Start: Friday, October 27, 2023
End: Sunday, October 29, 2023
In Person at:
Registration Link TBD
What is Samhain?
In ancient times, when the Old Europeans still hunted, gathered and herded, the year was simply divided into two seasons. The joyful beginning of the year was at the beginning of May when the sheep and goats were led out to their mountain pastures. The end of this Summer season fell at the end of October/ beginning of November, this was the “Gates of Winter.” The herds were brought back to the safety of a sheltered settlement, all debts were settled, and offerings were made to thank the deities for their summer bounty and petition the deities as they showed their winter aspects, to be merciful to those who honored them. The deceased ancestors were also honored and fed, as they also were petitioned to watch over their descendants thru the bitter winter. The Celtic tribes call this time Samhain, “Summer’s End,” while the Slavic tribes call it Zaduszki, “Ancestor’s Eve” or Velines, “The Day of the Souls.”
Time together and Time with our ancestors
Join us at the beautiful Camp West Mar for a weekend of togetherness to celebrate another turn of the wheel.
Samhain is the last harvest holiday of the wheel and as such we gather to feast together as a community. Join us Friday Evening for an opening ritual.
Look forward to workshops, classes, and more.
Samhain Celebration Schedule
About the Venue: YMCA Camp West Mar, 14509 Brown Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780
Camping and bunk bed options are paid on a per-person basis. The private rooms may be shared by more than one person; in which case, only one member of the group needs to register for the Private Room; additional guests should register under the "Guest - Private Room" setting.
The lodging options are as follows:
1) Camping! - With access to indoor bathrooms, showers, and flush toilets. Tent-only this time (no car camping or RVs).
2) Bed in a Shared Cabin - Bring your own pillow and linens. Bathrooms and showers are in an adjacent building. Cabins 1-4 have ten bunk beds per room, Cabin 5 five bunk beds and 7 single beds.
3) Private Room with Two Single Beds - Bring your own pillow and linens. Bathrooms and showers are in an adjacent building. Four rooms available.
4) Guest - Private Room - use this option if you plan to share a Private Room with someone else, who's already reserved the room.
Meal Plan: A basic meal plan is available for those who do not wish to cook. We will provide dinner on Friday, and breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Cost TBD
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