Tree Talk: Volume 5, Number 4 – Winter Edition

The most recent edition of Tree Talk, the quarterly newsletter of The Tree Leaves Oracle and The Leaf and Dragon is now available. You can come into our store at “The Leaf and Dragon” 33 North First street Suite 1, Ashland, Oregon 97520 to grab a physical copy (or subscribe by being a member of the Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship) or free PDF version here: http://www.treeleavesoracle.org/treetalk/vol5-no4/TreeTalk-Vol5-No4-2014.pdf. Enjoy! Leaf

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Rollerderby Girls bout tonight! 6 pm – don’t miss: Tix still available at the Leaf and Dragon

Come out of the rain and the dreary weather and step into our shop today! Then join us tonight at the Roller Derby Girls Bout at 6 pm ! Tickets still available here at the Leaf and Dragon, 33 North First street Suite 1, Ashland, Oregon. See you today … see you tonight!

(Are you ready???

November 15th the Southern Oregon Rollergirls will be taking on Cherry City!

Come watch the Southern Oregon Junior Rollergirls scrimmage prior to the adult bout.

Brown Paper Tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/888375

Doors open at 4:00.
Junior Scrimmage at 4:30.
Adult bout at 6:00!

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Tree Talk: September/October Issue 2014

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Read or download our most recent newsletter: Fall 2014 Issue of “Tree Talk”


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Tree Talk Volume 20, No 1-2: Spring and Summer

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Our quarterly newsletter is back –
Tree Talk Volume 20, No 1-2: Spring and Summer
Can now be accessed by going to www.treeleavesoracle.org/treetalk/TreeTalk-Vol5-2014.pdf. Enjoy!

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2014 Fairy Human Relations Congress

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2014 Fairy Human Relations Congress
* June 27-29, 2014 * Skalitude Retreat * Twisp, Washington * www.fairycongress.com *

Every year around the Summer Solstice in June, Fairies and Humans gather together to network, communicate, co-create, and bridge relationships on Planet Earth. Specifically focusing more on Nature Spirits, Devas, and the Faery Realms rather than on the Sidhe, Fae, and Faerie, the more human-like races also attend this spiritual gathering. The Congress was first held in the early 1950’s by Daphne Charters in England, but migrated to the United States under directorship of Michael Pilarski at Skalitude near Twisp Washington. The first American gathering was held in 2001 and became an annual event ever since. It was the early ones that I first attended and then with my travels around the world and moving away from the Pacific Northwest, I haven’t had the chance to return until this year. Amazingly it has retained its same beautiful community natured cohesion, peacefulness, center of love and harmony I remembered from 2003-2004. It has grown a bit with more attendees, but never infected with the riff-raff you get at most other festivals. It still has the trustworthiness and balance I remembered loving about the first Pagan gatherings and festivals I went to. Not having to worry about theft, violence, disorderliness, nor people with ulterior motives. The Congress is like the very first spiritual Rainbow Gatherings (before Rainbow fell apart and decayed with riff-raff) meeting a Pagan academic conference. Peace, Love, Healing, and Community empowered the grounds the entire space of the event. I felt recharged and rejuvenated albeit it I was unable to attend many workshops or rites since I was chasing around our little one and watching our festival booth The Tree Leaves Oracle.

As the world has been seeing a full blossom of Fairy and Faerie festivals popping up around the globe, this is the only one that I’ve ever attended that is primarily knowledge and spirituality based unlike some of the others that are music festivals wrapped around the faerie cloak, commercial malls, fantasy dress-up balls, role-playing game conventions, and what-not on a different level than you experience here. This is a true community with more rituals than a normal human can handle and great workshops abound. The music scene is primarily drum circles, although some bands and entertainers will take the small stage in the evenings. The entertainment is drumming, dancing, meditating, yoga, frolick, and education. Of course all the fairy / faerie festivals I attend all have a spiritual nature and rites/rituals embedded in their fabric, but many you have to be “in the know” or hunt around for those aspects if you seek them. Not here, they will be an essential part of your experience. It was good to be back after a 10-12 year hiatus.

Every year, world renown authors and experts on faerie/fairy wisdom hold workshops and classes at the event. Next to the rites and rituals, this is the prime purpose of the Congress. This year, the congress secretly began on thursday and ended on monday as opposed to the flier posted dates – with a special immersion workshop thursday evening by Michael Dunning on “The Dragon Body”. Friday Morgan Brent did “songs from the Garden”, Kirsten Sogge did Eurythmy, Aimee Ringle a Meadow Walkabout, followed by a communal breakfast, opening ceremony and morning circle, Joanna Schmidt on “Opening and Nurturing Your Intuitive Gifts”, Diane Pepper “Meeting Your Multi-Dimensional Selves”, Maia Klevjer “Introduction to Shamanic Journeying for Young Adults”, Joseph Freeman on “Animal Communication”, Ellen van de Viss on “Gardening with the Joyful Devas and Nature Spirits”, Saphir Lewis on “Standing Up as a Human in the Co-Creaetive Relationship”, followed by a communal lunch, then David Spangler on “Understanding the Subtle Worlds: A Foundation for Partnership”, Orion Foxwood on “Growing the Tree of Enchantment: A Journey of Fairy/human Co-creation and Companions”, Laurence Cole: “Listening Deeply to the Emergent song of Now”, Michael Dunning: “Standing in the Power of the Spiritual Stream of Human Becoming”, Creeksong: The Taoist 5 Element(al)s: Using Ancient Sounds as Invocations”, Bridget Wolfe & John Curtis Crawford: “The Alchemy of Unity: When the Whole is more than the Sum of its Parts”, Evening Yoga with Kat Allen, Integration Hour, Circle, a communal dinner, Ecstatic Dance and Drumming with Burke Mulvaney and Friends.

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Saturday saw repeat performances and presentations of Friday morning, with added in the afternoon Jacqueline Freeman: “Shrines: Doors to the Fairy World”, Michael Dunning: “21st Century Grail Stream and its Guardians”, David Spangler: “Partnering with the Subtle Worlds: Rules of the Road”, Flora LaRayne and Fransisco: “Blossoming: A Soul’s Longing”, Deborah Koff-Chapin: “Bringing the Subtle Beings into Form Through Touch Drawing”, Shoshana Avree: “The Essence of Existence, Essence of your Soul”, followed by communal lunch, and then
Rj Stewart: “Elizabethan Fairy Magic”, Orion Foxwood: “Clearing the Soul Cage: Cultivating Presence, Clarity and Wonderment”, Saphir Lewis: “Attunement for Powerful Co-Creative Communication”. Ellen Vande Visse: “Gardening with the Joyful Devas and Nature Spirits”, Bridget Wolfe & John Curtis Crawford: “Being in the Other: A New Perspective o Co-Creation”, followed by repeat activities from friday night of yoga, integration, and communal dinner. After dinner was the main Ritual and Fairy/Human Parade, Acousitc Concert in the Lodge with RJ Stewart, Drumming/Dancing/ and Merriment all night long. Sunday had repeat activities from friday and saturday morning, but after Circle held the spectacular “Angel Wash” in the meadows, and the afternoon presentations of Anastacia Nutt on “Celtic Fairy Traditions: Herbs, Charms and the Wise Ones Who Made Them”, Creeksong “Cernunnos: Lord of the Forest, Lord of the Wild Things”, Orion Foxwood: “The Re-Sourcing Prayer: A Technique for Attunement and Alignment”. Jacqueline Freeman: “Honeybees: The Vibratory Voice of Transformation”, Dolores Nurss:”Dreaming with Fairies”, Closing Circle followed by Yoga, Integration Hour, and communal Dinner. Monday had a special Immersion workshop by RJ Stewart of “The Four Cities of the Tuatha de Danann: Beyond the Hidden Crossroads”. It was a most spectacular weekend with clear weather, good sun, fun nature, and a charming community. All meals were communal and included in the festival fees – good wholesome vegan, vegetarian, and free-range organic foods. The food alone was worth the 12 hour drive we had entering this realm.

In previous years, the notable speakers and workshops were done by Peter Tompkins (Secret Life of Plants), Findhorn co-founders Dorothy Maclean and David Spangler, and teachers in the Celtic Faery tradition RJ Stewart, Caitlín Matthews and Orion Foxwood. Other presenters also included flower essence specialists, animal and plant communicators, shamanic practitioners and herbalists, wildcrafters, fairy seers, intuitives, geomancers, Bards and Druids, and Native American storytellers.

The founders and organizers feel this event is very important as the Congress affects the planet by joining with the nature, devic, and other higher realms to bring more peace, love, and understanding into the world with a goal of not escaping the outer world but to positively affect it. It is a time on the globe wheras multiple crises are affecting humanity and they feel it is very important to seek alliances with as many light forces as possible in other realms. Although many deny their existence, the fairy realms and Mother Earth are big players in what is happening on the planet and this vanguard event bring these people together with an intent for communication and cooperation for ourselves and humanity. They feel that the event has more fairies, devas, and light being in attendance both seen and unseen, albeit registration for 2014 was over 250 in attendance, with a feel of close to 300+ frolicking in the meadows. It was a perfect sized event and one I hope to return to again and again for years to come. It has been a long time since I’ve had a good recharge like I did at this event which makes it worth all the more.

~ Leaf McGowan, Druid, Ovate, Faeid, & Healer
founder of the Faeid Fellowship, Tree Leaves Folk Fellowship & Pirate Relief
www.technogypsie.com/chronicles

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Friday, Oct 3, 2014: Ashland Zombie Walk (tentative date)

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Greetings Ashland community!

It appears that the Ashland Zombie Crawl happens annually on the first friday of October. We’ll verify that date when we find out and post here and on our community page at www.facebook.com/ashlandzombies as soon as we know. We’ll be involved somehow – backup makeup and/or bodypainting support, crawl sponsorship, helping with gear, etc.

Beginning October 2014 – The Tree Leaves’ Oracle will once again be sponsoring the zombies as they crawl, walk, moan, growl, and drag down the streets of America – while we always promote and network the crawls in Manitou Springs, Colorado and Colorado Springs, Colorado – we have moved from that location to our new home of Ashland, Oregon. So while former focalizers of those western crawls, we’ll get our hands bloody helping the zombies of Ashland along. Apparently the Ashland Zombie Crawl occurs the first friday of every October – and we look forward to joining them this year. You can get zombie supplies, blood, bodypainting, and costume support from The Leaf and Dragon at 33 North First Street Suite 1, Ashland, Oregon for all your zombie, Halloween, and dress up needs. See you out during the crawl! We have set up an event notification and community page at www.facebook.com/ashlandzombies as a point for finding out more information.

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Grand Opening of the Leaf and Dragon

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Join us at our new storefront at 33 North First Street, Suite 1, Ashland, Oregon 97520 as we embark upon our newest phenomena as

The Leaf and Dragon

The combined efforts of The Tree Leaves Oracle and The Jelling Dragon bringing together their hordes of treasures from their travels around the world specializing in Viking, Pirates, Faeries, Fantasy, Folklore, and Medieval Re-enactments, supplies, gifts, clothing, jewelry, herbs, oils, candles, art, crafts, and sundries.

Now open – Mondays through Saturdays, 10 AM until 5 PM excluding holidays and Faerie festivals we attend.

Web shopping carts open 24/7. Toll free: 1-800-605-9705.

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Consignments with the Tree Leaves Oracle

Interested in placing your art on consignment with The Tree Leaves’ Oracle?

Send us an email at consign@treeleavesoracle.org and let us know about your art – please include pictures, descriptions, and prices. We need to have more than 6 items each of your items you want to be listed online with us, and any amount is ok for display in our festival booth or storefront.

To learn about our rates and policy, discounts and volunteer swap – download our consignment sheet here: consignment-rates.

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Visit our Booth at Faeriecon West!

Our festival season is upon us and the first festival of the season will be Faeriecon West in Seattle, Washington during the weekend of February 21st – 23rd, 2014.

Come visit our booth in space number 16 displaying a good bulk of our wares and collections found in our Store. See you there!

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400 sq. ft. off grid Solar Cabins

Cross-posted from Off Grid World 12/18/2013 “How to Build a 400sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin for $2k” at http://www.offgridworld.com/how-to-build-a-400sqft-solar-powered-off-grid-cabin-for-2k/.

How To Build a 400sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin for $2k

How to build a nice small cabin powered by solar panels. Lamar Alexander built this cute little 400 square foot cabin for approximately $2000, and powers it with a 570 watt solar and wind power system. The whole system is very inexpensive, and the best part is he is mortgage free. Very cool little cabin. I’d be proud to build something like this myself, and call it home.

How to build a 14x14 solar cabin

“…This cabin is 14×14 with a full loft and approximately 400 square feet of living space. Downstairs is Kitchen, Bathroom, Dining and Living area. Upstairs is a large Bedroom and Office. There is enough room for 6 people to sleep comfortably. Power system is 580 watts Solar electric and 400 Watts wind power which powers a 12 volt fridge, lights, water pump, TV’s, laptop and many gadgets. Heat source can be propane or wood stove. Toilet is composting or a septic tank system…” ~http://www.simplesolarhomesteading.com/

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