CMA holds two main festivals each year, Beltane and Samhain. We gather to celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year, camping on our own land, Spirit Haven Ranch. These events begin on a Thursday afternoon and end near noon Sunday—three magickal days filled with fun and informative workshops, activities for the entire family, shopping along Vendors’ row, drumming and dancing around beautiful revel fires—highlighted by rituals presented by some of CMA’s diverse member traditions.
Attendence at all CMA-run Festivals requires the following:
* Community Service can be exempted under certain circumstances. Please see the Community Service page for more information and descriptions of types of service
Our Festivals are filled a variety of events: weddings, handfasting, rituals, workshops, crafting classes, demos, discussion groups, and more. The Festival Schedule Coordinator works with those who submit events to find appropriate times and locations during Festivals for them to be held. If you have something that you'd want to share with the CMA Community, fill out the Event + Workshop Request Form and let us know! This form will be posted on the Beltane or Samhain events pages, so keep an eye out for when the form goes live.
NOTE: There is a SetUp Workend from Friday through Sunday the weekend prior to festival, which all members are welcome to attend.
Attendance at the SetUp Workend does not count as a replacement for your festival community service. The Ranch Team handles the management of the SetUp Workend.
If you are unable to participate in SetUp after being approved, you will be expected to complete community service during festival instead.
NOTE: There is also a TearDown Workend on Friday through Sunday the weekend after Festival, which all members are welcome to attend.
Attendance at the TearDown Workend does not count as a replacement for your Festival Community Service. The Ranch Team handles the management of the TearDown Workend.
If you will be unable to participate in TearDown after being approved, you will be expected to complete community service during festival instead. If it is for an unexpected reason, then you are expected to contact the Director of Member Services to make alternate arrangements for the completion of your Festival Community Service.
We work very hard to accommodate the needs of our members. Our Work Exchange Program is a way for us to offer substantially discounted Festival registration in exchange for additional community service hours.
Work Exchange Program Space Availability:
Those wishing to participate in the Work Exchange Program will need to fill out the registration form for Festival, but instead of paying at the end, should select "Invoice Me". Once that has been completed, email us at email@example.com to proceed with the approval process.
LAST MINUTE REQUESTS WILL BE DENIED.
Some of our members prefer to show up the day before festival officially starts to get their camp set up and be settled when the events start occurring.
Wednesday Entry is an additional $25 to your registration, and is an option available on the registration form.
NOTE: Certain individuals are waived the Wednesday Entry fee, such as
If you are exempted from the Wednesday Fee:
One aspect of every CMA Festival is Vendor's Row. This space is located adjacent to Phoenix Meadow, just past CMA One. We have various spaces available for any vendor who wishes to participate.
Vending Space pricing is currently as follows (these options are on the registration form):
If you have any questions (or feedback!) about vending at CMA Festivals, please contact our Vendor's Rep: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Beltane festivals are held in April, typically on the third weekend of the month.
Beltane marks the beginning of the pastoral summer season, when livestock were driven out to the summer pastures.
Beltane 2018: Mystical Magick
Our Samhain festivals are held in October, typically on the third weekend of the month.
Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.