Notes from the Queer Magic Cauldron: A Download for Gathering Organizers
1. Self-care is sexy--and for organizers, it's mandatory. The muscle of the heart nourishes itself first so it can nourish the rest of the body.
a. Move with the moves moves. Follow what inspires and energizes you personally.
2. Before you call the gathering, call the other organizers. Asking for help (including prayer and magic) is often the best use of finite energy.
3. The planning IS the gathering. We're soaking in it, bitches! so enjoy the process.
4. Get good with what's so. In a conflict between reality and plan, side with reality.
a. If nobody shows up to do it, maybe it's not that important.
b. As the U.S. Marines say: improvise, adapt, and overcome.
5. The right size for the container is proportional to the amount of energy available to hold it.
a. Don't be a size queen. Small can be beautiful.
6. Scarcity is purely a local phenomenon.
7. Gathering is hospitality. Be good hosts.
8. No observers, no tourists, no consumers. Call for empowered participants, and leave space for their contributions.
9. Hold your gate with courage and intention. Keep it flowing and clear.
10. Take care of the container, and the contents will take care of themselves.
11. Leadership, structure, generosity, conflict, and joy are emergent properties of a healthy gathering.
12. If you schedule only one thing, schedule heart circles.
13. Remember the Four Principles of Open Space Technology:
Whoever is present are the right people.
Whenever it begins is the right time.
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.
When it’s over, it’s over.
14. The work of the gathering begins when the gathering ends. (Thanks to Morgain Lessloss, Breitenbush Queen Registrar.)
0. Forget your perfect offering. Always leave room for Spirit.
Winter Solstice 2010