Eight Winds Edition 2013
It might be best to start with a little history. In the very beginning the Region actually held three camp outs billed as the Regional Festival pre-2007, which was when the first "official" Eight Winds was held.
To my knowledge, the first "regional" event was held in southern Oregon at Jim Creek campsite. It was hosted by the Rogue River Grove (aka Clan of the Triplehorses). It was attended by a total of 20 people which seems like a small turnout but remember in 2003, our region only had 30 ADF members. A warrior's ritual was held on Friday as someone was being deployed. On Saturday the Grove's Seer held a exhaustive tarot workshop followed by a ritual in the night at the water's edge.
The next year, Abhainn Glas Grove (aka Golden Apple Protogrove) held it in Champoeg Park with a very public Summer Solstice ritual.
In 2005, the event was held on at the Oregon Coast at the vacation home of Chelle, Deputy Regional Druid at the time. Author John Michael Greer gave a presentation on modern Druidry and Troth Oregon Steward, Jane Ruck, gave a presentation on the Norse pantheon. Later, Jane led a ritual on the beach. [Click the Read More link to continue]
Since then, Eight Winds has moved around the Pacific Northwest as follows (and this comes directly from http://www.druidkirk.org/druid/Presenters2013.html):
Every year a different group or individual hosts our regional gathering, Eight Winds festival. In 2007 Clan of the Triple Horses Grove, ADF hosted it at Diamond Lake, OR. In 2008 Feather River Protogrove, ADF hosted it in Mt. Shasta, CA. In 2009 Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF hosted it on the beach at Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County, CA. In 2010 Eight Winds Festival was hosted by our Archdruid, Rev. Kirk Thomas, at White Mountain Sanctuary in Trout Lake, Washington. In 2011, it was hosted by Feather River Grove near Truckee, CA. Last year (2012) Sierra Madrone Grove hosted it in the same location near Truckee, CA. And once again, in 2013, Archdruid Rev. Kirk Thomas will be hosting the event.
A first hand review of this year's Eight Winds is in the works.
Now for the specifics regarding annual regional events.
The use of the term "festival" in connection with Eight Winds can be controversial. This is due to the Events Advertising Policy, adopted by the Mother Grove in 2011 (http://www.adf.org/members/org/policy/events-web.html), that to be
considered a "Festival" by ADF an event must include the following.
A. Must be primarily ADF related:
1. Large non-ADF festivals that have been historically prominent will be listed. (e.g. Pantheacon, Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG), Starwood, Sirius Rising, Summerfest)
2. Non-ADF events that have a large ADF presence will be listed. (e.g. Convocation)
3. Must be for more than the local region:
a. This means that the event must be advertised to a larger group than just the region
b. Multiple speakers must come from outside the region, or from a distance of at least 100 miles.
4. Can be advertised on the ADF lists up to 7 announcements per list e.g.:
a. Initial announcement
b. Announcement that discounted time is almost over and price is increasing
c. Announcement that fixed accommodations or "slots" are filled up
d. Announcement that pre-registration is about to close
e. Announcement that pre-registration is closed
5. A quarterly schedule of events will be sent to ADF-Announce each quarter
B. Non-qualifying events can advertise on regional lists as long as they limit their announcements to a maximum of 7 announcements as listed above.
Additionally, since Eight Winds is based in the region, it would seem logical that the Regional Druid would be involved.
Looking through the bylaws of the Council of Regional Druids, the duties of the RD are listed as follows.
E. Duties shall include, but not be limited to:
i. Promoting ADF in the region
ii. Coordinating ADF activities in the region
Also archived deep within ADF's main website, former Regional Druid Jessie drafted a Procedure Manual (NWRDSOP.DOC) and notes the following about Eight Winds.
6.2. The CoRD bylaws also state that a RD is responsible for “coordinating ADF activities in the region” (Article V., Section 5.E.ii.). This may include supporting hospitality suites or informational booths at local Pagan events, gatherings and festivals or it can include supporting and coordinating ADF events in the region. Eight Winds, ADF’s Northwest gathering is a festival that is hosted by different ADF groups, PGs, Groves, organizations or individual members each year. It can be held anywhere in the Northwest region and any ADF group, PG, Grove, organization or individual can petition to host it. Traditionally, the previous year’s host will support it by either taking over one of the elements of the program (children’s events, food plans, entertainment, etc.). The RD is also often called upon to perform rites of passage, dedicant oath rites, or unity rites as well as present on ADF-centric topics.
After reviewing all the above, there is nothing anywhere outlining the specifics of Eight Winds. Additionally there is nothing anywhere stating that an ADF region must have a regional gathering or national festival or that it is part of the duties of a Regional Druid.
NOTHING IS SET IN STONE.
Since the Pacific Northwest Region is HUGE and no one here is made of money, it has seemed to make sense to have it rotate. There are no bylaws covering who should host it or when or how the event should be run or even what should happen during it (obviously as long as it is legal and doesn't reflect badly on ADF International). The common activities have included at least one ADF ritual, Priest ordinations, workshops, food and fellowship as well as an occasional handfasting.
So since 2007, several unwritten traditions have come about. Basically, whichever PG/Grove felt motivated to host it simply raised their hand to accept the challenge. Sometimes the hosting pg/grove formed a committee/email group to plan the event as well as to vet the potential workshops. Sometimes there have been co-hosts. Recently there has been a fee to attend. As the years have passed, a meal program has been developed. The exact time of year when it is held has changed. Historically a call for a host has been posted each October, but that has not always happened. Also, the Protogroves and Groves have often voted on the confirmation of the next host but this not a formal procedure, either.
We have so much freedom.
This is our region. This is our event. This is our time to open our regional hospitality doors to ~everyone~.
Therefore at this time, as Regional Druid I am officially announcing that the 2014 Eight Winds will be held in connection with the 20th Annual PantheaCon next February, with the ADF hospitality suite.
For more information about PantheaCon, please go to the following website: http://pantheacon.com/wordpress/
I realize this may seem controversial. This has been discussed and given full support by both our Arch Druid and Vice Archdruid.
I feel it is time to give previous hosts a breather and to give the smaller groups and/or individuals a chance to build up their reserves in order for them to help out more effectively in the future. San Jose is somewhat centrally located. I know some may be disappointed not having a summer time camping event. Once more, there is nothing official governing this event. Everything that usually happens during an Eight Winds camping event also happens during PantheaCon. Except, of
course, the actual camping.
If you are interested in volunteering for the 2014 event, please contact the Director of the Hospitality Suite, William Ashton
(And a big THANK YOU to William for taking on this project!)
The goal for Eight Winds 2015 is to take things in a new, more self sustaining direction. This idea also has the support of our Arch Druid and Vice Arch Druid.
Look to this blog for more details as they unfold.
First Harvest Blessings,