Update as of 1/27/2018
Summerstar has evolved into a private retreat and is now held on private property. Membership with PFA is required in order to attend.
Here’s some detailed information about being a Member of the Primitive Festival Alliance. Follow the link for more information. Our E-Newsletter, the PFA Gazette (news about our annual retreat, local happenings and cool stuff we just want to share) will be emailed in the next day or so.
Summerstar is a private spiritual and family retreat of all ages. Our first gathering was held in June 1993 along the Columbia River in southern WA. The inspiration came directly from Starwood, an annual pagan festival held in upstate New York. Starwoods eclectic energy and experimental rituals were the seed of influence in our early rituals. At the time, we were avid supporters of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship and Isaac Bonewits was without a doubt a powerful influence. Isaac’s question, Why Not Excellence? was and continues to be a founding principle that guides us yearly.
Summerstar is not a church, nor do we have any followers, or any specific spiritual leaning. Rather, we are a collection of individuals, tribe and close friends who get to visit each other annually in sacred space. Our practices and specific way of offering praise and thanks may differ, but we all agree that it is our love of our Earth Mother and the opportunity to serve 0ur Gods and each other in humility that bring us together.
The administrative arm is a Cadre of Seven, 7 of my dear friends who are devoted to Summerstar. All of us respect each person’s unique approach to Spirit and understands that everyone’s path is actualized differently. To help realize this, we facilitate the foundation for you to be in sacred space so that you can actualize your own connection to Divinity, the God of your Heart, or however that manifests.
Growth always encompasses change and after 22 years of celebrating in the south of WA, we are now located on private property. Summerstar 23 was held at our new location near Chehalis. We have planted new seeds and our first celebration in our new home was divine. The love and energy as we anticipate the return to our village each year inspires and renews our vigor and ability to open even further, which re-affirms our connection to the Work. It is this devotion we wish to share with every single person who attends Summerstar.
…. She changes everything she touches and everything She touches changes…
So, if you are new to our gathering, or returning we say be welcome, come join us, relax, hang your hat and set a spell… we are so looking forward to meeting you and sharing time in Sacred Space and together we will get to play between the worlds.
Read on for more information…
We invite you to share in the magick by participating as an individual. There are no requirements, you will decide how deeply you’ll participate based on your own spiritual calling and magickal path. No one will mind if you just happen to hang out near your tent and just eat, sleep and relax.
For many of us, we return each year so that we can explore the nurturing and healing of our individual selves and the human tribe as a whole. You will find rituals led by folks who have a more traditional approach to Spirituality and others who are more eclectic, or experimental in their approach. It may be that you find yourself attending a working that may be that catalyst that inspires you to something truly wondrous, or simply opens the window on a different perspective. Summerstar has become a place to continue your journey as you create change in conformity with your Will.
While at Summerstar
There are lectures, discussions, workshops, games such as giant chess and checkers, Quidditch, musical guests and plenty of time to relax and rest. Social Hour is a new tradition that happens at 10:30 Thursday and Friday at Center Camp. It’s a chance to mingle and get to know each other a bit better.
If you want to offer a workshop, or facilitate a discussion, email us for the workshop guidelines. Depending on the number of workshops and discussions, events may overlap, yet people are drawn to what they need most and you’ll find you won’t miss out on what you need. The final schedule of events is posted on site, but a preliminary schedule will be posted on line as things are scheduled.
About the Work & Will
Each ritual (or working) is a bringing together of our energies so that we can work together as a tribe to manifest change. The Magick begins when you agree to suspend your disbelief and begin an inner journey of transcending space and time. Rituals are led by those who are inspired and are influenced by the needs of the times, or perhaps sense direct inspiration by the Gods.
The word Will references a way of life, a philosophy and general mindset. When I use the word “Will”, I’m referencing the impetus of my being. It’s that very tangible aspect of our life that motivates what we do and why we do it. The Thelemites say Love is the Law, Love under Will… Dumbledore reminds us that Love above all else is the oldest magick, combine that with clear intention, or Will and change manifests.
Some Village Logistics
Summerstar is about growth, understanding and acceptance. It’s about moving beyond the boundaries imposed by yourself, others and our own inability to cope outside of our experiences. We embrace sincerity and genuine curiosity about what makes us, changes us and drives us as people. We encourage stepping up to the unknown and moving forward with the strength of our collective Wills to guide us. Finally, we hope that you will move and grow in accordance with your own Will.
Where we are
Our new location is on private property about 45 minutes from Olympia WA. Membership with the Primitive Festival Alliance is required to attend. The site is primitive and there is water onsite, but you are encouraged to bring your own drinking water: think Burning Man provisions.
General camp gear is a necessity and you’ll need to pack enough food for 4 days. We serve breakfast and enjoy a family style banquet potluck dinner on Saturday evening. Personal accommodations are available, but you’ll need to bring your own solar shower.
RV’s for dry camping are more than welcome, but there are no hookups. Those bringing RV’s or campers will need to remember to pump and fill up with water ahead of time. Finally, we request that you pack out your recyclables and trash. We encourage everyone to leave no trace and keep your footprint as in-obtrusive as possible.
We look forward to seeing you and know that your added presence will enhance our gathering in what is truly a magickal village.
Walk in Peace!
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