DRUID CAMP 15-20 January 2015
The details for our Druid (Lughnasadh) Camp in January have now been finalised. Here they are:
GROVE OF THE SUMMER STARS / DRUID CAMP AOTEAROA 2015 (10th Anniversary):
From Thursday 15th to Tuesday 20th January 2015 (over Wellington Anniversary Weekend). Arrivals start on Thursday afternoon but you will need to look after your own evening meal for Thursday night.
As this is the 10th Anniversary of our Druid Camp in Aotearoa, the theme for Camp is: ’Sharing Our Stories’ – a forum to gather all our stories about love of nature, ancestry, previous Camps and belonging to The Grove of the Summer Stars. Philip Carr-Gomm (our Chief Druid in the UK) will join us via Skype and there will be workshop offerings on ritual, meditation, sacred dance, story-telling, poetry, cycles & circles – a wonderfully full kete! Over the period of Camp there will also be time for ‘doing your own thing’ – bushwalking, etc. Each evening after the evening meal we will have eisteddfod – a coming together for stimulating discussion, story, poetry and song.
The biggest change to previous Camps this time will be (at the request of many Camp attendees) that the evening meal for Friday Saturday and Monday will be catered!! The fees, therefore, have had to go up a little bit:
$40/day (or part thereof) for adults; $20/day for children under 12; free for children under 5. $160 per adult for the entire duration of Camp. There is no charge for the Thursday or the Tuesday.
These costs are still very low and include food for breakfasts and lunches, workshops, camping space, etc. but require that everyone volunteers for cooking, washing up, cleaning, workshops, wellness, etc. If camping is not your thing and you’re not bringing a caravan, limited accommodation is available in the Woolshed – $5 per person per night for ‘marae-style’ sleeping in the downstairs sitting room (mattresses & pillows supplied).
Download the Booking Form here – this is an electronic pdf which you can fill in and email back to Pamela
An indication of whether you will be attending – before 1st December, please.
Camp information and the Camp Programme will be sent to you on registration.
WORKING BEE and MEETING FOR DRUID CAMP:
Sunday 23rd November at 10am (please bring lunch to share)
Sunday 11th January 2015 at 10am (please bring lunch to share)
These are the two days we will need before Camp starts. The main focus is to prepare the site and the facilities – getting rid of thistles and gorse, preparing the barn for kitchen use, preparing the camp site, and weed-eating the Grove and its path. If these jobs are not for you, don’t worry there are plenty of gentler jobs to be done! Let’s all pitch in to make this the best Camp ever! Please let Richard firstname.lastname@example.org (0275 440409) or me (Pamela – 04 2399234) know if you can help.
The song of the spirit of the circle
It sings a rainbow
It skalds a crow
And the new born chick.
It rumbles with the
Movement of Papatuanuku’s belly,
And of earthquakes and volcanoes.
The circle sings rounds!
It sheds tears when it rains
And the trickles play music
As they dance a waterfall
Down the pitted surface.
The Spirit of the circles asks us to centre ourselves.
Yang and Yin in movement. Tai Chi.