We hope that the following will help answer your question(s).
Please feel free to email us if you still have a question..
We ask that you be patient. We will make every effort to answer emails within a week. Thank you for understanding.
Can I help spread the word about WWG?
Absolutely! Just download and print any or all of the flyers, link is to the right, and distribute them freely!! Thank You.
Where is the festival held?
Where Womyn Gather is held at a well maintained children’s camp in N. E. Pennsylvania, close to the NY border. In an effort to maintain our Womyn Only, Safe Space, we do not divulge the location of the festival until after we have received your paid-in-full Registration. Then, as we get closer to festival time, we will send you, preferably via email, a Welcome Packet. This packet will contain your housing assignment, the address for festival and everything else you will need to know to attend festival. In 2023 Festival starts at noon on Thursday, June 1 and ends Sunday, June 4 at approx. 3pm.
Can I get directions?
In an effort to maintain our Womyn Only, Safe Space, we do not divulge the address of festival until after we have received your paid-in-full registration. Closer to festival time, you will be sent, via email, our Where Womyn Gather Welcome Packet. This packet will give you all of the information you need to attend festival, including the address and a list of things to bring. As womyn attend from all over the country (& world) and with GPS and things like Google Maps, we no longer send written directions, but if you're have a problem, I'm sur we can find directions to send to you.
What is the fee to attend festival and what does it include?
All fees are listed on the Registration Form for attendees. If you are a Presenter or Craftswomyn, please be sure to go to the appropriate set of forms, which each include a housing form, to see what your fees are. The fee is for the time frame of: Thursday, after lunch through Sunday, after Closing Ritual. The fee includes all vegetarian meals, housing, workshops (some have a small material fee), Rituals, and Drumming.
Rates are posted on the Registration page. It is the first page you are taken to when you click on Registration, prior to taking you to the actual registration process.
These WWG rates are subject to change.
All refund requests must be snail mailed. Full refund minus a $100 handling fee is given when request is postmarked on or before May 1. NO REFUNDS after May 1. Private Cabins fees are non-refundable.
Where Womyn Gather
PO BOX 122
Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750
What is NOT included in my Registration fee?
A: If there is a materials fee for a workshop, this is extra. Drinks, hamburgers, hotdogs, lunchmeat sandwiches, ice cream, candy, chips, earplugs, toothpaste and all other toiletries and items sold at The Kitchen Witch Store & Deli are not included in your registration fee. Transportation to and from camp is not included in your registration fee. Anything other than your housing in a camp building, vegetarian meals, workshops, rituals, drumming and Arts & Crafts are in addition to your Registration Fee.
What are my housing choices?
A: You may stay in a group cabin, your own tent or pay an additional fee to stay in a semi-private cabin (semi-private cabins are given on a first paid registration, first received basis and is a non-refundable fee.) None of the housing choices have heat or air conditioning. You may bring a heater. (Heaters must be turned off everytime you leave the cabin.)
Q: What are the group cabins like?
A: Group cabins vary slightly. Most are large buildings with two separate sides, with at least 8-12 single beds in each cabin. They are rustic, but do have electricity and private flushing toilets and hot showers. Each bed has a small storage unit for your personal items and clothing. The bathroom/shower areas are in the rear of the cabins and are shared, but have doors and curtains for privacy.
Q: What are the semi-private cabins like?
A: The semi-private cabins are rustic. In our new camp, they vary greatly. Most have at least 2 single beds, some have more. They have a dresser of some sort, lighting and electricity, most have a sink in the room. They all have shared bathrooms/showers down the hall.
Q: What do I need to know if I decide to tent?
A: If you tent, you will need to bring your own tent, tarp for under it and sturdy stakes to secure it. You are not allowed to cook at or in your tent. Fires are not allowed. Your Program Book or a Staff Member can show you where to set up and which cabins have been designated for tenters’ use for showering and toiletry needs.
Q: What about food/meals?
A: All of the meals included with your Registration, are Vegetarian. We try to have a vegan and a gluten-free choice at each meal. Your first meal at festival will be dinner on Thursday. You will be served Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s meals will be Breakfast and Lunch. Please keep in mind that our meals may not meet some of your special dietary needs. If you have serious, specific or unusual dietary needs, we suggest you bring in some of your own food to supplement. (No, unfortunately, this will not reduce your attendance fee.) We also have The Kitchen Witch Store & Deli where you can purchase hamburgers, hotdogs, lunchmeat sandwiches, sodas, ice cream and other snacks.
**Please note that all Special Dietary Needs are the attendees responsibility. We will make a refrigerator available for any food you need to bring to camp. You can also get ice from the Hearth.
***Also, at this camp, we are not doing the cooking as we have at the previous camp. We have given them some of our favorite receipes, but there will be differences in the meals we're all accustomed to..
Q: What is the policy of WristBands??
A: We are trying to keep costs down so that we can, in-turn, keep the Registration Fee as low as possible for all attendees. We also have insurance requirements to meet that say we have to have a Registration Form for everyone at camp. To this end, we need to ensure that everyone on land, has Registered to attend festival. The wristband (along with your name on our Registration List) will be your proof of Registration We have tested these wristbands and are certain that they will stay on throughout the festival, even if you are one of the few who come in early for the Pre-fest preparations. The wristbands must be worn throughout festival. They will ensure your admittance to Workshops, Rituals and the SacredFire, as well as being served meals. If you are asked to show your wristband, please know that the request is being made for your security and safety, and please show your wristband, knowing that by doing so, you are keeping your festival costs as low as we can make them. Should your wristband become damaged and comes off, bring it to Communications. Once you turn in the damaged wristband, you will be issued a new one.
Q: Can I come to festival for just one day?
A: We do not have day passes. Where Womyn Gather is designed and carefully planned for attendees to arrive on Thursday after lunch and stay until Sunday afternoon, after closing ritual. It is meant to be a full, all inclusive, experiential, spiritual experience…this cannot be accomplished in one day…in our humble opinion.
Q. Can we come early?
A. Unless you have prior permission from the Festival Producers, the answer is no. Only those with specific "Set up festival" jobs are allowed to come in early. Our new camp charges us per-day, per-person, so we need to be strict about this policy. So sorry.
Q. Can we stay overnight on Sunday when festival is over?
A. Unless you have prior permission from the Festival Producers, no. Only those with specific "breakdown the festival" jobs are allowed to stay. We are busy cleaning up and closing down camp and have very limited food supplies. In addition, the camp will charge us for you to stay over.
Q. I sent in my registration. When will I get my 'Welcome Packet'?
A. You can expect to receive your Welcome Packet(with housing information and all you need to know) starting about May 1st. We have much information to gather before we can send out the Welcome Packets. Plus, our experience has proven that if we send them out too early, they are lost and/or deleted, which means double work in sending them out a 2nd time (sometimes even a 3rd time).
Q. Is there a bus that goes to festival?
A. Yes. Short Line bus to Hancock, NY from NYC. We will pick you up there. You can see the arrival and departure times at ShortLineBus.com. Fees apply for this service.
Q. Are scholarships available?
A. Due to festival having to be cancelled the last 3 years, due to Covid, we are unable to offer sholarships this year. The regular yearly expenses that incur whether we have festival or not, have unfortunatly caused the producer to personally cover them, leaving no funds for scholarships. If we receive donations aimed at the scholarship fund, we will re-visit this decision.
Q. When will the workshops be posted?
A. The Thursday workshops and part of Friday may be posted prior to festival, after workshop acceptance letters have been sent to the Presenters. You will receive the full schedule in your Where Womyn Gather Program Book, when you arrive at festival.
Q: Will there be Recovery/12-step meetings for me to attend?
A: We will have 2 meetings scheduled a day. One in the early morning and one later in the day. The times and location will be posted at Communications.
Q: Can I drive to my cabin and then park my car there for the duration of the festival?
A: No, you can not. Vehicles are not allowed within the camp. You will unload your car near the front gate, then park in the parking area across the road. Come back to your luggage, load your things into one of our broom shuttles (golf carts) & you'll be driven to your cabin to unload and settle in. Your vehicle will remain in the parking area for the duration of the festival. We suggest that you bring a cart or a suitcase on wheels to make the move to your cabin, as easy on you as possible. Also, we suggest having a few lighter weight bags as opposed to one large, heavy bag. It'll be easier to lift your belongings into the shuttle that way.
When you leave on Sunday, we will reverse the process. We only ask for you patience during the process.
Q: What if I have a loud snorer or a lot of noise in my cabin?
A: Your first line of defense should be earplugs. There are no “quiet” areas of camp, so expect laughter, singing, drumming…in short, noise. If you have not brought earplugs, The Kitchen Witch Store & Deli (in the Muses) sells them for a reasonable price. That being said, sometimes just nicely asking those around you to try to quiet down, may solve the problem. Moving to another bed in the cabin, further away from the womyn snoring, may help with that problem. If you cannot resolve the issue in the above ways, you can go to Communications and they will find you another available cabin to move to.
Q: What is the telephone policy?
A: The camp does not have public telephones, with the assumption that everyone carries a cell phone these days. We regret any problem this may cause. Because most do carry cell phones, we have implemented these guidelines. Cell phones are NOT allowed in ANY Workshop or Ritual. Cell phones are NOT allowed at the Sacred Fire. Cell phones are NOT allowed in the Marketplace or in the Hearth. Any use of a cell phone in any of the prohibited areas, will cause you to be asked to leave that area. Festival is considered Sacred Space…cell phone use is invasive, rude and energically disruptive. OK, that being said, we know you need to have your phones to keep in touch with family, etc., at home. We ask that you be considerate of others. Please keep conversations in your cabin brief and quiet, especially when there are sleeping cabin-mates. Please go to an area away from others before making a call that may be loud and/or long. We must add, there is also spotty cell service because of the mountainous area that the camp is located.
What if Home is trying to reach me?
We suggest that you turn your phone on at least once a day to receive any messages from home. You can also leave your family with the emergency contact numbers in your Welcome Packet. Messages received on those phone lines will be posted at Communications. Please keep in mind that reception is not always the best and often spotty at camp. Let your family know that they may not be able to reach you immediately in the case of a problem at home.
What is the smoking policy?
Smoking is NOT Allowed in the camp.
The camp's policy is no cigarettes or smoking or vaping of any kind. In the contract with the camp, they can fine us up to $200 per incidence of smoking or the proof there of (finding cigarette butts on land).
We know this may be difficult for some of you, so we suggest you walk across the road to your vehicle and smoke or vape there if you need to do so. Then please leave the butts in your car or be sure to put them into a trash can.
If I have a problem once I am at camp, where do I go?
If it is during the day, go to Communications. If they can not answer your question, they will know who to call to help you in the best way possible. If there is a problem during the night, go to the Emergency Night Contact cabin, located in Arianrhod, several doors down from the Muses on the right side of camp.
What if I am attending festival for one specific Presenter and/or workshop, and that Presenter cancels?
Occasionally, unforeseen things will happen and a Presenter has to cancel at the last minute or we have to cancel a workshop. This would be just one Presenter and/or one workshop out of a very full lineup of Presenters and workshops. Whereas we would regret this happening and be disappointed for anyone wishing to attend this workshop or see this particular Presenter, we DO NOT issue refunds for this reason. We suggest you enjoy and partake in all of the workshops and Presenters, Rituals, drumming, dancing, arts & crafts and fun that Where Womyn Gather has to offer.