British Columbia Heathen Freehold

About Us

Image of the Einherjar gathered in Valhalla.

We are dedicated to advocating for and practicing Inclusive Heathenry, also known as Asatru, Forn Sed, Fyrnsidu, or Germanic Neo-paganism. We believe that all who hear the call of the gods, goddesses, elves, and wights are welcome to join us regardless of ethnicity, affectional preferences, gender identity, disabilities, or any other trait.

Photo of the Freehold Banner, Sleipnir surrounded by two serpents biting each other's tails.

We are building our community across the Province of British Columbia. We welcome you to join us at our next public ritual near you.


Our Practices

Members and friends of the Freehold gathered at Husel (sacred feast) during the 2018 Althing.

Our Customs

We are not an Orthodoxic religion, we don’t care what you believe. We are an Orthopraxic religion, we care how you act. We hold public rituals on a regular basis in several areas of B.C. contact us to find the closest Kindred to you.

An altar prepared to honour Thor during a Lammas faining.

Our Calendar

The BCHF has developed a ritual calendar which can serve as a baseline for our Kindreds and members to determine when they would like to honour the gods, goddesses, wights, and ancestors.

Ves (shrines) to the 13 deities of the Freehold Pantheon arranged around a table during the 2018 Althing.

Deities of the Freehold Pantheon

Our community’s pantheon consists of 13 deities. This is not a comprehensive list of deities worshiped by our membership, but rather a list of those deities that have most influenced our shared practice and experiences.

On left, an altar prepared to honour the elves/landwights during a May Day faining. On right, the Freehold banner.

Our Kindreds

Kindreds are local congregations of our religion. They serve to provide fellowship, education, and community for local Heathens and those interested in Heathenry.


Althing 2020

Hail members and friends of the Freehold! As many of you are no doubt aware Novel Coronavirus is currently spreading among the population, and everyone is now being required to take every possible step to limit infection vectors. It is for this reason that we will not be hosting a physical Althing this year. We […]

Governing Documentation

As a fairly young religious body, the Freehold is nearing 18 years since our founding, it is understandable that we need to review our governing documentation as our definitions of terms and concepts is refined. Such it has come to pass that after twelve years with our current constitution needs review. There are many passages […]

Dísablót

Dísablót originates as a Scandinavian festival honouring the Dísir. Depending on where you were within the Norse world the timing of the Dísablót varied, either at the beginning or towards the end of Winter. The Freehold has opted to place our Dísablót on the Family Day weekend. The comparable festival amongst the Anglo-Saxons was a […]

The Call

Reeling from the iceSnarling from the blowsGrinning through the coldTired from the workTo hearth and home I faredThe ice and the nightThe cold and the stormI slammed behind stout doorsFor fire and warmth Yet my way I lostIn dreamsInto the sea I fellFrom wind whipped rock Spear straight I knifedThrough black wavesCold that bit the […]

Yuletide

Glad Yule! The British Columbia Heathen Freehold celebrates a twelve day Yuletide, running from sunset on the 20th of December each year until sunset on the 1st of January.

Einherjar Blót

Einherjar Blót is a modern Heathen celebration in honour of those who have fallen in battle, it coincides with the Commonwealth Remembrance Day that commemorates the end of the First World War. While this Faining has no historical equivalent, the members of the BC Heathen Freehold wish to give honour and remembrance in our own […]

Winternights

Winternights marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of Winter for the British Columbia Heathen Freehold. It is timed to coincide with Canadian Thanksgiving as it also originates as a celebration of the year’s harvest bounty. Historically, Winternights or Winterfinding was celebrated in October or November depending on local climate, an important part of Heathenry is the localisation of the calendar and practices.

2019 Althing Awards

This last Labour Day long weekend when the Freehold was gathered at the Althing, we continued an important tradition of the Freehold. By consensus of the community we made awards to recognise those who deserved them. There were four recipients of three awards that the Freehold has created.

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