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Ok, I really need to write about my experiences at Wellspring this year.  It’s taken me long enough.  This is entirely due to the fact that I’m just so busy right now.  I’m taking summer classes three nights a week and am preparing for a craft show next weekend.  I feel terribly behind on my mentoring and DP reviewing…  I’ve somehow been able to keep (mostly) afloat in my Nine Moons work.

So anyway…  on to the squishiness that was Wellspring 2011!  Forgive the disjointedness of this post…  It’s very late/early.

To be entirely honest, I was not all that thrilled about going the entire week before.  The forecast was not promising and I was starting to feel the stress of my current busy schedule.  Once we arrived, I was happy to be there.  It’s wonderful to see so many people that I know from the virtual world of ADF and learn, ritualize, and party with them.  My old friends Parallax and her husband were there.  Weretoad and I were delighted to spend time with them.  I got to know the North East Regional Druid (NERD) more and she is a wonderful, fun, and generous gal!  I talked to some of my fellow Artisans.  Though I did not have time to prepare an entry to the contest, I delighted in the creativity of my guild.  I felt refreshed and full of new inspiration!

Speaking of inspiration, the highlight of the bardic competition was, for me, seeing three of my grove mates participate, including Phoenix’s daughter!  Oh my gosh, that girl has the voice of a Goddess.  It was the second time I heard her sing “Colors of the Wind,” but it still brought tears to my eyes.

Sunday night, during ritual, there was an epic storm.  Weretoad and I were relatively comfortable under our rain ponchos, but everyone else was soaking wet.  It thundered and lightened so much that I worried about getting back to the camp safely.  Hubby and I prayed to Thor and still owe him some ale in return for our safety.

One of my favorite moments occurred after the storm.  Several of us gathered under the large pavilion.  I was in a group of friends and we started to sing random songs.  Eventually others joined us and it turned into a little drum circle (plus an accordion!).  There was much drinking and merriment.

I took a moment to visit the bonfire.  There was another drum circle over there and I delighted in dancing around the fire.  I had an incredibly intense dance-induced trance while there.  I literally felt like something was riding me and making me move.  Again and again, I found myself dangerously close to the fire then flung back as if yanked by a harness.  It was wild…  I’ve never felt that before.  It’s very exhausting.

We met a delightful couple in the hot tub.  They were a few generations older than us and shared some of their traveling adventures.  They weren’t part of ADF but it was a lot of fun to talk to them anyway!  I kind of hope we’ll see them at a future Wellspring.

I sold several of my plushies at Wellspring.  I’m always happy to see them find good homes…

 

So…yeah!  Wellspring turned out to be a fun, if soggy, adventure.

 

Now it’s time for sleep.

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Weretoad and I will be making the long drive to The Brushwood Folklore Center this weekend for ADF’s Wellspring festival!  We’re both really excited to go.  I love seeing fellow Druids from around the world, learning from the elders, and dancing in the drum circle.  Hubby just wants a relaxing weekend away from the rest of the world.  I’m really glad he likes Wellspring.  We still have a ton of packing to do, but this is what my list looks like for now:

  1. Snacks
  2. Drinks – alcoholic and non
  3. Sleeping bags
  4. Comforters
  5. pillows
  6. four tarps
  7. a tent
  8. a canopy to put over the tent
  9. my traveling altar
  10. a book to read (or two)
  11. belly dancing accessories
  12. lantern
  13. plastic bags for clothing
  14. towels
  15. sarongs (yay!)
  16. street clothes for our drive home
  17. warm clothes for the chilly nights
  18. rain shoes
  19. flip flops
  20. ritual garb
  21. camping cutlery and dishes
  22. sun screen
  23. new dolls and plushies for vending at the ADF store
Am I forgetting anything!?

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