The Starwood Community of Communities

We're pleased with our Starwood Village and Community that have grown throughout the years, and we hope you are too! We engage all guests on some level or another - from the little ones and the not-so-little ones to teens and the young at heart to adults and the seniors among us. Magicians, Druids, Drummers, Hippies, Freemasons, Dancers, Witches, Yeti, Technopagans, and the Free at Heart all find something to do and love at Starwood.

This is a year of rebuilding. Now that we have established ourselves in our new home, Wisteria, we can take the time to re-energize some of the communities that have helped make Starwood the life-changing and life-affirming experience it is. We welcome our brethren back into the fold, and encourage those new communities like the Space Rangers to join the CAWmunity, the Didge Players, the Druids, Babylon, Faerie, OTO, Fire Tribe, Parents & Kids, and other unique and special communities. We have recently created a new Didge structure and an ADF Nemeton, and other surprises are expected along the way. We hope to bring in speakers and entertainers you like, provide a stage or venue for you to share your offerings with us all, and help you create homes within the festival all your own.

From the beginning, the Starwood Festival was designed to be a true gathering of the tribes, a forum within which people and communities from many lifestyles, world views, interests and orientations can come together, share their discoveries, and most important: party! The multi-faceted Starwood Community has grown organically and wondrously. Here are some of the individual communities - some loose affiliations, some formal organizations - that make it up.

ACE/Chameleon Club: The Merry Pranksters of the Neo-Pagan Movement, the Chameleon Club works through their facilitating organization, The Association for Consciousness Exploration, to provide events and products that promote interaction between visionary groups.

Ar nDraiocht Fein: an international Pagan church based on a tradition of Neopagan Druidism. The grove most closely associated with Starwood is Stone Creed Grove and the spiritual center Tredara; you'll find their members and their store on site, and their classes and rituals in our program. In 2012 ADF constructed and consecrated a Nemeton, a sacred ritual area, at Wisteria Campground. Ian Corrigan and other past and present Arch-Druids are regular Starwood presenters.

CAWmunity: an established representative group of members of the Church of All Worlds, one of the oldest incorporated Neo-Pagan churches in the United States. Among its members are people of various faiths, including the Abrahamic traditions. Oberon Zell-Raveneart is a regular presenter at Starwood.

The Church of the SubGenius: a religion disguised as a joke, or perhaps a joke disguised as a religion. In the tradition of medicine men and Sufis who spread enlightenment through theater, humor and parody, the Church spreads the word of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, the Sultan of Sales and the Messiah of Slack. Question Authority, and Pull the Wool over your Own Eyes! Rev Ivan Stang and Princess WeiRDoe are both Chameleons and regular Starwood contributors.

Didge Denizens: a conglomeration of players of the Australian didgeridoo and other fans of the kind of world music characterized by a fusion of different forms of music, especially spiritual and trance-inducing, from around the world. In 2012 ACE debuted the new Starwood DidgeDome, a geodesic structure designed by Ivan Wetzel surrounding a fire-pit; a perfect space for world music jamming and magical musical sharing sessions of all sorts.

Faerie Folk: The Starwood GLBT Community, which has historically created its own camping area and provided everything from mixers to workshops to rituals of special interest to gay, lesbian, bi and trans individuals.

The Fire Tribe: the affiliation of fire-tenders, dancers and spinners that add a wonderful element of beauty and excitement to the festival, including the Woodbusters who build and supply the Starwood Bonfire and many other sacred fires throughout the event.

The Palace is a place for the older generations of Starwood to party and socialize in relaxed elegance. All are welcome. The Palace is hosted by The Church of the Burning Robe, a coven of solitaries.

Starwood Drumming Community: a complex network of drummers that create the heartbeat of Starwood. This group includes many traditional Starwood drummers who have attended for decades, several workshop providers and drum circle facilitators, and many professional and world-renown drummers both solo and band members of the highest caliber. At Wisteria, they can often be found at the Paw Paw Patch.

The United Spacerangers Association: an organization focused on uniting humans through sustainable living practices, the arts and entertainment, spiritual and scientific study, as well as community and individuality. By keeping the community's mind open, they nurture a system that encourages all to experience a diversity of cultures and belief systems, fostering support for each other's personal search for enlightenment. They maintain a community-kitchen and multi-media campsite called the G-Spot on the edge of the Bonfire Field.

Virtual Communities

Jumpstart your Starwood experience by participating in any of several Starwood e-mail lists. Each has it's own function and protocol for participation.

StarwoodFestival Yahoo!group - With over 1000 members, this is the best place on the 'net to discuss Starwood.

OT-Starwood Yahoo!group - A more freewheeling list designed for posts considered 'off topic' on the main list.

StarwoodRides Yahoo!group - Need a ride? Wanting passengers? This is the place...

Starwood on Facebook - The Facebook Home of the Starwood Festival

The Starwood Facebook Open Group - Keep informed and be part of the process.

The Facebook 2013 Starwood Festival Event Page - Tell us you're coming this year!

Bonfire

It's big. It's hot. It's the culmination of hundreds of person-hours of labor, preparation and practice, and it's the climax of the festival experience. The Woodbusters that make up the Fire Tribe are among the longest-standing communities at Starwood, and they not only create this fantastic structure, they build and supply wood for ritual fires all around the site, all week long. Join in the building, the procession, the dance. Join the Starwood Community in one of the largest magical rituals in North America!

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