Your registration fee includes: A place to set up your own tent, all meals, snacks (when applicable), and all activities.
We expect around 50-60 to attend this year.
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.
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.
Easy as pie! Send an email to email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate your ride-request or offer.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.