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.

Housekeeping

Not long to go now! Here are a few important bits and pieces for anyone attending this year’s Gathering.

Registrations are full. If you are registered as attending and your plans have changed, please contact us and let us know. We have a long waiting list of people hoping to register.

If you are not registered but are planning on attending the mountain on the weekend of the Gathering, please note that you will not be covered by our insurance and as such will be camping at your own risk. The MFPG accepts no liability for unregistered campers.

All attendees of the 2015 Gathering should familiarise themselves with the information on our Camping at the Mount, FAQ and Ritual Etiquette pages as they prepare for the 2015 MFPG weekend. A full schedule of events can be found here.

On arrival on the Mountain, come and say hello at the Organisers’ camp and sign our visitors’ book! Please do not park/camp in the centre crater (fenced off area). Not sure where to park? Ask one of our friendly Organisers!

Charge up your solar lights! Don’t forget to bring a string (or strings!) of solar lights to help us light up the crater.

As part of the Bardic Circle on the Friday night, we are requesting that all attendees help us out by bringing a donation of a small amount of firewood to the communal fire. Remember that no firewood can be collected at the Mount – you will need to bring your own. Please see our Camping at the Mount section for more information what to bring and what to leave at home. 🙂

We are in the process of ordering our brand spanking new tees! These will be black, with a beautiful green man design by Erika T on the front and the name of the Gathering on the back. Two cuts are available: unisex loose fit ($30) and Ladies’ slim fit ($35).

To pre-order your tshirt and reserve one in your size, contact us with the size/style you require. Payments can be made to:

Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering Association Inc
BSB: 633-000
Account: 147045363
Please use your name as a reference when sending your payment.

You can pick up your tshirt at the Gathering, or we will post yours to you after the event for $6.20. These shirts will also be available for sale at the Gathering.

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