Drumming Awake the Horse

I put many things on the back-burner after having my daughter.  Attending drum circles at the Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center was one such thing because it’s meant for adults.  The purpose of their monthly circles is to trance, and most of us know that kids do not mix well with that practice.  My husbandContinue reading “Drumming Awake the Horse”

Summer Solstice: On Rivers, Under the Moon, and In the Garden

My Summer Solstice celebration started on Saturday. We woke early and headed to Alexandria Bay for Family Day at Boldt Castle. We had to stand in a long line to purchase boat tickets first as the castle is on an island. It was a bright, sunny day… Standing and waiting was exhausting and uncomfortable, butContinue reading “Summer Solstice: On Rivers, Under the Moon, and In the Garden”

Get Out and Enjoy the Sun on the Summer Solstice

Last night, I joined some of my grovies from Northern Rivers as guests for Kripalu Yoga Center’s Summer Solstice celebration. It was a very different and eclectic ritual style, but it was good-natured and fun. It’s important to the group to show support for the Yoga Center as they have been very welcoming to us.Continue reading “Get Out and Enjoy the Sun on the Summer Solstice”

Stone Circle Visits and Didgeridoos

We joined our friends at the Kripalu Yoga Center for an enjoyable evening of camaraderie, feasting, music, and fun.  A gentleman gave a didgeridoo demonstration and discussed some of the tradition surrounding the instrument.  That was quite fascinating!  I’d never heard one in person before and it was surprisingly meditative.  My little one slept throughContinue reading “Stone Circle Visits and Didgeridoos”

Meditation, Nature Walks, and Beloved Grovies

I’ve had a busy but wonderful weekend full of learning, beautiful weather, and old friends.  I feel exhausted, and my feet hurt, but it sure beats lazing around with Netflix all day! Yesterday I attended the first in a series of meditation workshops at the Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center.  Local reiki practitioner and long-timeContinue reading “Meditation, Nature Walks, and Beloved Grovies”

The North Country Druidic Study Group Celebrates the Winter Solstice!

Our Winter Solstice Altar.  Each time we set up, it gets a little better.  My goal for the next ritual is to add more seasonal embellishments!    Photo by Weretoad, 2012. On Saturday, the North Country Druidic Study group gathered to celebrate the Winter Solstice.  It was our third ever public ritual and, although itContinue reading “The North Country Druidic Study Group Celebrates the Winter Solstice!”

The North Country Druidic Study Group Celebrates Samhain

Last night, the North Country Druidic Study Group gathered for its second ever ritual – Samhain!  Although a few days after the calendrical holiday, my Druidic tradition believes that the veil remains thin for some time.  Personally, I view it like the lunar phases.  Samhain is when it is at its peak, while the daysContinue reading “The North Country Druidic Study Group Celebrates Samhain”

Building Community: The Necessary but Annoying Business End

First of all, I’m very excited to announce that the North Country Druidic Study Group has been welcomed to perform our High Day rituals at the Kripalu Yoga Center here in Northern NY!  They have a lovely little stone circle with a fire pit that is just perfect for us.  What’s more, they have anContinue reading “Building Community: The Necessary but Annoying Business End”