Building Community through Service
Mystic Mabon Southwest runs with the help of our incredible unpaid volunteer board and coordinators doing all the pre-festival work, set up, take down, and overseeing and participating in the myriads of tasks during the festival.
The rest of the necessary tasks are completed by our participants via work shifts. We couldn’t make this festival happen at all, and at the current registration fee, without you. Please accept our sincere gratitude to each of you for your service. Special thanks to the many who sign up for more than one shift to fill in the gaps.
While completing your work shift tasks we hope you will get to know the people forming this year’s community.
All guests 12 and older must complete a community service shift. You can sign up online using the link above or at the gate when you arrive. All of this year’s shifts need some adult supervision. Where there are 2 or more slots available in a time slot, you can sign up with the young folks attending with you, or after another adult has taken the first shift in that time slot.
The work shift instructions are generally self-explanatory. If you need clarification, check with the gate or appropriate shift coordinator.
Except for the midnight to 2 AM fire tenders, everyone needs to report to the gate to start their shift and end it. Don’t be late!
At the end of your shift you will get a ticket for a drawing for one of two prizes, a djembe or a beautiful goddess statue, Venus Walking. We’ll draw winners at the end of the Ardantane Auction on Saturday afternoon.
Some jobs require you to carry a radio for communications. You’ll pick up your radio at the gate when you log in and return it there when you log out.
2-Hour Work Shifts
Below is a description of the work shifts available. If you are mobility-challenged, we recommend you consider Gate or Silver Moon Care shifts, which allow you to mostly sit. For those able to walk about easily, consider a shift as a Security or Facilities helper. If you are also able to project your voice fairly loudly (you can also just stop in individual camps), the job for you is Herald. If you are able-bodied and fit, consider being a gnome. Gnomes provide assistance wherever needed and sometimes this involves helping setup or take down a camp or vendor booth, which means some lifting and hauling.
Gate: Officially check in guests on site. Assist with Work Shift sign up, log in and log out. Provide general Information. The gate is often the first place people come if they need anything! Excellent choice for the less mobile. Coordinators: Haley and Javan.
Silver Moon Care: Support trained Silver Moon staff who are administering first aid. No formal medical knowledge needed, but welcome. If you are good at moving energy, such as grounding others, this may be a good service option for you. Coordinator: Mariposa.
Fire Tenders: Maintain fire and fire safety. Attend fire at all times during shift. The Bardic Circle on Friday is a wood fire; prepare fire ring with wood, ignite, tend, and confirm dead out before leaving. All other fires are likely to be propane; ignite fire, assure safety during fire circle, and turn off and secure when done; replace propane tank as necessary. Coordinators: Scout and Joseph.
Facilities: Check bathrooms and wash stations and restock; pick up trash along your way if you find it. Supplies for restocking usually are available at the gate. Coordinators: Ryan and Jackie.
Herald: Walk the camp and announce upcoming events or changes to the schedule. Carry provided radio. Coordinator: Clint.
Safety & Security: Walk the site to assess safety and security. Carry provided radio, respond to security calls, report unresolved security concerns, including unauthorized or unattended fires. Coordinator: Morgan
Gnomes: Assist people and projects as needed, such as finding people, helping set up camps or vendors, etc.. This job its the most physical of the choices and you should be able to lift things and haul them. Carry provided radio. Coordinators: Jude and Billy.