A Personal Story by Drew

A Personal Story by Drew Austin Lawrence, March 2014 The Raven’s Knoll Quork welcomes people’ s personal stories regarding gatherings they have attended or what Raven’s Knoll means to them. This guest post is by Drew Thomson. Seven years ago I needed to walk away from one of the best opportunities for happiness that has lucked to come across my path, which to this day has not been equaled or bettered. The experience opened my Read more…

Men’s Cairn

Men’s Cairn Austin Lawrence, February 2014 This Quork post is brought to you by Ethan Kincaid, a longtime Fester and Canadian author. An unobtrusive path leads northward from the archery field of Raven’s Knoll. This suits the purpose of the sacred site beyond. Quiet, and out of the way, sits the Men’s Cairn; the ever-growing pile of stones lies surrounded by tall grass and, to the south, birch and poplar trees. The adornments on it are Read more…

A Völva’s Viewpoint on Hail and Horn Gathering 2013

A Völva’s Viewpoint on Hail and Horn Gathering 2013 14/01/24 at 1.25am / by Auz / 0 Comment This blog occasionally cross-posts the accounts of other bloggers who have contributed or experienced Raven’s Knoll. The following post is written by Juniper Jeni about her experience leading the esoteric ritual at last year’s Hail and Horn Gathering as a völva. Juniper is an Ottawa witch with a wonderful blog called Walking the Hedge and is an Read more…

SLAPS 2013

SLAPS 2013 Austin Lawrence, April 2013 Siling Labuyo Arnis Proficiency Seminar (SLAPS) – May 24 to 26, 2013 Raven’s Knoll is lucky to host, for the second year, SLAPS.  This event is an intensive Siling Labuyo Arnis (SLA) training seminar.  Come to experience this amazing Filipino martial arts.  Hands on instruction will be provided covering single stick, knife, staff and spear, as well as empty hands techniques.  There will be test cutting with live blades, and the ever-popular dirty Read more…

Hail and Horn Gathering – “Threads of Frigg”

Hail and Horn Gathering – “Threads of Frigg” Austin Lawrence, June 2013 Hail and Horn is an annual gathering organized by Canadian Heathens to express in fullness our ancient religious custom. The gathering is anchored by three intertwined rituals – blót, húsel and symbel – and a deep reverence for the Gods. This year, in particular we honour The Weaver, The Dreamer, Holy Mother Frigg. Blót Hail the Gods! The primary ritual will be that Read more…

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2014

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2014 Austin Lawrence, March 2014 At each Kaleidoscope Gathering there are a few amplified concerts that take place on the Raven Stage to entertain and uplift Festers.  It is still early in the Fest organizing season, but we already have two concerts booked! Consider checking out the artists’ websites and purchase their music by following the links, both to support their musical endeavours, and so that you can sing along when they Read more…

Swing Low (Heathen version)

Swing Low (Heathen version) Austin Lawrence, March 2014 Sung to the tune of the African-American spiritual “Swing Low.” First presented by Auz and Brad McDonald at the Three Rivers Gathering 2o13. Lyrics filked by Austin “Auz” Lawrence. I crossed the scree, and what did I see? Wind, trees and the rocks. I crossed the scree, and what did I see? Wind, trees and the rocks. Swing low sweet chariot, Freya with her cats. O, Swing Read more…

KornuKopia Gathering 2013

KornuKopia Gathering 2013 Austin Lawrence, August 2013 The KornuKopia Gathering is a festival for Pagans, Heathens and their friends to celebrate the last bounty of the Summer and the Turning of the Wheel of the Year into Fall, honouring the Gods in mirth and reverence. This is the fourth time this Harvest celebration will be taking place. The festival features the ceremonial burning of a massive sculpted offering, to honour the harvests of the year Read more…

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013 Austin Lawrence, March 2013 At each Kaleidoscope Gathering there are a few amplified concerts that take place on the Raven Stage to entertain and uplift Festers.  This year we are very lucky to have three concerts from Canadian Pagans, from each of the Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls and Montreal areas.  From Canada we will welcome Elizabeth Bruce, Tales and Wails, and Natalie Rubyhill.  We are also very fortunate to have some Read more…

Kaleidoscope Gathering 2014: Field and Forest

Kaleidoscope Gathering 2014: Field and Forest Austin Lawrence, February 2014 The theme for this year’s gathering is “Field and Forest.” Since the early Middle Ages “field and forest” has been used as a poetic phrase that evokes the spirit and bounty of the natural world. In the modern age, we invoke these spirits and their bounty into our lives to celebrate High Summer and the Lammas-tide, to glory in our connection to the boundless circle Read more…