Austin Radical

Faerie Camp 2017

F A Q's

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?

This is the first Radical Faerie retreat in the Texas Hill Country in nearly 20-years, so we are planning for 80-90 faeries. NOTE: Currently, over 70 are registered. Total attendance is limited to150. 

 

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

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

 

What age group is expected to attend?

At other faerie gatherings, campers have ranged 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?

Watch the ARF Facebook page or website, or send an email to info@austinradfae.org, to make sure you are notified about the FFF scholarship request. This will consist of a fillable form asking for a little information about how much you can afford. Starting in July-2017, we will have a better idea how much financial support will be available and how many recipients can be awarded.

 

Will there be any women at the gathering?

No. Austin Radical Faerie Camp is a male-identified (including trans-men) event. We believe that celebrating our oddities as non-hetero, queer or trans men can help us spread awareness of diversity and gender-equality when we get back to the non-normal world.

 

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 campers under the supervision of the Kitchen Queen, and will be vegetarian with vegan choices. Breakfast will be self-serve “continental” style, unless the KQ & Crew feel particularly ambitious. Lunches and 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 to 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 among men. 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 . . . men.

 

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

No. This is designated as an alcohol-free and drug-free gathering. No one will be policing activities or pressing enforcement, but all campers are requested to leave beer, booze, non-medicinal pot, and recreational drugs at home. The reason is that getting stoned impinges on the honest hilarity and trustful, relaxed truthiness we want to permeate throughout.

 

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 before Thursday. And the owners of the property require us to vacate the property before 6PM on Sunday.

 

Is Lotus Ranch off the grid?

No. Cellular phone service is adequate, and there is limited wifi (inside the main meeting room).

 

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?

  • 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).
  • Tent and bedding (unless you have rented a lodge bed).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Camping chairs.
  • Yoga mat.
  • Costumes and accessories: feathers, glow-sticks, wigs, faerie wings. Whatever expresses your true radical, gender-bending nature.
  • Common sense and an open heart.

What should I NOT bring?

  • Alcohol.
  • Recreational drugs.
  • 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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