Featherstone Castle

Featherstone Castle

Summer Gathering – August 4-13, 2020

ALBIONFAERIE 2020 SUMMER subject:SUBJECT GATHERING:

Featherstone Castle, Northumberland     4 -13th August

Commune in community, feel the Lammas love, let the circle bring you home:

REGISTRATION FORM: https://faenet.org/events/gathering/albion-summer-featherstone

Join us for 9 days of summer immersion in Radical Faerie magic at our enchanted castle in the north, in this our 15th year of gathering at Featherstone.

With stunning nature all around and a rambling castle to play in

– let’s explore the core of fae-osophy: the mysteries of subject:SUBJECT consciousness.

Heart Circles. Ceremonies. Nature walks. Elemental and ancestor connection.Reading Circles. Workshops and playshops. Drag. Feasts. Love Temple. Meditations. Drumming. Dance parties. kNOw Talent Show. Auction.

We gather at Lammas/Lughnasadh, the perfect time to relax, unwind, leave normal life behind and have some fun in Leo sunshine and under incredible starfilled night skies. Living together between the worlds we reclaim queer magic, celebrating the gifts that the queer ones bring to the human family, our history and our creative spirit.

Indoor accommodation or camping for up to 120 Faeries…..

Celebrating and championing diversity
We welcome all (aged 18+) to our gathering who come in a spirit of acceptance and community growth. We hold an intention that the gathering is a safe space for the exploration of our differences as well as our shared love.
To this end, we seek a collectively conjured space of active consent, clear boundaries, mutual respect, in which we feel safe to explore subject:SUBJECT consciousness, whatever our gender expression or sexuality.

Please bring and share your skills and practices to help us!

Sex positivity
We aspire to embrace sex positivity in the gathering. This doesn’t mean that there is any expectation around sex. It primarily means working towards a positive attitude about our beautiful and gloriously different bodies, about sex and all aspects of sexuality.
On a practical level this means that any consensual sexual expression is welcome in the castle.

Alcohol and mind altering substances
We would like to keep an atmosphere conducive to the joy of connecting from the heart, so we can be sensitive to one another and feel safe enough to be vulnerable.
We invite you to be extremely conscious of and sensitive about the use of alcohol or substances to enable the gathering to be radically inclusive. It is important that the gathering is accessible to those that may have a difficult relationship or bad reactions to alcohol or substances.

Co-creation is procreation
The most beautiful thing about our gatherings is that they are genuinely co-created experiences from beginning to end. The more we manifest our love in practical ways, the more love there is!
Us organisers are Faeries too, and we would like to enjoy the gathering. Part of the Radical in Radical Faeries is anarchy, which works well when everyone takes up their power to co-create – the magic of co-creation is that all of us have a role in making the gathering run smoothly. This means that, put simply, if you see something that needs doing, maybe it’s your call to do it! (We call this practical love!) 

So please have a think about the wonderful contributions, skills, ideas, materials, you would like to bring, large or small, furry or fabulous! You will be able to let us know more when you book.
Is this your first Faerie Gathering?
You will be supported and welcomed with open arms! We will have an orientation circle where you can learn, ask, hug and explore what it’s all about.
The best gathering experience is a longer one, so try to come for at least 3 days!
We invite you to check out the resources online, including tales by previous faerie virgins.

Bookings
LINK TO REGISTRATION FORM:
https://faenet.org/events/gathering/albion-summer-featherstone
Please only book if you are setting a clear intention that you will attend the gathering and if for some reason you have to cancel do let us know as soon as possible to ensure that Faeries on the waiting list can be given notice of a place becoming available. In past years we have quite a few faeries book and then cancel last min or just not turn up. This has meant that Faeries that would love to come cannot as there are a limited number of places.

Costs

Break-even cost for the gathering is £30 per night.  To help faeries plan their budgets, we are looking to set up a way to pay by instalments, either simple monthly or weekly payments.  More when you book….

NOTAFLOF: No-One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO PAY MORE THAN THE BREAK-EVEN AMOUNT YOUR EXTRA DONATION ENABLES US TO WELCOME FAERIES ON LOW INCOME, SO PLEASE BE GENEROUS IF YOU CAN!

Practicals
You can arrive anytime from 12pm on the 4th August.  We encourage fae to come for as long as they are able, as the waxing and waning of the gathering energies can be a wonderful experience.

Our booking of the castle finishes at midday on the 13th so we must all be flying away by then.

Nearest Train Station
Haltwhistle

Ride sharing
We really encourage ride sharing as it strengthens our community and is better for the planet. Please fill in your details in this spreadsheet if you need a lift/can offer one!

Samhain Gathering – October 13-22, 2020

Featherstone Castle lies in the stunning Northumberland countryside. The Castle is vast and atmospheric with real fires, cosy rooms for heart circles, a magnificent ballroom for dancing, mysterious nooks and crannies, a drag space and an excellent kitchen. Featherstone Castle is near to Hadrian’s Wall and close to Haltwhistle, centre of the sacred Isle of Albion,

What to Expect
Practical Information
Getting There
  • Log fires
  • Vegetarian Feasts
  • Country walks
  • Heart Circles
  • Community and companionship
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Healing
  • Dancing and drumming
  • A place to play

All meals will be vegetarian and vegan. The castle can be cold so bring slippers and snugly things. Bring along bed sheets, pillow case and a sleeping bag. Also bring warm clothing, outdoor clothes, walking boots and a torch.

A Radical Faerie gathering is first and foremost a collaborative effort .This is your shared co-created community event. Along with the all the tons of fun and partying that you will undoubtedly have, contributions towards helping keeping the gathering running smoothly are much appreciated. This can include assistance in cooking meals, running workshops, chopping wood for the fires and keeping the castle – your home for the week – clean throughout the gathering. And for every new adventure you are involved in, the drag room offers you a new outfit every time!

Featherstone castle has some cosy rooms with cheery fires and warm people, but there are draughty corridors and rooms which can get quite chilly.  So bring warm clothes just in case!

There are loads of beds available but you will need to bring your own bedding; a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets.  There are pillows but you will want to bring your own pillowcase.

There are several nice baths and numerous showers at the castle. Lots of hot water is generally always available and a relaxing soak is highly recommended.  Bring a towel or two and any toiletries you need.

If you feel like dressing up, bring some fancy clothes, wigs, make-up and whatever else inspires you.  If you have fun and fabulous things to share we will have a drag room where people can root around in other folks cast off’s.

We will hold an auction to help raise money to support the gathering so if you are able to, please bring something to donate for the auction or think of a service you may be able to offer.

Some other things you might like to bring…

  • decorations for the castle (fabric, lights, art etc)
  • musical instrument
  • a flash-light
  • book to read
  • games to play
  • Walking boots/wellies
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Warm clothing!
  • A towel and soap
  • An electric radiator or heater (if you can)
  • Cash (for items in the auction & if you are paying for the gathering with cash)
  • Bed sheets and duvet (if you have the space)
    If not… a sleeping bag will do you fine! Everyone has a bed and mattress. 
  • There will be an altar for any items of special meaning you wish to bring
  • Hot water bottle
  • Lube and condoms for the Love Temple
  • Art supplies (to contribute to the Art room)
  • If you plan performances, the music that needs to be played (on a device/memory stick)
  • Make up, nail art supplies, accessories, shoes, etc.
    Little instruments (Kalimba’s, shaking eggs, etc.)
  • Sturdy boots and gloves (if you’re wood pigging!)

If you have further questions you can contact us via our contact page

Featherstone Castle is located in Northumberland, England.  It’s just outside the town of Haltwhistle and close to Harridan’s Wall. It is reached easily by train from Carlisle or Newcastle.

Where is the castle? 

Featherstone Castle,
Hall Bank,
Northumberland
NE49 0JG

Location on Google maps

Folks will be coming from all over Europe and we encourage you to share your journey.
If you’d like to find travel companions our event page on Facebook is a great place to seek them out: Facebook page and often gatherings will assist.

  • By air:  Easy links from all European countries.  Take a flight direct to Newcastle or Newcastle via London if coming from further afield.  Then take a train to Haltwhistle.
  • By train: Train to Carlise or Newcastle.  Then change for Haltwhistle.  We suggest you book your train tickets as soon as you can, prices rise dramatically closer to the travel date.
  • By car: Featherstone Castle is three miles south-west of Haltwhistle on the A69

Taxi Options:

Taxis can be tricky and we suggest you pre-book in advance. Below is a list of the most reliable.

  1. Haydonbridge Taxi +44 (0)1434 671197
  2. Sproul Taxi +44 (0)7712 321064
  3. Diamond Taxi +44 (0)7957 641222

You are free to arrive at the castle from noon on the starting day. On the last day of the gathering, we must all be away from the castle by noon.

If you have further questions you can contact us via our contact page

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