What to Bring
The first thing to bring is your willingness to offer cooperative energies to keep things flowing well
The first thing to bring is your willingness to offer cooperative energies to keep things flowing well.
To keep the gathering affordable to all who wish attend, and to cultivate the community spirit, we ask everybody to volunteer to assist, to the extent you are able, 2 – 4 hrs in the smooth running of the event.
Tasks include helping in registration, parking, the tea house, meal preparation, serving, and clean-up, circle recording, children’s activities, site maintenance. washing dishes and pots, tidying up, running errands, etc. There will be a volunteer coordinator to assist with this.
While volunteering is not required, it is encouraged and often quite enjoyable. It is an opportunity to more fully engage the event, to have fun, and to interact with people you may not have otherwise. Often significant friendships and synchronistic opportunities arise from simple acts of selfless service.
What to Pack
This is a living-on-the-land thing, so come prepared to camp.
While sleeping in your vehicle is not discouraged, setting up any kind of campsite near your vehicle in the parking lot is not be permitted.
If you have an RV, or intend to sleep in your car, arrive early as camping is first-come first-serve and flat parking spaces are limited. RV camping, especially for larger vehicles is very limited and not guaranteed. Do not bring busses or large RVs as we can not assure parking or turn around space.
- Sleeping Shelter ~ Tent, Hammock, Car Camper … or hope for clear nights and sleep beneath the stars
- Flashlight and extra batteries or charging device
- Bedding ~ nights are often chilly, bring warm bedding
- Warm Clothes ~ again, prepare for chillier nights. a dedicated blanket (one that can get a little dirty) to wrap around yourself at the fire can also be nice to have
- Water Bottle
- Biodegradable Soap/Shampoo be conscious of your product choices, please only use biodegradable on the land
- Portable Solar Panel or Battery Bank ~ While some electricity is happening in the dining area, outlets are limited and priority will be given to those who may have necessary medical devices requiring electricity. Please be in touch with us ahead of time if you are in that category and would like to make prior arrangements. Be independent if you are counting on charging devices (though no gas generators).
- Bring your own Tea Cup, Plate or Bowl and Silverware
- Seating ~ those of us who are able will often be sitting on the ground. Most circle areas will have floor matting, but often spill over seating is in the grass. Consider bringing a personal sitting blanket/mat and cushion, or a camp chair.. There will be some chairs available to use, but please be conscious of those who may need them more than you do.
- Recorder ~ for personal learning purposes, you can record as you wish, however if anyone offering a song asks you to not record, please respect their request. .
- Notebook ~ write down songs you learn, resources, contact info, maybe a new song will come through
- Creations for Sale/Trade ~ bring your crafts, skills, talents, and collectables for sale or trade and set up a blanket at the Monday afternoon Marketplace
Bring Something for the Kitchen…
The food vision is to enjoy a great communal eating experience (food for everyone, no vendors), with the organizers providing staples, such as some grains and vegetables, condiments, cooking oils, kitchen infrastructure, and a team of people whose task is to run the whole thing.
Please bring food items to share to the extent you are willing and able ~ extra produce from the garden, fruit from an orchard, a big bag of your favorite granola or snack food, honey. This does not include cleaning out your pantry, or refrigerator, of old stuff you don’t want any more. We are not a food bank. Please bring things of good quality, with a sense that you are contributing to an ‘altar of food’. Favorite condiments can also add interest. The tea house also welcomes donations of herbal and caffeinated teas, coffees, herbal tinctures/medicines, creamers and honey etc.
Bring Something Extra…
This is a co-creative, interactive, community building event. If you have something else to share that would add to the fun, festivity, or functionality of the event, and is appropriate to the container (ask ahead of time if you are unsure), bring it!
Creative or Healing Offerings: face painting, card reading, reiki, massage, crafting supplies or a project to teach (remember all offerings made outside of the marketplace are to be shared without charge)
Other Useful Items:
Hay bales, dry hardwood firewood, portable chairs, kids activities things, herbal tinctures for healing area, flowers or petals(fresh or dried) and spritzers for flowering angel wash . . .