March is Community Safety Month for the PCV. Throughout this month we will be promoting safe, sane and inclusive Pagan community for all through the sharing of information, discussion topics and more.
We decided to start by sharing advice and information for people new to Paganism. These articles have been shared daily on our Facebook page.
PAN Safety in Circle Pamphlet: This brochure, by our friends at The Pagan Awareness Network, is essential reading for any Pagan new to face-to-face events and groups. It covers basic personal safety within the Pagan community and what to do if you witness or become the victim of illegal or unethical behaviour. PAN is one of the longest-running groups dedicated to Pagan networking, fellowship and education in the country, and we are proud to share this as the first of our Community Safety Month resources.
The Pagan Community – A Survivor’s Guide: In this piece, UK musician and storyteller Damh the Bard offers some pearls of wisdom for those new to the Pagan community. He also discusses the ideal motivations for seeking community in the first place.
Truth and Tales about Paganism: This is another excellent brochure from our friends at The Pagan Awareness Network. This one busts some commonly believed myths for newbies to Paganism and Pagan Community.
Pagan Pathways: Continuing on with our overview before we delve into more complex subjects, this brochure by the Pagan Awareness Network explores and demystifies many different Pagan traditions. Essential reading for anyone new to the community or to Paganism in general.
Wicca and Witchcraft – Which is Which?: The last PAN brochure we looked at explored and explained a variety of Pagan paths. This one sets out to define the differences between Wicca and witchcraft, which are two very different labels that are often confused with one another.
Paganism for Beginners – Controversies: UK Wiccan Yvonne Aburrow’s Paganism for Beginners pieces are all wonderful, but this one is especially useful to anyone just discovering the Pagan community and all its intricacies.
Sacred Ground and Acknowledgement of Country: Pagans in Australia are practicing on a land already rich with spiritual history. In this brochure, the Pagan Awareness Network discuss the importance of acknowledging the land’s traditional custodians, as well as other ways we as Pagans can show respect.
Sacred Knives: Athames and other sacred blades are used in rituals by some Pagans. But what are they used for exactly? Is it legal to carry one or use it in a public place? Our friends from the Pagan Awareness Network have got the answers in this handy brochure.
Skyclad – the Bare Facts: Some Pagans practice naked, or Skyclad. This brochure from the Pagan Awareness Network contains important information about the whys, the hows, the shoulds and the should-nots of ritual nudity.
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With that said, as the Collective has grown in popularity so too have our costs. When we first started out, costs were covered by a small group of founding members. Now that we have grown much larger, we’re hoping that our community can help us out with some of these costs via a small monthly contribution, and maybe help to fund some exciting future projects, too!
As always, all our Meets are held according to the Standards laid out in our Mission Statement. Our community is diverse, supportive, and nurturing, and we love it that way.
At present, all our Meets are adults-only. Please do not bring children. If you are a parent wanting to run family-friendly Pagan events, get in touch with us and we’ll help you get started.
Public Rituals: Once again we will be co-hosting free public sabbat rituals with a range of groups and individuals from across our diverse Pagan community. Coming up next weekend is our public Lughnasadh ritual, which will be co-hosted by the Hills Pagans in Belgrave.
Patreon: In the very near future we will be launching a Patreon page, where anybody interested can support the PCV with a small monthly donation.
Membership the PCV is free, and we want to keep it that way. We don’t believe access to one’s local community and the potential support network and friends should be put behind a paywall and limited to those who can afford it.
With that said, as the Collective has grown in popularity so too have our costs. When we first started out, costs were covered by a small group of founding members. Now that we have grown much larger, we’re hoping that our community can help us out with some of these costs via a small monthly contribution, and maybe help to fund some exciting future projects, too.
Our Patreon backers will receive exclusive backer-only updates, free entry to our workshops, and discounts for a range of our other initiatives.
Redbubble: Also coming soonish is our Redbubble store, where our friends and supporters can buy groovy PCV merch. We’re currently working on organising a discount for our Patreon backers – watch this space.
Community Safety Month: March will once again be Community Safety Month for the PCV. We will be sharing valuable resources across our online and social media platforms, and discussion topics at our March meetups will be geared towards keeping the Pagan community safe, inclusive and nurturing for all.
Pagan Pride Day: After the huge success of last year’s inaugural Pagan Pride Day, we will be doing it all again in April this year. Pack a picnic and come along for an afternoon of connecting, sharing and celebrating with your community. We will have guest speakers from Victoria’s active Pagan traditions, a ritual and more. There are even rumours of a witches vs druids kubb game being planned.
Community Calendar: We are putting the finishing touches on our 2018 Community Calendar. This calendar contains information about all Pagan events in Victoria and is a valuable resource.
This year, we have made important changes to our calendar policy: “In accordance with Victorian law, groups and individuals running ‘family friendly’ events will need to supply copies of Working With Children Cards for all organisers and volunteers in order to see their event included on the Community Calendar”.
Workshops: We have a number of workshops planned which will be offered free to our Patreon backers. Watch our Facebook Page for updates.
Phew! 2018 is already looking jam-packed with fantastic offerings for the Victorian Pagan community. And with such a wide variety of events and locations, there is sure to be something to suit everyone.
If you run a Pagan event in Victoria, we would love to hear from you. To see your event listed here (it’s free!), please contact us.
The events listed here are not run, endorsed or supported by the PCV unless otherwise stated. As a matter of precaution it is recommended that people make all necessary inquiries prior to joining or attending any activity. If you are new to public Paganism or have any more queries in relation to this, the Pagan Awareness Network’s pamphlet Safety in Circle contains lots of useful information.
See our Calendar Policy for information about what types of events we list on this page.
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The June 2018 committee meeting for the Pagan Collective of Victoria will take place in Central Victoria (location TBC). All members of the PCV are welcome to attend and have a say in the direction of the Collective and its initiatives.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Please confirm your attendance ASAP for Quorum purposes.
In this era of internet courses, Facebook groups, and phony credentials, how exactly do you spot a decent Pagan leader or teacher? What does sane, inclusive Pagan leadership look like? What’s the most effective way to teach something and how will you know that your students have learned anything?
In this workshop, writer, teacher and PCV president Josephine Winter shares her stories of the best and worst of Pagan leadership and training along with scholarly, evidence-based discussion of common “tropes” that appear in leaders and why they appear. Drawing on her own experience as a qualified educator, Winter will also offer some no-nonsense, flexible teaching strategies that will ensure better outcomes for students and teachers of a range of traditions.
This workshop is suitable for advanced practitioners, leaders or those considering leadership roles. Less experienced practitioners may also find value in the discussion of what to look for in a potential leader or teacher.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Josephine Winter is a writer, teacher and geek. She is a co-founder of the Pagan Collective of Victoria and has been an organiser for the Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering for many years. Josephine also writes for international Pagan news site The Wild Hunt on a monthly basis. You can read her work at josephinewinter.wordpress.com
Multi-award winning Pagan band Spiral Dance are returning to Melbourne in July 2018, thanks to the Pagan Collective of Victoria.
Late 2017 saw the arrival of a new member of Spiral Dance! Alice, a virtuoso violinist and talented flutist and pianist, adds depth to the melodies as well as considerable experience with musical arrangements.
The 2018 annual general meeting for the Pagan Collective of Victoria will take place at the Last Jar, in the city. All members of the PCV are welcome to attend and have a say in the direction of the Collective and its initiatives. Details of committee roles, nominations, etc will be announced closer to the date.
The November 2018 committee meeting for the Pagan Collective of Victoria will take place at Earthly Pleasures Cafe, in Belgrave. All members of the PCV are welcome to attend and have a say in the direction of the Collective and its initiatives.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Please confirm your attendance ASAP for Quorum purposes.
Come join us for a friendly, relaxed and inclusive afternoon meet by the Frankston coast in our final meet for the year. This is a free event.
A discussion topic will be announced closer to the date.
All experience levels, pagan, spiritual and witchy paths welcome.
Coffee Club is a short walk from Frankston station and numerous bus stops, in the promenade near the cinema.
Vegetarian and gluten-free menu options available.