We are two weeks post-Beltane and on our way into the summer season in New England, even if the weather doesn’t agree with us and insists on randomly snowing. For the last 12 years this time has also meant that TempleFest planning is ramping up and the team is hard at work to provide a seamless educational event that is also fun and provides time to catch up with old friends and hopefully make some new ones. Those who attend our lovely little festival may not be aware that we start planning over a year in advance of the actual date. Everything from the theme, rituals, classes, vendors, website, programs, dietary needs, housing and meditations with spirits is taken care of by a team of about twenty people. We put our heart and energy into TempleFest with monthly meetings and constant checking and double checking details.
When we announced that TempleFest would be held this year as planned, we had the highest hopes that the pandemic would be better controlled and our community would be able to come together safely to celebrate and reconnect. Unfortunately this is not the case. There is no way that we can ensure that everyone coming to TempleFest is 100% Covid-19 free. Even one person in the close quarters that we share in workshops, dorms and cafeteria could infect the majority of our community over the four days. This is not an acceptable risk to us. The health of every member of our community is too important to us for us to take the chance of someone contracting Covid-19.
Making the difficult decision to cancel our festival is not something we did lightly, however once the decision was made, the team set another meeting. First on the agenda was making sure we had a plan in place to refund all fees as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience as this takes place. Our next step was to figure out how to turn this into an online event that would still honor the spirit of TempleFest. This may not be the experience we had originally planned for, but we do hope that everyone will enjoy what we’re offering as an event in its own right that will educate, amuse, and connect you with community in the best way that we can offer at this time.
TempleFest online will be held on August 22nd and 23rd. Over the two days, we’ll have a marketplace that will showcase our vendors, (because what’s TempleFest without something special from the crafts-people that you love), ten workshops, a ritual and a keynote address.
Kristoffer Hughes will still be our keynote speaker, and our invited guests will also be presenting special workshops for you. Stay tuned for more details and registration information.
We on Team TempleFest hope you and your loved ones are all healthy and happy. We will miss seeing you all in person, but hope to see you online.