There is nothing better than breaking the daily routine of life then with a grandiose festival from Ancient Egypt. Festivals allow everyone to put away their cares for a day or two, and to celebrate the best that Life has to offer.
The festival of Marci Gras is said to come from the celebrations of the Goddess at her Temples. It was one of the most popular festival in Ancient Egypt. Herodotus claims that Her festivals was the most elaborate in Egypt. Women were freed from all constraints during Her annual festivals. They celebrated the festival of the Goddess by drinking, dancing, making music!
The Romans held an annual festival for the launching of ships called the Isidis Navigium or Ploiaphesia; typically this was held on March 5th in honor of the goddess Isis in ancient Greece, Rome, Turkey and Egypt. These celebrations to Isis, which included dancing, food and parades, focused on seeking the Goddess’ blessing for ships, sailors and travelers, as well as for successful journeys and new beginnings for individuals who participated. What is the ancient connection to the festival we today know as Mardi Gras? Join deTraci Regula in a discussion on the correlations of the Egyptian past and our present to understand the hidden meanings of this festival.
When? – Saturday March 2
Where? – Historic Isis Oasis Retreat and Sanctuary
Why? – An initial fundraiser for exotic animal care and animal site maintenance
Who? – Isis Oasis Retreat and Sanctuary, is a 501(c)(3) refuge for animals, founded in 1978 by Lady Loreon Vigne to house her beloved ocelots and to be a center for the arts focusing on the feminine faces of the divine. In time, the 10 acre property would become a creative touchstone for her art and the many artists who visited. Rock musicians, poets, writers and sculptors would be inspired with the beauty of this location, one of several touchstones in historic Geyserville, the capitol of wine country.
How? – Purchasing a ticket!https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isis-oasis-sanctuary-mardi-gras-celebration-and-fundraiser-tickets-56967000833
2:00PM – 4PM – Animal tours; see birds and cats up close with a resident care professional.
4:00PM – Discussion: From Ploiaphesia to Mardi Gras: The Ancient Roots of Carnival, led by deTraci Regula, author and director of Isis Oasis Retreat and Sanctuary.
5:00PM – 6:00PM – Mardi Gras feast, which will include: gumbo, dirty rice, red beans and rice, catfish po’boy sliders, grilled corn, sausage and hot dogs. Beer and wine available (purchase drink tickets at main booth). Soft drinks, coffee and tea also available.
7:00PM – guest performances by 12-string guitarist Victor Antillon and others
8:00AM – 11:00AM – Complimentary beignets and chickory coffee for lodging guests. Coffee, tea, milk and juices also available.
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Isidis Navigium/Ploiaphesia – Procession to the River, launching of votive ice boats (provided)
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Animal tours; see birds and cats up close with a resident care professional.
3:00PM – 4:00PM – Sunday Scrolls
Retreat Center & Care –
This fundraiser is for the sanctuary’s care and feeding of the animals in our care. All proceeds raised will go toward improvements and care of animal facilities and preserving the historic legacy of the sanctuary. At present, there are species of emu, peacocks, pheasants, goats, alpacas, ocelots, servals and reptiles who have been left with us; from people who couldn’t care for them and facilities which had to be closed. Some of our animals have been rescued from areas touched by the recent fires.
Our facility houses the paired peacocks found thriving in Coffey Park after the fires in Santa Rosa, who hatched a female peacock last year! We are happy to report the peacocks and hatchling are thriving in our care! In addition, we also have a pair of endangered African cranes who have also successfully bred in our environment. Each of our animals receive veterinary care, food and housing.
In addition to the mission of animal care, Isis Oasis has found itself in a position to provide shelter, food and supplies to families who were fleeing the fires as well. We have also been used as a rallying point for firefighters who were on the front lines for the recent fires last year.
History of Isis Oasis Retreat Center and Sanctuary –
The historic aspects of this location are in many of the features on site: a tree possibly planted by Russian settlers in the area believed to be over 500 years old and is recognized as a historical landmark; historic buildings meticulously maintained dating back over 100 years, when Geyserville was a stagecoach stop in the 1880s. The land became a Baha’i learning center, purchased in 1905 by Swiss vineyard manager John Bosch and maintained by the Baha’i until 1973. The land was sold to Loreon Vigné in 1974, and has been with us ever since as its present incarnation.
Living history, living animals and living care…all living in the heart of Sonoma wine country!
Laissez le bon temps rouler! (let the good times roll!)