Spring Mysteries Festival is a recreation of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the ancient initiatory rites of classical Greek Paganism which were conducted in secrecy for over two thousand years before the common era. The ATC brings you this continuing initiatory cycle, now in its 30th year of continuous presentation, including the Rites of Passage for youngsters coming into their adulthood in our community; the Purification Parade to the Sea (see picture below), with the priestesses making cleansing offerings to the sea on behalf of the Mystai (The Greeks’ name for the participants), all who will undergo the Lesser Mysteries.
For those who have gone through the Lesser Mysteries in a prior year, there is the Greater Mysteries, orEpoptaic Initiation. There are also many discussions, workshops, classes, and lectures about all aspects of Wicca, Paganism, and the ATC Tradition hosted often by well-known elders and members of the regional and national community. The Pagan Talent Show is always a lot of fun, as is the Pagan Fashion Show. Then there are the Shrines to Hekate, Aphrodite, Pan, and other gods, as well as celebrations, bardic circles, music, drumming, and magic running throughout the entire weekend.
Merchants from across the land come to offer their special wares for sale in the Snack Kitchen area, the source of between-meals snacks, sweet delights, and ESPRESSO to jump-start your mornings and prolong your nights! Indoor bunking is in heated dorms where lots of hot water showers are available. Meal service is mainstream (*unless you specify a special diet) to suit every taste, with big servings of wholesome, tasty food prepared by our staff of professional cooks and many volunteers. No one ever goes away from our kitchen hungry!
*Special dietary needs can be accommodated only if you indicate your needs when pre-registering to attend. Please see the Registration Form, which you may download to print and return via regular mail with your check. Unless you indicate a special preference, your meals will be mainstream. Diet changes may not be elected on-site, so let us know now. Choices are: Mainstream; No Red Meat; Ovo-Lacto.
OTHER FESTIVAL INFORMATION
There will be workshops, discussions, and talks. Many different workshops are being scheduled. If you would like to teach a workshop or present a discussion, please contact Workshop Coordinator, email@example.com right away with a brief outline. Time and space for these special events are limited.
Registration fees include all festival activities, as well as dorm bunks and all meals, and must be RECEIVED AT ATC no later than the indicated date to get reduced rates. Please use the registration form. Attach additional separate form for each and every festival attendee you are registering filled out completely. Want to be bunked in the same location? Send all those registrations together in the same envelope. Accommodations are dorm style in heated buildings.
This is mostly an indoor, NOT a camp-out event. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and usually sells out before the registration closing date. Don’t delay! Some limited Staff Intern and Work Exchange jobs are available for those who can not afford the full fees (not available to Merchants or those with small children). If you need consideration, call us at (360)793-1945 right away, as these are limited and fill up early as well.
To be accepted, each registration must be accompanied by payment. Registrations without proper full payment CAN NOT be accepted, and will be returned or destroyed. The fees are used to support the many year-long activities and outreaches of the ATC, and are on a sliding scale so you can choose what you can honestly afford to give in good conscience. Early registrations cost less. We ask you to be realistic and be as generous as you are able to help us keep up our efforts and expand our public work for Paganism. Much has been accomplished already by ATC in the years to educate the world about Wicca and Paganism, but there is lots yet to be done.