Beltane 2017

DSC 2641May 5 - 7, 2017
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
near Barneveld, Wisconsin

Coordinated by Minerva & Messina

Love is Love!!  Come and celebrate the turning of the wheel; rejoice in the possibilities of spring.  Join us to celebrate peace and love in all its forms.  We will move in the ancient Dances celebrating the Beltane Fire Festival.



* Kids' Programming * Maypole * Morris Dancing * Music * Magical Merchants Faire * Bonfires * Feasting * Workshops * Drumming Circles * May Court * and MORE!




Friday, May 5

9 am Merchant Arrivals
Noon Open for General Arrivals
Noon - 7 pm
  • Merchant Faire on the Green
  • Silent Auction & Raffle Donations accepted in the Raffle Tent
2 pm Unwrapping of the Maypole on the Green
2:30 pm Workshops:
  • Radical Self-Love with Laura Gonzalez in the Temple Room
    Explore the diverse beauties of the body as a sacred space and the purification of toxic ideas that disconnect us from our divine self.
  • Childrens' Workshop TBA with Rev. Bo Nelson
5 pm Dinner behind the Farmhouse
7 pm Opening Ritual with Rev. Selena Fox, Messina and Minerva at the Maypole
8:30 pm Ancient Goddess Danceswith Tajali Tolan in the Temple Room
Come join us for an evening of sacred dances for the goddess, love & abundance. If you don't want to dance, bring your drum or rattle and help to create the music of the dances. Our drum circle and dancing will last as long as we are willing to play and move.

Saturday, May 6

7 - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
8 am
  • Gate Opens for general arrivals
9 am
  • Silent Auction & Raffle Items accepted in the Raffle Tent until 5 pm
  • Merchant Faire on the Green until 7 pm
  • Newcomers' Meet & Greet in the Temple Room
9:30 am Childrens' Workshop: Childrens' Dance with Tajali Tolan & Rev. Bo Nelson
Children will learn a short dance that will be used during Main Ritual.
10:30 am Baby Blessing: Draven (son of Delaney)with Rev. Selena Fox. All are welcome.
10:45 am May Court Selection & Crowning on the Green
11 am Oak Apple Morris Dancers on the Green
12:30 pm Lunch behind the farmhouse
1:30 pm Maypole Dance with Georgette on the Green
2 pm Workshops:
  • The Alchemy of Dance with Tajali Tolan
    Join us for a discussion about the transformative power of dance while learning about ancient dances of love, peace and the Goddess.
  • Childrens' Workshop TBA with Rev. Bo Nelson
3:30 pm Panel Discussion: "So...Which of You Takes Out the Trash?"
Join a panel of community members to discuss Modern Day Gender Roles and Circle's inclusion policy. Panel includes: Rev. Selena Fox, Rev. Michelle Boshears, Steve Boshears, Jake Bradley, Nate Metrick, and Eldritch.
5 pm Raffle Drawing and Silent Auction
6 pm Dinner behind the Farmhouse
7:15 pm Gate Closes for Main Ritual (reopens for departure after ritual)
7:30 pm Beltane Ritual with Rev. Moonfeather
9 pm Spiral Labyrinth with Jenn Nelson
A meditative, guided journey through our Spiral Labyrinth.

Sunday, May 7

7 - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
8 am Gate Opens for Arrivals
9 am Workshops:
  • Seasonal Eating with Truly
    We will talk about the foods of the Beltane season; combining new growth, herbs, flowers and plants of spring with the remaining stored foods of winter.
  • Childrens' Workshop TBA with Rev. Bo Nelson
11 am Baby Blessing for Genevieve, daughter of Florence and Aaron at the Maypole
NOTE: Canadian media will be present to film and photograph this baby blessing. If you aren't attending the blessing, please make your departure before 11 AM or after lunch so as not to interfere with media coverage.
Noon Lunch behind the Farmhouse
1 pm Closing Ritual
3 pm Final Departures




  • Ritual garb and/or brightly colored clothes, as well as a crown of flowers or greens for your head or bells for your feet, to wear during the Beltane ritual. (optional)
  • Offering of small crystals, fresh flowers, other items for Fairy Shrine (optional)
  • Offering of small stones, crystals, rocks, flowers for the Stone Circle (optional)
  • Your own cup to use for drinks at meals and other times.
  • Camping Gear: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress, flashlight, water jug, towel, biodegradable soap and shampoo, personal toiletries, sungear, raingear, cold weather gear, insect and tick repellent.
  • A lawn chair, mat, or blanket for outdoor seating. Many activities will be outside.
  • An item for the Raffle and/or Silent Auction (optional)
  • Drum, rattle, or other rhythm instrument. (optional)
  • Chants, songs, or rhythms for late night drumming/dancing (optional)



If interested in vending, please register as usual, read the FAQ, and contact the Circle office:




Adults (each): Through midnight 4/16 4/17 - 5/3
3 Days $115 $125
2 Days $95 $105
Sat. Only $60 $65
Children 5+ (each) Through midnight 4/16 4/17 - 5/3
3 Days $40 $45
2 Days $35 $40
Sat. Only $25 $30

Children under 5 are free.


Registration for this event is limited.  Please register online to guarantee you will be able to attend.

Cancellations received before April 24th will be refunded minus 50% processing fee. Cancellations received on April 24th or later will not be refunded. Please refer to Circle's cancellation policy if you should need to cancel your event registration.

For more information, contact or call the Circle office at (608) 924-2216.



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