Time & Location
Oct 28, 2023, 1:00 PM – Oct 29, 2023, 3:00 PM
Wilder Grove, Hartwood, VA
About the Event
Please join us in celebrating Samhain on Saturday October 28th & 29th. Samhain is the final Harvest and is often associated with the thinning of the veil between the worlds, honoring ancestors, and preparing for the dark months ahead. It's an opportunity to delve deeply into the heart of a magical practice through community and ritual.
This event will take place over the course of two days and will include group activities, self-directed opportunities, classes and discussions, social time around the bonfire, games and an in-depth ritual on Saturday night. Tent camping is optional if you would prefer not to go home and return in the morning.
For details about all these activities, check out our schedule below.
Note: Please RSVP to this event so that we may keep track of all attendees. This event takes place on private property, and the address will only be provided to those who register to attend.
What to Bring (Updated 10-24-2023)
Please bring a dish or dessert enough to feed 6 - 8 people along with whatever serving utensils your dish requires.
Please include an ingredients card for your food contributions.
Feast Gear and Water Bottles Please remember to bring your Feast Gear in order to minimize waste. This includes plates, bowls, utensils, drinking vessels, and napkins. We will have a wash station set up so you can clean your feast gear before taking it home.
Camp chairs, pillows, blankets, etc. To help keep you comfortable during the festivities.
Mementos of your Beloved Dead To participate in the personal ritual honoring those who have passed on. (More details in the schedule below.)
Drums and other instruments, a song, a dance, a story, a poem, etc. if you would like to participate in the Bardic and Drum Circle.
Layers, hats, scarves, gloves etc. To help you stay warm and protected.
Ritual Garb, Jewelry, etc. (optional)
If you would like to wear something special during the ritual. Please note that there will be a considerable amount of walking during ritual, and that cloaks and other long garments could get caught on low growth. It would be best to avoid wearing anything that could increase the risk of tripping.
Large and small pumpkins, and if you have them, baseball bats and/or bows and arrows for our pumpkin games on Sunday.
Donations The Donation Piggy will be out to happily accept your generous donations. A donation of $20 per person is suggested, but please give whatever you can to help fund the Wilder Grove for gatherings and other activities.
If you would rather donate in advance, please feel free to send it through PayPal at paypal.me/wildergroveretreats
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Arrivals and Social Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Activity: Working together to update the Ancestor AltarNew Ancestor Altar Space