The Fire Ring atop Bald Mountain serves as a community gathering place for ceremony and celebration. Here we access and honor our connectedness to ourselves and Creation through the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Atop Bald Mountain we open ourselves to Sky and Earth. Within the sacred circle we find the Fire Ring that overlooks The Pond and Mandala Hall.
Balds are found primarily in the Southern Appalachians where the climate is too warm to support an alpine zone. Grassy balds are relatively blunt summits covered by a dense sward of native grasses including mountain oat-grass, sedges, blackberries and Blue Ridge St. Johns-wort. While Cherokee legend tells of a treeless mountain top during the Great Flood, the term “bald” is common mountain parlance for mountaintops that have a 360-degree unobstructed view. And so at Elohee we have Bald Mountain – though we suspect man and machine rather than Nature removed the vegetation. Bald Mountain is one site offering us the opportunity to be conscientious caretakers helping the land to heal. It is a site for ceremony and the practice of geomancy.
The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.
– Morihei Ueshiba, creator of Aikido