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Posted: June 1st. 2008
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Sponsored by: Ozark Avalon
Location: Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Event Date(s): Febuary 1st - 3rd, 2008
Good Vibrations at the Lake
The Goddess was looking out for travelers on Friday (Feb. 1st), after the snowstorm on Thursday night, clearing the roads to Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Pagan energy was arriving from all directions to attend Ozark Avalon's annual Magickel Hibernation.
The Inn On The Grand Glaze was a buzz while venders and volunteers were setting up for a great weekend. By late afternoon on Friday things were in full swing, workshops, a hospitality room full of food and many venders ready to talk and to help you find just what you need, or just want.
The variety was unbelievable, a full book store, massage therapy room, paint your own ceramics, pottery, tarot reading, tie dye clothing, and lots of pagan and non pagan supplies, jewelry, clothing, and much, much more.
The hotel, Inn On The Grand Glaze, in Osage Beach, Mo., was very friendly and open, and glad to have us. That was the first time at that venue. The event started at a hotel Hannibal, Mo., and then several years in Columbia, Mo., but had no room to expand in those places, so they made the move to Lake of the Ozarks.
What a good move! Inn On The Grand Glaze has lots of room to grow. They have another ballroom besides the one that was used and several more rooms in which to have workshops. The big hit was the 15-person hot tub that was open all night, with a beautiful view of the lake just outside.
The featured guests were Joyce and River Higginbotham, authors of, 'Paganism- An Introduction to the Earth-Centered Religions' and 'Pagan Spirituality- A guide to Personal Transformation'. They are also long-time activists for the Pagan Community, and are working on a new book on Christo-Paganism. A Pagan Gregorian Chant with Joyce, and two other workshops with Joyce and River, The Magickal Labyrinth and The Beliefs Braid were a great fun and a learning experience.
Another presenter, Rev. Aislinn Firehawk, taught us about stones with, 'Journey into the Stones', and self exploring experiences with, 'Colorful Journey' and 'The Sacred Flame'. Instructional workshops, like 'Bellydance with Jeluna' and 'Drumming With Tom’, were great fun. A very interesting talk with John Circling Heart, in a workshop titled "The Little People' had everyone involved.
Saturday night the room was transformed into an Imbloc open Circle, presented by the Priestesses and Priests of Ozark Avalon. The theme was "Blessings for New Beginnings". The energy was so strong; they went around the room, as each person put into one word what they want their new beginning to be for the rest of the year. It was a beautiful ritual that left everyone feeling energized and renewed.
Music was in the air both Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was kicked off with SONA. SONA is a trio of father, son, and female vocalist, with a folksy-rocking-bluegrass sound, and a touch of whimsy and psychedelia thrown in. They also have some fun original pagan songs that are always a big hit.
Saturday night was the Pajama Party Concert. All got comfortable in their "finest" pajamas for dancing and later in the evening a contest for best outfit. Starting off the entertainment, like a bunch of grown people running around in their pajamas wasn't entertaining enough, Jeluna did a beautiful and sexy dance, fallowed by, BellaWyck, three ladies with a powerful and unique sound. SONA took the stage once again to keep the party going.
After the musicians left the stage they joined the crowd drumming into the wee hours. Yes at this hotel there was no curfew on drumming in the ballroom.
Sunday was filled with laughter, talking about the night before. Lots of hugs and kisses, and marry meets and marry parts, to old friends and the new ones that were made over the weekend. Braking down (a little slower than it went up) all the booths and rooms until it was time to hit the road again. All 100 or so attending already making plans for next year.
Thanks to all who made this wonderful event happen and to all who attended. In my opinion it just doesn't get any better than a bunch of like minded people gathering together to make our community stronger and to share and learn and to just have some fun.
About Ozark Avalon
Ozark Avalon is a Wiccan church and nature preserve located only three miles off I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis. We are about 12 miles from Boonville and 18 miles from Columbia, Missouri.
We follow the Wiccan Rede and are open to all beings and spirits of good intent who agree to follow our Natural Laws regardless of path. We offer a free, open worship circle each month, usually at the time of full or new moon, and a schedule of Wheel of the Year and other workshop style events focusing on different spiritual themes. We are open year around for events, workshops and our open year and a day classes. The schedule can be viewed at our website under Calendar on the website menu. Please note that some events are family focused and others are for adults only. Special arrangements may be made for those with a true desire to attend but limited funds.
Our mission is to provide access to nature, a safe place for outdoor worship in an earth-centered, earth honoring spiritual context, to promote community among persons with these beliefs and practices and to further environmentalism and appreciation for nature spirits and the earth.
Our land is located on the bluffs above the Missouri River Valley and offers rugged woods and beautiful high meadows. It is protected and blessed by Gaia and Cernummos, fae folk and spirits of the ancestors. It is home to many species of wildlife as well as a small community of caretakers, priests and priestesses.
There are many beautiful places to camp and hostel style indoor sleeping space. We have modern kitchen and bathroom facilities in our farmhouse retreat center and in the mobile home where our library/classroom is located. We also have Frog bog, our solar assisted shower house and art gallery with compost toilets nearer the main camping areas. We also offer Moon Hollow, a remote, adult only camping area that is clothes optional at all times.
Camping during non-event times is $10 for one person or $20 for a carload per night for tenting or $15 per person to sleep in the retreat center. $25 for a whole room if available.
Location: Camdenton, Missouri
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