FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Living Earth
We welcome and encourage participation of people of all paths and
experience levels. People who are new to their spiritual path are just
as welcome and have just as much to share as more experienced members.
Our members come from a variety of paths, but our rituals tend towards traditional Wiccan structure. We are known for rituals that are creative, warm-hearted, and family-friendly. We are inspired by the ecstatic, collaborative aspects of the Reclaiming tradition.
No, this group is not just for families and you do not need to have children to attend. We have many members from all walks of life and different lifestyles, who join as individuals, families, and couples. However, children are welcome at almost our events and you'll be sharing ritual space with members that do have children. Crying babies, giggling teens, and energetic toddlers are sometimes present at events. We're a pretty relaxed group that honors all stages of our lives.
Ostara and Yule tend to be especially inclusive of the children. Samhain is our only Sabbat ritual that is for adults 18+ due to the serious nature of the Sabbat. Dark Moon rituals are only for 1st degree initiates or above.
We have rituals for the eight sabbats and almost all full moons. There are drumming circles every Friday and meet-n-greets for new members on occasion. On top of all that, we often have additional workshops, learning meetups, fundraisers, and fun activities. We've had as many as 20 events per month, and usually at least 1-2.
Absolutely not! Just show up to what interests you. As an open group, we understand that people have lives to lead and are busy, so just attend as often or as little as you wish. Some people's participation waxes and wanes, and others become regular attendees, and others hardly attend at all. It's all OK!
Yes, we ask that all who join contribute $30 annually via the meetup website or through the Supporting Membership button. You will not be turned away for not contributing. There are many other ways to contribute, with volunteering, in-kind contributions, and more. View the Volunteer Opportunities section of the website for details.
We also accept contributions/love donations/offerings at each event or ritual you attend. Suggested donation: $5 or more per person or family.
All donations go to supporting the Center and the work we do in the community. No one is paid a salary at Living Earth for leading rituals or being on the leadership team - we're all volunteers, and in fact our leaders tend to be also the biggest donors.
What kinds of events are planned?
Rituals, social events, artsy/crafty workshops, family potluck parties, short classes, kid oriented circles and activities, drumming circles, field trips to cool pagan-friendly places, and much more!
We host a large public festival for Beltane that is called Beltania. It is a four day camping and music fest which is our largest fundraiser of the year www.beltania.org.
No, although many of our members do. Just be aware that most of our events are in this part of town.
Most of our events are at Living Earth Center, 2120 S Holly St #9, Denver CO 80222.
Since we serve the community in the south, most of our events are in the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton, Centennial/Aurora, Castle Rock, and Parker areas although we have had events outside that region. Specific outdoor spaces that have been used are Daniels Park, Babi Yar Park, and Judge Cook Park.
We prefer to say we are a learning and sharing group. Our members suggest ideas for workshops that allow us all to share our talents in an egalitarian way. In rituals, we do make sure we explain what we're doing so that new people and younger attendees can understand and participate as desired.
We do not regularly offer classes with formal instruction such as year-and-a-day programs or extensive classes in a particular tradition, per se, but we can connect you with several individuals and groups that do offer classes. Our workshops are more along the lines of getting together to make candles or ritual implements, go on "field trips," or drumming. We are actively seeking teachers of Wicca and other traditions who would like to offer classes independently at Living Earth Center.
No, we call ourselves an "open circle" although members can and often do participate in their own covens outside of Living Earth. Usually it’s just Wiccans and Witches who tend to use the term “coven” and we include more pagan traditions than Wicca or modern Witchcraft.
Yes, technically. Just not a Christian church. We are a church since we are an organizations created for religious worship and as with all churches we are automatically 501c3 tax exempt.
Our group is led by a Board of Directors, which includes co-organizers Joy Burton and Kerry Nixon. We are guided by an active and involved Steering Committee, which includes Shadow Moondragon and David Wikoff, Sr. We also are supported by a Circle of Graces, a group of active volunteers who assist with many different things we do, from rituals to fundraising and everything in between.
Any member wishing to be a part of the leadership team is eligible to be nominated to the steering committee after one year of active participation in Living Earth. See our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws for all details, posted in our Files area at meetup.com/livingearth.
While the organizers do lead many rituals and other events, our Steering Committee decides on the major events such as Sabbats and Full Moon rituals. Any Living Earth members who come to the planning meetings and attend regularly can volunteer to lead an event or ritual or suggest ideas.
Join the meetup at www.meetup.com/livingearth and start by attending events on the calendar. Take part in the conversations on the message board and just make yourself known to the others in the group. All are welcome here.
To become a supporting member, contribute your voluntary dues of $25 per year.
We pride ourselves on providing free public rituals. However, we do request donations because we have significant expenses associated with leasing a building, utilities, the website, and ritual supplies, to name a few. Your donation keeps the doors open and is an exchange of energy that says you value what Living Earth offers to you and your community.
Sometimes there are special workshops where tuition is necessary, or we are sponsoring a musical performance for which there are tickets. Usually we request a $5-10 donation per person or family at drum circles, rituals, and other events as you are able.
Most people contribute a suggested donation of $5 per event when no fee is posted.
We do not wear robes or other formal dress. Whatever you are comfortable wearing is fine. Some people wear lots of pagan jewelry, others none. Quite a few of us can be easily mistaken for the average
Highlands Ranch soccer mom (gasp!). Others, not quite so. We're a pretty casual group!
There are very few expectations - you may observe rituals and participate to your own level of comfort, and you do not need to have any background or knowledge base in Wicca or any other tradition to attend or participate. We only ask that you keep in mind several key values: respect for self and others, clear yourself of negativity before entering ritual circle, be true to yourself, and just relax, enjoy yourself, and have a good time. And please try to arrive on time if at all possible, although latecomers are welcome.