What can a New Comer expect?

If this is your first time considering or coming to Well and Tree Gathering here is some information.

  1. Is Well & Tree Gathering a family-friendly event? YES!! 
  2. Is Well & Tree Gathering an “inclusive” gathering? YES. We are signatories to Declaration 127 and as such, ALL are welcome to attend. “We hereby declare that we do not condone hatred or discrimination carried out in the name of our religion, and will no longer associate with those who do. We will not grant the tacit approval of silence in the name of frið, to those who would use our traditions to justify prejudice on the basis of race, nationality, orientation, or gender identity.” If you feel uncomfortable adhering to the ideals presented in Declaration 127, this is not the event for you. Should any commentary/action transpire against the nature of the Declaration, you will be asked to leave, without refund.
  3. Do I have to be a Heathen/Norse pantheon practitioner to attend? NO…Well & Tree Gathering is an open-to-any event, celebrating Her Holy Mother Nerthus; however, all people of all paths can relate to the concept of an Earth Mother. Respect is to be given to Nerthus while in Her Grove.
  4. Is there a main ritual? YES. Saturday is the main ritual, commencing with the annual tradition of the Procession of Nerthus, throughout the lands of Raven’s Knoll, ending at Her Grove within the Standing Stone area.
  5. Do I need to bring an offering? We will have apple slices available for those who may wish to simply observe and participate without a direct personal intent.
  6. What kind of offering should I bring? Libation, small food, small token (like a coin), seeds, herbs, etc. The “intent” should be the focus: “What do you wish to see blossom over the coming year? What dreams/goals/ideas do you wish to grow? What are you thankful for after coming through the dark side of the year?”
  7. Are there workshops I can attend? YES. However, we limit the number of workshops to a handful in order that the folk can do what they need to do: RECONNECT. This weekend is about re-opening the festival season, coming together in frith and frivolity, taking some time to walk about the land, and, as Main Ritual can be very draining, offer the folk the time to focus their intentions upon the coming year, shaking off the dark winter, getting that earth back under their feet. Literally. 😉 
  8. Is there space for a trailer? YES. Please let the organizers know upon your arrival. Hydro is available on a first come, first served, basis.
  9. Can I rent a trailer? YES. For an additional cost per night, there are a few trailers that can be available again, on a first come, first serve basis. Please arrange to contact an organizer ahead of time so that we can play “Trailer Tetris”. Medical basis are priority. There is The Nest at the top of the land to also rent indoor spaces.
  10. Do I have to set up my tent in a designated area? NO. You are free to camp wherever your soul finds “home.” However, please do acknowledge that there is NO camping, tent or trailer, within Mirkwood (there is signage). Just…don’t. Poison Ivy. Windigo. Neither very happy making. 
  11. Is there a main fire? YES. Each evening we will be able to sit around the Keyhole Fire Pit to converse, participate in gut-busting laughs, enjoy each other’s company. Fire will end at an hour determined by the Head Firekeeper. The Firekeeper rules the fire. Period. 
  12. Bring clothing for ALL weather and temperatures, May is early enough in the year it can get cold at night and yet still get really warm in the day.  It is not unusual to go from hot summer wear during the mid day heat, to fall rain coats if it rains, to early winter layering at night.  Be prepared, and stay comfortable.
  13. Do not be afraid to come and try it out, even if you are not sure it is your path.  It is OK, you can watch and participate in many ( if not all ) of the programming.  Just be respectful, and everyone will be respectful back.
  14. Be involved, It is “By the folk, For the Folk“.  The more you involve yourself in the community the more you will get out of the event.
  15. Ask questions.  Always ask questions. Someone will have a source or an experience through which you will find your own answers. 

Lastly, Welcome.  Hope to see you Well and Tree Gathering. 🙂

The Standing Stone area, location of Well & Tree Gathering each year.
(photo credit: Kadri Lawrence)