2017 Gathering: Thank you!

The 2017 Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering has drawn to a close. This year’s event was very well attended, and the atmosphere was welcoming and laid-back. We were thrilled to hear so many people remark on the weekend feeling more like “the old days”, with a great feeling of community and fellowship right across the crater.

This year’s event could not have taken place without the support of many, many people, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during our thirty-sixth annual event:

To Parks Victoria and S.H.A.R.E. (Sustainable Hepburn Association) for their continued support of our Gathering, which is now among the longest-running Pagan events in the world.

To Sarah and the wonderful folk of the Monthly Hills Pagan Coffee Meets for their beautiful ritual, and the forty-three million other marvelous things you provided for the community this weekend.

To Marilyne Nicholls and the Dja Dja Wurrung people for the welcome to country and smoking ceremony. This ceremony meant a lot to everyone in attendance, and was an integral part of this year’s Gathering.

To all of our generous raffle donors (who we will be listing a separate post soon). With your kind contributions, we were able to raise enough money to cover essentials like our portaloos and permit, and keep the Gathering free for all. Thank you so much!

To Seumas for all his hard work building our fancy new children’s maypole.

To Mark, Alex, Sarah and Seumas for the thousand things you did to help keep things running smoothly.

To Kylie for once again being our official photographer, on top of being official first aider!

To Peter for running a beautiful and welcoming bardic circle on the Friday night, and for his wonderful roast pork.

To Tim and Hayley of the Australian Stage Company for another cracking mummers’ play.

To Shaz, Callum and the druids for their assistance with crucial toilet placement. 😉

To all our workshop presenters Craig, Bret and Linda.

To everyone who contributed to our Welcome to Paganism panel: Linda, Shaz, Dean, Kathy, Philippe, Fran, Alex, Ryan and the folk of Raven Hearth.

To Alex, for running the children’s maypole dance with your usual enthusiasm and kindness.

To anyone who purchased a raffle ticket, bag or tshirt.

To anyone else who offered to help out in any way over the weekend. Your help was so appreciated, and apologies if we seemed too crazy busy to thank you properly at the time.

And finally thanks to everyone who attended over the weekend, whether it was camping or dropping in for a couple of hours.

This event is your event, and the vibrancy, energy, fellowship and community spirit you brought made for the biggest and brightest gathering we’ve had in years. We’ve come away utterly spent but in the best of ways. We’ve never been prouder to be a part of the Australian Pagan community.

Happy Beltane. Goodnight to all and to all a good night!

All our love,
The Organisers.

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Smoking ceremony and welcome to country conducted by Marilyne Nicholls of the Dja Dja Wurrung people at the 2017 Gathering. Photo by Kylie Moroney Photography.

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2017: Getting Back to Our Roots

The 36th annual Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering is almost upon us. We have finalised our permit with Parks Victoria and are now putting the finishing touches in place for this year’s event.

If you have come to the Gathering in recent years, you may have noticed that it has become busier and busier, with the schedule getting more jam-packed each year. When the MFPG started in 1981, it was intended as a relaxed, friendly and easygoing weekend during which Pagans and Magicohs of all paths to come together in the spirit of fellowship and worship.

While a lot has changed in the thirty-six years that the Gathering has run, and it may never (as much as some of us wish it could) go back to the small, intimate number of attendees and twelve foot bonfires of the eighties, we don’t believe we should neglect our original values or the vision of our founders. With that in mind, we have made a few changes with the intention of bringing the focus of the weekend back onto providing a relaxed, welcoming space where Pagans from a variety of backgrounds and traditions can connect (or reconnect), catch up and celebrate the sacred festival of Beltane together.

Some key changes this year include:

  • Community old and new is a focus for us. Registered attendees have the opportunity to join our attendee-only Facebook group. In this group we have exclusive news and updates, networking and more. If you registered and have not yet been added to the group, check your email for an invite.
  • Workshops are still taking place but timtabling will be no where near as rigid or as jam-packed. We are still finalising which workshops will run. On arrival at the mountain, visit the Organisers’ marquee, where you will find a blackboard listing the workshops being presented. If you are interested in running a workshop at the gathering, please contact us!
  • The sausage sizzle and book swap will not be running this year. These were not economically or logistically feasible for us. We may revisit these ideas for future gatherings.
  • The market is not something that we can do under the conditions of our permit. There will, however, be a swap and barter morning on Sunday before the maypole festivities commence. Anyone wishing to swap and barter outside of that time is welcome to do so but must do so from their own campsite. Please do not set up stalls and leave them for MFPG Organisers to supervise as it puts unnecessary strain on our finite amount of volunteers.
  • The raffle will go ahead as always. This raffle is one of our only means of paying for our precious portaloos, as well as other essentials like our permit from Parks Victoria. If you can donate a small something as a raffle prize, please get in touch!
  • Some tshirts will be available for sale at the Organisers’ marquee throughout the weekend. Due to the large number of shirts printed last year, we have not ordered any more in 2017. The sizes for sale on the weekend will be the only ones available – first in, best dressed…literally! We are selling these out to make room for our new shirts (featuring a brand new logo) in years to come.
  • The bardic circle is still something we are hoping for, if we can find someone bardly enough to help facilitate it. Any takers? Contact us!
  • The Beltane Rite, maypole, children’s maypole, spiral dance workshop and moot will all take place as per usual. These are the cornerstones of the event!

The Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering is now the oldest Neopagan gathering in the world (we think!), and it wasn’t the bells and whistles that got it to this point but our relaxed atmosphere and spirit of fellowship between different Pagans. So join us with an open heart, with friends or alone, with acoustic instruments, a reverence of your gods, a skill to share or a story to tell. Join us to celebrate Beltane with friends old and new, because this Gathering has always been what you, the vibrant, wonderful, quirky, friendly Pagan community, make it.

– The Organisers. ❤

Need more information about MFPG 2017? See our Conditions of Registration, Camping at the Mount, FAQ and Ritual Etiquette pages.

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2017 Registrations Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that registrations for 2017 are now open. To register for the Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering, you must first read and agree to our Conditions of Registration.

To register, go to the Conditions of Registration page, read the information there then click the link at the bottom of the page.

Non-registered attendees are still welcome at the Gathering, however they attend at their own risk and will not be covered by our public liability insurance.

Registration is only required if you are camping at the Mount for one or more nights. We do not require registrations for the general public or people sleeping off site.

Upon arrival at the Gathering, please report to the Organisers and sign in.

All attendees of the Gathering must familiarise themselves with the information presented on our FAQ, Camping at the Mount and Ritual Etiquette pages prior to attending.

– The Organisers 🙂

2017 Dates Announced

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We are pleased to announce that we have received approval for our 2017 dates. The 36th annual Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering will take place from the 27th to the 29th of October, 2017.

What happens now?

Registrations will be opened after the Spring Equinox in September. This year, registrations will take place via a form our website. Registered attendees will be given the option to join a private Facebook group for networking and information in the leadup to the event.

Where can I find more information?

Planning on attending the MFPG this year or just want to learn more? Try the following links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Camping at the Mount

Ritual Etiquette

The Organisers

History of the MFPG

Past Gatherings

Wicca and Traditional Craft

 

 

 

Agenda for Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on the 25th of March at 5pm in Creswick. Please contact us at mountfranklinpagans (at) gmail.com for details or to confirm your attendance.

Agenda items

Item Description
1 Election of chair, apologies, proxies, quorum and entitlement to vote, and nomination of minute taker
2 Minutes of previous meeting
3 Business arising from Minutes of previous meeting
4 Consideration of reports:

·     Committee’s report

5 Appointment of or report from Executive Committee
6 Consideration of financial matters:

·     Financial statements, etc

7 Dissolving of committee. Election of new Executive Committee and General Committee Members
8 Other business:
  – 2017 Gathering
9 Meeting close