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March 9th, 2006

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10:13 am - The festival season is upon us. . . Brace yourself.
I can always tell best when Spring is here by the fact that the Trillium ADF Spring Gathering has opened registration.

And that, of course, means that the festival season is upon us :)

There are a number of reasons that I go to festivals, but the primary reason is because I meet so many great people. It is the festivals that define the fellowship in A Druid Fellowship.

Both the ADF site and the Three Cranes site carry the full list of festivals and dates (Three Cranes carries a number of non-ADF festivals as well).

The two coming up soonest, of course, are Trillium and the Desert Magic Festival. At opposite ends of the US, they're both smaller, more intimate festivals (though DMF is growing each year as more and more people hear about not only how wonderful it is, but how nice the weather is in the desert).

If your curious about these festivals, I have some reviews up that you can check out:

Trillium 2004 | Trillium 2005
DMF 2004 | DMF 2005

I admit that I speak highly of all ADF festivals. I have no problem recommending them and telling people that they really ought to go. But you know, I suppose part of me just can't imagine *not* having the experience of certain festivals within ADF. It's hard to say why I give out so much free advertising for all the festivals. I think most of it has to do with the fact that I just. . . really like meeting people and talking with them face to face. I have yet to meet someone that I didn't really like.

There's nothing like sitting in a workshop, though, and listening to a debate about something like the ADF Dedicant Program, and hearing it be reshaped while you sit there; or hearing the first introduction of the Initiates' Program and getting to have some say on its formative process; or getting the chance to sit down with the Archdruid and complain about your DP work not making any sense in your hearth culture. There's something about being able to tell someone that their position on the Blessing of the Waters is full of shit, pass them a bottle of mead, and then laugh about how she thinks your position on source citation in the GSP is outright dumb that removes the feeling that there's some huge divide between you and your fellow Druids.

And then there's the ritual experience. For a solitary who has never seen ADF ritual (or, possibly, any ritual), the festivals are the place to go to see them (especially Desert Magic, because that Nemeton. . . Wow). Heck, for those of us who do ritual on a regular basis, there's something special about doing ritual with the larger spiritual community of ADF that is simply indescribable.

Sure, Wellspring is wet, Walking With Fire is far, and Trillium is cold, but I cannot say that I would trade the experiences I've had at festivals for anything. And that goes for any festival, to be perfectly honest.

If you can go to a festival, please do. Not only would I love the chance to meet you, but I'm all about people meeting those other chumps on the email lists. Those lists aren't ADF, and they're a poor representation of how we work together.

So, if you have the chance, go to at least one this year. It's well, well worth it.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Presents to Send You", -JB

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Date:March 10th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
I have to agree. It was after I went to my first festival (DMF2004) that I really got hooked. That's when I suddenly wanted to be a part of the fabric of ADF. I saw that the folks leading the organization were PEOPLE, just like me, and that we could all offer stuff to each other.

And when I witnessed my first ADF ritual, with all of those experienced leaders taking parts, I knew where my growing edge was! Geesh!

But the cameraderie, hanging out with others who wrestle with the same questions as I do, or maybe different ones - but all having a basic underlying unity within our ADF culture... there is nothing like it!
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Date:March 10th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Yes, that was a great weekend. I got picked up in the airport by hotties :)
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Date:March 10th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
I agree! I was so stoked when I came back from DMF! I can't wait to go this year!

Now you are going ot send us the list of songs you are going to use in the JB ritual right?
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Date:March 10th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
There's a JB ritual?

Because, ya know: I haven't actually heard that from anybody, to be perfectly honest. . .

That'll make things enjoyable :)
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Date:March 10th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
Erveryone should go, it might even change your life
I am not even kidding about this :)
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Date:March 10th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
This is true. I can think of some very life-changing festivals.


We smiled at the secret we shared and I hid it like contraband
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Date:March 10th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)


As far as I'm concerned, the main problem with most of those festivals is that they're ADF, and I'm not. That is, the discussions about the Dedicant Program and such don't do anything for me, but I do like the community fellowship aspect.

Other than Summerland and maybe one or two other weekend events, the only festival I've been to is PSG, but it'd be nice to do something different for a change. So, have any festical recommendations for the non-ADF pagan crowd?
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Date:March 10th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)

Re: festivals

Summerset, which PCCO did last year, was a lot of fun. Then again, I think that had a lot to do with the communitas within my Grove.

I haven't been to a lot of the Pagan festivals out of ADF ones, though. The ones I have been to, I generally can't really recommend (and so oughtn't name them, honestly, in a public forum).

While I've never been to Starwood or Sirius Rising, I hear good things about both. Sirius, I understand, is the "more religious" of the two. There's also Stones Rising at Four Quarter's Farm.

And I've always wanted to go to X-Day. . .

I have heard *nothing* but good things about the Between the World's Men's Gathering, but it probably won't interest you as it's a gay men's gathering, and I've never managed to get to it because of its timing, so can't give a personal description of it.

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