I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

РFrom The Enkindled Spring, D. H. Lawrence

AT PRESENT, we are planning for an in-person event, with tentative dates April 28 – May 1, 2022. Obviously, a lot of things can change between now and then and we will adapt as necessary.

Read on to learn about our new COVID-related requirements.

 

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ALL in-person attendees eligible for COVID vaccination will be required to provide proof of vaccination.

This means:

– the full initial series for everyone age 5 and over, AND

Рboosters for everyone age 12 and over.  If more ages/vaccinations are authorized between now and then, those will be required as well.

If you are still unvaccinated, or haven’t gotten around to getting your booster, let this message be your Sign From The Universe to get your shots scheduled as soon as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that there are NO KNOWN MEDICAL CONDITIONS that make COVID vaccination unsafe, with the rare exception of either a documented allergy to a specific component of the vaccine or a severe allergic reaction to an initial vaccine dose. Severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines occur at the extremely low rate of approximately 10 cases per million doses. You can find specific ingredients and information about the vaccines here (scroll to Appendix C for ingredients).

We will likely rely on the New Mexico state vaccine database to verify vaccine cards for NM residents, so if you’re a New Mexican, please check your records today and make sure they’re accurate. That way you have plenty of time to get it fixed if your shots aren’t showing up. If you’re from out of state, be prepared to provide some other second form of verification (e.g., printout of your¬†pharmacy record or record from your doctor’s office) in addition to your CDC card.

Stay safe, so that when we gather again, no one is missing.

LOCATION: You will be notified upon completion of registration.

BRING:

    • warm clothing
    • camping gear
    • chairs
    • 2 gallons of water per person¬†per day + 1 gallon of water per person to donate for handwashing
    • sunscreen
    • bright festival clothing
    • flowers for the May Pole and your flower crown
    • musical instruments for fire circle
    • wood for the Balefire
    • the desire for a¬†wonderful spiritual weekend!

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Beltane Southwest is made possible by the efforts of the entire festival community. All registrants 13 and older must complete a two-hour community service shift, which you may sign up for online here, once you have registered or at the gate upon arrival. These include:

    • Order of Ma‚Äôat: staff the Gate, check people in when they arrive, help¬†with work-shift sign ups and event orientation
    • Order of Seva: help people with community service shift sign-ups and track attendance at community service shifts
    • Order of the Dagda: assist Gate personnel and festival attendees with¬†necessary odd jobs
    • Order of Themis: promote and enforce community standards of care for¬†one another and the sacred land we celebrate upon
    • Order of Vulcan: fire safety, especially ensuring that all sacred fires are¬†doused each night
    • Order of Hygeia: assist with site cleanup, recycling & trash pickup
    • Silver Moon Health & Safety: promote responsible behavior and safeguard the health and safety of all.

*** Please arrive on time for shifts. ***

FIRE: If fires are permitted, they will be in accordance with United States Forest Service (USFS) laws and regulations. No personal fires will be permitted. 

SMOKING: Smoking privileges are subject to USFS fire restrictions. If smoking is permitted, please be considerate of non-smokers and of the environment. Smoking will only be allowed in the designated lounge area and on the asphalt road. No smoking in camping areas, near bathrooms or in the vendor area. For clarification see the Gate. DO NOT leave any cigarette butts on the ground.

PARKING: Please park in designated parking areas only. Parking outside of these areas may result in your vehicle being towed at your expense. Please park with your vehicle pointed toward exits in case of emergencies and/or forest fires.

CHILDREN: ¬†If you are bringing someone else’s child with you to Beltane, you MUST bring a notarized¬†Temporary Guardianship Form¬†granting permission to authorize emergency medical care with you. Everyone attending with children is¬†expected to remain on site and available in case of an emergency. If minor children are left at the festival without an adult holding a¬†notarized power of attorney, Beltane Southwest will contact law enforcement and/or child welfare authorities and request that the children be taken into their care.

CANINE ATTENDANCE:  Only qualified service animals are allowed at Beltane Southwest. It is a criminal offense under New Mexico law to misrepresent a pet, emotional support animal, comfort animal, or therapy animal as a qualified service animal.

FIRST AID:  Silver Moon Health Services offers only first aid and CPR treatment as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is strongly suggested that anyone with special/particular medical needs wear a medical ID (bracelet, necklace) in the event emergency treatment or transport is necessary. Silver Moon DOES NOT maintain medical or legal records, other than those designating a responsible party for minors attending the event with someone other than a parent.

PHOTOGRAPHY: You may take photos and videos for your personal remembrance except as follows:

    • Attendees who do not consent¬†to being photographed will be given a blaze orange wristband. DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH people wearing orange wristbands, including people who are in the background of your shot.
    • No sharing of images on social media or other publication without the express permission of all the people in the photo/video.
    • No nude photography/video.
    • No commercial photography/video without advance permission from organizers.
    • No photography/video of rituals without express permission from ritualists.

We know that the Maypole ritual is irresistibly photogenic. You may take photographs during the wrapping of the Maypole as long as you do not obstruct the wrapping AND have the express consent of all the people in your photo. Please be aware that you are still in sacred space, and limit your picture-taking so that you can be fully present to the experience.

TAKE OUT YOUR TRASH: We are responsible for trash removal at the conclusion of the weekend. As pagans, good stewardship of the land is a spiritual duty as well as a Forest Service requirement. We will have recycling available onsite. Please police your campsite and the surrounding area for litter and haul out your own trash.

REMEMBER: Beltane is a spiritual community celebration. If you pack it in, pack it out. Leave no trace! Make the most of your time at Beltane… Participate! Attendees are expected to abide by all federal, state, county, and USFS laws. Please see our Safe Space policy for additional details on our culture of consent and our anti-harassment rules of conduct.

This is a SACRED SPACE and therefore intended to be a safe space FOR EVERYONE! Unwanted attention of any kind will not be tolerated. The spirit of this event is to find the dynamic balance of respect, appreciation, sensuality, and springtime.