Moon Gatherings: Full Moon Women's Circle Gathering

New Moon
Once a month when the moon is new, women of all ages, interests & walks of life come together to laugh, talk, create, connect & set intentions. Meet at 7 pm as Anarres closes for potluck food sharing with red wine, coffee and tea provided by Anarres. We circle at 7:30 pm. Ritual typically involves a go-around check-in, an opening honouring the elements, a dance or meditation, a closing and a hands-on activity or craft. Please join for updates.

Join us in renewing this ancient ritual!

Full Moon Schedule for 2018:
Tue Jan 30 2018, Manidoo-giizis (Spirit Moon)
Tue Feb 27 2018, Mkwa-giizis (Bear Moon)
Tue Mar 27 2018, Onaabdin-giizis (Snowcrust Moon)
Tue Apr 24 2018, Iskigamizige-giizis (Sugarbushing Moon)
Tue May 22 2018, Zaagibagaa-giizis (Budding Moon)
Tue Jun 26 2018, Odemiini-giizis (Strawberry Moon)
Tue Jul 24 2018, Miin-giizis (Berry Moon)
Tue Aug 21 2018, Manoominike-giizis (Ricing Moon)
Tue Sep 18 2018, Waabaagbagaa-giizis (Leaves Turning Moon)
Tue Oct 16 2018, Binaakwe-giizis (Falling Leaves Moon)
Tue Nov 20 2018, Baashkaakodin-Giizis (Freezing Moon)
Tue Dec 18 2018. Manidoo-Giizisoons (Little Spirit Moon)

Full Moon Mikvah RSVP Meet at 7pm Anarres.
We'll go together to Oasis for an immersion in the open air heated pool.
Clothing optional. Admission: free.

Here are some meanings and intentions for the moons. These 13 Grandmother Moon teachings are from “Kinoomaadiewinan Anishinabek Bimaadinzinwin, Book Two. Author Arlene Berry.

The first moon of Creation is Spirit Moon. It is manifested through the northern lights. It is a time to honour the silence and realize our place within all of Great Mystery’s creatures.

The second moon of Creation is Bear Moon, when we honour the vision quest that began in the fall. During this time, we discover how to see beyond reality and to communicate through energy rather than sound. This moon also gives us a special teaching about the birth of bear cubs. In February, there is one morning when there is a heavy fog in the air and the traditional person knows that this is happening.

The third moon of Creation is Sugar Moon, as the maple sap begins to run, we learn of one of the main medicines given to the Anishinaabe which balances our blood and heals us. During this time, we are encouraged to balance our lives as we would our blood sugar levels. This moon also teaches us the time of year when the sap is running for maple sugar harvest. This is celebrated as the Anishinaabe new year.

The fourth moon of Creation is Sucker Moon, when sucker goes to the Spirit World in order to receive cleansing techniques for this world. When it returns to this realm, it purifies a path for the Spirits and cleanses all our water beings. During this time we can learn to become healed healers. Another teaching is that the sucker gave up his life for the Ojibwe in the mo nth of February. The previous month, January, is the hardest time of year to get food because of the scarceness of game. In February it is easier to net these fish and it is believed that the sucker is giving his life for the Anishinaabe. 13 MOONS – Teacher’s Guide 10

The fifth moon of Creation is Flower Moon, where all plants display their Spirit sides for all the world to see. This life giving energy is one of the most powerful healing medicines on Mother Earth. During this moon we are encouraged to explore our Spiritual essences.

The sixth moon of Creation is Strawberry Moon. The medicine of the strawberry is reconciliation. It was during this moon cycle that communities usually held their annual feasts, welcoming everyone home, regardless of their differences over the past year, letting go of judgment and/or self-righteousness. The strawberry is the first berry to ripen it is thought to be a good medicine for the heart and the teeth.

The seventh moon of Creation is Raspberry Moon, when great changes begin. By learning gentleness and kindness, we may pass through the thorns of its brush and harvest its fruit, as we gain knowledge that will help in raising our families.

The eighth moon of Creation is Thimbleberry Moon (Blackberry Moon), when we honour the blackberry which produces an abundance of fruit once every three years. It was one of the first plants put on Mother Earth, and its purpose is to protect the Sacred Circle of life by allowing us to recognize and understand the teachings that come from the Spirit World. The eighth moon can fall in either July or August, depending on the year. In 2011 it falls on July 30th.

The ninth moon of Creation is the Corn Moon, during which time we learn about the cycle of life. Each cob of corn has thirteen rows of multicoloured seeds which represent all the spirits waiting to begin their Earth Walk. These will be the future generations for whom we must prepare.

The tenth moon of Creation is the Falling Leaves Moon, a time when Mother Earth is honoured with the grandest of colours. As all of Creation makes their offerings to her, we become aware of all the miracles of Creation before us and our spiritual energies are once again awakened.

The eleventh moon of Creation is the Freezing Moon, a time when the Star Nation is closest to us. As every creature-being prepares for the coming fasting grounds, we are reminded to prepare ourselves for our spiritual path by learning the sacred teachings and songs that will sustain us.

The twelfth moon of Creation is the Little Spirit Moon, a time of healing. By receiving both vision of the spirits and good health, we may walk the Red Road with purest intentions, and we can share this most positive energy with our families and friends for the good of all.

The thirteenth moon of Creation is Blue Moon or Big Spirit Moon. Its purpose is to purify us, and to heal all of Creation, a process which may take a three-month long spiritual journey. During this time, we receive instructions on the healing powers of the universe and transform into our own vision of the truth.

The 13 Grandmother Moon teachings are from “Kinoomaadiewinan Anishinabek Bimaadinzinwin, Book Two. Author Arlene Berry.

Meet Tuesday, December 19 for the Manidoo-Giizisoons - Little Spirit Moon - Meet at 7pm for potluck food sharing with red wine provided by Anarres. Ritual will feature a safety dance in the dark, and making a lantern and beeswax candle to take you through the darkest nights of the year. The winter solstice arrives when the Sun enters Capricorn on December 21, so we enter a period of gentle reflection reflect on issues concerning our self-worth, our talents, and our sense of security. Please RSVP here ASAP.

Sept theme: TBD
Suggestions and co-leaders welcome!

Gathering & potluck: 7pm
Circle: 7:30-9pm

Our March New Moon Gathering is Monday, March 27th from 7-9pm at Anarres Natural Health Apothecary. We will be gather first at Anarres for a potluck and fiery sing along. Then we'll circle around the fire pit for our first fire of the season! Bring a food item to share for our community potluck, and snacks for the campfire. See you on the New Moon!

Dear Sisters,

Our next New Moon Gathering will be on Sunday, February 26th from 7-9pm at Anarres Natural Health Apothecary. We will be making delicious Moon Time Bath Recipes using various kinds of salts, herbs, and essential oils. We will each concoct our very own unique herbal bath recipe, infused with our intentions for the cycle ahead, to then take home and soak in during your own Moon Time (menstrual period). The purpose is to empower each of us to nourish ourselves in a deep and loving way during that sacred time of the month. If you can, please bring your own jar to transport your bath recipe, a donation of $10-15, and a food item to share for our community potluck. See you on the New Moon!

Deep Love,
Lindsay Sahara

from Tracey:
We will learn about the gifts of a number of herbs and flowers, for renewal, for pain and spasm relief, for the toning of our sexual organs, root and sacral chakras and for relaxation. Each of us will compose a blend for bath in a reusable sachet. In circle we will commit our creations to their purpose and learn what the upcoming moon and cosmos has in store for us. Looking forward!

Dear Beloveds,

Our next New Moon Gathering will be on Thursday, January 26th from 7:30-9:30pm. We will start the evening by sharing a light community potluck meal. This New Moon we will be creating vision boards! So excited to come together to nurture our dreams, visions, and hearts. Let's tap into what we truly want deep in our Souls, and create beautiful pieces of art together in community.

I will provide bristol boards, magazines, some glue sticks and scissors. If you have a cork board, you may wish to bring that to use instead for your board, as it may provide more flexibility by allowing you to add or remove images over time.

If you have any of the following items, please bring: any images you have that you want to add to your board, magazines, glue sticks, scissors, thumb tacks. A food item for our potluck and suggested donation $10-$15.

Deep Love,
Lindsay Sahara


If you are unable to make Lindsay Sahara 's retreat, we'll be circling on Thursday, December 29th Anarres Natural Health Apothecary with a Hannukah inspired candle lighting for Peace and People Power in 2017. We'll each make and bless with essential oil a rolled beeswax candle to cherish and inspire us throughout the year. Bring food to share. We'll have our own organic red wine and red teas.

Sunday, October 30th from 7-9:30pm

Dear Sisters,

Our next New Moon Gathering will be on Sunday, October 30th from 7-9:30pm. The New Moon will fall in Scorpio, and we will be exploring the depths of ourselves, the darkness, and our personal and collective pain. We will be expressing, releasing, sharing, and feeling into our inner worlds. This New Moon holds a particularly receptive quality, and we will tune into that by practicing deep inner listening. From this place, we will be in a better position to set intentions for the cycle ahead.

We will begin the evening at Anarres Natural Health Apothecary at 7pm for a potluck (please bring food to share!). We will then head to Tracey Tief's backyard to gather around a fire, as a potent tool of healing and transformation. We will hold each other in sacred circle, as we go delve into whatever needs to be experienced, felt, processed, and released at this time.

Please RSVP below. Suggested donation is $10 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds).


Friday, September 30, 7-9:30pm Please note that the date changes with the New Moon each month. Check in at our Facebook Group "New Moon Gathering"

About September 30: We will explore the theme of New Moon in Libra, to share from our hearts, to hold each other in sacred space and shed powerful intentions for the coming Lunar Cycle. If weather permits we will gather around a bonfire in Tracey's magickal backyard. As usual, there will be a community potluck to start the evening. You may wish to bring a journal/notebook and a pen to write with. Suggested donation will be $10-15, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please RSVP at New Moon Gathering on Facebook.

All woman-identified welcome!

Lindsay Sahara

New moons to come:
Oct 30
Nov 29
Dec 29
We will meet on or near this date. Join New Moon Gathering on Facebook to hear news, themes and dates.

Thursday September 1 was back to Sacred With Blue Lotus wine.

Make Flower Crowns with Tynan Rhea
I will bring some wire for us to make crowns with, but PLEASE BRING SOME FAIR TRADE OR LOCAL WILD FLOWERS TO SHARE. RSVP by the end of July. Can't wait.

July 4th
Red Tent on open air roof top deck!
We''l make Cycle Beads!
if you can: Bring large beads, glass preferred, and twine/string, hooks/ends and lobster clasps.
RSVP by Wednesday 29th so that we can have supplies ready for you.

Thursday, April 7, 7-9 Happy Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse in Libra!
This Full Moon is about finding BALANCE - between strength and ease, masculine and feminine, light and shadow, self and other, give and take. Make space for IT ALL and find your way back to the center. Due to some scheduling conflicts we will meet a couple days before the actual New Moon this month.
Love & Light, Lindsay Sahara
Bring a donation if you can and food to share. Please RSVP on the Facebook Group You can ask Lindsay Sahara to join.

Tuesday, March 8, 7pm to 8:30pm Spring Uprising! at Anarres Apothecary
Gather at 7pm to share food then Tracey will lead a special Dance Our Way Home freestyle dance set with Guided Journey. Bring a donation if you can and food to share. Please RSVP on the Facebook Group You can ask Lindsay Sahara to join.

Sunday, February 7, 6pm to 8pm Self Love at Anarres Apothecary
Gather at 6pm to share food then we'll make self-loving rose or heart-shaped (your choice) massage bars from cocoa butter, beeswax and entrancing essential oils. Bring a donation if you can and food to share. Please RSVP on the Facebook Group You can ask Lindsay Sahara to join.

Upcoming dates:

Friday, November 13 Bonfire! at Anarres Apothecary
Gather at 7pm to share food then walk together to the house at 7:30pm. Bring something to burn and an object to represent something to share. Please RSVP Tracey AT AnarresHealth DOT ca

September 12 Jewish New Year for ALL!!!
at Anarres Apothecary
Gather at 7pm to share food ~ Tracey Will Bring Honey Cakes and Apples ~ walk together to the house at 7:30pm. Bring something to burn and an object to represent something you have harvested ("manifested") since last fall. Please RSVP Tracey AT AnarresHealth DOT ca

Friday, October 9 Bonfire: Burn It! Harvest It!
Tracey will host a bonfire in her back yard 1 block from Anarres Apothecary. Gather at 7pm to share food, walk together to the house at 7:30pm. Bring something to burn and an object to represent something you have harvested ("manifested") since last fall. Please RSVP Tracey AT AnarresHealth DOT ca

Aug 8 & July 15 Bonfire: Burn It! Grow It!
Tracey will host a bonfire in her back yard 1 block from Anarres Apothecary. Gather at 7pm to share food, walk together to the house at 7:30pm. Bring something to burn and something to grow (a seed or seedling to plant in a special New Moon planter).

Maidens, Mothers* and Crones welcome!
Gather at 7pm.
Come with fruits or vegetables to share for a light potluck meal that honours vegan, Hallal and Kosher diets and shares with those who avoid gluten and dairy.
We will circle 7:30 to 8pm, socialize, then clean up at 8:30pm.
Please bring a Gift (donation) to support the space.

Join us for a New Moon Circle at the Dark of the Moon each month
* To honour your moon time, if you have one
* To bring your cycles in synch, or enjoy the Moon's cycle if your body does not cycle
* To learn ancient and contemporary traditions around moon time that honour the grace and power of woman hood in all our phases.
* Children of any age can join us in circle, play with wooden toys on the mat, or crash in the quiet room adjacent to the space.
* Crones and Trans Women welcome.

Leadership of the circle is open to anyone with a song,
a short ritual, a teaching or story to share.
Please contact Tracey to arrange.

New Moon Women's Circles past!:

Friday, 20th March 7-9pm
Henna Blessings with Kyla Austin
I have been working with henna for 9 years, and am primarly interested in working with pregnant, nursing or postpartum mothers. traditionally a women's art, henna has been tied to fertility, pregnancy, blessings and protection for women since the bronze ages.

Friday, 17th April 7-9pm
Honouring Consent with Tracey TieF.
We will paint rocks in memory of Rehteah Parsons who was sexually assaulted, then viciously bullied and who died from suicide April 7th, 2013. In our circle we will let go of shame, and invite delightful ownership of our bodies and our stories.

Tuesday May 19th - The Red Tent
Help set up our new red tent and plan, dream and wonder in it. Bring red cloth to hang. Bring a blanket to snuggle yourself in. We'll enjoy a reading from The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and perhaps a little video and some dance!

June 16: Ancient Burial Traditions Practiced Today
Sandra will talk about her role as a member of the Chevra Kadisha in London, Ontario. Chevra Kadisha is an organization of Jewish men and women who see to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Jewish tradition and are protected from desecration, willful or not, until burial. Two of the main requirements are the showing of proper respect for a corpse, and the ritual cleansing of the body and subsequent dressing for burial. It is usually referred to as a burial society in English.

With Jewish Priestess-Candidate...
Sandra Ruch
is a teacher, healer, mother, grandmother, blogger and activist. She facilitates empowerment workshops for women. She encourages all women to find their inner light and to live in the moment. Sandra has taught in colleges and in after-school programs for youth. In her work as a Birthing Doula and Reflexologist, she incorporates other healing modalities such as Aromatherapy. Flower Essence Remedies, Reiki, Healing Touch and Touch for Help.

Repeats every month until Tue Jan 01 2019 except Fri Jan 19 2018, Mon Feb 19 2018, Mon Mar 19 2018, Tue Jun 19 2018. Also includes Tue Jan 30 2018, Tue Feb 27 2018, Tue Mar 27 2018, Tue Apr 24 2018, Tue May 22 2018, Tue Jun 26 2018, Tue Jul 24 2018, Tue Aug 21 2018, Tue Sep 18 2018, Tue Oct 16 2018, Tue Nov 20 2018, Tue Dec 18 2018.
2017/12/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/01/30 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/02/27 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/03/27 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/04/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/04/24 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/05/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/05/22 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/06/26 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/07/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/07/24 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/08/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/08/21 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/09/18 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/09/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/10/16 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/10/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/11/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/11/20 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/12/18 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2018/12/19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm