Lighting of Brigid’s Flame:
We will open the festivities with the lightning of Brigid’s sacred flame. In pre Christian times Priestesses tended an eternal fire in the honor of Brigid, the Goddess of healing, poetry, arts, smithing, cattle and the arrival of Spring. Her flame has once again been lit and is being tended by the Brigidine Sisters in Kildare Ireland. We have been gifted a candle lit from this flame and this is what we will use to light our own sacred fire sculpture. All fires during the festival will be lit off this flame and contain Brigid’s healing energy and creative spark.
Sacred Flame Procession:
We will meet at the Brigid’s Flame sculpture in the center field and together carry the flame to the fire circle.
Saturday night will be our main ritual at the fire circle.
Drum Circle and Fire Dancing:
We will carry the energy raised during ritual into the night with drumming, dancing and fire.
We will meet to extinguish Brigid’s flame and say our goodbyes. Though the physical flame will be out, it will remain in our hearts and we will carry her spark and inspiration with us as we return to our lives and welcome the springtime.
Events and Workshops
Poetry of Vovin Lonshin
Vovin will once again be preforming some of his Mystical Alchemy of the Heart that is his poetry.
Bellydance and Fire Performance
Some amazing dancers and fire spinners from our community and beyond will be here to share their talent and energy with you.
Beth is known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles.
An intimate performance with Simone Maya of Soul Gaze:
Sole Gaze(SG) is an original project based out of New Orleans, LA that focuses on lyrically driven songs to invoke feeling and movement. Created as a reaction to songwriter Simone Maya’s passion for both classic soul and psychedelic rock, Sole Gaze incorporates influence from a variety of sounds. SG aims to invoke passion, intrigue and resonance in their listeners by pulling on guitar strings and heart strings alike to create an environment that sets you free.
FemPyre will be joining us immediately after our main ritual on Saturday night at the drum circle. FemPyre is a fire performance group that provides hypnotic entertainment in a variety of venues. “We want to empower women through fire manipulation in a safe, welcoming environment.”
Night Walk About:
Thursday night join us as we visit all the magical spots Gryphon’s Nest has to offer. We will tell stories and leave offering for the land spirits. This will be your opportunity to join together with old friends and new, and become centered and grounded in preparation for all the festivities to come.
First Burn Ceremony:
Combining their love of fire and their reverence for all of the elements, join the ladies of FemPyre for a Ceremonial Introduction to the art of Fire Manipulation. Everyone welcome, whether you’ve never touched a prop or have been burning for years!
Fire Dancing Safely:
Dancing with fire can be a spiritual and empowering experience, not the mention fun! But its important to learn how to do it safely. Please attend this short workshop if you plan to participate in the First Burn Ceremony and/ or if you will be spinning fire during the drum circle.
Expressing yourself through art is an incredibly healing act both for yourself and the world around you. We all have an artistic spark inside us. Together we will create a painting of Brigid’s flame. The canvas, paints, and brushes will be in the clubhouse and everyone is encouraged to add a part of themselves. This community creation will be one of the prizes for the charity auction.
This year we will have a silent auction to Benefit Gryphon’s Nest. Cliff needs to replace or upgrade some of the facilities equipment. So come support the land we have all come to love. Please message us if you have any items you’d like to donate.
Chakras, Meditation & Manifestation:
Join Priestess Daphne Moon to connect with your energetic body, align and invigorate the flow of energy through you, and learn to harness these pathways to create what you want! We’ll discuss each of the 7 Spinal Chakras in both esoteric and scientific terms, learn to tap into the energy available there, and then meditate together!
We interact with our deeper selves and with the world around us by tapping into our subconscious. This is the part of us that sees what is unseen, can name what has no words, and flows with the potent currents of the environment we are in. In this class we will explore creation without fear by drawing from (pardon the pun) those deeper energies and learning to capture them on the page. Mainly graphite and watercolor. All materials provided. No drawing experience required.
Knock, Knock, Hekate Calling!
Hekate is a Goddess for our time, and She is making Her presence felt! In this class, we will look at Her many epithets, from antiquity to the present, signs she is working and moving, and what to do when you hear Her knocking!
Come build some heat and warm up with Kryss in this dance meditation workshop. We will focus on shimmies and vibrations. Long sustained, heat building vibrations. No dance experience needed. This a movement meditation great for waking up, getting centered, and relieving anxiety.
Fan Veil Technique! Colorful silk can be seen from a distance! Give life to your veils. Belly dance and flow arts concepts explained for beginners to advance. Fun and expressive prop! Extra fan veils available to borrow.
Creativity and Storytelling without Fear:
No one looks at your first draft but you. No one looks at your sketchbook but you. Yet, we judge ourselves and our creativity dies on the vine. Letting our true voices come through to the page, screen, or canvas can be difficult, but this class will help you to unlock your deeper darker voice and to harness it.
Shamanic Drum Meditation:
Daizy Coupel Daigle
Come sit back and relax as the drum beat guides your journey. Join us Sunday morning as Daizy’s drum helps you to consolidate the weekends experiences and helps you ground before returning to “normal” life.
The Art of Hoop Dance:
Ever wanted to try hoop dancing? Come learn some basic moves and beyond. This workshop shows you how to move the hoop up and down your body. We’ll explore the inner space of the hoop and the movements that can create gravity-defying force to keep your hoops up!
A Heathen Woman’s Hearth:
Amanda matriarch of Blodsvara will be holding a discussion about A Heathen Woman’s Hearth. How did our ancestral mothers care for their families, what is the role of the women of Blodsvara and what kind of Hearth are we striving to build for future generations?
Relax and Refresh as Jen holds your kite strings allowing you to let go and immerse yourself in your own inner experience. You will be guided in creating a ‘dreamscape’ that will serve as your personalized interactive framework for communicating with the infinite.
Calling All Drummers:
We welcome all drummers, beginner to advanced to meet and discuss the evening’s drum circle and how you can participate. We will drum together, get to know one another, learn some rhythms and answer questions as they arise. This will be a fluid workshop based on the needs and requests of those attending.
Yoga is like making art with your body; the mat is your canvas. Come paint the shapes of your body with Bianca, New Orleans’ own full figured and heart centered yoga teacher.
American Tribal Style Bellydance slow vocabulary. Slow moves to make deep connections to your body and music. Creating beautiful images with the lines of your body from your toes to fingertips. Making the most of every morsel of muscle, and music to leave your audience breathless.
What is American Tribal Style Bellydance? ATS is a group improvisation, all communicated through a series of subtle cues. This dance is a fusion of ancient dance techniques from North India, the Middle East, Spain and Africa.
Journey through the center of the Art of Poi:
‘I want to make poi easy and fun for anyone who wants to learn”. This will be a class that focuses on technique, form, rhythm, posture, physics, dance and flow. Poi is an art form of dance that incorporates all these elements. I will have pairs of poi provided but if you have a pair bring them. Poi is a prop used in flow art. Flow arts are an amazing new thing where the idea of a skill of dancing with an object(s) has evolved into its own art form.
Sonic Healing Sound Bath:
Daizy Coupel Daigle
This healing meditation is guaranteed to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and a deep, restful sleep. This amazing journey into the sacred sound begins with each attendee sitting or laying comfortably and then being “bathed” in sound waves and vibrations from the various instruments including crystal singing bowls and chimes, resulting in a deeply relaxing and healing meditative experience. Wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lay on. Come and relax and soak in the healing sound waves.