Re: EUPHORIA 2000
- P . A . G . A . N . FRIDAY
21/4/2000 - TUESDAY 25/4/2000
Pagan Autumn Gathering and Network
(EASTER & ANZAC DAY HOLIDAYS)
VIC. PAGAN- P.O. BOX 254
HURSTBRIDGE VIC. 3099
WEBSITE - http://www.ozpagan.com/euphoria EMAIL - vicpagan@...
PHONE - 0416 078 613
I N T O T H E U N K N O W N
I N F O R M A T I O N
H O W T O G E T T H E R E
EUPHORIA 2000 will be held on 96 acres of bushland, approximately 45 mins.
north east of Melbourne Victoria; the exact location and travel details,
including public transport will be available on receipt of registration.
A C C O M M O D A T I O N
There are 2 accommodation options:
1. Cabin accomodation - 1 cabin with 16 beds and 9 cabins with 6 beds.
2. Camp sites are also available.
There is a toilet and shower block adjacent to the campsites and another to
service the cabins.
C A T E R I N G
All the main meals will be catered i.e. evening meal Friday, breakfast,
lunch and dinner Saturday, Sunday and Monday;, breakfast and lunch only on
Tuesday. All meals are vegetarian and organic. Teas and coffee will be
available throughout the day.
A self catering option is offered to campers only.
W H A T T O B R I N G
A sense of fun, ritual robes, drums and other musical instruments, chants,
songs and stories.
Eating utensils for each person eg. Plate, Bowl, Cup, Knife, Fork and Spoon.
A pillow, sheets and blankets for each person.
Campers will need to bring their own shelter .
If taking the Self Catering option you will need to provide your own cooking
gear (Fires are only allowed in designated Fire Places).
W H A T T O T A K E H O M E
As earth- honouring folk we respect the beauty and health of our enviroment.
Therefore all rubbish generated during your stay must be taken home and
disposed of responsibly. We wish to leave the site in as good or better
condition as we found it.
We hope everyone can take home great memories, fresh insights, skills, new
contacts and as much magick as you need!
F I R E S A F E T Y
An extreme degree of fire safety is necessary for the duration of the
festival. There will be a �fire code of conduct� posted at the notice board
. This must be understood fully before the lighting of any fires, including
play fires such as with fire sticks, chains, etc.
R I T U A L S , W O R K S H O P S A N D A C T I V I T I E S
The theme of EUPHORIA 2000 is �into the unknown� and several of the rituals
being performed at the gathering represent a descent into and return from
the underworld. Other rituals will show the lighter face of Pagan magick
and Magick through the eyes of a child. There will also be various
workshops and activities presented by those attending Euphoria 2000, some of
these are: drumming, body ochre painting, magickal herbalism, astrology,
magick, principles of ritual for beginners, kids activities, mask making,
fairies, chanting and more. If you would like to offer a workshop or
activity or talk please let us know when you register.
W H A T Y O U M I G H T E X P E C T A T A N Y P A G A N G A T
H E R I N G
( This article is reproduced with the permission of C.A.W. Australia, P.O.
Box 238, Fairy Meadow,N.S.W. 2519.)
Do read the information provided by the gathering organisers. Do pack
everything recommended. These folks know what is available on site and what
isn�t. Don�t forget the SUNSCREEN & INSECT REPELLENT. Pagan events are
often at wooded sites & held during the summer. It gets hot and the bugs
When you first arrive at the gathering site, look around. Find the toilet
and shower facilities. Find the Hospitality Station. Make sure your
children know how to find these places too. Make sure your children know
where you are camped. Label the little ones who might wander off and get
lost. Tape or pin something to the back of the child�s shirt with your name
and camping location. That way if they do get lost, someone can help them
find their way back to you.
C H I L D R E N
Don�t expect the children�s activities to provide a non-stop baby-sitting
service. If your child needs supervision, expect to give it to him/her. If
you are unable or unwilling to supervise your child, bring along a PAID
D R E S S I N G A N D U N D R E S S
Do expect to see things you wouldn�t see on the street. Many of us take
advantage of the security provided by being with our pagan families to dress
or undress in ways we would not dare do at home. If it bothers you, don�t
look. If you do bring children with you, tell them what to expect. If your
children have never been exposed to nude or oddly dressed people, tell them
about it in advance.
D O N OT
Bringing illegal substances to public gatherings is a good way to get us all
in trouble. It only takes one person getting busted for drugs to pour oil
on the fires of those who would discredit us. Protect yourself, your family
and friends and the rest of the pagan community. Where drink is involved,
remember that many pagans are in recovery. Not everyone wants to drink, can
drink, or is comfortable with others� drinking.
A C T I V I T I E S
Do remember that pagans follow varied paths. The workshops and rituals
offered are coming from different traditions and may not be to your taste.
If you are uncomfortable with something being done in a workshop or ritual,
excuse yourself and leave. Some activities may be directed at women only or
men only. Don�t get put out because you are not allowed to attend a ritual
or workshop specifically planned for the opposite sex. That�s just the way
it is folks. Some activities may be sexual in nature (rare, but I have seen
them). If this bothers you, don�t go! The presenter will not be offended
if you don�t show up. He or she will probably make sure everyone attending
is of legal age. (So if your teen gets miffed at being tossed out of a
workshop on Tantric magic, tell them to relax and wait a few years.)
S E C U R I T Y A N D S A F E T Y
Don�t expect gathering security to be everywhere. Be a good neighbour. If
you see something suspicious going on, investigate. Report it to the
organisers. Do the same thing you would do if you saw something suspicious
in your neighbourhood. Remember personal safety: watch out for campfires,
fire pits, tent stakes, sharp rocks, too much sun, stinging weeds, stinging
insects, snakes etc. Just because we�re in a magickal space, doesn�t mean
the real world is gone. Rocks, bugs and plants are natural and magickal.
Magickal people can do dumb things. If you see your neighbour doing
something dumb, like leaving valuables lying around unprotected, mention it
to him/her. Just because you�re at a pagan gathering does not give you
permission to put away your common sense.
Gatherings of any kind are going to attract some people that don�t fit in
with the group. If they are pleasant but confused, help them out. If they
are hostile and confused, offer to help them understand. But if they are
acting in ways that can lead to problems for others, point them out to the
gathering organisers so they can deal with them before something bad
P E R S O N A L B E L O N G I N G S
Many people bring their personal ritual tools or drums to gatherings. Some
of these items are specially consecrated tools which have never been handled
by any other person. Please respect this. If you see something
interesting, elegant, or just plain pretty sitting
about in someone�s area, ask permission before you examine it. Be prepared
to be gracious if the owner declines.
Also a word on photography and videos. Sharing photographs or videos with
your friends can be lots of fun, but don�t allow your enthusiasm to overcome
your sense of courtesy. Ask permission of every single person who will be
in any picture before shooting. If in a ritual, ask permission before the
ritual space is established. Recording or photographing large rituals from
outside the ritual space is downright rude. Finally, understand that people
who are enjoying the clothing-optional space may not appreciate being
photographed at all. Consider this advice seriously, because your privilege
to photograph ends when it impinges on other people�s privacy. Event
organisers really don�t like having to deal with the complaints which result
from discourteous shutterbugging.
A N D S O . . .
What all this boils down to is this: When you pack your ritual tools and
clothes with your camping gear and head for your first (or twentieth) pagan
gathering, don�t forget to pack your common sense and courtesy along with
you. Follow standard safety rules, take care of yourself and your children
and be aware of what�s going on around you. Above all, remember that if we
all respect each other�s space and take care of ourselves, the only thing
left to do is ENJOY!
(Adapted for CAW Australia from an article by Anahita (with Surrain) -
anahita@... Sept 97.)
C O D E O F C O N D U C T
In order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants it
is requested that all persons attending Euphoria 2000 be aware of and comply
with the following code of conduct :
People from many different paths and traditions will be attending the
gathering, some will have their children with them. Everyone is expected to
be responsible for their own good conduct and to behave in a considerate
and caring manner to others.
Sexual harassment, physical harassment, theft, vandalism and other harmful
conduct will not be tolerated. Offenders will be asked to leave the site
immediately and other action may follow. Everyone has the right to
experience the gathering free from such abuse; if you feel unsafe,
threatened or unsure or if you need someone to talk to or to ask questions
of, please see any of the gathering organisers (they will introduce
themselves at the opening rite).
Drug and alcohol abuse will not be tolerated. Any problems must be brought
to the organisers attention. Taking part in any ritual or workshop with the
presence of mood altering substances in your system ( including alcohol) is
not only highly disrespectful but also forbidden.
H EC AT E S A LT A R
Bearing in mind the theme of the weekend - the celebration of the Autumn
season and reflection on the shadow realm - all participants are invited
to bring an offering to the altar of Hecate to represent that which you
would like empowered or made clearer over the course of the weekend. It
could be a part of yourself you wish to be strengthened or a behaviour or
habit you wish to banish. It could represent your desire to deepen and
explore an inner mystery, or simply to bring you a better understanding of
magic. You may wish to bring a statue or crystal or any smallish object to
be energised .
T H E R I T U A L S
Friday night - Welcoming ritual, greeting the spirits of the land,
dedication of Hecate Altar, singing, dancing and chanting. (Bring your
instruments, voices and songs)
Saturday night - N.O.X. rite, enter the underworld with ritual, vision,
dance and trance.
Sunday night - BAPHOMET rite, reclaim your wild self as you dance with the
old Gods in
this archetypal �WITCHES� revel.
Monday night - EARTH HARMONY rite, we return from the underworld bearing
inspiration and magick to weave our spell of love
and harmony upon earth.
Tuesday - CLOSING rite, thanks-giving and farewell.
Sunset Daily - Rituals created at the EUPHORIA 2000 gathering, by the
O T H E R C E L E B R A T I O N S ! ! !
On Saturday night after dinner and before the N.O.X. rite there will be a
Cabaret/Karaoke -style show. Anyone with an entertaining song, dance or
performance (comic or serious) is most welcome to try out. More about this
closer to the time - details will be available on the notice board in the
dining room on Friday.
On Sunday night there will be more drumming and chanting. Body ochre�s will
be available for the participants in the BAPHOMET rite who wish to �mud up�
for the rite.
Monday night - dancing to live music after the ritual
P A R E N T S O F C H I L D R E N P L E A S E N O T E
It is hoped we will have a child minding centre from Saturday to Monday
inclusive where children (3 yrs old and up, toilet trained) can be cared for
and entertained so parents can attend workshops and/or rituals. (Depending
on demand it is possible we could have a children�s dorm at night with 1 or
2 parents babysitting for everyone else)> Sound too good to be true? It
is! The catch is that if you would like your child/ren minded then you have
to be available yourself to be rostered as a minder at some stage. We
intend to provide minders ourselves for the Saturday morning while parents
work out which rituals or workshops they would like to attend and when they
would be available to do some minding themselves. All festival information
(Kids roster, kitchen roster, workship and ritual timetables, fire safety
etc) will be up on the noticeboard in the dining room.
W O R K S H O P S
Anyone interested in offering a workshop please send a brief outline
including approximate duration and any special requirements or conditions,
such as minimum age, pen and paper, nudity,womens or mens workshops,
physical exertion etc.
Hoping to see you at EUPHORIA 2000 Blessed Be!
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