May 9th, 2011

campfire, cooking

Rising Up: Beltane Festival & Pagan Coming Out Day

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Ringing Anvil and Center of the Elemental Spirit presents:
Rising Up: A Beltane Festival
Celebrating International Pagan Coming Out Day
Divination * Food * Workshops * Music * Dancing
...May 14 & 15 1900 W. Fulton, Chicago IL

Can you feel the stirrings of the season shifting and of Life-Force Rising?
Can you feel the energy of healing, inspiration, and rising up within you?
Will you join us to celebrate together in communal gathering and ritual?

Welcome in the springtime at our Beltane festival, workshops, entertainment, open ritual, and more.

Saturday May 14: "International Pagan Coming Out Day" Festival for Pagans & Alternative Spirituality 10am - 10pm
Public Beltane Ritual 7:30pm
Sunday May 15: Pagan Leadership and Community Building Conference, 11am - 6pm

In honor of International Pagan Coming Out Day, and the season of Spring returning, join us for a Beltane festival, and leadership conference in the heart of the city.

10:00 AM Doors Open
10:30 AM Opening Ritual
11:00 AM Workshops - Multiple Tracts at Once
12:00 PM Lunch (self provided)
1:00 PM Workshops - Multiple Tracts at Once
5:30 PM Dinner: Taco Bar (part of admission)
6:00 PM "Bellydancing by Magda"
6:30 AM "Erotic Poetry Slam Featured Poet: Marianne Schaeffer"
7:00 PM Fire Spinning
7:30 PM Main Beltaine Ritual: Ecstatic, Inspiration, & Community
9:00 PM Fire Spinning
9:30 PM Drumming

Saturday, May 14: Beltane Festival and Pagan Coming Out Day

Join us for several tracks of workshops on Mythology, Story, Energy Work, Psychic Self Defense, Shamanism, Ecstatic Dance & Movement, Pagan Camping, the Warrior Path, Pagan Spirituality, Power and Energy, Mexican Paganism, Magic, Ritual, Coming Out as a Pagan, and much more!

Saturday evening will feature bellydancing, firespinning, poetry, and other musical entertainment. We'll offer an omnivore (meat and Vegan) taco buffet for $5 for dinner. Saturday evening's ritual will begin at 7:30.

Saturday, May 14: Main Beltane Ritual 7:30

Saturday evening will close with an open ritual celebrating the fertility of inspiration, spiritual connection, and ecstatic energy raising in community. We will work with the Nine Muses and ask, What inspires you? What breathes life and life force into you, what brings you energy? What do you wish for, reach for? What projects are you beginning? Do you want to fill your life with the passion and fire that you crave? To take in the blessings of the Muses and of life force, will you risk desire?

As a tribe we gather around the clan-fire and journey together in the alchemy of inclusive, participatory, and ecstatic community ritual. Join us to rise up and fill with life force!

Sunday, May 15: Pagan Leadership and Community Building Conference

This single track of workshops from 11am-6am will focus on tools and skills for leaders and community builders. Whether you're a longtime Pagan leader, or a community builder in spiritual or grassroots groups, or even just looking to build skills in facilitation and leadership, please consider joining us. Part of this day will offer workshops on leadership and facilitation skills.

The afternoon will feature a large-group roundtable and brainstorming session. What skills, tools, and education, and assistance do we need as a community? How can be better serve our communities? How can we help one another to build community? Sunday will close with a brief ritual to step into our highest, most authentic self as leaders, change agents, and community builders.

Registration Information:

Admission: $5-$25 sliding scale per day, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Taco Buffet: $5 per person
*Please contact us for work exchange options
When: Saturday, October 23rd, 6pm
Where: MKP Center, 1900 W. Fulton, Chicago IL (Parking & CTA info below)

Children & Teens:
There will be separate play area for children, and responsible teens are welcome to attend the adult programming. If you'd like to be part of the children's programming please contact

Sponsorship & Vending:
Sponsorship: $25 & up, includes advertising, some tables available for vendors, readers, and healers.

Parking, CTA, and Transportation:
MKP Center, 1900 W. Fulton, Chicago IL. This is 3 blocks west of Ashland, one block east of Damen, and 2 blocks south of Grand. Parking: There is plenty of free parking on Fulton, including a well-lit free parking lot kitty-corner from the venue.
CTA: The Damen bus is just one block east, and the Ashland Green line is 4 blocks away.
For any transit questions, or to arrange carpool, please contact or