A Summer Evening Under the Stars

Saturday, August 15 @ 8:30 pm

Try to arrive by 8:15 pm to get settled and enjoy the sunset or earlier if you’d like to enjoy the trails. (Cloud date: Sunday, August 16 @ 8:30 pm).


For safety considerations, we are limited to 25 people outdoors. After requesting a seat, you will receive an email from firekeeper@sacredfireasheville.org confirming your reservation or adding you to the waitlist.

Wearing a face covering until you are settled in your seat 6 feet apart from others is required. This is one way we will safely and responsibly respect and care for each other.

Suggested Donation $5-30/person

Children and Families Welcome

Let the water settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being. Rumi

Please join an experiential evening for an intimate, educational and communal experience of the night sky facilitated by Olivia Woodford.  In contact with the night world, the mountain at rest and the crispness of the air, become better acquainted with the constellations and planets and the stories that have been told about them by peoples that came before us.  Orienting to the North, South, East and West directions we will observe and experience the procession of the planets and stars that cross the landscape of night.

  • The sun will be setting as we arrive with time for us to settle in, welcome each other and watch the stars begin to appear.  
  • Everyone will find a place on the lawn near the council house, spaced at least six feet from their nearest neighbor. 
  • We will wear masks as we enter the space and get settled and have permission to remove them once seated.  
  • Laying beneath the stars, Olivia Woodford will talk of the movements of the heavens, identify the constellations and the ancient stories told about them.
  • All are welcomed to tell the stories they have come to know of these stars. 
  • A fire will be lit on the lawn, not in the council house for Grandfather Fire to be with us. 
  • It is recommended that everyone bring a blanket to lay on.  Chairs are available onsite for those who wish to sit. 
  • Bring your own water and snacks and none will be available or passed around.
  • Suggested Donation:  $5 – $30/person

From the dawn of humanity, peoples worldwide have watched the movement of the heavens, embedded their stories and wisdom in the star configurations, and engaged the cosmic mystery by sitting beneath the canopy of the night sky and watching the drama unfold, much like people sit around a television screen do now – except these stars do not win Oscars; these stars emanate something that evokes an ancient and timeless presence.

Gathering near the dark of the moon, the features of the night sky are not diminished by the moon’s light. In this darkness, the sky is revealed in all its splendor.  The Summer Night Sky is filled with stellar birds and is inspiring in its brilliance and beauty. 

For our ancestors, the constellations and movements of the heavens provided a calendar for when to hunt, farm, travel, and set festival dates. It functioned as their Wikipedia, with all the wisdom of their culture embedded into the stars through stories that could be told and passed on to their children. By coming into relationship with the stars, we come into relationship with our ancestors, the soul of humanity and feel the imaginal connection between heaven and earth. We deepen this connection with the natural order of all life and the feeling of being part of something larger and more vast than we could ever dream.  Bypassing the rational mind, we come into the language of the soul and awaken to the beat of our ancestral heart. 

About Olivia

Olivia actively participates in Sacred Fire Asheville Community and with the Sacred Fire Communities in Chapel Hill and Seattle before this.  She has been a practicing astrologer for 32 years.  Olivia works with several forms of astrology, including AstroMythology a method that explores ancient astrology and the way our ancestors saw the planets as divine beings and our chart as a story (rather than a psychological profile).  Her certification in AstroMythology includes a demonstrated understanding of the movements of the night sky, of fixed stars, and aspects of archeoastronomy (the archeology of understanding ancient cultures by exploring how these cultures embedded their stories and wisdom into the features of the night sky).  She is also a Storyteller and Founder of Healing Theatre. Olivia is delighted to have returned to WNC to live out the rest of her days – this is her plan anyway.  For more on her astrology practice:  livbydesignastrology.com