Your registration fee includes: A place to set up your own tent, all meals, snacks (when applicable), and all activities.
Last year was the first Radical Faerie retreat in the Texas Hill Country in nearly 20-years, and we had 90 faeries attending. Because it was so successful, we expect over 100 this year.
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.
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.
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.
No. Austin Radical Faerie Camp is a male-identified (including trans men) event. This is not to mean we think she-gendered queers are less-than. The intention here is to celebrate our oddities as non-hetero, queer, or trans men. We believe this can help us spread awareness of diversity and gender-equality when we get back to the non-normal world.
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 campers under the supervision of the Kitchen Queen, and will be vegetarian with vegan choices. Breakfast will be self-serve “continental” style. Lunches and 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 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.
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. The reason is that getting stoned impinges on the inclusion and trustful, relaxed truthiness 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 before Thursday. And the owners of the property require us to vacate the property before 6PM on Sunday.
No. Cellular phone service is adequate, and there is limited wifi (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.