July 8, 2011
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The Rowan Tree Church, legally incorporated as a Church with full recognition from the U.S. Government, is an extended family throughout North America. Our primary community is centered at The Hermit’s Grove, serving the Puget Sound area. We meet for Full Moons, Sabbats and Sunday Circles and work together on projects.
Our legal bylaws state that:
I.A. "Membership is open to any person age twelve or older who wishes to share in our community. Those seventeen or less must have [written] parental consent. Members must be both comfortable and accepting of the traditional ways in which we express our religion. It is necessary that a Member be accepting of the ethics of our spiritual path, which includes a non-violent approach both of body and mind to one's interaction with the world around us. Religious tolerance (of all religions) is important as is the development of an increasingly positive outlook on reality and magick. It is also important that Members be comfortable with a variety of affectional and sexual preferences."
We invite you to attend our classes on Wicca and other topics, and will use Meetup.Com to invite you to those rituals and gatherings which are open to the public...
Being part of this meetup Rowan Tree group is being part of an extended family, of the larger Circle which embraces the membership of The Rowan Tree Church. If you wish to become an actual Member of our Church, we ask that you read A Wiccan Bardo, Revisited. Contact me (Rev. Paul) with any questions!
The entire property (both legal parcels and all structures on the land) are defined as Safe and Sacred Space: “Our rituals and gatherings are considered Safe and Sacred Space. Safe and Sacred Space is more than our guidelines, policies and procedures implemented to create an environment in which children, youth and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space. A Safe and Sacred Space is an overt expression used by The Rowan Tree Church to create a place where everyone, regardless of age, may experience and participate within our Tradition with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. We encourage each person participating to share in the responsibility of maintaining Safe and Sacred Space.”
We are not a building
Often you will hear and read the statement that The Rowan Tree Church, incorporated in 1979, is its members and is not a building - but what does that mean? We are a Church where our members are found in both the United States and in Canada. We are an Earth-focused network of Communities and solitary practitioners dedicated to the study of the Wiccan Tradition we call Lothloriën. Neither the Church nor the Hermit’s Grove are the buildings nor the land that contains the educational gardens, the garden structures, the caretaker’s cottage and the classroom.
The Rowan Tree Church encourages spiritual growth through support, resources and educational opportunities for our Members. The Rowan Tree Church also offers Sunday Circles, educational programs, workshops and formal pathworking leading to an understanding of the Inner Mysteries. Among the assets of the Mystery School is the legal entity known as the Hermit’s Grove as well as the Sacred Land given to The Rowan Tree Church by Rev. Paul and Rev. gerry Beyerl often referred to as The Hermit’s Grove.
What is the Hermit’s Grove? The Hermit’s Grove is an asset of the Mystery School and is centered under the organization of The Rowan Tree Church - specifically under the College of Mentors who are the Clergy of Lothloriën. The Hermit’s Grove is not the land held by The Rowan Tree Church. It is dedicated to the healing of body, soul and planet. Founded by Rev. Paul and gerry in 1994, our educational programs included many related fields, ranging from herbal medicine to herbal magick, the annual herbal symposium and many other disciplines. We teach the traditional sciences used by healers, including astrology and spiritual wisdom. The Hermit’s Grove utilizes the classroom and gardens held in title by The Rowan Tree Church and at times the caretaker’s cottage. The Hermits Grove offers workshops and classes, 1.3 acres of gardens with over 600 species of plants and other resources. Its publishing program makes the books of Paul Beyerl and the Mystery School of The Rowan Tree available to the public, as well as offering monthly newsletters. Through the Hermit’s Grove you may study by correspondence, as well as purchase dried herbs and botanicals.
Other relevant facts:
The land held in title by, and an asset of, The Mystery School of The Rowan Tree Church is used occasionally by The Hermit’s Grove, The Rose Hill Community and at times public gatherings. However, this land is neither zoned for, nor a practical site for public or large gatherings. Such use would require: a significantly larger parcel of land; construction of a driveway meeting public access codes; installation of sewer lines and electricity; provisions to comply with ADA access; provisions for parking to meet code; and more. This is beyond reasonable for us nor is it likely that rezoning would gain approval for this size and configuration of Real Estate.
It is legal to use the land as a site for cremated remains. This is under the oversight of The College of Mentors. The State of Washington allows for this.
This land will be held as private (taxable) property.
The cottage will remain the residence of the Beyerls until the time they pass on to the Otherworld. During this time they maintain all of the property and make decisions regarding the management of said properties and gardens in the best interests of Lothloriën.
For additional information please order the Guidelines for The Hermit’s Grove Sacred Land which belongs to The Rowan Tree Church. (including the placement of cremated remains.)
In Gratitude and Service,
WoMN, Director of Real Estate.
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