Our Hearth, Hall & Heart
Idesheall is the home of Heiðrūn, Lady of the Free Folk, and the Mother Hall of the Tribe. Its name is taken from the Anglo-Saxon words ides meaning “virgin”, “lady”, “queen” and heall meaning “hall”. The Hall is dedicated to the Goddess Fréo and includes feasting and symbel halls in addition to living and working spaces. Outside is a sacred enclosure with wéohs (idols) and stones hallowed to the Gods and the Goddesses. Guests are received at Idesheall at the seasonal tides of Summerfinding, Winter Nights, and Yule, at quarterly folkmoots, and at other times periodically throughout the year.
Heiðrūn is a Heathen Folk leader. She founded the Free Folk in 2006, but the roots of the tribe date back over 20 years. Inspired by the English Witchcraft tradition, Folkish Heathenry and Germanic ethic, Heiðrūn founded the Free Folk as a friðgeard (sanctuary) wherein those drawn to the European Folkish Belief might experience the rituals and traditions of the elder Heathenry in a spirit of peace and freedom. Heiðrūn received her ordination from the Esoteric Interfaith Church in Granbury, Texas, and has been a practicing godwif (priestess) and wicce (witch) since 1989.