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.