…or other technical difficulties. The full moon ritual for this Thursday, September 7th, is hereby moving to 5000 Boardwalk #13 (Deborah and Jim’s home). It’s still at 7 PM. Still adults only. You still need to RSVP, if you haven’t already. If you need to reach me, call 970-224-4797 or e-mail email@example.com. Sorry for the change. S
A couple changes and updates for you:
TONIGHT (Friday, September 1st) â€“ KANâ€™NAL is playing the Aggie Theatre (204 S College) in Fort Collins again! â€“ show is at 8 PM – $10 in advance or $12 at the door â€“ All Ages â€“ call (970)484-6446 or go to www.aggietheatre.com for tickets
Theyâ€™re also doing a free â€œin-storeâ€ performance this afternoon at the Finest Music and Movies (1103 W Elizabeth) from 4-5 PM
Dance of Universal Peace for Alice Dornseif â€“ Tuesday, September 5th â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ River Rock Common House â€“ This dance is an honoring and benefit dance celebrating Maryleaâ€™s mom, Alice Dornseif, who left her body this March. On August 28th she would have turned 82. Marylea and William will match the donations from this eveningâ€™s DUP and send the equal amount to a charitable organization in Aliceâ€™s honor. Please come and help Marylea celebrate her momâ€™s life â€“ by donationÂ
Dance of Universal Peace NOT at Sunrise â€“ Tuesday, September 12th â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ River Rock Common House â€“ Iâ€™m sorry to say, I forgot that Sunrise Ranch is not available this month so, Tanja (at River Rock) has arranged, once again, for us to dance in the common house (Thank you, Tanja!) – $7 suggested donation
Mabon Ritual â€“ Friday, September 22nd â€“ All the same info but the ritual will be facilitated by the Treehenge Seed Group â€“ family friendly â€“ ritual at 5:30, potluck after ritual â€“ RSVP to me â€“ by donation
September 8th â€“ chant verdict â€“ there will be no chant in Fort Collins. We will probably have an evening of chant at Singing Moon to fill your desires.
The rest of the September mailer remains intact.
Sing and dance with you soon!
By golly, this month is looking so full! But the first few items are still August, which makes September seem a little less terrifying.
And the last three inches of text are my usual foolishness.
At any rate, I look forward to sharing many delicious circles with you this month starting with:
Events with Leilah between August 23rd and August 27th:
Leilah Be, Sufi teacher and DUP leader, will be attending and contributing to the regular dance programs with Timothy Dobson this Wednesday evening in Denver (Temple Events Center, 7:15 PM, $8 at the door) and this Friday evening in Boulder (I think itâ€™s the Mennonite Church(?) one block east of Broadway and Lehigh, same time and price).
She is offering a full day workshop 9 AM to 4 PM in Boulder on Saturday ($75, contact Gwin Samia to register 303-847-1844, or firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as presenting at Spirit Keepers Sunday morning (Senior Center at 9th and Arapahoe in Boulder, 10 AM)
Her Zikr will be at the Starhouse Sunday evening (just west of Boulder up Sunshine Canyon, $10).
I just canâ€™t sing Leilahâ€™s praises sweetly or loudly or enthusiastically enough. Please come spend some time with her at any/all of these events.Â
Chant â€“ this Friday August 25th â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane (if youâ€™re not going to see Leilah in Boulder, come sing!) â€“ by donation
Dance of Universal Peace â€“ Sunday August 27th â€“ 4-6 PM â€“ St. Bartholomewâ€™s (880 MacGregor Ave., in Estes Park) â€“ with Mary Ellen Garrett and myself â€“ $5-10 â€“ for more info contact Mary Ellen email@example.com or (970)586-2552
Zikr â€“ Tuesday August 29th â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ River Rock (520 N Sherwood, in Fort Collins) â€“ Sufi prayer circle, lots of movement, chanting, mostly Arabic, totally heartful â€“ $7 suggested donation
Mama Sing â€“ Tuesday September 5th â€“ 10 AM â€“ Greyrock Cohousing Common House (just north of Liberty Drive, Fort Collins) â€“ for women and children
Dance of Universal Peace â€“ Tuesday September 5th â€“ 7:15 PM – River Rock (520 N Sherwood, in Fort Collins) â€“ $7 suggested donation
Full Moon Ritual â€“ Thursday September 7th â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ must meet some generally socially determined standards of maturity to participate (adults only please) â€“ RSVP â€“ by donation
Singing Moon Campout â€“ Friday to Sunday, September 8-10 â€“ Drumming, dancing, campingâ€¦ in Red Featherâ€¦ $15 per nightâ€¦ potluck dinners, fend for yourself all other times â€“ for more info please click this link to view the flier http://www.earthtribe.org/singingmoonfest06.html
QUESTION::::::::::: for those of you who may NOT be going to the Singing Moon Campout, or who may be going up Saturday, do you want a chant in Fort Collins Friday night (the 8th)? If you want it, let me know soon, soon, soon, so I can schedule it. If you arenâ€™t going to be here and/or donâ€™t want it, let me know so I can NOT schedule it. Thanks!
Dance of Universal Peace â€“ Tuesday September 12th â€“ 7 PM â€“ Sunrise Ranch (5569 NCR 29, Loveland) â€“ $5 suggested donation
New Moon Ritual â€“ Thursday September 21st â€“ 7 PM â€“ Deeper Circle pre-requisites must be met for attendance â€“ please contact moi for more information
Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Ritual â€“ Friday September 22nd â€“ 5:30 PM ritual and potluck to follow â€“ Treehenge (just east of Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins) â€“ Family friendly celebration of the balanced day and night, the Pagan Thanksgiving â€“ RSVP â€“ by donation
Dance of Universal Peace for Women â€“ Tuesday September 26th â€“ St. Barnabas Church (southeast corner of 13th and Vine, Denver) â€“ if you happen to be a woman, reading this, please consider joining us for some delicious girl time, singing, dancing and praying together in a beautiful space and a lovely community â€“ $6 suggested donation
Chant â€“ Friday September 29th â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ is it safe to assume that everyone knows what a chant is by now? If not, please let me know and Iâ€™ll start up my obnoxious descriptions again â€“ by donation Â
If youâ€™re interested in helping with the Mabon celebration, please contact me ASAP.
If youâ€™re interested in helping with origami, balloon animal formations and/or paper airplanes, please contact someone else.
If you need directions, more information and/or to RSVP for any of the above hootenannies, please contact me ASAP.
If you need a new cellular phone, help with your cable TV or some new shingles for your roof, please contact someone else.
If you want to contact me, please call (970)224-4797 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to contact someone else, try switching the first â€œ9â€ and the last â€œ7â€ or trade out the â€œrainâ€ with the â€œorg.â€
Let me know how that works for you by abandoning the latter and resorting to the former phone number and e-mail address.
Yâ€™all are so weird!
Many rainy Autumnal blessings to you and your kin,
Please try to imagine that this entire e-mail is being read aloud to you through a large household fan.
Why, as adults, do we lose the tendency to be amused by such things as talking through the blades of a fan?
Talking while gargling has a similarly entertaining effect, but with a greater mess potential.
Tuesday, August 1st â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ Dance of Universal Peace â€“ River Rock (520 N Sherwood in Fort Collins) – $7 suggested donation
Wednesday, August 2nd â€“ 5:30 PM â€“ Lammas ritual for the whole darn family â€“ Treehenge (just east of Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins) â€“ RSVP â€“ ritual followed by potluck â€“ bring food/drink to share, non-disposable dishes for yourself, drums, bug spray, picnic blanketsâ€¦ – by donation
Tuesday, August 8th â€“ 7 PM â€“ Dance of Universal Peace â€“ Sunrise Ranch (5569 NCR 29, Loveland) – $5 suggested donation
NO FULL MOON RITUAL!!! â€“ Wednesday, August 9th happens to be the first night of Dragonfest and I know many of you will be there celebrating the full moon with hundreds of other happy pagans. Have fun!!!
Tuesday, August 22nd â€“ 7 PM â€“ Womenâ€™s Dance of Universal Peace â€“ St. Barnabas (southeast corner of 13th and Vine in Denver) – $6 suggested donation
Friday, August 25th â€“ 7 PM â€“ Chant â€“ 449 Clover Lane in Fort Collins â€“ by donation
Saturday, August 26th â€“ 9 AM â€“ 4 PM plus evening program â€“ Leilah, my beloved Sufi teacher, will be in Boulder offering a day-long workshop and evening zikr â€“ Dances, chanting, meditation, etc. – $65 (registration before August 12) or $75 â€“ for more info contact Gwindolyn (303)847-1844 alohaRng@aol.com or Habib (303)776-4080
Tuesday, August 29th â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ Zikr â€“ River Rock â€“ an evening of Sufi prayer â€“ $7 Suggested donation
For directions, more information and/or to RSVP for ritual, call or e-mail me at (970)224-4797 or email@example.com.
In case youâ€™re curious about where the titles for these ridiculous e-mails come from, this one was a little brain burp of the album â€œAugust and Everything After.â€
Rope swings over rivers are the best!
Iâ€™m here to disrupt your summer with some new information and clarifications about Spiritual Mentoring and Deepening Circle. If you have no interest in either of these things, good-bye!
Spiritual Mentoring â€“
If you are interested in learning more about Spiritual Mentoring (either in a group or in a one-on-one context), please come to a meeting with me and Kiri to discuss this practice. After an introductory conversation, those who are interested in a group can set up details for getting it started.
Side note: I have heard some interest from folks in the Denver area. If yâ€™all are serious, we can plan a meeting and consider starting a group in Denver. Please let me know what you want.
Another side note: if the below listed time for a meeting doesnâ€™t work for you but you do want to learn more about Spiritual Mentoring, we can plan an alternate meeting time for the following Monday. Let me know what you need.
Thursday, July 27th
230 N Sunset in Fort Collins
Deepening Circle â€“
In the last e-mail, I introduced my intention to start a new moon ritual circle. I have heard from many of you who are interested and I would like to hold the first new moon circle this Monday July 24th.
If you have already submitted your RSVP, please do so again (I lost them, and Iâ€™ll send the details about time and place when you contact me!).
As clarification, hereâ€™s how Iâ€™m structuring this:
If youâ€™re interested in a Deepening Circle, please call or e-mail me to let me know.
I will forward you a digital copy of my written description, requirements and intentions.
If youâ€™re still interested and can agree with that document, you are welcome to RSVP for ritual.
It will be a continuously open circle meaning that even if you donâ€™t attend the first ritual, you are welcome to look into it and jump on board later. Each ritual will be open to 10 people only (first come and all that).
As a heads up: there is a pre-requisite of attendance at four full moon circles.
Side note (I love side notes, donâ€™t you?): if you contacted me for information and I dropped the ball, please remind me so I can follow through. My organizational skills have been seriously lacking of late!
Thank you all for putting up with my scatter-brained-ness! The rest of the monthâ€™s activities are still good to go (Womenâ€™s DUP in Denver on the 25th, Chant on the 28th, River Rock DUP on the 1st and Lammas on the 2nd). Several of you have offered to help with Lammas and I will be in touch with you very soon about that.
Youâ€™re gonna be so deeply bored by the end of this newsletter. You might as well close it now and go back to bed. Good-bye.
Due to fire hazards, hotdogs and red, white and blue corn chips, the Mama Sing will be the 2nd Tuesday, and the Dance of Universal Peace at River Rock will be on the 3rd Tuesday. For any confusion, I apologize.
Thank you to Mandy, Rahchayl, Traci and Katherine for creating a fun fairy fest for this yearâ€™s Summer Solstice!
And hereâ€™s an invitation just for you and you and you and you and you andâ€¦
I would like to offer another Spiritual Mentoring Group. If you are interested in learning more and/or experiencing this beautiful process, please let me know before Julyâ€™s full moon (the 10th). The next group will probably meet Thursday evenings once or twice a month. It may be co-facilitated by Kiri Saftler and myself.
Monday, July 10th â€“ Full moon ritual â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ If yâ€™all have seen â€œAn Inconvenient Truth,â€ when you heard Al say, â€œI used to be the next president,â€ if you immediately understood and laughed you are welcome to attend (adults only please, need not be democrat) â€“ RSVP â€“ by donation
Tuesday, July 11th â€“ Mama Sing â€“ 10 AM â€“ Greyrock Commons (off Liberty Dr. in Ft. Collins) â€“ a morning chant for women and children
Tuesday, July 11th â€“ Dance of Universal Peace â€“ 7 PM â€“ Sunrise Ranch (5569 NCR 29, Loveland) â€“ $5 suggested donation
Friday, July 14th â€“ Chant â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ by donation
Tuesday, July 18th â€“ Dance of Universal Peace â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ River Rock Commons (520 N Sherwood, Ft Collins) â€“ $7 suggested donation
Hereâ€™s another weird idea for you: I would like to offer a â€œDeepening Circle,â€ that is to say, a co-ed, new moon ritual circle with the intention of exploring more contemplative/deeper ritual workings. Iâ€™ve been envisioning an open circle structure (meaning everyone is welcome) but with solid pre-requisites (to ensure everyoneâ€™s alignment and cooperation with the circleâ€™s intentions). Iâ€™ve been writing up some info for interested folks. To learn more, please contact me. If there is sufficient interest for this experiment (and it truly is an experiment), we may gather for the first time Monday, July 24th (the new moon) â€“ time and place TBA
Tuesday, July 25th â€“ Womenâ€™s Dance of Universal Peace â€“ 7 PM â€“ St. Barnabas Church (southeast corner of 13th and Vine in Denver) â€“ $6 suggested donation
Friday, July 28th â€“ Chant â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ by donation
Heads up â€“ Wednesday, August 2nd â€“ Lammas/Lughnasad Ritual â€“ (probably 5:30 PM and most likely in Treehenge) â€“ Family friendly ritual followed by potluck â€“ RSVP â€“ Please let me know if youâ€™d like to help with ritual. Iâ€™m not scheduling a planning meeting but will be happy, happy, happy for your suggestions and assistance.
My advice: go to bed at midnight, sleep â€˜til noon, take advantage of afternoon siesta, and harbor no qualms about falling asleep in business meetings. Let the early bird have its worm. Hey, I heard (from my brother) that if you swallow two mouthfuls of chlorinated pool water, a urine analysis drug test will come out clean. Is that true?
For more information about Spiritual Mentoring, rituals, chants, dances, Deepening Circle, rattlesnakes or muskrats, please donâ€™t hesitate to call me or the Humane Society. Mi numero: (970)224-4797. Mi e-mail addressio: firstname.lastname@example.org. Humane Society numero: (970)226-3647. Humane Society e-mail addressio: email@example.com. Donâ€™t tell them I sent you.
You know those silly songs we all learn in elementary school (primary school, if you prefer) such as â€œRing Around the Rosyâ€ and â€œMiss Mary Mackâ€ and â€œCinderella Dressed in Yellaâ€ and the spin off songs like â€œThis Land is my Land; This Land Ainâ€™t Your Landâ€ and â€œJingle Bells Batman Smellsâ€ etcâ€¦ Isnâ€™t it amazing that these songs have been around forever and they maintain a lively existence on down through countless generations of school children who all think they are the first ones to sing them? Color me impressed!
Hereâ€™s the June line upâ€¦
Tuesday, May 30th â€“ Zikr â€“ 7 PM â€“ River Rock Commons (520 N Sherwood in Fort Collins) â€“ chanting and moving toward the one (mostly in Arabic) â€“ by donation ($7 suggested)
Friday through Sunday June 2-4 â€“ Family Friendly Campout â€“ the deadline for signing up has passed but Marylea is allowing you last minute stragglers to sneak in. Be quick about it, eh. â€“ contact Marylea for all the details firstname.lastname@example.org (970)218-3695
Tuesday June 6th â€“ Mama Sing â€“ 10 AM â€“ Greyrock Commons (off Liberty Drive in Fort Collins) â€“ for women and children, singing through the morning.
Tuesday June 6th â€“ Dance of Universal Peace â€“ 7:15 PM â€“ River Rock Commons â€“ a more eclectic experience of singing, dancing and praying together â€“ $7 suggested donation
Sunday June 11th â€“ Full Moon Ritual â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane (in Fort Collins) â€“ no young whippersnapper hooligan chillâ€™uns allowed, yâ€™hear? (adults only) â€“ RSVP to me â€“ by donation
Tuesday June 13th â€“ Dance of Universal Peace â€“ 7 PM â€“ Sunrise Ranch (5569 NCR 29, Loveland) â€“ contact me for specific room destination â€“ $5 suggested donation
Friday June 16th â€“ Chant â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ In case you havenâ€™t been at chant for awhile (or if youâ€™ve never been), weâ€™ve gotten into a new rhythm in which I prepare a list of chants before everyone arrives. I still take requests if yâ€™all have pressing things you want included but thereâ€™s a lot less talk and a lot more singing â€“ by donation
Saturday June 17th â€“ Farewell Party/Ritual/Dance for Ivy, Scott & Hazel â€“ 1-4 PM â€“ Treehenge â€“ Scott, Ivy & Hazel have been part of the open circle for many years. They are moving to Hawaii. Letâ€™s send them off with love and blessings! â€“ Bring potluck food/drink, your own dishware, sun and bug deflection, picnic blanket, etc. Do not bring presents – RSVP ASAP to Scott and Ivy email@example.com or (970)219-9374.
Wednesday June 21st â€“ Summer Solstice Ritual â€“ 6:30 PM â€“ Treehenge â€“ This ritual will be facilitated by Mandy, Rahchayl, Traci and Katherine. Itâ€™s focused on fairies (men, women and children welcome even if youâ€™re not technically â€œfairiesâ€). Potluck will follow the ritual. Wear fairy attire (wings and bells). Bring flowers for the fairies, drums, your own non-disposable dishware, picnic blanket, bug spray, etc. â€“ RSVP to Mandy firstname.lastname@example.org â€“ by donation
Friday June 23rd â€“ Chant â€“ 7 PM â€“ 449 Clover Lane â€“ by donation
Tuesday June 27th â€“ Womenâ€™s Dance of Universal Peace â€“ 7 PM â€“ St Barnabas Church (13th and Vine in Denver) â€“ $6 suggested donation
Please take careful note of the RSVP persons for each event in this monthâ€™s schedule. To RSVP for full moon, for more info about zikr, chants or dances, for a detailed report of the mating habits of yellow jackets, call or e-mail me (970)224-4797 or email@example.com.
About the campout, contact Marylea. For Ivy and Scottâ€™s shindig, talk to them. For Summer Solstice, get in touch with Mandy.
When riding bikes along our lovely Fort Collins bike paths, donâ€™t open your mouth unless you want to eat bugs.
When swimming in the river, beware of water snakes, water spiders and mutant crawdads all of which remember how tasty humans are from last year.
When reading romance novels at night, candles are not sufficient lighting. Your mother said so.
The fireflies are coming, the fireflies are comingâ€¦
Thank you all for voting.
Iâ€™m not yet shaving my head or going monk. Thank you for your concern.
The zikr is on:
Next Tuesday – May 30th – 7 PM – at River Rock Commons (520 North Sherwood in Fort Collins) â€“ by donation (and if you feel better with a suggested amount, how about $7) – If youâ€™re still not sure what zikr is, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail and I will try to explain it.
It will be most marvelous if all of you who voted for â€œAâ€ actually follow through with that.
It will also be good and grand if half of you who voted for â€œBâ€ actually follow through with that.
Those of you who voted for â€œCâ€ aren’t reading anymore. My apologies.
There is still a womenâ€™s dance in Denver tonight (Tuesday) and a chant on Clover Lane this Friday.
Anything beyond that will be in the June mailer, which I havenâ€™t written yet.
Patience, my dears, patience,
Are yâ€™all interested in sharing an evening of zikr with me?
Do yâ€™all know what zikr is?
Just in caseâ€¦
Zikr is a form of Sufi prayer. It literally means â€œremembrance.â€
What is Sufi?
Itâ€™s a mystical spiritual path that talks a lot about Allah.
I dig it.
Iâ€™m considering holding an evening of zikr on the night of May 30th (the 5th Tuesday of this month). My decision about it is presently hinging on the responses I receive to this here e-mailed query.
Please reply to this e-mail saying:
a)Â Â Â Â Â YES!!! I would LOVE to attend a zikr on the 30th!!!
b)Â Â Â Â Â Gee, I donâ€™t know, can I just show up if I feel like it that night?
c)Â Â Â Â Â I thought my spam blocker was supposed to filter out e-mails with the word â€œAllah.â€
If I get enough â€œaâ€ responses, Iâ€™ll send out a definitive invitation with all the details youâ€™ll need for an evening of zikr. Please be prompt.
If I get enough â€œbâ€ responses, Iâ€™ll do nothing.
If I get enough â€œcâ€ responses, Iâ€™ll drop this hare-brained eye-deer and take up residence in a hermitage (after shaving my head and taking vows of silenceâ€¦ donâ€™t laugh!).
A couple little tidbitsâ€¦
This Tuesday, May 9th â€“ Mama Sing â€“ 10 AM â€“ Greyrock Commons (off Liberty Dr. in Ft. Collins) â€“ women and children welcome â€“ weâ€™ll sing â€˜til around 11:30.
About the local Pagan family-friendly campout:
You need to RSVP.
Richard will be going up early to reserve campsites (HURRAY!! Thank you, Richard!).
Marylea needs to know how many campsites we need and some coordination around meals needs to happen.
Please e-mail or call Marylea to RSVP immediately.
For more info about the campout, see the â€œwrapping ribbons round the poleâ€ e-mail.
All other events for the month are still on.