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Summer Gateways 2011

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Price: $60.00 /per person

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Summer Gateways is an Otherkin/metaphysical gather, held in Texas.

Summer Gateways 2011 will be held in the Houston, TX area over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30). Location details will be sent to those who RSVP.

This is the First year for Summer Gateways. We expect it to become an annual event.
(In the past, this weekend was used for Dancing The Endless Dream, which is no longer being held.)

Audience
The target audience is primarily metaphysical, with a secondary focus on Otherkin.

This meetup is posted to the North Houston Otherkin meetup group, Otherkin.net, the Otherkin community on LiveJournal, and EmbracingMystery.org, and has been discussed at some of the pagan events in the Austin area, so there may be a variety of attendees.

What Happens?
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.

Workshops
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.)

Main Events

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. If you are planning to attend, you really need to not miss this event. It will be preparation for a many of the other workshops and events.

The events for Saturday night and Sunday night are not yet set, but probably will include either projection or glamour work.

Organizers
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!

Site Information
We have reserved a site that holds up to 50 attendees in tents, and about 10 in cabins.
We would like to reserve most of the cabin space for out of town attendees who won't be easily able to bring camping gear.

We have the site starting at 3PM on Friday, and we have to be out by Noon on Monday.

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.

Food
We will be covering meals from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast. 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.

Cost Information
Cost is still somewhat TBD, but is expected to be in the $60-$80 per person range, depending on whether one tent camps or takes cabin space. (Cabin space costs more.)

Cost Disclaimer
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.

Age Restrictions
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. I have had a few teenaged minors do OK in some workshops in the past.

Pet Restrictions
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.

Behaviour Restrictions
Attendees are expected to act responsibly, treat others well, and help with campsite, cleanup, and dinner chores.

Poor behaviour, or treating other attendees as energetic snack-food, will not be tolerated. In those types of situations, the offender(s) will be asked to leave, with no refund(s) provided.

Contact Info
RSVP for the meetup, or contact Dan or Sidhelady.