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  • 06 Jul 2021 8:55 AM | Ffynnon (Administrator)


    Come join us for a 3-day festival celebration as, under the Wings of Isis, we come together as a Community once more.

    September 24th - 26th

    We have missed each other! So this festival is intended to give us plenty of open time so that we can be together…for feasting, drumming, dancing, and just relaxing. Bring your Egyptian inspired robes and accoutrements, your drums, food for yourself and to share, and most importantly, your friends!

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  • 17 Mar 2020 10:50 AM | Ffynnon (Administrator)

    All,

    Wow! So much is going on in the world right now and all of us are exposed to and feeling its effects. All of humanity is working hard at figuring out what it takes to effectively self-isolate in an effort to help contain the spread of this overwhelming virus that has fallen upon the shores of the world.

    With the recent request by Oregon’s Governor and the CDC to postpone any events scheduled within the next 8 weeks in which 50 or more, (or hold up, is that being changed to 10), people will attend, we recognize we will no longer be able to hold our Ostara (4/12) or Beltane (4/30 thru 5/3) events.

    Yes, that is correct, Ostara and Beltane are officially cancelled.

    The Ffynnon leadership, Ffynnon event council, and the dedicated Beltane ritualists have been working hard to kick off the event year at Ffynnon with a bang! We are all devastated and heart-broken to have to cancel these events.

    Ffynnon leadership and its event council want to reiterate to you all, our community, our heart, how much we appreciate so much all those who had planned to be there in celebration and in support of Ffynnon. Without your financial and spiritual support the magickal soul of Ffynnon simply could not exist! It is through membership and attendance at our events that Ffynnon’s mission is able to be recognized; to provide a sanctuary where Art, Spirit and Nature meet.

    Thank you all so very much! We know we will get to see you soon, but please know, for us it isn’t soon enough!

    Much Love,

    The Ffynnon Team

    P.S. For those of you already registered for the Beltane event, check your email for more information.

  • 02 Jan 2018 9:17 AM | Michael Agee (Administrator)

    January 1, 2018. A lovely clear day, warm enough to walk in with just a light jacket yet cold enough for the frost fairies to still hang out at Alder Junction.

    I got a GPS tracking app, Map My Hike, as recommended by my friend Katrina and carefully walked every inch of trail and connecting spur at Ffynnon. I now have what I've wanted for quite a while - a truly accurate map of Ffynnon's interior space, where we have been working, and what areas are untouched.

    OK, I think it's really cool. Some things that I thought faaaar away from it all are actually relatively close, just curled about in such a way as to seem distant. Other areas that seemed quite close are actually a longer hike than I realized. I suppose that's an effect of the elevation change we have of over 200 feet from the bridge near the Ancestor Shrine on the S. Ravine Loop Trail to the God Shrine up on the ridge where the Doug Fir give way to Red Cedar, Alder, and Big Leaf Maple.

    Winter hiking is a treat. You get to see the forest in a way that is obscured by summer's lush foliage. I can clearly see the movement of water across the land. I can easily spot the few dead trees we have and plan for either their removal or allowing them to remain as habitat for the creatures that make dead trees their home and/or food source.

    It's like the forest is inhaling in summer, filling its leaves with the green fire and becoming brushy and fat, and exhaling in winter, letting all the deciduous leaves return to the cycle and showing the secret spaces between that are otherwise hidden.

    There's so much life going on. Salamanders are slooowly swimming through the winter waters that full every low spot in sight. The frogs are actually peeping, even though frost stays all day in the deep shade on the south side of the hills.

    Ffynnon is so alive, and I feel grateful to be a steward of this magical place. I feel grateful for being part of a group of people who share a common vision and who continually open to both the new, and the now. The CSA field is resting from last year's labors. The chickens and all of our new chicks are doing well. Next year our flock will top 50! We have ambitious plans Ffynnon and I'm looking forward to getting to work.

    Today I'm cutting firewood with a new friend Chris Morasky. We've just about used up the last of the stores created by the cutting of the Dionysos Circle several years back. Now that was an adventure!

    I'll end with this: May each of us take a moment and be thankful for the stewardship in our lives. May we realize that our bounty comes from the earth and rests on the broad shoulders of those who have gone before. We arrive, share the labor and the fire at the center of the circle for a short while, and step back into the dark, making room for the new and unexpected. May our lives be filled with gratitude and shaped like a prayer of love.

    Thank you Ffynnon, for this day...now I'm gonna go play in the woods.....!


  • 08 Jun 2017 11:58 AM | Michael Agee (Administrator)

    We're busy working at Ffynnon after this year's tough winter. The Stag Trail had many trees downed across it - the largest being an old maple with a 16" diameter trunk! While this will help insure plenty of wood for the homestead and fire circles in the future, for now it's just a lot of wood across the path and has to be removed, bucked up, and stored to cure. Luckily we have My Fair Lady, our sturdy and dependable Husqvarna chainsaw to do the trick. We also have several other saws in various stages of cleaning and repair, so hopefully they will come on line in time to 'lend a tooth' to the labor.

    For those folks who have stayed overnight at Ffynnon, you all know about how group sound has impacted our neighbors. Last year we moved our drumming space back into the woods to the newly created Dragon Circle. We found out from a recent event that unfortunately the new circle just isn't far enough away to strike the right balance between our group's desire to celebrate into the night and our neighbor's desire for peace and quiet after 10 pm.

    As balance is crucial in all relationships, we had a nice long talk with our neighbor and a walk-through at Ffynnon. It turns out that the Dionysos Circle is the perfect space for all-night drumming and our neighbor agrees! So for all future events at Ffynnon the entire property is going to be listed as quiet space after 10 pm with the exception of the Dionysos Circle, where we encourage folks that wish to drum and celebrate to their heart's content. The Dragon Circle will still be available for magical use so long as folks are quiet by 10 pm.

    The Dionysos Circle is a tad further back in the woods and folks with mobility issues may have a bit of a time getting there. To ease that, we are beginning our expansion of the North Meadow camping area as well as adding a direct spur from the North Road into the Dionysos Circle, creating the shortest, easiest walk on the property. We also plan to fill and level the tangled crossroad just outside the Dionysos Circle. The final layout will be for the North Road to lead from the North Meadow to the Dionysos Circle only. The Ravine Loop will still be the way to access the Dionysos Circle via its main entrance, and the two connecting pathways between them will be removed. It all looks good on paper, now we just have to make it a reality!

    In other news, the Nexus Shrine has again been cleared and is being readied for re-activation and use as a magical and performance space. It is located on a lovely stretch of hill just off the southern slope of the Stag Trail. Look for it during your next visit to Ffynnon! It is a place where the Great Above meets the Great Below. It is a magical space to access and play with the deep creativity that comes from opposite energies meeting and co-mingling, free of ego attachment. Pure creativity - that's the energy of the Nexus and we welcome you there.

    New trails into Terra Incognita and other shrines are in the works! We'll keep you posted and let you know how and when you can lend a hand. Ffynnon is growing and changing and now is a perfect time to visit, enjoy the magic that is Ffynnon, and help us co-create our vision. As always - Welcome Home!

  • 08 Jun 2017 11:39 AM | Michael Agee (Administrator)

    Greetings, friends of Ffynnon Farm. We have some exciting news! This year we are adding bee hives to our farm. We have started with three hives in our apiary which is located next to our veggie fields. In this first year we will see how the ladies handle local conditions and what the honey crop tastes like, given the local 'terroir'.

    "Swarm in May, a load of hay. Swarm in June, a silver spoon. Swarm in July, not worth a fly." That's the rhyme that tells the relative value of swarms that inevitably arise when the beekeeper uses a less invasive approach to beekeeping. This first year we are not opening the hives and killing new queen cells. Quite the opposite! Swarms are a hives way of reproducing, and a natural part of the hive life cycle. We've had our first swarm already, about a week ago. The queen flew her swarm waaay up into a fir tree, well beyond reach. I saw that she hadn't completely settled in there and, following advice passed along in story and song, I sang to her. I sang of her flight and the golden sun. I sang of searching for a safe new home for her in her wandering. I sang of the sweetness of new life and promised I would offer all these things to her - if she would only come down.

    I went away for a while to work in the fields. When I returned not only had she come lower, she had alighted upon the ground! I quickly suited up and took her and her swarm a fresh hive and set it gently on the ground next to them. Within seconds they were pouring into the new hive and making it their own. It sits proudly next to the original three and I hope she is enjoying the new digs!

    So here's to ancient wisdom and singing to the bees. Not only are bees the least likely to sting when they swarm, they readily accept a new space if it is presented to them. We welcome our gals home and hope for a sweet bounty come, honey harvest time.

    Blessings of the bees for everyone! Very blessed bee!

  • 12 Apr 2015 1:33 PM | Ffynnon (Administrator)

    Ffynnon Members, we need your help!  We are busy preparing our new Fire Circle for this year's events.  We are asking all Members of Ffynnon to submit a propsal for the name of this new community space. If you haven't seen it yet, we invite you out to one of our work parties, or just call us to arrange a visit! 

    The 3rd weekend in June, a week before Sunfest, we will choose among the submissions and an annoucement of the new name will be made both at Sunfest and online.  The winner of the submission will of course, get the pleasure of knowing their choice lives on forever at Ffynnon, but also a FREE gift of a year's Stewardship (a $60 value) to give to a friend or family member, so that they too can benefit from the gifts of nature and the Ffynnon community! 

    We are accepting submissons now, through our Facebook Page or by e-mailing us.  We look forward to your creative ideas for this beautiful new space. 

    Yours in art, spirit and nature, 

    Tasha and the Ffynnon team

  • 13 Mar 2015 10:44 AM | Michael Agee (Administrator)

    Howdy y'all, how'r yew? That's how we say Hi here in Kentucky.

    Mom and I are getting along much the same these days. She has always supported our efforts, both spiritually and financially. It was her initial interest and investment in Ffynnon that allowed Joel and I to join Neal and Tasha in our vision. My dad chipped in a matching amount a year later and we were off and running. 

    When she passes I plan on bringing her home to the land to be with us forever. Her's is a spirit of great intelligence and love, not to mention mystic focus and will. She's a Buddhist, was the regional education leader for the Southern states, and travelled to Japan for direct learning from the monks. Quite a set of goals and accomplishments! That spirit of setting goals and steadily and steadfastly attaining them is what I hope to bring back with me to Ffynnon.

    Mom has always been a steady source of love and goodwill, cheering on and support for whatever I chose to do. She and Henry, my step dad, took the train out to Oregon for our wedding. My dad and Ann rode a Harley! My parents and step parents have all supported our vision and I cannot ever thank them enough. To have such loving people in my life and to be able to share their support with a larger community is such a blessing.

    I hope Ffynnon will continue to grow and flourish in the months and years to come as we polish our Business Plan and prepare to take major fundraising out to the greater community. So here's a note to Loves, Great and small. We gratefully accept what we are given, add to it, and share it outward to do good - wherever we may be. Very Blessed Be Ffynnon, friends of Ffynnon, and all those many folks we haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet!

    ~ Michael

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