Registrations for the 2017 Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering are now open. To register, please read this information then follow the link at the bottom of this page.
The Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering is now the longest-running Neopagan gathering in the world. Out of respect for the gathering’s long history and to ensure it continues well into the future, registered attendees are asked to adhere to the following conditions of registration.
Failure to follow these conditions may result in your registration being revoked and you being asked to leave the Gathering immediately. Repeat or serious offenders risk being banned from future Gatherings.
Respect each other
The MFPG is intended as a coming together of Pagans and likeminded folk from a range of traditions, paths and backgrounds.
- The MFPG organisers are committed to providing a positive and meaningful experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, disability, body size, race or religion. For this reason, we will not tolerate any form of harassment of MFPG attendees. This includes but is not limited to offensive verbal comments about gender, appearance, sexuality, impairment, race or religion; intimidation; uninvited physical contact; etc.
- In accordance with the restrictions set down in our permit with Parks Victoria, noise levels must be kept to a level that is acceptable to others in the crater, including non-pagan campers who share the mountain with us over the weekend.
- Drumming is not permitted between the hours of 10pm and 10am.
- While acoustic instruments are welcomed, electronic music of any kind (this includes amplifiers, portable music players and speakers) is not permitted at the MFPG.
- Edged weapons such as knives, spears and athames are not permitted under Victorian law.
- The Saturday night ritual is a religious service. Participants and observers alike should behave reverently and respectfully.
- Photography or recording of any kind of the Saturday night ritual is strictly prohibited. Photography of other events at the Gathering are allowed, however attendees must not photograph someone without their consent.
- No press or researching academics are allowed at the MFPG without written permission from the Organisers. If you are approached by someone who identifies as press or somebody conducting research for any reason, please notify the Organisers immediately.
Respect the Mountain
Since the early 1980s, the Gathering has taken place at the Mount Franklin reserve. Today, we work with Parks Victoria each year to continue to provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly event each year.
- Attendees must bring their own firewood and not cut/remove any from the Mount Franklin reserve itself.
- All fires must be in the designated fireplaces around the crater. We will have a small number of portable fireplaces to borrow for the weekend. No other fires may be lit on the ground.
- There are no bins available at the reserve. Attendees must pick up after themselves and take all rubbish with them when they leave.
- Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs and must clean up after them.
The MFPG is lots of different things to lots of different people. For some, it is a profound spiritual experience and celebration of a sacred holiday. For others, it may be a chance to connect with their wider community. Whatever the reason you’re at the mountain, looking after yourself will help you to get the most out of your weekend.
- There is no potable water available at the Mount Franklin reserve. Please ensure you have an ample supply for not only drinking but personal washing, dishes, etc.
- Attendees must bring their own food and camping equipment. See the Camping at the Mount page for a detailed list of what to bring.
- Alcohol may be consumed by attendees who are 18+ but in moderation.
- Participants in the Saturday night ritual must not be under the influence of alcohol.
- Illicit substances are strictly prohibited.
- Costumes/robes are allowed but keep in mind we are a family friendly event.
- The excitement of being at the Gathering with like-minded folk can sometimes make it easy to forget your body and its needs. Please remember to both eat and sleep! If you find your emotions are running away from you, take time out check your physical condition and eat/rest if you need it.