COME AND JOIN US IN A NIGHT OF FELLOWSHIP, CELEBRATION AND MAGIC!
SSF is greatly pleased to be hosting our First Annual Yule Celebration. The Celebration is being held at Fort Snelling State Park in Shelter A. Fort Snelling State Park is located on the Mississippi River and is about 10 minutes south of downtown St Paul. This park is visually stunning, even in winter. It has walking paths, cross country trails and amazing wildlife. For those who are not familiar with Shelter A and are wondering about keeping warm, Fear Not! The shelter has a magnificent central pit for a roaring fire and thick wooden sliding doors that shut out the wind, snow and cold. The park and the shelter are truly amazing and will be a wonderful setting for our Yule Celebration!
Date of Celebration: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 2016
Where: FORT SNELLING STATE PARK/ SHELTER A
Time: GATHER AT 3:30PM / RITUAL AT 4:30 / FEASTING and FELLOWSHIP UNTIL 8:30 PM
THE FEAST: Could it be a Summerland spirit Festival event without food and lots of it?!
Please bring a dessert, appetizer or another dish to share.
Summerland Spirit Festival will be cooking up a couple kinds of soup and rumor has it that there might even be Willowsong’s famous Mac and Cheese!
There will be electric available at the Shelter, so feel free to bring a crockpot of something hot and delicious!
We will have hot chocolate and coffee, otherwise bring your own beverage.
1) If you don’t already have a yearly Minnesota State Park Permit, there is a $5.00 daily fee per vehicle to enter the park. If you need assistance with this fee, please contact Summerland Spirit Festival.
2) Unless it is unbearably cold, the main Ritual will be outside and will take about 30 minutes. Dress warm! A Sumbel will also be held, but that will take place in the shelter after the Feast.
3) Firewood is not allowed to be brought into the park. We will buy it there.
3) Alcohol is not allowed in the park.
4) The main bathrooms will be closed, but there will be porta’s located near the shelter. Water will be shut off throughout the park, but there are heated bathrooms and water fountains in the park office building.
Hope to see you at Yule!
Long Night, Dark Of The Sun.
The Year is Done.
Long Night, We Face The Dark.
You Fan The Spark.
Sun Light, The Rising Sun.
Your Work Is Done.
Oh Sun Return,
Ivo Dominguez Jr.
July 8-16, 2017 • Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
Registration is now open for 2017!
Summerland Spirit Festival is a nine-day Earth-reverent spiritual retreat where you can experience personal growth, connect with nature, and make new friends. Each day is filled with great workshops, community rituals, entertainment, and an opportunity to relax and laugh in beautiful surroundings.
Blurring the line between music, theater and ritual, Australian Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule weaves her dark ambient mystical folk songs along magical paths of storytelling and mythology to create a uniquely beautiful, powerful and transformative live experience.
Wild, wise and empowering, Wendy's music honors her deep spiritual and magical connection to Nature. Her extraordinary voice and insightful lyrics, combined with her passionate and personal storytelling, invite us to celebrate and connect with our own deep Magic.
Over the past two decades, Wendy has released 10 studio albums and numerous side projects, and has toured the world extensively as both a performer and an inspirational Magical Life Coach and workshop presenter. Alongside her busy touring schedule, Wendy also facilitates the online mystery school "Living a Life of Magic", co presented with her husband and Magical partner Timothy Van Diest.
Originally from Melbourne, Wendy relocated to Oregon, USA in 2014, allowing her an even stronger connection to her ever growing US fan base, and providing daily access to the wild Nature that inspires her unique and transformational work.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition where he currently serves as one of its Elders.
He is the author of Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins with other books in the pipeline as well.
Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. Ivo lives in Delaware in the woods of Seelie Court.
The Night Travelers
The Night Travelers are a virtuosic, artistic and charismatic group with the acoustic impact and harmonic depth to please any audience.
James McKinney, banjoist, vocalist, and band leader, is one of the most innovative and masterful players in the world today and will continually surprise and amaze you. James, 1982 national banjo champion, has performed, toured, or recorded with all the master bluegrass players and musical legends such as Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Barbara Mandrell, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, and also The Grateful Dead.
Niki Portmann, the group's bassist and second vocalist, is an astounding and highly skilled player in her own right, producing soulful and wonderfully tuned bass lines which will hypnotize and have you moving to the music. An electrical engineer and physicist, Niki started her musicianship late in life and combined her love of music with her driveing work ethic and rapidly developed exceptional skills with her Bass and composition.
Together they create a blend of American, Folk, and World acoustic music that is truly unique and memorable.
H. Byron Ballard
H. Byron Ballard is a WNC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pantheacon, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and other gatherings.
Her essays feature in several anthologies, she blogs and writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book “Staubs and Ditchwater” debuted in 2012 and the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” was published in Oct. 2015.
Byron is currently at work on “Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet”.
is music appeals to anyone who like their music lyrical, thought provoking andHis unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” H
performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much apart of the creative process. A winner of many acoustic and electric guitar awards, he has also been a finalist in the prestigious National Fingerstyle Contest in Winfield, Kansas, the National Guitarmageddon regional finals in Boston and New Age Reporters Top 10 for 2006.
Ginger Ackley, a Texas native now happily transplanted to Ohio, has taken her life-long passion for music and combined it with a love of history and tradition, and melded into a delightful style of Celtic Folk.
Performing both traditional and original songs, she sings while accompanying herself on one of her six autoharps, or joyfully jams with other artists on her pennywhistles. She has been described as songwriter in the old style, and audiences often can't tell the origin of a given tune.
Her CDs cover a spectrum from original to traditional, mystical to educational. Be prepared to laugh, cry and clap along during one of her performances!
Beltana Spellsinger is a female singer / songwriter from the Southern Ozarks region of the US who sings femininely melodic tunes full of dark, soulful beauty. Using minimal instrumentation signifies the bare earthiness of Spellsingers’ Otherworldly sound. Words that might well describe Spellsinger and her style of music are Gothic, Gypsy Folk, Acoustic, Rock, Mystical... Evocative... Earthy... Enchanting... Captivating... Wraithlike... Beautiful... Haunting... Bohemian... A conjuring of images from the mystery of a deep wood.