There are many gatherings and events that take place at Raven’s Knoll. Before each event there will be posts talking about the activities that are planned and afterwards we will try to post descriptions of some people’s experiences.
Beltaine Work Weekend – May 2 to 4, 2014
The first work weekend at Raven’s Knoll features a May Pole Dance and Beltaine ritual, as well as a Walpurgisnacht ritual and bonfire … as well as sweat and work to open the campground. (No cost!)
Siling Labuyo Arnis Proficiency Seminar (SLAPS) – May 2 to 4, 2014
Come to experience this amazing Filipino martial arts, taught by Badger Jones and friends. Hands on instruction will be provided covering single stick, knife, staff and spear, as well as empty hands techniques. There will be test cutting with live blades, and the ever-popular dirty tricks workshop. Attendees will be able to buy into the work weekend food program. (There may be another date added in the Fall.)
Midgard Festival – May 16 to 19, 2014
Everyone is kin and kith at this gathering. This is a Norse-based fest, which also includes many other paths. Highlights include a Bardic competition, a Grand Feast, and ritual procession to honour Nerthus.
Firemonger’s Workshop Weekend – May 23 to 25, 2014
This is a hands-on weekend for people interested in the art and skill of managing Pagan festival fires. This is a workshop for people who seriously want to burn things.
Witches’ Sabbat – May 30 to June 2, 2014
The Sabbat is a gathering of witches who practice, teach and share the experience of the traditional Craft. This year the theme is “Ancestors” and the herb is bog myrtle.
Three Rivers Festival – June 6 to 8, 2014
This festival is the annual gathering of the Eastern Ontario members of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship. This year will be hosted by Dancing Lights Grove.
Feast of Sekhmet: Keeper of the Light – June 13 to 15, 2014
This is an annual Kemetic gathering to honour the goddess Sekhmet. This year she is honoured as Keeper of the Light, along with Ra, God of the Black Land.
Pagans Unplugged – June 27 to July 1, 2014
This is a simple camping excursion for Pagans, without being plugged in to phones, computers, and worries. There is no programming, just hanging out with friends doing regular stuff at the Knoll … swimming, bonfires, stars, hammocks, archery, wandering … Stay for as long or as little as you like. (It is not a music event, but do free to make music.)
Hail and Horn Gathering – June 27 to June 29, 2014
This is the third year for this Heathen and Ásatrú spiritual event. This year will see a blót to the god Freyr and the raising of a god-pole in his honour, a húsel feast of traditional foods, and a formal high sumbel, as well as workshops and games.
Baronial Muster – July 04 to July 06, 2014
This is a camping event for the Barony of Skraeling Althing, a barony in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The barony is part of the international medieval society, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The society celebrates the best parts of the medieval world through dancing, courtly arts, chivalry and armoured combat, music and storytelling, and of course, feasting and having fun. The objective is to learn as much as possible, as accurately as possible, about life in the Middle Ages.
AnticiFest – July 25 to July 29, 2014
Can’t wait for Fest? No one can. That is why scads of people arrive early to holiday before the wondrous event that is the Kaleidoscope Gathering. Good times are anticipated. Regular camping rates apply. But … your stay may be anything but regular.
Kaleidoscope Gathering – July 30 to August 4, 2014
The Kaleidoscope Gathering is Canada’s largest Pagan festival, which has been going for 25 years. The theme this year is “Field and Forest.” Since the early Middle Ages “field and forest” has been used as a poetic phrase that evokes the spirit and bounty of the natural world. In the modern age, we invoke these spirits and their bounty into our lives to celebrate High Summer and the Lammas-tide, to glory in our connection to the boundless circle of life. The gathering is both madcap fun and spiritual vastness; with concerts, rituals, performance art, vendors and a vast plethora of workshops on a bewildering array of fantastically interesting and fortuitously enlightening Pagan, Heathen, Magickal and esoteric spiritual paths and traditions! (Only attendees of the festival may camp at Raven’s Knoll at this time.)
LebowskiCampFest – August 9 and 10, 2014
We have heard the Word, and it is “Abide.” The Raven’s Knoll congregation of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude and the Lost Dominion Screening Collective are holding a tent revival to learn from, and apply, the teachings of the Dude. This fest is a camp out where we commune with the wisdom of the movie the Big Lebowski.
Red Spiral Women’s Retreat – Date To Be Announced
This retreat is a short but effective weekend breather from the day-to-day grind, crammed with activities and time to re-connect with your own spirit, with nature and with other women of like mind. (Women only, 16 and up. Only attendees of the retreat may camp at Raven’s Knoll at this time.)
KornuKopia Gathering – September 19 to 21, 2014
This gathering is for Pagans, Heathens and their friends to celebrate the last bounty of the Summer and the Turning of the Wheel of the Year into Fall, honouring the Gods in mirth and reverence. The festival features the burning of the Wicker Man in sacrifice to the Goddess on behalf of the folk, workshops by community members, chanting and singing around the campfire, and a communal Fall Fruits Feast.
There are other possible events coming or being planned for 2014, from private coven activities, to LARPs, to SCA events, so stay tuned. The campground is open for regular camping or to hold your event, from the start of May until the end of September, unless otherwise noted.