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Article ID: 8526
Age Group: Adult
Posted: June 28th. 2004
The Free Spirit Gathering 2004
by Patricia Telesco
I arrived at FSG [link] not really knowing what to expect other than the event was recommended by a long time friend, Rob (thank you by the way). As a travelling author one can never be completely sure what any community will be like, or how the dynamics of an event will unfold. I can say without hesitation that FSG was like the blossoming of a lovely flower, filled with the fragrance of passion on the part of its staff and coordinator (as well as the land owner whose hospitality is tough to rival).
There are so many good things to share - from having the option to sleep in a dry cabin (with hot showers no matter the time of day) to an amazing meal plan, and incredible local support from folks like Amber's Attic (who really know how to give new meaning to hospitality) and Nybor & Elsbeth that it's really hard to pinpoint specific things over the weekend. However, I'd have to say that the ritual Saturday night rocked the house.
Watching the tears of joy fall from George's (the facilitator's) face said everything without one word. This moment -- this experience was what it was all about. Above and beyond having fun, and connecting spiritually, the community had a brilliant display of harmony and understanding regarding the Wheel of the Year... and it all came together. Yes, with a lot of work, a lot of dedication, and a lot of tenacity - it all worked (work is a four letter word that often equals real MAGICK!)
George, this means YES I had fun... but more importantly, YES I felt welcomed, motivated and inspired. You and your staff, along with Crystal Moon, and the hundreds of people from the community who embraced a stranger and made her feel truly welcome, deserve kudos!
I don't need a looking glass to foretell the future here - it's already arrived and will continue to thrive when people with such big hearts and drive are at the helm.
I thank you; I honor you; and I pray to return.
June 24th., 2004 c.e.
Bio: Patricia Telesco is the mother of three, wife, chief human to 5 pets, and a full-time professional author with more than 30 metaphysical books on the market. These include Goddess in my Pocket, the Futuretelling, The Herbal Arts, Kitchen Witch's Cookbook, Little Book of Love Magic, Your Book of Shadows, Dancing with Devas and other diverse titles, each of which represents a different area of spiritual interest for her and her readers.
Trish consideres herself a down-to-earth, militant Kitchen Witch whose love of folklore and world-wide customs flavor every spell and ritual. While her actual Wiccan education was originally self trained and self initiated, she later received initiation into the Strega tradition of Italy, which gives form and fullness to the folk magic Trish practices. Her strongest beliefs lie in following personal vision, being tolerant of other traditions, making life an act of worship, and being creative so that magic grows with you.
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