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Thursday August 18th to Sunday August 21st 2022

Camp Cedarcrest, 886 Mapledale Rd, Orange, CT

2022 Speakers

  • Mary Kimball
  • More will be announced soon!

2022 Activities

  • Classes
  • Fire Circles
  • Workshops
  • Rituals
  • Drumming
  • Bardic Circle
  • Vending
  • Dancing
  • Meditating
  • Readers
  • Themed Feasts

2022 Vendors

  • Mama Kimball’s Emporium
  • More will be posted soon!

2022 Schedule

Tentative event schedule will be sent out by early August.

2022 Meal Plan

Fully catered meal plans are available for this event. The meal plan details are normally solidified by August.

FAQ

How much is it to attend Harvest Gathering?  If you click onto the Registration Link on our website, you will find all the different types of Pass from Harvest Gathering.  Prices vary depending upon which option you choose.

Do you offer day passes?  No.

Do you offer scholarships?  Yes, we have Partial and Full scholarships available in exchange for work shifts. contact us at hg_info@cwpn.org if interested,

Do I have to stay at the camp? Yes, due to COVID everyone is required to stay on site for the duration of the event. Any concerns contact hg_info@cwpn.org 

Can I park my car near my cabin or my tent? Depending on where your cabin or tent is, we do allow cars on property. See the Staff member at the CWPN tent for more details as you check in. Cars are allowed to stay on site as long as they are not moved during the event without express permission from the event coordinator.

I don’t have transportation, how can I get to the event?  We suggest joining our Facebook event page. You can put a post there to see if anyone is coming from the area you are and if they would be willing to car pool with you.  You can also contact Greyhound or Metro North to see if there is service from where you live to Orange, Connecticut.

I’m on a special diet, what is the food plan? The food plan this year has a few options, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free in addition to omnivorous foods. We do recommend that if you have special dietary needs or have food allergies to bring your own food. 

Can I bring my grill from home? The camp allows portable gas camp stoves and has stone barbeque grills sprinkled around the camp for your use. They does not provide charcoal.

I would like to be a presenter at HG, how can I do that?  Please refer to the “Interested in Speaking” section below for details.  HG has grown to be quite popular and we are booking speakers 1 to 2 years in advance.

How can I recognize who is on staff?  All staff will be wearing identification throughout the weekend. There are staff members at the CWPN and Registration table during the day as well.

Can we use our cell phones at HG?  We know it’s hard to get away from the cell phones, but we discourage using them during classes and meals. You will be asked to turn off all cell phones for rituals.

Can I pay with a check or credit card for items I buy from vendors?  That’s entirely up to the Vendor.

Is the campground handicap accessible? The site itself is not handicap friendly. If you require the use of a wheelchair or other walking assistance equipment, there may be some mobility issues with the terrain and some of the class/workshops locations.

Is there food being sold at HG? Not other than our catered meal plan.

Is there anywhere nearby if I need food and/or supplies? There are a number of stores within 5 minute drive from camp. Please make sure that all food and supplies you require are obtained prior to arrival at the camp ground.

Does HG sell ice? No, but the camp has an available ice machine. You can speak to the kitchen staff members for details.

Can I bring my pets? No, we ask that you leave your fur family at home. 

How can I get updated information or see who else is planning on going? Join our Facebook event page, were we put live updates, chats and around how many people are planning on attending. Find friends, invite friends. If you are not on Facebook, come out to some of the CWPN events or CTPPD, many times updates and discussion about HG happens there.

What if I have more questions not listed here? You can email hg_info@cwpn.org

What to Bring?

Here’s a list of other items you may want to pack:

  • Please bring photo I.D.
  • COVID vaccine cards/ negative test proof
  • Bed linens, blankets and pillows
  • Tent, tarps, easy-up
  • Clothing for 4 days
  • Water bottle and additional snacks
  • Coolers and ice
  • Camp stove, and/or charcoal for grills
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Garbage bags (please take your garbage with you when you leave)
  • Good walking shoes – for rough terrain
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Sun block
  • First Aid kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels and Wash cloths
  • Children’s supplies
  • Rain gear
  • Bug spray
  • Folding chairs
  • Portable altar
  • Ritual and festive clothing
  • Over the counter medications
  • Drums, rattles, shakers, etc
  • Prescribed medications
  • Ear plugs – we cannot control those who snore or events sounds
  • Notebooks and writing instrument
  • Money for vendor purchases
  • An item to charge on the Ancestral Altar (please make remember to take this home with you. CWPN is not responsible for items left on Alter) 

HG Policies

Each individual is responsible for their own actions. Violent, disruptive, dangerous, illegal or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. 

Illegal Drug Use is strictly prohibited

Anyone caught using or disturbing illegal drugs the police will be will called immediately. Your admission to Harvest Gathering will be revoked without refund.

Alcohol

We ask those who are of legal drinking age drink and behave responsibly. 

Connecticut State Law prohibits the following activities:

  1. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by any person below the age of 21
  2. The distribution of alcohol to anyone below the age of 21.

Anyone in violation of CT State Law will be asked to leave immediately and admission to Harvest Gathering will be revoked without refund.

Smoking

No smoking except in designated areas. Please be considerate of this policy.

Media and Photography

Harvest Gathering is a private event on private property. Media coverage is not permitted unless there is prior authorization from the event manager. Photography is permitted only with the permission of all those being photographed. If photographs are being uploaded to social media and/or internet, please ask permission of those photographed.

Children

Children are the responsibility of their parents/guardians and must be supervised at all times. Failure to do so will result in both child and parent/guardian to leave the event without refund. We do not offer a babysitting service or children unattended by parents/guardian activities.

Fire

No open flame should be left unattended. No tiki torches should be used at campsites or cabins. No camp fires are allowed on camp property. Cooking fires are allowed at stone barbecues (provide by the camp) and camp stoves. 

Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, Harvest Gathering will refund the cost of the event minus $30.00 filing fee up to June 30th of the same calendar year. After June 30th of the same calendar year, no refund will be issued.

Payment Plans are not refundable. 

The event manager reserves the right to revoke your admission to Harvest Gathering without a refund.

Fire Circle Etiquette

The Fire Circle is open to everyone attending the festival. The fire circle is sacred space and must be treated in that manner. When attending a working fire circle, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the safety and comfort of all those attending we ask that you take into consideration the following rules of etiquette.

Keeper of the Flame, Jeremy Kimball (left) Assistant Fire Coordinators, Jessica & Michael VanHentenryck (middle/ right)

The Fire

If you would like to help with the building or tending of the nightly bonfire, please speak to our Fire Coordinators and tell them you would like to help. Working a fire can be strenuous and possibly dangerous. When volunteering, please take this into consideration.

Things to consider if you are tending the fire

DON’T START THE FIRE ON YOUR OWN

If you arrive at the circle and the fire has not been lit, please speak to a staff member and find out what time the fire will be started.

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING

Wear something to cover yourself in a material that won’t catch fire very easily. Avoid wearing flowing skirts and pants.

WOODPILE AREA

Help to keep the woodpile area free of people and obstructions.

FIRE HAZARDS

For the safety of all attendants, the following is recommended:

  • DO NOT TOSS ANYTHING INTO THE FIRE
  • If you see burning ash fragments land on the ground, please extinguish them before someone steps on them with bare feet.
  • If you see burning fragments land in someone’s hair, please put them out.
  • If you notice a rock, cigarette butt, bottle cap, or other hazardous item lying on the ground, please pick it up and properly dispose of it.
  • If you have spare time in the evening before the bonfire gets started, it’s nice to walk around and check the dance area for hazardous small objects, and to help fill up water jugs.

Drumming

Drummers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. If you are a beginner please

be mindful not to disrupt the other drummers.

PLEASE DO NOT STAND IN FRONT OF THE DRUMMERS

The drummers need the heat to keep themselves and their drums warm. They also use the fire as an energy source. To stand directly in front of them is to cut them from their source.

TRY NOT TO STAND AROUND THE FIRE

The fire circle is for dancing and fun. Please try not to stand around the fire because dancers may not be aware of you, which could lead to a dangerous situation.  If you identify someone who you feel might be unsafe near the fire, please see a a staff immediately.

Other Considerations

DO NOT SMOKE NEAR THE FIRE

If you want to smoke, please do so only in the designated smoking area.

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CHILDREN

Little ones are more then welcome to join in the festivities, but we ask that you take full responsibility for the well being of all children in your care. It’s for their own safety.

How To Help Yourself Make The Most Of The Fire Circle

There will be water made available every night of the fire. Be sure to drink lots of water. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you. If you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, or light-headed, sit down, rest and drink some water. If you feel the need to ground and center, please do so. Please use good judgment. Items to bring to the fire circle include blankets & coats (both to sit on, and to keep you warm when you are not dancing), a flashlight to assist you in finding the way back to your cabin or tent, and extra food and water jugs if you have them. If you see what seems to you to be careless or unsafe fire play, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of festival staff.

Driving Directions

Driving Directions to Camp Cedarcrest

886 Mapledale Road, Orange, CT

Camp Cedarcrest is located one minute from CT Route 15 (also known as The Wilbur Cross Parkway and The Merrit Parkway), on the interstate highway network, 6 miles from New Haven, 60 miles from New York City and convenient to all of New England. 886 Mapledale Road
Orange, Connecticut 06477
Phone: (203)799-2150

Directions:

From New Haven:

  1. Take Route 34 (Derby Ave) west heading toward Derby
  2. From the intersection of Derby Ave. and E.T. Grasso Boulevard note your mileage. You will travel west on Route 34 for about 4 miles.
  3. Landmarks you will pass along the way will be the Ravens Stadium on the left; a Nissan car dealer on the left; then Maltby Lakes and a Mobil gas station on the right.
  4. At the end of these 4 miles, you will come to the intersection with Orange Center Road.
  5. There is a gray building on the right hand corner (a flower shop).
  6. As you pass through this traffic light, immediately get into the left -hand lane (you will see a green sign on the left-hand side with says Junction 15).
  7. Immediately after this sign you will take a left -hand turn which is Mapledale Road. (If you come to an entrance rap for the Merritt Parkway, you have gone too far.) You will pass 4 houses on the right.
  8. After the houses, at the bottom of a small hill, on your right is a brown sign that says Camp Cedarcrest. Look for the HG enterance sign. The entrance to the main parking lot for the camp is immediately past the house.
  9. The driveway is between two white pillars on your right.

From Route 15:

  1. Get off at Exit 57 (West Haven – Orange) and continue on Route 34 East.
  2. Take the second right onto Mapledale Road.
  3. You will pass 4 houses on your right.
  4. After the houses, at the bottom of a small hill, on your right is a brown sign that says Camp Cedarcrest. Look for the HG enterance sign. The entrance to the main parking lot for the Camp is immediately past the house.

Interested in Speaking?

We would like to thank you for your interest in speaking at Harvest Gathering. Each year, we receive many inquiries from people interested in speaking at our festival, and we ask that you carefully review the following information before submitting a proposal.

Please take a moment to review the following guidelines:

  • We request that each submission include a bio, a picture, and at least three to five class proposals.
  • We ask that you demonstrate your ability to speak on the subject matter for which you are submitting your proposal. Please include organizational affiliations, published essays, articles, a list of other festivals or conferences at which you have previously lectured, academic or professional achievements, or anything else that you would like us to know.
  • We will accept a ritual proposal in lieu of a class proposals.

You can submit your proposals through December to hg_info@cwpn.org to be considered for the future Harvest Gathering’s. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

CWPN Community Scholarship Fund

In loving memory of Sheila Herrick, Thomas Graf,
Sally McMahon, Shaugn “The Bard” O’Donnell
and Bren Shepherd

Over the years our community has seen some of our cross over the veil. These individuals cared deeply for our community and gave of their time and talents to benefit us all. It is in their memory that this fund is lovingly dedicated. Donations collected for the scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to those who would normally be unable to attend Harvest Gathering. If you would like to donate to this fund, you send via PayPal to this PayPal address register@cwpn.org (with a note to scholarship) or mail in a check. Checks should be made out to CWPN, Inc., (please write scholarship fund in memo), and mailed to: CWPN, Inc., P.O. Box 958, New Milford, CT 06776

Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.
Please note that the CWPN, Inc. is a non-profit organization.

The availability of scholarships will be contingent upon the donations received. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please email hg_info@cwpn.prg with a brief description of your financial need and why you feel you should be considered for this fund. This must be in no later then July 1st prior to the event. The scholarships are available for work exchange. Please note, you will not be able to pick and choose when you would like to work, hours/days will be assigned to you. This may mean that you will miss some classes and activities.

Contact Us

To contact the HG Event Manager

or call

  • Aali @ 860-671-7956

Mailing Address: CWPN, Inc.
P.O. Box 958
New Milford, CT 06776