We recognize that each community and event develops a culture of its own, with specific expectations and awareness around certain issues. As Alchemy of Womxn is an event that is intended to be inclusive, aware, high energy, conscious, and sober, we have outlined here what to expect when you enter this space!
What to do: Please remove all footwear before entering. Feel free to add any of your own sacred items to altars. Please leave all other sacred items on the altars. Place all garbage in bins. If you’re late, come on in and find a place to sit, while staying in silence.
What to wear: Whatever you’re wearing is perfect.
Respect of space: Help to tidy it, keeping it clean, picking up trash.
Respect of alters: Please blow out any candles if you are the last person in the temple space. Respect everyone’s sacred items. This is a multi-disciplinary / multi-cultural event, with many women from different cultures and spiritual beliefs. Please honour and respect each person’s beliefs and ways of worshiping.
Circle Protocol: As womxn take turns sharing, please sit back and listen actively without adding any reply, advice, or consultation. When your turn comes and you decide you do not want to share, please just say “pass”. Circles hold sacred and confidential information, so do not speak about what was shared after the circle is complete. Feelings, emotions, triggers, and insights may all come up during the circle – respect yourself and others around you (see section on Sovereignty).
Alchemy Overall Culture:
Multi-Cultural Inclusive Space:Be comfortable with discomfort. You may not see things that way another woman sees them and may not be aware of her struggles. If someone approaches you and tells you that something you said/did was hurtful or offensive, please be open to seeing this conversation through and being ok with the discomfort.“Women come from a whole range of backgrounds. If our visions of peace don’t include these differences, then our peace will be partial.” ~ Kimberly Crenshaw
The Hearth:There will be a fire burning at the Hearth for the majority of the weekend, with a facilitator nearby to guide discussions on difficult subjects like racism, privilege, entitlement, intersectionality. Please go sit by the fire and be part of the conversation. These conversations are set to differentiate us from those who are complacent with the challenges many folks face. Let’s not be complacent.
Dry Event:No drugs or alcohol at all. Making it safe for all, including addicts and recovering addicts by not having any substances present. Medications and/or medical cannabis are fine: use responsibly.
What people wear:Anything goes in this category. Some like to walk around topless, in festival wear, in pyjamas. Wear what you want. Know that others will also be wearing what they want.This is an especially important message to model for the youth and young girls. In order to model respect and authentic expression, please refrain from judging anything someone else is wearing (or NOT wearing). Let’s keep our judgments to ourselves. Let everyone be who they are choosing to be, even if you don’t agree.If you see someone wearing a unicorn costume just respect the unicorn.
Campsite:Feel free to decorate with lighting, tapestries, scarves, whatever tickles your fancy.
Transformation:The intention is to move energy and stir up old patterns. So know that when you attend a workshop, THIS MIGHT HAPPEN! It’s all good. There’s nothing wrong with you. If you want/need support, please ask the facilitator or go to the Sanctuary. Lots of support is here for you.
Sanctuary:This is a safe space for women to unfold and unpack what’s been stirring. There will be healers present to hold space if required/wanted.
Sovereignty: Honour each woman’s sovereignty and capacity to know what’s best for Herself at any point in time. We don’t need to step in to make an emotional response go away. Trust that each woman can access her own wisdom.
ASK before offering support of any kind, especially touch. Emotional responses and releasing are very much a part of our healing process. This includes how we honour the maidens – each one of them is a SOVEREIGN BEING unto herself. Let’s learn how to honour that sovereignty and allow each person to know what’s right for herself.
Maiden Spaces:We are modelling co-parenting here, which means that each woman is invited to be part of the maiden spaces and interact, play with, enjoy the company of the maidens. Please engage with respect, honouring each person’s sovereignty. And enjoy the vitality and joy and freedom of the maidens!!
Fire Ceremony:This is a call to the wild. It is a sacred experience we share together. Each woman is invited to make it as sacred as she chooses to. This isn’t about believing what the ceremonialists believe. Inject your own beliefs. Participate in whatever way you want. You are an integral part of the ceremony, no matter how you participate. You may choose to get naked and howl at the moon or sit on a bench and meditate. The choice is YOURS and yours alone.
Photos:Due to the nature of the sacredness of this event, please ask for permission before taking a photo of any attendee, facilitator, vendor, etc. ALWAYS ASK FOR PERMISSION first.
We ask that no photos be taken of anyone who is half or completely unclothed.
Leave No Trace:This is sustainable, eco-friendly property and event. It is also a co-created event, where each woman is invited to be part of the creation. Please be responsible for your OWN trash at all times. If you see that the bucket in the composting toilet is FULL, please remove it and either dump it in the appropriate compost or put a lid on it and set it next to toilet. We are all a part of the new earth paradigm we’re wanting to create here. We are all responsible for our own part in the change.
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