Harvest Festival Details & Directions

Harvest Festival 2022 Details and Directions

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Details and What to Bring to the

Traditional Weather Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Please arrive at or before 11:30 am for the ceremony, which goes from 12 noon to around 3 pm.

Learn more about our 2022 Harvest Festival.

This is a donation/free event. To donate to support our work, you may offer a donation at the event, or you can donate on Paypal.

Registration will open soon. For now, please email us to indicate your interest.

Please bring:

  • Offerings for the Weather Beings.  Each person attending, please bring all three of these: fresh whole fruits, cut flowers, and bread. Local is great, if you can find it.
  • Your own water or beverage in a bottle to keep hydrated throughout the afternoon.
  • Food for your own lunch. Gluten-free beef stew and a vegan option will be provided, so that you can choose to share a nourishing cup of stew with us!
  • Clothing to fit the weather throughout the day and afternoon.
  • Family and friends who want to celebrate with us. This is a kid-friendly event! **Please make sure that each person is registered.**
  • Your interest and open heart.
  • If you haven't already donated, please bring a donation for the Harvest Festival and the beautiful Sacred Fire Council House, the venue for our festival. You may donate online here.
  • Honoring the sacred is important to us all, which includes honoring each other. Please do not attend if you have symptoms or have been exposed to Covid. Masking is optional at this event.

Directions to Sacred Fire Asheville and the Sacred Fire Council House and more details will be emailed to you upon registration.

Learn more about our 2022 Harvest Festival.

View photos from last year's Harvest Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For me, it was a such a relief to be there again. As prayers were being said, the rain’s tempo changed according to the words that were being expressed. A very sacred connection was felt from this. An enlivening experience, for sure. As always it is quite beautiful to see the bountiful harvest after the table and buckets are filled with flowers, bread and fruit. A much-needed tradition to carry forth into the future. I felt so grateful to be able to attend and so appreciative of the work that is being done by the weather workers for our area. Thank you so much!” —Trinity Wolf

 

Photos and Experiences from our 2021 Traditional Weather Harvest Festival!

Forty people and multitudes of Clouds, Breezes, and Sun and Rain Showers joined the four Nahua-tradition Asheville weather workers for our 16th Annual Traditional Weather Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 3. Please enjoy this slideshow and the stories from the people who showed up to celebrate the abundant blessings of our beautiful weather. We hope to see you at our festival next fall!

Special thanks to our photographer Lisa Lichtig.

 

 

 

 

 

Experiences of our 2021 Harvest Festival

"For me, it was a such a relief to be there again. As prayers were being said, the rain's tempo changed according to the words that were being expressed. A very sacred connection was felt from this. An enlivening experience, for sure. As always it is quite beautiful to see the bountiful harvest after the table and buckets are filled with flowers, bread & fruit. A much needed tradition to carry forth into the future. I felt so grateful to be able to attend and so appreciative of the work that is being done by the weather workers for our area. Thank You so much!" —Trinity Wolf
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"The ceremony was very powerful for me. I appreciate the care and planning and skill of the weather workers who offered it. Thank you!" —Laura Boggess
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"This event is extremely important to me and my life. While this is the second harvest festival I attend each year (what a blessing!) this one happens where I live and at the community fire I have been attending for so long and with my fire community. I feel extra connected to the mountains and land and weather that I engage with every day. I am grateful also for the integrity with which the ritual is led. I love the sound of the conch shell. I feel a kinship with all the ancestors and beings around me during the festival/ritual at that location especially. On a deep level within me it feels vibrant and connective and loving to participate in this event over so many years with the same group of people and with new ones as well. I am grateful to the Asheville Weather Workers." —Elizabeth Kelly
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"It is always one of my favorite events. A ritual for all the people." —Annie Menzer
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"It was a really amazing time to gather, I feel really honored and fortunate to be a part of the prayers, the good food, the laughter and the rain! Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this work. I look forward to having 200 people there next year (:" —Kyle Steele
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"Enjoyed everything, feeling blessed" —Richard Lewis
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"I greatly appreciate the kindness, love & inclusion felt @ this festival." —Val Lamberti
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"When the gentle rains arrived as the people were walking up the knoll I felt simple miracle of being alive and part of life - it just continued to deepen as we began to pray and the day unfolded. Lets invite more people!" —Lisa Lichtig
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"It was wonderful! One of my favorite events each year" —Olivia
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"A wonderful festival." —Jim Lindsey
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You’re invited to our 2021 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 2021, 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, October 3, 2021
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 reference any NC.gov COVID requirements  for the date of the event. If you decide to wear a mask and maintain distance, we will accommodate you. When you arrive, our event leaders will connect with you to ensure we enjoy our time together and make space for everyone's safety preferences at our event.

Learn more about our tradition in this short video: