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« Reply #15: March 07, 2011, 09:12:44 pm »


Hmmm... I would have to know when it'd be held, because school ends May 27th. I'd most likely be done by then, barring a last kiln or two. I'd love to do a presentation, maybe on ritual breads or baking or something. If nothing else I could be a vendor Cool
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« Reply #16: March 07, 2011, 09:29:37 pm »

I spoke to my boss at the nonprofit agency I work for (beyondvisions.org if anyone is interested in looking us up) she believes it would be a worthwhile venture and Beyond Visions Foundation can serve as the fiscal agent for the event for a very nominal 10% fee. This gives us nonprofit status to go after grants and that any sponsors who simply make contributions towards the event can write-off their contribution as a charitable donation. This greatly raises the potential for fund-raising for the event (also, any individuals wishing to contribute at least $150 can also receive a tax letter/receipt for their tax-deductible contribution).

That's not a bad deal at all -- and much easier than having to set up a separate non-profit.

Unfortunately, there is probably no way -- barring both fanancial and medical miracles -- that Lyric and I could attend. But we both think this is a great idea.
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« Reply #17: March 10, 2011, 12:49:59 am »


I would LOVE to come. Unfortunately I'll hopefully be in INDIA at that time, but if I'm not, I would love to facilitate a discussion on LGBTetc in Paganism.
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« Reply #18: March 10, 2011, 03:41:07 pm »

I'd also like to reiterate that anyone attending in a presenting-type capacity may be eligible to receive at least part of their travel arrangements paid for.

You might be able to attract some pagan "celebrity" participation if you're paying travel expenses. Combined with the lure of a Caribbean getaway, it might be enough to get a Starhawk or somesuch involved. (I imagine such well-known persons typically charge fees for their appearances, but they might be willing waive them for a tropical isle retreat.)

Personally, I'd love to attend a sacred geometry seminar hosted by John Michael Greer.
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« Reply #19: March 10, 2011, 06:54:36 pm »

Personally, I'd love to attend a sacred geometry seminar hosted by John Michael Greer.

He's our guest of honor at Paganicon in two weeks, and I'm so excited. (He's also been a joy to interact with around the arrangements.) He's not talking about sacred geometry, though.

I'll note that travel for Pagan speakers varies a lot (having spent some time looking at this for Paganicon): some of them have very packed schedules (so you need to schedule a year or more out), some will gladly travel for expenses + some simple arrangements (a book signing, for example), others require a speaker's fee as well. People may have specific requirements around where they sleep, or food needs, or whatever, too.
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« Reply #20: March 10, 2011, 10:31:55 pm »

He's our guest of honor at Paganicon in two weeks, and I'm so excited. (He's also been a joy to interact with around the arrangements.)


Cool! I just checked out the Paganicon website, and it sounds like you guys have a great weekend in store.
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« Reply #21: March 21, 2011, 01:35:26 pm »

I'll note that travel for Pagan speakers varies a lot (having spent some time looking at this for Paganicon): some of them have very packed schedules (so you need to schedule a year or more out), some will gladly travel for expenses + some simple arrangements (a book signing, for example), others require a speaker's fee as well. People may have specific requirements around where they sleep, or food needs, or whatever, too.

Also, this is really more of a retreat type thing than some huge conference for dozens of different guest speakers, a hundred vendors, a thousand participants.  Even if we had the resources to assemble something on that scale, there aren't enough interested people with the resources to travel to the VI for an event like that.
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« Reply #22: March 21, 2011, 02:36:41 pm »

Also, this is really more of a retreat type thing than some huge conference for dozens of different guest speakers, a hundred vendors, a thousand participants.  Even if we had the resources to assemble something on that scale, there aren't enough interested people with the resources to travel to the VI for an event like that.

True - but even smaller conferences might have one or two guest speakers. (Paganicon is a good example: we'll be somewhere between 150 and 200 or so people, including at the door registrations. We have one guest of honor (whose expenses are paid by the convention and one of the convention sponsors), and we have some other stuff we've contributed money towards that help make it easier to present.) And retreats often do have one or two presenters from outside the community that's hosting.

The point is that the amount that might cost varies a lot - and as Altair said, someone might be more negotiable on terms for the chance to visit somewhere new/warm/sunny than they might be to, say, come to Minneapolis in March Smiley
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« Reply #23: April 06, 2011, 11:31:41 pm »


In light of the proposed US government budget cuts, we've realized that getting any kind of grant funding for an event with a religious focus (even if it's an interfaith event) is going to go from "incredibly difficult" to "bloody near impossible." In addition, I'm looking at returning to St Croix in a few months, and with the move, my studies, and my job, I'd have zero time to devote to anything outside. That would leave Nick putting it together on his own, and it's not the kind of event that can be organized without a strong team effort. As such, as much as we appreciate everyone's support of the idea, it's completely impractical to go forward with the event at this point. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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« Reply #24: April 07, 2011, 01:16:30 am »

In light of the proposed US government budget cuts, we've realized that getting any kind of grant funding for an event with a religious focus (even if it's an interfaith event) is going to go from "incredibly difficult" to "bloody near impossible." In addition, I'm looking at returning to St Croix in a few months, and with the move, my studies, and my job, I'd have zero time to devote to anything outside. That would leave Nick putting it together on his own, and it's not the kind of event that can be organized without a strong team effort. As such, as much as we appreciate everyone's support of the idea, it's completely impractical to go forward with the event at this point. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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I'd just like to add some info on my part to this announcement. I will soon be taking an extended sabbatical from this forum to pursue my own spiritual development. Yes there have been budget cuts, but I did have grant funding lined up and some funders who were interested in financially supporting the event, but considering that I will not be around for the group or taking part in the event, it makes no sense for me to devote that level of time and energy to still developing it. I'll go ahead and add that no one has any ownership on any type of Cauldron Retreat/Conference, so if anyone would still like to consider taking the effort upon them, then I say more power to you. I would also like to add, that once I do depart, if anyone would like to email or PM me, I'll still respond to any and all requests.

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