Photos from our 2020 Traditional Weather Harvest Festival

Photos from our Traditional Weather Harvest Festival on September 20, 2020

Both new and returning people, including seven young people between the ages of 10 and 17, joined us to celebrate the bountiful gifts of Rain, Sun, Thunder, Lightning, Clouds and Wind on September 20. The day started cold and cloud-covered, and as our ceremony went into swing, the clouds dispersed and the bright sunlight emerged with some gentle breezes caressing us.

Please enjoy these photos. Thank you to photographers Annie, Sally and Lisa.

We also want to thank Sacred Fire Asheville for hosting this event, and also our volunteers and the 33 people who took time out of their Sunday to celebrate the abundance we have received from the Sky. Even in COVID times, our seasonal ceremonies continue on!

"Very meaningful, peaceful, humbling and reassuring that 'we are not alone' in our struggles.
 Thank you for the efforts in preparation and so smoothly presenting the events as they unfolded.
 Look forward to next year!" —Jim & Martha Branden, new participants

"It was lovely and well thought out. Thank you all." —Annie Menzer

"This event is vital to my sustenance and well being and to nourishing my soul and my connection with nature and the weather beings in particular. I am immensely grateful for every aspect of this event from the giving of gratitude and offerings to the prayers and shell trumpeting." —Elizabeth Kelly

"The beef stew and cake were amazing. Grandfather Fire gives us the capacity for gratitude, the weather beings give us a reason to be grateful. THANK YOU" —Lisa Lichtig

"Just fantastic. Your attention to social distancing made social distancing straightforward and integrated into the programming. The set up, flow, prayers and community were soul nourishing. The weatherworkers attending demonstrated leadership, dedication and gratitude. The blue skies and gentle breezes only added to the magic of the day." —Olivia Woodford

"Despite the challenging times we are living in during 2020 it was so nourishing to be in community for the Weather Harvest Festival this year.
I felt such gratitude to the weather workers for their immense commitment and the courage of all the community members that showed up for the day on the beautiful land of Sacred Fire.
All aspects of the event felt well communicated to me as a volunteer and attendee both prior to and during." —Sally Casper

"I enjoyed it, and it felt good to have the opportunity to give back and give thanks for the weather." —Jim Lindsey

"I love being with community and sharing in this prayerful ceremony of the Weather Workers. Wonderful day, wonderful event!" —Lisa Kolk

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COVID structure and guidelines for Harvest Festival 2020

Amy Haynes Asheville weather workers
Amy Haynes making traditional prayers.

Thank you for your interest in attending our 2020 Harvest Festival!

You are welcome to preview these plans for COVID-time safety for all attending our event.

As of September 4, 2020,  NC Governor is approving gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors. We do not plan to host this many people at our event.  Physical distancing ( at least 6 feet) and face covering requirements remain in effect. 
  • Wear a cloth face mask (not a scarf or fleece) over your nose and mouth inside all public settings and outdoors when you cannot maintain at least six (6) feet distancing from other people with the exception of family or household members.
  •  If you  have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 the past 2 weeks, please stay home.
Our ceremony will take place outdoors in a large grassy field area with plenty of space for everyone attending to maintain physical distance while fully engaging the experience.  When you arrive, please initially wear your mask. Our event leaders will walk you through a process to ensure we enjoy our time together and prioritize everyone’s safety. 
For more information see NC guidelines of wait/wear/wash.



You’re invited to our 2020 Traditional Weather Harvest Festival!

Called and initiated in the age-old lineage of quiatlzques and quiapaquiz (weather workers in the Nahua native tradition of Central Mexico), we Asheville Weather Workers are a group of people who have devoted our lives to our work with Weather and community. Attend this event to take part in these valuable traditional ways of making relationship with the Rain, Sun, Lightning, Wind and Clouds.
Ancient Native traditions are being revitalized and recognized anew in these times. These ancestral ways have held the balance between us human beings and the world around us for many ages. Now, in 2020, these eternal ways of working with the world can be rediscovered and practiced to unite all of us as a community, as we gather and give thanks for the balanced weather that provides the sustenance for us to live good human lives.
The gifts of Weather are easy to take for granted, unless we face drought or flood. Instead of waiting to be reminded, this year, let's gather on the beautiful, lush land of Sacred Fire Asheville, offer fruits from our harvest, eat and drink together, and express our gratitude for all the good things in life that are so easily lost. This is a way to honor the living world for the gifts that fill our lives every day.
WHEN: 11:30 am on Sunday, September 20, 2020
WHERE: Sacred Fire Asheville, just north of the city of Asheville, NC
WHO: Adults and children are welcome! Please register each person attending.
WHAT TO BRING: Please view these details about the traditional offerings and other items to bring.
Please wear a face-covering when arriving at this event. COVID recommendations will be observed. When you arrive, our event leaders will walk you through a process to ensure we enjoy our time together and prioritize everyone's safety at our event.

Learn more about our tradition in this short video: