Fertile Fire: A Weekend of Wonder and Wildness for Women

 May 6 and 7, 2023
10:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm Sunday
 Registration opens last week of January; check back for all the details!

Guides: Tracey Forest and Kimbers Wattendorf


Beltane comes from the Gaelic word meaning “bright fire,” it is traditionally celebrated to acknowledge the midpoint between spring and summer, halfway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.  This is a time of planting and ‘waking up’ the Earth (in our own bodies as well as out on the land).  It is when we light the fires of our own creativity and passions and tend to the sprouting buds in our gardens and in our lives. As the land unfurls her green tendrils and reaches toward the warming sun, so we too are invited to rouse our wild selves and join into the jubilant dance of Spring. 

This weekend gathering offers space for women to come together in ceremony with our sisters, with the sacred others on the land, and with Gaia herself to nurture the seeds we are planting and to cultivate the tender blossoms of new beginnings within and around us.

We will start from a place of Childlike awe and wonder (in the East) to connect deeply to the magick and mystery of the greening Earth, and then journey into our own Wild Women (in the South) with practices of embodiment and deep reverence for the temples of the Goddess that we each inhabit, discerning and affirming our unique place in the Great Web of Being.

Traditionally, Beltane celebrates the Sacred Marriage of the God and the Goddess, the people and the land. This gathering is an opportunity to experience divine reciprocity and enter back into right relationship–with the Earth that birthed and sustains us and with the Sacred Others that share our majestic home. In these times of division and despair in our culture, we gather together in celebration and connection to enact Holy Union – that the seeds of vision we plant together may come to fruit, and the Springtime shall herald ever greater harmony and connection in the days ahead. 


SATURDAY–The Playful, Present, Big-Picture East

We will enter the East of the four directions wheel, and honor our innocence, reconnect with childlike senses of wonder and awe, lightheartedness and being totally present to ourselves as we play and praise the beauty of the Earth and of our own precious lives.

→ Opening ceremony and personal altar and intention setting

→ Council sharing

→  Playful gentle yoga to drop into the little girl of us

→ Journey to your inner little girl and working with archetype of the Maiden

→ WONDER AND AWE wandering on the land

 →Make offerings to the faery folk (crafting and faery houses) – with deep reverence for the other-than-humans

 →Goddess Bathing to purify the body to prepare for Saturday Bonfire Ceremony

May Day/Beltane-themed potluck feast for Saturday supper

Saturday night—Beltane bonfire. Dress in colorful goddess attire.  


SUNDAY–The Wild and Embodied South

We will work closely with our South facet to draw closer to our Wild Woman, our creaturely one, to access the full range of our raw emotions, to ignite the fires of our passion for life, to embrace our bodies’ knowing and sensuality and to move into sacred union with Earth.

 →Morning Council

 →Embodied movement and dance to move into the Wild One

 →Deep imagination work to become our Wild Woman

→Wild Wander on land exploring our full range of emotions, our creatureliness, our bodies on earth

 →Exploring what’s fertile in us, inner masculine and inner feminine coming together in a wild dance (or a journey of inner marriage) Maypole

Awakening the fertility of land and own creativity


Food:

Bring your own lunches and Sunday breakfast.  We will be sharing a ceremonial, Beltane-themed potluck meal on Saturday night.

Coffee and tea will be provided all weekend long. You will have access to our outdoor kitchen and a guest refrigerator. Please bring easy-to-put-together or reheatable foods (premade might be best) as we will not have time for extensive prep and cooking.

A What to Bring Letter will be sent upon Registration


Lodging

Spirit Hollow has tent cabins that have cot-style bunks, OR you can stay slumber-party style in the yurt.  These are shared spaces. If you wish for more privacy, you can bring your tent and camp on the land, or stay in a local inn or AirBnB.

We have four outhouses for your use.

There are plenty of inns and Airbnbs for staying in the area.

We recommend all of the following hotels/motels/inns, all within 20 minutes of Spirit Hollow:

TUITION

$275 Paid upon registration.  Please use this PayPal link:


Please email Tracey if you need a different payment option.


traceyforest@spirithollow.org

Please fill out this registration form.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is APRIL 15, 2023.

Open to all female-bodied ones ages 18 +


Guides:

Tracey Forest (KeyTurner) is passionate about helping others step through the doorway into the mystical and the mythical, the sacred and the sublime, the earthy and the erotic, the dark depths and high heights. She is a fearless and compassionate facilitator who has “been to the mountain” and descended into the abyss to lament for the earth, to celebrate the beauty and pain and who knows the rich gifts that lie in the dark to be mined. She stands in the portal, holding a lantern, singing ancient songs, dangling a key, inviting you to step through into the vast landscape of your Soul.

As a soul midwife she is committed to helping people cross from the old world to the yet-to-be-revealed one, with owl wings outstretched across Deep Time, across millennia, born with a broken-open heart, tapped into the magma in the Earth’s core, singing  and making the lament beautiful.

Co-founding Director of Spirit Hollow, Tracey is a shamanic healer and teacher, yoga teacher and singer of soul-stirring songs.  A graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism, she has been training shamanic healers for over 20 years through the Seeing with the Heart Apprenticeship Program  and running transformational immersions and camps for that time as well.  With 30 years of experience guiding others, she has been studying with Bill Plotkin for the last six years.  She is a Certified Level 1 Wild Mind Nature-Based Underworld Guide with the Animas Valley Institute.  Currently, she is in the second half of the Soulcraft Apprenticeship and Initiation Program (SAIP) with Plotkin learning the nuances of Soul Initiation Guide and cultivating more tools to assist in the Wholing and Healing of this broken, beautiful world.


Kimber Wattendorf (Northstar) has spent her life seeking the mystical cloaked in the mundane, the spiritual concealed within the secular. As a child she had aspirations of joining the priesthood of her Roman Catholic upbringing, but despite her penchant for transubstantiating Ritz crackers and absolving her stuffed animals of their sins, certain accidents of birth in the form of improper plumbing barred that course of action. Thus she embarked on a roundabout journey back to Source that took her from the parking lots of Grateful Dead shows to Zen monasteries, rock shows to gem shows, dive bars to crystalline mountain summits. As T.S. Elliot enjoined, she “never ceased from exploration, and at the end of all her exploring was to arrive where she started and know the place for the first time.”

All her wandering eventually led to Spirit Hollow, where she finally found Here, on the Land, the divinity she had been so desperately seeking Elsewhere, down endless labyrinthine American highways of night. Through the Seeing with the Heart Apprenticeship, under the tutelage of the incredible beings, human and more than human, who steward this sacred place, Northstar finally found her calling and her medicine. Now, as a yogi, a shamanic healer, a daughter of Gaia and a priestess of the Goddess, Northstar is deeply committed to assisting our young ones who are also adrift in the darkness of our times to find their own direction Home.


Her life’s mission is to be a navigator of soul, and she is dedicated to holding space and shining light that lost boys and lost girls of all ages might chart their course back to loving, regenerative relationship with Nature, with Community, with Mystery, and with Self.