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We have had some people offer to guide some workshops and we have written it up and are about to send out the “what to bring” list. Here’s is an outline of the workshops and feel of the gather. Please feel free to offer anything you would like to share with the community.
Dreamhaven is a new gather to be held in July 2012, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at Faehaven. The event is focused on the expression and exploration of our inner most kinship in a setting that has convenient access for all. The event will allow for a place of kin expression in a safe environment among other kin. The expression of your own kin will be combined with other kin at the gather and together we will explore ideas.
July 27th, 28th, 29th in Harrisburg, PA at Faehaven
This event is for all otherkin – regardless of species, experience, or self expression of any kind. The host and the entire event is completely inclusive. We welcome otherkin, therians, furries, all expressions of gender/sexuality, dark/light creatures of all sorts, humans, and anyone that is interested in exploring and expressing themselves within a safe space full of support and understanding. Faehaven is a sanctuary that welcomes all – this is a neutral zone – everyone is safe here. We can meet each other, support each other, teach and share our experiences in a safe place that has no right or wrong answers. We can play, discuss, explore, and express ourselves all weekend at Dreamhaven.
Although the event in itself is free flowing we have had a few individuals step up to guide workshops about various otherkin related discussions or activities. First of all rememeber that Faehaven encourages costuming by offering a costume closet, there will also be a play fire circle where everyone is encouraged to express themselves with music, drumming, dancing, spinning, hooping, story telling, singing, etc. There is also a divination station where you can choose to share divination items and everyone is encouraged to trade divination readings. There are two Trading spaces (Recycling Centers) where you can give away things that no longer serve you and trade for things that spark your interest now. One is outside and the other is inside for weather sensitive items. There will be a group hearth/alter both inside and out where you add a piece that represents you. Where as a group we can bring our energy together for support and community. Faehaven also provides space for those that choose to express themselves in a snuggle room (no sex but puppy piles are welcomed) and inside the sexuality realm that is in private and behind closed doors. Everyone is welcomed to make their own choices about where they particiapate at any given time during the event. No sexual pressure, only safe space to express it if you choose.
Please keep in mind that Faehaven is completely open to any other workshops/elements being added as desired.
=== Friday === (Playtime around Faehaven is encouraged in between things)
A theoretical discussion of why otherkin exist and what our purpose, if any, might be.
Dancing with the FireFlies– just as the sun is going down the fireflies come out to do a dance. We will dance with them with a lovely soundtrack of nature’s transition and drumming. We will awaken our kin self from within, bring it forth and tuck away the mundane.
Fire Playground– let’s play together, bring musical instruments, dancing gear, wear costumes, bring stories and songs, bring spinning toys, bubbles, and hoola hoops.
=== Saturday === (Playtime around Faehaven is encouraged in between things)
ReUse and Upcycle – Let’s get our hands dirty and let’s build something from “saved trash” to express our kinself. For some of this it would be wings, staff, a piece for an alter, ears, talisman, art, or whatever else you can dream of.
Afternoon Sweat – At the hight of the heated day those wishing to join us for an afternoon sweat are encouraged to join the group in a group movement where we use yoga and Tai Chi to flavor our movements in completely embodying our kin self. Expressing it together and even among each other and than later cooling off with a discussion about our experience.
Fire Playground Party – Come as you kin, play as your kin, and let’s use all our tools.
Moonlight Howl – Come together to howl at the moon, flit about the garden and explore all the sights of darkness, offer light to our ancestors, and embody our kin self within the darkness.
=== Sunday ===(Playtime around Faehaven is encouraged in between things)
–Goodbye Discussion – Talk about what you took from the group, thank anyone that helped you, show appreciation for your experience, share hopes and joys.
–Plans for next year – Discussion of what and if we would want this or something else next year. Ideas and volunteers welcomed, let’s create our own fantabulous time together.
Anyone is welcome to stay for a sweet ending on Sunday night that is completely random and playful.
It is a smaller gathering, in the 20-30 people range. Attendance is $20 per person, which is being used to provide a meal plan of two hot meals on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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