There are many gatherings and events that take place at Raven’s Knoll. The Knoll is a home for the Pagans and Heathens, and allied spiritual folk. It is volunteers that put on these events. Remember, you can organize your own event at the Knoll.
Beltaine Work Weekend – April 29 to May 1, 2016
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!
Well and Tree Gathering – May 20 to 23, 2016 (tentative)
Of Earth, of Well, of Birch, of Bog. We feel the interconnection between ourselves and the Earth Mother. Come together to celebrate in this open-to-any, Land-Water centered gathering to pay tribute to the impending planting season, the fertility of life and field, and to participate in the annual Procession of Her Holy Mother Nerthus. A Feast of the Folk will solidify the nature of hospitality, frith and peace without arms. Bring your hearth & kindred banners! Bring your noise makers!
Siling Labuyo Arnis Proficiency Seminar (SLAPS) – May 27 to 29, 2016
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.
Witches’ Sabbat – May 27 to May 29, 2016
The purpose of the Sabbat is to provide a forum where practitioners and other interested persons can come together to learn and share information relating to non-Wiccan witchcraft and its associated practices. The weekend consists of rituals, discussions, workshops, a potluck with stone soup feast, and much more. Together we build a relationship with the land, create a stang for the main ritual, tell stories, hang out around the fire pit, and most importantly: learn, share and grow as Witches. This year the theme is “Curses and Defense Against the Dark Arts” and the featured herb will be henbane (Hyoscyamus niger).
Three Rivers Festival – June 3 and 5, 2016
This festival is the annual gathering of the Eastern Ontario members of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship. Everyone is welcome. This year will be hosted by Dancing Lights Grove. The theme is yet to be announced, as is the deity to be honoured by erecting a shrine in Nematon. The main ritual will be in his honour, where attendees will raise a shrine to him.
Firemonger’s Workshop Weekend – June 10 to 12, 2016
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. The event also features a potluck cooked over the fire.
Van and Kettle Gathering – June 17 and 19, 2016 (tentative)
This event is a present-day the exploration of Victorian traveler caravans, cooking and culture. Plans being hatched include: period outdoor cooking; tarot card reading; period games; and, bartitsu. More to be announced.
Hail and Horn Gathering – June 30 to July 3, 2016
This is the fifth year for this Heathen and Ásatrú spiritual event. This year will see a blót to the god Thor and the raising of a god-pole in his honour, a húsel feast of traditional foods, a formal high sumbel, an esoteric rite, as well as workshops and games.
AnticiFest – July 23 to July 26, 2016
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. (Stay tuned for possible “special events.”)
Kaleidoscope Gathering – July 27 to August 1, 2016
The Kaleidoscope Gathering is Canada’s largest Pagan festival, which has been going for 27 years. The theme this year is “Portals Portals are liminal gates; some found and some created. They can be talismans, places, or intentions. They exist within us and without, as doorways to access that which is Other, beyond, or far within. Come prepared to find, create, and pass through “Portals” at the KG 2016. (Only attendees of the festival may camp at Raven’s Knoll at this time.)
LebowskiCampFest – August 5 and 7, 2016
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. The theme this year is “Dream Sequences.”
Pagans Unplugged – September 2 to 5, 2016
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.)
KornuKopia Gathering – September 16 to 18, 2016
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 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 2015, from private coven activities, to Underworld and Fallen Kingdome 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.
Siling Labuyo Arnis Proficiency Seminar (SLAPS IX) – September 23 to 25, 2016
Come to experience this amazing Filipino martial arts, taught by Badger Jones and friends. Hands on instruction will be provided, with the following planned:
– empty hands vs. the blade
– honing and stropping blades
– speed cuts with live blades