December 16, 2020


Filed under: Barter Fest,Curious Guild - New Moon Gatherings — Tags: , — Ralph E. Cook @ 7:10 am
  1. December 20th, 2020; a curious guild of unruly souls will gather to build connection and interdependence in Hewitt, MN.
  2. Solstice Campfire – set your intention for this winter and the beginning of the age of Aquarius, saying good buy to the age of Pisces and what no longer serves you.
  3. Potluck – bring a dish or beverage to share.
  4. Barter- trade and promote your creations and items of abundance. The practice of bartering is to assign, discuss and agree on a shared value with each transaction.
  5. Camp out – pitch a tent or bring a sleeping bag as there is plenty of floor space for out of town travelers.
  6. Drumming & Music – bring a drum or instrument and let us know if you would like to perform.
  7. Message me for address and secret knock… do invite your funnest friends.

December 21, 2013

Bring on the light!

Filed under: Abandoned Scout Camp,Action — Tags: , — Ralph E. Cook @ 1:57 pm

Dear Campers,

We finally made it to the Winter Solstice!  To be honest it was starting to get hard watching the days grow shorter and shorter and shorter and SHORTER, but finally; this is as far as the darkness will take us!  I admit, this is the first time in my life that I have TAKEN the time to really experience the four seasons with all their depth & beauty.  One of the greatest gifts of having dogs as companions is the wonderful routine of the daily walk.  No matter the weather, they get your ass out there!  You never know what you might see, discover or realize when you spend a little time in nature.  There is nothing better than losing yourself on a walk (or ski).  Give it a try!


Not having to travel for work for a WHOLE YEAR has really given me a chance to ground myself in this place I call home.   It damn near took the whole year to come to grips with the fact that I don’t have to leave!  I am so very thankful to no longer be constantly uprooting my thoughts, dreams and projects.  As the days grew shorter leading up to the solstice, I decided to rest and reflect on the past year, knowing that this down time would be needed so that the BEAST inside of this individual would be ready to be released!!!  (Are you ready for this!?)


I feel very fortunate to come to THIS time in this life.  I am no longer afraid of anything.   I know who I am and why I am here.   I will share and use the knowledge that I discover in this lifetime to help others.  I will no longer hesitate to use all the gifts granted to this individual.   I acknowledge that I do and will make mistakes.  I know that I am loved and I will always aim to love, even those who I disagree with the most.  I will always speak up and protect the place I call home:  EARTH.


Your Scout,


December 18, 2012

Winter Solstice = Longest Night Music Festival!


Dear Campers,

For the second year in a row Dorthy Fix will perform at the Longest Night Music Festival in New York Mills:

Last year DF had a blast getting to meet and hear other performers from this area.  Can’t think of a better way to spend this once in a many many lifetime Winter Solstice that coincides with the end of the Mayan Calendar!  Yes, exciting times we are living in my friends!!  What is gonna happen?  Who knows, but no matter what when we come together as a community we will over come.

This portion of the seasonal cycle is the perfect time to reflect on your past year’s experiences.  Did your intentions for the year bear fruit?   No matter what, I doubt that anyone will forget 2012 any time soon.  With the increase of light we can start to plan for the new year and new round of intentions at the Spring Equinox.  How are you gonna take the wheel of your life and steer it in a better direction?   As always, we are so very thankful to share this experience with you dears.

Peace is where it’s at!


Ralph E. Cook

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