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.











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

"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

"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

"It is always one of my favorite events. A ritual for all the people." —Annie Menzer

"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

"Enjoyed everything, feeling blessed" —Richard Lewis

"I greatly appreciate the kindness, love & inclusion felt @ this festival." —Val Lamberti

"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

"It was wonderful! One of my favorite events each year" —Olivia

"A wonderful festival." —Jim Lindsey

Day of the Dead Celebration on Friday, November 1, 2019

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Please join us for our annual Day of the Dead Celebration at the Asheville Sacred Fire Council House on Friday, November 1, 2019!

There will be a 6 pm potluck with fire to follow.
For those who choose to set an altar, please arrive between 4 - 6 pm.
RSVP requested.

Honoring the ancestors and receiving their wisdom has proven beneficial for people across time and cultures. In the Nahua tradition people celebrate their ancestors each November 1st, the Day of the Dead. Please join us for this traditional celebration in which we remember our loved ones who have passed. A small act of respect can open a doorway to healing in unexpected ways.

Whom do we honor?

If you wish to honor a family member or close friend (as close as a family member) who has died, you may place items (see below) for them on the altar. All honorees must be adults who have died prior to November 1, 2018.

How do we honor them?

Bring a photo of your beloved to place on the altar. You may also bring a sampling of their favorite food and miniature representations of a passion or hobby of theirs. For example, bring a matchbox car of their favorite car.

What time to arrive?

The altar will be open to receive items between 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 1st. If you arrive after 6:00 pm, you may join us for a potluck dinner and fire afterwards.

What happens to the items placed on the altar?

The items you place will remain until the morning of Sunday, November 3rd. After the altar is formally closed (10 am), you will gather your photos, miniature objects, and dishes. These altar items should be boxed up and re-used only on the Day of the Dead. The use of compostable dishes is fine. All food will be disposed of when the altar is closed. If you are unable to be present Sunday morning, you must make arrangements in advance to collect your items. No items will be held overnight.

Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP.

You are welcome to come to the potluck and spend time around the fire without placing items on the altar.  We need to know if you are coming so the space can be prepared as needed. RSVP by October 30 to info@ashevilleweatherworkers.org

Your help is needed.

We need your help to create this community event.  When you RSVP, please indicate if you can help with set up on Friday or clean up on Sunday.
Donations to defray costs and support the Council House will be joyfully accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Amy Haynes, Quiatlzques (weather worker in the Nahua Tradition)