Saturday, March 01, 2014

Beltane Gathering 2014

Beltane Gathering

Thursday May 1 at 1pm to Sunday May 4 at 3pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

Beltane is as old as the hills and a magical Radical Faerie tradition. It is a celebration of Spring, fertility, good fortune and good harvests to come, and for those of us this far North it's also something of a victory party over our longest season by far, Winter. And boy has this been a Winter!!! Traditionally, Beltane eve is known for its bonfires and the Maypole is raised during the day.

The Beltane gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox is a gender and orientation inclusive event. The Land hosts gatherings for gay and queer men at other times of the year.

It may be a bit chilly, but don't worry, the Land will keep everyone warm. The Erection is heated, bonfires will make us toasty and the sauna is always steamy. Tenting may be cold for the hardy, and many will opt for snuggling in the Bunkhouse. Remember to check the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothes.

The Gathering begins and ends in Circle with short administrative and longer Heart Circles each morning. Events will be both planned and spontaneous, but will probably include some sort of Bel-fire ritual as well as a Maypole ritual.

Of course, Saturday night will feature our traditional Know Talent Show. Can you sing, dance, recite a poem or play an instrument? If so, we would love to have you join us on stage! A bit shy but want to try? Talk to the show's organizers and they will be sure to find a suitable role for you. More of a watcher than a performer? An appreciative audience is the other essential ingredient for this ever-popular event!

And as always, the Foxy Boutique stands ready to meet all of your dress up, drag and costuming needs.

The meals are vegetarian, communal and delicious. And lately, we have been earning a reputation as the gourmet gathering! We have a fully appointed kitchen in the Erection, and are always looking for chefs, assistants, and learners. So whether you want to plan a whole meal, create a single dish, or help chop ingredients, we've got you covered!

The play is shared and so is the work. As well as contributions with the chores that keep the Land running, we rely on contributions to the Purse for food, fuel for the pump & lawn mowers, propane for the fridge & stove, paint, materials for repairs, paper products and all our other mundane needs. We use an honour system with a suggested contribution of $25 per night, more if you can or less if you can't.  For example, if you are staying for the whole Gathering (3 nights) we suggest a $75 contribution, and we find most people give between $50 and $100. No one is turned away for lack of funds, but we ask that you contribute something, even if you can only afford a few dollars. It is also helpful if you can make your contribution near the beginning of the Gathering, as that is when most of the shopping is done.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can RSVP to the Facebook Event. Otherwise, please email to let us know that you are coming.

So come brothers, come sisters, come siblings of intermediate, indeterminate or undecided gender! Be you gay, lesbian, straight, bi, two-spirit, queer, questioning, or other, all those of Fae heart are welcome.