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SPIRIT HAVEN ADULT FEST:
SPICY CAMP TWO
MAY 17-19, 2024

MEMBERS ONLY | 21+ YEARS OLD

Registration for Spicy Camp Two is now closed.

If you have any questions about the event, please send us an email at adultfestival@spirit-haven.org.

About Spicy Camp Two

Spirit Haven is now hosting “adults only” festivals at Spirit Haven Ranch! These festivals were originally created by member volunteers to be annual fundraisers to help with raising funds for smaller projects within the organization. In addition, we wanted to provide a safe space for our adult members (limited to 21+) to enjoy our land and be able to express themselves and the consensual exploration of the corporeal realm (safely without the presence of minors).

This year, we plan to focus on fulfilling our fundraising efforts for the new Revel Fire Ring, and then to begin to contribute towards Happy Pagan Cafe’s goal of having a permanent structure.

As this is a new festival event, we’ll be capping registration to 100 people as we work to establish its annual success. Join us this Spring at Spirit Haven Ranch on May 17-19, 2024, and connect with your fellow adult members while raising funds for our volunteers’ projects!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our event coordinators at adultfestival@spirit-haven.org.

Registration information

How much does it cost?

All proceeds from the event will be donations to Spirit Haven volunteer projects! (Refunds for purchases after March 14, 2024 are not available for the registration fee donations. If you purchased prior to that, please see the note at the top of the page.)

How do I register?

Log in to your membership account and hit the Register Now button above!

Registration will be closed either on Friday, May 4, 2024, or when we reach our cap of 100 members registered to attend… whichever comes first! 

Attendance requirements

Our festivals are community-based events held for our members – one of the many perks of joining Spirit Haven! We keep our events private and members-only to keep our membership safe while we gather to celebrate. We understand that several members are not “out” to their friends, family, or employers, and confidentiality is one of our core values as an organization.

IMPORTANT: “Adult Fest 2024: Spicy Camp Two” is for members 21+ years of age ONLY.

This event is capped at 100 attendees, so register now while you can!

Festivals at Spirit Haven Ranch are LEAVE NO TRACE events. We live by the value of stewardship and the saying “Pack It In, Pack It Out!” This means that any and all trash you generate at our events needs to be taken with you at departure and disposed of off of the Ranch.

Spicy Camp Two expectations

Arriving & departing

When you arrive at Spirit Haven Ranch at noon on Friday, you’ll check in with our volunteers. For the safety of our members, you must show a valid ID proving you are 21+ years of age.

When Sunday rolls around, you’ll be expected to leave after cleaning up your space. We do NOT have public trash cans at our events, so expect to pack out what you pack in.

NO ONE will be allowed to remain on property after Sunday.

Consent & safety

Remember, while our events may be clothing optional, nudity is NOT an invitation. Respect your fellow members and look out for their safety. If you see any violations of our Guiding Principles or Spirit Haven policies, please find an Event Coordinator or Board Member.

We are a diverse community. What is acceptable behavior to one person may not be acceptable to the next. The physical and emotional contact between people who have known each other for years will be different than it is between people who have just met. Before you assume someone wants a big hug or kiss, ASK. It is ALWAYS appropriate to ask first.

Workshops & fun

Once you register for the event, you’ll be able to access the Facebook group and event page for more information, including the workshop/event submission form. That’s right, you can host your very own workshop for other members to enjoy!

Camping & the ranch

Camping is included with the registration fee, and access to power and water may be available (not guaranteed).

We also will have portable toilets on property, and we like to keep them super clean (so help us out by not throwing trash in there).

Learn more about what Spirit Haven Ranch is like by visiting our Ranch page!

Adult Fest FAQ & policies

This is a special fundraising event. Refunds for the event registration donations are not available. If you have any questions or need help, please contact the Event Coordinators at adultfestival@spirit-haven.org.

If you have to leave after you check in, you must sign out with the Event Coordinators, then sign in when you return. This is for the safety of our members in the event of an emergency so we can account for everyone.

Please park in such a way that will not damage the property in case of inclement weather.

Enjoy the non-human occupants of Spirit Haven! Bring your binoculars for bird watching, but keep an eye out also for snakes, scorpions, raccoons and stray dogs. Remember, nature isn’t always friendly! If you come across any problems, contact an Event Coordinator.

Sturdy, closed-toed shoes are essential during set-up and festival. It is Texas after all, and yes, it does bite. So boots are again a fashion statement and a wise precaution.

Spiders and scorpions have been seen in abundance, so use caution when lifting/shifting wood or stone. If you have work gloves, wear them.

Please DO NOT try to remove any snakes that you see on property. Find a staff member and they will provide further direction.

When in doubt, remember…water water water, sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen, shoes shoes shoes!

You know yourself best! If you know you have things you just can’t live without, better safe than sorry.

Think about things for your tent, for changing clothes, food and drinks you may want, things to share with folks, hygiene items, etc.

Also keep in mind that Spirit Haven Ranch is 100+ acres of land in rural Texas – plan for plenty of walking and wildlife.

There will NOT be vendors at Adult Fest 2024: Spicy Camp Two. This includes Carol’s Corner (no ice/wood/supplies available for purchase).

Photos and videos require affirmative consent before they are taken. That means all the people in a photo or video must have said “yes, you may take my picture” beforehand. Even if they are just in the background, even if they are blurry, even if it’s just an elbow, even if you think they are unidentifiable, no consent means no picture. Period.

It is incredibly important to be mindful of depicting people at our events, as not everyone attending is “out” as a Pagan. Remember that not everyone has accepting family or workplaces. Confidentiality is one of our core Principles, and we take it very seriously.

Please review our official 20060814Mv2 – Photography member policy for more information.

Use the fire rings provided. Keep tents 15 feet away from fires and propane lanterns. A 5-gallon bucket of water must always be in sight of the fire. (A limited number of buckets are available on a first come-first served basis near the Guardian Station — please ask the Event Coordinators.)

Never leave a fire unattended, or it will be extinguished for you. Always make sure coals are cold before you leave.

NO ground fires are allowed within 10’ along the fence line that runs along the south border of the property. This includes portions of Grandfather’s Grove, Magical Meadow, and the south road that leads back to the south 40 acres. There is a gas pipeline along part of the fence. There are no fires allowed in Newbee Camp.

When in doubt, ask the volunteer staff!

The only animals allowed on property during our events are service and support animals. (Please leave your pets at home.)

You are responsible for providing our Director of Records a current vaccination record PRIOR to arrival at festival. This should be emailed to dir.records@spirit-haven.org.

When you check in with the Event Coordinators, please check your pet in as well. Animals must remain leashed at all times, unless it would inhibit said Service Animal’s ability to perform trained tasks.

Please be courteous to our members with allergies or anxiety toward your animal. Remember, YOU are responsible for cleaning up after your animal, and accountable for its behavior during the event.

Faerie Mound

Located off the main road, across from Carol’s Corner, the area within the white posts/inside fencing has playground equipment and child-size picnic tables. There is no fire ring, no electricity, and no adults on-site. There are concrete tables outside near the space for adults to rest while watching their littles.  (NOTE: Spirit Haven is not responsible for providing childcare or supervision.)

Magical Meadow

Where fire comes to play and the may pole dances. One of the primary locations our community gathers to share traditions, practices and revel in our community. This also includes the concert pavilion and the Revel fire ring. There is open camping available in the back against the tree line but no electricity, limited shade, and no seating for concerts. Magical Meadow is the first thing you see as you come over the bridge, it’s a large open field with the Revel Ring in the middle.

The Ve

The Ve is a dedicated to Universalist Heathen practice, honoring the Elder Kin (Æsir and Vanir) and the Ancestors (Disir and Alfar). The Ve is an inclusive space, open to all whom the Gods have called. Within the Ve are the Thor-tree, the ancestor cairn, the sacred fire, and the altar space itself. The Thor-tree, severed in half by a lightning strike, stands at the entrance to the space. The ancestor cairn is an ever-growing monument to those who have gone before us. Rocks available in the space are able to be marked in remembrance and honor of loved ones and added to the cairn. The sacred fire is kept going with all-natural chunk charcoal, and resins are placed nearby that can be burned in the fire along with other offerings. The altar space itself is marked off from the main portion of the Ve by a stone circle. Within the space are two altars, one dedicated to the Aesir and one to the Vanir. There are alfa bowls on each altar where libations can be poured out in offering.

“With half a loaf, and cup half filled,
A friend full fast I made.” 

Temple Ganesha

Temple Ganesh is the first Hindu sacred space at Spirit Haven. Dedicated to the elephant-headed remover of obstacles, the temple celebrates Ganesha, the ruler of the Muladhara (Root) Chakra. The Temple is a sacred realm in dappled sunlight within a beautiful ring of trees. Anyone can offer puja (worship) to Ganesh with devotions, offerings, praise, chanting or song. Whether you’re there to break a coconut, offer sweetly-scented flowers or incense, ring a bell, chant or just meditate, Temple Ganesh will offer you a comfortable, warm place to worship the God of all Wisdom. Jai Ganesha! 

Self Blessing Station

This is the transitioning area from our Mundane lives to Magical lives at Spirit Haven Ranch. It is located past the Front Gate, past the bridge, on the left as you come up the hill and across from Magical Meadow. There is a sign, a table and a place to sit. You can stop after CheckIn. – if your trip was stressful, leave it at the Altar! You can stop after unloading/parking – gives you a little time. You can visit anytime you need to re-center or rid yourself of destructive or negative thoughts.

In order to have a peaceful, loving and fun festival, we need to leave our bad energies behind and invite the awesome, positive and tingly vibes into our time together. Doing it is the easy part.

  • Water – spritz yourself with spring water (no essential oils added).
  • Fire – light a candle – the winds are strong across the fields, so good luck, have a friend help.
  • Air – light some incense and place in the bucket of blue pebbles or light some sage and have someone help smoke cleanse you.
  • Earth – touch the directional stones, feel the coolness (but really HOT in direct sun), plant your feet, and breathe deep, ground yourself.

* You can leave offerings, if that has meaning for you (flowers, stones, seeds, nuts, or LIGHTERS) 

Ravenswood

The entrance to Ravenswood is past the entrance to Lothlorien, back through the woods. There is an altar, a gathering of three trees for the Maiden, Mother, and Crone, and space to sit and reflect. Bring a chair, blanket, or commune with nature in this Morrigan-centric space.

Naos Templum

Located near the Labyrinth and centered around the fire ring on Phoenix Meadow, this space is being created for those who are called to work with Greek and Roman deities. A space to make devotions and offerings to those theoi who weave their blessings through our lives. Naos Templum is “temple” in both Greek and Latin,  respectively.

This is a long term transformation and we think that good things are worth the wait! Future plans include a rebuilt and maintained fire ring, individual devotional altars , drainage, and shade.

As of Beltane 2023, we have the posts installed where the future columns will be,  the locations and designs of the individual altars laid out, and the main altar has been set up for devotionals and offerings to all the Greco-Roman deities. We have also added temporary alter markers with a devotional for each theoi.

The main altar is stocked with offerings as libations each festival. During festival,  there will be a short overview of Greek Reconstructionist practice and some simple devotional guides. This guide also includes a list of people you can reach out to if you have further questions about Greco-Roman deities, devotionals, or making offerings.

We try to host one public event per festival. Our temple tenders do their own personal devotionals and rites in the temple and folks are welcome to observe and ask questions after they are finished.

Memorial Grove

Memorial Grove is located in a small inlet along the main road, across from Phoenix Meadow. It features an altar, with stone benches scattered around the space. We also feature the Memorial Web dedicated to those who have helped grow and shape this land.

The Grove is created as a meeting place for those who have gone beyond the Veil and those who have been left behind. It is a space for all the dark gods and goddesses but the space will forever remain undedicated to any one god or goddess. The heartsick living can find some respite in this place, and for those who have transitioned – this place is a sacred space for them and to commune with them.

Memorial Grove is an ideal choice for any sort of memorial, particularly at Samhain, but can also be used for rituals dedicated for the deities of death and the afterlife. As a meeting place, it has also been successfully used for communication between worlds, and workshops focusing on ancestors or history. It can easily fit workshops or classes of 20 people or less.

Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is a meditative experience, journeying inward to the soul. Stay and play, pray, or reflect in the center before journeying back out into the world. In addition to being a powerful meditation tool, our Labyrinth is dedicated to the Fae and is a wonderful place to commune with them and leave them offerings. It is also an ideal space for initiations, rites of passage, handfastings, and rituals focused on manifesting within or on letting go. Come walk the Labyrinth and experience its magic for yourself!

Herne's Hollow

Herne’s Hollow has been a sacred space since 2004. It is located across the road from the Labyrinth, down a shady path that leads you into a beautiful hollow, rich in serenity and magical presence. The ancient tribes of Britain worshiped Herne the Hunter. He is associated with the Wild Hunt, protection, warrior energy, valor and honor. At Herne’s altar all are welcome and none can say nay. Bring your offerings and commune with the Horned One in this sacred space. Keep your eyes out for the Fae, in the Hollow they are often seen at play.

Haven Grove

Haven Grove is a neutral space with no particular affiliation with any god, goddess, or tradition. A sacred space for those who don’t have one. Welcome to Any and All. Will feature natural tree altars,  plenty of open area for meditation and small rituals. Also has a dedicated area for Handfasting rituals. Lots of shade, no power, no seating. 

Grounding & Centering Temple

The Grounding and Centering Temple was created at our first Beltane on the Land, based on the need for a quiet place in which to heal and seek counsel. It is open to anyone who needs a time out, a place for reflection, grounding and centering, and meditation. As you spend time here, please honor the energy and intention of the place. Help yourself to the blessing oil on the altar, and light some incense (if the wind allows) to help you in your meditations. If you are in need of spiritual counseling at the Temple, contact a Guardian, or come to Lair Bastet camp, just down from Carol’s Corner, where there are priestesses ready to help. You are never alone. 

Grandmother's Grove

Over the river (well, creek) and through the (Meditation) Woods, to Grandmother‘s Grove we go: Grandmother’s Grove has always been a part of Spirit Haven’s festivals, even before we moved to Spirit Haven Ranch. It served as a gathering and community space, a place for children’s story time, and various workshops and rituals. Now, Grandmother is waiting with open arms for any who wish to commune with her.

Here, you will find the giant Grandmother tree, a stone altar, a standing stone, a fire ring, and a large, open space perfect for stargazing, workshops, or rituals. Come sit under her tree, light a fire and stay a while, watch the stars, or read The Story of CMA from the Grandmother’s Storybook. The feeling here is warm, welcoming, and loving, and Grandmother‘s Grove is not dedicated to any particular energy. 

Dragon's Nest

The Dragon’s Nest is a secluded, calming space which is ideal for quiet meditation and contemplation. The purpose of the Nest is communion with Land and  Cosmos as living entities, Dragon, the undertow of reality, the vast, complex consciousnesses of the world around us, adjacent to human tradition, maybe even inclusive of it, but far greater than it. The space is guarded by a trellised archway, nestled in the wood across from Grandmother’s Grove. Once inside, offerings to Land and Cosmos may be made to the decomposing stump in the center of the clearing. Beneath our feet, Above, Around, and Within, the Dragon lives and so do We. 

Council Oak

Our blessed Council Oak has transitioned from her former self into a beautiful memorial altar, adorned with a beautiful altar top handmade from pieces of her trunk. A wooden footbridge and a lovely arbor lead into the space, and a cedar-post fence surrounds the entire site. 

Brighid's Temple Complex

Brighid’s Crossing: Brighid’s Crossing has existed with our organization since before Spirit Haven Ranch was purchased. It has always been a special location for crafts, chanting, music, and gathering. As the Temple Complex has come together, Brighid’s Crossing has become a more public and social part of the Complex, in contrast to the quieter, more meditative Altar area.

Brighid’s Altar: Brighid’s Altar consists of a slab of oak cut from the sacred tree known as Council Oak. At each festival, Brighid’s Temple Coordinator oversees the gathering of temporary items and gifts to place on the altar. This consists of things such as: whiskey, candles, incense, woven Brighid’s crosses, prayers/blessings/invocations written on paper, and much more.

The Standing Stone: The Standing Stone was dedicated in approximately 2008 and was livingly carved by hand to be placed at Spirit Haven Ranch. Stones have long been used as a marker of a sacred site or in honor of sacred beings. This stone was erected in Brighid’s honor.

The Prayer Tree: There are traditions of marking requests of the Gods or saints at sacred trees all over the world. Strips of cloth or other items are brought and imbued with the bringer’s wish for aid, thanks for aid given, or request for blessing in general, and then tied to the tree. These objects are believed to be a conduit of physical manifestation of the prayer or request they are sending. Many trees can be found in Ireland and across the world that hold the physical manifestations of countless prayers. The prayer tree in Brigid’s Temple Complex is just such a tree. Members have adorned the tree with pieces of cloth in representation of their wishes or prayers. This practice has been active here since at least 2008 and it is hoped that future members will learn of it and participate in its sacredness.