What we're about

Have you ever found yourself on a walk in the forest and suddenly come to a place that immediately felt special? Maybe there was some uniquely shaped rock or a tree that attracted your attention? Perhaps you thought for a moment that you could detect something, as if there was some kind of presence on the particular site that you could not really explain? Many people testify that they feel a strong affinity with nature all around us, that their strongest spiritual experiences are when they are moving through the forest.

This is not new of course. Humans have always had similar experiences since the origin of our species long, long ago. Through the ages, we have tried to understand and process these experiences, tried to portray them and give them shape, sought contact with the powers and the presence that we felt all around us. These experiences are the core of nature's religion.

Those of us who closely identify with these experiences exert a natural spirituality and seek a community that share in these gifts. That is the foundation of our community. We seek a harmony with nature and the gods based on ancient traditions and practices. We use the term "ancient" but that does not mean that our religion is obsolete or outdated. We reaffirm the old traditions and ways developed by the people who have gone before us, but develop them simultaneously, adapting them to our time and in the modern conditions under which we live. When we use the word "ancient", we may also allude to that it is rooted in a mythical time when our ancient ancestors lived in true harmony with the earth.

Our religion is polytheistic, meaning that we recognize and turn to a variety of gods and powers. Among these gods and goddesses include Odin, Freya, Thor, Sif and the others from the Norse mythology. Not all gods are Aesir - Freya is of the Vanir family, moreover, it is not just the gods and goddesses we turn but to nature spirits as the fey, animal totems, and so on. While we share a common religious foundation with the "Asatru", we understand that that this term is too narrow.

We recognize and celebrate these powers in rituals that we call blot. The blot can be considered as a symbolic celebration where we invite gods, goddesses and beings to participate, we offer them gifts and forming a relationship with them. A blot can be very simple and intimate but it can also be a big ceremony with many participants. Our festivals are tied to the seasons, and we are also ceremonies surrounding life's rites of passage such as weddings, funerals, naming of children, house blessings, and much more.

Upcoming events (5+)

The Way of Words, Weaving and Crafting

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Interested in meeting new people, discussing and/or learning some of the old lore? Do you have a craft project you are working on? Perhaps a spiritual craft, a coloring book, or a new favorite sweater??? If so, this is for you! We have been discussing the Maria Kvilhaug books of late. Feel free to bring your own ideas. Come join us for a few hours for crafts and discussion. Topics are not predetermined; however we have been discussing Seiðr (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei%C3%B0r), writing alliterative verse, knitting, carving, painting, and fashioning ritual tools. You can come and meet people and share knowledge of your own craft! We plan on meeting the second Wednesday of every month. This is a very laid back event where you can meet or talk with between 4 - 8 other like-minded souls.

Shamanic Journey Group

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Each meeting follows the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' general approach for teaching and building Core Shamanism and teaches journey techniques for all levels. There is a discussion and topic presented with each class, and these themes are integrated into the journey work. If you are new to journeying, or are new to these classes, please come 15 minutes early (see below). There is lore within the Eddas as well that sheds light on how the shamanic path was treated historically in Europe. While this class supports any religion and faith, and requires tolerance to the diversity of religious traditions within cultures, it does have more of a focus on classic mystery traditions. If you don't know how to journey, please contact Christian (xtian) in advance, although this step is not necessary. A brief introduction to journeying is available for beginners and experienced journeyers new to our group. If so, please show up about 15 minutes early. This monthly journey group will help students of all levels build the divine connections to their teachers and/or power animals. Each session will consist of two journeys, and will allow a community to share questions and have structured feedback on how to improve your skills in journeying, as well as strengthen your subtle bodies for spiritual work no matter what your personal religious calling may be. $10 donation sliding scale is appreciated. Donations support the group meetups and our larger community events! Notes on what you should bring, and requests: If you feel more comfortable lying down, bring a yoga mat or comfortable pad that you wish. If you have a rattle or shamanic drum that is not too loud, please do bring that. Bring a notebook and pen, or some thing to take notes on! Bring water for personal hydration. Please try not to eat a very large meal immediately before the class. Heavy foods can interfere with this work, especially if spiritual work is new to you. I do encourage a light snack however, as a starving student can be equally distracted. Finally, please be on time. We will spend the first 15 minutes sharing and learning, and then begin our first journey. If you do arrive once the journeying has begun, be quiet and respectful, and take the time to journey for yourself. Be respectful and turn off all cell phones and pagers during the event.

Seidr Group

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If you wish to come and ask questions, please contact us and let us know. We wish to have one or two people asking question each meeting for the one or two practitioners in trance. Currently practicing the oracular aspect of seidr, but working on all aspects of ecstatic trance and magic working. Group meets monthly, and attendance is about 5-8 people. We wish to slowly grow the group to 9 committed members and then consider expanding a second 9 members. We have members that have a wide range of experience. Some members have several decades of dedicated work in seidr and were part of Diana Paxsons seidr group back in the day. Some have two decades of practice in other arts. And others have practiced less than a year and their first experiences were in this group. If you wish to come, you must first come to at least one event and meet the organizers. The first time you attend you come and present questions to those practicing in the group. If you wish to learn, discuss with us at the end of the session. We are a very open-minded group and embrace diversity. I am scheduling this because it seems that I am doing a terrible job reminding people when the events are, and this way we can all see which nights we are scheduling or deeper works in the mystery tradition.

The Way of Words, Weaving and Crafting

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Interested in meeting new people, discussing and/or learning some of the old lore? Do you have a craft project you are working on? Perhaps a spiritual craft, a coloring book, or a new favorite sweater??? If so, this is for you! We have been discussing the Maria Kvilhaug books of late. Feel free to bring your own ideas. Come join us for a few hours for crafts and discussion. Topics are not predetermined; however we have been discussing Seiðr (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei%C3%B0r), writing alliterative verse, knitting, carving, painting, and fashioning ritual tools. You can come and meet people and share knowledge of your own craft! We plan on meeting the second Wednesday of every month. This is a very laid back event where you can meet or talk with between 4 - 8 other like-minded souls.

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