Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Solstice Celebration

I first want to thank Nicole and her lovely family for hosting our celebration. What an amazing space they prepared and a warm toasty fire. It was such a sweet celebration and thankyou to everyone who came out to share the shortest day of the year. Yay, to the lighter days ahead. May your internal light shine brightly all year round.

Thank you Sarah for bringing stuff to decorate our solstice tree for the animals.

I think everyone had a wonderful time decorating the pinecones with peanut butter and rolling them in birdseed and decorating the tree.

This was a very toasty fire and we shared good conversation, Yummy food and some lovely winter stories.

Thank you Andi for bringing the winter stories to share. Owl Moon is definitely one of my favourites on my solstice list for next year.

Happy Winter Solstice Tribe, may we have many fun days ahead celebrating and enjoying the outside.
Happy New Year, Hugs and Happy Trails,

Winter Fun/ Holiday Lights at the Childrens Garden

Some night time strolling looking at the pretty lights. But, when it gets cold it got cold!!

some sweet lil' night light fairys amongst us.

hugs and happy trails,

Winter fun/ Ice Skating

It was so much fun and a really great turn out. Though I have only a few pictures.

Simply Adorable!
hugs and happy trails,

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Solstice

'From the most Ancient Days our ancestors have gathered at Solstice.To witness the rebirth of the unconquerable Sun at first light. Moving from its long gestation to triumph over the darkness. The divine light gathers strength to bring new hope, peace and joy. Whispering life’s secrets into awakening dormant seeds. With the warmth of love and the mysteries of the spirit.

We rekindle the turning of the year from it’s dark coals. To guide and sustain us as we journey through the coldest times. Honoring the rebirth of the inner light within ourselves.'
Take a moment on the day and find the light in your dark. Hold that light and burn it sacred and in your soul. I find true peace knowing that light always comes through the darkest times. What new beginning do you want to live? live it. What darkness do you want to say good-bye to? say good-bye. Hold dear to your heart all the love, life, laughter and light that you have.
Have a peaceful season.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Schedule

Hi all tribe members and guests. Well as we can tell winter is apon us and I believe getting outside during these times are just a vital for health and spirits. The cold months can get long but air, sunshine and outdoor freedom is still there awaiting our energy. All events that are planned will take place unless extreme winter conditions. What is that you might ask -30 below or road closure blizzard conditions. Really though If we are not heading out I will send out an email. So if you are interested please send me your email and I will add you to our list. Of course with the snow will bring last minute sledding trips. All sledding will be at the hill next to Hughs Stadium across from Twin Drive in on Overland Trail. Bringing a thermos with something warm and tasty for the kids seems to go over well. Ok with that our Winter Schedule.

December 1st: Nature Walk near Lee Martinez Park 10am. We will be at the Trail parking lot right of the parking lot of the Farm.

December 9th: Ice Skating downtown Fort Collins @4pm. Come join us for some fun skating. $2 to skate and $1 skate rentals size 8 is the smallest size.

December 15th: Evening at the Children's Garden to look at the Holiday lights. Meet at 5pm at the front.

December 21st: 4pm Celebrate the Winter Solstice. Hoping these will be a really sweet celebration. The kids and adults can decorate a winter tree with pinecones made from peanut butter and bird seed and sliced oranges, fire pit, hot cider on the dutch oven. Everyone can bring something to share and hopefully we can have some singing and storytelling. It is also the night of the Christmas full moon. So we can always take a walk before parting. Place TBA

We will not meet up again until January 12th. Please everyone have a beautiful magical peaceful holiday season!!

I am thinking that for the next few months that most of our meet ups are going to be more Nature walk minded and less park days. I think the kids and us being more active and exploring works better outside in the colder times.
A few tips:
Boots even if it is not wet they are super warm.
Thermos with a warm drink or soup
Extra cloths and blankets for littler ones
Extra layers before dressing

January 12th- Environmental Learning Center 10am. This is a really sweet nature walk. There are picnic tables to have lunch or snack afterwards if you want. This is a fun hike if there is some snow on the ground to track the different animals in the area. Fun for the kids to keep busy. This could be a very muddy hike. So boots are a must!! If for some reason it is too muddy and the hike area is closed we can take the paved path to Prospect Ponds and back

January 19th- 5pm Moon over my Open Space @ Devils Backbone Open Space. Learn about nighttime critters and owls. Space may be limit but details out soon.

January 27 Thursday- Lions Park 10am. More details on the area soon but it is on Overland Trail road There may be some more events or added events I will send those out through email.

February 9th- Bobcat Ridge 10am. This might change if there is a lot of snow on the ground and rescedule for something more in town. There is a great sheltered pavillion to have lunch or snack after. It may not be necessary to bring lunch on the walk it is a five minute walk to car and back.

February 24th- Butterfly Pavillion. If we can get 10 paying guests we can get the group discount. I will send this out as a invitation closer to the day. It would be $6.50 for Adult, $3.50 for child over 3.

Some events may be added I will send out emails and update blog as needed.

March - Coming soon!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ewe Bet Ranch

What an amazing day this was. The tribe headed out to the sheep ranch with the Naturally Parenting group in Loveland. Teresa at the ranch is so wonderful. She just opens her ranch to us and gave us a tour of the sheep, horses and Lama. She talks so well with the kids and educating them about the animals and us adults. We got to trek through the poop and really get out to where the sheep are kept.

Here is the Lovely Teresa Beemer of Ewe Bet Ranch
There were a lot of us and parking was starting to be moved down the road some.
More coming.
Teresa starting our tour. So was so awesome she let the kiddos climb up on the fence.

It was a really lovely day. But a bit more than half way through the visit the wind did start to kick up some. Well a lot

Always love to show off the dad's that come out with us for the day. This is a tribe for the whole family ALWAYS!

The Sheep

Having some fun exploring

The chickens, though they were a bit freaked out!

Look at that one, coming around to see if all is clear!
Going inside to see what you do with the wool of the sheep. Everyone got some wool to feel and have, Teresa was showing the kids about spinning and making yarn. It was so neat she was so good with the kids and many seemed very interested in what she was doing

Talk about the sheep and wool. Picture a bit out of order but i have no idea how to move them around.
Those who wanted stayed and had lunch in the barn, we talked bought and had a really good time. Teresa we thank you so much for opening up your home to us, share your stories about you life and your family. It made everything so very special. I am so grateful to have these opportunities in our community and people willing to do this for our tribe.
She's going to spin herself some yarn.
Good bye,
Hugs and happy trails, Angela and the sweet Ellie