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Efflorescence | Beltane at Groundswell

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A call to queer bodies,
To trans bodies,
To POC bodies,
To fat bodies,
To Disabled bodies,
To ANY BODY that shines bright and bold.

We call you to the land. We call you to celebrate abundance, to seek joy and find connection in the web of all life. We call you to gather, to dance with wild abandon, to experience sensuality with the land. We call you to find yourself, find your friends, find your lovers, old and new.

The days are getting longer, and the buds of Spring are blossoming. The breeze is getting warmer, the roots are getting deeper, and as we watch the winter's river settle to a lazy creek, we begin to catch glimpses of new forms amongst storied landscapes.

The land is calling you home.

Her rich aromas are whispering promises of revelry, joy, and earthly pleasure – dancing on gusts of wind from deep within the valley and landing on the tips of noses pointed towards the sun.

Come to her.

Come to where the ground swells.

Where the distance between Earth and Sky disappears and the Queers come out to twirl and graze. Come to where the Beltane fire burns and gives birth to new stars that burrow deep within the night sky.

Release the old.

Unwrap her ribbons.

Call in the spirits and create the new.

The community is gathering, and Beltane is waiting for you.

Let us flower. Let us bloom.

To tantalize your senses and engage your spirit, Beltane at Groundswell will effloresce with heartspace, a delightful afternoon creekside tea ki-ki, a Beltane Eve fire ritual and dance, and a brightly colored Maypole dance, weaving together intention, connection, and joy.

Groundswell offers cabins with single and double occupancy beds with capacity for up to 50 people + ample camping spots for those who prefer sleeping outdoors. 

Participants will have full access to campgrounds, a pond and creekside beach, a commercial size hot tub, as well as delicious and well balanced meals all included as part of their registration fees. 

Registration Fees: We have tiered ticketing available to meet people where they’re at financially. Our Standard Gathering Rate is $300. Reduced Rate is $200. If you have more and are able, our Contributor Rate is $400.

Scholarship Fund: We understand that hardships arise and we work really hard to make it so that economics are not a barrier to joining us. If you are in need of scholarship funding, email and someone will get back to you shortly. If you are able to contribute to our scholarship fund and help others get to the land, you can contribute below.

***It's super important that you register for events before arriving at Groundswell. We NEED to know that you're showing up so that we can appropriately plan for food and lodging needs. We have register now, pay later options available.***

We have a carpool ride share board available to coordinate rides with other gathering participants. You can sign up here:

Any additional questions, you can reach out via email at, post to the Facebook event page, or send us a Facebook message.

Join us in connection and co-creation.

Groundswell is a queer, trans, poc, body and sex positive space. ALL are welcome. Consent is not only sexy but necessary. 🌿

Beltane Registration

Complete this form and pay below.

Name *
Arrival Date *
Arrival Date
This event starts on Friday April 26.
Departure Date *
Departure Date
This event ends on Wednesday May 1.
Our 9 hillside cabins with bunk beds are available to the first 50 people who request them. Limited double bunk-beds available for sharing (let us know who you'll be sharing with). We have ample tent camping space in our redwood grove or in our meadows.
Financial Contribution *
At what level will you be contributing? After you submit this form, you will be prompted to pay your contribution.
If you are paying at check-in, you're all done after you click submit. If you are paying now, you will be prompted to pay after you click submit. If you are a scholarship recipient, please use the link we sent you to pay your contribution, if any.
Financial Contribution for Beltane

Please select the rate you are able to pay.

Price Levels:
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Make an optional contribution to our scholarship fund

Our scholarship fund allows folks who experience economic barriers around gathering expenses to join us on the land.

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