In accordance with the Governor of Oregon’s mandatory orders due to the corona virus pandemic, the Spirit Weavers community will not be able to gather in the physical in 2020. We postponed our original June dates to September, but the Governor of Oregon has now shared that all mass gatherings will be banned through September so we are working to adjust our dates. This is devastating news for our community, but now more than ever we are hopeful for the future of our community and organization.
In transparency, we are navigating how to stay afloat for the next few years on one year’s income. After paying high rent for years to host the gathering, Spirit Weavers purchased land in 2017 so that we could have our own gathering space to call home. This means we now have a mortgage that we must pay each year. We also have a team that gets paid for 9 months to produce the event. We were seven months into planning for June 2020 before Covid hit. We also have several small private business loans to individuals that helped us purchase the land, which get paid out in January of each year. With these payments, as well as quarterly taxes, land upkeep, large contracts with rental companies, and more, these are things that we cannot walk away from if SW wants to have a future.
We are not a corporation with deep pockets or insurance policies, or have large funds of money set aside for emergencies. We are a small grassroots community that have built this gathering from the ground up. If refunding was an option and we could still keep going, we would do it.
At this point, we are doing our best to navigate the unknown, with unprecedented circumstances that affect us all. Our biggest takeaway is that we cannot risk losing everything after almost a decade of hard work and devotion for this to exist. We need gatherings like this more than ever right now, and there is a whole community that has been built that we risk losing.
Specific Ways to Support SW:
*If you purchased a ticket to the 2020 Gathering, the best way to support Spirit Weavers Gathering now is to hold on to your ticket until we can gather together again. Your ticket will be valid for the physical gathering as soon as we are able to host an event, and your ticket is an investment for our community and for yourself.
*You can also purchase a ticket to attend this Virtual Gathering, which will support us now in these uncertain times we are experiencing. Encourage your community and friends to join us for this virtual event, so we can share this work and support each other now and for our future going forward.
*If you believe in the work we’re collectively doing, and if Spirit Weavers has touched your life in the last eight years, you can consider making a donation to our community using the button below so that we can continue to gather for many moons to come. This community was built from just tiny seedlings of dreams for a better future for womxn, and together we can continue this dream.