Beltane 2017: Sowing Our Futures

Friday April 28th to Tuesday May 2nd 2017

“The seed is a household object but at the same time it is a revolutionary symbol.”
                                                                                                                 -Ai Weiwei

This Beltane we invite all queer people to join together in sowing seeds and spells of intention for the future harvest. As we dig in to sow our futures and the new lives we’re invoking, we find the seeds of potential in all of us and water them. We bind ourselves with love and community for the harvest; celebrating, loving and healing together. As the winter ends, new potential unfurls for our year and new futures begin to take shape.


This year’s traditional Beltane falls on a Monday. But we’re hardly traditional, so we’ll dance the Maypole on Sunday, weaving ourselves into each other and the world around us. Through a ritual that lovingly and laughingly queers the rites of our many heritages, we will plant our intentions for the year to come. Together, we will sow our futures.

Register below.

Miss Mayhole 2016, Snowflake Towers

Saturday night, Witch’s night, will be a night of Pageantry to decide who will be crowned Miss Mayhole. The May Queen,or Miss Mayhole, represents community service and celebration. She’s the queen who epitomizes “glitter done” for the community, and looks good doing it. Last year, Snowflake Towers raised the bar on this new tradition, and we have a lot to expect from this year’s competition, which will feature a special “So, You Think You Can Cast?” segment. Bring your spells, your talents, and those lqqks. If you would like to compete for the title or help with this years show please email Mike Korcek at mikekorcek@icloud.com.

Saturday afternoon we will be hosting another creekside fantasy tea kiki. Put on those ladies who lunch hats (and not much else, if you’re inclined), and come down by the waters for some decadence and delights. And, our first night together, Friday, will feature a campfire jamboree, open to all musicians and other talents, and ending with a drum circle. If you’d like to perform or help set up please email Harmony at harmonydavid@me.com.

Of course there will also be heart circles, skill shares, group projects, hiking, swimming, and whatever else people would like to bring. We will be putting together a schedule ahead of time, so let us know if you would like to offer an activity! Just e-mail us at events@groundswell.institute and tell us about it.

beltane-maypole-dance-groundswellLike all our gatherings, we expect everybody who comes to participate and help co-create the event. What might you have to offer the community? There are ample opportunities to help out with cooking, organizing activities, greeting people, cleaning, or even just entertaining. We also highly encourage a gifting culture: think of something that might be fun to bring and share with some of the other attendees.

Registration is limited to 150 attendees so please make sure and register as soon as you are able – we expect Beltane to fill up quickly because of its popularity. Registration includes delicious/nutritious meals, cabin lodging for the first 70 who request it, and access to our spa and the rest of the land. We have full and partial scholarships for those who need them – you can apply for them using this form unfortunately at this time we are out of spaces for scholarship registrations.

Sowing our futures together, the seeds of our potential will be watered, nurtured, loved. May they grow beautiful and abundant.

All photographs from Beltane 2016 by Kegan Marling

Worried about how to get here? We have a carpool page!

*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend*** 

I’m sorry to say that this program is all sold out.
All hope is not lost, sign up to be on our wait list and we’ll let you know when space opens up for you.

 

Read last year’s call