Photos: Yule Museum Outing 2018

For Yule this year, we teamed up with the good folks of the Melbourne Heathen Moot for an excursion to the Vikings exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. This was followed by a lovely dinner at a local pub and a brief sumbel to mark the occassion.

Many thanks to PCV committee member Dean for organising this wonderful event!

 

 

Photos from February 2018

Thankyou to Alex for photographing our antics in February!

Workshop: Roots and Bones

Journey into the mysteries of the craft for those that walk between the worlds.

ROOTS & BONES is a one day event that calls us to explore our unique stories, our Gods and our Ancestors of the heart as men who love men so we may deepen our roots of connection and strengthen our own unique paths.

This workshop is for men who love men (including Queer, Gay, Bi and female-to-male transgender men), ages 18 and older.

Join us for a day of workshops, discussion, technique training and ritual through the practices of a variety of Gay and Queer inclusive paths. The aim of the event is to deepen your practice and connection to Divinity as a man who loves men as well as explore and share with each other.

The workshops will be run by a variety of special guest presenters. Each brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience as teachers and practitioners in many forms of the Craft including the Unnamed Path, Anderson Feri, Reclaiming and Wild Wood traditions.

PRESENTERS:
David Shorey (USA), Tommie StarChild (USA) and Gede Parma (Australia) – Full details on the Presenters and the Workshops are in the event images and on QPMA Facebook Page.

PRICE:
Foundation Ticket – $95 Full/$75 Concession if paid before August 2017

Early Bird Ticket – $110 Full/$90 Concession if paid before October 2017

Regular Ticket – $130 Full/$110 Concession

Tickets include entry for the full day of workshops and ritual.
Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea. Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

REGISTRATION:
Send an email to queerpaganmenaustralia@gmail.com with your full name, contact details and ticket/s you are booking.

LOCATION:
The event location is in a wonderful private hall space located at the eastern edge of the city. It is close to public transport. Full details will be provided upon booking.

NOTE:
Roots & Bones is being held the day before Melbourne’s LGBTQ festival launch on Sun 14th Jan – Midsumma Carnival Day. So if you are traveling interstate then why not make a weekend of it. More information can be found on the Midsumma Festival website.

*We ask that you arrive on time as there will be no refunds for no show or late arrivals.
*This is a drug and alcohol free event.
* Concession ticket holders are to bring a valid concession card on the day.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/RootsAndBonesQPMA/

Workshop: The Star in the Stone – Exploring Folkloric-Traditional Witchery

Hosted by Wyrd Workings – Gede Parma

The Star in the Stone: Exploring Folkloric-Traditional Witchery is a journey into understanding and intimating cosmologies, ecology, technique, and lore arising out the treasure trove of Old Craft as related to oracular, ecstatic, spell-casting, trance-taking, two-handed, heretical, spirit-fucking animistic traditions.

This 5-hour workshop will engage theory and practice.

Experience with entering ritual and trance states, understanding grounding, centering, boundaries, warding, and awareness of personal spirits is necessary.

A sliding scale of $40-70. Two spaces will be held for Queer, Trans*, People of Colour, Single Parents, or any other person who by some other circumstance requires it.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fdMJdJ5DMSN1XXu-2S6s6SaCf-iW3UD_k5CLi1hvrww/

Click here to see the Facebook event page.

Throughout and About: The PCV in August 2017

Throughout and About: The PCV in August 2017

August was still a chilly affair, but warmer days are on the way!

CBD Pub Moot

By Dean

Back to back with the PCV AGM, those already at the Last Jar Irish Pub were joined by those just arrived. Our Pagan friendly venue was kind enough to open up their upstairs dining room for our diverse crowd of Druids, Heathens, Pagans and Witches. We filled the long table by the fireplace as people chatted and the introduction circle ensued. Our discussion topic this time was about online covens. While opinions were nuanced, the general consensus was that online was great for information and networking, but that online materials couldn’t replace the shared experience, ambience, trust and closeness of being a part of a coven, grove or kindred. The same topic has been posted online in the Witches of Oz Facebook group, so we’ll see if online opinions arrive at different conclusions.

 

 

Morris Camp

By Josie

The PCV’s Morris side, Oak, Smash & Thorn recently visited South Australia to attend a workshop with our Morris heroes, Hot For Joe. We had an amazing time, and while we still have a lot to learn, we felt so welcomed and supported. As well as the workshop we danced out in Hahndorf on a busy Sunday morning, and got to explore some of the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Thanks so much for having us, H4J! We’ll definitely be back next year for the English Ale! 🙂

 

 

 

Meeting Minutes: August 2017

Pagan Collective of Victoria

 

Meeting Minutes 20/8/2017

 

Present: Josie, Ryan, Carrie, Nickole, Geoff, Elkie, Dean, Alex, Fran, Mark, Dorian, Lucas, Sarah, Seamus

 

Apologies: Shaz, Ang

 

Meeting Location: The Last Jar, Melbourne

Meeting Open: 1.05 PM

 

 

  1. President’s Report –

It’s been another great year, the meetups have really flourished and grown, the calendar is our most visited page on the website and the feedback has been really positive overall. We are now moving into our fourth year as a successful not-for-profit and it is exciting to see it continue to grow and flourish.

 

  1. Vice-Presidents Report

It has been an exciting year full of challenges. We have faced them head on, made hard decisions and come out stronger and better off for having dealt with these challenges head on. Very happy to see the PCV continuing on to new and better things.

 

  1. Secretary’s Report –

Memberships have continued to climb in a fairly even fashion over the year, we now have over 340 registered members out there and over a thousand Facebook likes. Pretty exciting, some of the members are even from other states and countries.

 

  1. Presentation of Accounts (Treasurer) –

Apart from the Spiral Dance/Kc Guy concert there was not really any financial activity, at least on the income front. We still have the usual costs of website, annual fees to consumer affairs etc. which are covered by donation from committee members (Josie and Ryan). Currently we have $142.70 in the bank.

 

  1. Meet-up Reports

It is worth noting that the PCV has done around 100 free events (just PCV and affiliates alone) in the last 12 months. In addition to this we advertise even more events on our calendar (paid and free) from non-affiliates.
We have had a lot of interest in how we do things in The Pagan Collective of Victoria from across the globe, apparently we run a model that other people think works really well.

Hills

The Hills as usual continues to grow, amaze and flourish. It has a really warm open atmosphere that encourages people of all walks to attend. It is currently a victim of it’s own success. For the colder months advertising of the event has had to stop because more attendee’s than the venue can handle are turning up. In the warmer months they will be able to expand out into the front garden and comfortably accommodate the numbers they have been getting.
The possibility of having a new Hills event that takes place mid-week has been raised and will be explored further if there is sufficient interest to attend/run it.

CBD
There are a lot of people attending every month, the venue is dealing well with the numbers (on average 14 – 20). This meet continues to follow the same model it has of general chatter, then once all anticipated attendees are there a discussion topic is presented and everyone has a chance to have their say. This continues to run for 11 months of the year.

Creswick
Continuing to have attendees that haven’t come before attend them, it seems to be growing quietly, still on a quarterly basis. It has been heartening to meet so many different pagans from around Central Victoria.

Frankston
These meets continue on with some growing interest, Dorian is happy to keep hosting these events quarterly.

6. Redbubble

Redbubble has been discussed previously as a potential place to sell merchandise for the PCV and it’s meet-ups.
Sarah has kindly offered to design merchandise and is in the process of adapting the logo etc. for use on the Redbubble account once it is set up.
For the new members – the reason the Redbubble was suggested over another form of merch was that there is little to no outlay that would have to come out of donations from the committee and people are able to just order what they want from our store.
Dorian is also offering up some of his artwork for use on items in the Redbubble.
The aim is for January next year to the time that we go live with the Redbubble store, allowing time to set everything up correctly so it runs smoothly.

7. Mount Franklin

It would be great to have a display this year at the Gathering with flyers etc. advertising the groups, probably similar to the one from Pagan Pride Day. Also to have the PAN community safety flyers.

The PCV has been asked to run the children’s May Pole this year, our intrepid committee member Alex has offered his services for this job.

A core group from the Hills are running the ritual this year and may need some assistance at some points prior to the Gathering which we will happily provide.

8. Midsummer

This event is going to be a family friendly event held at Fairy Park in Anakie, attendees will need to buy a ticket from Fairy Park to get in, however apart from that it is running as a free event.
The event is on FaceBook already with details on there for people interested.
According to the staff at Fairy Park the venue is accessible for people with mobility issues but they may need some assistance.
The event will be BYO own food and drinks (non-alchoholic only!)
The date is the 25th of November

9. Witches of Oz Movie Night

The proposed venue at present is the Tin Shed in Belgrave, however this event still needs more research which Fran has kindly offered to do. The proposed movie is Practical Magic.

10. Patreon

It has been suggested that the PCV run a Patreon as a way to cover some of the costs that it incurs annually, without having to become a organisation that charges its members fees every year.
To this end the proposal at this point is that we consider starting a Patreon that only has a $1 reward (this doesn’t stop people from donating more). It is of course completely voluntary for our members to support us or not as they chose.
Some reward needs to be offered for supporters, after all everything we do now is free anyway, to this end it is suggested that some backer content be made, proposed ideas are a free workshop for backers and some live video etc. content only available to backers.

Action – Josie will put together and present a proposed Patreon, and appropriate rewards etc. at the next committee meeting and this can be voted on then.

11. Trivia Night

This could be a really fun way to get a variety of members and non-members together for an evening of fun and games. It could be a great night.

Action – Nickole to come up with a plan, possible date, venue and other details to be presented at the next meeting.

12. Ostara

Will be held on Sunday the 24th of September under the Silver Birch Grove banner. It is going to have a Heathen tone and will be organised via FB.

13. 2018 Planning

Next meeting will be the meeting to set a great deal of the dates for next year so please bring your dates, diaries etc. so we can get the plans rolling.

14. Blog/Social Media

People are welcome to help with both of these things. Read that as please help committee!

15. Other Business

Swinburn Uni Student Pagans Group – contact has been made with Swinburn by Alex and discussion is ongoing with the possibility that they will get some club funding/space to run their gatherings etc in.

A history of Druidry project is underway, Elkie has been sending out questionnaires etc. to people and is compiling a history of Druidry in Australia with some assistance. We may be able to help in some small way as and when is needed.
Closing Remarks

Thank-you all and welcome to the new committee!

 

Meeting End: 1.45 PM