Rites of Raven’s Knoll Anthology: A Devotional to Pagan Land

Rites of Raven’s Knoll Anthology: A Devotional to Pagan Land Austin Lawrence, September 2014 Together we have built a place of magick and spirituality: Raven’s Knoll campground. Originally purchased due to the need to have a permanent place for Kaleidoscope Gathering, these 100+ acres have become much more. A place to dance, to drum, to sing. A place to be free. A place to venerate gods, spirits and ancestors. It is home now to half Read more…

Bone Dance: Theme for the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2015

Bone Dance:  Kaleidoscope Gathering 2015 Austin Lawrence, November 2014 The theme for the Kaleidoscope Gathering in 2015 is “Bone Dance.” It is a theme that touches parts of the spiritual traditions and philosophies of a number of paths that cross at Raven’s Knoll, in the Pagan community. It is not a simple theme, and it may be challenging to explore in all its aspects. We invite everyone to dance your thoughts around this theme, within Read more…

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2015

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2015 Austin Lawrence, June 2015 Cory Orr – Wednesday (July 29, 2015) Cory Orr is a local musician performing all over Ontario. Last summer he quit his job as a cabinet maker so he could travel and play music. He spent two and a half months performing everywhere from the streets, beaches, festivals, cafes and bars! Currently he’s working at a skateboard shop and playing as much music as possible. This summer Read more…

Hail and Horn Gathering 2015 – Freya

Hail and Horn Gathering 2015 – Freya Austin Lawrence, June 2015 Hail and Horn is an annual gathering organized by Canadian Heathens to express in fullness of our ancient religious custom. The gathering is anchored by three intertwined rituals – blót, húsel and symbel – and a deep reverence for the Gods. This is the fourth year of the gathering.  This year, in particular, we honour Mardoll, the Lady Vanadis, Freya. Blót Hail Lady Freya! Raising a Read more…

Húsel Menu for Freya at HHG 2015

Húsel Menu for Freya at HHG 2015 Austin Lawrence, June 2015 A central feature of the Hail and Horn Gathering is a sacred feast known as húsel. Foodstuffs which we will offer at the Vé, will be collected and prepared in a way consistent with the cooking techniques of the Germanic peoples of old. Our communal efforts at the raising of the God-pole to Freya, the blót, bind gods and folk together through this ritual Read more…

Shrine Trail: Development and Plan

Shrine Trail: Development and Plan Austin Lawrence, June 2015 The Shrine Trail is a forest pathway that will run along the Northeastern border of Raven’s Knoll. It will stretch from the Jötunn Ve all the way to the Æsir Ve, passing through forest, over bridges, and alongside a wetland marsh. (Assistance is required to execute on this plan, please see Gypsy Birch at Work Weekends to help out.) Phase One Phase One entails the basic Read more…

Portals: Theme for the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2016

Portals: Theme for the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2016 Austin Lawrence, August 2015 The theme for the Kaleidoscope Gathering in 2016 is “Portals.” Portals are liminal gates; some found and some created. They can be talismans, places, or intentions. They exist within us and without, as doorways to access that which is Other, beyond, or far within. Come prepared to find, create, and pass through “Portals” at the KG 2016. Holy Places, Arches of Intention A grove Read more…

KornuKopia Gathering 2015

KornuKopia Gathering 2015 Austin Lawrence, August 2015 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 fifth 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 2016

Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2016 Austin Lawrence, May 2016 Fiddlehead Soup – Wednesday (July 27, 2016) Fiddlehead Soup is an Eastern Ontario trio transports listeners to Scandinavia, southern Europe, South America and beyond with a wonderful collection of folk songs sprinkled with a garnish of Scottish and Irish tunes and original music. Featuring veteran musician Douglas Hendry on cittern and 12-string guitar, and mother-and-daughter team Glenna Hunter and Ursa Meyer on fiddles (and other instruments that Read more…

At the Raven’s Knoll

At the Raven’s Knoll Austin Lawrence, May 2016 This poem was written and preformed by Kayla Anna Akalu at the Well and Tree Gathering Bardic Fire, 2016. An amazing place I found, Called the Raven’s Knoll. I came alone one day And found a piece of my soul. Past those black birds standing guard And down the Yellow Brick Road, Pay respects to the Wee Folk In their humble little abode. Then a nod to Read more…