Workshop Call

Workshops and Workshops!! If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal for Equinox in the Oaks, now is the time!! While workshops do not need to focus on the central themes of the event: Honoring the Spirit, Honoring the Land and Honoring Community doing so strengthens the integration of the whole experience. Workshop submissions should contain a brief description about the topic, what will be covered and who can benefit from attendance. Also, note in the description if workshop attendees need to bring any special materials. Please send workshop proposals to Marla at mkroberson@gmail.com. She will send you a receipt email that she received the proposal. The workshop proposals will then be reviewed by the Equinox in the Oaks organizing committee. We will let you know by February 15, 2015, if your workshop proposal has been accepted. We are anticipating 18 to 20 slots for workshops of 55 minutes.

Pre-Registration Open

Registration for Equinox in the Oaks is now closed.

Pre-registration is now open! *YAY!* [Edit: New, easier registration is also available at our Registration Page and we’ve added some day pass options!]

Foremost, THANK YOU for your patience. We’ve been busy trying to get all the pieces of the event in line. Second, we thought it would be best to avoid an additional expense during Yule, so registration and payment are separate.

These are the steps for Pre-Registration

1. Download the “fillable” PDF document using the link below.  (If it opens up in Google Drive’s viewer, look for the downward-pointing arrow in the menu at the top to download and open it before filling it out.)

2. Fill out the document and save it to your device or hard drive. It might be helpful to add your name as part of the document name.

3. Send the document as an email attachment to registration@equinoxintheoaks.org

You’re done! We’ll send you a confirmation email that we received your pre-registration. Sometime toward late-January, we will invoice you the amount. Speaking of costs, the fee for 4 days is $75. Vendors pay an additional $25. We also appreciate any added support so, if you feel you can offer more, there is a sliding scale of an additional $50. Remember the dates are March 12-15 and the site is about 20 minutes from Deland, FL. We do have limited slots overall (but especially Cabin space) so now is the time to let us know you can join us!

Children are very welcome at EITO. Those who are 13 years or younger do not pay a registration fee. Parents, however, must complete for each child a child registration form that is available at the link below.

EITO Registration.pdf

EITO Child Registration.pdf

A Key to the Land

We have more stories! Canu had an amazing experience that we have to share with you. As you know from the previous post, we visited the Land. In Canu’s words, “We each got the opportunity to feel for those areas of the Land that called to us and see if this place would uphold our community gathering. As others did, I separated myself from the group for a few minutes, and I went to the edge of the lake. I let my awareness spread out over the water and land, feeling the grass, trees, plants, waters, and animal life around us. I felt for a thinning spot, for a portal between the worlds, and opened the well into the underworld, asking that the Dreamer share its vision and help us bring this gathering to the Land. I let my awareness soften and was greeted by the genus loci, the spirit of the land, which arose and extended a warm welcome to us as we explored the land and lakes under it’s oaks and tall pines. After spending a few moments in that sacred embrace, I returned to the group and we shared our impressions that we were welcome here. Three of us were bringing up the rear as we headed towards the front camp and approached the point between the back camp we can use exclusively and the rest of the facilities. Something shiny caught my eye partially buried in the sandy path. At the gateway to our gathering, the land offered up a key…a offer of both access and protection, and an invitation to return to gather.” The rest of us had goosebumps too!

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Offerings to the Land

The most important reason we needed to visit the site was to make an offering to the Land and ask, in person, for Blessings of Welcome from the Land. We did our best to listen for the welcome. At the *very first* area we entered, we were greeted by our friend below, an Eastern Indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi). To put his presence in context, the Couperi part of the Latin name is for John Couper who first identified the snake by specimen. The Drymarchon is much more interesting, It is Greek for the Lord of the Forest.

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