CMA Events

CMA Festivals

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.

Festival Attendance Requirements

Attendence at all CMA-run Festivals requires the following:

  • A current CMA Membership
  • A valid Event Registration
  • Two hours of Community Service during the event*

* Community Service can be exempted under certain circumstances. Please see the Community Service page for more information and descriptions of types of service

Events + Workshops

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.

SetUp + TearDown Crews

  • Approval is required prior to being considered part of these teams, and availability can be limited.
  • No one will be allowed to be part of the SetUp or TearDown Teams without a current membership AND valid Festival Registration.
  • Requests to join these teams are part of the "Community Service: 1st Choice" options on the Festival Registration Form. 
  • You will be required to select a 2nd Choice Community Service option, as well, in the event that SetUp or TearDown Crew spaces are no longer available.

SetUp

TearDown

  • The SetUp Crew is responsible for the complete onsite preparation of Festival. 
  • SetUp typically runs from Monday through Wednesday prior to Festival. 
  • SetUp Crew acceptance concludes the same day registration closes.

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.

  • Those wishing to be part of the SetUp Crew will need to select the "SetUp Crew" option as their 1st choice Community Service selection during registration. 
  • You will still be required to indicate a 2nd choice Community Service selection, in the event that your request for placement on the Crew is denied, or you are unable to attend SetUp after being accepted as part of the Crew.
  • Selection of SetUp as your 1st choice Community Service selection does not guarantee you a spot, and spaces are limited.
  • A separate email confirmation will be sent to those accepted as part of SetUp Crew that will contain further information and/or instructions.

If you are unable to participate in SetUp after being approved, you will be expected to complete community service during festival instead.


  • TearDown Crew goes through after Festival and breaks down temporary community structures, doing a final tidying-up of the Land.
  • TearDown is typically on the Monday after festival.
  • TearDown acceptance concludes the same day registration closes.

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.

  • Those wishing to be part of the TearDown Crew will need to select the "TearDown Crew" option as their 1st choice Community Service selection during registration. 
  • You will still be required to indicate a 2nd choice Community Service selection, in the event that your request for placement on the Crew is denied, or you are unable to attend TearDOwn after being accepted as part of the Crew.
  • Selection of TearDown as your 1st choice Community Service selection does not guarantee you a spot, and spaces are limited.
  • A separate email confirmation will be sent to those accepted as part of TearDown Crew that will contain further information and/or instructions.

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.

Work Exchange Program

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. 

  • Participation in the Work Exchange Program reduces your Festival registration fee to $20.
  • Spaces available for our Work Exchange program are VERY limited.
  • Only current members of CMA will be eligible for the Work Exchange Program.
  • All Work Exchange requests are subject to approval by the Board of Directors and requests are NOT guaranteed to be approved
  • Any registration with an amount still owed will require complete payment before participation is allowed in the event.

Work Exchange Program Space Availability:

  • 6 spaces for Dedicated Overnight Front Gate Volunteers
  • 2 spaces for Dedicated Medical Personnel
  • 12 spaces for General Work Exchange
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 registrar@magickal-arts.org to proceed with the approval process.

LAST MINUTE REQUESTS WILL BE DENIED.

Wednesday Early Entry

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 

  • Sacred Space Coordinators
  • Previous + Current Board Members
  • Festival Staff
  • those with Lifetime w/Event Memberships

If you are exempted from the Wednesday Fee:

  1. Select "Yes" for Wednesday Entry on the registration form.
  2. Choose "Invoice Me" instead of paying after filling out the form.
  3. Email the Registrar to let us know you've completed the above: registrar@magickal-arts.org
We will waive the $25 after verifying your exemption, and notify you so that you can pay the updated invoice at your convenience.


Vendor's Information

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.

  • Vendors must be active CMA members in good standing.
  • Vendors are required to have valid registrations for Festival.

Vending Space pricing is currently as follows (these options are on the registration form):

  • 10'x10' space: $21
  • 10'x20' space: $42
  • 10'x10' + 10'x20' spaces: $63
  • 10'x20' + 10'x20' spaces: $84
  • Electricity: $25

 If you have any questions (or feedback!) about vending at CMA Festivals, please contact our Vendor's Rep: rep.vendors@magickal-arts.org

Beltane

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 Festival Page

  

Beltane 2018: Mystical Magick
April 19 – 22
Moon Phase: Waxing

Beltane 2019
April 18 – 21
Moon Phase: Waxing

Beltane 2020
April 16 – 19
Moon Phase: Waning


Samhain

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.

Samhain Festival Page


Samhain 2018
October 18 – 21
Moon Phase: Waxing

Samhain 2019
October 17 – 20
Moon Phase: Waning

Samhain 2020
October 15 – 18
Moon Phase: Waning





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