Getting Ready for Festival
Register for the festival
Familiarize yourself with the rules
Familiarize yourself with the location
Review events and workshops and get an idea of what you want to do
Make a packing list
Learn about arrival and parking
Visit the Community Info Page
1900 SW 50th St, Bell, FL 32619
Packing for Festival
This is a semi-primitive camp site which means you are required to bring everything that you need
to be self sufficient during your time at festival including tenting and personal items.
We do not supply camping equipment.
There is no electricity available on site. Remember to bring your medications.
Below is a list of helpful items to bring. It is by no means exhaustive,
but we hope it helps when planning to camp at Festival.
Tent with Rain Fly
Hammer for Stake
Tarp for Under Tent
Air Mattress Pump
Batteries for Pump
Tent Broom & Dustpan
Tent Lantern w/ Batteries
Tent Fan Batteries
Canopy Tent Stakes
Canopy Tent Weights
Canopy Tent Line
Batteries for Lights
Canopy Light Batteries
Camp Altar Table
Camp Altar Set Up
Table for Stove
Biodegradable Dish Soap
Garbage Bags (pack in/out)
Small Recycle Box
Phone Charging Cord
Means to Charge Phone
Basic First Aid Kit
Flip Flops for Shower
In order for everyone to have the most fun we have a few guidelines for you during your stay.
THE RULES OUTSIDE – APPLY INSIDE
The laws on the outside apply to the inside. We still have to obey the laws of the muggles and mundane.
All fires, except the ritual fire, will be required to be in above ground containers. No campfires will be allowed on the open ground or in pits. No fires will be allowed if conditions are deemed unsafe by either PFI, Solomon Springs representatives, or local fire authorities. Please bring your own firewood if you intend to have a fire. WE DO NOT SUPPLY FIRE WOOD.
If Solomon Springs's representatives receive complaints from neighbors, they will request that we lower the volume to a more acceptable level. Drum sounds will be monitored for volume and may, also, be required to lower the volume to appease local law enforcement and/or neighbors.
Visit the camera section for more information!
Absolutely no photography of nudity of any kind will be allowed at any time. Permission must be obtained from every recognizable person in the photo or viewfinder. Please respect others privacy. Use of any pictures or video obtained during the festival for public viewing or distribution must have the verbal approval of the people in the photo. Respect must be given and honored to those who do not want their picture taken. Failure to abide by these rules will result but are not limited to one or more of the following: Eviction from the event. A Phoenix Team member will identify and enforce when photography cannot be a part of the festival.
Visit the Pet/Service Animals page for more information!
EXPLORING THE PASTURES
Participants are not permitted in the pastures that contain livestock. No exceptions! Feeding of livestock is not permitted. Attendees are required to remain within the festival grounds section.
Smoking is not permitted in the Ritual area, under any roof (this includes all pop-ups), any PORTA-pottie, or where posted. Please be considerate and dispose of any butts responsibly and do not throw them on the ground. Please position yourself downwind from those around you who may not want second hand smoke.
Please be mindful and respectful when using your cell phone for phone calls, text messaging and photo taking with regards to workshops, rituals, sacred spaces and ritual fire. If you must take a call, be sure to take the call outside of these areas. Be sure to have your cell phone silenced or on vibrate when participating in activities. Please do not text during workshops, rituals or other activities. Please review the photography guidelines for use of cell phones and social media.
PARKING & DRIVING THROUGH THE FESTIVAL
During the festival please park your vehicle outside the gate in the parking lot. Please place the parking pass in your windshield. Parking lot will be check and unauthorized vehicles will be towed. Please follow the road outlined through the festival. Speed Limit on festival grounds is 5 MPH and is ONE WAY.
We are not dry, but we do expect you to drink responsibly. Do not serve minors. All guests under 21 years of age will wear a green & white "Under Age" wrist band. No sales of alcohol will be permitted except by licensed vendors.
Keep them clean. If you find you need more toilet paper in a porta-pottie, please find a Team Phoenix member or visit the registration desk. Only human waste and toilet paper are allowed. Sanitary items should be wrapped and taken with you for disposal in garbage can outside the potty. Do not leave them in the porta-pottie. The Porta-Potties are serviced every morning. Please close the lid when finished using the porta-potties.
This is a garbage in, garbage out event. Please contain your trash and make plans to take it home with you. Please leave your campsite cleaner than you found it. The farm animals will appreciate it!
We ask that all children & minors be at their camps by 11:00 PM. Children under the age of 16 years old are not allowed in the drum circle after 11 PM. This time is set aside for those adults who do not feel comfortable dancing with minors present.
CLOTHING TIME & PLACES
Nudity is not allowed in the Youth Activities area. In public areas, please carry a sarong or towel and use it to sit on. You will be immediately expelled and permanently banned from all Phoenix Festival Inc's events for overt sexual behavior in public or any form of sexual harassment.
Arrival & Parking at Festival
Gates Open Wednesday through Saturday | 9 AM to 10 PM
Please be aware that due to festival insurance restrictions, ONLY staff members and their pre-approved, registered family members will be allowed on the festival grounds before 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. There are no exceptions to this rule. Vendors may arrive after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Upon arrival, all Festival attendees are required to check in. During check in, you will receive your wristband, event guide, and festival information. Your festival wristband must be worn and visible at all times during the event. Lost wristbands can easily be replaced at the registration booth. After you check in, you will be given ONE hour to find a place to setup your camp. Unload your belongings and then move your vehicle to the parking lot as soon as possible.
Anyone who is discovered on festival grounds without being registered or wearing someone else's wristband will be subject to expulsion from the grounds for trespassing.
All vehicles must be parked and remain parked in the designated parking lot. Please move your vehicle to the parking lot after unloading your vehicle and before setting up your camp. Be sure to have your parking pass in your windshield when you park your vehicle in the designated parking area.
Learn the Grounds
In the center of the festival grounds you will find a big blue pop-up. This is our Community Center. Anyone is welcome at any time to use the Community Center. At times there may be a workshop, so please try not to disturb this activity if you're not participating. The Community Center is a great place to play a game, put a puzzle together, sit and talk or just enjoy a good cup of coffee. All Phamily members are welcome to bring their meals to the Center to eat. Sharing mealtime is a wonderful way to the community together and is a great way to meet people.
There are four tents in each of the cardinal directions - (Earth/North, Air/East, Fire/South and Water/West). These tents are used for workshops. You will need to bring your own chair for any workshops hosted under these tents. Some have tables, but chair space is limited.
There are porta-potties through the camp. There are disabled access porta-potties as well as regular.
Gates and Roads
There are two gates, one an entrance and one an exit. Please also remember that the speed limit is 5 MPH. There are children and ranch animals running about and going faster than this endangers them. Please help us keep the ground safe.
In the central area of the grounds is the ritual circle. The main ritual of every evening is held here, as well as nightly dancing and drumming.
Near the ritual circle and community center, there are two rows of vendors. Pay them all a visit to discover their wares and services.
Have an accident? Need a Band-Aid? All golf carts have a first aid kit on board. We are not equipped to handle any large accidents but a hospital is a short distance away.
Generator & RV Area
Generators and RV's must stay in the area to the left as you come into the grounds. Solar generators may be where they wish, as these do not make noise.
Festival Camera Rules
Team Phoenix and the entire Phoenix Festivals, Inc. community would like to thank you in advance for the consideration given to the community. We want you to have a good time while creating a photo memory of the event. Your consideration and understanding of the needs of the community and its members is important.
We hope you will send us a duplicate of your photos and copies of any video you obtain. This will help us in seeing the event through your eyes. We wish you happy shooting. We don’t want to inhibit your enjoyment but we must take steps to protect our community.
Requirements for Photography and Videography:
1. It is ILLEGAL to photograph children under the age of 18 in any context that shows nudity on the part of a child or any other person in the photo.
2. Do not photograph any person who is not properly clothed as defined by local law.
3. Please respect each other’s privacy. There are many attendees who are in the ‘broom closet’. Ask before taking photos of individuals and respect their wishes if they choose not to be photographed. Obtain verbal permission from every recognizable person in the photo or viewfinder before posting on websites or social media. If permission has not been obtained to post, recognizable features such as faces and tattoos must be blacked out or blurred.
4. Failure to abide by these rules will result but are not limited to one or more of the following:
a. Loss of camera device for the event
b. Loss of film or data card.
c. Eviction from the event.
7. A Phoenix Team member will identify and enforce when photography cannot be a part of the festival.
8. Read the rules in the event program.
What can I take pictures of?
You may take still photos OR videos for your own personal remembrance, except:
No images of rituals, except from a completely unobtrusive distance and with advance permission of the ritual leader(s).
No nude photography.
Out of respect to presenters and performers, you may only record workshops and concerts if given permission by the presenter/performer(s).
You must stop photographing upon request.
How may I share pictures?
Limited-access social media (e.g. Facebook "friends-only" albums) is allowable if every reasonable effort is made to preserve the privacy (as Pagans) of everyone in the photos. If someone commonly posts photos of themselves in Pagan contexts, it's understood that this person is comfortable being identified as Pagan, and their photo can be posted in a collection viewable only by your friends.
Distribution via photo sharing sites (e.g. Facebook Public album, Flickr, Imgur or Photobucket) is only allowed if you request and are given permission by all identifiable persons.
Media and all commercial use is allowed only with a written release. You must take down publicly-posted images upon request.
What does "identifiable" mean?
Someone is "identifiable" if a friend or co-worker could identify a person in a still or video by appearance or by gestalt. Note that videos often make identification easier. Minors may not legally consent to having their photo published: you must speak to their parent or legal guardian.