Midsummer Gather

Come Play Like Pagans

… at the 17th Midsummer Gather: Celestial Fire

When: June 18-25, 2017

Where: Eagle Cave Campground
Blue River, Wisconsin

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!

Time Until The 2017 Gather:

Get your reservations in soon!

Registration is Closed for 2016

Register for Earthouse Gather
Celestial Fire by Beckah

This Year’s Theme:

Celestial Fire






~~RATES~~

  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 programming@EarthHouseMN.org

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

Accuweather

The Weather Channel

Weather Underground

Dryday

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

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Pssst!
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!

~~SITE AMENITIES~~


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

* Potable water hookups at each campsiteFREE!
* 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)~~

Ivo Dominguez Jr


For those of you who were not at this year’s Midsummer Gather, Ivo Dominguez Jr will be joining us for Midsummer Gather 2017! If you attended Paganicon, you may have had the opportunity to attend one of Ivo’s workshops and know what a great teacher he is. For those of you who haven’t, be prepared to be enthralled with his presentations!

Ivo Dominguez Jr

Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has taught at many gatherings, conferences, and venues across the United States and abroad. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988.

Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; and Beneath the Skins. There are several other books in the pipeline as well.



Ivo’s website
Ivo’s brief biography and a list of workshops that he hosts





Ernest “Wolfie” or “Skywolf Singing Heart” Stephens


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The 2017 Eathhouse Gather is privilleged to have not one, but two Special Guests of Honor. Wolfie will also be one of our SGHs with many presentations to share with the group.

An Eclectic Wiccan, with deep spiritual roots, Ernest “Wolfie” Stephens is a world traveler (India, Indonesia, the Yucatan, and Egypt), and a critical thinker. He’s a member of the Rockford, IL UU Church, and has extensive experience in event coordination, ministry, ritual design and ritual presentation. He is a veteran, a motorcycle enthusiast (Ancient Riders Motorcycle Association – ARMA – an international pagan group active primarily in the US), a craftsman and merchant.

He has his Ministerial Credentials and has worked with Circle Sanctuary as Merchant Coordinator for several years.

His “Tribes” (extended family-of-choice) include Earth House, ARMA, and Harmony Tribe, and carries the title of “Honorary Mainer” with with the Maine Pagans. Infected with insatiable wanderlust, his schedule typically includes travels all over the US and occasionally beyond.

He has attended Earth House’s Midsummer Gather for many years and have contributed to Drummings (he’s addicted to drumming!), classes, Merchanting, and being a general source of Mirth, Merriment, and Mischief [!] wherever possible.






Chris Aldridge (Saturday Only)

Chris Aldridge

Chris Aldridge is an American Hellenist, published writer, priest, hymn, prayer and ritual composer, historian, mythologist, theologian, philosopher and an environmentalist. He was born on November 4th, 1984 in Asheboro, North Carolina, living in nearby Thomasville before moving to Illinois in his late 20s. He attended Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC and Columbia College of Missouri from 2007-2015. He was raised a Christian but converted to Hellenic Polytheism in 2009. Chris has been writing ever since elementary school, and now devotes his literary endeavors, in large part, to the service of his religious community. He publishes many of his own works, and in the past, has been featured in popular Pagan publications such as Circle Magazine and Neos Alexandria/Bibliotheca Alexandrina Incorporated. He is also the founder and Head Priest of his own Hellenic religious organization called Temple Of The Greek Gods, and has been its leader and a student of ancient Greek religion and culture since 2010.






~~THINGS TO DO!~~

Keep an eye right here for updates on what’s happening in 2017!
We’re always looking for new ideas – if you’ve got something to share, we’re listening!

Chocolate Ritual Labyrinth

RITUALS


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!

WORKSHOPS


We have ’em!
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

Workshops Moosescape Workshops

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!

FUN & FRIVOLTY


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

Camping





~~MERCHANTS~~

Folks selling Cool Stuff.

Got some Cool Stuff to sell? Bring it along!
There’s no additional fee for merchanting.
THAT’S RIGHT! NO MERCHANTING FEES!


We have no specific “Merchant Row,” so please explore the entire camp to see what’s available and who is where. Remember that the merchants are also attendees, and if they aren’t at their campsite, please check back with them later. All our merchants will accept cash/checks and a few can accept plastic.

Auspicious Goods:

Heather, Becky, and Lisa have an assortment of sarongs, tapestries, rugs, beer steins jewelry, etc. We also offer Henna Tattoos, Palm Readings, and amateur massages.

Awakened Aquarius:

Sacred Jewelry as Unique as You! Handmade wire wrapped pendants and woven jewelry. Includes various metals, semi-precious stones, leather and thread. (With some new styles this year. Hope y’all like them!)

Merchants
Vending

Axel Wolf, Intuitive Medium

Psychic Readings, Tarot and Oracle Card Readings.

Bridget’s Field Farm:

An eclectic mix of merchandise, from beadwork to crystals to sarongs to singing bowls to totems. Stop by and browse! (We’ve got a really good stock of sarongs!)

Cat and Mo, Stuff to Go:

Precision scroll saw artwork by Mo, and other stuff as well.

Chelsea’s Garage Sale:

(Friday and Saturday only) I am going to try merchanting this year. Most likely, it will just be some clothing, books, and miscellaneous items I am no longer using. My car is pretty small, so I won’t have much. I may create a few pieces of art as well. Perhaps some small colored pencil goddess drawings.

Enchanted Boutique:

We offer Metaphysical and Holistic items, Herbs, Essential Oils, Jewelry Designs, Custom Herbal items, candles, soaps, and various other items. We offer a variety of classes, workshops and lectures in our classroom, and have a variety of service providers available throughout the month. We are also looking for people interested offering services or teaching classes here. We are located just north of Maplewood Mall at 4074 White Bear Ave, White Bear Lake, MN, 651-600-3769. www.enchantedboutiquemn.com

Lily Meadows’:

Pictorial Divination, fairy oracle cards

Merchants

Main Street Homestead:

Selling homemade goodies, both edible and crafty. (And their Green Goo is awesome!)

The Natural Touch:

Healing through Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Bodywork

Phoenix Pyre:

From the ashes of old, comes the new, handcrafted and magickally charged. Hours are spent in the woods looking for only those that Gaia offers to rise again. Handcrafted walking staves that will assist you in your personal journey, brooms for sweeping out the old and negative, and wands that well if it chooses you, you’ll know what it does.

Yunion:



  • Reiki
  • Reiki atunements – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree available
  • Soul Retrievals
All prices negotiable based on need and circumstances.

Quarry Mystic Gems:

Spirited gifts of semi-precious stones fashioned into pendants for adornment and meditation. (Thu-Sat Only)

Wolfie’s Den:

Wolfie’s Den offers a wide range of items of general interest to pagans, the curious, the strange, the odd, the peculiar, and the crazies. In other words, pagan folks like us. Occasionally I do make brooms, staffs, and whatever else suits my fancy. I have rocks, too, but I love my rocks so don’t like selling them. I prefer giving them away, with love and intention. I usually have a Kids’ Table loaded with nothing but the best dust collectors you will ever see. The objective of the Kids’ Table (which is refreshed daily) is to teach Don’t ask, Don’t get negotiation skills, and to drive parents nuts with the kids’ incessant request for nickels, dimes, and quarters. Once in a while you even get Advice which is freely given. Really tho, I don’t know much and have more questions than answers.

Finally, this year I will offer ‘ReLiv Nutritional Supplement for mail-order sale. This is because, at my tender age, I use it daily in place of all the pills so often found among our number. Frankly I don’t hurt, function normally (a highly questionable term at best), and want to share my good fortune with others (at a price of course). The info will be available to you, and I am a distributor which is the only way you can get this stuff. I may even have a sample or two, BUT it really works best over several days.






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