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Bella Luna by Peggy McDowellCome Play Like Pagans
at the 16th Midsummer Gather: Bella Luna

June 19-26, 2016
Eagle Cave Campground
Blue River, Wisconsin

Shauna Aura Knight has agreed to join us this summer!

Do you hear the ticking of the clock?

While we've re-set the clock for next year, the clock is running down!
Keep your eyes peeled (and your fingers limbered-up) to get all the updated information.

Time Until The 2016 Gather:
Get your reservations in soon!





As we looked back at the past couple of years, we realized that what we visualized in our themes manifested at our gather. So this year, and with a Full Moon on the docket, we're embracing our Lunar Energies: Bella Luna!


  Adults Youth (Age 11-15)
Full Week (Sunday Noon > Sunday Noon) $140 $70
3-Days (any three consecutive days) $91 $46
1-Day (or add-on days) $32 $22
Children under age 11 are FREE!
3-Month and 6-Month Payment Plans available!

Check out our rates, check out our amenities, check out the fun we've had and are planning for more. Check out the vacation schedule at work, and start planning NOW.

Stop by the programming schedule to find out what GREAT things we had last year. Once we've got some additional structure, we'll be updating that page with THIS year's plans!

Additionally, there will be music, a brew judging contest, instructive workshops, an assortment of rituals, morning coffee at Rick's Café, cool stuff from friendly merchants, LOTS of fun & frivolity, drumming, dancing, storytelling of tales both true and tall, and a general good time. And all this while supporting the Twin Cities Pagan Community.

What would YOU like to experience at our gather? We would LOVE to hear programming suggestions from you. Would you like to present a workshop? Would you like to present a ritual? Do you have some amusing/awesome talent that you'd love to have folks encourage? Do you have tales to share around the campfire? The tales and talent are serendipitous, but if you'd like to be a presenter or ritualist, please contact

We're definitely among the best values for week-long camping gatherings - for only $140 (adult full-week; less for youths 11-15, free for children under age 11, and that INCLUDES your Earth House Membership!),you'll have a full week in a lovely, shaded, professional campground, with all the amenities (see below).

Remember, we cannot accept walk-ins, and we can only fit 150 folks into the campground! So as soon as they're ready, grab those registration forms and get your registration in!

Links to State Highway Road Reports:

(Really! Check these before you get on the road!)

Weather forecast links


The Weather Channel

Weather Underground


And if you're into weather technology, you can set your weather alert radio:
S.A.M.E. code = 055103
Frequency = 162.475


North Dakota
South Dakota

We suggest you set your travel budget at $5/gallon. If it's less than that, you'll have more to spend with the merchants or at the Silent Auction!

1 - Select and download/SAVE the right version of the form for you.
**Save the BLANK form on your computer.** This is important! Do NOT use the browser-based viewers. If you need to, use the right-click/"save link as" method.

(Save it > Print it > Fill it out > Mail it.)


MS Word (DOCX)

If these don't work for you,
Please contact our webcrafter:

2 - Fill out the form.

3 - Arrange for Payment. Either:

Go to our PayPal page and pay online. --- OR --- Write out a check or money order.

4 - Mail the hard-copy (registration form, check, or both) to:

Earth House Gather
PO Box 226
Shafer, MN 55074

The Earth House Midsummer Gathering
is where you can have fun with others who share Earth-reverent beliefs.
This will be a week of celebration and of sharing,
of learning
and of honoring one another's unique rituals and talents.
Meet new people, learn new ways, and
play like pagans!


*Beautiful, Shaded, Magical Campgrounds
* FULL Electrical (RV & Utility) hookups at each campsite - FREE!
* Locally-harvested firewood provided - FREE!

* Potable water hookups at each campsite - FREE!
* Hot Showers and flush toilets available 24/7 - FREE!
* Daily Ice Delivery at, and Garbage Pickup from your campsite!
* Shuffleboard & Volleyball
* Miniature Golf and Guided Cave Tours are also available.

Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.
Payments may be made through PayPal via our email address (on the registration form), or by check/money order.

~~HONORED GUESTS (scheduled)~~


Shauna Aura Knight
Artist, Author, Ritualist and Spritual Seeker,
Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. Shauna is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination.

She is the author of The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, and Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path. She’s a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine, and her writing also appears in the anthologies Stepping in to Ourselves, A Mantle of Stars, Calling to our Ancestors, and Bringing Race to the Table.

She’s also the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels including The Truth Upon Her Lips, A Fading Amaranth, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, and more. Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces.


Estelle Daniels
Astrologer, Tarot Reader, and Noted Author
Entering into the Pagan community in 1989, Estelle had already studied psychic and occult subjects since childhood. Author of many books, this year she has two new ones—Tarot Lore and Other BS, an irreverent look at Tarot, and Breaking the Rules Tarot: The Book of Interpretations, which is the companion book to the deck, Breaking the Rules Tarot, all beautifully illustrated by Peggy McDowell. These are humorous and snarky, and guaranteed to make tarot purists run for the hills. Estelle is willing to speak to groups large and small, travels to festivals, and lives a busy Pagan life in Minneapolis. Her website has many interesting articles.

(Currently Scheduled to Appear - So Far
And yes, we've got a couple more leads in negotiation.)

Ben McDowell
(Talent seems to run rampant in the McDowell family.)
When he's not serenading us with his wit and wisdom on his guitar, Ben uses old-school tech
to make funky fresh beats, and he will lay them down for us!




Naturally, a Midsummer observance, A Full Moon Ritual (Shauna's current contribution)
That's just so far, with more to come!

Do you have a need for a private ritual?
We can accommodate!

We have 'em!

AND once again, we offer a complete, compressed series of "Seeker Classes."

We will have kids' stuff.

We have even more than that!
Seriously! What more could you want?

Details for the above are listed on the Schedule Page







Folks selling Cool Stuff.

Got some Cool Stuff to sell? Bring it along!
There's no additional fee for merchanting.


Silent Auction:
Historically, most of our merchants and many of our participants have donated items for our Silent Auction. Really, this has been a significant addition to our Community Center Building Fund. And it's so very popular, that we've had to set up a whole tent, JUST FOR THE AUCTION (and the volunteer station).

In 2015, we brought in OVER $600 in Silent Auction Proceeds - A NEW RECORD!

Our 2015 Merchants -- many of these will be returning:
(Alphabetically listed. Most vendors will take cash and checks only - the "interwebz" coverage is spotty at best)

Awakened Aquarius: Handmade wire-wrapped and woven jewelry. Includes various metals, semi-precious stones, leather and thread.

Bridget’s Field Farm: An eclectic mix of merchandise, from beadwork to crystals to sarongs to totems. Stop by and browse! (You know that really good selection of sarongs last year? We've added to it for this year!)

Cat and Mo, Stuff to Go: Wooden art work by Mo and by Cat, some ritual clothing.

Crafty Corner: Shawls, wraps and bags, hand-made jewelry, candles, books, etc.

Enchanted Boutique: Half the storefront will be hauled from White Bear Lake to Eagle Cave so you may peruse and purchase their Enchanted Wares.

Jester Studio: Peggy McDowell of Jester Studios will be back vending artwork, greeting cards, mini collages, and this year (finally) our new “Breaking the Rules” tarot deck. We will be by the Eagle Cabin at the top of the hill. Come by for a laugh, inspiration, or just to hang out on the deck in the shade.

Mainstreet Homestead: Selling home made goodies, practical stuff, & artsy stuff. Some goodies: dilly beans, pickles, jams, jellies. Also laundry detergent, herbal healing salve. For artsy folks, we will be selling Jeanine's hand made, hand painted bird feeders from gourds, and more (her Tree Spirits are AWESOME!).

My Favorite Boutique: Serving the pagan community since 1992. Books, jewelry, ritual items and more. Come see Auntie Estelle’s goodies. The new tarot books and deck will be prominently featured, come get your copies!

Tarot by Annie: She's fun, she's talented, and she knows her Tarot cards. REALLY!

Underhill: Hand-forged and hand-made items.

Wolfie's Den: Hand Crafted Crafty Stuff and General Merchandise

Fun & Frivolity
The Annual Pot Luck Midsummer Feast and
Pot Luck Barbarian Feast
and the Fourth Annual Welcoming Taco Dinner.
Bonfires, Drumming and Staving, Chanting and
Singing and Dancing!
We have some family-friendly activities planned!
And you never know if, where or when Bill the Cat will make an appearance.

Photos from Previous Years

Keep an eye right here for updates on what's happening in 2016!
We're always looking for new ideas - if you've got something to share, we're listening!

It's time to have a little fun!
Share a week with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere.
Learn, Party, Feast and Worship!

Hope to see you all there!

The Earth House Project, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit, volunteer community effort to build a resource center in the Twin Cities area for people of all nature-reverent spiritual paths.

Only with your help can we bring this dream to life

Last Updated on
January 14, 2016
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