When Life Gets Real

December 1, 2017
A while back, the Hollow put a hold on new memberships to refocus and do some internal work.  In fact, we cut quite a few members in an effort to get back to the roots of what the tradition was founded for.  We started out with three primary focuses...spirituality, community, and philanthropy.  We also started out with an open door to membership.  In reality, with the flood gates open in such a way, the scope of members that found their way into the tradition began to shift the focus away from those initial goals.  And so, we made the call to strip things down and get back to the basics of why we started out.

Our aim is to move away from larger numbers of members with little investment in the community they are supposed to be a part of, and to move more into the direction of a close knit community of people who truly view the Hollow as their spiritual family.  This, however, will take work.  It will mean taking a look at a few things, and quite probably changing our approach to some of them.  Though the pathway to membership will continue to be quite open and accessible, it will likely become more discerning.  The level of expectation for members will be higher, and the future growth will likely be smaller.

For those who are looking on with interested eyes, we ask that you be patient with this process.  It will take time, and though we would love it if this tradition and its future could be our only focus, our members are real people with real lives and real demands placed upon them.  I myself am a retail manager on top of being the tradition's founder and leader, and this is a time of year when my job requires nearly all of my focus and energy.  In the past, this is something that would have caused me great grief and guilt...to have to withdraw my focus for a time from the tradition in order to put my energy into other demands of life.  However, I have come to realize that building a healthy and thriving spiritual community should be fulfilling and rewarding,as well as forgiving,and should never feel like an obligation or chore.  It is something that has to allow for life to coexist alongside it.

And so the future of Wild Thorn Hollow is still unfolding, and I am still looking forward to that future with excitement and anticipation.  Right now is simply a time of stasis, when we are allowing ourselves to just be.  We will be holding our Winter Retreat event in January, and that event will be open to the Pagan community.  I envision that event as being the time of "starting up" again, so keep your eyes on the horizon!
 

We Are Wild...

July 15, 2017
I just wrote this snippet from some WTH materials, and felt that it got the point across in a way that was worth sharing here...

"What 'Wild' means to us is that our path is not bound by anyone else’s rules.  Our members may prefer little or no structure, or may be more comfortable when things are a bit more mapped out.  They may be most at home in the deep woods among the sounds of nature, or on a busy street among the rhythm of the city.  They may only use completely natural raw materials ...


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A Rebirth in the Hollow

July 8, 2017
Just posting a quick update to announce that Wild Thorn Hollow is going through a temporary period of rebirth and restructuring until our Sanctuary event in August.  Until that time, we will be temporarily closed to new members.  Anyone interested in pursuing membership in the future should simply contact us to be put on the list for updates when memberships open back up.
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Updates Aren't Our Strength!

December 8, 2016
We do a lot here in Wild Thorn Hollow, but updating our blog usually isn't one of them!  Perhaps that's a goal I should set for myself...

At any rate, a lot has been going on here in the Hollow.  We are rapidly approaching our 2nd anniversary, and our major focus right now is implementing a new membership structure that will recognize some of the growth and contributions of our members.  You can read about that new structure here on the website on the Membership page.  

As a part of getting thi...
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Year One

January 23, 2016
One of my goals for 2016 is to do better about updating this website, and our blog.  It has been a while, but many things have been going on behind the scenes!

We are coming upon our first anniversary as a tradition, and what an interesting year it has been!  As would be expected with a brand new tradition, we have had highs and lows...swells of membership and activity, along with respective lulls.  We have mainly focused on getting ourselves established, attracting some like minds, and settin...

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Floralia!

May 6, 2015
Wild Thorn Hollow just held our first tradition-wide event - a celebration of Floralia, complete with TONS of flowers, and an awesome cookout.

We chose Floralia - a Roman festival honoring the goddess Flora, who is associated with flowers, the spring, fertility, and sexuality - as a way to set the tone that we take a bit of a different approach in the Hollow.  Floralia was celebrated around the same time we celebrate Beltane today, and honors may of the same themes and energies.  In fact, it w...

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The Birth of Wild Thorn Hollow

February 27, 2015
When I first shared the founding document of Wild Thorn Hollow with my coven, posted here on the "Founding Principles" page, I knew it was unlike anything I had ever seen in the Pagan community, and likely unlike anything they had ever seen.  I anticipated some questions, and I wanted to share a little insight into why I chose the direction I chose for The Hollow.  As it is now time to take it public and open its doors, it seems fitting to share those words here, and perhaps expand upon them ...
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