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The Call

“When you feel pain, fall into your brother’s love.” – The Faggots and Their Friends Between the Revolutions

A patch of ancient prairie grass dives deeply into the rich, dark soil, seeking sustenance from the nutrients and water it finds there. Given the right conditions, the grass thrives, sending up new shoots with the eternal circling of the wheel of the seasons. Lying unseen but active beneath the surface, the tendrils anchor the plant, storing nutrients for later use. The tendrils wrap and knot with one another as they grow.

When roots thrive, the strongest winds cannot dislodge the grass; when they become parched and undernourished, the plant withers and dies – uprooted and cast to the air with a gust of wind, returning to the soil. We are the roots.

In a small cove hugging the coastline, a fishing trawler rises and falls on stormy waves, contorting as the ocean tosses it around like an overgrown toy on a liquid trampoline. But even as the craft is violently shaken, its crew rest assured in the stability of its anchors, providing security through the solidity of the seabed.

Anchors are as old as seafaring, essential to prevent a vessel from drifting with the winds and currents. Their job is done when the waters calm and it’s time to resume the journey. Knowing when to drop anchor and when to weigh anchor is an important skill for any mariner. We are anchors.

This is a call to explore your roots and anchor yourself for three days and three nights at the eighth British Columbia Radical Faerie Camp.

There will be ritual and dance; workshops and playshops; costuming, song, play, and illumination. This is your invitation to co-create the magic, to nourish the roots, and to sharpen that which anchors you. This is the time to wrap and knot with one another as we grow.

Location

The venue where this magic manifests is the Evans Lake Forest Sanctuary. Located in the Squamish River Valley, on the unceded territory of the Skwxwu7mesh people, Evans Lake is an hour and a half drive from Vancouver, located 15 kilometres north of Squamish, BC. The secluded lake is surrounded by forested hills and hiking trails, overseen by the mammoth peaks of the Coast Range, and glacier-fed rivers.

 

Accessibility

 

The camp is on a rather hilly terrain that may be a concern for those with mobility issues. We will try and accommodate you as best as we can, and find solutions together.

 

Transportation

Parking is very limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. You can let us know on your

registration form if you need a ride or if you can offer a ride. We are able to coordinate rides to Faerie Camp and a planning circle member will start arrangements in April. As well, you can take the Greyhound to Squamish and we can arrange for you to be picked up at the station.

Facilities

Besides a kitchen/dining hall and sleeping cabins, there is a large recreation hall for heart circles, complete with comfy chesterfields and woodburning fireplace. We also have use of a large log cabin as a meditation, bodywork, and quiet space during the day and as the Love Lounge during the evenings. Then, there is the pristine mountain lake itself – ideal for canoeing and swimming. Bathing suits are allowed but not encouraged. The lake comes

with all amenities, including canoes and paddle boards. The site has 10 km (6 miles) of hiking trails around the lake. We will include additional details in your confirmation letter.

Accommodations

There are ten heated, ‘rustic’ cabins, each having 11 single beds and communal washrooms, as well as additional sleeping rooms in the Recreation Hall for those with mobility issues (please indicate this on your registration form). Sleeping arrangements are not assigned unless you have made special arrangements for sleeping in the Recreation Hall. You must bring all your own bedding.

Tents

There is space behind the cabins for those inclined to sleep in tents. Space is assigned on a

first come, first served basis. May weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for rain and

sudden drops in temperature. The registration fee is the same regardless of whether you choose to sleep in a cabin, tent, or vehicle. Due to limited parking space, the use of campers or RVs is discouraged. If you wish to bring one, please discuss with the planning circle first to ensure space.

Meals

There will be three meals per full day (dinner will be served on the Friday of arrival and on the Monday of departure breakfast and lunch will be served). The talented kitchen staff produces appetizing, well-balanced, and nutritious meals, always including fresh vegetables and salad. They also prepare evening snacks for us to munch on by the campfire. They can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and many other specialized diets. Please indicate your dietary needs on your registration form.

 

If you have a food allergy, please make sure you not only specify what foods but also if the allergy is life threatening and if you require an epi-pen.

 

Mobile Phones

Signal reception is very erratic, spotty, and unreliable at camp. It is best to put your mobile

phone away and fully interact with your Faerie Family face-to-face. There is a phone with the staff at Evans Lake available in case of emergencies.

Smoking

There is no smoking inside any building, however, there is a designated area for smoking outside. Medicinal marijuana use is permitted in designate areas. Edibles and recreational use is not permitted.

Nudity

Nudity is allowed in all areas, but cover your butt in the dining hall and please respect our hosts by keeping sexual activity out of sight of the staff.

Safety, Respect and Faerie Ethos

We can all ensure the quality of the gathering by adhering to the sacred principles of Faeriedom: safety, confidentiality, and love and respect for one another, including the caring staff of Evans Lake. Please only take, post or share photos and videos with permission of the subjects. Our ethos calls on each of us to be responsible for our own experiences while respecting the dignity and enjoyment of others, Subject/Subject consciousness. Ask for what you need or want. Speak your truth with compassion. Be direct, be honest. Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. But above all, be kind and patient with one another. Remember, consent is sexy!

British Columbia Radical Faerie Camp

This event is intended and designed for all Faeries who self-identify as male-loving men, but no one registering will be turned away. Registrations will not be completed until both payment and registration form are received.

Completing your registration form online ensures a quicker proecessing time to your application.   Alternatively, you can also register by filling out

the registration form:

– By downloading and printing the PDF form from bcradfae.ca.

-By printing the registration form enclosed with this Call.

Send the completed registration form along with your payment in Canadian funds (if paying by cheque or money order) to:

Radical Faeries of BC,

2789 Parker St.

Vancouver, BC V5K 2T6

Registration

The registration fee is $270 in Canadian funds. The fee must be paid in full at the time of

registration – no deposits or partial payments will be accepted. We only accept registration fees made through:

– Paypal (please note that an $8 fee will be added for this choice to cover PayPal’s fee). Please use paypal@bcradfae.ca to make this type of payment.

– Cheques drawn from Canadian financial institutions

– Money orders in Canadian funds.

– Interac E-transfers. Please use payment@bcradfae.ca to make this type of payment.

 

The PayPal site is secure, so your credit information is safe.

 

Registration Deadline

 

Deadline for registration is April 20, 2019. This date is final.

Waiting List

We have set the number of participants this year at 90. We will keep a first-come, first-served wait list in the event we exceed that number. If we do have a waitlist, we encourage you to submit a registration application online but do not send in payment until you have been notified by the registrar that a spot has opened up.

Confirmation

A letter of confirmation will be emailed to registrants with additional details needed to prepare for camp. Confirmations may not be sent out immediately, so please be patient.

Cancellations

Cancellations received prior to Thursday May 9, 2019 will be fully refunded. After that date, the numbers are reported to Evans Lake and we will have to pay for each reserved spot – therefore registration fees may be forfeited for any cancellations received after May

  1. If you must cancel after that date, please notify the planning circle immediately so we can find someone on the wait list to take your spot. A refund will only be issued if your spot can be taken by someone else.

Faerie Fee Funds

We have a limited Faerie Fee Fund (FFF). We will subsidize up to half the cost to applicants on a low or fixed income on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to availability).

Please request subsidy only if you need it, and request only as much as you need.

We encourage those who have the means to do so to sponsor someone who might be unable to attend for lack of funds. If you are able to donate to our fund, please do so as well.

 

A reminder that registrations are not complete until full paid; so the registrant portion must be paid immediately in order for the requested FFF support to be released. In the event the funds are exhausted, the registrant will be invited to pay the full cost; and if unwilling, their partial fee will be refunded.

Fundraising

An auction will be held at the gathering to raise money for our FFF. We can only accept cash in Canadian funds.

The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Yeah the wars they will be fought again
The holy dove she will be caught again
Bought and sold and bought again
The dove is never free
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”