Sacred Sunday


All Sacred Sundays start at 10am and go till 12 noonish

On the date nearest the Equinox/Solstice they are followed by a community meal.

All gatherings are outside, please dress for your comfort and participation. 

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.

Join in creating a Sacred Sunday of connecting with others and Nature

Sept 24, 2017,   Oct 22, 2017,   Nov 12, 2017

Dec 17, 2017

(Winter Solstice Celebration)

 

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***THE NEXT SACRED SUNDAY***

Sept 24, 2017

A community event at Middle Lake

Fall equinox celebration

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August 13, 2017

Visiting the landscape of the Desert by metaphor and through the

landscape of Albertas Badlands

Bus Departs 8am from Waldorf School Parking lot

 515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW.

There is plenty of street parking available for the day to leave your cars.

return to Calgary between 4 and 6pm

 

“You must come (to the desert) with no intentions of discovery.  You must overhear things, as though you’d come to a small and desolate town and paused by an open window . . . . You have to proceed almost by accident.”  –Barry Lopez

July 16, 2017,

Please Join us in celebrating our 2nd Anniversary

with a very special experience.  Car pooling will be necessary.  Drive time 45 min north of Calgary

and there will be a Cost  of $35.00 per person to be donated into a veterinarian fund.

Please email hare@xplornet.com if you are planning on attending.

“Touch.  Contact.  Connection . . . Hardly daring to breath, I sat down, claiming my space in the commons.  For this one moment, included in the herd.”

–Mary R. Thompson

****please note day change, It is a Saturday and time change 4pm****

June 24, 2017  Community Solstice Celebration at the River

4pm to 6pm

Campfire and Community Celebration to follow

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

We will ultimately be most effective if we first develop a deep and meaningful connection to one specific, chosen place.

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May 28, 2017

Bowness Park

​8900 48 Ave. N.W.

Meet in front of Bowness Cafe and rentals building

Embracing our Inner Wild, we awaken to wonder.  

And to oneness.

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April, 2017

We are Nature,

long have we been absent,

but now we return.

–Walt Whitman–

Meet at the park

The corner of Cougar Ridge Manor and Cougar Ridge CL, SW

Directly behind (1 block walk) the upper parking lot at COP

Parking available along side park on either Cougar Ridge Manor or Cougar Ridge CL.

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March 19, 2017 (Community celebration)

Meeting at Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek is 16 km from the Bragg Creek turn off on highway 66 toward Elbow Falls.

Out of the dusk a shadow,

then, a spark.

Out of the cloud a silence,

then, a lark.

Out of the heart a rapture,

then, a pain.

out of the dead, cold ashes,

Life again.

–John Bannister Tabb, “Evolution”

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Feb 12, 2017

10am, 12 noon

Edworthy Park

4105 Montgomery View NW, Calgary, AB

Please dress for winter play IN the snow!

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“At first we all think we can outrun the death aspect of the Life/Death? Life nature.  The fact is we cannot.  It follows right along behind us, bumpety-bump, thumpety-thump, right into our houses, right into our consciousness . . . . In feminine imagery, the Death Woman, Death Mother, or Death Maiden always was understood as the carrier of destiny, the maker, the harvest maiden, the mother, the river-walker, and the re-creator; all of these in cycle.”

–Clarissa Pinkola Estes —

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January 22, 2017

The releasing of the rocks from the Grief Ritual

Clear water tee pee’s

in Elbow Valley

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

“Listen . . . we must heed the call of our own hearts,

where love and truth, caring and justice, are born.

Listen . . . we must heed the call of others,

to gather together for some great purpose,

where passion and fidelity, compassion and equity, are 

nourished.

the hammering silence calls us together

that we may do the work we cannot do alone.

Let us heed the calls that come in the silence,

that we may be well,

and do good,

in this world together.”

–L. Annie Foerster

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December 18, 2016

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

This is a community event.

A pre- Solstice celebration

Please bring a chair and a to go coffee mug

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Our ancestors believed that at Winter Solstice, the sun can be wooed out of hiding only with music and dancing, singing and poetry, “jeweled” trees, bonfires, and laughter.  Perhaps we still believe it!

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  November 13, 2016

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

The edge, Where Stone Meets Water

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In the dance of the shore

that ebbs and flows within me

there is a time to let go,

a time to hold back

a rising hope,

and a falling into acceptance.

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October 16, 2016

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

“Within the struggle, joy, pain, and delight that attend our life, there is an invisible circle of grace that enfolds and encompasses us in every moment.  Blessings help us  to perceive this circle of grace, to find our  place of belonging within it, and to receive the strength the circle holds for us.”

–Jan Richardson–

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September 25, 2016

Middle Lake in Bow Valley Provincial Park

Bow Valley Provincial Park is accessed from the TransCanada Highway west of Calgary by the exit to Hwy 1X followed by a left turn into the clearly-signed park entrance.

The paved road past the entrance to the Bow Valley Provincial Park Visitor Centre twists and turns its way through forest, with periodic, amazing, mountain views, to the well-signed parking area for Middle Lake.

In Celebration of the Fall equinox we will be having a community picnic.

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For those wanting to we will be making Wind Chimes so to hear the Wind when it comes calling and to remind us of what moved us into the dark.

Please bring with you some string or wire and anything natural or found objects you feel we can use to make a wind chime.


***THE NEXT SACRED SUNDAY***

August 14, 2016

Location:  A mountain Lake along the Banff/Jasper highway

Departing Calgary 6:30am returing between 5/6pm

Meeting place for departure by individual cars or for those who have made arrangements for the bus will be at Calgary Waldorf School Parking lot.  515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW.

There is plenty of street parking available for the day to leave your cars.

The weather can be unpredictable and the bugs plentiful and  bears a possibility . . . please prepare accordingly!  Snacks and your own lunch are required.  Hiking footwear highly rec’d and a change of soxs as your feet may bet wet.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a day in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” –John Muir–

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July 17, 2016

Location: Corner of Cougar Ridge Drive and 85st SW

Meet at the park bench

The wind has its reasons. We just don’t notice as we go about our lives. But then, at some point, we are made to notice. The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks you. The wind knows everything that’s inside you. And not just the wind. Everything, including a stone. They all know us very well. From top to bottom. It only occurs to us at certain times. And all we can do is go with those things. As we take them in, we survive, and deepen.”

–Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing

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June 12, 2016

Summer Solstice Community Picnic

Bring food to share and build community.

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

A day of constructing full-sized mandalas which we will bring to life by putting ourselves into the world embodied there.

The mandala (literally, “sphere of spiritual nurture) is a total purified Universe which can be used to transform our environment, our country, our planet Earth, or our own minds.

–Robert Thurman/Marilyn Rhie–

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May 15, 2016

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

Join us for a morning of Paying Attention,  Than Pondering how to be-in-longing is to be one with the river.  How the lessons of flow serve us in our search to belong.

Belonging is not a goal.  Belonging is a river

Every point is holy–

but you cannot linger there

without losing yourself

for you are the motion

of your journey.

No idea,

no attainment,

no goal,

can encompass

the truth

which lives only as it dies

into new life.

Your are the pain–

let it go.

Your are the joy–

let it go.

You are actions taken and not taken–

let them go.

Your are the dream–

let it go.

Move with the mark

of the unknown upon you

and life will enter your blood like a river.

This world was always holy

and you were always a rising flame

upon its altar.

-Bernadette Miller-

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April 10, 2016

Clear water tee pee’s

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.

Surrendering our hearts to the one who calls us forward!

Join us for a morning of Paying Attention, Than Pondering .  Followed by Response and Contemplation.

“As we give ourselves over to this gazing there rises up in the . . . concreteness of all that is seen, an intimate vision of the all-in-one, one-in-all nature of reality.”  –James Finley The Contemplative Heart

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March 20, 2016

A Community Picnic Event

Allen Bill Pond, HWY 66, Bragg Creek, AB

Take HWY 22 South to Bragg Creek-then turn West onto HWY 66 for about 18 kms

When we are open and ‘response – able’ to life it naturally happens . . . our inner light shines.

“Before we can share the light, we have to find it.  When we embody it, we can’t help sharing it, because it has no limits.” –Stephen Mitchell

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February 21, 2016

North Glenmore Park

7305 Crowchild Tr. S.W.

Parking lot K

10am to 12:30pm

Strength of heart comes from knowing that the pain that we each must bear is part of the greater pain shared by all that lives.  It is not just “our” pain but the pain, and realizing this awakens our universal compassion.  —Jack Kornfield.

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January 24, 2016

10am to 12:30 pm

Edworthy Park

4105 Montgomery View NW, Calgary, AB

We will meet beside Angel’s Cappuccino & Ice Cream Cafe

See blog for a picture of the location.

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I have no parents:  I make the heavens and earth my parents.

I have no home:  I make awareness my home.

I have no divine power:  I make honesty my divine power.

I have no means:  I make understanding my means.

I have no magic secrets:  I make character my magic secret.

I have no miracle:  I make right action my miracles.

I have no friends:  I make my mind my friend.

I have no enemy:  I make carelessness my enemy.

I have no armor:  I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.

Samurai Warrior

14th century Japan

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December 20,2015

10am to 12:30pm

Shared meal to follow

Throughout history, celebrating the solstice has been a way to renew our connection with each other and the the Earth herself.  Sharing food, an important part of any celebration, is particularly meaningful during the solstice, as it represents faith in the return of the sun and the harvest.

If you wish to bring food to share in the Winter Solstice picnic please contact Laura who has so kindly volunteered to co ordinate the food for the picnic.   slmdavie@shaw.ca   THANK YOU LAURA

Location: Same as Last Month.  Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.   Feel free to bring a chair, or blanket to sit on.  Dress to enjoy yourself outside whatever the weather!

The picnic will be along side the river.  We will be having a fire to help keep us warm!

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“Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half.   Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day.  Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb.  Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were “wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider.”
–   Yule Lore  

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November 22, 2015

Location: Same as Last Month.  Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot.  Forest church will begin in the trees and end at the river.  Feel free to bring a chair, or blanket to sit on.  Dress to enjoy yourself outside whatever the weather!

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“The dark boughs reach out above me and encircle me like arms.  I feel the assurance of being recognized, as if something powerful and protective is aware of my presence, looks in another direction, but always has me in the corner of its eye.

I am cautious and self-protective here, as anywhere, yet I believe that a covenant of mutual regard binds me together with the forest.  We share in a common nurturing.  Each of us serves as an amulet to protect the other from inordinate harm.  I am never alone in this wild forest, this forest of elders, this forest of eyes.” –Richard Nelson

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Sacred Sunday October 18, 2015

Location:  Meeting at Clearwater TeePee Campground

Head west on Highway 8 after Glenmore/Sarcee Trail. Turn right into Clearwater Drive.  Meet in the parking lot or those who know the pathway in picture below meet along side it at the River. Feel free to bring a chair.

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“How he loved this river, how it enchanted him, how grateful he was to it!  In his heart he heard the newly awakened voice speak, and it said to him: “Love this river, stay by it, learn from it.”  Yes, he wanted to learn from it.  It seemed to him that whoever understood this river and its secrets, would understand much more, many secrets, all secrets.

but today he only saw one of the river’s secrets, one that gripped his soul.  He saw that the water continually flowed and flowed yet it was always there;  it was always the same and yet every moment it was new.  Who could understand, conceive this?” — Hermann Hesse



Sacred Sunday  Sept 20, 2015

(22 participants.  Thank you for coming and sharing your stories.)  

True stories — True Colors

Location:  Middle Lake — Bow valley provincial park

As this is our 3rd Sacred Sunday and is the fall equinox  it will end with a community picnic to celebrate the harvest and the change of season.

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“Before they are able to enter a new story, most people—and probably most societies as well—must first navigate the passage out of the old.  In between the old and the new there is an empty space.  It is a time when the lessons and learnings of the old story are integrated.  Only when the work has been done is the old story really complete.

Then, there is nothing, the pregnant emptiness from which all being arises.  Returning to essence, we regain the ability to act from essence.  Returning to the space between stories, we can choose from freedom and not from habit.” —Charles Eisenstein  The More Beautiful world our hearts know is possible

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Sacred Sunday  August 23, 2015

(15 participants thank you for coming and building community with  grateful hearts)

Location:  Meeting at Clearwater TeePee Campground

The danger of being too comfortable, too self-sufficient, is that we lose any sense of needing one another.  Nature reminds us.  Floods, fires, tornadoes can take away any illusion of self-sufficiency.  It is during these times that we are reminded how much we need each other, how much we depend not only on each other but also on the web of life itself.

“…Let us risk the wildest places, Lest we go down in comfort, and despair.”

–Mary Oliver

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Sacred Sunday  July 26, 2015  10am to 12 noon

(10 participants  It was Awe inspiring)

Location: Corner of Cougar Ridge Drive and 85st SW

Meet at the park bench below

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“Dedication to God means dedication to the whole of creation.”  -Edith Stein

St. Edith Stein, a Jewish nun living under Nazi oppression, proclaimed then what few cared about and even fewer knew:  “what we do to the rest of creation we do to ourselves.  What we destroy in the rest of creation makes it even easier to destroy our own.”

Co-creation is the task of being human.  Join in creating a Sacred Sunday of connecting with others and Nature.

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