Cornerstones of Community: a path offering at Spiralheart Witchcamp 2014
“These concepts are cornerstones. And, as in the construction of a building, when the foundation is solid and intentionally laid, it will support amazing height and weight. If the foundation is weak, the building will require constant repair. Little adjustments here and there; the roof always leaks, the windows require effort to open and close. And so…the cornerstones. If we were going to enter a project of building a cabin or a house, it would not be unusual to begin with very precise and time-consuming labor as we prepare our foundation. But when I ask you to join me in this labor as the foundation for a community, that may be another thing. Some of you may ask, “Isn’t common attraction and similar intention enough?” “Can’t we all just come as we are and all pile together to make a wonderful structure?” Yes, we could, but…little adjustments here and there; constant repair, the windows won’t open, the doors don’t close. And so, the cornerstones.” ~ Cynthea Jones, “Cornerstones of Community,” The Bones of Mystery School
The story of Quan Yin inspires the brave soul to move toward compassion, forgiveness, and healing – but what is the path toward a true and whole expression of these concepts in a community?
Diana’s Grove‘s Cornerstones of Community offers a framework for individuals working in community that are interested in supporting and sustaining community health.Our path will discuss and do focused work with each of the five Cornerstones (Choice, Thinking Well of Others/the Group, Thinking Well of Self, Stewardship of Self, The Sacred Wound) and the insights gained will be brought to evening ritual at camp along with our other interactions throughout the week. The tools and knowledge gained during Path will enrich our Spiralheart community and can be carried back to our home communities. We will utilize trance, short journaling, discussion, deep listening, and self discovery through word, tone, and/or movement. Though we will be leading the path as facilitators, we will be fully submerged in the work with path participants. We will be asking path participants to embody/model the energy of the specific Cornerstone of the day into the evening’s ritual as an offering to the community as a whole.
Boneweaver is a BorderWalking Priestess and Mentor of the Bone and Briar line of Feri/Reclaiming tradition with Amoret BriarRose in Pittsburgh, PA. She has walked her own spiritual path since forever and left the organized religion of UMC as a teen. Paganism arrived as a term around 2001 and Reclaiming/Feri followed in 2008 with the meeting of Kin.
She has attended two Spiralheart Witchcamps, once on the RATs, and a variety of workshops both near and out-of-state to deepen her Work, increase her personal Joy in this life, and fine tune her skills to be a more useful human to herself and others. She lives thoroughly and deeply in this incarnation. She co-led a CUUPS group for ~8 years and co-taught Pagan Spirituality and mentored newcomers through those same years. She works the Transitions, excels at deep work and runs arms wide open into it. She an artist at heart.
Amoret BriarRose has been working in the Reclaiming and Feri witchcraft traditions since 2000. She works in partnership with Boneweaver in the Bone and Briar line of Reclaiming/Feri in Pittsburgh, PA.
Amoret’s passions include community building, co-creation and manifestation, ecstatic ritual, divination and the poetry of life. She is experienced in leadership training, small group facilitation, tarot, trance techniques, and ritual arts. Amoret believes that transformation can be blissful if we surrender to the process. It is her privilege and calling to tempt seekers to their transformations.