2020 Dancing In Joy And Pain

May 15 – May 18 2020
A virtual gathering open to Radical Faeries Of All Genders

ARTWORK BY @DRAPEAUDENIS

This is a time like almost none of us has ever experienced. A time of uncertainty, fear and involuntary distance from each other. Many of us experience increased lack of community and loneliness, spending a lot of time alone or with a select few at home. Many of us also grapple with the memory of the beginnings of the AIDS crisis that disproportionately affected our community.

Yet despite all, the cycle of seasons still carries on outside. Springtime is in full swing. Plants are growing, showing us the beauty of their bloom and the first fruits. Animals wake out of their winter slumber, mating and nesting, bringing new life into the world. Butterflies are slipping out of their cocoons, spreading their wings and taking flight. It is a time of birth and rebirth, of newfound resilience after having endured the cold of winter. As we grapple with the deep running changes and challenges we are coming up against in the age of Covid 19, there is also hope and strength to be gained by creatively forming community. Like the phoenix from the ashes, we can rise again and come together as Radical Faeries.

The only thing certain is that gracefully transitioning through the life cycles requires courage and trust. Empower yourself. Have trust in who you are. You can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. The world is full of suffering, but it is also full of overcoming it.

Nothing can replace the in-person community experience of the Lake Evans Spring Gathering (or any gathering). However, we are offering this first virtual gathering of the BC Radical Faeries in the hope of creating the spirit and community all of us Faeries want to experience in these trying times.

The gathering is May 15 – May 18 2020 and will happen online. The platforms that will be used will be Zoom (zoom.us) and FaeNet (faenet.org). It’s highly recommended that you set up accounts on both platforms in advance. Accessing the gathering from a computer will make some aspects of the gathering work more efficiently.

If you decide to attend the gathering, please do so in the spirit of commitment. The gathering will be limited to 100 participants. Every registered participant is receiving a physical package in the mail, so refunds (while theoretically possible) will be an additional labor to the organizing committee. We ask that if you sign up for the virtual gathering, you commit to attending it. If you feel you might not be able to participate, please don’t sign up and give other Faeries the chance to reserve a spot.

Registration

The registration fee is by donation in Canadian funds. Register and donate here: https://forms.gle/28N1ZgUsRZR1vKBw6

The registration deadline is May 14, 2020.

Schedule

Friday May 15, 2020

TimeTitleDescription
7:00
PM
Opening RitualA chance for all of us to come together and open the circle.
8:00
PM
Faerie 101For new faeries who want to learn about faerie gatherings and for those interested in a refresher.

Saturday May 16, 2020

TimeTitleDescription
10:00 AMHeart CircleGroup Heart Circle.
12:00 PMLunchDress up and share your lunch with others. We will break up into groups of no more than 4.
2:00 PMWorkshopsWorkshops offered by the Community. These will be updated as they are offered.
7:00 PMLoungeA lounge with a series of rooms to choose from and move between. A place to hang out and chat and rooms for shared self pleasuring.
10:00 PMEndFormal events end.

Sunday May 18, 2020

TimeTitleDescription
10:00 AMHeart CircleGroup heart circle that will break up into smaller groups for more opportunity to share.
12:00 PMLunchDress up and share your lunch with others. We will break up into groups of no more than 4.
2:00 PMWorkshopsWorkshops offered by the Community. These will be updated as they are offered.
7:00 PMNo Talent ShowThe group will watch together videos submitted by gathering participants.
9:00 PMLoungeA lounge with a series of rooms to choose from and move between. A place to hang out and chat and rooms for shared self pleasuring.

Monday May 19, 2020

TimeTitleDescription
10:00 AMHeart CircleGroup heart circle.
12:00 PMClosing RitualRelease the circle.