Volunteers Needed for the 2016 Pagan Festival

This year’s Pagan Festival will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 11:00AM-5:30PM in Civic Center Park in Berkeley. The theme for this year’s event is Ancestral Wisdom. This event is the perfect chance to learn about many different traditions at the information booths representing Pagan organizations, to browse the treasures available from a variety of vendors, to enjoy music and dance performances, to meet authors, to hear speeches and presentations from our local Pagan luminaries (including current, past, and possibly future Keepers of the Light), to participate in community rituals, to honor the Elements and the Beloved Dead at the many altars set up in the park, and most of all to just be your Pagan/Witchy/Polytheist/Earth-based/Uncategorizable self among many other diversely like-minded beings!

The members of the Pagan Alliance put a lot of work into making this event a success - several of us spent all day yesterday at the storage space, working on the inventory and organization of all of the bins, tables, and magically odd-shaped items which will be packed into a truck early on Festival morning to be unloaded and set up at the park.  On the day of the Festival, we will also need a lot of volunteers to keep everything running beautifully.

There are a lot of different
volunteer positions and shifts which need to be filled before, during, and after the Festival.  From set-up to tear-down and a lot of Security, Stage, Author’s Circle, Children’s Craft Area, First Aid, and Information Booth running in between, it is volunteers who make this event what it is - a wonderful day for all those who attend and participate! Each volunteer will receive food, a t-shirt, and the enormous gratitude of the Pagan Alliance and everyone else who loves this event!

CAYA will have a booth, some our devotional groups will be creating altars and providing other exciting offerings, and members of CAYA will be conducting voter registrations and running a blood drive*! In addition to this, many members of CAYA will also be volunteering for the Festival itself - we had a
great time last year!

To find out more about the volunteer shifts and positions available and to sign up for the one(s) which suit(s) your preferences, skills, and schedule, please contact Arlynne Camire through
Facebook or email arlynnecamire@gmail.com or text 510-872-1188.

Blessed be the Volunteers, for they shall make this event Awesome!


*Update: Unfortunately, there will not be a Bloodmobile available for the Festival this year. We do expect to be able to run a blood drive at next year’s event.

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The Pagan Alliance is looking for Volunteers

Pagan Festival Begins with You - Volunteer at SF PRIDE for to Fund the Pagan Festival

The Return of the Pagan Festival was a Community effort made possible by volunteers gifting their time that equaled a $6,000 grant from SF LGBT Pride.

To fund the 2016 Pagan Festival, We are seeking volunteers for the Donation Partner program at SF LGBT Pride Celebration the weekend of June 27th and 28th.The following is an opportunity to contribute your time that will result in a grant to fund this Community tradition.

Volunteer for The Pagan Alliance at SF LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade
Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28

The Pagan Alliance has proudly volunteered at San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade since 2002. The Pagan Alliance is an all volunteer education and service organization. Our volunteers make the Donation Partner grant possible. Our volunteer work allows us to receive a grant for hours that we contribute at the event. The more volunteer hours you can work will result in a larger grant to fund the Pagan Festival.

For volunteering, you will receive a Pagan Alliance t-shirt and you'll meet others in the Pagan community while having fun and making the 2016 Pagan Festival possible.  

Hours of volunteering are from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.  Shifts are 2 ½ hours each.  You can volunteer as many shifts as you wish.

The shifts are on Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28:
1st Shift: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
2nd Shift: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3rd Shift:  3:00 pm – 5:30 pm/6:00 pm

Saturday Morning - Our volunteers will help assemble buckets for the event. Our group is stationed at the Donations Booth on Civic Center Plaza adjacent to Larkin at Fulton.

We work in pairs collecting $5 to $10 (or more) donations from people attending the event. In return, you’ll give a beverage discount sticker.  It’s that easy! The more donations collected, the larger the grant. 

To volunteer, please contact Arlynne at arlynnecamire@gmail.com or send a message on Facebook to Arlynne Camire. If you have any questions, feel free to call or Text at (510) 872-1188. Please let us know your legal name and what shift(s) you would like to work. You will be emailed a volunteer waiver form so we have a record of your volunteer hours. 

The Pagan Alliance is honored to host the festival on May 7, 2016 with a grant made possible by YOU! This Community Tradition is only possible through fundraising and we need your help.  By volunteering with the Pagan Alliance as a Donations Partner at for the SF Pride Celebration and Parade, you will help fund the rental of the stage and sound system, and funding the City of Berkeley Special Events and Sound permits, funding the storage and truck rental for the festival infrastructure, and funding advertising and promotion. In addition, the grant keeps the Pagan Festival FREE TO ALL!!!

We can make the Pagan Festival happen by working together. 

CAYA had a great time at the 2015 Pagan Festival!

This year, after a two-year hiatus, The Pagan Alliance was once again able to provide the Bay Area Pagan community with the much-missed Pagan Festival.  The theme for 2015 was Spirituality Through Service - a theme which is very close to CAYA’s own collective heart!

A lot of volunteers are needed to make this event a success, and in the spirit of Joyful Service, many members of CAYA signed up to get the work done!  Verity Blue Midnight, Priestx of Courageous Becoming, did a stellar job of coordinating the CAYA volunteers!  There were many familiar CAYA faces in many places on the day of the Festival, from set-up at 7:00AM to clean-up at 7:00PM!  So many CAYA Priest/ess/xes were wearing Pagan Festival Security shirts that they formed an impressive “Chartreuse Blob”!

CAYA's Chartreuse Blob of Security!

CAYA's Chartreuse Blob of Security!

CAYA also had an information booth at the Festival, and many of our devotional groups offered blessings throughout the day. Chieftain Branwen wrangled the booth schedule very effectively, so that our time yielded maximum blessings for all interested visitors!

The park was adorned with directional altars created by local Pagan groups.  CAYA created the North altar, and CAYA’s Rose and Dove Society, in partnership with The Temple of Aphrodite, created the East altar with a theme of Women Free As Birds - this year’s Mothers of the New Time working!

The Keeper of the Light chosen for 2015 is Crystal Blanton, and members of the Order of the Black Madonna and other CAYA clergy were delighted to join her in singing the praises of the Dark Mother with Szmeralda Shanel’s beautiful song.  Yeshe Rabbit was very honoured to introduce her dear friend and respected colleague.  Congratulations to Crystal for this well-earned recognition, and much gratitude to T. Thorn Coyle, who graciously held up the lantern for three years as 2012’s Keeper of the Light!

This year’s Festival gave us a chance to embody many of CAYA’s core values - Joyful Service, Justice, Community, Excellent Organization, and a Having A Great Time!  Thank you to all of the many volunteers whose dedication, creativity, and hard work made this event a rousing success!  

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