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Saturday, 23 February 2019 16:59

Bunkhouse Agreement

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Terms and Conditions of Bunkhouse Rental / Use

This agreement is between Circle Sanctuary Inc. and the Bunkhouse Renter(s)/Room Occupant(s).

  • Occupant(s) acknowledges that rental in the bunkhouse is for one bunk (upper and lower beds) for use for one (1) person during the gathering.  
  • Occupant(s) acknowledge that bunks and other furniture cannot be moved.
  • Occupant(s) acknowledges that there shall be no smoking or vaping inside the bunkhouse.  
  • Occupant(s) to supply their own bed linens and pillows.  
  • Occupant(s) acknowledge the bunkhouses are not locked and agree to provide their own means of protecting their valuables.
  • Occupant(s) shall not allow entry to the bunkhouses to general PSG participants – you must be a registered occupant(s) of the bunkhouse(s) for entry.   
  • Occupant(s) acknowledge that PSG/Circle Staff, PSG Safety/Guardians and Hannon’s Camp America Staff may enter the bunkhouses as necessary to carryout their responsibilities to Circle, Hannon’s Camp America and the Gathering.
  • Occupant(s) shall maintain bunkhouse in a good and clean condition and use bunkhouse only in a careful and lawful manner. 
  • Occupant(s) shall pay for repairs for any damages to the bunkhouse over and above normal wear and tear.  
  • Occupant(s) may utilize clothes line, clothes pins & tapestry for privacy within their bunk areas.  Occupant(s) may not attach nails, screws, tape, etc. to the walls of the bunkhouse.
  • Occupant(s) shall dispose of all waste material generated in the trash receptacles provided.  All trash from the bunkhouse should be removed at the end of the event and placed in the dumpster(s) provided.
  • Occupant(s) acknowledge quiet hours from 11pm-7am. 
  • Occupant(s) shall vacate the bunkhouse(s) by 6pm on closing Sunday, June 23.

The Occupant(s) shall hereby indemnify and hold harmless Circle Sanctuary, Inc. and Hannon’s Camp America against any and all claims of personal injury or property damage or loss arising from use of the bunkhouse(s), premises or property regardless of the nature of the accident, injury or loss. Occupant(s) expressly recognizes that any insurance for property damage or loss, or personal injury which Circle Sanctuary, Inc. or Hannon’s Camp America may maintain does not cover the Occupant(s).   


Tuesday, 08 December 2015 07:36

Guide for CPAP users

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psg evergreen logoWe recognize that some PSG attendees use CPAP machines, and that powering those devices is an important part of getting good rest.  Our current PSG site has very limited electric availability, so this guide will help you navigate your options.

Disclaimer: If in doubt, check with your CPAP manufacturer or your medical equipment supplier.  Don't do anything stupid with your expensive equipment!  And test everything before you leave home.


Power in Disability Camp

Electrical service in Disability Camp, near the center of the PSG site, is available by application only, for $20.  Space is a complicating factor: if you have anything larger than a tent, you may not be able to fit in Disability Camp -- RVs and travel trailers are not going to work there.


Battery Options

Whether you're camping in a larger unit like an RV or you just don't want to be tied down to the Disability Camp area, a battery-powered solution may be right for you.

The typical CPAP unit without a humidifier draws around 25 watts, and a humidifier & heated tube increases that to around 80 watts.  So, the first thing to consider when camping with a CPAP is to jettison the humidifier.  Southern Illinois in late June tends to be hot and humid, so this may not pose a problem for you.

Solutions from the CPAP manufacturers may be prohibitively expensive, such as this $670 option for a ResMed S9.  However, it may be more convenient to use a 12-volt converter -- either one from your CPAP vendor (example), or an inexpensive inverter.


How Much Battery Do I Need?

Batteries are rated in amp-hours (Ah): for example, a 10Ah battery will supply 10 amps for one hour, or one amp for ten hours.  So let's do some rough math:

  • A CPAP machine which needs 25 watts will, if powered by a 12-volt supply, need just over 2 amps.  Let's round that up to 2.5 amps to account for power loss in the converter.
  • Let's assume you get 8 hours of sleep every night, so 8 x 2.5 = 20Ah needed to get you through the night.  If you're running a humidifier, bump that up to 55Ah.


What Kind of Battery Should I Get?

Depends on how much you want to spend and how much hassle you're willing to deal with.  One convenient option would be a better-quality car jump starter unit, such as this one for around $150 which comes with a built-in charger.  Note that I have not found a jump starter for less than $150 which has a large enough battery -- do the research and don't buy something inadequate!

If you want to spend a little less, and have something that is safely sealed and won't leak, you could consider a sealed lead-acid battery for closer to $75.

If you want to spend less yet, or if you're running a humidifier -- and you don't mind lugging around a big battery which may spill acid if tipped -- then something like a group 24 deep-cycle / marine battery for around $60 will work.  One extra advantage of a big battery is that you'll get 2 or 3 nights out of a full charge.  Motorcycle or tractor batteries can work as well -- but keep in mind that if it weighs less than 20 pounds, it's probably not enough battery.


How Do I Charge My Battery?

There will be power available near the Info Tent and at the power pole behind the stage, and you can carry your battery there daily for charging.  If you do that, make sure to bring a battery charger!  A 10-amp charger like this one will top off one night's worth of use in about three hours.

Solar charging is also an option, though you do need to take care to buy a large enough one.  A 100-watt panel and a controller will, for about $150 and a little wiring, get you through both sunny and cloudy days.  The little 10-watt panels sold for charging cellphones and the like will never keep up, even under optimal conditions.


Other Questions?

If you'd like to discuss this further or talk over a specific setup, please feel free to contact Bob Paxton at


Friday, 04 December 2015 15:56

PSG 2019 Workshops

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Workshop submissions are due by March 31, 2019, and approved workshops are listed below.


No approved proposals!


Monday, 01 June 2015 16:22

In Memoriam

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Pagan Spirit Gathering Community Beloved Dead

Please email any updates or corrections to 


Margot Adler of New York (1946-2014)

De-Anna Alba (Wendy White) of California (1952-2012)

Robin Arnhold (Beket) of Wisconsin (1944-2019)

James Bademian of California

Dori Beyer  (Serenity de Namaste) of Wisconsin (1940-2004)

Raymond Buckland of Ohio (1934-2017)

Angelo Calderado (Lo Head) of Michigan (1967-2010)

Loren Caswick (Kyril Oakwind) of Wisconsin

Grey Cat of Tennesse (1940-2012)

Aileen Cheng of Illinois (1987-2012)

TJ Collins of  Ohio (1978-2010)

Duanne Colvin

Brigit Cook of Missouri (2000-2014)

Frank G. "Skip" DeLodder aka Braumloch Lauder of Michigan (1952-2012)

Joanne M. Doak of Wisconsin (1949-2005)

Jane Edwards of Iowa (1944-2016)

Erica Eide of Wisconsin (1964-2018)

Richard Harris Eney (Diccon Frankborn) of Maryland (1937- 2006)

Glenn Alan Fischer

Wade Jeffery Forshee of Michigan (1955-2007)

Mark Framstad of Wisconsin (1952-2018)

Carol Olson Gainer (Lady Cybele) of Wisconsin (1942-2017)

Joel Gainer (Wolfhawk) of Wisconsin (1948-2009)

Neta Gilbertsen of Wisconsin (1932-2014)

Wally Gilbertsen of Wisconsin (1928-2001)

Brandy Gilroy of Ohio (1974-2015)

Mike Gleason of Massachusetts (1951-2012)

Roxane Gonseth of Florida (1956-2015)

Pedro Gonzalez, Jr. of Pennsylvania (1944-2010)

Dave Grega of Texas (1984-2012)

Alison Harlow of California (1934-2004)

Bill Hassel of Washington (d. 1998)

Marshall Haller of Wisconsin (1948-2016)

Leigh Hamilton of Missouri (1949-2018)

Jennifer (Jenny) Jo Head of Alabama (1973-2011)

Kathryn Anne Fernquist Hinds of Georgia (1962-2018)

Judi Mari Jacksohn of Illinois (1950-2017)

Karen Jackson of Illinois (d. 2007)

Steve Jackson (Ravenwolf) of  Illinois (1957-2014)

Kris Jensen of Wisconsin (1953-2014)

Jeane Blue Crow Julian of Virginia

Hilary Karnda of Wisconsin (1941-2005)

George (Hank) Knaepple of Indiana (1961-2018)

Pam Kolozsy of Illinois (1948-2010)

Jeff Koslow of Ohio (1949-2003)

Donald Michael Kraig of California (1951-2014)

Sandy Artistfair Kucyk of Illinois (1948-2018)

Sandra Kuckla of Illinois (1955-1999)

Christopher Lannin of Wisconsin

Deborah Ann Light of New York & Florida (1935-2015)

Emily Lingen of Minnesota (1979-1999)

Ken Laukant of Wisconsin (1969-2017)

Elizabeth MacCaskie (Lady Delthea) of Minnesota (1951-2018)

Sidney Malloch (Crow Wind) of Wisconsin (1938-2010)

Fran McIntosh (Lady Isis) of Arkansas (d. 2011)

Bill (William) Milakovich of Missouri (1960-2018)

Daniel Moeller (OakBear) of Wisconsin (1951-2018)

Lola Moffat of Minnesota (1978-2015)

Barbara Moss of Wisconsin (1969-2015)

George Moyer of Colorado (1952-2011)

Donald Mulligan (Laughing Starheart) of Michigan (d. 2008) 

Ronald Lee Naanes (Rainbow Man) of Indiana (1939-2007)

Wayne Ochs of Missouri (1944-2001)

Bruce Parsons of Wisconsin (1947-2010)

Amy Paul (Blessing Bird) of Maryland (d. 2011)

Gwydion Penderrwen of California (1946-1982)

Gordon Pepin of Wisconsin (1951-2012)

Leianne Pepper of Kentucky (d. 2011)

Henry Petrucci (Tree) of Michigan

Eva Phillips

Owain Phyfe of Michigan (1949-2012)

Christine Poortenga (Valley) of Wisconsin (1946-2016)

Grayce Porter of Iowa

James Porter of Iowa

Dennis Presser of Wisconsin (1958-2013)

Michael Ragan of Georgia (1931-2014)

Richard Ravish of Massachusetts (1952-2012)

Stevie Reynolds of Kentucky (1953-2012)

Jeff Rosenbaum of Ohio  (1955-2014)

Jim Runnels  (Moon/Mad Dog) of Minnesota (1941-2004)

Al Saddoris of Illinois (1950-2000)

Lisa Circe Santaniello (Antigone) of Texas (1954-2014)

Paula Schultz (d. 2014)

Michael A. Schwartz of Ohio (1958-2016)

Peter Bruner Soderberg (Sparky T. Rabbit) of Illinois (1954-2014)

Lado Stetak of Ohio (d. 2010)

Sarah Ellen Taylor of Illinois (1983-2015) 

Seth Thomas Tritt of Wisconsin (1980-2019)

Paul Tuitean of Minnesota (1954-2001)

Helen Umber of Wisconsin & New Jersey (1923-2017)

Carl Vaumen

Charlene Elizabeth Vierke (LoreSeeker) (d. 2007)

Gloria Villanueva of Wisconsin (1938-2008)

Wade Vorshee

Julie Wichman of Wisconsin (1963-2012)

Christine Elizabeth Wright of Indiana (1973-2014)

Gregory (Wildwind) Young of Michigan (1942-2015)

Morning Glory Zell of California (1948-2014)


Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:11

Pagan Spirit Gathering Themes

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Private Land near Sparta, Wisconsin

  • 1980: Celebrating Summer Solstice (prototype PSG)
  • 1981: Growth & Survival of Paganism in the Years Ahead

Private Land near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

  • 1982: Healing the Planet, Healing Ourselves
  • 1983: Pagan Music & Culture

Eagle Cave in Wisconsin

  • 1984: Shamanism for the New Age
  • 1985: Pagan Life Around Mother Earth
  • 1986: Celebrating Mother Earth, Solstice Sun & Magick Moon
  • 1987: Honoring Mother Nature & Midsummer Sun
  • 1988: Magic Music & Sacred Dance
  • 1989: Ecomagic
  • 1990: Heal this Planet!
  • 1991: Pagan Paths
  • 1992: Nature Peoples
  • 1993: Sacred Circles
  • 1994: Earth & Sky
  • 1995: Nature Communion
  • 1996: Culture and Community

Wisteria near Athens, Ohio

  • 1997: Sun, Moon, & Land
  • 1998: Pagan Towne
  • 1999: Sacred Mound
  • 2000: Magick in Nature
  • 2001: Horizons
  • 2002: Tree of Life
  • 2003: Family & Community
  • 2004: Wheel of the Year
  • 2005: Enchanted Celebration
  • 2006: Sun Magic
  • 2007: Celebrating Lights of Liberty
  • 2008: Bring Your Spirit Home

Camp Zoe near Salem, Missouri

  • 2009: Old Traditions, New Beginnings
  • 2010: Spirals of Spirit & Light

Stonehouse Farm near Dekalb, Illinois

  • 2011: Solstice Magic
  • 2012: Tribe and Spirit through the Ages
  • 2013: Connections
  • 2014: Heart and Harmony
  • 2015: Celebrating Community

Tall Tree near Vienna, Illinois

  • 2016: Our Spirit - The Key to Our Roots
  • 2017: With Our Hands
  • 2018: Soul Shine

Hannon's Camp America near Oxford, Ohio

  • 2019: Rise Up!
Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:09

Pagan Spirit Gathering History

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by Selena Fox

Pagan Spirit Gathering, also known as PSG, is one of America’s oldest and largest Pagan camping festivals.  Organized and sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, PSG is a Pagan village community immersion experience that takes place during Summer Solstice week each year and that continues year round through social media and other forms of interpersonal communications.

PSG was an outgrowth of Pagan networking and seasonal celebrations that I, along with others involved with Circle Sanctuary, began doing in the 1970s.  Pagan Spirit Gathering also is rooted in values prevalent in mid twentieth century social movements for peace, environmental preservation, equality, liberty, and justice for all.  PSG is an opportunity to create and live cooperatively in a society founded on those values.

Pagan Spirit Gathering started in 1980 as a weekend Summer Solstice festival on private land near Sparta, Wisconsin.  Although small, with only ninety people, this prototype PSG brought together Pagans from many paths and many places from across the United States and beyond to create and live in a Pagan village in a natural location.  There was no program book and no pre-established times for workshops, discussions, music sharing, and rituals at our 1980 festival.  Program activities were organized on site.

PSG emerged as a new kind of Pagan festival that focused on building connections and developing community among Pagans across traditions, as well as forming and strengthening spiritual relationships with sacred dimensions of Nature.  Each day and evening of that first gathering, we came together to create and nurture community in meetings, workshops, and rituals.  Festival drumming, which is now widespread across Pagan gatherings the world over, began at this prototype PSG.

The following year, in 1981, we expanded the length of our gathering to four days, increased the number of program activities from a dozen to forty, and published our first program book.  Our festival also got its name -- I named it Pagan Spirit Gathering to signify its Pagan spiritual community focus. 

At Pagan Spirit Gathering 1981, our community grew in size to 250 people.  Our festival encampment continued to evolve as a village as we established several centers, including Information, Health, and Childcare.  In addition, we began our work-sharing approach to festival staffing, which now has became commonplace for Pagan festivals organized by other groups in the USA and other countries.

Both our 1980 and 1981 PSGs were held at the same site in the forested hills of western Wisconsin.  This was the most rustic of the places where the PSG Community has made its home.  We hauled in all of our own drinking water, food, and other supplies, and, at the end of our gathering, hauled out all of our garbage and recycling.  Bathing was in the pond.  Toilet facilities were an open air outhouse and the woods. There was no electricity on site and no tents or other shelters for group activities.  

Pagan Spirit Gathering moved to a new home the following year.  This site was also private land.  It was home to PSG in both 1982 and 1983.  This second PSG site was in central Wisconsin along the Rock River near Oconomowoc.  It was still very rustic, with no electricity, drinking water taps, or shelter buildings.  We rented a large circus tent to have some communal indoor space, and under the big top, which we called “Tenthenge,” we had merchant booths and held some of our meetings and workshops there.  We trucked in drinking water in 55 galloon drums, and we bathed in the river.  For the first time, we brought in rented portatoilet units and had a parking lot for participants’ vehicles.

In 1982, we expanded PSG to six days long, beginning on the Friday of Summer Solstice weekend and ending on a Wednesday.  Participants had the option of taking part in several post-PSG events. 

At PSG 1982, we added gatekeepers and life guards to the list of community work jobs.  We expanded the number and scope of program activities and began cross scheduling workshops.  We supplemented the schedule in our program book by announcing activities via large posters on our bulletin board at our Information Center.  Workshop presenters scheduled themselves by signing up for slots and locations when they arrived at PSG.  The number of program activities increased to more than sixty that year and our program book doubled in size.

In 1983, PSG continued to grow.  The length of PSG expanded to a full week in length and the size of our community increased to 450 participants.  The Guardians, first known as the Guardians of the Fourth Face, formed that year and began doing PSG safety and security work.  Merchanting at PSG expanded from a few booths to a diverse and colorful magical marketplace.  Our growing Pagan village filled the entire 4-acre site.  Also at PSG 1983, we had our first community-created full scale theatrical production for our main ritual, featuring a variety of costumed dancers, singers, poets, and aspecting priestesses and priests.

In 1984, PSG moved to a new and bigger place, the big valley of Eagle Cave Campground near Blue River, Wisconsin.  This was our festival home for the next thirteen PSGs.  Our gathering grew in scope and size during this time, expanding to over 700 participants in 1996.  We added more workshop areas and more centers, including a place for counseling support, known then as the Centering Dome, and Amethyst Circle, an alcohol-free place with Pagan 12 Step AA meetings and other support for Pagans recovering from alcoholism and other addictions.  PSG added concerts to its program activities, using a flatbed farm wagon as a stage and an electric generator to make amplification possible.  The campground staff created a food stand and began selling meals and meal plans to participants.  

This third home to PSG included an ancient cave.   Eagle Cave, which is the largest onyx cave in Wisconsin, became a ceremonial place for us for several of our large community rituals, including my handfasting with Dennis Carpenter in 1986 and the Sacred Cave Mother Earth Communion Rite I led in 1995. 

During our years at the Eagle Cave site, community drumming grew to be an important part of PSG village life.  Drumming was a regular part of our town meetings as well as rituals. Experienced drummers began mentoring new drummers in workshops, rituals, and rhythm circles, and in 1996, developed drumming guidelines which our community adopted and continues to use.

During the time that PSG made Eagle Cave Campground its home, we expanded our work with Pagan youth to include programming for different age groups as well as a center with play area.  Also during this time, we added academic Pagan presentations, and did a PSG Tribal survey as part of a Pagan Studies research project.     

In late Autumn of 1996, Eagle Cave Campground staff and its site went through changes, and the big valley which had been our gathering home was no longer available.  The quest for a new and larger home for PSG began. 

After exploring a variety of places in Wisconsin and in several other states, PSG moved to southeastern Ohio.  Our fourth site was Wisteria, a new land project being created by a group of owners that included longtime PSG Community members. Although not yet a campground, this site had plenty of flat space for camping and festival activities. 

During the twelve years that Wisteria was home to PSG, we helped Wisteria’s group of owners develop their land as a campground and event site.  Money we paid to Wisteria owners for the use of their land and services for PSG each year helped them pay off their land debt as well as provided funds for improving their facilities.  Wisteria built a pavilion to use for operating their coffeehouse and a stage for concerts, ceremonies, and celebrations.

PSG Community members worked with Wisteria owners and staff on developing several ceremonial sites on the land.   These included a couple woodland circle areas, a large ritual circle, and two mounds. During our first PSG at Wisteria in 1997 and the following year, we created a small conical ancestral mound near the ritual circle.  At PSG 1999 and the two PSGs that followed, we created a large turtle mound made of rocks and soil in work sessions and rituals.  It served as a meditation and ceremonial place for group rituals.

PSG continued to grow in diversity and complexity.   In 1997, my husband Dennis Carpenter and I welcomed Chip Brown to PSG’s administrative team as Special Issues Director, and in 2004, we welcomed Sharon Stewart, also known as MoonFeather, as PSG Manager and Program Director. 

During our time at Wisteria, the number and type of workshops, rituals, and other program activities grew.  I began doing a yearly Pagan leadership intensive, the Tribal Dance and Drum Bonfire ritual took form, and the all-night Candlelight Labyrinth became a yearly tradition.  In addition, we began developing Young Womanhood and Manhood passage rite programs as well as the Spirit Hunt, a transformative shamanic rite, later to be called the Sacred Hunt.

In Autumn of 2008, PSG’s time at Wisteria came to a close as the owners charted new directions for their campground, including sponsoring their own festivals.   As we quested for a new PSG home, we looked for a place more centrally located in the United States and with improved facilities.

In 2009, PSG moved to a large music festival site in the magical Ozark mountains of southeastern Missouri near Salem.  This site, known then as Camp Zoe, had once been a Summer youth camp, and it had the most developed facilities of any of the sites that had previously been home to PSG.  In addition to electricity in multiple areas, it featured a full size professional stage with lights, large shower house, several cabins, and a beautiful crystal clear stream for wading, swimming, and rafting.

During our two PSG’s at Camp Zoe, we continued to innovate programming and community services.  We increased the number of workshops and workshop areas.  Training for Pagan priestesses, priests, activists, and other leaders expanded with the development of the Pagan Leadership Institute.  The Tea Dance, which had first emerged as a PSG mixer at Eagle Cave in the 1980s transformed into Pan’s Ball, a costumed dance party. Our First Aid and Safety center got a cabin for the first time, we added media support for Pagan bloggers and podcasters, and merchants had the option for electricity in the marketplace area.

In November of 2010, we learned that Camp Zoe was in the process of being shut down due to legal problems stemming from other events they had held there.  The quest for PSG’s sixth site began.  

Starting in 2011, Pagan Spirit Gathering made its home at an eco-retreat and campground known as Stonehouse Farm.  It is located near Earlville in rural northern Illinois, about seventy miles west of Chicago.  This 37-acre site includes wooded areas, fields, gardens, a sandy beach and pond, several buildings, electrical hookups for campers and merchants, a new showerhouse, and its namesake, a historic stone house built in the mid nineteenth century by a Scottish stone mason.

Pagan Spirit Gathering 2015 was closed after just two days, due to flooding which rendered a large portion of the grounds unsafe.  After an extensive and intensive search, we found our next home.

In 2016, 2017, and 2018, PSG was located at the Tall Tree event campground near Vienna Illinois, about an hour north of Paducah KY.  This 200-acre site features a lake, woods, open fields, and a Bonfire Circle community ritual space on an island in the lake.

In search of a broader range of amenities, PSG moved in 2019 to Hannon's Camp America near Oxford, Ohio, about 30 miles from Cincinnati.  This site features bunkhouses, a dining hall, several gathering buildings, more electrical power, plenty of good wooded camping & ritual places, and much more!

Pagan Spirit Gathering and its Community have continued to grow and evolve.  Our activities include a variety of life passages, such as handfastings and weddings, pregnancy and baby blessings, coming of age rites, as well as croning, saging, and senioring rites.

At our newest PSG home, we have restructured some of our centers and added others.  Our centers now include:  Gate, Safety, Information, Raffle, Family Center, Warrior Spirit, Teen, EnChantment, Sweatlodge, Women's Hearth, Crone Temple, Sage Temple, Social Justice, Dancing Shadows Lodge, Psyche's Grotto, Rainbow, Amethyst Circle, and others.  In addition, there are specialty camping areas.  

This Gathering is also about experiencing and celebrating Community; creating a magical Pagan village together; sharing songs, meditations, rituals, food, ideas, fun, magic; sharing work as well as celebration; teaching and learning from each other; examining ourselves collectively and individually as part of Nature Spirituality and Pagan culture.

Finally, PSG is about experiencing personal transformation: purifying, balancing, centering and revitalizing ourselves through spiritual encounters; living fully as our magical Pagan selves in spiritual community and letting this process enrich our lives.  It is about the freedom to be the Wise Ones we truly are, about connecting with our ancient roots and expanding our consciousness to shape tomorrows.  It is about making Magic and more fully coming to know ourselves as individuals and as a people.  It is about carrying the insights and energy we experience into our daily lives to help ourselves, others, and the community of life on Planet Earth and beyond.

Blessed Be, PSG!

Selena Fox, also known as Rev. Selena Fox, is senior minister of Circle Sanctuary and executive director of Pagan Spirit Gathering.  PSG founding vision at the conclusion of this history is adapted from her PSG introduction published at the start of the 1981 and 2015 PSG program books, and incorporates history published in Issue 121 of CIRCLE Magazine.  It has been revised in February 2019.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:12

Ritual & Bonfire Circle Guidelines

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The Ritual and Bonfire Circle is a central area that serves as a gathering place for community Morning Meetings, and for drumming, ecstatic dancing, fire spinning and chanting every evening.  Our PSG community strives to make this sacred space welcoming, safe, and respectful toward all.

Community Expectations in Ritual & Bonfire Circle

Be considerate of others - please don't block dancers from free movement.  Please don’t stand in front of seated drummers so they can’t see the fire and dancers (even if you are a drummer yourself).

Be kind to each other - share your gifts and let others gift back to you, whether it is a different style of drumming, a new chant, offering water, or a sincere compliment.  Give appreciation to the volunteer firetender for their hard work too.

Be sharing - The Bonfire Coordinators share several drums with the community.  Feel free to use them, but let others play them too.  If you have a drum you're willing to loan to others, make that clear.  Please ask first if you would like to play someone else's drum, and remember to remove your rings.

Be tidy - this sacred space is lovingly cared for by Bonfire Coordinators, who also coordinate a volunteer workshift to rake the sand and clean up every morning.  Most lost/found items will be moved to the area under the canopy, but if the item is high value and easily damaged (such as a camera) look for it at the Information Tent the next morning. 

Trash and recycling bins are located just outside the archway - please use them.  Tidiness in the drummer's area means not leaving your instruments here when you leave.  You might think you will "be right back" but much can happen between there and the bathroom.  In the meantime, that spot is not easily accessible to another player.

Be supportive - keep up a rhythm for a firespinner until they flame out; try not to stop drumming suddenly if you notice one of the dancers is in ecstatic trance; encourage variety such as chanting and different drum "voices".

Be helpful - if you notice someone not following the guidelines, respectfully help them learn what is expected by the community.  If weather threatens, offer to help move the canopy to protect the drummers so they can continue to support the dancers.  (It can be lots of fun to dance in the rain.)

Be open to others' needs - Bonfire Circle is sacred space where friendly socializing can happen side by side with deep transformative work. It's the heart of our community, and a place where we form strong bonds, renew our spirits, and express our joy. We all make this space.

General rules:  NO GLASS! Please transfer beverages to plastic containers before bringing into the area.  Smokers, for safety please only use tobacco in the designated smokers' area and put butts in provided containers. Do not put butts or other trash on the ground or in the fire.  Please replace benches if you move them for workshops & rituals.  Do not put anything except spiritual intentions, prayers, and sacred herbs in the Sacred Fire.


Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:05

Safety & Responsibility

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As a community, we work together to make sure that PSG is a safe, fun, and sacred space for everyone.  During the gathering please maintain awareness of your own actions and how they may affect others.  

Also be aware of those around you, and if they might need assistance, or if a situation may become unsafe.  Please report any unsafe situations as soon as possible to Safety or PSG administration by finding a Guardian or going to the Info Tent (during the day) or Safety Camp/First Aid Center (all hours).


Respect & Responsibility

You are responsible for your welfare and the welfare of any minors in your care, your personal property, and the personal property of any minors in your care.  You and any minors in your care shall: respect all participants, including those different from you in spiritual tradition, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, race, or in any other way.  You must be quiet in designated quiet areas and ritual spaces and at designated times; be honest, trustworthy and considerate in dealing with others including Circle Staff and PSG Staff; respect the site, plants, animals, and all the Nature Spirits that dwell there.  All participants must abide by PSG’s privacy policy and photo guidelines as posted on the website and in the program guide.



PSG’s Guardians and administration work to keep everyone at the gathering safe at all times.  If anyone does anything that makes you feel unsafe, or you witness a situation that may become unsafe, please contact Safety or PSG administration immediately by finding a Guardian or going to the Info Tent (during the day) or Safety Camp/First Aid Center (all hours).  PSG, Circle Sanctuary, and the Safety team take all safety concerns very seriously and promptly investigate all incident reports.


Medical Emergencies

If a person passes out or becomes seriously ill, do not move them unless they are in physical danger.  Contact Safety immediately to get help by locating a Guardian and/or sending someone to the First Aid Center.  Only professionally trained persons should deal with these emergencies.


Harassment & Touching

It is your responsibility to monitor your own behavior and ensure that your words or actions do not harm, harass or threaten other PSG participants. Harassment can include, but is not limited to, offensive comments, unwanted touching, stalking, unwanted flirting or sexual behaviors.

Always ask before touching anyone and be mindful of others' comfort and boundaries at all times.  Many Pagans can be very touchy-feely in a caring way, but don’t assume – always ask before touching!  During a cathartic experience it is particularly important not to assume that someone may want or welcome a hug or other contact.  Ask before touching, and be willing to take 'no' politely.

If someone touches you or addresses you in a way that makes you uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to make that person aware of your feelings and ask that the objectionable behavior stop.  If the person does not stop after you have requested this, then notify Safety or PSG administration by finding a Guardian or going to the Info Tent (during the day) or Safety Camp/First Aid Center (all hours).  Please make this report as soon as possible after the incident occurred.  Guardians and PSG staff are on-call at all hours.  


Sexuality & Consent:

Pagans have many differing comfort levels regarding flirtation and sexual behavior.  What one person can intend as playful banter can instead come off as harassing or threatening.  Be mindful of the comfort and boundaries of those around you at all times, and if someone expresses discomfort change your behavior immediately!

Only sex between consenting adults is permitted!  Make sure that you have unambiguous consent before initiating any sexual activity.  Be aware that inebriation can impair the ability of people to give consent.  When in doubt, err on the side of stopping all sexual activity until the safety and consent of all participants has been clearly established.

If someone behaves in a sexual manner that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, ask them to stop.  If the person does not stop after you have requested this, then please notify Safety or PSG administration by finding a Guardian or going to the Info Tent (during the day) or Safety Camp/First Aid Center (all hours).  Similarly, if you observe a situation going on where you feel someone else may be unsafe, please let us know immediately.  Please make this report as soon as possible after the incident occurred – including late at night if necessary. Guardians and PSG staff are on-call at all hours.  

PSG takes the safety and comfort of all participants very seriously – please let us know about any problematic situation or incident so that we can help keep PSG as a safe space for all.

All sexual activity must be done in private, personal space.  Please be discreet.  Practice safe sex and insist that any partners you have practice safe sex too!  If you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), be responsible and discuss this with any partners before having sex.  Be aware that people can be carriers of AIDS and/or other STDs without knowing this. Condoms, when used properly, help prevent the spread of STDs. 

Sometimes participants, excited by the freedoms and possibilities at Pagan gatherings, get involved in new sexual relationships without considering how it will impact themselves and existing relationships after the festival ends.  Take time to reflect on the implications of new relationships before you act. 


Fires & Fire Emergencies

Should any kind of fire start to get out of control, shout for help immediately, radio for help on Channel 1, and also find Guardian and send someone to the Safety Center.   Fire extinguishers are in the buildings on site. 

Campfires are permitted in fire rings and above ground apparatus only.  You may gather stones to make fire rings and you may dig pits as long as you replace the sod at the end of the gathering.

Please be aware that extreme caution must be taken when kindling fires of any size and kind, including campfires, candles, and lighting cigarettes. Do not leave open flames unattended! 



Some restrictions on alcohol use apply, including compliance with local laws which do not permit alcohol consumption, even in a ritual context, by those under 21 years of age.  If you choose to drink, either socially or in a ritual context, please do so in moderation, and remain mindful of your surroundings and your behavior toward others.  If you wish to use alcohol sacramentally in a ritual, workshop, or other activity you plan to facilitate, you must arrange this in advance with MoonFeather.  

There is absolutely no brewing, cordial, or mead making or bartering allowed on site.  No alcohol is permitted at any time in these areas: the Sweat Lodge, Family Center, Child Center, and Amethyst Circle.

Amethyst Circle is a sober camping and socializing place for Pagans in recovery from alcoholism and/or other addictions. Pagans in recovery are invited to connect with each other and be part of the PSG support group that meets daily during the Gathering.


Monday, 21 April 2014 07:40

Trash & Recycling

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The PSG community prides itself on our respect for nature and the environment.  Please help us reduce our environmental impact by reducing, reusing and recycling whenever possible during the week. 

PSG has dumpsters at various locations around the site for you to put your trash in. There is no recycling in the area. Please consider taking your recycling home with you!

Please separate out your trash:

  • Consider sorting out your recyclables to take home with you.
  • Paper Trash can be either recycled or burned in your firepit, if you have one.  This includes brown paper bags, newspaper, flattened cardboard & paperboard (e.g. juice containers, cereal boxes)
  • Regular Trash (food waste, flexible plastic food packaging, foam cups etc) should NOT be burned or placed in recycling. 

Bag your items securely and place them in the dumpsters located around camp.

DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING BEHIND at the end of the Gathering! Do not leave anything at your campsite, on the side of the road, or at hand-washing stations.  


Tuesday, 08 April 2014 07:32

Pagan Spirit Gathering Podcasts

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Here is a sampling of podcasts about Pagan Spirit Gathering:

Pagan Spirit Gathering Reflections
Lunatic Mondays: May 28, 2018: Host Laura Gonzalez talks with MoonFeather/Sharon Stewart

Introduction to Pagan Spirit Gathering
Circle Talk: April 2, 2014: Host Selena Fox talks with Nicholas Sea, Arthur Hinds & others

Pagan Spirit Village Life
Circle Talk, April 9, 2014: Host Selena Fox talks with PathWalker, Minerva & others

Pagan Spirit Gathering Music
Circle Talk, April 16, 2014: Host Selena Fox talks with River Higginbotham & others.

Inner Journey to PSG: Pagan Town
Circle Talk, June 4, 2013; Guided meditation & perspectives by Selena Fox, with David Ewing & Jeanet Ewing.

Pagan Spirit Gathering Community Rituals
Circle Craft Study, May 30, 2013; Host Selena Fox with Nicholas Sea & Barbara Dancing Heart

Pagan Spirit Gathering Panel on Leadership
Elemental Casting, April 2011; Main stage Leadership Panel at PSG 2010 moderated by Jason Pitzl-Waters with panelists River Higginbotham, Cynthea Jones, Patrick McCollum, Selena Fox, & T. Thorn Coyle. 


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