Happy Beltane!

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Our thirty-fifth Beltane weekend on the Mount has come to a close. Thank you to everybody who braved the cold and wet weather to come and celebrate with us. It was just excellent to see so many new faces in amongst our old friends.

We will have a detailed run-down of the weekend in the coming week or so, but for now we wanted to thank all those lovely people and organisations who made this event possible. Thank you so much for all of your support, enthusiasm and generosity throughout the weekend:

  • To the Sustainable Hepburn Association (SHARE), for their ongoing support of the Gathering, and for the huge amount of work they put in behind-the-scenes in the lead up to the event each year.
  • To Nickole, River, Fiona, Lisa and everyone else from the Melbourne Reclaiming Community, for hosting the beautiful Beltane rite on Saturday evening. Thank you for making everyone feel so welcome and included in what was many people’s first Reclaiming ritual.
  • To KC Guy, who travelled all the way from South Australia to play his beautiful music at the Mount.
  • To Shaz, Callum, Ang, Dean, Rick and all the other good folk of Silver Birch Grove ADF, for the thousand and one things you did to help throughout the weekend, and also for helping us cover the cost of the portaloos this year! We are just blown away by your kindness and generosity.
  • To all our brilliant and incredibly generous 2016 raffle donors. Thank you so much for your donations! Because of you, this year was our biggest raffle yet, helping cover costs and keep the Gathering free, as it should be!
  • To our wonderful workshop facilitators: Daniel, Anne, Ryan and Peter; for providing entertaining and engaging workshops on such a wide variety of topics!
  • To Kylie, Mark, Sarah, Seumas, Alvin, Lee, Alex, Curtis, Will, Peter, Julie, Conner and David for helping out with the dozens of big and little tasks at the Organisers’ camp all weekend, from selling raffle tickets to rigging our beautiful maypole.
  • To Kylie Moroney Photography, for once again taking beautiful photos of the Gathering (the first one is at the top of this post – more to come!).
  • To the Australian Stage Company, for your Saturday night mummers’ play.
  • To Peter, who saved our bacon (well, sausages?) when we experienced multiple technical difficulties with our barbeque.
  • To Sally, for her delicious satay sauce that is now a Beltane tradition for many of us!
  • To Erika Turnbull, for the lovely green man logo we continue to use on our MFPG tshirts.
  • And finally, to anyone and everyone who braved the elements (it turns out none of us were actually soluble in water!) to celebrate Beltane with us on the Mountain. We saw lots of new faces, and even a few faces from interstate. We felt honored to share this festival with all of you, and humbled at the beautiful little community at the Mountain this year. Bring on 2017!

– Linda, Michel, Josie and Ryan
Mount Franklin Organisers

 

 

Harvest Blessings from the MFPG

As we approach the autumnal equinox, we think we’ve finally recovered from the fun, festivities and fellowship that was the 2015 Gathering!

We have had many queries recently about the date for the 2016 Gathering. It is still a little early to say for sure. We don’t usually announce Gathering dates until almost midway through the year, as we have to liaise with several outside bodies before a date can be set in stone.

Stay tuned for the date announcement later in the year, and in the meantime enjoy the beautiful photos in our gallery of Gatherings past. The 2015 photos were taken  by Kylie Moroney, and they are just gorgeous.

If you ordered a tshirt and have not yet paid, you will need to organise payment ASAP to receive your shirt. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Brightest blessings,

Linda, Michel, Mel, Des, Josie and Ryan

MFPG Organisers.

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The bonfire at the 2015 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.

Thankyou, and Happy Beltane!

The 34th annual Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering was a weekend of perfect weather and of friends old and new. In coming weeks we will do a proper run-down of the weekend, and in the meantime watch our gallery as we have already started to add photos from the weekend!

We just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge, heartfelt thankyou to the many businesses, groups and individuals who supported the Gathering this year. Your generosity and enthusiasm have been truly inspiring, and was what made the Gathering possible!

Thankyou to the Sustainable Hepburn Association (SHARE) for your continued support with our insurance and other administrative particulars. You really went above and beyond this year to help us get the Gathering organised.Thanks also to Parks Victoria and to the Dja Dja Wurrung clans for supporting the Gathering and caring for the land on which we meet.

To Shaz, Drum, Ang and everybody at Silver Birch Grove: thank you so much for such a beautiful ritual and the gorgeous feast afterwards. You really did bring us all together for an inspiring experience! We wish Drum safe travels back to the US, and thank him for traveling all this way!

We’d also like to thank our many, MANY generous raffle prize donators: Stephen at Moore Designs, The Daylesford Cider Company, Silver Birch Grove, The Daylesford Chocolate Mill, The Daylesford Day Spa, Stacey at The Country Witch’s Cottage, Willow at Wytchway Designs, White Witch Wares, Erika T, Alannah Coughlan, Janna at the Candied Peacock, Truly at Made by Truly, Forrest, Sharon, BJ Gilson, Lee K, Joanne M and Karen K.
*** If you came over and donated prizes over the weekend, please let us know! We have missed a few names here!***

Huge love to Kylie M for once again being our official photographer. The photos have come out beautifully!

Gratitude also to the Australian Stage Play for your Mummers’ Play. It made a great start to the Friday evening festivities.

Thanks to Erika T for the wonderful logo she designed for our tshirts, and to Tex and Fi at Big Tree T-Shirts for printing them!

Big hugs and Beltane love to Drum, Linda, Seline and Ryan for your interesting and insightful workshops, and to Fiona of the Pagan Collective of Victoria for running the Children’s Maypole.Thanks to Mei for all the running around you did for raffle prizes in the lead-up to the event, and to Mark, Mark, Kylie, Mei, Alvin, Mandy, Tom, Dale, Kelly, Sue and Mick for all your help with those hundred little (and not so little) jobs throughout the weekend.

Finally, thanks to EVERYONE who attended the Gathering, took part in the ritual, bought raffle tickets/tshirts/pancakes/sausages, talked, laughed, worshipped or shared throughout the weekend. Because of you, the 34th MFPG was nothing short of brilliant, and we can’t wait for the 35th! 🙂

With love,
Linda, Michel, Mel, Des, Josie and Ryan
MFPG Organisers

Attendees of the 2015 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.

Attendees of the 2015 Gathering. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moroney.