We’ve been weaving the most supportive container possible for Pleasures of Beltane, knowing how important community agreements are to a camp of this nature. The information below outlines the values and agreements that have formed the foundation of the camp. It also covers the screening and accountability processes. It is shared here so campers know what to expect and so potential campers can see if they align with them. It is expected that anyone attending camp agrees to uphold these values and participate in these accountability processes if needed.
We all make mistakes. Our expectation at Pleasures of Beltane is not that nothing will go “wrong” – it is that we will hold each other accountable when it does, including participating in repair where possible. At PoB, we are working towards shifting from a culture of shame to one rooted in risk awareness, harm reductionist practices, trust, accountability, and open communication. For us this means engaging with each other assuming that we're all trying our very best, given our emotional resources and circumstances, to be as excellent as possible to one another while also taking care of our own needs and boundaries.
Screening Process and Pre-Camp Consent Training
Consent is a foundational piece of the magic we will be weaving at Pleasures of Beltane. When participating in all activities at camp, everyone is asked to keep awareness of and sensitivity to the issue of consent as we engage in our pleasure, magic, and play together.
We acknowledge that the practice of accountability and following a shared set of community agreements becomes more challenging when power dynamics are at play. These include power dynamics from larger systemic hierarchies that are still at play at camp, as well as those created by camp. We aim to be as transparent as we can when power dynamics are a factor, and to be open to hearing when we have not seen them.
This means that organizers, teachers, and any one else in a role that holds power at camp is held to the same expectations as all other camp attendees.
Accountability and Handling of Harmful Behavior
Pleasures of Beltane is committed to ensuring that interactions are safe and welcoming to all participants. Incidents of harmful/unacceptable behavior by any participant at Pleasures of Beltane will be taken seriously and will be addressed as follows:
In creating these agreements we sourced language, ideas, practices, and more from a number of people and groups. We’re naming them here to acknowledge and thank them for the work they’ve done from which we benefit: