We would like to explain how the name Avalon Grove originated. In the ancient days of King Arthur and Queen Gwenhwyfar of Britain, a school located upon the Isle of Avalon was the source for many sacred spiritual teachings. Avalon served as a training ground for priests and priestesses, as well as for others who wished to study the ancient traditions. There were both Human teachers and teachers from the Faerie tribes. Though Avalon left the physical realm long ago, it still exists and flourishes in the spirit realm of Tir na n’Og.
The Faerie have a tradition of holding their sacred gatherings within a great grove of trees. They sometimes refer to themselves as walking trees, with their roots reaching deep within the Great Mother Earth and their arms stretching upward toward the Holy Family. It is our desire and that of our beloved teachers, family and friends, the Celtic Faerie, that a new Avalon will take root in the mountains of North Carolina. The name Avalon Grove comes from our desire to recreate Avalon in the physical world and our hope that its students will experience such a deep connection with the Holy Family and Mother Earth that they will begin to see themselves as walking trees, a new Human Grove.
Future of Avalon Grove
Avalon Grove Celtic holiday celebrations are currently held at our home in Weaverville or at other locations in the Asheville, NC area. We believe that the future holds changes for Avalon Grove, for we have been given visions of a larger Avalon Grove that is meant to come into existence soon.
The future Avalon Grove holds much forest land and walking trails that wind through the trees. Celtic holiday services are sometimes held in an open area within the forest.
There also exists a ring of tall standing stones, like the ring of stones at Avebury in England. Services are sometimes held within this powerful ring of stones, but they can also serve as a quiet spot for meditation or contemplation.
There is a small mountain, which visitors sometimes climb. This part of the land comes to be known as Mount Druid, and visitors sometimes spend a night alone upon the summit on their own personal spirit quest.
Meandering through the property is a beautiful mountain stream that eventually feeds into a small lake, from which fog rises up on cool mountain mornings.
The future Avalon Grove will become an environmental protector, both of land we receive funds to purchase and land that is donated to Avalon Grove to hold and protect in perpetuity. When someone donates land to Avalon Grove, it will never be sold or bartered for other “better” pieces of land. All land is sacred and deserves to be held safe.
There is a huge and magical house that already exists upon some of the land we are given to safekeep. The house has been there for so many years that it has become almost one with the land. It was built by someone wealthy in days long gone by, before the arrival of today’s developers, who rip and tear and gouge the trees and sacred land.
The house has at least two floors with many, many bedrooms, a large basement with more than one room, and a walk-up attic with even more rooms. It also has a ballroom that stands almost empty now, waiting for the dancers of the future to bring it to life once more. The house is an architectural treasure that has been hidden away. It has had multiple uses in the past due to its large size, but now it is owned by someone who is not quite sure what to do with it. It has been added to more than once, and so there are doors that go no where and forgotten passageways that connect one part of the house to another. Things often go bump in the night there, for Ghosties wander the hallways. The kitchen is immense, built in the days when families were larger than those of today.
There are gardens, both formal flower gardens and also vegetable gardens. These gardens provide beauty for the eye and food for the table, but they also serve as a training ground for those who wish to learn simple gardening skills.
There is more than one barn, for one holds farm machinery and one is meant to hold animals, who will one day be a fundamental part of Avalon Grove. These animals will be loved for themselves, and they will also help people who have never milked a goat or collected an egg learn how to do these simple tasks. At the beginning, there will be dogs and cats, but they will eventually be joined by parrots, goats, sheep, llamas, chickens, ducks, geese, Canadian geese (who arrive on the lake and don’t leave), horses, buffalo, a Brahma bull, and a potbellied pig. This does not even include the wild animals, who will occasionally be glimpsed passing through the forest.
The Celtic church at Avalon Grove will grow and evolve over time. In good weather, gatherings will be held in the forest or in the circle of stones, but on bad weather days, the church will move indoors to the lower level of the house or to an existing building on the land. In time, as Avalon Grove grows larger, a church will be built upon an open area of the property. It will be a magical, mystical gathering place that will provide protection from the elements, but also bring nature right inside the building. No matter how magical the church, however, it will never replace the beauty of nature, and so, in good weather, Avalon Grove services will continue to be held outdoors.
Many people will visit this future Avalon Grove. They will come to attend the Celtic church services and holiday gatherings and to enjoy the magic of the land. Some will also come to attend classes and workshops given by us and other Human teachers and also by the Faire Folke themselves. Those who come to Avalon Grove will learn the ways of the Faerie and the Humans of old. They will hear magical tales of the Faerie and the ancient Celtic peoples, but they will also learn skills from the days before modern technology. They will find, in the not too distance future, that what they learn here will stand them in good stead when today’s technology can no longer meet their needs. These students will stay for a weekend or a week at a time, perhaps in the house, which has become a bed and breakfast as it was once in the past, or in cottages, tents, or simple cabins on the property or on a nearby tract of land that will be donated to Avalon Grove. Because the house and property are so unique, there will be many who wish to tour the house and walk the land, and their visits will help support the upkeep of the property.
Those visitors who wander the forest pathways will sometimes be surprised by an encounter with one or more of the Faire Folke. For those who come to stay overnight, there will be a magical carousel, paddle boats, and a sandy beach by the lake for sunbathing or building sandcastles. Once they are invented, there will be car-bikes to ride, and, after a time, a market area will be located within walking or car-biking distance, where people will demonstrate and sell their own crafts and organic produce. Animal lovers will have an opportunity to interact with the animals on the property, either at the petting zoo or through helping to care for the animals. Stargazing will also become a popular occupation, and it will not be so unusual to see a UFO pass by overhead.
We see that one day, when times become harder and travel is more difficult, many children whose parents have been lost to war, famine, or disease will come to call Avalon Grove their new home. They will be well-loved and will, in turn, learn to love and care deeply for Mother Earth and those who live upon her.
We see that long after Jesus has returned to Mother Earth, and the wars and environmental devastation have come to an end, Avalon Grove will live on as a place of beauty and learning for both Humans and Faire Folke.
Though we do not have the money to buy or build the things we have seen, we know the Mother and Father Creator can perform miracles. We pray and believe that the time is right for a miracle to happen now. We also believe miracles can come through people we have never met before, at least in this lifetime.
If you have been called by the Mother and Father to help us, please send email to Avalon Grove or contact us by phone at 828-645-2674. You can also donate directly by sending cash, check or money order to:
223 Dula Springs Road
Weaverville, NC 28787
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We also gratefully accept any prayers you may wish to pray to bring about a miracle for us and for those who will come to visit the new Avalon Grove when it appears in the mountains of North Carolina.
May the blessings of the Mother and Father fill your life with joy,
Merlin and Ealilithea and the Faire Folke of Tir na n’Og