What is included in the registration fee?

Your registration fee includes: A place to set up your own tent, all meals, snacks (when applicable), and all activities.

 

How many faeries are expected to attend?

We expect around 50-60 to attend this year.

 

What if I haven’t been a radical faerie before?

This Faerie Camp is open to all – homo, gay, bi, queer, and trans. Don't worry about feeling different, because the experience is intended to welcome and celebrate outsiderism.

 

What age group is expected to attend?

At all faerie gatherings, campers range from their 20's to their 80's. The environment is conducive to breaking down age barriers in ways that the outside world doesn’t usually see. We celebrate the rawness of youth, the life-seasoned sauce of wisdom, and everything in between.

 

How do I apply for a Faerie Fee Fund Scholarship?

Easy as pie! Send an email to info@austinradfae.org with a few words about why this would be good for you and you would be good for this. And whether you need a partial (can pay something) or full scholarship.

 

What sort of facilities does the retreat center provide?

There is hot water for showering, indoor lavatories and toilets, porta-potties (to make it easier on the septic system), a shelter for serving meals, a commercial-style kitchen, a large hot tub, a beautiful meeting room, a fire pit and much more.

 

What kind of meals will we have?

All meals will be planned and prepared by volunteer participants under the supervision of the Kitchen Queen, and will have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.  Breakfast and lunch will be self-serve.  Dinners will be nutritious and filling.

 

Where are the designated spaces for tent camping?

Most of the Lotus Ranch property of 40-acres is wooded and there is ample space for designated camping areas reached by easy trails. All are a short and pleasant walk to the main lodge. You’ll be provided with a map and someone to guide you, if needed.

 

Can we hike or roam anywhere on the property?

Yes, except for the small meadow behind the gabezo (pictured on the home page), which will be roped off to preserve the natural grass, and around the owner’s house. Lotus Ranch is an environmentally-protected area, so campers are expected to be stewards of the land. Preventing fires is paramount.

 

Is the event clothing-optional, naked, or clothed?

The retreat facility and grounds are completely private and enclosed, so faeries are free to wear nothing at all times, including during meals (which are eaten outdoors, unless it rains). You are invited to wear as much or as little as you like, the more outrageous the better.

 

What if I’m traveling to Austin or San Antonio by air and don’t have a ride to the gathering?

We recommend renting a car and inviting another faerie traveler to join you. If you need a ride or if you would like to offer a ride, a volunteer will help coordinate and be a matchmaker. Join our Facebook group, Austin Radical Faeries, to make your wishes known.

For those without a Facebook account, send an email to: info@austinradfae.org and we will coordinate your ride-request or offer.

Is there a lot of sexual activity at the gathering?

The focus of faerie camp is opening the heart, spiritual bonding, and non-sexual love. We don’t judge, nor do we promote sexual activity. We simply request that you be kind to others at all times. In the tradition of many faerie gatherings, there will be a “Love Lounge” for safe and respectful sexual expression among those who wish to use it. Because . . .

 

Is there a lot of drinking or pot-smoking at the gathering?

Some, but not a lot. All activities are designed for an alcohol-free and drug-free gathering. So please don't come if you're looking for a party, because getting drunk or stoned impinges on the inclusion and trustfulness we want to permeate throughout. However, no one will be policing activities or pressing enforcement unless safety becomes an issue. 

 

What is the weather like in the Hill Country in mid-September?

It's Texas so the weather is hot in September, typically in the upper-80's to low-90's (31 – 34 C) during the day. All the indoor facilities, including bedrooms, are air conditioned. The camp will cool off at night, typically down to the upper-60's to low-70’s (20 - 22 C).

The possibility of rain averages only 30%, but can be torrential on rare occasions. We recommend checking the weather forecast for Wimberley, TX prior to packing for your trip.

 

Can I come early or stay on Sunday past 6:00pm?

Only volunteers who are helping to set up will be allowed to arrive on Thursday before 2:00 pm (any time between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm).  And the owners of the property require us to vacate the property before 6:00 pm on Sunday.

 

Is Lotus Ranch off the grid?

No. Cellular phone service is adequate, and there is limited wifi (near and inside the main meeting room). However, Google Maps on your phone is not always accurate when approaching the area.

 

Is picture-taking allowed?

The default rule is: No pictures of other humans without their prior express permission. That includes bodies in the background and anyone in the frame who you think will not be identifiable. The idea is that many faeries want to experience complete anonymity without the need to monitor the cell phones around them.

 

What should I bring?

  • Fantasy and Dreams <- This is a link! Download this (PDF document link), fill it out and post on the wall at camp to help you dreams come true at camp!
  • Tent and bedding (unless you have rented a lodge bed).
  • Camping chairs and other fun stuff to make your tent-site gay.
  • Costumes and accessories like feathers, glow-sticks, wigs, faerie wings.
  • Whatever expresses your true radical, gender-bending nature.
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • Snacks and favorite beverages.
  • Reusable / thermal coffee cup (coffee and tea will be available).
  • First aid kit (baggie with band aids, antiseptic, Neosporin, etc.)
  • Some warm clothing in case it gets chilly at night.
  • Sturdy shoes (Flip-flops may not be enough).
  • Garbage bags (Pack it in, pack it out).
  • Any required prescriptions, nutritional supplements, contact-lens supplies, or whatever you need to maintain your health and comfort.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, make up, nail polish (Showers have soap).
  • Towels (unless you have rented a lodge bed).
  • Flashlights and spare batteries (Headlamps are very helpful at night).
  • Sunscreen / sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Lotion / lip balm.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Earplugs (Not everyone at the gathering will sleep when you do).
  • Smokers: portable ashtrays to hold your cigarette butts.
  • Yoga mat.
  • A drum or two if you like.
  • Common sense and an open heart.

What should I NOT bring?

  • Alcohol.
  • Recreational drugs.
  • Torches, candles, or anything with a flame.
  • Explosives, aerial flares, or rockets.
  • Fireworks.
  • Firearms of any kind.
  • Children (no one under 18 is allowed).
  • Pets.
  • Judgmental attitudes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Austin Radical Faerie Camp

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