Beltane Frequently Asked Questions


What is Beltane?
Can I bring my kids to Beltane?
Can I bring my pet?
What are the cabins like?
Can my group get its own cabin?
Are there any private cabins?
If I stay in a tent, what do I do for bathrooms?
Is there a discount for staying in a tent?
What is a day pass?
Can I bring my RV/Trailer?
Can I park my car by my cabin/tent site?
What if I forget something at home? Are there stores near the site?
Can I bring beer, wine, mead, etc. to gathering?
Why do I have to wear a wristband/nametag?
Do I have to buy my meals ahead of time?
I don't belong to a group; can I still come?
Does it cost extra to attend the workshops?
Are the rituals open to everyone?
Is it okay to have public sex at Beltane? How about public BDSM scenes?
Can I get there by public transportation?
What should I bring?
What's the photography policy?
Will my cell phone work?
Is there internet access?
How can I join the staff? Can I get a discount if I become staff?
What do I do if I want to present a workshop?
What are the workshops like?
When will the workshops be posted?
How can I stay in touch with my fellow attendees?

What is Beltane?
Our Beltane event is the only adults-only, sacred sexuality Beltane event in the country that we know of. Held each year on or about the first weekend on May, we bring people together from all backgrounds, walks of life and spiritual paths. Attendance runs about 300 and our age range is from the 20s to the 60s. We are open to anyone. The only requirement to attend is an open mind, a desire to learn, and the ability to get along with and respect your fellow attendees at the festival.

Can I bring my kids to Beltane?
Beltane is an Adults Only event, so if they are over the age of 18, sure.

Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, the Camp's rules prohibit animals from attending. Of course, service animals are allowed.

What are the cabins like?
All cabins have shared sleeping rooms and a large shared bathroom. The cabins have electricity, new lighting and ceiling fans, hot and cold water, showers and flush toilets. The beds all have single mattresses and box springs. Bring your own linens and pillow or sleeping bag.

Can my group get its own cabin?
Yes. You'll need to fill the entire cabin to have it for your exclusive use, though. Depending on the cabin, that's between 7 and 14 people. Even if you don't have enough people to take an entire cabin, we can put your group together in the same cabin. If you want to get a group cabin you should drop a line to the Registrar and register your group early.

Are there any private cabins?
All cabins have shared sleeping rooms with single beds and a shared bath. If sharing a cabin isn't something you want to do, we suggest that you opt to bring a tent. Many people do.

If I stay in a tent, what do I do for bathrooms?
All the bathrooms in the cabins are open to those attendees staying in tents, so you would pick the cabin closest to you and shower, etc there. There are also several bathrooms throughout the camp.

Is there a discount for staying in a tent?
Not at Beltane.

What is a day pass?
With a day pass you can arrive when registration opens and stay late into the evening. You can attend any of the workshops, rituals, concerts etc. The only restriction on a day pass is that you can't spend the night, so you can't bring a tent or request cabin space.

Can I bring my RV/Trailer?
We can accommodate a limited number of RVs and trailers at Beltane. Full-size RVs must, however, remain in the parking lot. If you're planning to bring yours, you should drop an email to the Registrar. Please note that your RV needs to be completely self-contained, as we have no hookups for electricity or water. Also, if your generator makes too much noise, we may have to ask that you not run it during all or part of the day.

Can I park my car by my cabin/tent site?
Generally, no. You may drive your car to your cabin/tent site to load in and load out, but we ask that you take your car back to the parking lot when you're done. If it's been wet, we may restrict onsite driving to paved areas.

What if I forget something at home? Are there stores near the site?
While the festival is secluded, you can get just about anything you need or might have forgotten within a 20-minute drive. There are several outlets for beer, wine etc; two good-sized supermarkets, a Wal-Mart and a Target.

Can I bring beer, wine, mead, etc. to gathering?
Of course. As long as you are over 21, are responsible, and don't give any to anyone under 21 years old. However, public drunkenness or giving alcohol to those under 21 will get you ejected from Beltane without a refund.

Why do I have to wear a wristband/nametag?
Wristbands and/or nametags let us know that you are an attendee and belong on site. If you are found without a wristband/nametag you will be escorted to registration for a replacement. They also let folks know who's over/under 21 for alcohol-related activities.

Do I have to buy my meals ahead of time?
No, you are free to purchase meals at the dining hall on an as-needed basis; just show up and pay for the meal at the door. Note that each meal costs $1 more than if you pre-pay, and dealing with meals ahead of time can be more convenient. Please be aware, though, that we can't refund you for meals after we've given meal counts to the Camp.

I don't belong to a group; can I still come?
Of course. While we do have several groups who make Beltane an annual event, most of our attendees are not part of a group. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of group affiliation or spiritual path.

Does it cost extra to attend the workshops?
Generally, no, except for few workshops that charge a materials fee. These workshops are clearly marked in the program book.

Are the rituals open to everyone?
All rituals listed in the program book are open to festival attendees. In addition to the published rituals, there are often smaller rituals that are held by individual groups. Usually these are open to the public, however on occasion they are private.

Is it okay to have public sex at Beltane? How about public BDSM scenes?
The short answer is 'yes.' It is okay to have public sex at Beltane because it is a sex-friendly event. However (you knew there was a catch, right?), we ask that you be considerate of others when having your public sex. For example, if your cabin is full of sleeping people, and you decide to have loud sex and wake everyone up, no one except you is going to be happy. And that's going to make the organizers of the event unhappy, too, and we're likely to pass our unhappiness along to you in the form of either interrupting you or later asking you to apologize and not do it again. So be considerate of your 'audience' when having public sex. The same goes for BDSM scenes. While it is not against the rules to 'scene' outside of the play-space and other pre-approved locations (such as workshops, rituals, the fire circle, etc), if we get complaints about your scene, we will interrupt it and ask you to move it to a more private location or into the dungeon. This is a kink-friendly event, but not a kink event, so please consider non-kink folks' limits when deciding where to do your scene. Also, if a member of the staff wanders by a scene and hears the dungeon safe-word (which is 'red'), we will interrupt the scene. If we see you doing something we think is unsafe, we will interrupt your scene.

Can I get there by public transportation?
Yes. There are taxis that run from the bus/train stations at Aberdeen and the Perryville bus station. The cost to the site is about $30. More information regarding public transportation, including getting here by air, can be found on our Packing & Prep page and in our Location & Transportation section.

What should I bring?
Check our Packing & Prep page.

What's the photography policy?No cameras, still or video, are allowed at Beltane, with the sole exception of the official photographer, who operates at/in specific, limited times/areas. If we see you with a camera, we will (politely) ask you to put it away in your car.

Will my cell phone work?
Depending on your provider, you will probably have some level of service at camp.

Is there internet access?
There is internet service at Ramblewood, but it's iffy.

How can I join the staff? Can I get a discount if I become staff?
The easiest way to become staff is to just let us know you want to help. Just drop an email to the Coordinator and tell us a little bit about yourself and what area of the gathering you'd like to help with. We try to accommodate people's requests as to where they want to help, but we don't always have openings. If we don't have an opening in your desired department, we'll try to offer you something else. Depending on your level of involvement at Beltane, you may be offered a discount on your registration fee. Most of the staff pays to attend festival; very few get in for free.

What do I do if I want to present a workshop?
Start with the presenter guidelines and schedule outline. Even if you've presented for us in the past, a look at the presenter guidelines is probably a good idea. If you want to ask us specific questions about presenting, please drop a line to the P-Team.

What are the workshops like?
Workshops at Beltane cover a wide range of topics and levels. We offer everything from Polyamory to couples' communication to bellydancing to SM & Spirituality, previous years' workshop descriptions and presenter bios are available for reference.

When will the workshops be posted?
Look at the programming info to see what's available at the moment. We usually post Beltane preliminary class and presenter lists as soon as we have enough classes in, and the schedule after it's built in early-to-mid March. The schedule is never final until the program goes to press, though; there may still be some differences between what's posted/printed and what actually happens onsite. You can also check out our prior years' classes & schedules.

How can I stay in touch with my fellow attendees?
You can join our group on FetLife.


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