Glastonbury

Yoo Hoo!

The Radical Faeries of Albion present the Spring Love Awakening Gathering at Paddington farm, Glastonbury, UK – 2nd May to 13th May 2022

Paddington Farm is a charitable trust and a social enterprise, located on a 43 acre organic farm situated at the foot of the famous Glastonbury Tor in Somerset.

Calling faeries, queer spirits, gay witches, faggot farmers, drag druids, walkers between worlds,

Ritual queens, tricksters, heart circlers, faerie newbies, wild womxn, hippies, new age enbies, pagans, lesbian lightworkers, femmes, activists, transgender priestesses, ecofeminists, genderqueers,  shapeshifters, and whoever else you are! 

We gather the day after Beltane to co-create in nature at the height of spring. We have the use of a beautiful meadow for camping, a farmhouse for indoor accommodation, work/playshop spaces, a small woodland and two fire pits, and a large kitchen for feeding everyone! 

We wish to create a safer space together to open our hearts, feel connected to each other and the land and love around us. The intentions behind previous S.L.A.G. gatherings have been to co-create a space where we feel safe and trusting to open our hearts that bit more, a space to be as we are, where Love can grow and support our personal and collective development. A place to feel more whole, held and connected, to bathe in the Joy and Strength of Being Together. We stoke the fire of  Love in the Spring energies, nourish ourselves and each other so that we may radiate and shine brightly in the wider world. 

In the spirit of co-creation and previous gatherings here, we wish to have a ritual to change the organising of the gathering from just the faeries who set the stage to get us there, to teams including everyone at the gathering, so it is all held collectively. What you bring and offer, adds to what you get. 

For many, this may be your first time, or it may be your 100th gathering! Either way, we welcome you home. We think our recent gathering was the most wonderfully diverse ever and we really would like this to continue and grow. We know the Radical Faeries to be an identity that is available to claim by anyone, and in many ways can not be defined. In the spirit of this diversity we wish to again hold a quarter of places to welcome people who identify as being from marginalised genders and identities. They will be held for individuals who self-identify as such on the booking form. We embrace and encourage diverse expression and recognition of gender including through use and awareness of pronouns.

Faerie means family and we want SLAG 2022 to include you and welcome you home. Please get in touch if you have any disabilities or health conditions so that we can discuss and make adjustments. 

For this gathering we want to invite you to manifest playfulness, experimentation, creation, diversity, acceptance, wildness, joyfulness, dancing, sensuality, connection, inclusion, family, care, co-creation, co-operation, magic, boundary-setting, self care, recognising needs, question-asking, vulnerability, beauty, kindness, love, and humour! 

We are all organisers and creators of the event in our own ways. To this end if you feel able to get involved, or feel to offer any workshops that can be planned in advance then please get in contact.

The email address for the gathering is… info@albionfaeries.org.uk

The venue is Paddington Farm, about 20 min walk from Glastonbury and accessible by bus and driving. To arrive by train, the easiest way is to Bristol Temple Meads and then onward bus to Glastonbury. We encourage you to get in touch with your fellow faerie family for lift-sharing where possible, www.faenet.org is a good place to make connections. There will possibly be a signal group set up later to help with getting in touch with each other.

We intend to accommodate a maximum of around 70 people. There are a small number of twin & double rooms available as well as spaces in two dorms in the farm house.. The rest of the accommodation is camping. The gathering is intended as a journey best experienced for the duration so we ask that people come for the full 12 days where possible. 

As has been at faerie gatherings, we will order lots of amazing wholefoods, ingredients and vegetables, we hope to have meals be mainly plant-based/vegan, and always to have a plant- based/vegan option.

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 sex and embracing all aspects of sexuality, placing an importance on consent. On a practical level this means that, in the private areas of the venue any consensual sexual expression is welcome. 

Celebrating our diversity

We welcome all 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 the celebration of our shared love.

Alcohol & Mind-altering substances

We would like to keep an atmosphere conducive to the joy and work of coming home to the heart and where we can be sensitive to one another and feel safe enough to be vulnerable. It is important that the gathering remains accessible to those that may have a difficult relationship or bad reactions to alcohol or substances. To this end, we ask that if anyone chooses to use alcohol / substances, it is done in a way that is low-key and with awareness of others – this might look like drinking from cups rather than glasses and not obviously displaying alcohol bottles. It might also look like ensuring that you are able to remain loving and awake and avoid any substance induced distractions that might lead you away from the intentions of the event. 


How can you contribute to Spring Love awakening?

  • Kitchen deities
  • Welfare
  • Safe space
  • Finances & Fundraising
  • Sex positivity & Love temple
  • Hot tent
  • Wood and fires
  • Site décor
  • Heart Circle organising
  • Recycling and composting
  • Entertainment including Music, performance, DJ, Cabaret

If you would consider helping to take a lead or co-coordinate one or more these teams then please get in touch. Any other offers of time, support, skills or assistance of any kind are greatly appreciated. Feedback from previous years Spring Love Awakening gatherings is also welcome.

Email:…info@albionfaeries.org.uk

TO BOOK, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING BOOKING FORM: https://office.faenet.org/index.php/apps/forms/zRSHxMEfHK4KzExJ

Some things you might like to bring…

decorations (fabric, lights, art etc), musical instrument, a flash-light, book to read, games to play, Walking boots/wellies, Waterproof clothing, Warm clothing!, Summer clothing, your comfiest clothes, If you feel like dressing up bring some fancy clothes and wigs or whatever else inspires you, A towel and soap, 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, If you plan performances, the music that needs

How to pay:

For the whole gathering, we ask each faerie to contribute £250-300 for hire of the farm, food and firewood.

As faeries we are radical in our approach of No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds (NOTAFLOF) – we want you to come and we don’t want financial hierarchies to prevent your spirit from joining us! This means that if you genuinely cannot afford to pay the full contribution, you are encouraged to pay what you can; the deficit will be made up by the generosity of other faeries – a wonderful initiative that we must treat with the utmost respect. We encourage the principle of GAYABAGS (Give As You’re Able But Always Give Something). We also have the ADAFAE policy (Additional Donations And Finance Accepted Enthusiastically): if you can give more than the suggested contribution, please do, and share your love!

Please pay in advance via PayPal or bank transfer, using the reference in the format SLAG22 [your name], e.g., SLAG22 J.SMITH. If you want to pay in instalments, add “1st”, “2nd” etc to your reference.

Paypal link: www.paypal.me/albionfaeries – please select “Paying Friends or Family” rather than “Goods or Services”, so that we don’t get charged a fee.

Bank: The Co-operative Bank

Account name: FaerieUK

Sort code: 089299

Account number: 65488214

IBAN: GB75 CPBK 08929965 4882 14

Bank Identification code: CPBK GB22

Much

love and faeriness,

Unicorn, Custard Cream, Mackerel Sky, Puck, Epiphany, Blossom, Bridge and Still Water xx

Below is a idea of how gatherings are during normal times.

We are doing our best to adhere to all COVID guidelines and regulations so some or all of this may not happen!


Food is shared and included; vegetarian / vegan meals so consider giving some time to this. If you have dietary requirements then these can be indicated on the form.

If you have never been to a faerie gathering before you may be wondering just what exactly happens!  The answer is…it depends!

Each gathering is unique and a creation of the individuals that are there.  The particular activities and experiences can vary from one gathering to the next (indeed, from one minute to the next sometimes!)

That said there are things that are quite likely to happen…
Heart circles – a special opportunity to share and listen from the heart.  The profound openness that Heart Circle allows and the deep connections fostered there have made it one of the central and defining practices of Radical Faerie culture.

Food –  each day we we will cook together and share delicious vegan / vegetarian meals prepared in the long house kitchen. Different teams will take on the task of preparing lunch and dinner each day. If you would like to be the head chef for a meal, or just want to help chop the vegetables, there will be plenty of opportunities.

All of the food provided for the event is vegetarian, with vegan options where possible.  If you have any special dietary needs we’ll do our best to accommodate them.  Let us know about any dietary restrictions on the booking form and make sure your needs are listed on the board in the kitchen at the event itself. If you’d like to bring any special foods we’ll be happy to provide space to store them for you.

Various tasks that need to be done every day as well; washing dishes, setting tables, sweeping up, chopping wood etc.  A great mantra is “if you see something that needs doing, why not be the one to do it!”

As well as that there will be an assortment of happenings… that  may or may not include workshops, rituals, dancing, drumming, theatricality, music, art, sexuality, sensuality, card games, rumpuses, fancy dress and dresses, silence, solitude, serenity, chaos, noise, drama.  Whatever else happens, we can guarantee that there will be magic!

Most of all we look forward to a wonderful gathering of lovely people sharing talents and time, sharing and enjoying each others company.

Paddington Farm is working organic farm at the foot of Glastonbury Tor.

The accommodation is spread over several buildings with some uneven and muddy paths. There is also a campsite and at warmer gatherings you are welcome to camp.

This can make it difficult for some people to get around safely and comfortably.  If you have any concerns or particular needs regarding this (or any other issue) please let us know in advance.  We’ll try to make sure that people who need them get rooms that best meet their requirements.

You can find out more about the farm from their website Paddington Farm

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 usually 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 (fabric, lights, art etc)
  • musical instrument
  • an offering for the altar
  • a flash-light
  • book to read
  • games to play
  • wellington boots/walking boots
  • wet weather gear for walking
  • slippers for indoors (shoe free space)
  • art materials

Location: Paddington Farm, Glastonbury, Somerset

You can arrive any time after 4pm on the starting day and stay for as long as you wish up to 11am on the departure day.

The address is  Paddington Farm Trust, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JN. You can view the castle location on Google maps

Paddington Farm, about 30 min walk from Glastonbury and accessible by bus and driving.

There are many modes of transport which can get you there and we encourage you to share your journey if you can.  If you’d like to find travel companions / car share you may wish to put a note on the Facebook page.  You can also mention this when booking.

We can often pick you up from Glastonbury centre if you let us know in advance.

By Train – Trains from London, Paddington Station, run to Bristol or Taunton. You will then need to get to Glastonbury by bus etc (see below.)  With UK  trains booking in advance can often give you large savings on the price.

By Bus – Berrys coaches have services that run from many places to Glastonbury centre. http://www.berryscoaches.co.uk/book-tickets-london-superfast

National Express and Mega Bus also run services to Bristol and from Bristol there is generally a local bus service to Glastonbury which takes around 1¼ hours.

Taxis –  We strongly advice that you book a taxi before you leave. Trotta’s and JJ’s are two well known companies.
Trotta’s 07879 333020       JJ’s  07977 904064

Driving – please approach the farm from the west via Brindham lane. Directions from the M25 are below:

  • Leave the M25 at junction 12 and take the M3 west.
  • Leave the M3 at junction 8 and take the A 303.
  • From the A 303 take the Wincanton turn and head along the A371 for Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet.
  • Go through Castle Cary and past the Bath and West Showground. 
  • Eventually turn off left at a very new roundabout to Pilton and Glastonbury, on the A 361. This continues on a road to the right, immediately after the roundabout. 
  • Go through Pilton and West Penard and get to the Welcome to Glastonbury sign on your left. Not far after this, on the right, is a small turning to Wick. 
  • Turn right and follow the wick lane which becomes Brindham Lane.
  • Immediately after Middlewick Holiday Cottages on your left., on the sharp right corner is the left turn to Maidencroft Farm (next to a bungalow called Greenlands).
  • Go up the drive and park in the main gravel car park.

If you have further questions you can contact us at
faerieuk@googlemail.com

Please note that whilst the organisers of this event take reasonable care to provide a safe environment for you, the circumstances of the event and the nature of the activities is such that people will often try out new activities or take risks which the organisers can not foresee.

As a participant you assume responsibility for your own safety and should exercise due care.  By choosing to attend this event we will assume you understand and accept this.

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