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Fire & Drumming

230743_10150189285797012_688818_nFor many decades now, community members have created the Great Fire Rite to stir and transform your soul. Here on FRIDAY night, we light the fire and set the pulse of the weekend. Here we set the intention and create sacred space. Here we gather and prepare to be moved.

The Bel Fire (also sometimes called a Bale Fire) is sacred and is one of the key components of our annual Blue Ridge Beltane Festival. The fire burns bright and strong all weekend. You will notice in the festival rules that we are serious about Fire Etiquette. We are always appreciative of our designated Fire Keepers who volunteer to keep the Fire sacred all weekend.

If you want to pledge your commitment to being a Fire Keeper, please post your interest on the Blue Ridge Beltane-Virginia Facebook group!

Drumming at the Festival

In addition to the fire, our drumming and dancing gets pretty hot too!

In the mystical glade, find your beat
so they will get off their seat
and move their feet!

If you’re looking for information on drum circle etiquette, we recommend an excellent website that outlines some basic drum circle etiquette:

NEW THIS YEAR! A chance for you to get even more involved with the energy of the sacred fire! Learn about building and maintaining a sacred Bel Fire at our Community Fire Build on Friday afternoon at 1pm! Check out the schedule for more information.