CAYA Sprouts Family Circle October 2016: Honoring our Beloved Dead

CAYA Sprouts invites families of all sorts, with children of all ages to our October circle, where we will honor and celebrate our Beloved Dead.

Sunday, October 23rd 10:00AM-1:00PM
(or later if you wish to go to Fairyland afterwards)

Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland
(Please RSVP for gathering location)

RSVP (by October 19th):*
*Note: If you are not yet a member, you will need to request to join the Google Group before you can RSVP.

This month, we will gather together to craft small shoebox altars in remembrance of our Beloved Dead, followed by a sweet and heartfelt celebration sharing stories, songs and snacks to welcome and honor the presence of our Beloved Dead in our hearts and our lives.

After circle, anyone who wishes to stay is welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun next door at
Children’s Fairyland!

Please come (and have your kids come) prepared with pictures (photo or hand drawn) of any one of your/their Beloved Dead to be honored in this way. This may be an ancestor of blood or affiliation, deceased pet, etc. Charms, stickers, glue, scissors, paper and other crafty materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any additional items or relics that you or your kids would like to include in your altars.  Note: We will have a few extra shoeboxes, but if you have one at home please bring that as well.

Snacks will be provided. $10-$15 materials donation requested - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Sprouts Family Circles are monthly gatherings of eclectic, interfaith families with a desire to co-create safe, fun, loving, magical, child-centric spaces where kids and their caregivers can come together to deepen their relationship with Nature, Mother Earth and each other. We honor all spiritual paths and strive to create a mutually supportive environment in which to explore and develop our own unique practices to integrate Earth-based spirituality and parenting.

Families of all sorts, with children of all ages are welcome. Activities can be shortened or modified to make them suitable for even the youngest child, and the older children are encouraged to deepen their practice and develop their leadership skills by assisting adults with the planning and facilitation of structured activities, as well as assisting with caregiving and mentoring during the kids free-play/adult discussion time.