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Guardians of the EarthCome Play Like Pagans
at the 15th Midsummer Gather: A Solarbration!

June 21-28, 2014
Eagle Cave Campground
Blue River, Wisconsin

TIC-TOCK. TIC-TOCK.
Do you hear the ticking of the clock?
Tic-tock-tic-tock-tic-tock!

Yes, folks, we've already got the dates in place, and our theme (but please give our artist a bit to get the inspiration flowing).

Our registration forms will be ready in a few days, and we have great plans for a better online system.

Pssst! Did you hear about our Discount Program?
For every additional new adult you bring to the gather ("new" = has not attended in the past three years), you get a $10 discount from your own registration fee! And if you bring in 10 new folks, your $130 registration is FREE!

Time Until The 2015 Gather:
Get your reservations in soon!

 

 

 

 

As we looked back at the past couple of years, we realized that we needed to ENCOURAGE our "Weather Spirits" to cooperate witnh our gather schedule. While we always strive for balance and "equitable distribution," we also found ourselves discussing how to dry out our gear and arranging for the use of the Lodge for our workshops. So this year, we're encouraging our Solar Source to gently smile upon our festivities: a celebration of solar energies -- A Solarbration!

Our rates will be the same as last year (barring a sudden circumstance beyond our control). Check out our rates, check out our amenities, check out the fun we've had and are planning for more. Check out the vacation schedule at work, and start planning NOW.

Stop by the programming schedule to find out what GREAT things we were doing in 2014!

Additionally, there will be music, a brew judging contest, instructive workshops, an assortment of rituals, morning coffee at Rick's Café, cool stuff from friendly merchants, LOTS of fun & frivolity, drumming, dancing, storytelling of tales both true and tall, and a general good time. And all this while supporting the Twin Cities Pagan Community.

What would YOU like to experience at our gather? We would LOVE to hear programming suggestions from you. Would you like to present a workshop? Would you like to present a ritual? Do you have some amusing/awesome talent that you'd love to have folks encourage? Do you have tales to share around the campfire? The tales and talent are serendipitous, but if you'd like to be a presenter or ritualist, please contact programming@EarthHouseMN.org

We're definitely among the best values for week-long camping gatherings - for only $130 (adult full-week; less for youths 11-15, free for under age 11, and that INCLUDES your Earth House Membership!), you'll have a full week in a lovely, shaded, professional campground, with all the amenities (see below).

And did you notice that Discount Program? Bring some folks along and get a discount on your full-week registration!
* Terms of Discount: We offer a discount from YOUR registration for each new adult you bring for a full week's attendance. If you get 10 new adults to register, your registration will be considered paid in full. The requirements of this discount are:
• The new person(s) must pay an adult's full-week rate and the payment must be received before you will be credited the discount.
• Only one person may claim the same individual.
• They must be a person who has not attended the Earth House Gather in the last three (3) years.
• They must know you are using their name (we
will ask) and understand that ONLY YOU get the discount.

Remember, we cannot accept registrations at the gate, and we can only fit 150 folks into the campground! So as soon as they're ready, grab those registration forms and get your registration in!

Still not sure?
Compare us to other festivals!

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Links to State Highway Road Reports:

(Really! Check these before you get on the road!)

Weather forecast links

(most useful starting around Memorial Day)

Accuweather

The Weather Channel

Weather Underground

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Michigan
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National

Pssst!
We suggest you set your travel budget at $5/gallon. If it's less than that, you'll have more to spend with the merchants or at the Silent Auction!


2015 Registration Forms will be available soon!


The Earth House Midsummer Gathering
is where you can have fun with others who share Earth-reverent beliefs.
This will be a week of celebration and of sharing,
of learning
and of honoring one another's unique rituals and talents.
Meet new people, learn new ways, and
play like pagans!

~~SITE AMENITIES~~

*Beautiful, Shaded, Magical Campgrounds
* FULL Electrical (RV & Utility) hookups at each campsite - FREE!
* Locally-harvested firewood provided - FREE!

* Potable water hookups at each campsite - FREE!
* Hot Showers and flush toilets available 24/7 - FREE!
* Daily Ice Delivery at, and Garbage Pickup from your campsite!
* Shuffleboard & Volleyball
* Miniature Golf and Guided Cave Tours are also available.


Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.
Payments may be made through PayPal via our email address (on the registration form), or by check/money order.

~~HONORED GUESTS (currently scheduled)~~

Astrological Magick
Estelle Daniels
Astrologer and Noted Author
Even though she has studied psychic and occult subjects since childhood, Estelle Daniels has only been around the Pagan Community since 1989. Author of “Astrologickal Magick” and co-author of “Pocket Guide to Wicca” and “Essential Wicca.” Estelle travels throughout the Midwest going to festivals, giving talks and generally hanging out with fellow Pagans. She lives in Minneapolis, and is always glad to give talks to groups, covens, classes and generally whoever listens. Estelle has her own website, with a number of great articles.

http://estelledaniels.com/

 

Christopher Kirkpatrick
Environmentalist and Educator
Executive Director of The Prairie Enthusiasts, a nature conservation group based in the upper midwest, Chris is enthusiastic about being out in nature with a bunch of fun-loving, ecology-supporting folks. He is also a connoisseur of brews and imbibables, and has kindly consented to lead the judging of our Brewing Contest, and will be leading most of us in some sing-along silliness.

http://www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/

 

 

 
~~ENTERTAINMENT (Tentative)~~

Annie A2Z
It’s outrageous! It’s hilarious! It’s Annie! (There is no way to describe her!)
Well, yes, there is: for many years, Annie Zimbel's been keeping us in stitches informally in between the Tarot Readings.
Well, now she's gone "pro" with her own comedy act. And she's AWESOME!
 
Chris Kirkpatrick
Folk music shares its history in the development of original songs by musicians throughout the years. Chris has been writing and singing songs for close to 20 years since learning beginning to learn to play on his mother’s guitar which was gifted to him in his adolescence. Traditional bluegrass and old-time songs have been a strong inspiration to his song writing and will be highlighted during the concert. His strong connection to the Earth and calling as a steward of the land have also been strong influences to his song writing and will be reflected in several of his original songs. His presentation will also include covers from many current artists and a selection of traditional old-time folk and bluegrass artists.

Chris knows all the right chords to strike for both the young listener, the <ahem!> more mature audience, and all the folks between.
 
 

Ben McDowell
Not content to let his little sister hog all the limelight, Ben has quite the repertoire of his own.
(Talent seems to run rampant in the McDowell family.)
When he's not serenading his sweetie on his guitar, Ben uses old-school tech
to make funky fresh beats, and he will lay them down for us!

~~THINGS TO DO!~~

Chocolate

RITUALS
Naturally, a Midsummer observance, plus many more:
Do you have a need for a private ritual?
We can accommodate!

 

WORKSHOPS
We have 'em!
Working with Energy
Working with Healing
Working with Nature
Working with Problem
Working with Tools
Working with Bureaucracy
(Well, what do you expect? They are WORKshops, after all... [grin])

How to get over it. How to keep the bad stuff out. Having fun. Finding your way.

We will have kids' stuff.

We have even more than that!
Seriously! What more could you want?

Details for the above are listed on the Schedule Page

Moosescape
     

Vending

 

 

 

 

Merchants
Pagan-Folks selling Cool Stuff.

Got some Cool Stuff to sell? Bring it along!
There's no additional fee for merchanting.

 


Silent Auction:
Historically, most of our merchants and many of our participants have donated items for our Silent Auction. Really, this has been a significant addition to our Community Center Building Fund.

In 2014, we brought in OVER $600 in Silent Auction Proceeds - A NEW RECORD!

Our 2014 Merchants included:
(Alphabetically listed. Most vendors will take cash and checks only - the "interwebz" coverage is spotty at best)

Awakened Aquarius: Handmade wire-wrapped and woven jewelry. Includes various metals, semi-precious stones, leather and thread.

Bridget’s Field Farm: An eclectic mix of merchandise, from beadwork to crystals to sarongs to totems. Stop by and browse! (You know that really good selection of sarongs last year? We've added to it for this year!)

Cat and Mo, Stuff to Go: Wooden art work by Mo and by Cat, some ritual clothing.

Jester Studios: Head Jester Peggy will be attending again and vending her origintal artwork. This year's T-Shirt design will be available as an art print, as well as previous designs. "Our Lady" collages, Star Trek and Dr. Who ... and Roller Derby round out the "pretty pagan" stuff. Our site will be up on the hill by the cabins this year, so be sure to stop by!

Mainstreet Homestead: Selling home made goodies, practical stuff, & artsy stuff. Some goodies: dilly beans, pickles, jams, jellies. Also laundry detergent, herbal healing salve. For artsy folks, we will be selling Jeannine's hand made, hand painted bird feeders from gourds, and more (her Tree Spirits are AWESOME!).

My Favorite Boutique: Serving the pagan community since 1992. Books, jewelry, ritual items and more. Come see Auntie Estelle’s newest goodies.

Tarot by Annie: She's fun, she's talented, and she knows her Tarot cards. REALLY!

Wolfie's Den: Hand Crafted Crafty Stuff and General Merchandise

Fun & Frivolity
The Annual Pot Luck Midsummer Feast and
Pot Luck Barbarian Feast
,
and the Third Annual Welcoming Taco Dinner.
Bonfires, Drumming and Staving, Chanting and
Singing and Dancing!
We have some family-friendly activities planned!
And you never know if, where or when Bill the Cat will make an appearance.

Photos from Previous Years

     
Keep an eye right here for updates on what's happening in 2015!
We're always looking for new ideas - if you've got something to share, we're listening!
     

It's time to have a little fun!
Share a week with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere.
Learn, Party, Feast and Worship!

Hope to see you all there!

The Earth House Project, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit, volunteer community effort to build a resource center in the Twin Cities area for people of all nature-reverent spiritual paths.

Only with your help can we bring this dream to life


Last Updated on
July 20, 2014
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