The Australian Wiccan Conference
The Australian Wiccan Conference (AWC) was started in 1984, with the first gathering being held in South Australia. The Conference is traditionally held on the weekend closest to the Spring Equinox. Every year the conference is hosted in a different state by different British Traditional Wiccan Covens, or community groups supported by their local Wiccan coven. It is attended by Wiccans, Witches and Pagans from all over Australia to meet in fellowship and in celebration of Spring.
The conference takes place over a weekend close to the Spring Equinox and involves dormitory or lodge style accommodation, workshops and lectures throughout the weekend, a Spring Ritual, and evening entertainment.
"By magic of old, be it done"
Our theme for AWC2019 is an exploration of traditional folk magic and witchcraft practices. We will be delving into some traditional folkloric magical practices and showing you how they can be incorporated into your own personal practice.
Special international guest
At this year’s AWC a Special International Guest will join us.
We can’t announce who it will be just yet but to give you a hint - they are a highly-respected author on Traditional Witchcraft and Folklore…stay tuned for the formal announcement!
Friday 13th September to Sunday 15th September 2019
The venue (put in hyperlink to venue + accom page) is a heritage-listed farm and camp accommodation in Central Victoria; approximately 1 hours’ drive from Melbourne, nestled in the picturesque Rowsley Valley surrounded by beautiful bushland.
There is an abundance of things to see and do in Central Victoria should you wish to explore the region before or after the event. Details of the venue and the local area will be available in your registration packs. You can register for the event here. (put here as a hyperlink to the Registration page)
There are four lodges on site; all are temperature-controlled and carpeted throughout. There are a number of room styles available – private two-person rooms with ensuites, private two-person rooms with shared bathrooms, shared four-person rooms with shared bathrooms, and a twelve-person dorm. There is room for campervans on site. Unfortunately there are no camping facilities available, but we will be able to offer an offsite weekend pass with meals included. The pricing structures for the different styles of accommodation are available on our pricing page .
The venue provides mattresses - you will need to bring your own pillows, pillowcases, sheets, a doona or a sleeping bag.
We will be organising a bedding pack hire service to provide bedding for those who like to travel light, or are traveling from interstate. There will be an additional fee for this service. Details for bedding hire will be available in your Registration Pack.
The venue is an easy drive from Melbourne, Bendigo, and Ballarat and we recommend that people carpool if they can. There is a train station twenty minutes’ drive from the venue. We will be providing a shuttle bus service from the local station.
There will be a small additional transfer fee for this service and details will be available in your Registration Pack. Actual pick up and drop off times will be coordinated closer to the event date.
For our interstate guests, there is a Skybus service directly from Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station which takes about 30 minutes, and a regional train service from Southern Cross station to a train station near the venue which takes about 40 minutes.
Links to travel information will be provided in your Registration Pack.
The local town has basic shops you can visit if you are driving to the venue. For those traveling by train, it is recommended that you purchase snacks at Southern Cross Station which has a supermarket in the complex. The shuttle bus will stop at the local bottle shop that is close to the venue.
This event is fully catered by venue staff and omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available. Other special dietary requirements can also be catered for; please advise us when booking to make sure we are able to fulfill your needs. See the medical form details in the Registration Pack.
Coloured wrist bands will be provided to help staff identify which meal plan you have indicated i.e. omnivore/vegetarian/vegan/special dietary requirements.
Meals provided will be as follows
Saturday: Breakfast / Morning Tea / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast / Morning Tea / Lunch / Afternoon Tea
Fresh fruit will be available in the Dining Hall throughout the weekend. Self-service tea and coffee will be available in the Dining Hall.
Order service for meals
It is a tradition at The Australian Wiccan Conference that at mealtimes there is a specific order in which attendees are served. This is to honour the roles that people play within the gathering and the needs of those with special dietary requirements.*
Spring Queen and Spring King (who will be served their food instead of lining up)
Bards (our esteemed musical performers)
Wiccan & Pagan Elders (it is customary that a coven member or student collect their meal on their behalf)
Special Dietary Needs
Vegans and Vegetarians
Anyone needing to set up for an event immediately after dinner will be able to eat earlier if needed.
The site has beautiful nature trails, conference rooms for our workshops and lectures, and a swimming pool.
The rooms and conference space are all disability accessible.
We ask each attendee to give an hour of their time to helping out at the event. This could be as a server at mealtimes, kitchen clean-up (packing the dishwashers), gathering firewood, workshop and ritual set up, empty bottle collection/cup collection, etc. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the registration desk when you check in.
The Spring Maiden
The Spring Maiden is chosen by lot on the Friday evening. She will be our embodiment of the Season and will be honoured during the Main Ritual. She will also choose a consort to be the Spring King. The choosing of the Spring Maiden is a time-honored tradition of the Australian Wiccan Conference.
The Spring Maiden is a trans and gender diverse inclusive role that is open to anyone who identifies with feminine energy.
There will be a market on the Sunday. If you wish to arrange a stall space, please organise to donate one item of reasonable value to our raffle. The money from our raffle will go to the group organizing AWC 2020
If you would like to get your own AWC2019 t-shirts and other merchandise they will be available to pre-purchase online. To avoid waste this is a print on demand service. You can have it delivered to your address before the event or to pick up when you arrive at the AWC. Our merchandise will be available to purchase in March.