Field and Forest

Wednesday July 30 to Monday August 4, 2014

Kaleidoscope Gathering 2014 Program

Welcome home to the Kaleidoscope Gathering!

The theme for this year’s gathering is “Field and Forest.” Since the early Middle Ages “field and forest” has been used as a poetic phrase that evokes the spirit and bounty of the natural world. In the modern age, we invoke these spirits and their bounty into our lives to celebrate High Summer and the Lammas-tide, to glory in our connection to the boundless circle of life. The fields and forests are where the our ancestors’ herds fed on fallen acorns, where the hart fell to the arrow, where the furrows were plowed, where the corn swayed in the breeze. The sylvan and pastoral Gods and Goddesses, and supernatural entities of the field and forest have been humanities’ companions from time immemorial; from Silvanus, to Inanna, to Diana, to Freyr and Gerð, to the elves and the fey folk, to the Green Man and the Moonlit Lady.

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kaleidoscope Gathering. The history of the festival is deep and reflects the evolution of Canadian Paganism, from its intimate origins in a kitchen party through to an ever-widening circle for friends, to a roaming gathering for souls on a kindred spiritual journey, to a village of living imagination that manifests every summer at Raven’s Knoll. Over the years we have established a culture of open-minded spiritual revelry for the entire family and instituted many cherished traditions, such as rituals of the Stag King and Trials of Artemis, the Rainbow Pride Parade, the Women’s, Men’s and Third Gender rituals, nightly drumming and dancing, and … of course … the Bardic Competition. The Munchkinland Children’s programming will be brimming with fun for the wee anklebiters. There will be concerts and a very special main ritual. Be prepared to meet the wild creatures of the forest (or any number of other shenanigans) or shop on Diagon Alley. And do not forget the vast plethora of workshops on a bewildering array of fantastically interesting and fortuitously enlightening Pagan, Heathen, Magickal and esoteric spiritual paths and traditions! Check back often, because there is still lots and lots to be announced.

We would love to receive your offers to hold workshops. However, our Workshop Webform won’t be available for submissions until the Spring of 2014. Start thinking now about what you would like to present. (Remember: Volunteers run everything at this festival. Hail the Volunteers!)

The festival will be held at Raven’s Knoll, a large campground of field and forest in the Ottawa Valley. This campground is a private campground, operated by Pagans / Heathens, and will be closed to the public for the festival. This amazing place has a great beach (clothing required), a private clothing optional pond, numerous water taps, drive up campsites that are level and rock-free, as well as sacred sites. There is no bathing in the river but there is a comfort station with multiple showers and laundry facilities, and numerous porta-potties. Consider coming early for “AnticiFest” to camp and relax in the weeks before the festival, or stay after the festival, for regular camping at Raven’s Knoll. Pets are allowed, but must be spayed/neutered, up to date on their vaccinations, and must be on leash at all times. Pets must be registered upon arrival and will be given a Yellow or Green ribbon to indicate if they can be approached by strangers. (Contact MA to discuss if you have any questions about pets at KG. Remember that many pets would not like to be around so many people, drumming, etc.)

If you have any questions, concerns or kudos, you can speak with Maryanne “MA” Pearce or Austin “Auz” Lawrence and if we cannot answer your question immediately, we will find an answer for you.

We look forward to seeing you at the 25th Kaleidoscope Gathering in the Summer of 2014 at Raven’s Knoll for a celebration of the season and our community.

In frith with bright blessings, all my relations,

MA and Auz and the staff of the Kaleidoscope Gathering

We are counting down the time, until we meet again!