Sunday, January 21, 2018

CALL for PRESENTERS - DEADLINE IS MARCH 1st

Dear Past Presenters and Those Interested in Future Presenting,

We are turning five! It's hard to believe, but it is an amazing achievement for all of you that continue to participate to make this event what it is: A loving, light-filled platform of learning, teaching, and making magic in the world.

It's time once again to send in your presentation proposals if you have not already done so. As a reminder, proposals must be themed or connected to the Egyptian Pantheon of Mysteries. We have a limited number of spaces available, and proposals must be in by March 1, 2018 to be considered. Anything after that date will be considered only if space is still available.

INNER SANCTUM SYMPOSIUM ON INFINITE POSSIBILITIES 2018

I would like to remind ordained Priests and Priestesses that the Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities will be held at Isis Oasis Sanctuary on May 3-6, 2018 - Beginning with our Beltane Celebration. As with last year, for Beltane only, we will deviate from the traditional "Egyptian Only" theme to lend more of a Fellowship of Isis teaching and practicum, and the day/evening will be entirely driven by various types of Beltane history, including largely the Ancient British Isles.

We have two open spots for priests in our Beltane rite, as Michael Starsheen and Kiel Milner will not be able to travel to the Symposium this year. Please contact me directly. Annie Waters and myself, with Celestine Star, Motherbear, and Anandha Ray will be spearheading each ritual and organizing that day to make it even more amazing than last year.

May is the beginning of High Season, too, so please reserve your space/rooms early. There are only 15-20 spots for presenters this year (including entertainment) and many have filled up. One presentation per individual is allowed, to keep things open for new presenters.

Please send me your paragraph blurb of what you would like to present as soon as possible to secure your spot. We will be keeping to the same schedule-type as last year's Symposium, since it worked so well for everyone. As always, presenters receive one free night (24 hrs room and board in the Nesu House) in exchange for their presentation, or as deTraci likes to say, "two nights for the price of one."

2018 costs are as follows:

"Shared Room - Lodge (per person): $115/night (includes all meals).
Dorm - (per person): $70/night (includes all meals).
Camping - (per person): $55/night (includes two meals).
Day Passes - $50 (includes two meals and all events between 11am and 11pm).

Presenters will receive one free night for their presentation, and additional nights at the regular rate. All presenters stay in the Nesu House. (unless otherwise requested for medical reasons).

As always, if you are a sponsor with students, this counts towards their curriculum and training. Presenters often need assistants with rites and rituals, and this is an excellent time for those students to learn from a variety of teachers with different magical backgrounds. I have two students this year that I am sponsoring, though their teaching has been on hold - Emlyn and Nina. Please let me know if you will need their assistance.

Two Lady Loreon Vigne Scholarships are available for students studying for ordination this October. You may apply with a short essay that explains your hardship, your present training, and chosen Goddesses/Gods, and what you hope to do in future with your ministry after ordination. Your Sponsor may also nominate you, but we will be following up with them individually to learn more of your strengths and progress. The scholarship includes all meals, a space in the dorm, and admission to all events for free.

There will be only four volunteer spots available for hardship needs, where volunteers take shifts in the kitchen, time-keeping, set-up for specific presenters in the Grand Temple, and acting as runners for myself, deTraci Regula, and anyone doing check-in.

If you are feeling generous, Temple of Isis can always use donations to help with these events. We are limited by our production costs vs. budget, and for as little as $200 per helper, we can hire stage help, such as a stage manager to keep track of presenter needs and set-ups, technical A/V help, and on occasion, a photographer may be willing to work for a limited number of hours for this amount, so that we have records for our archives. We include free room/board (dorm) and attendance for these individuals, too. Ask me how you can donate to the budget, if interested, by replying to this email.

Temple of Isis views events like Convocation and Symposium as fundraisers for the Temple, so we are happy to receive even small amounts to put towards things. This was a suggestion made to us after Convocation, which we are implementing, so that we might be able to enhance your experience as an attendee or presenter, with a smooth-running event.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long update...and may the blessings of the Goddess be abundantly yours for 2018. It's going to be a great year for magic!

Love, Light, and Lavender Fields,


Rev. Rain Graves
Temple of Isis & Fellowship of Isis
San Francisco, Geyserville, and Houston

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2018 DATES ANNOUNCED!

The Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities will celebrate its 5 Year Anniversary on May 3-6, 2018. Beltane will be back by popular demand, and we recommend you make your reservations and presentation pitches early.

Rates:

Lodge Room, Shared Occupancy: $115/night
Dorm: $70
Day Passes: $55

Camping rates are also available. Contact Rain to pitch your teaching workshop or lecture.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Final Schedule Posted for 2017, along with Bios and Photos

I'm pleased to announce that the 2017 Final Schedule for the Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities is now up and available, subject only to minor change or reworkings. Bios and Photos are also complete, and can also be viewed.

I strongly suggest you book your accommodations if you have not already done so, as we are nearing capacity... The Hobbit Hut, Gingerbread House, and Cabernet Cabin may be booked at regular rates, and are not part of the Symposium package, but may be used as overflow. If the lodge and dorm are full, please ask if these are available, and for current pricing per person. You will be able to attend all events, with meals.

I'll be heading to the Temple in the next few weeks, but feel free to email me with questions or inquiries.


Rev. Rain Graves
Priestess, Temple of Isis/Fellowship of Isis
Lyceum/Iseum of the Awakened Ab (Bay Area and Texas)
Isis Oasis Sanctuary

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Preliminary Schedule and Presenters Announced!

Hello Beautiful, Magical People!

I'm pleased to announce the 2017 Preliminary Schedule, which is subject to change. There are placeholders with names waiting on final descriptions for some people, while others are fully expressed. Some times may shift. The Biography page will be updated soon with all applicable bios and photos that are missing. We wanted you to see what's coming, and get excited for the event before we finalized the schedule in April. We are also extending our discounted housing rates to Wednesday night for those who wish to arrive a day early. The first Beltane Rite begins at 5pm on Thursday evening. We will also be holding a memorial of our much beloved Priest and Volunteer, Jim Teresinski on Saturday Night.

We have deviated from the traditional all-Egyptian event to include the Temple of Isis Beltane Rites, which are also a bit different from the norm. The rest of the event will be workings within the Egyptian Pantheon of Mysteries, as always. The Maypole Rite will occur during daylight hours, prior to the Tree Rite and the Fire Rite. In between, there will be revelry, dining, a special dance performance by Anandha Ray and Quimera Tribe before the passing of the May Wine Chalice, and of course...Strawberries! Note: Those dancing the May Pole are encouraged to wear white as traditional, but wear what you have if you do not have white.

Rosie Echlemeier will be bringing her beautiful hair garlands to sell in addition to crowns this year, for those wishing for a momento from Beltane that can be worn at other festivals throughout the years to come. Anniitra Ravenmoon will also be vending this year, for those of you that covet her beautifully designed Sterling Silver Yoni Ankhs, Serpent Spirals, and of course, her Moon Phase pieces that include the dark moon.

We have one slot I am still trying to confirm, which sits in the schedule as ***TBC***. You will be delighted once that gets nailed down. For now, here is your 2017 List of Presenters:

Anandha Ray
Annie Waters
Arisa Victor aka Granny Rainbow
Ayah Buonaugurio
Celestine Star
Christina Wells
deTraci Regula
Dragonfly Adularia
Jo
Kalita Todd
Kiel AnkhAmun Milner
Linda Iles
Marylyn Motherbear Scott
Michael Starsheen
Rain Graves
Serena Toxicat
+1 to be confirmed...


If you have not already made your reservations, please do so as soon as possible. The Lodge is filling up, and there are limited dorm spaces available at this point! Feel free to contact me with questions, or if you can't get through on the Isis Oasis line, email me with your reservation request.

Bright Blessings of the Vernal Equinox,

Rev. Rain Graves
Geyserville, CA
San Francisco, CA
Houston, TX

Saturday, April 30, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! - Inner Sanctum Symposium & Beltane, May 4-7, 2017

The 2016 Symposium is now over, and we are all still basking in the positive energy of the event. We have finally hit our groove with implementing your feedback (always during Closing Ceremonies) to make the event as great is it can be. The feedback on timing and flow was especially important, as highly energetic events can leave people drained if workshops are too close together without much downtime in between. In future, we will build on this model of work and play, where people can enjoy every aspect of Isis Oasis.

The food, too, was highly praised. Our thanks go to Bilal, our Chef for the event, who made our tummies and allergies very happy. Most notable were the evening ceremonies, and our Full Moon rite went beautifully despite the threat of rain. The Goddess saw fit to downpour only while we were inside; then allowed us respite as we made our fire and offerings outdoors, with a few sprinkles here and there. By the end of the night, the moon had come out. We sat around the fire for a few hours afterwards, enjoying the company of our friends, while keeping warm.

The Open Rite Night was a big hit, and it was voted into the next Symposium at Closing Ceremonies. We had over 15 people sign up and offer their blessings, songs, poems, and mini-rites in dedication to the Goddess. It gave shy people a moment to shine; seasoned speakers a chance to motivate; inbetweeners the chance to enliven and enlighten. All in all, a great addition to the whole.

Our Shetaut Neter - Ceremony of s-Nafu Seba came to us on Saturday night by Celestine Star, and it was a magical and beautiful rite full of color and prismatic essence. Each year her rites become larger than life, and she works very hard to bring her healings to others.

All in all, this event was a success. We build community when we teach community, and we complete the circle by learning from community, which in turn, helps others. It is my pleasure to announce the dates for the next Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities, which will coincide with Beltane Ceremonies, on May 4-7, 2017. This will be a very special event, and while Beltane is not considered Egyptian, it falls perfectly in line with our Fellowship of Isis alignment. It will be the exception to our Egyptian Mysteries rule, and will only enhance and enliven the energies of the event as a whole.

That said, I am now accepting proposal submissions for speakers at the 2017 event. Drop me an email with what you would like to present, your bio, and a photo. We plan to lock in our speakers much earlier this year, allowing visitors more time to plan their attendance. Submissions close in October of 2016, so don't delay! We plan to have the schedule posted by November.

Thank you to everyone who made this event magical and successful. You matter. Everyone does. Especially the creatures of the land, air, river, and flame. I can't say thank you enough.

Bright blessings of Beltane,

Rev. Rain Graves
Isis Oasis Sanctuary
Geyserville, CA

Thursday, April 14, 2016

FINAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED and Scholarships!

Dear friends,

I am delighted to announce the 2016 Symposium's final schedule.

We also have begun to offer two Lady Loreon Vigne Scholarships for those students of the Temple of Isis and/or Fellowship of Isis that might be financially challenged, but well-deserving of the chance to learn. Sponsors may nominate students, or students may inquire by email.

We look forward to seeing all of you Thursday!

Bright Blessings,

Rev. Rain Graves

Friday, March 18, 2016

2016 Presenters and Preliminary Schedule Announced!

Hello and Happy Spring!

I am pleased to announce our 2016 Presenters are as follows (in the order they appear on the schedule):

deTraci Regula
Dragonfly Adularia
Marylyn Motherbear Scott
Tracy Isadore
Rain Graves
Kalita Todd
Tamara Trejo
Kasey Konder
Michael Starsheen
Kiel Milner
Linda Iles
Carolina Amor
Christy Michaels
Celestine Star
Arisa Victor, aka Granny Rainbow
Serena Toxicat
Mana Youngbear

Not all bios/photos have been added to the Presenter's Page, but will be shortly.

The Preliminary Schedule is also now available, with a few talk descriptions to be added, though names are in place where their events will happen. As usual, this schedule is subject to change and additions, depending on what the Goddess wills for it. :-)

If you have not made your lodging reservations, please do so by contacting Isis Oasis Sanctuary at 707-857-4747.

We are looking for a few good volunteers to help us in the kitchens, as runners, and time-keepers in shifts in exchange for dorm lodgings. Please email Rain with your interest, availability and commitment. 

Last but not least, I am excited to announce two Lady Loreon Vigne Scholarships will be available for those who are students studying to become priests or priestesses in the Temple of Isis or Fellowship of Isis, who have financial hardships. These highly coveted spots for students must be recommended by Sponsors, and may be sent to Rain via email, explaining the merit for them. These individuals will be placed in dorm accommodations, and may attend all events, etc., without volunteering work for trade. Students must commit to attend the full event, and credit goes towards their curriculum towards ordination.