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Harvest Homecoming: Enter the Spiral, Open the Circle
September 2, 2022 at 3:00 pm to September 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Harvest Homecoming is the “family reunion” for Oak Spirit Sanctuary–whether it’s your first time at OSS or you’ve lost count! This family-friendly, all ages event invites everyone to come home, partake in three beautiful rituals, share meals together, engage in traditional OSS harvest activities like the Triple Goddess Grape Stomp, sing, drum, and dance in celebration and gratefulness for our community.
Also at this weekend event is the annual church meeting; a time to report on the year’s progresses and challenges as we work to continue the mission of Oak Spirit Sanctuary.
Featured at this Four Day Event:
- Meet and Greet Social Time
- Opening Ritual
- Community Talent Show
- Workshop presentation by guest presenter Bill Duvendack
- Triple Goddess Grape Stomp
- Chili Cookoff
- Community Potluck
- Interactive West African Drumming and Dancing workshop by guest performers: Wontanara
- Evening musical performance by “Something Sacred”
- Additional Workshops
- Annual Community Church Meeting–Open to the Public. Attendance at this meeting only does not require registration or payment
- No formal programming for today: this is an extra day for community camping, “make your own fun” day.
Special Guest Presenters
Oak Spirit Sanctuary is pleased to welcome back Right Rev. Bill Duvendack. He is an internationally known astrologer, long time practitioner of the western mysteries, author, psychic, tarot reader, and teacher.
Bill will be presenting a workshop titled: “By Will and Form”
When starting to work with occultism in one of its various forms, it may seem a nebulous task, and in this presentation, we will look at key basic concepts to empower you to greater success along the path of your spiritual unfoldment. We will look at the key components of ritual work, and will discuss how to work with spirits and ancestors. Although this is looking at basic ideas, anyone of any experience level may find this interesting.
For more information about Bill Duvendack, please visit his website: 418 Ascendant.
Based in Columbia, Missouri, Wontanara is a diverse group of dancers and percussionists focusing on the music, dance, and culture of West Africa. The name “Wontanara” is a phrase from Guinea which means “we are one.” As such, the mission is to celebrate diversity in the Columbia community by focusing on the performing arts of Africa and her diaspora. Through educational outreach, dance and percussion classes, performances, workshops, festivals, and collaborations with other community organizations, Wontanara hopes to bring community members together and cultivate an appreciation of what African culture has to offer.
To learn more, please visit:
Special Musical Performance
Luna Hawk and Justin Owen make up two-thirds of Columbia, MO based band, Something Sacred. Our third member, Tracy Owen is traveling about. Luna Hawk also performs solo and with friends. Something Sacred ranges in genres of medicine music from indie-folk to alt-metal. We have curated a special playlist of original music for the Oak Spirit Sanctuary Community with much gratitude and love.
You can find us online at Luna Hawk Music website, Luna Hawk Music Facebook and Something Sacred.
Pricing and Registration
Online registration is closed.
Full Event: $55.00 At The Gate registration fee for Adults 18 years and older.
Children under 17 years old are free. Work Vouchers may be used for credit for up to half of the registration fee.
Friday Day Pass: $20.00
Saturday Day Pass: $30.00
Call out for Community Participation!
Calling for Chili Chefs!
Bring your best chili recipe for a taste-test judging contest and see if yours is the winner! Community Potluck will immediately follow the chili judging so your chili will become your contribution to the shared meal.
Calling for Talent!
A Talent show is being planned for Friday night and we want to see YOU on stage! Do you sing, play an instrument, dance, or have a short, family friendly, comedic act? Is there a poem you’d love to share? Do you have a unique surprising skill that you could perform? Let us know! We’d like to get advance notice for planning purposes. You can send an email indicating you’d like to be in the talent show and what your act will be. (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR fill out the section regarding Talent Show participation on the registration form. We want to put the spotlight on you!
Calling for Art Raffle/Auction Donations
Art and Craft pieces are always welcome donations that help fundraise at the two biggest events for OSS: Harvest Homecoming and Beltane. Your free-will donated item is greatly appreciated and will be used for this or future events.
Items to bring for this event
Specific for this event’s programming, rituals, and activities:
- Snacks, Appetizers, Wine, Non-alcoholic drinks if you wish to contribute something to the opening Social Hour
- A potluck dish for about 10 to 12 people with ingredients labelled. Please keep your food item appropriately cooled for food safety considerations until cooking or presenting. If you need help with keeping your item cold until needed, let an event organizer know.
- Chili for the Chili Cookoff if you wish to enter. This dish will then immediately become part of the community potluck
- Grapes for the Triple Goddess Grape Stomp
- Natural materials such as fruits or vegetables, flowers, wheat sheaves, dried or fresh herbs, etc. for the creation of a mandela or Despacho for the closing ritual. These will be laid out on a flat surface in a beautiful, symmetrical pattern. To give you an idea of what this is, please visit “Gratitude Despacho Ceremony” video.
- Since the weather may be hot: fun water play items to keep cool. Toys like super soakers, small kiddie pools (inflatable or solid plastic), but no plastic water balloons please. Bring swim suit, if desired
Event Volunteer Shifts
Many hands make light work! We are asking participants to volunteer to help with the tasks of this event. Time commitment is minimal, with flexible timeframes to do the tasks so you don’t miss any parts of the event. Set up and Take Down crew would be the most vigorous and longer shifts of the available tasks.
Please sign up for a task onsite.
Camping at OSS
Camping at OSS is rustic and primitive. There are no flush toilets, (porta potties are available,) no electric hook ups or RV waste disposal.
There is an outdoor shower house with hot water, on a patio open to the woods. One private shower stall is available indoors. Showers are generally open to “mixed company.”
Pets are allowed but must always be on leashes and owners must clean up pet waste.
OSS does not offer trash or recycling service. If you pack it in, please pack it out.
Fires can only be made in established fire circles. Please do not start new fire circles All fires are sacred and no trash is ever thrown into the fire. Please dispose of your cigarette butts in your own camp trash, not into the fires.
COVID transmission outdoors is understood as extremely minimal risk. However, any public gathering will always contain some risk. Please use your own discretion about mask wearing and personal space.
OSS is not requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results, however, if you feel ill in any way or have had a recent COVID exposure that puts you and others at risk, please do not attend. If you have paid registration in advance and need to cancel due to COVID concerns, a refund will be granted to you. Contact email@example.com to communicate about this issues.
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