DFW Pagan Unity Fest Begins


UPDATE : DFW Pagan Unity Fest now has a Facebook Page you can follow for more information as it becomes available. Find it here.

What you want to ignite in others must first burn inside yourself. Unity
What you want to ignite in others must first burn inside yourself.

Have you heard the news? In the fall of 2015 a new Pagan festival came to town in the Arlington, Texas area and blossomed into fruition. The project was spearheaded by Becca Shugart and she organized volunteers, sponsors, vendors, entertainers, coordinators and anyone else willing to help. She later passed the torch on to myself and Arachne Crowsinger and we invited other local organizers as she moved on to other places and adventures. A planning group was established and some coordinator positions were quickly filled shortly after the first announcements of this new spiritual gathering were made.

Arlington UU church has gracefully opened their land up to the event since the first one was held in September of 2015 and volunteers are always welcome. Some of the assistance always needed includes:

Land crew to help with set up before the event and break down afterwards.

Musicians

Entertainment Coordinator

Vending Coordinator

Coordinators’ Assistants

Graphics and Promo Team

Auction and Raffle Team

Children’s Activities Coordinator

Gate Volunteers

Runners

Workshop Presenters

DFW Pagan Unity fest was born out of a need within this community to have an event for like-minded individuals during a time that other, similar events did not seem to be taking place. It stands as proof that a community can come together and overcome obstacles to make things happen even if there is opposition or obstruction. May the spirit of unity live on in future events of this nature and may the entire spiritual community reap the benefits of sharing joy, laughter and time together in harmony. Thank you to Becca Shugart for starting this ball rolling. Your torch burns brightly as a beacon for all to see.


 


Pagan Festival Camping – A Guideline

Camping at a Pagan festival is different from camping at state park or other public venues. There are some basic rules to follow so everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

First and foremost is that showing skin is not giving consent. Most Pagan festivals are clothing optional. Even if the one you attend is not, some attendees might dress in ways that show more skin than you’d normally see in more mundane settings. By no means should this be construed to indicate they want sexual attention nor is it an invitation for physical contact. Staring or making comments about their appearance are also not appropriate. A lot of Pagans have relaxed attitudes about the human body and are comfortable in their own skin or at least not offended by the bodies of others. It is a way to attune to nature for some; a way to better feel the surrounding energies for others. Whatever the reasons, it is not appropriate to assume sexual advances are welcome.

camping altar

Ask before you touch anyone or anything you aren’t familiar with. This goes for another person’s body, their jewelry or their personal items. Some people set up altars in their camp, and they also may have other interesting things on display. There may be moments that you want to hug a person or pick up a child. Or, you may see intriguing items for sale by a vendor. Please keep in mind, if it isn’t yours or your body, ask before you touch.

Sunrise over the campsite.

CAMPING CHECKLIST – (Items you might want to bring along) (Lifted from C.M.A. then modified)

Camping Stuff

  • Tarp (to put under tent) (Trust me, it helps as a moisture and cold barrier as well as keeps pointy sticks and rocks from making for an uncomfortable tent floor. Some rugs might be nice too.
  • Tent, tent stakes, extra tent stakes
  • Air Mattress & air pump
  • Cook Stove
  • Propane
  • Lamps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Camp chairs (Please bring your own. Don’t steal someone else’s.)
  • Coolers & ice
  • Large umbrellas, coverings, golf umbrellas, etc.
  • Ant killer, bug spray, citronella candles (cinnamon makes an effective barrier against ants. Spiders hate peppermint oil and diatomaceous earth is also useful against many types of bugs.)
  • Duct tape
  • Hammer/Rubber mallet
  • Rake
  • Rope

Mists over the water.

 

Bath Items

Soap – bath, face, etc.
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Hair care products
Towels
Tissue paper and backup toilet paper
Deodorant Perfumes/Oils (nothing floral, or you attract insects)
Sunblock/sunscreen Qtips, cotton balls, etc.
Mirror, makeup, and other such things
Menstrual items
Allergy Meds, baking soda, meat tenderizer Vitamins & herbs & meds (especially any allergy meds)

Bedding

Sheets, blankets & comforters
Sleeping Bags or air beds
Pillows

Clothes

Jewelry, glitter & other shineys
Sarongs, dance clothes, costumes, etc.
Sweaters & Coats
Mundanewear – pants, shirts, dresses, etc.
Socks (bring extra)
Sandals, Boots & Shower Shoes
Hats, bandanas & other head coverage
Thermal undies (for those cold nights)

Cooking

Hand Sanitizer, soap, dish soap
Wash cloths/sponges and drying towels
Knives & Cutting Board
Food – canned, precooked, raw, etc.
Pots, skillets, etc.
Spatulas, ladles, etc.
Plates, bowls, spoons, forks, knives
Water (both distilled & drinking)
Other beverages – coffee, tea, alcohol, juice
Chocolate, snacks, sandwich stuff, fruits

Miscellaneous

Altar & other ritual supplies
Smokers – cigarettes, lighters and butt cans
Alarm Clock
Purses, pouches, etc.
Trash Bags
Extra Contacts & Glasses
Business Cards, Notepads & Pens
Games, musical instruments, books
Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, wallet, purses
Mobile phones and charger
Children’s toys and games

I AIN’T DONE YET!   CHECK BACK FOR REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS.