ABOUT THE GAIA GATHERNG
The Gaia Gathering is an annual event in Central Virginia that connects women* from our bio-region and beyond for healing, wisdom sharing, creative expression, and celebration. We gather in ceremony to deepen our relationships & nourish our collective power as healers and change makers.
This lovely May weekend event includes workshops on herbalism, the healing arts, social justice, and sustainable life-ways. We circle outdoors in ceremony, build friendships and community, create a village of support for children & elders, shop the amazing marketplace, enjoy laughter, song, and the joy of being together on the land.
The Gaia Gathering for Women was first held during Beltane of 2007 at Shannon Farms Intentional Community in Central Virginia. Visionary Kat Maier co-created this gathering with many amazing herbalists of the Sacred Plant Traditions community. These women set out to create a safe and magical space built by and for women to celebrate their lives, health and creativity. They lit a sacred fire, shared their knowing, sang songs of remembrance, birthed and tended the gathering we share today.
This gathering is named for the Greek Goddess Gaia, who is the embodiment of this Earth. We honor our vital connection to this Great Mother and call her by many names: Pachamama, Terra Mater, Prithvi, Spider Grandmother, Papatuanuku, Ala and Asase Yaa. We honor the women who have circled for eons, keeping knowledge of Earth & Spirit alive.
This honoring has been a way for women to tap into their power and bring healing to our world. We continue this lineage by weaving community connection, sharing herbal wisdom and healing ourselves. In so doing we too can light the sacred fires and bring healing to our beautiful Mother Earth.
THIS YEAR'S THEME
Each year The Gaia Gathering cycles through thematic elements to explore our relationship with sacred rhythms and universal patterns. The theme for 2022 is “Fire Seed: Clearing the Way for Regeneration”. We honor the depth of this personally and collectively transformative time, release harmful systems that hold us back from healing and activate the innate wisdom and power within us to generate new possibilities.
Embracing Fire as an active & creative energy- simultaneously destructive and life giving- we are pared back to our most essential elements. What needs to burn so that we can rebuild? And how will we rise from these ashes? Like the wisdom of the mighty oak, all held within the acorn, we too hold all that we need in the distilled shape of a Seed. We are at once vulnerable & full of incredible potential.
In listening to the plants for guidance, mullein has shown up as an important ally of these times. Bringing strong support for grief and lungs, mullein taps the depths and holds us in alignment as a beautifully rooted beacon of light. Let us tend the earth around us, take root in nourishing soil, connect through mycelial and rhizomal links, re-membering ourselves as resilient beings capable of greatness!
The Gaia Gathering is a thriving community of women* cultivating our sacred relationship with the Earth. We gather together for healing, creative expression, herbal wisdom, and collective empowerment. Through ceremony, service and celebration, we remember our vital resilience and inherent interconnectedness. *all who identify as women including genderqueer, non-binary, female-identified, trans-feminine, and cis women