SunWard Gathering

We invite you!

To SunWard Gathering,
to be held March 29-31, 2019 at Saratoga Springs
outside Ukiah, California

Tickets available through EventBright and on FaceBook

Here in Northern California, since the end of the Ancient Ways festival at Harbin Hot Springs, we have not had a pan-Pagan outdoor gathering. After many discussions with folks we met at Ancient Ways ‘back in the day’ and new friends from PantheaCon, and from the various clusters of Pagan and polytheistic folk, we know it is time to create a new one!

SunWard Gathering is…

  • to draw together our community of fellow Polytheists, Pagans, Witches and Magi,
  • to gather our strength in this time of great need,
  • to learn from each other by sharing and listening,
  • to cultivate the good, to clear away and transform the bad,
  • to share good food and drink, art, and laughter.

What we are doing…

Worship

Our focus is religious and on the Gods and Goddesses we have built long relationships with, and we welcome all who come to respectfully share our event, for our goal is building community. All too often we experience each other through the screen of computer or phone. How different it is when our interlocutors are right before us!

In the manner of the Twilight and Spiral Gatherings, our main rituals will be a thematically connected cycle with opening, main, and closing rites. Our goal for this year is creating the container for opportunities to creatively meet the Gods.  

Saturday’s main ritual will feature altars built to each Deity, or Deity-complex, or Pantheon, or Principle, we hold dear, and we will move among them to meet their Inhabitants, make connections and receive Their blessings.

Outside of those rites we will also have a cycle of offerings made at Dawn, Noon, Sunset and Midnight, to keep the Divine Ones close.

Community

In addition to the religious focus, we aim also to provide a setting in which attendees can meet in heart-space, so there will be time set aside each morning for such connection. Community is different when we have touched each other. Having learned from the Fairies, every morning we will have a Heart Circle to make the time to see and connect with each other.

In the Late Afternoon we will inaugurate the custom of a Symposium. This is time to stop, pour a libation to Hermes, have a libation of yourself, and then be presented with a knotty question to inspire conversation and discourse.

Later in the evening, after the main ritual, we also hope to have drumming, dancing and music into the night.

Teaching

We are seeking a limited amount of teaching for this time, while hoping for success and to extend our stay another day next year. In keeping with our focus, we are especially looking for teachings that center on the Gods and how to work with Them. Please contact Sam Webster with your offering.

Schedule the current draft

Where we are staying…

We have found a lovely venue for this springtime, sun-ward gathering, the Saratoga Springs Retreat Center (https://saratogasprings.com) 20 miles outside of Ukiah. Ritual spaces include the Main Meadow in the center of the property to the huge Heart Lodge, with its heated wood floors, arched ceiling, and stone fireplace, to the Fire (safe) Circle, and the Yurt for more intimate groupings. Many other small mystic places and paths adorn the land. There is also a vast hot tub along with an olympic swimming pool, another set of showers and washrooms, with a shaded canopy area.

Main Lodge
Main Lodge

Inside main lodge, social and discussion space

Heart Lodge indoor ritual space

Approaching the Heart Lodge

Inside the Heart Lodge (without the chairs and tables)

Inside the Heart Lodge (without the chairs and tables)

Fireplace in Heart Lodge

Fireplace in Heart Lodge

Behind the Heart Lodge

Behind the Heart Lodge

Pool, Gazebo,

Pool, Gazebo,

...and Hot Tub

…and Hot Tub

The amenities…

Saratoga Springs has lovely meadows for camping, bunk rooms in the historic Main Lodge, multi-room Cabins with comfy! queen, full, and twin bunk beds with bedding, including showers and toilets for groups of 4 to 8, and private Sleeping Sheds for two which have queen beds and privacy.

The base price is $295 for your stay from Friday to Sunday.
This includes all meals, and space to camp.

If you prefer indoor accommodations, there are options:

  • The Main Lodge has two large shared rooms with twin bunk beds: $325
  • The Cottages have several rooms each for 4 to 8 people with queen and twin bunk beds. Some Colleges have en suite showers and toilets: $345
  • The Sleeping Sheds are private accommodations with queen beds, heaters and a/c: $365
Bunk house

Bunk house

Cabin Room

Cabin Room

Tent in Meadow

Tent in Meadow

Children

Families and Children are welcome. Depending on needs we would like to have child appropriate programming. Please connect with the producers to let us know about what you want for your children and what you may offer for their care. Between the ages of 5 and 12, children cost $149, and under the age of 5 are free.

Food

Food will be provided for all attendees. Our Chef, Kyle, will be providing scrumptious meals with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. We’ll have ‘Coffee & Crullers’ (Continental Breakfast) to greet the early risers, Full Brunch starting at 11, and Dinner about 6pm. We’ll keep snacks available in the Main Lodge all the time.

Finances

The Pantheon Foundation, a religious non-profit organization, is providing financial and administrative support for this event. We do not expect to make a profit on this event, but hope to have seed money for next year, mostly the deposit.

The cost for accommodations is $60 per person for each of two days and the food is $90 for the weekend. Beyond that total expense of $210 are the insurance, and other facilities fees, ritual supplies, and expenses for the administering the event.

Policy

The producers of the SunWard Gathering are adamant that all who come to our event are comfortable and safe.  Given the context of our day and the defence of maltreatment in even the highest offices, we are here posting our protocol.
Our policy is simple: “All are Welcome, Abuse will Not be Tolerated”.

by All we mean
all who come to participate and make a wholesome community occasion together are welcome, irrespective of body, origin, or viewpoint, except intolerance.

by Abuse we mean
getting one person’s wants at another’s expense.
What is not consented to is forbidden.

If there is any concern with respect to any of these matters, contact the Gathering Director Sam Webster (samwebster11@gmail.com) before the event, and on site contact any member of staff.

Register Now!

We need enough people signed up by February first, the next deposit date, to know that we have a viable event. Please stop by the Facebook event page and let us know you are coming, but it is essential that enough tickets are bought to make our fees. If we do not have sufficient interest by February 1, 2019, we will refund all tickets.

Tickets available through EventBright and on FaceBook

Support this work and join in the maturation and development of our special religious community. Come join us at SunWard!

Pantheon Foundation Annual Report 2018

2018 has been a quiet year for the Foundation. We have supported our fiscal sponsorees, mostly the OSOGD. But the ebb tide eventually returns to flow, and action follows quietude.

For the past year members of the Foundation have been dreaming and planning for a new event. Here in Northern California, since the end of the Ancient Ways festival at Harbin Hot Springs, we have not had a pan-Pagan outdoor gathering. After many discussions with folks we met at Ancient Ways ‘back in the day’ and new friends from PantheaCon and from the various organizations of Pagan and polytheistic folk, we know it is time to create a new one: SunWard Gathering, to be held March 28-31 at Saratoga Springs outside Ukiah, California. This event will be the major Foundation project for the 2019 year, collaborating with our sponsorees and especially the OSOGD, so much of this annual report is devoted to it, as we look ahead to the future.

SunWard Gathering is…

  • to draw together our community of fellow Polytheists, Pagans, Witches and Magi,
  • to gather our strength in this time of great need,
  • to learn from each other by sharing and listening,
  • to cultivate the good, to clear away and transform the bad,
  • to share good food and drink, art, and laughter.

Our focus is religious and on the Gods and Goddesses we have built long relationships with, but we welcome all who come to respectfully share our event   for our goal is building community. All too often we experience each other through the screen of computer or phone. How different it is when our interlocutors are right before us!

In the manner of the Twilight and Spiral Gatherings, our main rituals will be a thematically connected cycle with opening, main, and closing rites. Outside of those rites we will also have a cycle of offerings made at Dawn, Noon, Sunset and Midnight, to keep the Divine Ones close. Saturday’s main ritual will feature altars built to each Deity, or Deity-complex, or Pantheon, or Principle, we hold dear, and we will move among them to meet their Inhabitants, make connections and receive Their blessings.

In addition to the religious focus, we aim also to provide a setting in which attendees can meet in heart-space, so there will be time set aside each morning for such connection. The schedule will include brunch, time for teaching, and a cocktail/mocktail hour before dinner in the manner of a symposium (think drinking games with philosophical discourse) with a knotty question to inspire the conversation. Drumming and music are welcome!

Our goal for this year is creating the container with less emphasis on specifying the content and more on opportunities for creatively meeting the Gods.  In keeping with our focus, we are looking for teachings that center on the Gods and how to work with Them.

We have found a lovely venue for this springtime, sun-ward gathering, the Saratoga Springs Retreat Center (https://saratogasprings.com) 20 miles outside of Ukiah. It offers a variety of comfortable, attractive accommodation, ritual, and meeting spaces, including a fire circle and roomy hot tub.

The team that is putting this together comes out of the OSOGD, along with collaborators from the broader Northern California Pagan Community. The Foundation is providing administration and financial support and oversight. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and through FaceBook, where most of our communications are happening. Just search for ‘sunward gathering’.

As mentioned at the start of this Report, SunWard Gathering is the Foundation’s main project for this upcoming year. We are also in discussion with various Pagan scholars around the country to start an academically focused conference that would move around the country and publish a collection of the papers presented at the event so that what is learned is shared and preserved. The coming year has much potential with these exciting projects!The Pantheon Foundation’s  mission is “to provide organizational support for the practice of Pagan religion and the fostering of Pagan Ministry. To study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.” With a new festival on the calendar, and plans for a conference, we believe we are fulfilling that mission. We hope that you support this work and will join in the maturation and development of our religious community. And, come join us at SunWard!

Annual Report 2017

The Foundation has been soul searching to reawaken its mission: To provide organizational support for the practice of Pagan religion and the fostering of Pagan Ministry. To study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.

We have recentered on our original core organization. The Foundation began as the need for the OSOGD to be non-profit strengthened, but why solve a problem for only one group? Why not create an organization that would require us to practice community development and network building? As other co-creators came in, the direction of that development had a social justice activism character to it from those collaborators. Without them, we have returned to our core strengths.

Our function is primarily religious. We create opportunities for folk to practice Pagan religion. We educate, mostly Pagan people about the history, culture, and practice of Pagan religion.

Our social activism has not ended, but re-centered on the power of religion to create, to critique, and to convey the values of individuals and society. By this we change the problematic element in our world today: humans.

The tool we are using for organizing and to collect the necessary power to cause change is the coin, most overlooked of the magical tools. We deliver financial (and other) services in exchange for a percentage of traffic (10% of deposits) as a way of paying for the professional delivery of those services. For the moment, because our needs are small we have suspended our work with Jitasa, an accountancy specializing in nonprofit organizations. Once we expand sufficiently we will reactivate that relationship.

Today we provide fiscal sponsorship for the OSOGD and the Temple of Innana and Demuzi, relatively small operations ($5k, $1k), and so generating $600 of operating budget per year. Over time as more groups or projects need 501(c)(3) coverage and the financial services to do that easily, we expect that number to grow.

Projects are a powerful way to make headway in the world. The OSOGD has just started a distance learning program using Zoom on the Foundation’s contract (costing $140 ann.). This brought in $500 its first month ($50 in fees). Eventually we will be back at Jitasa-level funding.

As ever, fees collected for services are how we fund our operations. All donations we have ever been given have been held for use in initiatives. For example, we have collected funds for specific usages such as the Diotima Fund, providing a small scholarship to Master of Divinity students at accredited seminaries. However, we also have a special fund of the seed money that we were given when we launched. This $3,000 is awaiting the right project or initiative. Do you have any ideas? Let us know at info@pantheonfoundation.org

Once we find a person with accountancy and bookkeeping skills we will certainly resume the Jitasa service. We are also seeking a skilled communications person, too. If you can recommend anyone or are interested, please contact us.

A loaf of bread is the result of many seeds. From many small works comes great benefit.
For the Foundation,
)O+
sam webster, phd
executive director
pantheon fundation

2016 Annual Report

The past year for the Pantheon Foundation has been a quiet one. We have been regrouping after the changes in our constituency. In this station-keeping mode, we have been supporting our fiscal sponsorees, consolidating our infrastructure, and preparing for our next cycle of work.

Drawing on our depth of skill and resources, the OSOGD will be launching a new distance learning program called the “Golden Dawn Academy” to serve the many interested students who have contacted the Order but who live outside the San Francisco Bay area. The program will deliver the classes using the Zoom video conferencing platform and record them for asynchronous use. The first of several planned courses will be the core Golden Dawn curriculum as taught by the OSOGD. Enrollment is currently open and classes start April 13, 2017.

Financially, we are stable, if lean. Donated funds have been segregated from operational finances and we are investigating various initiatives with which to benefit the Pagan community by deploying those funds. Suggestions and ideas are most welcome.

We will be at PantheaCon again this year. Come visit us in our suite shared with the OSOGD and the Am Duat Shrine, say hello and have a drink!

Our Annual Report

Friends and Supporters of the Pantheon Foundation,

I am pleased to release our first annual report. It is something of a mix, but it contains a real vision for the future. We would very much appreciate any comment or feedback you have to offer. We are especially interested in your views of how the Foundation could be of greater service to you and the Pagan community. Please write us at info@pantheonfoundation.org.

You can find the pdf of the report here.

We felt it important that we release this report on the Solstice, but our accounting work is not complete. We apologize, and expect it to be complete and posted during the week between the holidays. Please check back at the turn of the year.

We here at the Pantheon Foundation wish you all the brightest blessings of the Yuletide Season, and all health and prosperity in the New Year!
)O+
Sam Webster, executive director
Pantheon Foundation

Visit us at PantheaCon!–Suite 1060

37c33489-5b03-4558-b59b-4ccedc625733If you are coming to PantheaCon this year, come stop by our hospitality suite #1060 and say hello.

Friday:
6:30-7pm Establishing the Altar of Hermes
7:30-8:30pm Foundation Reception

Saturday:
7:30-9pm, OSOGD Reception

Saturday & Sunday:
9pm to Midnight, Esoterica Lounge.

We will be establishing the Altar of Hermes, one of our Divine Patrons, Friday night from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Then, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. we will hold a reception for the Foundation welcoming our fiscal sponsorees, donors, supporters, friends and inquirers to report on our accomplishments of the past year, our hopes for the next one and open a dialogue on how the Foundation can better serve our community.

Saturday, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the OSOGD will be holding a reception: “Curious about the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn? Wonder what it is like to be a member? Well, come on up and ask! Meet with some of the fraters and sorors of the OSOGD in the Pantheon Foundation Suite. OSOGD members will be available to answer those questions and more. Plus we’ll have refreshments!”

Saturday and Sunday nights from 9 p.m. to Midnight is the Esoterica Lounge. Come relax with old friends and meet new ones in a “chill space” house of Gods and Goddesses. On Saturday, serving as a quieter atmosphere from the illustrious Green Fairy Party, the Pantheon Foundation Suite will be open to the public and invite you to come in, sip wine and converse about all things esoteric. Spend time in delightful devotion with Aphrodite, trade riddles with Hermes, wax philosophical with Baphomet …

Check the Schedule on the Door for more exciting events.

Pagan Activism Conference Online a Rousing Success!

811d670f-3163-4a97-a228-3044754659e8With 84 registrants for the conference, and between 27 and 34 attendees per session, the Pantheon Foundation declares this conference a success. We feel very full of mind and heart after listening to all the presenters and attendees discuss each of the topics with rich informational exchange, fantastic presentations, and some great questions emerging, such as “What gives you the strength to keep on keeping on?” and “Where do we go from here?”

Ideas for next steps on our end include starting a weekly round-up of Pagan Activist blog posts from our presenters and wider community, an annual Journal of Pagan Activism Studies, and future online classes and discussion groups featuring some of our presenters from this Conference as well as other Pagan Activist leaders. You’ll be able to learn more about these initiatives if you join our newsletter here. And, of course, we are really looking forward to next year’s PACO! How about you? What are you moved to do, coming away from this experience?

The Foundation thanks all of the attendees for their presence and thoughtful discussion. It is our honor to serve you.

We bow in gratitude to all of the presenters: Celia Alario, Andy Conn, Laurie Lovekraft, Starhawk, Heather Greene, David Salisbury, John Medellin, Tim Titus, Stephanie Ivy Whiteside, Khi Armand, Crystal Blanton, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, Black Witch, Elena Rose, Lou Flores, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Dee Schull, John Beckett, Soli Zat Johnson, Rhiannon Laakso, Rion Roberts, T. Thorn Coyle, Alley Valkyrie, Ankhira Swordplow, Carolina Amor Boggs, Byron Ballard, Christina DiEdoardo, Cara Shultz, Christine Hoff Kraemer, Shauna Aura Knight, Rabbit Matthews, and LaSara Firefox Allen.

Special thanks goes to the organizers Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, and Yeshe Rabbit Matthews, who made it all happen.

Thanks again to everyone for attending PACO 2014. The social feed for the Conference is are using the hashtags #PACO and #RITEaction for the whole event, as well as hashtags for the separate panels: #PACOECO, #PACOMedia, #PACOPOC, #PACOGender, #PACOCare, #PACOBuild, #PACORights, and #PACOConsent.

May the work be blessed!
)O+
sam webster, e.d.

Now a 501(c)3 Pagan religious non-profit corporation

Gentle Pagans,

It is with very great pleasure that I can inform you that we have been granted 501(c)3 public charity status by the IRS.

All donations to the Pantheon Foundation or its projects or organizations back to November 17 2013 (yes, one year ago) are now tax-deductible.
If you have donated, we will be getting documentation to you before tax time for your next filing.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements this week, and be sure to register for our Pagan Activism Conference Online coming this weekend!

Now the Work really begins!
)O+
Sam Webster
Executive Director
Pantheon Foundation,
a 501(c)3 Pagan religious non-profit corporation