by Rowan Morrigan
Sons Lovers panel with Drake Spaeth, Donovan Arthen, Claudiney Prieto, River Higginbotham, and Ivo Dominguez Jr at 2015 Parliament by Rowan Morrigan
EarthSpirit Community’s Donovan Arthen spoke on Sunday in an all-male panel titled “Sons and Lovers of the Sacred Feminine” at the Parliament today. Drake Spaeth was the moderator and the other panelists were River Higginbotham, Ivo Dominguez Jr, and Claudiney Prieto.
Donovan talked about how he didn’t worship the goddess but experienced the feminine archetype through his relationships with the women in his life. I found his from-the-heart recounting of watching his sister being born at the beginning of her life and now serving and supporting Isobel today as she facilitates the emergence of young people here at the Parliament, so moving, so touching, and ultimately, so humbling. All the men talked about how to ‘show up’ in the face of many aspects of contemporary feminism and vision of goddess spirituality. Donovan talked in particular about being confronted as a male and the subsequent confusion as the culture searches for life-giving images of being The Feminine today. What drives Donovan to show up in the midst of this? Humility and surrender … to allow ourselves to sit down.
by Martin Bridge and Wren Two Feathers
Brotherhood of the Stag and Wolf
10 years after the inception of an intensive workshop designed to serve the young men in the EarthSpirit Community at Rites of Spring, what was first given the moniker of the “Brotherhood of the Stag” has blossomed into a greater men’s circle. Many of us who have been raised within or near the community are awestruck by how the group has grown.
After years of many of us expressing interest in meeting outside of the confines of Rites, the concept of creating a dedicated space for us to meet has now manifested in a massive megalithic site a mere few miles from EarthSpirit’s home at Glenwood Farm in western Massachusetts. After a year of planning we garnered the support of the larger community to help fund the creation of this space. On Sunday, November 24th, the brotherhood returned to the circle they had cleared in April to stand on and within the stones that, to us, symbolize the endurance we wish to be reflected in our growing brotherhood. Nothing ever prepared us to have a community of men supporting us the way this one does. To be further supported by and serve in support of a larger community is something that enriches us all.
The Brotherhood of the Stag maintains a Facebook page here. You can like it to keep up on what they’re doing and share your support.