Thank you for visiting White Mountain Druid Sanctuary’s (WMDS) Patreon page! WMDS is a druid site dedicated to honoring the sacred Ancestors, the Nature Spirits and the ancient Indo-European deities. It is inspired by Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) which “is a Pagan church based on ancient Indo-European traditions expressed through public worship, study, and fellowship.”
WMDS resides on the grounds of the Trout Lake Abbey Complex in Washington state. It is wholly owned by Kirk Thomas and Kozen Sampson. The Abbey is home to:
- A Stone Circle with 20 foot basalt pillars
- A Labyrinth
- Several Shrines - Druid and Buddhist
- A Buddhist Temple (Mt Adams Zen Temple)
- A B&B with rooms, a hostel and sites available for tent camping.
- A commercial kitchen and space for holding retreats and group events
Trout Lake Abbey B&B
White Mountain Druid Sanctuary is raising money for the purposes of:
- Building a pagan site for druids in a modern setting to honor the deities and beings that our Indo-European ancestors did.
- Creating the latest shrine to the Goddess Salmona of the White Salmon River. We have identified her as the local river goddess who springs from the glaciers on Mt. Adams.
- Maintaining the Shrines and structures we have built so far - The Stone Circle, the Labyrinth, the Sanctuary building itself, and Shrines to the Daghda, the Morrigan, Lugh, Taranis, Cernunnos and the Nature Spirits.
Glass sculpture of the Goddess Samona of the White Salmon River
Unique to the Goddess Samona’s Shrine will be a 5 foot tall glass sculpture backlit from behind (see above). Lady Samona’s Shrine will be built around this artwork. It will be facing south with ambient northern light backlighting it.
Drawing of the Goddess Samona's Shrine
Her Shrine will have a water cascading down one wall and pooling under a pathway on the ground.
Area where the Goddess Samona's Shrine will be built
The area for this shrine is just through the entry pillars of the walkway leading to the Stone Circle. Hers will be the first shrine one encounters because she is the goddess of the land and water here.
Below are several pictures of the building of the Cernunnos Shrine that we just completed so you can see that everything on our site is a feat of intelligent engineering, hard work and a labor of love.
Concrete foundation of Cernunnos Shrine
Cernunnos Shrine with concrete block walls and metal roof complete
Completed Cernunnos Shrine
To watch the consecration of this Shrine, see the video below.
White Mountain Druid Sanctuary is one of the few places in the country that has imagined and created an environment similar to what we believe our ancient ancestors worshiped in, and then placed it in a modern setting. Grounded in what we know from artifacts and written history, ADF has created rituals that honor the Indo-European pantheons of old. At White Mountain Druid Sanctuary, we are creating a place in which we can honor the Gods and Goddesses of old, the Nature Spirits, and our Ancestors.
One definite peace of mind you have as a contributor is that a significant amount of work has already been completed on other shrines. We already know exactly how to get the work done and we’ve already been successful at doing this before. If you would like to see more details on each feature at WMDS, we have a blog at http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-paths-blogs/cas...
Below are examples of our other Shrines to The Dagda, The Morrigan and Lugh.
Shrine to The Dagdha, Irish god of Appetite and Magic
Shrine to The Morrigan, Irish goddess of Battle, Death, and Rebirth
The Morrigan, the Dagdha and Cernunnos’ Shrines are built with concrete blocks, stucco and metal roofs. Trout Lake Washington can get from 3-6 feet of snow at once so the Shrines are built to be beautiful and sturdy.
Shrine to Lugh, Irish god of Many Talents
Lugh’s Shrine is built against the back of the Sanctuary building and is somewhat sheltered by it. The walls are wooden with a metal roof.
The Sanctuary building
The Sanctuary building is made of cob and has a tree sculpted into the east wall. We use it for indoor rituals on cold evenings.
Inside of Sanctuary building with tree sculpture and fireplace
There is also a labyrinth
Labyrinth looking south towards Stone Circle
The labyrinth was built for WMDS and the Mt Adams Zen Temple. Both Buddhists and Druids can be seen walking and meditating along its Cretan design.
All of these features surround the Stone Circle itself. Stone circles predate Celtic druids but we pay homage to their makers by celebrating our rituals in the middle of one. It has 20 foot basalt pillars of varying size as well as benches, an altar, a three foot fire pit, a well and an axis mundi.
Kirk Thomas during the Lughnasadh ritual at the Well at the west end of the Stone Circle
East end of Stone Circle, including Axis Mundi with fire pit in the foreground
And did we mention the unobstructed breathtaking view of Mt Adams? (below)
View from the Trout Lake Abbey B&B
The mountain can be seen from most spots on the property and is a constant, calm companion to all of the complex’s guests.
Aerial view of White Mountain Druid Sanctuary and Trout Lake Abbey
Entrance to Trout Lake Abbey B&B
Below is an example of the engraved paving brick you can get as a perk. These bricks will lead up to the Shrine. This is a 4x8 inch brick (below). We also have 8x8 inch bricks and replicas.
An example of the engraved brick
The small red square above is an example of a replica brick that is available when you order the 8x8 inch engraved brick. The 8x8 inch brick looks just like the 4x8 inch brick above but with bigger dimensions. You can fit 6 lines of 18 characters on the 8x8 inch brick. The replica has a felt back and is a perfect addition for your home shrine.
If you can’t contribute now, here’s how you can still help. Tell your friends! Come and visit! Trout Lake Abbey exists for people to visit, wander the Labyrinth and the Stone Circle, and make offerings at the shrines.
A bit of small print.
- We send out perks twice a year, probably around January and Summer.
- For a short video of Kirk building the wall of the Cernunnos Shrine really fast, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1EbB4JQ00w
- We welcome all people of good will and actions. We ask for visitors to behave as the best versions of themselves with openness, kindness and their best intents and behaviors. (To see ADF's specific stand on this, follow this link: https://www.adf.org/blogs/ad/08242016-2118)
- This page is created and managed by Cascadia Grove in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.