Call to gather
Queers, weirdos, freaks and allies of all genders, come dance at our slumber party in the woods. 4 days of peace, queer love and techno.
This is not a professionally produced event. This is a DIY communal gathering in a private, queer-owned space. Everybody participates to make this happen. No headliners, no guest list, no VIPs. Just people we hope will be your new friends.
So yes, we’re asking everybody to pay. And we’re asking everybody who attends to volunteer a shift to help out: we have shifts for setup, kitchen help, some errands, logistics, and cleanup.
$200 per camper. That cost covers all your meals.
More or less around the clock except during meals and early morning.
DJs & Live performances TBA, soooooooooooon
We revised our submission process a little bit this year and your reponse to our call has been pretty huge. We are reviewing mixes now and will announce as soon as we can. If you’d like to still submit a mix, your deadline is Jan 31st. Use this form to make your submission.
Matt Fisher, Jay Fields, Carlos Souffront, Kate Lesta, Alex Chen, Katey Hollenbeck, Connie Laalo, Mara Barenbaum, Corey Christopher
The gathering is at a private queer-owned retreat center under redwoods in a secluded valley approx. 2.5 hours north of San Francisco. Same place as last year.
The venue has the following:
– group cabins w/ bunk beds and mattresses enough to sleep 80
– a full commercial kitchen + indoor dining hall
– showers and bathrooms
– electricity & plumbing
– outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi
– a yurt and great room for other stuff to happen in
– lots of room to wander
– indoor + outdoor dance space
– plenty of room for tent camping and RVs
Parking space is very limited.
We have free rein over the venue, but we are responsible for setting up, cooking, and cleaning up after ourselves. Everybody will be asked to contribute something — setup, help with meals, or clean up.
New for 2018
We’re doing several things differently this year, so please read thru the stuff below.
1. We’ve raised prices from last year. Here’s why:
– We are better supporting the travel fund (more below)
– We are increasing our production budget
– We are hiring more staff to assist Carlos in the kitchen
2. Travel fund
We are committing to the travel fund.
Last year you we asked you to optionally chip in to a fund to defray travel costs for women, trans, and performers of color, and you overwhelmingly supported it. This year we’re making that a permanent budget item so we can better plan for how much we can help. $10 from each registration will help defray those costs.
3. Registration and beds
This time around those of you who are reserving beds will choose the bed and cabin when you register. And we’ll label your bed for you. Hopefully this will really cut down on confusion and fuss when you show up. No more random Goldicocks in your bed.
For bed people, regsitration costs will reflect whether you’re reserving a bed for 1 or 2 people.
Here’s the rundown on available beds
Cabin 1: (7) 1-person beds; (1) 2-person bed
Cabin 2: (2) 1-person beds; (7) 2-person beds
Cabin 5: reserved for campers who need ADA-compliant housing and staff
Cabin 6: reserved for staff
Cabin 7: (1) 1-person bed; (3) 2-person beds
Main Lodge: (27) 1-person beds; (1) 2-person bed
Cabin A: (1) 2-person bed
Cabin B: (1) 2-person bed
Cabin C: (2) 1-person beds
Cabin D: (2) 1-person beds
Cabin S1: (1) 2-person bed, no power
Cabin S2: (1) 2-person bed, no power
Cabins E, F, G, H: reserved
Beds have all sold out, with the exception of Cabin 5, which is being held for campers who need ADA (ie mobility challenged) access to lodging. If you need access to Cabin 5, register as a tent camper and make sure to check off the ADA access box on the registration survey and we’ll move you into that cabin.
For tent people, ignore this, everything is the same for you.
4. Camping gear rental
When registering, you can let us know you’re interested in renting camping gear. We’ll coordinate a group rental closer to the gathering, renting the stuff from a queer-owned small business in SF and bring everything up to the gathering for you
5. What are you bringing? Can we find you volunteers?
We’re doing volunteer signup a little differently this year. It’ll be in two stages. Before we ask you to raise your hand for a shift, first we’ll ask you whether you’re planning on bringing an art installation, or producing an event, or creating an experience during the gathering. We’ll give you the chance to ask for your own volunteer crew to help make it happen. Then we’ll plan for your needs when we ask for volunteer shifts closer to the gathering.
When you arrive, we’re going to ask you to stop your car at the gate by the pool, get out and sign in. (It’s not a gate, it’s a table, but we’re gonna keep calling it a gate.)
Next to your name on the sign-in sheet you’ll see a reminder about your volunteer crew and shift. And your assigned cabin number if you’re in a cabin. If you need to make changes, that’ll be the place to make them.
After you do that, the gate crew will help you unload and get your things to where they need to go. Then you’ll move your car down to the parking lot.
We need to be off the property by 3pm Sunday.
A couple reminders for you:
– We are a completely private event, and you should feel free to be your own weird self.
– This one is more for new folks who may not know everybody: the people you’re camping with are a beautiful and radical group, and we collectively will intervene to help you if it seems like you need help. We also ask you, in turn, to not let somebody else struggle alone.
– We have quite a few trained responders camping with us. We’ll post their names and how to find them in the main lodge. If you need medical help, please remember there are radios at the gate, in the kitchen, and with the sound crew.
– It’s the woods. There are poison oak and sharp things outside. SSRC asks you wear shoes.
– Just like every other pool ever, this one has a ‘no glass’ rule. Please use the tables outside the pool fence for any bottles or glasses.
– Unless you hear otherwise, no fires. That includes incense and candles. Especially indoors.
– Please, no smoking except in the designated smoking hangout spots. We’ll be fined for each cigarette butt and roach found on the ground.
– One last no: you really can’t bring your dog. Sorry, but we’ve been asked to be firm on that.
Cancellations & refunds
Registrations are final and we won’t be issuing refunds except for cases of illness or emergency.
What time does it start? What time is it over?
You’re welcome to arrive Thursday May 3rd at 12pm. The music schedule begins Thursday eve.
We’ll start breaking down Sunday May 6th after brunch and will be off the property by 3pm.
I want to bring art. Can I do that?
YES! Once we get an idea of what ideas people have we’ll let you know in what ways we might be able to help. On the survey in the section about volunteering, please select bringing art as something you’re interested in. We will be in touch.
I have an idea for something to volunteer but it’s not on your list. Can I do it?
There are lots of additional spaces besides our three music stages that we’re deliberately leaving unprogrammed, and those are open for you to create in. Please let us know what you have in mind so we can help.
What do I need to bring?
You don’t need to bring any food.
– NEW: The venue will provide you bedding
– Bring your tent and sleeping gear.
– Shower stuff
Nice to have but not strictly necessary:
– Your favorite beverage
You don’t need:
I avoid certain foods. Will you take care of me?
Most of our dishes can be made with or without animals in them, and all meals have vegetarian options. We also will have dairy and gluten free options.
Can I get a ride with somebody? Can I borrow a tent?
Probably yes! Please use the Facebook event wall to ask for help.
Will there be showers and electrical outlets?
Yep, and toilets and water fountains.
I need to sleep near an electrical outlet. What if the cabins are all sold out?
All of the buildings have exterior power outlets you can plug extension cords into.
Wifi? Phone service?
Don’t count on either, but some carriers come through clearly. There is free wifi near the main lodge.
Is the pool heated?
Nope. But the jacuzzi is right next to it. You’ll figure something out.
How about ADA compliance?
Cabin 5 has a ramp to the front porch and we are reserving that entire cabin for ADA campers and caregivers. The dining hall and dance floor are also wheelchair accessible. The yurt is ADA accessible, even though it’s up a steep-ish hill. We can arrange transport for you up the hill as needed.
Can I bring an RV?
Yes! There is room for RVs, though there are no RV electrical or gray water hookups.