OSTARA – spring Equinox

18–20 March 2022, Ardennes

Ostara is the celebration of the Spring Equinox, the moment the life force starts to break through the surface once again, coloring everything around in bright green, juicy anticipation. Ostara is the moment of awakening to a new season. The Maiden Goddess starts to open to the world, connecting to her own body and the nature around. Her connection at this point is still tentative, explorative and innocent. Her experiments playful and quixotic.

In this weekend we go into the forest to reconnect to the earth and the trees with renewed interest. We enter into a world that is fresh and new, and experience it from the inside out. We invite the life force to flow through our bodies in ritual play, bathing in the stream, dancing and singing.

photo: Merel Claes

This workshop is part of the Wheel of the Year. Every weekend is related to the circular journey of the sun, as celebrated in ancient witchcraft. We honor the Spring and Fall Equinox, Summer and Winter Solstices, and the intermediate moments of preparation and cleansing, of letting go of old habits, and embracing new outlooks. Connecting to the cycle of the year embeds the spiritual practice in an ancient context of cyclical awareness and the connection to nature, the change of the seasons, and the mysteries of death and rebirth that lie hidden under the surface. It also opens our awareness to the practices of the ancestors that lived on the land long before us, and that built the hummus out of which our spiritual awareness arose.

Every weekend is built around one or more central group rituals, but next to that we make time for individual ritual crafting, singing, walking, meditation and other work.

PRICE: The whole Wheel of the Year cycle consists of 7 weekends, and we organize also a 1 week Witch Camp for Samhain on another location. Participation in one weekend costs 150 euro, including food and sleeping on a mattress in the studio space. If you want a bed in a (shared) room, you pay 20 euro pppn. If you book for 3 weekends you pay 400 euro, including food. The Samhain week is organized in a different way, and more information will follow soon.

LOCATION: Solwaster, close to Spa

RESERVATIONS: info@themonastery.live

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