spiritual gathering


BE THE CHANGE RATHER THAN TRYING TO CHANGE OTHERS
Key themes for talks around the fire and purposeful workshops

• Mystery of Crystal Bowls
• Metaphor of Tarot
• Meaning of Colour
• Mystery of Runes
• Metaphor of the Drum
• Mystery, Meaning and Metaphor of Dance
• Metaphor and Meaning of SOUL – Self, Others, Upheavals, Love**

THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES IN LIFE EXCEPT CHANGE

A SPECIAL FOCUS WILL BE THE SELF, RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY
This Spiritual Gathering is to primarily come together and connect to community that shares the same ideals and need for personal growth and transformation to better serve the self, humanity, the animal kingdom and this earth which we call home. Gathered around the Sacred Fire you will be given an opportunity to share hopes, dreams and aspirations.


KEY OBJECTIVES
• Share personal stories
• Honour and celebrate life through drumming, chanting, dancing and meditation
• Build community by bonding through truth


PROGRAM OF THE DAY AT THE SACRED FIRE
• Sunrise ceremony, chanting and meditation
• Morning presentation by special guests
• Afternoon presentation by special guests
• Drumming, chanting round the fire
• Late Night - Adult time for sharing personal stories


MONDAY - THE LAST DAY
• Sunrise ceremony, chanting and meditation
• Sharing of personal stories and personal progress
• Closing Ceremony - 12 noon
• Silent Auction 2.00 pm
• END OF THE WEEK END


***WORKSHOPS 1.45 pm – 3.45 pm
DAILY BOARD
All workshops, healing circles and creative activities will be written on the Daily Board.
All participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in as many workshops as possible to enrich their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Location

• Seers Road, Maldon, Victoria. Follow signs from Maldon and Newstead.

Where to stay

• Camping is available and you need to be self sufficient in all your camping, food and water   needs.
• Please camp in open ground and not under a tree
• Be aware of mine shafts
• If you prefer a motel, a hotel or a B&B, there are many to choose from in the   Maldon/Newstead area. Call the Mount Alexander Shire for a list.

What to bring

• Bring all the food, water and non-alcoholic beverages, cutlery, plates, cups, and bowls that   you need to be self sufficient. We encourage you bring re-usable items since disposables   are destructive to the environment and cause unnecessary waste.
• Note book and pen are highly recommended.
• It may be very hot, or very cold, windy, and wet. Be sure to bring modest ALL WEATHER   clothing appropriate for ceremonies, including Sweat Lodge and don’t forget a towel
• Strong, sturdy footwear, rug, cushion or folding chairs for sitting in the arbour, sunscreen,   insect repellent, gas stove, torch, any other creature comfort for camping.

NO FIRES
ALL FIRE WARNINGS MUST BE HEEDED
PLEASE TAKE ALL YOUR REFUSE HOME WITH YOU TO KEEP THE LAND CLEAN.

Cost

• There is no set fee. To offset administrative and utility expenses you are requested to give   a monetary gift from your heart that reflects your gratitude and appreciation for all that you   received from the week-end.

Protocols

• Honouring ALL people.
• Honouring all ceremonial protocols.These will be explained on a regular basis.
• At the Sacred Fire everyone must be modestly attired. Skirts must come to at least mid-calf.   NO sleeveless tops or shirts. NO halter neck, low neck, or bare mid-riff tops. NO see   through skirts or tops.
• NO mind altering substances.
• NO firearms.
• NO Dogs, cats or other pet animals.
• NO Radios, CD players, tape recorders.
• Cameras and mobile phones are not allowed at any of the ceremonies.


Other Information

• Thursday, October 28 is “camp day” so that we can get settled in.
• The opening ceremony will be at sunrise on Friday, October 29th.
• The Gathering will conclude after the Silent Auction on Monday November 1st.
• Please camp on open ground and not under a tree.
• Be aware of mine shafts
• We encourage everyone to leave Monday late afternoon early evening to allow time for      goodbyes and leisurely departure rather than rushing after an uplifting 4 days.
• This Gathering is also about living in community so each one needs to be respectful of   themselves and others; keep their living spaces clean and clean-up litter that lies around,   fire tending is a huge part of community living, be respectful and assist the Elders, the children, and anyone in need.
• Ensure you secure your belongings and are responsible for your children at all times.
• Please come prepared to sign up for at least a couple of hour’s prayers in the form of work   in the area of your choice.
• Are you able to assist prior and after the Gathering?
• Please bring your non-electronic musical instruments, drums, rattles, clap sticks etc.
• If you would like to send a monetary gift from the heart to help with our preparations that   would be most appreciated. Please send cheques or money orders to:
  Seven Circles, Spiritual Centre for Planetary Peace, Inc. P. O. Box 169 Maldon 3463,   Victoria, Australia.
  Alternatively, you can make a direct deposit. Bank details supplied upon request


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