There are many different ways to engage with SpiritFire. We will update the list as things are finalized, so please keep checking back.
Spiders (with Martin Bridge)
The Spiders will be weaving visual elements into our community ritual throughout the event. We will meet to explore the role of visual symbols in magic and rituals of our tribe while building a collaborative relationship with one another. Each evening the Spiders will gather to execute a rangoli within the fire-mandala to prepare the space for the evening ritual. While experience in the arts is valued it is by no means necessary! Those who are interested in this group should contact Martin beforehand so we can communicate about possible materials to bring and share.
Fire Circle Prep (with Yuri Tutka)
A fire circle is much more than ritual and music – it takes a lot of hard physical work to prepare the circle, torches, and benches, and to tend the fire. If you have a desire to be a part of the care and maintenance of the fire circle, please check in with Yuri Tutka on site (or beforehand — see the staff page for contact information) and be sure to attend the fire circle affinity group. Announcements about when/where it meets will happen at opening circle on the first day.
Each night in the merchant circle, the fire spinners light up their poi and express their arts to an enthusiastic crowd. Set to live drumming (yes, you can participate in the drumming!), this has been one of SpiritFire’s more magical times before the fire lighting ceremony.
Those wanting to participate at the evening fire-spinning jams need to coordinate ahead of time with the fire spinning safety lead to make sure all safety agreements are in place. A special waiver for fire spinners is required.
To create an opportunity for longer spoken-word offerings than can easily be accommodated at the fire itself, we host the Soul Expression poetry circle one evening before the fire lighting ritual. Bring and share spoken pieces that move your soul, express your vision, guide your journey, or just plain make you feel good — or simply listen to what is being offered. Original writings are encouraged but not required. While everyone at SpiritFire respects all types of offerings, out of courtesy to the large number of people who have poetry and prose that they want to share at Soul Expression, long stories and songs are not appropriate for this circle.
Community Workshops on Saturday
Have something to offer to the community – a workshop, discussion, or ritual perhaps? While the Thursday and Friday sessions only have so many spaces available for presenter offerings, we know that all of us bring valuable skills and passions to the community. We will hold space Saturday for a variety of community events and rituals, both planned and spontaneous. Events might include councils, community workshops (opportunity between 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm for any member of the community to offer), a Village Meet (where you can share your ideas, concerns, questions, and inspirations about this and the next gathering), and more. If you’d like to try offering an experience or workshop, there will be a white board set up in the information center with the available times and spaces marked out. Just fill in the information so that folks know what you are doing; please reserve no more than 2 hours in a particular space. Or, you can decide to rest your body with Yoga, hang out in the vending area and learn to spin, drink coffee with friends under the dining pavilion, or take a walk – it’s a day of flow.