Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Fairy Gardens Created at Episcopal Camp

For many years the youth of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina have camped, held their "Happenings," and otherwise congregated at "Camp Gravatt." A few years ago, the Diocese gave up most of the responsibility for Camp Gravatt as have many dioceses with regards to their church camps.  Here is how Camp Gravatt currently describes itself,
"Established in 1949, the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is an Episcopal summer camp and conference center located outside of Aiken, South Carolina. Gravatt is sanctuary for the ministry of Christian formation and hospitality. We offer an outdoor Christian youth camp, environmental education, and challenge course, and we host conferences, meetings, training, and retreats. We serve churches and other not-for-profit organizations and groups whose purposes include human-development, character-development, education, or training."
Here are the latest offerings from our friends at Camp Gravatt,

Art Academy in the Woods Fairy Gardens Thursday, April 19 4 - 6:30 PM
Let your imagination run wild as we create a Gravatt's Village of Fairy Houses. Fairy Houses are small structures for the fairies and nature’s friends to visit. Sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine cones and nuts are just some of the natural materials used. Ranging from rustic to intricate "Fairy Mansions," these whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners, and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy, and pride. This event is great for families. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12, with a family max of $50.The includes materials, instructor's fee, and a light supper.
Not interested? Too bad, because you just missed this:

Honoring the Creator, Mindfulness in Art using Mandala Circle Drawings
Thursday, January 19 4 - 6:30 PM
Art therapist and instructor Mary How will teach you how to use mandala circle drawings as a meditative practice. Learn 7 skills that will help you in practicing mindfulness in your art and in your life. The $25 fee includes materials, instructor's fee, and a light supper following instruction.

It looks like the neopagans have gained another beachhead in Upper South Carolina. This is getting ridiculous (Previous posts here and here and here and here and here).

Our children shouldn't be entrusted to such camps until the fairy houses are removed along with the mandalas, sacred poles, labyrinths, etc.

This is the sort of thing that should cause a complete split between a camp and a church sponsor.

For some reason I don't think that Gravatt will feel any pressure to remove the word "Episcopal" from its web pages.

The druids are winning.

Image from Art Journaling 101


  1. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Not so sure about the fairy houses, but mandalas have a history in the Christian tradition that goes back to at least the 12th century to the Christian nun, Hildegard von Bingen.

  2. Anonymous9:16 AM

    Fairy houses are simply a fun way to connect kids with nature...