Spirit Haven Ranch has many areas set aside as sacred spaces, each with a different focus and feel. Click on the names to read more about each individual space we have:
The Dragon’s Nest entrance is located across from the runestone marking the beginning of Grandmother’s Grove. The entrance consists of a wooden trellis with local foliage woven in, two wooden pillars topped with cosmetically modified deer skulls, and a row of pathstones. The space is largely enclosed by trees and foliage, and consists of a large, hollow tree stump, a small fire ring, the main altar, and a path leading to a large tree and an austere secondary altar. The main altar is marble and carved with the image of a serpentine dragon. It sits in front of a large wood and marble focal piece carved with an image of a dragon’s head, surrounded by woven foliage from the area.
The space is dedicated to Dragons, very large and complex spirits which exist within, and as, Nature itself. This space is not built for a particular path, but for those who find their place among the land, sky, winds, waters, and stars, beyond the normative religious structures. The land is alive, it speaks, and this is an optimal place to listen.
Workshops of meditative and shamanic flavor are encouraged to utilize this space and its energies. The Nest is ideal for events which seek to evoke and control large amounts of energy, as the space is built to contain and insulate such things. It is also ideal for smaller, more intimate workshops, as it is fairly closed off, very gatekeeper-friendly, and energetically well-insulated.
Grandmother's Grove is a very large, secluded, open space with an altar, a standing stone, a fire ring, and the Grandmother's Tree - a Large Oak with outstretched "arms". The space is accessed by stairs and a narrow bridge, so it is currently not accessible for those with severe mobility difficulty except by vehicle (ATV or truck/SUV) around a back road.
Handfasting is the sharing of our love and commitment to the ones we love.
Handfasting Grove is a neutral space with no particular affiliation with any god, goddess, or tradition. A winding wooded path leads to a beautiful glen and a circle defined by four stones set to the cardinal points of the elements, with a fire ring set in the center.
The energy in the space calls to all who share a longing to stay for love: the Grove is a place where we can express that love.
Lothlorien Wood sits on the "Back 40" of Spirit Haven Ranch. The path there is winding and disappears into the heart of the Sacred Space. There are two altars: the Main Altar (procured by Mary Wolf) and the Key Hole Altar(which was carved by Bash of Burning Glam, and whose top by Arsenic Winter). If you look through the Keyhole towards the creek, you’ll glimpse the original resting place of the Main Altar, of which a fragment of the main support stone still remains as a marker. Towards the fenceline behind and to the right of the Keyhole Altar is Lilith’s Throne (another gift from Burning Glam).
The Wood is filled with Fae and all sorts of other spirits, and is not dedicated to any one god or goddess. Lilith, Oshun, and Shango have all graced the Wood in one way or another and can sometimes offer their guidance. Liquors both sweet and bold make good offerings, as do apples, strawberries, and bananas. Lothlorien Wood is a place where you can bring those things that are holding you back and leave them at the altar, as well. During festivals, the glasses and bowls on the altars are meant to be filled with many different kinds of offerings to the denizens of the space, and the wooden dish that is there containing beads and crystals that can be taken as gifts.
Memorial Grove is a space where we remember those who have crossed the Veil before us.
Come sit in quiet greenery and relive happy memories, or pour your grief into the Great Mother's heart. You are welcome to leave tokens on the altar, an empty chair signifying there will always be a place for those who have gone at our table and in our hearts.