The event and workshop list is a work in progress and will remain in progress until sometime on September 26th when we head out to the forest and Crossing the Thresholds starts. Opening and closing ceremonies will be scheduled for the first evening and last day. Beyond that, the final schedule with all its weather-related contingencies is sorted out by discussion as part of the gather’s official opening ritual. We do this on purpose so that the event can be what you make it. If you plan to attend, or sadly can’t make it but have constructive suggestions, please send them in. Crossing the Thresholds is a do-ocracy. Help us do neat things.
Current Events and Workshops List Includes:
- Opening Ritual: Friday, given sufficient attendance: Open and define our space, set the schedule, welcome the newbies, explain the terrain and our hosts at Four Quarters’ Farm’s rules for its use.
- Main Ritual: Usually Saturday evening, weather-dependent. See note below for details. This will develop as we get closer to the event, and input is welcome.
- Closing Ritual: Sunday as we pack up: Close the space, thank our hosts, practice our Leave No Trace principles, say goodbye to old and new friends, exchange contact information, make lunch plans in nearby towns, get a bit teary-eyed.
- Preternatural Potluck: Lembas Bread? Hellfire Stew? Catnip mead? Bring a food unique to your culture! (As with many events today, a goodly number of folks at CTT have a strange and wondrous variety of unfortunate food allergies and restrictions. Bring an ingredients list if you can, too.)
- (Unscheduled) Silly (non) human tricks: Do you have a hula hoop? Do you spin poi? Do you do tumbling or yoga or spar with shinai? Bring em! There is often a morning yoga group and lazy afternoons of hooping, poi, contact juggling, frisbee, sparring, and practicing other circus tricks, sometimes with informal classes.
- Fox magic with our house kitsune, Jim (who is not Union).
- Late-night Bardic Circle: story and music time. Bring an instrument, yourself, your tales, your songs. This may overlap well with the Faerie Formal, if it happens.
- (new) Spinning lore and lessons at the faerie caern, led by LLuvi.
Potential Events and Workshops:
- Late-night Drum/fire dance circle. Bring your drums or just your feet.
- Zen workshop by Mark Cat
- Freak/Faerie Formal: Dress up as yourself or anything else you want, in your camping-proof faerie-ball finest.
- Silly (non) human tricks classes? We’ve had contact juggling classes, tree/rock climbing adventures, yoga, etc. if you want to host something in a scheduled manner, go for it.
- Tarot and divination systems: Rialian and several others read cards. Others delve into the symbol sets behind divination systems, and have grand long-term plans of putting together decks and systems of our own. Discussion? Card reading workshops? Tea leaves?
- (new) Knitting/sewing/craft circle of some or no degree of formality.
- (new) Sigils and chaos magic and dragons oh my (can we get Jason to do this again?)
- (new) Elbereth: pop culture, shifting myths, and aspects of identity. Round table?
- What else do you want to do?
If you have an event you would like to run, Otherkin-focused or otherwise, or see an existing event you would like to contribute to, please comment here, use the ask feature at our tumblr page, or email one of the organizers (more contact methods and registration form coming soon!).
As a note, many of our long-standing participants come from Wiccan, Feri/Reclaiming, Heathen, and other neo-pagan and reconstructionist backgrounds. Many others follow more common Western religious paths, those of traditionally non-Western cultures, or none. Some of us are also involved in the community associated with Burning Man events, delighting in the power of ritual and community without any specific externally-defined spiritual or religious context. Crossing the Thresholds’ Main Ritual, generally held Saturday evening at dusk, is a bit of a Stone Soup crowd-designed affair intended for those of all faiths or none to celebrate the occasion of our gathering, provide some retreat-within-a-retreat space set aside to reflect on what the event means for each of us, and serve as a waypoint and encouragement for whatever we want to leave behind or bring home from the mountain into our daily lives. We generally use an elemental system and some of the neo-pagan bells and whistles of ritual that get inner children on board, and tailor the event to the specific wants, needs, traditions, and comfort zones of that year’s participants.
Participation in the main ritual, or the opening or closing ceremonies, is in no way mandatory for enjoying and contributing to a Thresholds event. Please feel welcome to attend and to ask questions, and if you choose not to participate, please respect those who do. Four Quarters’ grounds are large and there are plenty of other places to go, things to do, and ritual-non-participants to hang out with while these short events take place in the Stone Circle, labyrinth, or Faerie Caern. Correspondingly if you do participate, please respect those who don’t. There are plenty of ways to be magic in this world. And that is precisely what we’re here for.