Smaller Conferences

4 thoughts on “Smaller Conferences”

  1. I agree that smaller gatherings would be preferable, with some sort of shared tradition holding people together. The problem is getting people to travel, often a long and expensive way, for just a small gathering. I think things like PCon are more attractive because they will see more and meet more people for the effort. In the 15 years or so that I’ve been part of the Hellenic community, there have not to my knowledge been *any* significant gatherings – clearly the interest isn’t really there, despite what people say. When my partner and I tried to organize one in response to supposed demand (for no profit, and with much $ coming from our own pockets), no one was actually willing to put their money where their mouth was and commit to going. Disappointing, but there it is. I don’t know what the answer is. Most people are still practicing on their own, or with a couple others, but don’t really seem to want a larger, but still intimate, gathering of like-minded co-religionists, especially not compared to the big social parties of the larger cons and festivals. Just another way I don’t understand most other pagans!

    1. I would organize one myself, but I’m the only pagan out here for miles! I’m very poor financially (I’m a welder and blacksmith, not a whole ‘lot of money there but… I love it) but I haven’t the first clue how to organize a local one. Most of the pagans I know of want those ‘block party’ kind of gatherings – I agree with you on that – I wish there were smaller more focused ones, not entirely based on social activities. I think that’s missing the point of the gathering.

      I wish there was an answer – and lately a growing wish I have is there were other pagans in my area… So maybe we could have a small group or something…

      1. I’ve often wished that I had a small group, as I did in my earliest pagan days, but frankly all my attempts at such in the past decade have been nothing but disappointing. Instead, I’m counting my blessings that I have my partner to do some things with (especially festivals and the Hellenic side of my practice), and for the rest, turning my focus to the non-human participants, i.e., being content with the gods and spirits alone. It’s just been impossible to find other polytheists who want the same thing out of ritual, who have a certain disposition we’re looking for, and anything less than that has felt like a waste of time. Guess I’m just getting more picky as I get older! I certainly am not interested in the socializing part of things. I just want the power of many people praying and offering and being ecstatic in concert.

      2. Well, I wish I had that too – my Hubs is a Messianic Jew, and soooo… I celebrate alone. From the Solar festivities, lunar, other rituals – I’m on my own. Sigh. Now I’m depressed.

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