Spring Mysteries Festival

Early Bird Registration for Spring Mysteries 2015!!!

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Who will be this year’s CAST?

We’ll announce it in November.  

To be considered for the cast of Spring Mysteries, you must have attended at least two festivals in prior years, be available for rehearsals, and have auditioned at the Lammas Monologues in August.  See you in August.  :)

For an Idea of what to expect, check out our past event info, below!

Spring Mysteries Festival is a recreation of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the ancient initiatory rites of classical Greek Paganism which were conducted in secrecy for over two thousand years before the common era. The ATC brings you this continuing initiatory cycle, now in its 30th year of continuous presentation, including the Rites of Passage for youngsters coming into their adulthood in our community; the Purification Parade to the Sea (see picture below), with the priestesses making cleansing offerings to the sea on behalf of the Mystai (The Greeks’ name for the participants), all who will undergo the Lesser Mysteries.

For those who have gone through the Lesser Mysteries in a prior year, there is the Greater Mysteries, or Epoptaic Initiation. There are also many discussions, workshops, classes, and lectures about all aspects of Wicca, Paganism, and the ATC Tradition hosted often by well-known elders and members of the regional and national community. The Pagan Talent Show is always a lot of fun, as is the Pagan Fashion Show. Then there are the Shrines to Hekate, Aphrodite, Pan, and other gods, as well as celebrations, bardic circles, music, drumming, and magic running throughout the entire weekend.

Merchants from across the land come to offer their special wares for sale in the Snack Kitchen area, the source of between-meals snacks, sweet delights, and ESPRESSO to jump-start your mornings and prolong your nights! Indoor bunking is in heated dorms where lots of hot water showers are available. Meal service is mainstream (*unless you specify a special diet) to suit every taste, with big servings of wholesome, tasty food prepared by our staff of professional cooks and many volunteers. No one ever goes away from our kitchen hungry!

*Special dietary needs can be accommodated only if you indicate your needs when pre-registering to attend. Please see the Registration Form, which you may download to print and return via regular mail with your check. Unless you indicate a special preference, your meals will be mainstream. Diet changes may not be elected on-site, so let us know now. Choices are: Mainstream; No Red Meat; Ovo-Lacto.

OTHER FESTIVAL INFORMATION

There will be workshops, discussions, and talks. Many different workshops are being scheduled. If you would like to teach a workshop or present a discussion, please contact Workshop Coordinator, sydneybridges1@gmail.com right away with a brief outline. Time and space for these special events are limited.

Registration fees include all festival activities, as well as dorm bunks and all meals, and must be RECEIVED AT ATC no later than the indicated date to get reduced rates. Please use the registration form. Attach additional separate form for each and every festival attendee you are registering filled out completely. Want to be bunked in the same location? Send all those registrations together in the same envelope. Accommodations are dorm style in heated buildings.

This is mostly an indoor, NOT a camp-out event. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and usually sells out before the registration closing date. Don’t delay! Some limited Staff Intern and Work Exchange jobs are available for those who can not afford the full fees (not available to Merchants or those with small children). If you need consideration, call us at (360)793-1945 right away, as these are limited and fill up early as well.

To be accepted, each registration must be accompanied by payment. Registrations without proper full payment CAN NOT be accepted, and will be returned or destroyed. The fees are used to support the many year-long activities and outreaches of the ATC, and are on a sliding scale so you can choose what you can honestly afford to give in good conscience. Early registrations cost less. We ask you to be realistic and be as generous as you are able to help us keep up our efforts and expand our public work for Paganism. Much has been accomplished already by ATC in the years to educate the world about Wicca and Paganism, but there is lots yet to be done.


Purification Parade to the Sea

ADULT AFFIRMATION OF PATH
and
YOUTH RITES OF PASSAGE

If there are not enough signed up, YROP and/or AAOP may be canceled. Attendance at YROP and AAOP is very limited, and on a first received, first served basis, so sign them up EARLY. Provide a telephone number so we can confirm participation, as enrollment is limited.

ADULT AFFIRMATION OF PATH (AAoP)

There will be an Adult Affirmation of Path on Thursday night for those adults who have recently discovered the Pagan path and who wish to affirm their choice of spiritual path to themselves, their community, and the Gods. Space is limited to 15 participants. If you have participated in the AAoP in the past, please do not register for it again.

YOUTH RITES OF PASSAGE (YRoP)

The YRoP helps provide our youth with an understanding of the mystery within the mysteries presented at SMF, and is open to all youths ages 11 – 17.  However, the Greater Mysteries are for adults 18 and older who have attended the Lesser Mysteries in a previous year, and for children who are between 13 and 17 years old who have gone through the Youth Rites of Passage. If you want your child to experience the Greater Mysteries, they must meet the following criteria:   1) they must have attended the Lesser Mysteries in a prior year (2012 or before), and   2) they must have gone through the Youth Rites of Passage. No one between the ages of 13 and 17 will be permitted entrance into the Greater Mysteries unless these two conditions have been met.  To participate, check the appropriate box on the registration form.


GETTING REGISTERED

Spring Mysteries Festival XXIX April 2nd - 2th
Registration Information – Please Read Carefully!
Registration Fees (includes room & board) must be RECEIVED BY REGISTRATION no later than the indicated date to get reduced rates. These fees, which are used to support the year-long activities and outreaches of the ATC, are provided on scaled levels, so the earlier you register, the less it may cost!

We ask you to be realistic and as generous as you are able to be to help us keep up our efforts and expand our public work for Paganism. Much has been accomplished already by ATC, but there is much yet to be done. Goddess Bless!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

FORMS & FEES: Registrations will be confirmed via email when full payment has processed.

CHILDREN: babes in arms and children 3 years of age or younger that co-sleep in the same bed with their parent are Free. Children 12 years of age and younger who require their own bed register at the CHILD Registration Level.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: All adults are expected to perform a minimum 2-hour community service job to help the festival run smoothly.

CLEANING DEPOSIT: A $30.00 cash cleaning deposit for each adult (ages 13 and up) is collect upon arrival, and will be refunded in-person after closing ceremonies if community service job has been completed.

C-PAP: Every attempt will be made to accommodate those requiring and outlet for a CPAP machine, but please bring your battery, as the number of outlets available is limited. Bringing an extension cord is suggested

MOBILITY IMPAIRMENT: You must explain—in general terms—the nature of your impairment so we can make appropriate bunk and work duty assignments.

BUNK ASSIGNMENTS: If you have checked a special need—Mobility Impairment or CPAP outlet—your bunk assignment will be made according to the special needs listed on the registration form. We cannot guarantee that everyone who wants to will be able to bunk together. Lodging and toilet facilities at this festival are coed.

BUNK MATES: Your requested bunkmate must also request you. Only full, legal names will be considered.

GROUPS: Groups should have a singular point of contact to interface with registration. Each attendee in a group must complete the group information section, or they may not be included with their group.

MERCHANT REGISTRATIONS: Merchants are most welcome! Merchant Fees are $170.00 per merchant plus 10% of Gross (not net) Sales. ONE TABLE is included in the merchant fee. Additional tables are available for a fee of $25.00 per table. Merchant registrations should be received by April 12, 2014. Please make sure you indicate the number of tables needed when you register, as we will not be able to make changes on-site out of fairness to all. Please contact our Merchant Coordinator, Gina Cagle at walkerofplanes@yahoo.com to address any needs or questions you may have.

REGISTRATION FEES: A range of fees are available for specified periods of time. All amounts are in US dollars. Please choose a level of support that you can honestly afford:
Registrations received before:

• 4 February ADULT $280 – $185 | CHILD $100
• 15 March ADULT $280 – $220 | CHILD $120
• 12 April ADULT $280 – $240 | CHILD $135

Registration officially CLOSES on April 12, 2014. We do to tend to sell out of beds before the registration period ends. If wanting to register after April 12, 2014, it is best to call the Church and check on available space. We may have cancellations that are being filled by a wait-list. Registrations are confirmed by Email, or the postal mail if no email address is available. We can not be responsible for the speed of the postal system, or poorly written or incorrect email addresses. Canadians are encouraged to provide either an e-mail address or a FAX number to which confirmations and driving directions may be sent to expedite delivery and assure on time receipt of information. Our FAX number is (360) 793-3537 . For general festival questions, please contact Registration at: festivals@aquatabch.org. A staff member will respond to you via email or phone call (if requested with number provided), OR we will forward your question to the appropriate festival Staff Liaison. Please do not rely on email for time sensitive issues. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please call the Church office directly for assistance.

PAYMENTS: Remember, registrations are not confirmed until payment is received by the church. We are accepting payments online: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. If these options don’t work for you, please send an email to membership@aquatabch.org to make other arrangments.

THE SMALL PRINT

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be accompanied by full payment in U.S. dollars to secure any time-based discounts without exception.  No on-site payments can be accepted, as they always create confusion and problems with bunk assignments, etc. If you wish, self contained Recreation Vehicles may be brought instead of dorm sleeping. All RVs and campers must park at the Wagon Wheel Campground located on the other side of the trees behind the cast cabins. Showers etc. will still be available to you in the dorms. To make arrangements to bring an RV or camper, you must contact Fort Flagler directly at 360-385-3701. Fees apply.

ATTENDANCE AT SMF IS BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. WE CAN NOT ACCEPT WALK-INS OR DAY-TRIPPERS. All adults are expected to perform a minimum 2-hour community service job to help the festival run smoothly, and are expected to remain on site until noon on Sunday for the final cleanup.

A $30.00 cash cleaning deposit for each adult (ages 13 and up) will be collected at registration upon arrival on site. Multiple deposits paid by one individual must be in $30.00 cash bundles. No checks or foreign currency is accepted. We cannot make change, so please bring the exact amount to avoid having to make a trip to Hadlock to access the ATM machine there. Deposits will be returned AFTER closing circle at noon to those folks still onsite who have completed their community service and clean up. Others are forfeited. No one may collect your refund for you. Work assignments will be signed off on the back of your badge, so make sure you have your badge with you.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be received at the ATC IN WRITING (email or FAX is okay). Cancellations received: BEFORE January 10th, 2013 will receive a 85% refund.
FROM January 11th – February 1st , 2013 will receive a 50% refund.
AFTER February 1st, 2013 and NO-SHOWS are not eligible for a refund.

Refunds will be mailed after the festival dust settles, but no later than the 15th of May. Only those cancellations received in writing and within the date ranges listed above will be eligible for a refund. The $5.00 manual processing fee is not refundable.

CLOSE OF REGISTRATION: Registration closes April 12, 2014. Confirmation of your reservation for SMF will be e-mailed to you once your registration and payment has been received. Multiple registrations at the same address will only receive a single confirmation letter. Your confirmation letter includes important links, festival rules, and suggestions on what to bring.
If you are trying to register after April 12, 2014, please contact Registration to see if there are any beds available. We may have had a cancellation or we may be putting folks on a waiting list. Please note that we will be unable to process new registrations or payments after April 12, 2014.

Please understand that we will be in full swing preparing for our departure and will be unable to respond to emails or calls received after SATURDAY April 12, 2014.

CANADIANS are encouraged to provide a FAX number or e-mail address to facilitate a timely confirmation.

SEE YOU AT SPRING MYSTERIES 2015!

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