The Spirit Weavers Gathering is held in a sacred container, on beloved land, and therefore we ask that you see the gathering as a gift to yourself. This is a time of receiving and self love. Let us embrace the spirit, heart and communion of one another. This is an opportunity to tune out of your everyday attachments and tune in to the simplicity of the earth and heart.
Spirit Weavers recognizes and honors the divine nature and essential human dignity of all beings. We have come together as a community who feels both inspiration and need to more deeply explore our feminine nature in order to fully understand the unique invitation that being a woman represents. As such, participation is now as it has always been open to all who identify as women, regardless of their race, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, economic circumstance, physical appearance, or body size. Spirit Weavers is committed to providing an inclusive and safe environment for all of our community members.
Spirit Weavers Gathering began with a vision and a handful of friends coming together to share skills from their various paths and traditions. It has been truly inspiring to learn just how many women are hearing the call to this work of remembering, and we have worked hard each year to increase our capacity to accommodate as many women as we can possibly hold within a safe and sacred container. This year we are offering two different, back-to-back sessions to accommodate the growing community. These are the Sun Session and the Moon session.
The best way to get a ticket is to join our mailing list or follow the @spiritweavers Instagram account so that you are among the first to hear when tickets go on sale. Registration usually fills in just a few hours so it is best to plan ahead and be prepared to purchase tickets at the time they go on sale. We do open a wait list after tickets sell out (first come, first serve), so if you miss getting a ticket initially, and still feel you are meant to come, there is still a possibility that a space can open for you.
The organizers of Spirit Weavers believe these skills should be accessible to as many women from as many different walks of life as possible. We offer tickets on a sliding-scale system, which provides flexible pricing, so you can pay according to your circumstances. If you want to come, but can’t afford the ticket at all, there are opportunities for work trade. We have over 100 work trade positions that you can apply for in November. We also offer payment plans for tickets with automatic monthly deductions to pay over several months. We are offering a variety of 12 scholarships this year which you can find out more about here. If you’re a WOC and missed the application and would like to attend please email email@example.com. If you are a WOC and would like to attend but can’t afford to do so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit Weavers is a nine-month planning process which includes a paid staff. All full-time teachers receive a travel stipend to attend the gathering. Our main expense is the rental of the land and its facilities. The second largest expense is the food and catering costs for daily meals for 600 women. With our two sessions spanning over a two week period this comes to a total of 14,000 meals! Additional costs include event rentals, supplies for all areas, and many other expenses that come up throughout the year. We are also in joy to support a handful of women’s and Indigenous organizations. Each year we donate a percentage of ticket sales to a handful of selected organizations which you can view here. A beautiful way to honour Indigenous Sovereignty and to protect the land and water.
• A place for women and children to gather, share and learn
• 5 days of camping in a beautiful serene lakeside setting
• Magical campsites throughout the land with close access to showers and bathrooms
• 8 organic, local, delicious and nutritious vegan or vegetarian breakfasts and dinners. (Lunch not included)
• 3 full days of skill share classes (up to nine classes depending on your choices – some of these classes, such as drum making, have an additional fee for materials)
• Nightly evening activities, including star gazing, music around the fire and nighttime ceremonies.
• Always brewing and flowing hot tea in the Tea House
• Access to our Wellness Area, a free, fully stocked herbal apothecary staffed by expert clinical herbalists who can assist you with any ailments, and our on-call registered nurse
• Places to seek support and sisterhood around your moontime: Our Red Tent and Moonlodge
• Mama Bear Lodge where mamas and babies can relax and be supported
Rentals become available the same day as ticket sales. After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email along with a password that will allow you to access the rental page. Rental prices for a full weekend for Canvas tents, and yurts vary from $300-500.00, depending on how many people they can accommodate. If you are staying for both gatherings, you will be able to pay for the two full weekends at the time of purchase. If you plan on renting shelter space, we ask that you consider those who are flying in from a distance. If you are driving to the gathering, you may want to consider skipping out on a rental and bringing your own tent.
Class sign ups do not happen online, but rather onsite on the first day of the gathering immediately following Opening Ceremony at 3pm. It is very important to plan to be present at that time. We are continuing to refine and streamline our process for this each year. We believe it would be a disservice to allow women to sign up online before they have a chance to see/hear/feel the presence of the teacher, and that often hearing someone speak about their offering touches our heart in a way that often results in signing up for completely different classes than we thought we would have. In this way we allow ourselves to be guided to new experiences and new discoveries about who we are and who we are becoming. You can read more about our class sign ups here.
While it is possible to bring your own food for lunches and attend only the free classes at the gathering, it is recommended that you bring at least $200 cash if you are able to. Classes involving materials can range from a few dollars for supplies such as yarn, to $100 for drum making materials. Lunch is not included in your gathering ticket, but there are a limited number of food vendors on site at lunchtime with healthy meals and treats for purchase. In addition, we have our very own artisan marketplace, where over 50 professional, ethical, sustainable crafters of our community come together to share the fruits of their labor.
Camp is home to a great variety of accommodations to suit your needs. Campsites are spread evenly throughout the land. Arriving on the earlier side will afford you the most options when choosing where to set up your tent.
We ask that women arrive on time and stay the full length of the gathering. We also ask that women who are attending, camp on the land with everyone else in the designated camping zones, and not seek outside housing or camp out of bounds. If you don’t have camping equipment, you may want to think about borrowing some from a friend, renting or purchasing some. As a safety concern and respect for the container, we ask that there is no coming and going, on and off the land aside from the lunch breaks. Please think of this as a sacred ceremony and commit yourself to being fully present the entire time.
For those who prefer a more relaxed pace for arriving, grounding, and setting up, gates will open as early as 9am on the first day. The gathering will not officially begin until 3pm for opening Ceremony, and the first community meal will not be served until 7pm that evening. We ask that both Sun and Moon Session attendees who are not official gathering staff be prepared to disembark on their return journey home by noon Monday.
In addition to an on-call registered nurse, we also are extremely proud of our fully stocked apothecary with a rotating staff of trained clinical herbalists making sure that all of your minor aches and pains are cared for with the abundant medicine mother nature provides. Read more about the Wellness Area here.
As we start with a blank canvas this year, we will be bringing in 10 outside hot showers, porta potties with a few composting toilets and hand washing stations. We ask that attendees remain in reverence for the earth that is the spirit of the gathering by reducing the number and duration of their showers whenever possible while on the land. We are blessed by two awesome wood fired Saunas on the land and each also include a cold water shower. We ask that the showers be kept clean and clear of all personal items throughout the gathering.
A part of what this gathering seeks to do is to empower the next generation of wisdom keepers. By allowing the newer teachers the opportunity to step up, we ensure that together we form a bridge across time that keeps the ancient ways alive and available for generations to come. These skills aren’t luxuries or hobbies- they are necessary for the continuation of the planet, and the harmony and well-being of all. With this being said, we understand and recognize the tremendous importance of our beloved Elders. For many the Elders are the most valued part of the community. We welcome all ages and all walks of life to come and share with us each year. Diversity is key!
Our main vision for classes offered at the gathering are earth based skills, sustainability, homesteading and herbalism. We look for women who have cultivated their spirit, practice, and a passion to share their wisdom and teachings. These women have begun to grow their own roots through years of studies with various teachers and/or mentors and are now open to pass along their craft or skill. We receive hundreds of applications and often many of them are multiple offers of a similar class.
We have a limited amount of vending spaces open. Applications and detailed info for vending will be available online in February. You must have a ticket to the gathering in order to become a vendor.
It takes a village to run a village. Spirit Weavers Gathering is staffed by a handful of different groups with varying levels of responsibility that come together in a coordinated way to make our village life flow as smoothly and beautifully as possible.
Those groups include the Core Council, Weavers, Staff and Work Trade.
In the beginning, Spirit Weavers started small with just 75 women gathered on family land in southern California. Mea organized the first gathering on her own with guidance from her elders, experiences at other Ancestral skills gatherings, and through prayer. Into the second year, several sisters whom are now part of the Core Council stepped forward to assist in all the planning, communication, registration, promotion, food service, and rentals. This was a huge undertaking and we quickly learned that if the gathering were to expand to include more women, we would definitely need more support. Each year we open a “Call for Community” in which women can step forth into the behind the scenes work of the gathering. Most of the core council are women that have been in each others lives for over a decade, sharing many of life’s experiences together; weddings, births, deaths, joys and sorrows. Through these journeys, they forged deep bonds of love, trust, and a true sense of each others strengths and gifts. These women were among the first to give of their time and skills to show up for the nine months of behind the scenes work that brings this sacred container into being. This council now functions as the decision making body that anchors and continues to hold the clarity and integrity that the SWG was founded on. As the gathering grows each year, maintaining this integrity is extremely important. Each member also functions as a point person for overseeing a primary function of the gathering, such as overseeing all work trade staff, being responsible for fire safety and so much more. These are the women you will see holding the Opening/Closing Ceremonies and making daily announcements throughout the gathering.
We want to be clear about the distinction between Council and Counsel.
When engaging in many days of deep inner work, it is natural that emotions can come up to be acknowledged and integrated. In an unfamiliar environment without many of our identity pieces and creature comforts, sometimes processing can feel intense. We offer a Healing Village of sisters who have professional experience helping our bodies, minds, and hearts to integrate all of our new experiences and vibrations in a beautiful way. These offerings are available for a monetary exchange or trade between you and the practitioner. In addition, we freely offer a team of Counselors, who are trained professional psychologists ready to hold space for those needing serious emotional or acute psychological support. We are grateful to have our Empowerment Center available throughout the gathering.
Women who have opened their hearts to the giveaway dance, freely sharing and teaching their skills and wisdom. Weaver applications become available in November.
A number of amazing women who have taken on leadership roles in service to the gathering. These include, ticket sales, administration, shelter rentals, land design, sponsorship etc.
Dedicated and hard working women who make this gathering possible through the service of their hearts in exchange for a gathering ticket. We offer over 100 positions for a work exchange opportunity. Applications for Work trade become available in December 1st.
Everyone currently involved in the creation of the gathering found their current niche by volunteering to help and through that process giving us the opportunity to truly see and value them for the unique flavor that they bring though their contributions. If you feel called to become more actively involved in bringing Spirit Weavers to life, sign up for our mailing list to be among the first to hear our call for volunteers and opening of applications for staff, teaching, work/ trade arrangements.
Your true and unique gifts are needed. We look forward to hearing from you, seeing you, and creating a beautiful gathering together.
This is a family style gathering with women from many different backgrounds. We will come together for only a short period of time, to support one another, learn and heal together, and share our stories and our gifts. We ask that you commit to and follow these guidelines so that we may all soak in the beauty and magic of the gathering.