Walking the Thresholds X
PO BOX 11, Rockville MD 20848-0958
"The only way to effectively call Factor X into your aura is to move into the Unknown with your totality..." (Angel Tech by Antero Alli)
X -- Gifu, Gift, Partnership
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 this woodland setting.
Workshops and discussions - In the spaces between the solid and the otherworld, the 3-dimensional is not quite as fixed as one may have thought, and the unseen becomes more easily manifest. This is the place of ferment... WtT workshop presenters are welcome to bring knowledge they have to add to the brew... Discussions in past years have explored fae-touched magic, machine magic, otherkin sexuality, fae-mutated Reiki and other healing modalities, awakenings, hosts, hearth magic, intentional communities, fencing, Feng Shui, Runes, and more. This year we decided to actually discuss Fermentation. There will be a discussion on the various recipes people have been trying out for meads, chutney, fizzy apples, saurkraut, beer, pickles, yogurt, kefir, and anything else that we're all encouraged to definitely try at home!
If you want to do a workshop or discussion for WtT, please email email@example.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. This year it is being created by Aladar, who has said this about it: "For Thresholds- We need to do something awesome for main rit. We've had some good main rits in the past. We've had some really good main rits in the past. This year I want us to kick it up about 10 notches. I want this ritual to be community building and mind blowing. I want people's heads breaking open(figuratively, of course), and crying because of THEIR OWN AWESOMENESS AND SHEER LOVE OF THE UNIVERSE."
Planning for the main ritual is going on now. If you're interested and/or have ideas, contact Aladar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Afterwards will be bardic storytelling and drumming around the fire circle, so bring a story to tell or a song to sing, and drumming and dancing afterward.
Vendors are encouraged to come (no fee) if you have otherkin-related wares. Leather work of all kinds, 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.
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 email@example.com.
Meals - Like last year, there will be no official meal plan. We are renting the kitchen again so people can use it when the generators are on. 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 and Facilities - 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. Kitchen, showers, and flush toilets are available only when the generators are turned on (outhouses available).