Summer Gateways is an Otherkin/metaphysical gather, held in Texas.
Summer Gateways 2014 will be held in the Houston, TX area over Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26). Location details will be sent to those who RSVP.
This is the Fourth year for Summer Gateways!
The target audience is primarily metaphysical, with a secondary focus on Otherkin.
This meetup is being posted to the North Houston Otherkin meetup group, Otherkin.net, the Otherkin community on LiveJournal, and EmbracingMystery.org. It has also been discussed at some of the pagan events in the Austin area. We're expecting both Otherkin and Pagan attendees.
The focus will be on metaphysical practice and social networking.
There will be workshops on various metaphysical topics, including things like energy work, meditation, and projection skills.
Most of our workshops include both discussion and practice. We believe in learning-by-doing, so our workshops are normally meant to be experienced, not just heard.
There will be one Main Event each night of the gather. Main Events are like workshops, but usually run longer, and are a bit more intense.
The workshops at Summer Gateways are a mix of introductory and intermediate techniques.
The workshop list is still open. If there is something you've seen in the past that you'd like to see again, or if you have ideas for leading a workshop, please let the organizers know.
There will be both indoor space and outdoor space for workshops.
(Indoor space is usually better for meditation and projection type workshops.)
There will be three main events, one each on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night. The Friday night event will be a group working for opening the gather. The events for Saturday night and Sunday night are not yet set.
The organizers are Dan and SidheLady.
Dan has been teaching workshops at Otherkin/Metaphysical gathers since 1999, and helping coordinate Otherkin/Metaphysical gathers since 2001.
SidheLady has been helping coordinate Otherkin/Metaphysical gathers since 2003, and teaching workshops since 2009.
There will probably be a few workshops led by other attendees; if you have an idea for something you would like to lead, please let us know!
We have reserved a site that holds about 26 in cabins. (We've discovered that almost no-one likes to tent camp in Texas in the Summer, so we no longer reserve tent camping spaces.)
We have the site available for attendees starting at 4PM on Friday, and we have to be out by Noon on Monday.
(Yes, that means don't show up at 3PM on Friday - we have to get the keys, and do some setup before anyone else arrives.)
The site is in the Houston area, and is one we've used for other gathers in the past.
Details on the location will be sent to those who register to attend.
We will be providing basic meals from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast, included in the cost of the weekend.
Lunch on Monday is not covered, and usually is at a restaurant somewhere nearby.
If you have special dietary needs, please let the organizers know.
We can easily accomodate some requirements (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), but some may be more difficult.
Cost is still somewhat TBD, but is expected to be $75 per person.
We don't make money on these events; actually, we usually lose money.
This is pretty much at-cost pricing, and we absorb any loss.
This gather is targeted at adults.
Attendees normally are over 18, with most being in their 20s or 30s. We have had a few who are younger, and some of us are older.
Teenagers under 18 are OK with prior approval, if a parent or guardian is present.
We don't have enough attendance to provide child-care, but younger children are welcome as long as their parents care for them.
Most of what we do does not exactly fit into the "fluffy" category, and young children would be out of their depth in the workshops. We have had a few teenaged minors do OK in some workshops in the past.
The site allows pets only outdoors (not in cabins), and only on leashes.
You're welcome to tent-camp and bring a pet, as long as you abide by those restrictions.
If you do, you will need to make your own campsite registration. Talk with us for details.
Attendees are expected to act responsibly, treat others well, and help with cabin, cleanup, and dinner chores. There will be a signup sheet for cleanup and dinner chores.
Poor behaviour will not be tolerated. That includes treating other attendees as energetic snack-food. In those types of situations, the offender(s) will be asked to leave, with no refund(s) provided.
RSVP for the meetup to register.
Questions can be posted on meetup, or you can contact Dan or Sidhelady.