Beltane 2018

DSC 2641May 4 - 6, 2018
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
near Barneveld, Wisconsin

Frolicking with Spirits of Spring

Coordinated by Sharon, Judith, and Jake

Welcome in the May with lots of fun frolicking with the faeries, elves, mermaids, trolls, gnomes, pixies, nymphs, brownies, and other spring spirits, and bring your finest festival frocks and gnomealicious garb for this magickal spring weekend celebration.



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



About Beltane:

Celebrating the Seasons: Beltane

Frequently Asked Questions about our 3-day festivals



Friday, May 4

11 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 Wishing Tree & Blessingat the Faerie Shrine with Judith, Selena and Byron
Wishing Trees or Rag Trees are common throughout Ireland, England and Scotland. Pieces of cloth decorated by you will be tied to the trees at the Faeire Shrine to ask for an answer to a prayer or a wish to be fulfilled. In this form of sympathetic magic, the thought is that as the rag decays, the wishes will come true or the prayers will be answered. Join us making your own "clootie" to tie to the tree or bring your own offerings of coins, jewelry, rings, prayer cards and trinkets as offerings to the Fae. Rags will be at the Faerie Shrine for everyone to use during the weekend.
3 pm Workshops:
  • Into the Woods, Courting the Fae with Byron Ballard in the Temple Room
    It sounds easy enough to meet the Other Crowd, but have you? This class is about the folkloric and practical protocols for walking between the worlds of the Seen and Unseen.
  • Family Programming: Mask Making & Story Time in the Summer Kitchen
  • Sweat Lodge Tear Down with Colleen
    All are welcome to join in sacredly taking down and burning the previous sweat lodge. Once that is done, we will clear & clean the space to prepare for the new Sweat Lodge.
4:30 pm Unwrapping of the Maypole
5:30 pm Dinner behind the Farmhouse
7 pm Opening Ritual  with Selena, Sharon, Judith and Jake at the Maypole
Ceremony of Welcome
8:00 pm Fairie Masque Ball - Music, Magic & Mischief
Come in your best Faerie finery to dance, to laugh, to play games, and to mingle and play nice with other elves, mermaids, trolls, gnomes, pixies, nymphs, faeries, brownies and other spring spirits in a magickal setting! There will be drinks and snacks, mischief, making new friends, more mischief, music, and more! The Frolicking Faeries are sure to stir up their own type of mischief! The entire family is welcome!

Saturday, May 5

7 - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
8 am
  • Gate Opens for general arrivals
  • Silent Auction & Raffle Items accepted in the Raffle Tent until 5 pm
  • Merchant Faire on the Green until 7 pm
8:30 am
  • Newcomers' Meet & Greet in the Temple Room with Jim, Rev. Ana, Jake, and Messina
    First time to Circle land or festival? Come and be welcomed by long-time community members and learn everything you need and want to know to make your weekend magickal!
9 am
  • Morris Dancers? What's a Morris Dancer?with Colleen
    Morris Dancing is a type of folk dance from England that has survived for centuries. It’s said that the dance is so ancient its origins have been lost in the mists of time and that this tradition has been greatly misunderstood. Come learn why we celebrate and honor the Morris Dancers at Beltane!
  • Family Programming: Parents and Children Meet and Greet
    Meet other families and discuss what Beltane is all about. Dress in your faerie finest during this hands-on family activity we’ll get your little Faeries ready for the Faerie Parade.
9:45 am Adult Maypole Practice on the Green Must be 16 years old to participate!
10 am
  • Handfasting of Tristan & Andromeda
    All are invited to this Pagan wedding conducted by Selena Fox at the Maypole
  • Family Programming: TBA
11 am Bringing in the Merry, Merry Month of May! on the Green
Bring your chairs or blankets and stroll on down to the Maypole and join in the fun as we bring in the May! They’ll be bubbles, face painting, snacks, mischief and more and even a children's Faerie Parade. The selection and crowning of the May Court will be held. We'll enjoy the entertainment of the Oak Apple Morris Dancers. And be sure the Frolicking Faeries will be in attendance to surprise and delight you with their mischief and acts of kindness! Smiles and fun will be had by all!
12:30 pm Lunch behind the farmhouse
2 pm Workshops:
  • Practical Magic: Working with Spirits of Place to Transform the Multiverse with Byron Ballard
    After forming an alliance with the Unseen Folk, it's time to have some agency in the world. And you can't do that without these simple and effective magical techniques. Concepts range from deep grounding to nabbing "free" energy.
  • Family Programming: TBA
  • Sweat Lodge Building with Colleen & Zephyr
    Come and lend your hands, hearts and energy to the erecting & tying of the willows to create a new Sweat Lodge.
3:30 pm Workshops:
  • Powers of Beltane with Rev. Selena Fox
    Explore and experience the magic of the Sun and Belfire, of Land and the Green, of May and Maypole, of Flowers and Fertility, and of Sacred Union and Mysteries of Life, Death, and Rebirth. Workshop includes guided imagery experiences and Nature communion.
  • Family Programming: TBA
  • Sweat Lodge Building Continued with Colleen & Zephyr
4:30 pm Raffle Drawing and Silent Auction
5 pm Dinner behind the Farmhouse
6:30 pm Gate Closes for Main Ritual (reopens for departure after ritual)
7:00 pm Beltane Ritual with Rev. Sharon and others
Until Midnight Beltane Spiral Labyrinth with Tereesa and Jason
Come walk the labyrinth and feel the presence of the Spirits of Spring & Nature. Interact with those you may meet along the way. Re-ignite your creativity, your passion for life, expand on personal and community possibilities…..the magick of the labyrinth awaits you.

Sunday, May 6

7 - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Summer Kitchen
8 am Spring Nature Walkwith Rev. Bob Paxton
Join in on a slow-paced walk to see, hear and smell the sights and sounds of Spring as the land is awakening. Birds, butterflies, bees, flowers and more!
9 am Workshops:
  • Finding the Other Realms Under Suburbia with Byron Ballard
    We all dream of misty woods and meadows of fireflies but many of us live in the concrete forests of urban America. How can we access the wildwood from a third-floor apartment? Do land spirits visit window boxes on fire escapes? Does a manicured city park contain any real magic? The answer is a joyful "yes!" Come and learn the secrets of crossing the borders in a world with asphalt pathways and springs of recycled water.
  • Family Programming: TBA
10:30 am Brunch behind the Farmhouse
Noon Wrapping it All Up with Rev. Selena, Rev. Sharon, Jake, and Judith
The event is over, but our work is not. We'll spend some time talking about how things went and what you take home. Distilling the lessons we learned this weekend… or have yet to learn. Focusing on the gifts and knowledge we gained over the weekend. Of sharing conversations and smiles with new friends old and new. How we keep the fire burning in us until we meet again.
1 pm Closing Ritual and Farewellswith Rev. Selena, Rev. Sharon, Jake, and Judith
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 5/2 At Gate
3 Days $130 $135
2 Days $110 $115
Sat. Only $70 $75
Children 5+ (each) Through 5/2 At Gate
3 Days $45 $50
2 Days $40 $45
Sat. Only $30 $35

Children under 5 are free.


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.



If you have questions, please contact the Circle Office.