There are many different ways to engage with SpiritFire. This year will feature different affinities and daytime ritual or connection opportunities, and will be listed in your program when you arrive on site (and in the information board area.) Some of the traditional affinities have been as follows – we will update affinities, who is leading them, and other opportunities as we can.
HomeComers traditionally has been a place where those coming for the first time can enter into thoughtful discussion with returning attendees regarding what SpiritFire is all about. This year is a different one for us – most will be returning attendees, and only a few will be coming for the first time. This year, Josselyne invites one and all, new or returning, to come and chat about SpiritFire (our intentions, how our circle and rituals function, and anything else you’d like to ask or explore) in an informal space. On both Friday and Saturday you’re welcome to come sit and talk after brunch – location TBA depending on weather, and will be announced both at the pre-brunch circle and noted in the information board.
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.
Back a bit stiff from camping? Legs a little achy from dancing? The Yoga Affinity shares time to practice and integrate the fires, workshops, and other gathering experiences more deeply into the body. All welcome, any level of experience is perfect, from brand-new to dedicated Yogi! Bring a mat if you have one (there will be limited ones to borrow, too.)
Chant is one of the ways that we express ourselves around fire. We blend our voices in joyful noise. The Chantfinity group will be meeting everyday to strengthen our collective chant libraries. We will sing old chants and learn new ones. All are welcome!
Creating a strong and safe container for ritual is a very important aspect of our time on the mountain. The gateway is an integral part of this container; it is the place of transition, where we center, shake off the mundane, and intentionally step into the sacred. If you have an interest in helping facilitating this transition for our tribe or are just interested in knowing what it means to do so, than please join us at the gate affinity group.
Fire Circle Prep
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.
Depending on the will of those who spin, there is sometimes intentional space in which spinners can and express their arts within the beautiful common/vending area. Set to live drumming (yes, you can participate in the drumming!), all are welcome to enjoy.
Please note: 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.
Soul Expressions Poetry Circle
To create an opportunity for longer spoken-word offerings than can easily be accommodated at the fire itself, we host the Soul Expressions 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 Expressions, long stories and songs are not appropriate for this circle.