The Rules

  • CONSENT IS KEY! Don't touch someone without their permission.

  • Please stay at least 6 feet away from others while you're with us.

  • Must be an ID'd 21+ year old to enter!

  • Obnoxious drunks will be lovingly escorted to their tents.

  • NO PHOTOGRAPHY after sunset.  We have hired a photographer for that.

  • DO NOT take pics, video, bring in drinks, or smoke in ritual. Do not do anything that might disturb ritual.

  • This event is now a free overnight camping experience. A limit of 50 people is set, and priority is given to ticket holders.

  • All attendees are required to sign a liability waiver at check-in. No waiver = no entry. 

  • Clean up your camping area, and take trash with you when you leave.

  • Campers are responsible for bringing a tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, etc.

  • You are required to bring your own food.

  • You will not be allowed to cook or sleep in the clubhouse. No classes will be held in the clubhouse. The clubhouse will be for bathroom use only.

  • Please don't drive drunk; camp out with us instead.

  • Gryphon's Nest Campground, Coven of the Gryphon, New Orleans Lamplight Circle, and the Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Project are not liable for any injuries or illnesses sustained while on-site.  

  • NO CARS ON THE FIELD!  You can only drive on to pick up/drop off camping gear.

  • Swimming will be restricted to daylight hours only. The jacuzzi is off-limits.

  • Refund policy: refunds will be issued up to one week post-purchase, and until two weeks prior to the event (April 17th at 12am is the deadline for refund requests). After that, refund requests may not be honored. All requests must be receive via email at  This is a rain-or-shine event. Tickets purchased within two weeks of the event are not eligible for refund. Tickets purchased are transferrable, and we advise you to join our Wyld Fire Beltane Hunt Community page on Facebook.


Let's dispel some myths about our event,

one by one


  1. Can I get in for free? Currently, the entire event is free.

  2. Is there security? Due to the presence of alcohol and our strong desire to make sure everyone stays safe and embarrassment-free, we will have the volunteer "safety stewards" crew to make sure people don't get hurt and, if necessary, to escort them to their tents.  If you are inclined to drink, please be aware that we may lovingly deposit you in your tent if you get rowdy. 

  3. Can I come camp early or stay after the event? No one will be allowed entrance to the campground before the event (except for volunteers).  For those who wish to stay an additional night, arrangements can be made with Cliff (the owner).  Email him at to work out details.  

  4.  I saw that no children are allowed, there's alcohol involved, and there are Pagans spending the night together.  Is this the beginning of an orgy? NO!!  A gathering of Pagans in the woods does not equal an orgy.  No children are allowed because of the numerous bonfires, and there's alcohol because we're adults and it's a celebration.  Camping is provided because we don't want you driving drunk, AND camping is cool.

  5. Will there be people having sex in your ritual?  No.  The central act of our ritual will be a symbolic uniting of the May Queen and Oak King (i.e. clothes on, no sex).

  6. Will there be sex in other places?  Beltane celebrates sex and fertility, so people may have sex while there.  But it's not the Wild West.  Anyone who wants to have sex will need to do so while being respectful of the people around them.  Gryphon's Nest is over 50 acres, so there's plenty of space for us to spread out and go unnoticed.

  7. What should I wear for the ritual?  Please wear either all white, or black and red.

  8. Can I bring a camper? Campers are no longer allowed on the property.

  9. Can I bring my pet? Pets are allowed, but are subject to removal if there are problems. Remember that a lot of people bring their pets, and they don't always get along.  Have a back-up plan prepared.

  10.  Do I have to participate in all the activities? We have several people who want to be in the atmosphere of Beltane, but want to focus more on camping rather than activities.  You are welcome to participate or not.

  11. Why are you charging money for a ritual? The main purpose of our fee is to have the funds to donate to our selected charity.  We also use the money to cover the costs of the event (venue rental, equipment rental, materials, alcohol, etc.). We use extraneous funds to help build the event up each year. None of the profits of this event are used for the personal enrichment of any individual.

  12. Do we have to bring our own food? Yes, food will not be provided this year.

  13. Can I bring a friend who's not Pagan? You can bring who you want; however, all attendees must be respectful of our spiritual gatherings and all the same rules apply to them.

  14. What if I don't want to be photographed? You don't have to be if you don't want to.  We have a separate wristband available at check-in that will let our photographers know that you don't want your picture taken. We respect your desire for anonymity.

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