The name for the festival of the Summer Solstice in Druidry is Alban Hefin, which means 'The Light of the Shore'. Druidry has a great respect and reverence for places that are 'in between' worlds. The seashore is one such place, where the three realms of Earth, Sea and Sky meet. There is great power in places such as these. It is the time of greatest light when the Solar God is crowned by the Goddess as the King of Summer. Read more at http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/teaching-and-practice/druid-festivals/summer-solstice-alban-hefin
Directions to the Oak Grove at the Arboretum: The Oak grove in the Arboretum is very easy to get to and is very accessible by bus. There is even easy parking! Here is how to get there:
By bus: Take the 43 or the 48 to the Montlake area. Get off on 24th at Lynn St. (The Montlake Bicycle Shop is on the corner of Lynn and 24th.) Walk east 3 blocks on Lynn St. to the Arboretum. You will see a foot bridge in to the Arboretum. As soon as you cross the foot bridge, turn left--you are in the Oak grove.
By car: Lake Washington Boulevard is the road that goes through the Arboretum. Drive into the Arboretum from the north end. You will soon see an overpass directly ahead of you (the footbridge mentioned above). Don't go under the overpass, but instead park in the parking lot on the right. Once you have parked, walk across Lake Washington Blvd and up the bank on the path directly across from the parking lot. Turn left at the footbridge and left again to see where we will be. Other ways to find us: Azalea Way is the main path through the Arboretum. The Oak grove is one of the first groves at the north end of Azalea Way. The grove is also just behind (west) of the Visitor Center.
Here is a map of the Arboretum (The Oak grove is the section labled "Oak Family"). http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/docs/ArboretumMap.jpg We hope to see you there!
Ecstatics – will be handed out to all who wish to participate by reading them.
There will be a time for you to step forward to reaffirm a vow, announce a life change call for inspiration, etc.
By the Oaks,