May 25th, 2009
|09:49 pm - Wellspring 2009: Moving Forward|
I have to say, as festival years go, this one seems to be the one with the best feelings and generally the best weather I've ever been involved with so far.
Coming off Wellspring now, I'm starting to see patterns: 1) This year's festivals are smaller, more intimate affairs. 2) The festivals have a different energy, one that has been better across the board. 3) I've seen things getting resolved instead of complicated. 4) Each festival is bringing us closer to resolution on particular items that are organization-wide.
I was happy to hear of a couple of particular patch-ups between people that occurred, actually, and to see some change in activity (though on Sunday night I realized that bad gossip may never go away. . . which is okay, since I created some good gossip of my own. . . ask about how I created electricity in my pants!).
The Annual Meeting was particularly good: it was nice to hear about all the things being done for ADF, as well as hearing solutions presented for issues that have been raised over and over. I look forward to completing several of the items I got to personally address, as well as many items others addressed.
Of course, it's clear to me that I simply haven't done enough with the SP's of ADF: that point is drilled back into me all the time (I actually felt that I wouldn't have anything to say when Raven asked for my report, but fortunately, he didn't ask for a report: instead, he allowed me to elaborate on changes that are in place and that will occur). As Jimmy relates from a bar stool in Captain Tony's Saloon: "There's still so much to be done." It's clear to me that we have a long way to go, no matter how visibly excited I may be about what we have accomplished.
The main rite on Sunday night was powerful and deep, possibly one of the most powerful I've ever been to. Right now, I'm ranking it around #3 in my ADF experience, with the Belenos Rite at Summerset 2005 as #1, and my Consecration as #2.
The best part, though, was the note I found on my windshield just before I left, addressed to me but really for the Cranes as a whole. It seems that we had made one member's experience with ADF brighter simply by being who we are: open, outgoing and hospitable. I'm so proud of my Grove and all we've done, and reading the note made my heart burst with pride.
I read the note to the Cranes at lunch when I caught up with them in Erie, PA. I think they were as touched as I was.
All that said, this year is a year to go to festivals: if you can manage it, please, please do yourself a favour and get to one. And if it's Summerland, so much the better :)
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: "Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season", - JB
The reporting will come soon, I think.
As to the representation, that's tougher: we had the NWRD and VAD from up west (the SWRD got waylaid by work, I understand), but since there wasn't anything to vote on (there wasn't quorum for the MG), no decisions were made that might affect those regions, either.
But I did miss me some western folks. Lots of them.
We're experiencing a lull in the numbers when it comes to festival attendance all around: the economy is taking a lot of opportunities away. Those who don't have jobs can't afford festivals, and those who have jobs can't get away from them in order to get to festivals. That was my situation with DMF: I picked up a great-paying job but now I have to keep it. . . and there's no shortage of applicants out there, so I've had to give up many things. I haven't made it to a festival during the work-week yet (I arrived at Wellspring late on Friday night, and at Trillium at 2 AM on Saturday).
Still, the festivals go on, and they're great times. I really am seeing a wonderful festival season, even if I'm somewhat limited in my ability to make it anywhere on time. There'll be more encouragement to get to festivals throughout the year.
And maybe, if I'm lucky, I can manage some time off after this project is done and get to one of the western ones, though I'm not able to promise right now and it looks kind of bleak.
I am proud of the work I've done, but prouder still that ADF is reaching some of those goals: the CTP is a major one for this Org to tick off the list. . . at least until it goes into revision :)
The CTP got final approval this morning (an announcement should follow soon on ADF-Announce. . . the program is already live-linked as I work on migrating the pages to HTML for the outline page). I'm already headed into the next project, which is the LGSP, along with preparing to close additional projects like the SP submission process review & the fixes that are being put in place there.
I do hope that I can manage a west-facing festival. I really do. If not, then next year (I think this year 8 Winds falls on the weekend of a major local event, so I may have to pick a different one if I can manage the time off). I hope to open up my festival circuit quite a bit next year, seeing as I'll have all this vacation I haven't used this year to use then!
I picked up a great-paying job but now I have to keep it. . . and there's no shortage of applicants out there, so I've had to give up many things.
This is one of the reasons that I am resisting full-time employment. I guess I'll have to give in at some point but my ability to serve ADF could be significantly diminished by a full-time job.