Blending time-honored wisdom and ritual with historic practical skills we can utilize in our modern age, we offer you and yours a chance to depart from the everyday and enjoy a change of scenery, as well as, a change of heart. As above, so below. Words of profound wisdom offered by the highest souls. If we understand their true meaning, we can take heart in the fact that creation mirrors creation. Observing Nature, we observe ourselves, so do we unlock the potential to access distinctly ancient knowledge, needed now by humanity, perhaps, more than ever before. As we nurture awareness of that which is without, or outside of us, we can better understand that which is within.
Our ancestors were intimately connected within a world where the changing of the seasons brought a whole host of duties, dishes and rituals specific to the natural occasion. We feel extraordinarily fortunate to witness, from atop our ‘little mountain’ here in Nelson County, the sacred transformations of Mother Nature as She moves through her cycles, both within and without us. ‘The Wheel of the Year’ is a title given to the annual collection of seasonal, Agrarian Festivals, observed by ancients and moderns alike. The ‘Wheel’ consists of eight festivals: the solstices and equinoxes, also known as the ‘quarter days’ and the four midpoints between, known as the ‘cross quarter days’. We will honor each of these festivals, also adding Easter, as a most sacred day of observation, to our events schedule. If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, these dates host the opposite of what is happening in the Northern Hemisphere. Please mark your calendar for one or all of these opportunities to flourish, nourish and honor the ever-turning Wheel, beginning with our dearest Mother Nature’s summer to fall transition. All of us are extensions of a loving, eternal, infinite intelligence – let’s celebrate together!
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2016 – 2017 Events – Details forthcoming daily, please feel free to check back in frequently. Thank you for your patience and interest!
September 22nd, 2016 – Autumnal Equinox Observance and Gathering – workshops and demonstrations in Botanical Dying, Traditional Archery, and Historic Cricket, as well as, a locally sourced dinner inspired by Colonial Recipes with ingredients from our fields and gardens. Our Antiques and Farm Goods store will also be open.
October 30th, 2016 – Samhain/Halloween Celebration
December 1st, 2016 – Private Event. Please contact Wintergreen Nature Foundation for information.
December 3rd, 2016 – YULETIDE TRADITIONS workshop – Please join us to learn how time-honored Yuletide traditions of old can move to the top of the list in your families’ holiday celebrations. You will bake your very own Yule Log Cake with all organic ingredients, (traditionally served on the Winter Solstice, December 21st). We will learn about the original Twelve Days of Christmas, discuss how to create Colonial centerpieces, introduce working with marzipan and merengue, enjoy Christmas Carols, holiday treats, and more! Our Antiques and Farm Goods Store will also be open.
2017 EVENTS –
January 6th, 2017 – Twelfth Night/Epiphany Celebration – The Twelve Days of Christmas are woven into the tapestry of humanity’s most sacred spiritual mysteries and lore. Many perspectives add to this richly evocative time frame which we will celebrate with passion, joy, song and reverence. Details TBA. Here is one interesting article might enjoy : The Real 12 Days of Christmas
March 19th, 2017 – Spring Equinox Frolic
April 30th, 2017 – Bealtaine/Saturnalia/May Day Jubilee
June 21st, 2017 – Summer Solstice Jollification
August 1st, 2017 – Lughnasadh/Lammastide Gathering
September 22nd, 2017 – Autumnal Equinox Observance and Gathering