2019 Gathering

The 2019 Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering will take place from the 25th to the 27th of October 2019.

We are pleased to announce that registrations for 2019 are now open.

Before registering for the Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering, please read our Conditions of Registration.

Non-registered attendees are still welcome at the Gathering, however they attend at their own risk and will not be covered by our public liability insurance.

Registration is only required if you are camping at the Mount for one or more nights. We do not require registrations for the general public or people sleeping off site.

Upon arrival at the Gathering, please report to the Organisers and sign in.

All attendees of the Gathering must familiarise themselves with the information presented on our FAQ, Camping at the Mount and Ritual Etiquette pages prior to attending.

 

– The Organisers

Registrations Now Open for MFPG 2016

Registrations are now open for the 35th annual Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering.

How to Register:

  1. In an email, write your name and those of any companions (legal names only). You must also include a contact number.
  2. Please send to our email address only!  (mountfranklinpagans@gmail.com), with the subject “Registration for 2016 Gathering”
  3. Registration is only required if you are camping at the Mount for one or more nights. We do not require registrations for the general public or people sleeping off site.
  4. Upon arrival at the Gathering, please report to the Organisers and sign in. You will be issued with a wristband which signifies you as part of the registered and insured participants.
  5. All attendees of the Gathering must familiarize themselves with the information presented on our FAQ, Camping at the Mount and Ritual Etiquette pages prior to attending.

Not long to go now! See you on the Mount!

 

MFPG 2016: The Story So Far…

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A snow cloaked Clarke’s Hill, Central Victoria in July 2016. Photo by Mark H.

 

Greetings from wintery Central Victoria!

Planning is well underway for our thirty-fifth Gathering, with negotiations going on with Parks Victoria around a date. As soon as a date is confirmed, we will announce it here and on our Facebook page.

Registrations will be opening in late August/early September. Again, we will announce this here on our website and also on our Facebook page.

We have had lots of interest from people who have not attended a MFPG before. Welcome! 🙂 Please familiarise yourself with the information on our About, Frequently Asked QuestionsCamping at the Mount and Ritual Etiquette pages to make sure this is the right gathering for you. If you are new to Paganism or Beltane, you may find our Articles section to be very informative.

Thanks very much to those lovely folks who have already volunteered their time either as general doers of the needful over the weekend or as facilitators of workshops. We still have several places left for workshops. If you are able to run a workshop at this year’s Gathering, please get in touch with us via mountfranklinpagans@gmail.com

We are super excited to announce South Australian musician and bard KC Guy will be playing at this year’s Gathering! Read on for KC’s bio…

My name is Kc Guy, I am a Bardic musician/singer songwriter in The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids; the spirit of the green world, of tree and leaf, of feather and fur, stone and bone and of the Celtic gods and goddesses inspire my music and song writing. The Songs come to me when I least expect them at times; when the Awen flows like a steady stream or ignites with the bright fire of insight.
I’ve been involved with music and the arts since I was very young and as I grew older, my spirit called to Celtic music and the magic of Celtic singing and more generally folk music; the ghostly sound of my ancestors, singing through the ages. The spirits of the natural world and the ancient myths and stories from Celtic lands called to me through the same stream into paganism and eventually I found my path in Druidry.

– Kc Guy

While you’re waiting for those all important announcements of dates and registration, why not take a look at some of the new content around our website? We have added Linda’s Hexology Notes from the 2015 Gathering, and an excellent find from our friend Mandy – an article from way back in 1996!

— Linda, Michel, Mel, Des, Josie and Ryan
MFPG Organisers

2015 Schedule of Events

2015 Schedule

Friday, 23rd October
2pm-4pm: Organiser arrival/Setup. Marquee setup
4pm onwards: Attendee arrival
5pm: Welcome to country, official opening, introduction of special guest in the centre crater
6pm: Mummers’ play by The Australian Stage Co, followed by Bardic Circle in the centre crater
7pm: Dusk swap/barter market at the communal marquee

Saturday, 24th October
10am: Incense Workshop with Ryan in the centre crater
12:30pm: Sausage Sizzle at the Organisers’ camp
1pm: Workshop with Drum (Vice Arch Druid, ADF) in the centre crater
3pm: Hexencraft Workshop with Linda in the centre crater
4pm: Building the bonfire
Time TBC: Ritual Workshop/Rehearsal including Spiral Dance Workshop
Dusk: Beltane Ritual in the ritual space

Sunday, 25th October
10am: Workshops in the centre crater (TBC)
10am: Pancake breakfast at the Organisers’ camp (TBC)
11am: Maypole, followed by kids’ maypole in the centre crater
11:30am: Raffle draw
12pm: Moot, official close
12:30pm-3pm: Pack up, clean up, depart

More drumming at the 2014 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.

More drumming at the 2014 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.

Housekeeping

Not long to go now! Here are a few important bits and pieces for anyone attending this year’s Gathering.

Registrations are full. If you are registered as attending and your plans have changed, please contact us and let us know. We have a long waiting list of people hoping to register.

If you are not registered but are planning on attending the mountain on the weekend of the Gathering, please note that you will not be covered by our insurance and as such will be camping at your own risk. The MFPG accepts no liability for unregistered campers.

All attendees of the 2015 Gathering should familiarise themselves with the information on our Camping at the Mount, FAQ and Ritual Etiquette pages as they prepare for the 2015 MFPG weekend. A full schedule of events can be found here.

On arrival on the Mountain, come and say hello at the Organisers’ camp and sign our visitors’ book! Please do not park/camp in the centre crater (fenced off area). Not sure where to park? Ask one of our friendly Organisers!

Charge up your solar lights! Don’t forget to bring a string (or strings!) of solar lights to help us light up the crater.

As part of the Bardic Circle on the Friday night, we are requesting that all attendees help us out by bringing a donation of a small amount of firewood to the communal fire. Remember that no firewood can be collected at the Mount – you will need to bring your own. Please see our Camping at the Mount section for more information what to bring and what to leave at home. 🙂

We are in the process of ordering our brand spanking new tees! These will be black, with a beautiful green man design by Erika T on the front and the name of the Gathering on the back. Two cuts are available: unisex loose fit ($30) and Ladies’ slim fit ($35).

To pre-order your tshirt and reserve one in your size, contact us with the size/style you require. Payments can be made to:

Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering Association Inc
BSB: 633-000
Account: 147045363
Please use your name as a reference when sending your payment.

You can pick up your tshirt at the Gathering, or we will post yours to you after the event for $6.20. These shirts will also be available for sale at the Gathering.

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Busy, busy…

It’s mid September!

Time has flown by, and we’ve all been super busy getting organised for this year’s event. We are still working our way through the documentation required from us by Parks Victoria, and should have it sorted soon. We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the number of emails, calls and messages we have received with offers of help.

While we are getting on top of the paperwork side of things, there are plenty of other ways people can lend a hand:

Marquee setup/packdown: The communal marquee goes up on Friday afternoon and comes down on Sunday. This year we are in need of a few people to assist in putting it together and taking it apart.

Workshops: Many thanks to those people who have already offered their time to run a workshop over the weekend! We still have some workshop times available for anybody who’s interested.

Raffle: We are still on the lookout for prizes for the raffle. Individuals and businesses who donate a prize are advertised as “Friends of Mount Franklin” on our website.

If you are able to assist with any of these or if you would like more information, please contact us at mountfranklinpagans@gmail.com

2015 Schedule

Friday, 23rd October
2pm-4pm: Organiser arrival/Setup. Marquee setup
4pm onwards: Attendee arrival
5pm: Welcome to country, official opening, introduction of special guest in the centre crater
6pm: Mummers’ play by The Australian Stage Co, followed by Bardic Circle in the centre crater
7pm: Dusk swap/barter market at the communal marquee

Saturday, 24th October
10am: Incense Workshop with Ryan in the centre crater
12:30pm: Sausage Sizzle at the Organisers’ camp
1pm: Workshop with Drum (Vice Arch Druid, ADF) in the centre crater
3pm: Hexencraft Workshop with Linda in the centre crater
4pm: Building the bonfire
Time TBC: Ritual Workshop/Rehearsal including Spiral Dance Workshop
Dusk: Beltane Ritual in the ritual space

Sunday, 25th October
10am: Workshops in the centre crater (TBC)
10am: Pancake breakfast at the Organisers’ camp (TBC)
11am: Maypole, followed by kids’ maypole in the centre crater
11:30am: Raffle draw
12pm: Moot, official close
12:30pm-3pm: Pack up, clean up, depart

At the 2014 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.

At the 2014 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.

An important announcement from the founders of the Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering

The Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering is currently at risk, due to a recent long string of significant changes in the requests made by Parks Victoria.

Over the last fortnight, the organisers of the MFPG have been informed of the changes in administration surrounding Parks Victoria. These changes occurred as far back as July this year, however we have only just been notified of these changes and what they mean for the future of the Gathering.

These changes impose upon us limitations and requests for documentation that are nothing less than astonishing in number and in time frame. Last year, the Gathering paid for two years’ worth of permits in full, however the requirements have now been changed significantly.

The MFPG is non profit, and is organised by a very small, close-knit group of volunteers with families and full time jobs. It is a free Gathering, relying on volunteer labour leading up to and during the event, and on attendees’ donations to pay for the bare essentials like portaloos. We are concerned that we may simply not be equipped to fulfil these many new expectations within the very limited time frame we have been given to work with.

The Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering has had a solid and positive relationship with Parks Victoria for over thirty-four years. Due to their support over the decades, we are now the oldest Gathering of this kind in the world.

However, the amount of bureaucracy and red tape that we are currently experiencing is simply astonishing. With registrations to the Gathering full since early this year and with people set to travel from overseas to attend this year’s event in October, the timeframe we have been given to work with is even more astonishing.

We ask that attendees past and present please remain patient and considerate while we deal with this matter. The Gathering is STILL GOING AHEAD at this stage!

Linda and Michel Marold
Founders
Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering, inc.

Note: While we are not immediately in need of them, we would be very grateful to hear from any Pagan-friendly legal types who may be able to advise us. Linda and Michel can be reached at mountfranklinpagans@gmail.com