The Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering is now among the longest-running Neopagan gatherings in the world. Out of respect for the gathering’s long history and to ensure it continues well into the future, registered attendees are asked to adhere to the following conditions of registration.
Failure to follow these conditions may result in your registration being revoked and you being asked to leave the Gathering immediately. Repeat or serious offenders risk being banned from future Gatherings.
Food, water and camping gear – MFPG is a self-catered, camping event. Attendees must bring their own food, drinking/washing/cooking water and camping gear.
Fires and firewood – attendees must bring their own firewood. No firewood is to be cut or removed from Mount Franklin. Campfires may only be lit in designated fire containers around the reserve. No other fires may be lit on the ground.
Rubbish and bins – there are no bins at Mount Franklin. Attendees must take all rubbish home with them.
Kids at MFPG – It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure that children are adequately supervised at all times. Please do not allow your children to play on the road or interfere with other campsites. Organisers accept no responsibility for unsupervised children.
Photography – Attendees of the MFPG may be photographed, and photos used on our website and social media platforms. Anyone who does not wish to be photographed should notify the organisers on arrival. Attendees also agree not to tag a person in a photograph online without their consent.
Sharing the space
Parks Victoria promote this site as a family and small groups camping area and must consider the needs of all park users. Our event permit does not grant exclusive use of Mount Franklin. This means that members of the general public will be camping at the reserve and sharing the same space as MFPG.
Behaviour – There is to be no offensive behaviour including the use of drugs or weapons. Any anti-social behaviour or behaviour which could be offensive to the general public will not be tolerated.
Noise – Loud noise (especially drumming) is not permitted after 10pm and before 10am. Acoustic musical instruments are welcome at the gathering. Electronic or amplified music is NOT permitted at any time throughout the weekend.
Dogs – Dogs MUST be kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES. Attendees with dogs off leash will be asked to leave. Loud, boisterous or aggressive dogs are not permitted at MFPG.
Knives – In accordance with Victorian law, edged weapons such as knives, swords and athames are not permitted at MFPG.
Press/academic research – No press or researching academics are allowed at the MFPG without written permission from the Organisers. If you are approached by someone who identifies as press or somebody conducting research for any reason, please notify the Organisers immediately.
Costumes/robes – Costumes/robes are permitted but keep in mind this is a family-friendly event in a space shared with general public.
Illicit substances – Illicit substances are strictly prohibited at MFPG.
Selling of goods – No commercial business or selling of goods is permitted at any time throughout the weekend.
Know your body – The excitement of being at the Gathering with like-minded folk can sometimes make it easy to forget your body and its needs. Please remember to both eat and sleep! If you find your emotions are running away from you, take time out check your physical condition and eat/rest if you need it.
Saturday Night Ritual
Respect – The Beltane rite on Saturday night is a religious service. Participants and observers alike should behave reverently and respectfully at all times throughout.
Photography – Photography or recording of any kind during the Saturday night ritual is strictly prohibited.
Alcohol – Those under the influence of alcohol are not permitted to participate in the ritual.
Spiral Dance – For safety reasons, children are not permitted to participate in the spiral dance component of the ritual.
All attendees of MFPG should acknowledge be mindful that this event takes place in traditional Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Elders of the Dja Dja Wurrung community and their forebears are the traditional owners of this land and have been custodians for many centuries and have performed age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.
MFPG is a queer and trans-friendly space. We are intersectional, inclusive, and we will use whichever pronouns you prefer. Our community is diverse, supportive, and nurturing, and we love it that way.
MFPG welcomes people of all paths and levels of experience, people of all genders and sexualities, of all races, skin colours, cultural identities, and of all abilities. Sexual, racial, religious, cultural, abled, or gendered discrimination, bigotry, harassment, bullying, or non-consensual sexual behaviour is not acceptable at any time at the MFPG. Instances of these behaviours should be reported to the organisers immediately.
Organisers reserve the right to revoke registration to the gathering without warning if a person does not behave in a manner conducive to the wellbeing of the group or in contravention of any of the above conditions. Offenders will be asked to leave the event and no further discussion will be entered into.
Organisers reserve the right to refuse registration to parties who have continually breached the above conditions in the past. No further discussion will be entered into.