EVENTS ~ WINTER FEASTS
During the Nov 2009 ISC meeting, a Seidr* was held where we asked
the Spirits what steps we should take during the winter to serve
our community vision. One of the answers
was that we should hold many small Winter Feasts. ISC members
are spread out in many different countries, but wherever we are
we can find our shamanic friends and celebrate togetherness and
connection. The Spirits said that as a community, we need to come
together and this will keep us joined even though we are far apart
were many Winter Feasts in 2009-2010, in England, Wales, Germany,
Hungary and Sweden. Taking different forms, there was no set recipe.
Whoever wanted to host a Feast, took it upon themselves to organise
it and let other members know it was happening. It was a wonderful
deep experience to connect with so many, either in person or with
Spirit intention, and we have decided to carry on the tradition
Dec - LODG, London UK
Dec - Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK
15 Dec - Totnes, Devon,
Dec - Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
find out how to attend one of these gatherings, go to the Events
page. You can also find full details on the ISC Members' Forum
- if you are a member
you can log in here
and also read more about last year's Feast experience and the
full account of the community Seidr.
can offer a Winter Feast - if you can't meet in person, you can
invite others to light a candle or drum & sing on a set day
or time. The important thing is to have an intention to connect
and to get together in some way, feeling and honouring the connection
- both with each other and with the Spirits.
Many fires lit in the winter darkness
helping us remember shamanic friends
our connection, wherever we are in the world
* SEIDR is an old Nordic form of shamanism involving staff, song
and ritual seat. It is a very powerful community ritual and works
well for asking advice for a whole circle. To find out more about
Seidr, read free articles
from Annette Høst, a leading expert on traditional Seidr.
In UK, LODG
usually offers a taster-day in Seidr once a year in London.