WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Please read through carefully!
Plate, bowl, cutlery for meals and your own mug for tea/water. These will not be available on-site.
Water bottle - there will be water stations to refill your bottle
Cash to purchase from vendors or during trade blanket
Toiletries: Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste
Headlamp or Flashlight
Flip Flops (for walking to /back from showers, beach)
Shawl / Yoga Mat / Cushion for sitting on the Earth during classes
Blanket (although all bedding will be provided, we suggest you bring something extra if you tend to get cold at night).
Bathing suit (optional, there is a beach on-site)
Snacks for in between meals
Provide your own lunch. A food vendor lunchbox will be available.
Outdoor supplies: Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.
Folding chair (if required)
For the Trade Blanket, bring items you wish to trade or share (crystals, books, seeds, jewelry, crafts, art, oils, etc...)
Altar items, Decorations (optional: sacred objects that you may want to bring with you to the land, adornments for your tentspace)
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AND DEPART?
SET UP CREW : Arrive Thursday, dec.6th
GENERAL ATTENDEES : Take the 8AM Ferry for 10am arrival, Friday, Dec. 7th
DEPART SUNDAY : 5:00pm, Sunday Dec.9th
*Advisable not to miss the opening ceremony on Friday at 11am.
HOW DO I GET TO SAI YUEN FARM?
Total trip takes about an hour. Meet at Central Pier no. 5. , take Ferry to Cheng Chau. Ferry schedule here.
Upon arrival, walk towards your right to adjacent pier and take a small boat to "Sai Yuen" which is a pleasant 5 minutes ride. These boats are operated by local villagers and cost HKD $10-20. Once there, follow the path straight on to enter the village up the small hill for a few minutes until you reach the end. The large red door is the entrance to Sai Yuen Farm. *Alternatively, the walk from Cheng Chau Pier to Sai Yuen Farm takes approximately 20-25 minutes. Please Read the HOW TO GET THERE before your departure.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Looks like sun Friday, but rain for Sunday. Come prepared. Bring warm clothes, extra blankets. Cheung Chau weather forecast can be found here.
WHAT KIND OF FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE LAND?
We are privileged to have a number of clean hot water showers and bathrooms located on the farm. While there will be moderate cell phone coverage we ask that all sisters gift yourself the time of being offline and truly retreat within yourselves. There will be an area for children's camp as well as a ceremonial yurt to book private counselling or treatment sessions if needed.
WILL I NEED TO BRING ANY MONEY?
Bring some money for Trade Blanket. Almost all classes at the gathering are free and included within your ticket price, however certain classes which require extra materials will incur a sliding scale donation fee. You must provide your own lunch. Please note that Drum Making requires 800 gift for cost of materials. Credit cards will be accepted at the Marketplace.
WHEN DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?
Gardeners will announce their offerings and schedule after Opening Ceremony on Friday 11AM. Sign-ups for both Saturday and Sunday classes may be done after the announcements. Note that sign-ups are first come - first serve basis and placements for each class is limited. We encourage you to be open and flow with the energy and magic the Gathering brings. Changes to classes or scheduling will be posted on a large information board on the land.
CAN I JUST COME FOR THE DAY?
We ask that women make the commitment to being part of the whole journey of The Garden Gathering. This means arriving on time and staying the full length of the duration. If you choose to only come for one day, there are 1-day and 2-day options available. To respect the container and space we are creating it is important to honour this time for yourself and others by fully connecting to the experience.
WHAT IS THE FOOD ALTAR?
Every afternoon there will be a Food Altar for sharing fruits, snacks and Tea. We encourage each women to offer fruits or something culturally home-made to the altar in the spirit of sharing and learning more about each other. Please ensure that all offerings follow the dietary code of being vegan and/or vegetarian.
WHAT IS THE TRADE BLANKET?
Like our ancestors did, we encourage you to bring a blanket to lay out what you wish to trade. You may trade hand-made creations (food, jewelry, art - anything!) , books, cards, crystals, seeds, cloaks, oils, tools, paintings. This a such a gorgeous part of the entire weekend. This is a moment when we get to be up close and personal with our crafts and trade. DO participate. It's so much fun.
IS THERE FIRST AID ON SITE?
Yes, there is a first aid set-up on site. In addition, St. John Hospital which offers 24-hour Accident and Emergency Services is a 10-minute drive from the Farm.
HOW CAN I APPLY TO BE A SEVA SISTER?
We are always looking for support and helping hands. If you would like to assist with the prior to the Gathering, setting-up, during the Gathering, packing up - and more! Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.