SweetWood Temenos Freedom Festival 13, as one member said was “an awesome gathering”. The weather was just right, not too hot and not too cool. The day lilies were blooming in the circle and flowers at the picnic shelter.
It was so good to see so many of the SweetWood Temenos clan at the opening ritual as well as new folk.
This year we had an official festival committee and they did a very good job of putting together the Freedom Festival! We had a Group Tarot workshop, Henna Play Party, Sarong workshop, a Found Sound Playshop, a discussion about the SweetWood Temenos Deepening Program, and a discussion on Polyamoury.
We did our annual symposium, which was on Transformation Friday evening, the general assembly, the Thing, of SweetWood Temenos and Community potluck afterwards. There was a Deep Friendship Mirror dance, a Naked Lunch, a Drumming and Dance Circle and the main Ritual of the Sun Goddess and Moon God.
The opening and closing rituals tied the magic of the festival all together. There was again fireworks display done by Rowyn. The good folk really made this Freedom Festival hum! The nights were filled with good talk and company. The children added goodness to the whole festival!
One woman summed it up best when she wrote: “This year’s Freedom Fest was an awesome gathering!!! So good to meet with Spirit Family and to greet new folks as well!!!! I really enjoyed seeing the children here, camping and being IN NATURE with us all. The Drumming was Oh so good, as it has been TOO Long since I’ve been with this form of our Heartbeat! A great memory of walking down the path, hearing the drumbeat, torches lit along the path and the dancing flames of fire in the circle!!!!! I do have to admit that the Naked Lunch was a highlight! !! Delta guided us for really good sharing about being Poly - beautiful moderation the talking stick is a great tool for this”.
What is so great about the Freedom Festival is the magic of the heart connections that invoke the love of freedom and immanent Divinity. The love and friendship of this festival enriches the land and charges the sacred space we call SweetWood Temenos and its good folk. Each year the Freedom Festival is great in it own unique way. It seems that each year the Freedom Festival draws on the love energy and magic stored in the land and folk of SweetWood and then adds more in a synergistic way to both. This synergistic wholeness between the land and the people is what I believe make each Freedom Festival and the next one, great and filled with goodness.
I had a very good time and my heart is gladdened that so many others did also! May more Friends of Friends find their way to the Freedom Festival and SweetWood Temenos next year! Till then may you all fare well!