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Light Haven® is a Spiritual Center nestled on 86 landscaped and wooded acres in the North Carolina foothills offering Ancient Mystery Studies and Ceremonial Services.
Light Haven's® foundation is rooted in the mystical and esoteric knowledge found in the Western Mystery and Ceremonial Magick traditions. We embrace a strong connection to the Ancient Egyptian tradition. Our work includes the Qabalah, Hermetic philosophy, Ritual training and the Art and Science of Magick. Our ongoing studies ... Read More
Aeptha was born Jill Jennette in Spartanburg, S.C. and spent the large part of her youth and young adulthood in Charlotte, N.C. Drawn to the classical arts, she studied the violin and danced in the Charlotte Regional Ballet Company for many years. Read More
Eushahn was born Harry Russell Lontz II in Richmond, Indiana and became quickly affectionately called "Skipper" by his loving parents. As a toddler he went through a horrific accident that resulted in extensive burns which were expected to result in his death. After an extensive period of recovery and the medical intervention of a very insightful nurse, Eushahn fully recovered. Read More
2014 OPEN WEEKEND EVENTS
Please note: all events advertised on this calendar are open to all visitors.
Visitors Welcome - Dates Indicated Below
Light Haven is located out in the country not near any stores or restaurants, so bag lunches are recommended on Sundays.
Sunday mornings: Teaching on the topic for the day. Donation requested.
Sunday afternoons: Continuation of the morning topic with deeper teaching and pathworkings. Ritual work as noted, on those days come prepared with robes. Loaner robes are available upon request.
November 2014 Sun Nov 2 Sunday - Working with Ancestors - When you do ancestor work, you are not truly working with an individual but a whole genetic line that flows in both past and future. There are different types of ancestor work; which will be explored in our morning class. Family ancestral work is one of the most profound and powerful ways to work on family issues. In this work you have the opportunity to interact and transform negative and difficult patterns that have become entrenched. Our afternoon will be ritual with the intent of healing the entrenched and negative family patterns by working with the ancestors. Cost $50.00 Loaner robes available. 10:00am to 5:00pm with lunch break 12:30 to 1:30m
Map and Lodging Options
Please contact Aeptha at Aeptha@lighthaven.org with any questions regarding topics.
When You Visit Light Haven® The site that Light Haven® chose for its permanent location is a beautifully wooded area located in the rolling foothills. This land had served as a healing haven during spiritual retreats that the teachers had offered here many years earlier and now that service continues and grows. Read More
Ritual Garb is only required for ceremonial events and is specifically noted in the description of an event.
Our Grounds and other Photos
Come walk our sacred grounds, through the magic of the internet - spend time by the pond or at the labyrinth. Enjoy the brilliant white snow of a winter wonderland.
In the woods, you may even hear the sounds of running water. Our Sanctuary calls you to meditation and the arbor is inviting your silent contemplation.
Light Haven® exists to provide a sanctuary, a point of Light amongst many points of Light, in service to the One. We honor all paths in the recognition that all ultimately lead back to the One Source. The path that Light Haven® offers is but one of the rays of light emanating from the One Light. This path has its foundation in the ancient mystery traditions including the Qabalah, Hermetic philosophy and Gnosticism. We encourage education and meditation to support the development of the Higher Mind. We offer pathworking as a way to access and gain knowledge from the higher inner level teachers. We use ritual and sacred ceremony to expand, to heal and to consecrate ourselves in service and love to the One. We honor you, a fellow pilgrim on the path and invite you, if so called, to visit us at our sanctuary for the Light.See our Grounds and Other Photos
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Welcome to our Temple. Contact us if you would like to come walk our sacred grounds - spend time by the pond or at the labyrinth. Enjoy the brilliant white snow of a winter wonderland. In the woods, you may even hear the sounds of running water. Our Sanctuary calls you to meditation and the arbor is inviting your silent contemplation.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations to Light Haven are tax deductible. Contributions of more than $250 annualy will receive a document to serve as substantiation of a charitable contribution, pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 170(f)(8) and substantiation requirement for certain contributions.
Light Haven's® foundation is rooted in the mystical and esoteric knowledge found in the Western Mystery and Ceremonial Magick traditions. We embrace a strong connection to the Ancient Egyptian tradition. Our work includes the Qabalah, Hermetic philosophy, Ritual training and the Art and Science of Magick. Our ongoing studies embrace the exploration of Eastern metaphysics, Earth Based traditions and Shamanism.
We believe in a Divinity that is both immanent, inherent in all that exist as well as transcendent, beyond the scope of our immediate understanding. As individuals we have a spark of the Divine within us and are called to nurture and ignite that spark into a flame. The great Mystery of God and Goddess express in a multiplicity of ways and we celebrate the love that is the unifying force.
The study of the Perennial Wisdom is not new in the history of humanity. The questioning mind and an open heart have long driven individuals and groups to explore beyond existing dogma.
We offer a monthly open service, classes, workshops and individual consultations.
Aeptha Was born Jill Jennette in Spartanburg, S.C. and spent the large part of her youth and young adulthood in Charlotte, N.C. Drawn to the classical arts, she studied the violin and danced in the Charlotte Regional Ballet Company for many years. Late in her nineteenth year while away at college, through a series of incidences including misdiagnosis and questionable medical practices she found her world radically changed. For the next five years there were extensive hospitalizations and medical interventions which resulted in a desperate life and death struggle.
It was also during that time that the veils between the worlds became very thin and Aeptha began to see that much of what she had been taught in her traditional Methodist up bringing was incomplete. After several deep encounters with Spirit, she left behind the traditional medical model and began a deep and integrative healing process. During those years of self-exploration, healing, growth and study she found that her physical, emotional, mental and spiritual consciousness had the unique capacity to be a mediator for very powerful and loving cosmic consciousness. She balanced her inner life work with outer level achievements which included a Masters in Human Development and Learning and a very successful private practice in counseling. She also studied the connections between illness and the body while working as a massage therapist. During that time she studied the effects of sound, touch and other healing alternatives to support the integration of mind, body and spirit into wholeness.
In 1991 Aeptha and Eushahn married, drawn together by their commitment to the spiritual path and a deep and abiding love. Light Haven® was born into the earth plane and established in Charlotte, NC in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Shakmah Winddrum became Eushahn and Aeptha's physical plane teacher. They have studied extensively with this powerful and gifted master teacher. After moving to the foothills of North Carolina with Light Haven® in 1996, Aeptha and Eushahn began to travel extensively, visiting and working at a number of the worlds sacred places. Now their primary focus is at Light Haven® on the ever expanding work which includes ceremonial services, teaching and individual private work supported by an extensively trained staff of initiates.
Eushahn Was born Harry Russell Lontz II in Richmond, Indiana and became quickly affectionately called "Skipper" by his loving parents. As a toddler he went through a horrific accident that resulted in extensive burns which were expected to result in his death. After an extensive period of recovery and the medical intervention of a very insightful nurse, Eushahn fully recovered. He spent many happy days on the family farm after this difficult beginning. At the age of nine, his life once again underwent a dramatic shift with the death of his mother. When his father remarried, they moved from the country into the city: yet another childhood adjustment. In his early twenties he married and became a proud father to his two beloved children.
During that time, he received his Masters of Arts in Education and an Educational Specialist in Counseling. While he began to explore esoteric thought, Eushahn's primary focus was on family and his work. Life challenge reappeared as he and his wife divorced. He deepened his esoteric studies and continued his own spiritual and healing process, recognizing that in the face of the most painful circumstances, deep pearls of wisdom and insight may be found. His mystical nature and leanings toward Eastern thought led his faith into a level of surrender and trust to Spirit. After moving into a leadership role with the School of Metaphysics in St. Louis, he was called to move his family to North Carolina. Here he raised his children and taught third grade.
It was also during this time that Aeptha and Eushahn met at a worship service that Aeptha was conducting. With his children entering young adulthood, Eushahn was called away from his teaching career in the school system to move into his work with Light Haven®. He committed himself to the full time responsibility of both the inner and outer level needs of Light Haven® which include the essential component of administration and business skill that keep operations running smoothly. His inner level contact deepened and his ceremonial magical training was intensified. Both he and Aeptha traveled back and forth to Philadelphia extensively to broaden their training with Shakmah Winddrum. Now with the work at Light Haven® increasing, Eushahn spends all of his time in service to Light Haven®.
The site that Light Haven® chose for its permanent location is a beautifully wooded area located in the rolling foothills. This land had served as a healing haven during spiritual retreats that the teachers had offered here many years earlier and now that service continues and grows.
The Sanctuary was designed using sacred geometry and architectural keys. This consecration is continued in the 81 acres of grounds that are maintained by staff with conscious intent. The site includes the still waters of the pond and the running waters of the streams in the woods.
The wisteria covered arbor, dedicated to the Goddess and the obelisk fountain, dedicated to God are inviting for contemplation and meditation. The circuit-seven labyrinth with its portals to multiple levels of consciousness and problem-solving is in an area that provides privacy and space to take full advantage of this ancient, powerful tool.
When planning your visit please dress to enjoy the grounds and bring walking shoes.
Street clothes are permissible for all events, unless otherwise noted. Ritual Garb is only required for ceremonial events and is specifically noted in the description of an event.
December 2014 Sun Dec 7 Sunday - When Two Worlds Touch - There are those times in life and ritual space where time and space is transcended. Insight, inspiration, cosmic love and guidance are sparked. A bubble has been created on the sea of unconsciousness and within it pure consciousness resides. All too soon the bubble burst and dissolves back into unconscious content leaving us with the nagging feeling that something precious has been lost or forgotten. Our morning and afternoon class with explore those moments and ways in which we can foster consciousness to allow that bubble to rise up intact and become part of our day to day waking conscious. Cost $50.00 10:00am to 5:00pm with lunch break 12:30 to 1:30 December 2014 Sat Dec 13 Ceremony of Light - The Dance of the Divine Twins
Light meets Darkness. Earth meets Air. Hope meets Fear. Everything is born again, through patience, struggle, time, and love. High Priestess mediates the middle pillar. The Charioteer balances the sphinxes, black and white. The World Tree roots deep and rises high.
Join author and teacher T. Thorn Coyle in welcoming the Sacred Twins. Using meditation, song, and sacred exploration, we will work with the energies of the approaching Solstice, inviting all of our parts to join the sacred dance of becoming. What world do you wish to bring to birth? This is the time of choosing. At Solstice, we stand upon the cusp between darkness and new light. In choosing both, we open up the worlds, becoming lovers of the seen and unseen, the parents of manifestation and possibility. What wrestles inside you? What is your struggle? What is the darkness that you fear consumes the light? What is the light that is so blinding you cannot see what needs to rest inside the darkness? The Divine Twins are birthed from the primordial forever. They struggle, fight, and then embrace. From this embrace arises something new. It is only through alignment and forgiveness, through acceptance and cultivating strength, that the Twins become the teachers of the new. Stop resisting. Start evolving. We can work this magic. We can bless and serve this earth. We can know ourselves. Together, we can birth the world to come.
Cost - $65, Payment in full requested by November 14
noon to 5:00 pm 2015 Sunday Service and Class Dates
Our Ceremonial classes are 11:00 to 12:30 and are free, however a donation is appreciated. We break for lunch between 12:30 and 1:30. Bag lunches are recommended, Light Haven is located in the beautiful rolling hills and there are no restaurants close by. Sunday Afternoon Classes are all self-contained and take place between 1:30 and 5:00, the cost per class is $50.00
January 2015 Sun Jan 4 - Morning Ceremonial Service We open 2015 with our Beloved Ganesh; the Lord of New Beginnings, Destroyer of Obstacles and the Granter of boons, wealth, knowledge and finally liberation. Our service will include a discussion on Ganesh who has crossed over the boundaries of religion and cultures. We will have a path working to connect and work with this powerful Deity. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Jan 4 - Afternoon Class The Sun Mysteries: In honor of the just completed Winter Solstice we will explore the sun's mystical and magical presence that expresses itself in traditions of both the East and the West. Having an emblem of a dazzling circle that is the Heart of the World, the sun is said to be capable of awakening the transcendent intelligence and bears many titles such as the Throne of Heaven. Our class will include exercises that activate the principle of solar heat within each of us, that when then combined with light, the breath of spirit will allow us to become the fiery, radiant heart of the sun that illumines and heals. Cost for class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm February 2015 Sun Feb 1 - Morning Ceremonial Service Life Wisdom - We are all manifestations of a mystic power, the power of life which is a kind of wisdom that lives in us. It is a wisdom; a transcendent energy that comes from a realm beyond our powers of knowledge. This service will provide a pathway, a metaphoric compass to lead us into the capacity to hold one leg in the field of time and the other in the eternal. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Feb 1 - Afternoon Class The Tree of Life - The Tree of Life is one of the most recognized symbols of the Western Mystery Tradition. It is a glyph which is intended to represent the cosmos as well as the soul of man. The Tree of Life is a classic descriptive term for the central mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah. It is both a mystical as well as a magickal system that has been extensively studied, has changed and grown as it has become for many a cornerstone. While the study of the Kabbalah is a lifetime pursuit the intention of this and the next two classes is to provide an overview and a working understanding to begin to apply the principles in your day to day life. The fourth class will be ritual, working with the central point on the Tree. Each class will be self-contained, but attendance to all three and then the ritual is recommended. In this first class we will have a brief overview of the history, explore the Four Worlds which is a fundamental concept, and learn the core building blocks and structure of the Kabbalah. Cost for the class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm March 2015 Sun Mar 1 - Morning Ceremonial Service The Goddess - The Great Mother manifest by many names, throughout time and in all traditions. In this service we will explore the Divine Feminine as the Great Container. We also know the Great Mother as the Transformer, She calls for change. Our service will include a strong experiential component. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Mar 1 - Afternoon Class The Sephiroth on The Tree of Life - This class with focus on the ten spheres, the Sephiroth. These ten Sephiroth represent Divine Emanations. The Sephiroth are interconnected and are aligned with attributes and symbols. This class will focus on their names, attributes and relationships to each other and to the Holy Tree as a whole. We will explore how the Sephiroth can be used in your personal growth and spiritual work individually and in ceremonial work. Cost for the class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm Thu - Sun Mar 5th to 8th Aeptha teaches at Between the Worlds schedule March 2015 (2nd March class, no April class) Sun Mar 29 - Morning Ceremonial Service Fields of Intelligence, Breakthroughs and Eureka - In this service we will explore breakthroughs, those creative insights, revelations, and transformations of mind that changes history. We will look at how the creator and created give rise to each other and how to tap into the field of intelligence that provides that lightening like breakthrough. You will leave this class with tools that you can use in your day to day life. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Mar 29 - Afternoon Class The Paths on the Tree of Life - In this class we will work with the paths and their attributes. The paths, called royal roads and paths of wisdom clarify the relationship between the Sephiroth. The paths offer a unique way to navigate your life. The paths can be said to represent subjective experience, as opposed to the objective "reality" of the Sephiroth. They are rich with symbolism and working principles. Class will include experiential work which will provide a framework to successfully explore the paths in your meditations. This class will end with an overview of the Tree of Life as a whole and how to apply it in your growth and understanding. Cost for Class is $50.00. 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm May 2015 Sun May 3 - Morning Ceremonial Service Stairway to Heaven - In this service we will explore the universal and cross cultural evidence of various forms of celestial ascent. It is the practice of an ecstatic and visionary form of mystical experience that by its very nature results in transformation. This service will explore the various forms of the 'Stairway to Heaven' and include a highly experiential portion. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun May 3 - Afternoon Class Ritual with Tiphareth - This class will be ritual, working with the sphere of beauty and harmony, Tiphareth. It occupies the central position on the Tree of Life and is in effect the Sephirothic equivalent of the Sun in our solar system. Tiphareth, the sixth Sephirah harmonizes and synthesizes the energies of the other emanations. It is the sphere in which God is made manifest and accessible to human consciousness. It occupies the central position of the Middle Pillar, the Pillar of Equilibrium. Bring ritual garb to wear in accordance to your tradition, loaner robes are available upon request. Cost of Ritual is $50.00. 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm May 2015 (2nd May class) Sun May 31 - Morning Ceremonial Service Tara - Tara can be understood on many different levels: first she is a historical figure, a person who generated bodhichitta, she is a manifestation of awakened qualities and she is our Buddha potential in its future fully purified and evolved form. Tara means liberator and her female form represents wisdom. In this service we will call to Tara, she answers all calls. She actively assists those who are seeking spiritual evolution. Our work will include a highly experiential and inactive portion. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun May 31 - Afternoon Class Elements of the Wise - The ancient elements of creation are called the Elements of the Wise to distinguish them from the physical phenomena of their namesakes. They are standard frequencies of consciousness which if materialized would manifest in a fiery, airy, watery or earthy manner. This class will explore these Elements of the Wise as Principles. Properly understood, the four Elements help the practitioner of magick prepare the inner foundation that is so necessary to support and ground the higher magical operations. Cost for Class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm June 2015 (no July class) Sun Jun 28 - Morning Ceremonial Service The Star and Regeneration - The star, the number eight and their relationships to the principle of Regeneration appear in many times and guises. We see it in the ancient drama of the descent of the Great Goddess into the Underworld, the Hermetic writings and the number eight symbolizing the Christos with the power of rebirth. The star is one of oldest and universal emblems of spirit and the mystery of regeneration is the deepest sense of rebirth of the human psyche. We will connect with this mystery and magick and bring it into manifestation in our consciousness. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Jun 28 - Afternoon Class Ritual with the Four Elements - This ritual will provide the framework to experience the Four Elements as states of consciousness. The intent will be to contact a different dimension of reality and to open to the powerful current that flows. Through this contact you can transform the different Elemental aspects of your own being. Bring ritual garb in accordance with your own tradition. Loaner robes are available upon request. Cost of Class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm August 2015 (no July class) Sun Aug 2 - Morning Ceremonial Service The Alchemical Self - The concept of alchemy has been ignited in the modern populous; its roots trace back before the time of the Christ. The Great Work called alchemy allows for us to tap into the hidden source of creative power and fundamentally transform ourselves and our life situations. In this service we will work with the three Gunas or qualities, Sattva (Mercury), Rajas (Sulphur) and Tamas (Salt). 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Aug 2 - Afternoon Class Human Interaction with the Divine - In this class we will explore the past as well as present stories of intentional and unintentional interactions with the realm of gods, angels and other spiritual beings. Many of these moments result in great turning points in spiritual evolution. Woven into this amazing array of stories we will see the evolution of consciousness. There is something deep within the structure of the human experiences; that are sometimes forgotten, revealing mysterious and mystic patterns. This class will be very informative and entertaining. Cost of Class is $50.00. 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm August 2015 (no September class) Sun Aug 30 Service then Class Description coming soon...... 11:00am-12:30pm then 1:30pm-5:00pm October 2015 (no September class) Sun Oct 4 Service then Class Description coming soon...... 11:00am-12:30pm then 1:30pm-5:00pm November 2015 Sun Nov 1 Service then Class Description coming soon...... 11:00am-12:30pm then 1:30pm-5:00pm December 2015 Sun Dec 6 Service then Class Description coming soon...... 11:00am-12:30pm then 1:30pm-5:00pm Sat Dec 19 Winter Solstice Description coming soon...... Details to follow soon...