A Feast of Lights
Finding Light and Hope in the Midst of Darkness
February 10 - 12, 2017
At the season of the Celtic festival of Imbolg or midwinter, when the cold is deepest, A Feast of Lights is a time to gather to rekindle our fires, to find warmth in community and tap into the strength of the returning light. This winter, more than ever, we need the promise of that small flame in the darkness, and so we will stir together a rich community with a wonderful collection of teachers, performers, artists, and merchants. Together, we will kindle the fire within to nourish our spirits and minds through the dark of winter and the challenges to come.
Presenters confirmed for this year include:
Orion Foxwood, Steve Trombulak, Vincent Russo, Gwendolyn Reece, Andras Corban Arthen, Juniper Talbot, Will and Lynn Rowan, Joss Price, Martin Bridge, Sarah Stockwell Arthen, Chris LaFond, Deirdre Pulgram Arthen, Jane Sibley, Moira Ashleigh, Duncan Eagleson and more..
This very special weekend is a time to celebrate with and learn from each other, a time to find power - in the old traditions, in creative and artistic expression, and in vibrant discussion and planning direction for the coming year. Come to make music, listen, learn, dance, shop, laugh, reflect, and enjoy warm company. Come to look toward the future, to think and to make plans. As we share with one another, and support one another, we can feel the spark of life, hidden deep beneath the snows of winter, begin to glow warm within our hearts.
Features include: The Art Salon, rituals, merchants, workshops, a clothing swap, Saturday’s plenary session: "Dancing on Uneven Ground" and The Stag King's Masque - a masquerade feast with ritual theater and dancing,
(The full schedule will be posted here when it is available.)
Scheduled programs begin midday on Friday, February 10 and continue until late afternoon on Sunday, February 12
Friday night features an Art Salon and a concert of winter warmth and healing featuring Sarah Stockwell Arthen, Will and Lynn Rowan, Chris LaFond, Andras Corban Arthen, and others in a round robin format.
Saturday night we celebrate midwinter with a feast, ritual, and dancing at the Stag King's Masque.
With these special events alongside the workshops, crafting, discussions and performances during the days it will be a full weekend!
We are accepting program proposals until December 21 at: http://earthspirit.rowantree.org/proposal.html
The Art Salon:
The Art Salons an exhibition and discussion featuring visual artwork connected to the artists' spirituality. Pieces by several well-known artists, including Martin Bridge, Kate Greenough and Jesse Massaro, will be shown and discussed in addition to participant contributions. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.)
Saturday night is a feast and a masquerade! Clad in our finest wintry garb, we will dine and make merry together, then weave our way into midwinter ritual before celebrating by dancing with the other creatures of the forest. The Feast and Masque are included in a weekend registration. A cash bar will also be available.
Tickets to only the Masque will be available at the door at 9pm.
Community Clothing Swap:
his Saturday afternoon event has become a real favorite. Bring the nice things you no longer wear and watch someone's excitement when they find them. Discover something wonderful for yourself or a friend!
This year we will have a special series of workshops and conversations about how to take values-based action in the world, standing firmly in our earth-centered and pagan spirituality. Discussions about engagement with the issues of environment, diversity / social justice and choices will be a thread in which anyone interested may participate.
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center
We have a special reduced rate of $102 per single or double room with $10 additional for each additional person. When you register online, you will receive instructions about how to use a group code to reserve your discounted room online.
If you register on paper, you may also call the hotel directly to reserve your room and let them know you are with A Feast of Lights. The cut off date for this special price is January 20, 2017, and there will be others at the hotel that weekend, so to be sure of a room it is best to register and reserve as soon as possible.
The hotel is a wonderful space for us, and one in which we can grow over time. It is on a lake and has outdoor space, including a firepit, that we can use. There is an indoor pool, many accommodating meeting spaces, restaurants that are open for all meals, and a great Merchant Room.