Walking the Thresholds 9

JUNE 8-11, 2006, Four Quarters Farm
PO BOX 11, Rockville MD 20848-0958

Register | Directions | Last year | Workshops | rialian@his.com

Walking the Thresholds is a gathering for those who are not necessarily of human kind, but feel more toward a mythic flow, be they Elven, Fae, etc. The gather's purpose is to provide an interface between differing communities of folk that may have no communication otherwise. Existing bonds can be made stronger and new ones formed. We are greatly looking forward to meeting you in a woodland setting.

Workshops and discussions - This year we are focusing a bit more on the "functional", in many senses of the word. We have these ideas and ideals, but how do they manifest, and what is left over that returns to the soil? What feeds on the remains of what we have produced? In other words, what are the byproducts of how we live...and do those byproducts encourage or discourage life? Possible workshops will run the gamut of functional (and dysfunctional) communities, belief structures, and sustainable living. Never fear (too much), there will also be workshops happening more along the lines of energy working and mythology and things near and dear to the otherkin heart. - Here's the tentative schedule. WtT presenters bring knowledge they have about kin-related topics of interest to them. Past topics have included fae-touched magic, machine magic, otherkin sexuality, fae-mutated Reiki and other healing modalities, awakenings, hosts, intentional communities, fencing, Feng Shui, Runes, and more. There will also be drumming and bardic storytelling around the fire.

If you want to do a workshop or discussion for WtT, please email rialian@his.com with a brief description or send to the PO box shown at the top.

We will also be creating and doing a main ritual again this year, something to provide the tone/focus of this year's gather. Last year we brewed mead, and it is ready to be tasted.

It will be created on site. If you're interested and/or have ideas, attend the ritual planning meeting on site and drop a line to rialian@his.com or mail to the PO box at the top. Afterwards will be bardic storytelling around the main camp hearth, so bring a story to tell or a song to sing.

Vendors are encouraged to come (no fee) if you have otherkin-related wares. 7-pointed stars and other medallions, kin-related art/sculpture/comix/zines, beautiful and unusual handmade clothing, and jewelry are irresistible. If you make music (non-electronic, around the fire), we invite you to share it with us.

This year we have a vendor of leather goods and several jewelry vendors.

Registration - We will have Prereg until May 31. The preregistration fee is $55. After that, it will be $75 at the gate. Special arrangements can be made for people coming from a long distance. Children under 12 are free. Between May 31 and June 8 (the date of the gather) there exists this chaosphere in which we slip entirely into overdrive and probabilities become mutable. If you are caught in this limbo and want to make special arrangements, contact rialian@his.com.

Meals - Like last year, there will be no official meal plan -- However, this year we're renting the kitchen again so people can use it when it's running. There will also be a central hearth area where anyone can contribute food and cook if they wish, and there will be individual hearths that will be cooking for themselves, and others if they feel up to it. In general, unless you're planning as a campsite, bring enough for yourself and one other person for four days. Those who cannot bring food be sure to make arrangements with someone who can.

Camping - the grounds are wild (or at least wilder than what most are used to) - bring enough clothing and necessities for 4 days - extra socks and rain ponchos are sometimes useful... The Maryland/Pennsylvania early summer can get damp - ground tarps keep tents dry. The site supplies biodegradable shampoo/soap which may be used in the shower area only. There is swimming in the creek - the creek bottom is rocky -- bring wading shoes and rafts/innertubes if possible. The site is clothing optional and the showers are open air - bring towels and swimsuits if you're shy...