Earth House Announces Festival Layaway Program

In response to festivant requests, the Earth House Project of Minnesota announced a Festival Layaway Program for Paypal registrants. Several participants reportedly approached members of Earth House’s Midsummer Gather last year and asked about the availability of a payment plan, and others  said they had issues raising the registration fee all at once.

The Earth house plan allows participants who sign up through September to submit automatic payments of the total registration cost over 10 months. Registrants  pay $13.00 a month until June through a subscription payment through Paypal .  The plan will adjust payment amounts based on the remaining months before the 12th Annual Midsummer Gather, if registrants sign up after September. There is also a youth option for the Festival Layaway Program, children 10 and under attend free with any paid adult.

Earth House Project of Minnesota sponsors the Midsummer Gather at Eagle Cave Campground and the Coffee Cauldron every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Edge Coffee House and the Sacred Paths Center.  Contact: 1 (877) 538-4121,  email Earth House Project of Minnesota or visit www.EarthHouseMN.org for more information.

An online informal survey of national pagan events reveals few offer payment plans for event costs that are under $300, if at all.  No definitive statistics are available about the use of payment plans to aid Pagans in budgeting for the festival experience or increase festival attendance.

Nels Linde

Earth House Donates to Sacred Paths Center

Starting in 2009, Earth House Project pledged to donate 25% of the proceeds from their Midsummer Gather to the Sacred Paths Center. Last Saturday, Earth House Project presented Sacred Paths Center with $978.62 in fulfillment of that pledge.  This is in addition to the donation of $937.24 Earth House presented to Sacred Paths Center in 2010.

Earth House says they make donations of this type to support an organization whose mission parallels their own. “We are particularly pleased that this donation comes at a crucial time for SPC. Only by working together can we build and grow.  We hope other groups with the income to do so will also contribute to our community Center as we have.”

On July 7th, Sacred Paths Center announced they were in a financial crisis and needed immediate funding or they would close their doors.  CJ Stone, SPC Board member and Spokesperson, said they needed to raise $12,000 by July 30th.  That would allow the community center to pay the outstanding bills and make the changes needed to steer the center in a direction that is financially viable.  As of press time, the center has raised $9795 towards that goal.

Earth House Project is a tax-exempt, non-profit, volunteer community working to build a resource center in the Twin Cities area for people of all nature-reverent spiritual paths.  Their goal is to create a Pan-Pagan Community Center to allow all Pagans to have permanent sacred space for ritual, be a beacon for newcomers in the community to find others to worship with, and provide meeting rooms, office space, and other needed services. The group plans to donate profits from rental of halls and meeting rooms back into the Pagan community.

Editor’ note: the article has been updated to include the current amount raised by SPC.