain/Hallowmas!

Hallowmas 2Love & Blessed Be

And the Wheel Turns…

DSCF0093Can it really be that we are only weeks away from the end of our first year of restoration? It hardly seems possible. Wasn’t that first weekend just a month or so ago?

It’s been almost 6 months since the work of restoring Raven-Wolf began. Our hopes had been that we would have lots of help and restoration would happen in no time flat. Although that hasn’t been the case, the few who have come have put their hearts and souls into it and worked their fannies off to boot. “Thank you.” hardly seems like words enough to express our gratitude for what you have done.

This past weekend was sort of impromptu. It wasn’t on the schedule, but some of us found time to be there. We recognize there is still plenty of work to be done if we are to open the Sanctuary next Summer Solstice for a festival that welcomes both new people and, hopefully, brings back those who spent Summer Solstice here in the past.

As I walked around the site, I could see camping areas being opened up again. It’s beginning to take on that “park-like” quality once more. There’s an air of friendly invitation beginning to loom. “Come visit. Come enjoy the peace that I offer.” If you listen closely, you can hear it whispered on the wind and through the trees. The Sanctuary longs for Pagans, Wiccans and other Magickal folk to come be part of the experience offered here once more.

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There’s a wood-cutting weekend coming up October 16-18th. There’s plenty of dead trees to fell, wood to be cut up and stacked. Doing this ensures a good stock of seasoned wood for campfires for the next year. What’s even more important about all this is that there will be plenty of wood for the Summer Solstice bonfire! So, if you have a chainsaw or know how to run one, can swing an axe or use a hand saw, can stack wood or even would just be willing to cook a meal for workers or play water “boy” for those doing the wood cutting – we could use your help.

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As you know, this past year has been a “freebie” for anyone who wanted to come down and lend a hand. Next year, when the gates open for the season, the prices for coming to the Land will be in place. Although we have been, for almost 20 years, a “membership only” Sanctuary, we want to give new people a chance to come and fall in love with this Land. For this reason, we are opening the gates to any Pagan, Wiccan or Magickal person who would want to come and visit or help. You will be able to register by mail or at the gate.

After the gates have closed for this season, probably after Hallowmas/Samhain, there will be lots of new information placed on this web site that will include the new Calendar of Events for 2016; prices for all events; how to apply for membership and how to register by mail for an event. Planning has already started for our main event – Summer Solstice. As those plans develop, we will place more information on the web site and network it out through Facebook, Twitter and any other avenues we can find. We hope it will also spread by word of mouth.

For now, the invitation still stands – Come join us! If not this season, then come when the gates reopen in the Spring. You can contact us on our Raven-Wolf Nature Sanctuary Facebook page, or email us at RavenWolfNature@aol.com. You can also contact me either on Facebook (Samantha Herron) or email me at Durga1974@aol.com.

Come to The Woods 2Love & Blessed Be