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2016 Beltaine at Annwfn

May 6/7/8 2016
Beltaine at Annwfn





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SUGGESTED DONATION PER ATTENDEE:

Early Registration before April 30 - Suggestion Donation: $75
Registration between May 1 and May 5 – Suggested Donation: $100-75
On-Site Registration: $100
This is a fundraiser to protect and upkeep this sanctuary, please give what you can.

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Beltaine at the Sacred Sanctuary of Annwfn
in the mountains of Northern California
May 6-8, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: We are celebrating Pagan Fertility Rites and there will be strong sexual nature in some of the events. If you are bringing your children, please plan ahead for their care.
*Minors are prohibited from attending the May Games.*

Beltaine quickly approaches, and with it promises of deep magick and joyous revelry. We invite you to join us at Annwfn for our Beltaine celebration and experience the power of the land and the passion of fire. We host a Walpurgisnacht ritual, sensual May Games (for couples manifesting the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine), Saturday evening beast for the feast, Sunday morning brunch, crowning of the May King & Queen, and the May Pole ritual.

This year we’re honoring the Fool, the Jester, the Clown. In tarot, the Fool represents new beginnings, renewal, and living each moment to the fullest. This year is not only a turning of the wheel, it is a representation of the next generation, our commitment to the sacred within, our ability to create, and starting the process of accomplishing these goals. Come join us where anything can happen, and opportunities are waiting.

Come through the Beltane Fire purified and transformed and given the gift of illumination to envision what we want to create for ourselves, our sacred land and our blessed Mother Earth on our journey towards the fullness of Summer’s Light.

We will begin our festivities on Friday night with Stone Soup for dinner and a Welcoming Circle in the Upper Meadow Fire Circle, followed by a Bardic Circle sharing stories, songs, poems, etc. to inspire and entertain. Saturday we play the May games and choose our new May Queen and King. Saturday evening there will be a potluck dinner followed by a Fool’s Parade. Bring your musical instruments or grab a kazoo as we prance in our finest Jesterwear and Clownsuits to the Walpurgisnacht ritual. Diana Morningstar will be hosting the first ever Queer Mysteries as part of an all-nighter, after the Lysistrata Rite provides comedic sensual relief, followed by a Drum Circle till dawn. Sunday morning we will partake in the Women’s and Men’s Mysteries and then come together to weave our magick around the May Pole.

SCHEDULE:

Friday night:

6:30 p.m.
Potluck dinner. We will be providing vegetable stone soup.

****Please bring a contribution for the soup.
8:00 p.m.
Welcoming Circle in the Upper Meadow Fire Circle.
9:00 p.m.
Bardic circle.

Please bring poems, songs, stories, etc. to share around the Beltaine fire.

Saturday:

11:00 a.m.
Orientation for new guests.
1:00 p.m.
May Games, led by King Fox and Queen Liz
6:00 p.m.
Potluck dinner. Roast beast provided by Annwfn.

****Please bring a dish for 8 to 12 people to share for dinner.
7:30 p.m.
Fool’s Parade. Play music and hum on a kazoo dressed in your foolish finest!
8:00 p.m.
Walpurgisnacht ritual.
Times to Be Announced
Lysistrata Ritual
Queer Mysteries
Til’ Dawn
Drum Circle: Bring your percussion instruments
Commune with the Faeries and Walk Between the Worlds

Sunday:

9:00am
UPPER MEADOW KITCHEN: Beltane Breakfast
10:00 noon
Women's Mysteries & Men's Mysteries
1:00 p.m.
Maypole dance.
4:00 p.m.
Closing circle at Upper Meadow Fire Circle.

Other things you can expect at Beltaine: Loving our Sanctuary, healing and renewing the Earth. Frolicking, sauntering, and carousing. Dressing up, flirting, making friends, hanging out. Cooking big delicious meals and doing the dishes together. Singing and drumming around the fire. Playing in the woods, celebrating the season, doing our Tribal Magick. Turning the Wheel!

What can you do to help? This is a community created event and all participants will be asked to volunteer two hours of their time to help make this a wonderful and successful gathering. Please plan to sign up for your hours of community service with one of the work trade coordinators (listed below) or on the Volunteer Sign-up Sheet during on-site registration.

In addition, we would like to identify a few folks ahead of time that would be willing to take extra responsibility and help facilitate this weekend. Assistance is needed with a variety of tasks that need to happen before, during and after Beltaine including:

  • Registration
  • Food/Kitchen
  • Transportation/Shuttling (4x4 vehicle needed)
  • Safety/Security/Fire Tending
  • Facilitate Silent Auction
  • Early Set-up
  • After Clean-up
  • Drummers /Musicians

Work Trade:

If you would like to discuss work trade for a portion of your donation, you must contact us ahead of time to make arrangements. You can come early, there will be a lot to do in the few days before the start of the festival.If you can facilitate or help out with any of these tasks or want to discuss work trade, please contact:
Meia & Nyx at joyousexpressions13@gmail.com /510-565-4245 or
Ariel and Tom at wolvenwood@gmail.com /707-202-5119

Festival Food:

We will making Stone Soup for Friday evening dinner. Please bring a contribution to add to the soup, a side dish, or drinks to share. Saturday breakfast and lunch are left up to individuals. Saturday night’s feast will be a community potluck with the Main Beast offering provided by Annwfn. Please plan to bring a sumptuous dish to share with the tribe enough for 8-12 people. Sunday Breakfast: Bring something to complement Annwfn’s offering of steel-cut oats, scrambled eggs, and fruit juices such as oatmeal additives (various nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, fruit (dried or fresh etc..), bagels, cream cheese, fruit, granola, sausage, bacon, etc….

**** Please email our Head Chef/Kitchen Witch, Meia at joyousexpressions13@gmail.com and let her know what you plan to bring for the Saturday evening Beast Feast Potluck and Sunday morning breakfast in order to coordinate a bit and make sure we don’t end up with 10 loaves of bread and no salad!

Other things you need to know:

We encourage you to arrive as early as you can Friday or early Saturday in order to set up your campsite and settle onto the land in preparation for the weekend’s events.

Shuttling up Old Fluffy and to the Upper Meadow will be provided but will be suspended during the May Games and rituals. Bring what you need to have a safe and satisfying weekend. Remember to pack wisely, we are located an hour away from town. Be sure to bring everything you need for your personal needs.

Carpooling is encouraged as parking space is limited.

No Pets:

We ask you to please leave your pets at home as Annwfn does not have facilities for them.

Please pre-register. It is essential for effective planning.

A Registration Response Letter with detailed information regarding Schedule, Camping, Shuttles, What to Bring, Food, Water, etc…. will be provided when you pre-register. If you or someone you know plans to register on site, it is important that you get this info so you can plan and pack accordingly. The Upper Meadow, where all events will take place, is very rustic. Watch for this info to be posted on one of the lists or call/email us to have a letter sent to you.

Silent Auction:

The Silent Auction helps to raise additional money for the various projects critical to Annwfn’s well being—projects including the water system, the road, and routine maintenance costs.

In order to create a successful Silent Auction, we need your help with the following:

  • Offering to facilitate the auction during the Beltaine weekend.
  • Donating items to auction. Look around your home for those items you don't really need or use which someone else might love: magical tools, art, CDs, great books, special candles, musical instruments, etc.
  • You may offer services for auction—counseling, body work, tattoos, house cleaning, house painting, etc.
  • Bring your Silent Auction items to Beltaine and give them to Nyx or Ravenwolf, the registration faeries, when you arrive.
  • Bidding on items you like at Beltane (bring $$ or checks for this)

*** I know that we have gotten a late start in the planning of Beltaine but I am optimistic that we can come together and create a wonderful festival. Please help us by Pre-Registering and letting us know how you can be of assistance. We need all of us to make this happen.

And did I forget to say, “Please Pre-register” which you can do at: http://caw.org/content/?q=beltaine

GATE CODE: You may need the code for the Main Ranch gate. It will be in your pre-registration packet, or may be obtained from Ariel at wolvenwood@gmail.com or
Art at pigletag@gmail.com /707-972-7974.

Beltaine marks the beginning of summer and was when animals were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals are performed to protect the animals, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires are kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes are deemed to have protective powers. Many of these customs are part of May Day or Midsummer festivals

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