**Picture from this site. I’ve actually not yet been to the maroon bells yet but we are planning a backpacking trip this summer to them and the surrounding areas.**
~The following excerpt is from my group’s website and it is truly how I feel about the land and being able to live here.
I have not felt this kind of connection since I was a young child in western North Carolina. But now I am proud to be able to claim this place in my heart and soul.
As a Celt( or any nature based spiritual path) it is our duty as a people to watch over the land. We’ve always been strongly connected to it, whether in Ireland, Wales, California, Germany or New Jersey. We are drawn to connect with her. I think that our mother earth needs us as much as we need her. We can not let the lore and love of mother nature die with time.
“Colorado is sacred. Colorado has Her own unique history, legends, ghosts, nature spirits, and Sidhe. We look to Colorado as a mirror of our own soul, and the place where we will rest our bones when we die. Many of our tribe’s ancestors bones are now a part of the soil. In the end it is the Land Goddess that matters to us the most. When the thin vaneer or civilization is swept away, it is the Land that remains. She is the source of our breath, our water, our shelter, and our food. She truly is our mother, our Bandia (goddess).
Our tribal goal is to protect Her places of beauty and power. Speak as stewards of Her wildlife, waters, and mountains. Colorado is home to powerful spirits that deserve our veneration and respect at all times. Colorado’s mountains are places of power and wisdom; places for pilgrimage rather than “tourism”. When you stand upon the summit of a mountain in Colorado, and look out over the vistas before you, you cannot help but touch the Gods. The Land Goddess is all around you, and if you are “present” it is always an unforgettable experience.
We have a unique challenge in our Celtic path here in Colorado. We must take the best and most enduring of the old and apply it in a fresh and creative way to the new. Respect the traditions and respect the Land Goddess and all else will fall into place. We long for our children to know Her like another family member. We long for them to remember the experiences that their ancestors and Gods had in places around Her body. From Mount Wilson, to Zapata Falls, to South Park Fen, and to Pikes Peak; they are all sacred places that deserve our admiration and awe.”