Contribute a patch of healing energy for the magical tarp!
In existence now for two decades, this large scale quilt of canvases is intended to form the walls of a large scale healing lodge. You or your magical group are welcome to add your own healing voices to this community endeavour. Please bring your completed canvas (measured in square meters) or bring your art materials and complete it at the festival. The donated canvases will be blessed at the festival and taken to be sewn into the fabric of our healing magic tarp!
What’s the story about the magical tarp?
A really long, long time ago we had just finished a staff meeting, as they were back then, when Mary R. and Greymoon were fantasizing about what could be done that would symbolize what the festival was trying to accomplish. How could we make something tangible as a symbol of our history and legacy for those that come after us? While being something useful? So, we thought it would be a really good idea to make something akin to a first nations long house. The long house would, of course, be a spiritual space for meditation and healing, and a space for sacred teachings for all the people who form our community; all the people who attend our festival. There were a lot of questions about it. We took a lot of criticism about this idea from various members of the community until after it was explained what we had intended to do. Once the intention was understood these older members were very supportive. And we came together as one magical community.
In the the first year, we gathered over a dozen tarps. At the main ritual we raised a terrific cone of power, we brought all the tarps together and we cleansed them. We then blessed them with all the elements and we danced and drummed the fire intensely and we charged all of those canvases. In the morning after, we laid these canvases out into a quilt pattern and people started to stitch them together by hand. Eventually, the tarp being much heavier than we had imagined, our friend Alex Del Busso volunteered his experience working with heavy upholstry and fabrics (and had the sewing machines). He took the canvases home to have it assembled in a properly secure manner.
We’re constantly adding to the existing magical tarp as it is known until we have one piece big enough to make it into a meeting space (either a long house or a teepee). In the end, the drawings and the paintings will be facing the inside of the lodge so that the sun light and the moon light can energize the work and project it inside. It is a work of community to benefit all of its members.
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