SACRED SITES OF CENTRAL MAINE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018
We're excited to invite you to join us for an entirely unique and very special day of exploring three outstanding sacred sites in our immediate neighborhood, here in Central Maine. Our day together features an exquisitely prepared and graciously served picnic lunch along the Kennebec River.
We'll meet at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm and take a communal van all together to visit Indian Rock, an ancient Native American petroglyph site on the Kennebec River. This bedrock that juts out into the Kennebec is an archaeological treasure, with more than 200 distinct carvings. Researchers consider this site immensely significant for its magico-religious symbols and it is thought to be a place used by Abenaki shaman for prayer and ceremony.
My daughter Rosa, a professional chef, will prepare and pack one of her elegant picnic lunches and serve it to us at this site on the river. She'll be our van driver as well. On the quarter mile trail from the road to the petroglyphs site there are lots of woodland plants to see and identify.
After our relaxing lunch on the river and exploration of the petroglyphs, we'll walk back up to our van and drive a short distance to visit the South Solon Meeting House.
The Meeting House is unlike any other sacred space in America. It blends New England’s sober yet spiritual architectural simplicity with a blend of emotive period art, religious imagery and the uncommon medium of fresco. We'll learn a bit about its history and be mesmerized by the gorgeous frescos that adorn its walls. The frescos were painted in the 1950s by artists associated with and overseen by the nation’s leading artist residency: The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Fang's Shrine, another entirely awe inspiring, one-of-a-kind sacred treasure in our neighborhood, is just down the road from the Meeting House. Well known artist, James Fangboner, built the structure of the shrine by hand. It is a wildly free and deeply evocative presentation of trans-cultural spirituality and a guided tour of the shrine with its creator will be one of the highlights of our day.
We'll be driven back to the farm where you will be invited to enjoy a cup of hot tea and a slice of freshly made rose cake and may peruse the offerings in our Herbal Apothecary, which includes our array of herbal products and Baltic amber and coral jewelry, before getting back into your car and heading home.
$150 for the day includes your mid-day meal, driver, guides, donations, all transportation to the sites and your afternoon tea and dessert. Our day begins at 10am and ends at approximately 4pm.
A list of local B & Bs and cabins will be provided upon request.
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Thank you for visiting ~ blessings on your day!