The Pagan Spirit Gathering, one of the largest and oldest Pagan camping festivals, has changed location this year. The former site, Camp Zoe near Salem, Missouri, has come under federal investigation. This prompted Circle Sanctuary, hosts of Pagan Spirit Gathering, to move the festival to Stonehouse Park near Earlville, Illinois. It is a venue change that many past attendees are applauding.
“I love going to PSG, but it was so hot and humid at Camp Zoe that I wasn’t going to attend this year. All I did was lay in the creek and I missed most of the workshops because it was so hot. But now that it has moved to the much cooler and less humid Illinois, I’m going!” said past attendee Eisling, “Just think, it should be nice enough we can even have camp fires at night.”
PNC-Minnesota talked with Ghetto Shaman Billy Crow Staver about the move to Stonehouse Park and what PSG will be like this year. The Ghetto Shamans are a camping group that attends PSG each year and helps Circle Sanctuary with marketing the event.
“The PSG experience is something really special. It’s a place where people can come together and let their guard down. Magically things happen there. It’s where I met my wife, I met her at PSG. I’ve met some of my best friends through PSG,” Mr. Staver said of his years of attendance. ” The people who attend PSG seek new connections to the Divine and form a new tribe. It’s an experience that is hard to explain and shouldn’t be missed.”
Organizers say Stonehouse Park offers many more amenities than they have had at other PSG camps. “There are more electrical hook ups throughout the camp. There’s a larger shower house and a community store. People will be able to keep their camp site cleaner since they have community sinks available for dishes and washing your clothes,” says Mr. Staver. He notes the best change will be in how the camp feels to attendees, ” We’ll be able to camp closer together and be able to see one another and this creates more of a family community type feeling and that’s one of the biggest benefits to camping at Stonehouse park this year, we’ll get that feeling of a close family again. We kind of lost that at Camp Zoe.”