WHAT IS THE AWC?
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.
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WHO RUNS THE AWC?
Over the years the AWC has been run by British Traditional Wiccan Covens, Community groups supported by their local Wiccan covens. it has also been run by individuals, covens, and pagan or community groups.
In 2016 Australian Wiccan Conference Inc. was formed to oversee future AWC events and provide advice and a central point of contact for organisers. AWC Inc is made up of a National committee with committee members from many different States and Territories.
AWC 2019 is being hosted by The Pagan Collective of Victoria with support from The Castlemaine Coven; a British Traditional Alexandrian Coven and by the AWC Inc. The insurance for the event is provided by PAN Inc.
WHAT DATE IS IT BEING HELD THIS YEAR?
This year it will be held on the weekend of the 13th, 14th and 15th of September 2019
CAN MY CHILDREN COME TO THE AWC?
Unfortunately, this year will be a child-free event.
I'M NOT A WICCAN, CAN I COME TO THE AWC?
Absolutely! The AWC is for all Witches, Wiccans, Pagans and magical folk.
I’m not Wiccan, why would I want to come? The AWC offers a diverse range of lectures and workshops from presenters from all over Australia under a central theme each year. No matter what your path or tradition is there is always something to learn at an AWC. People attend the AWC from all over the country so it’s a great opportunity to see old friends and make new connections.
What’s the theme this year? Our chosen theme for this year’s conference is By Magic of Old, Be It Done, we intend the conference to be an exploration and examination of magic folklore and folkloric practices.
WHY IS THE AWC MORE EXPENSIVE THAN SOME OTHER PAGAN GATHERINGS?
As an event that draws attendees of all ages from across Australia, the AWC needs a venue that can cater to the needs of many different people. It is also important that the AWC organisers and attendees have exclusive use of the Venue for the whole event. This means that organisers need to book a venue that can hold the amount of attendees expected, but also have the funds to book the venue for the minimum amount of people that guarantees exclusivity. This has to be built into the cost.
Catering is also provided as part of the registration fee. This is provided by the venue and is included in the overall fee per person that is charged by the venue itself.
Materials for workshops, conference papers, ritual tools and props, costumes and any equipment hire are also included in the registration fee
While our entertainment is provided by volunteers, the organisers still need to pay for transport of gear and any specialist equipment that needs to be hired.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need to bring bedding (sheets, pillow, pillow-case, doona or sleeping bag), toiletries, towel, ritual clothing or robes if you have them, sturdy shoes, swimming costumes if you wish to use the pool and any snacks or drinks that you wish to consume. A detailed packing list will be provided in your registration pack.
For those traveling from interstate or who like to travel light, bedding pack hire will be available for an additional fee. This information will be included in your registration pack.
CAN I BRING MY RITUAL BLADES?
In Victoria double edged blades are classified as prohibited weapons. If found carrying a ritual blade to and from the AWC 2019 by the Police, the ritual blade may be confiscated, and the owner of the ritual blade may be charged with a criminal offence. Attendees to the AWC 2019 acknowledge that if they travel to the AWC 2019 with their ritual blades, they do so at their own risk.
WHAT TYPE OF WORKSHOPS WILL BE AVAILABLE?
Our theme for this year’s conference is "By magic of old, be it done". It is an exploration of traditional folk magic and witchcraft practices. The workshops and lectures will reflect this theme. Some of the suggested workshops are:
DO I NEED TO HAVE ATTENDED A PAGAN GATHERING BEFORE?
No you do not need to have attended a pagan gathering before. The majority of the workshops will be pitched at Intermediate and above so whilst it is not necessary to have been to a pagan event, some prior research into paganism would be a good idea. There are always attendees who are very experienced practitioners but have never attended an event before. There will be a welcoming ritual on the Friday night and information will be given at each Morning Assembly. Feel free to contact the organisers with concerns or questions, or post on either of the AWC2019 Facebook Page or The Australian Wiccan Conference Group on Facebook.
THIS WILL BE MY FIRST AWC. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
With a bunch of workshops and lectures as well as several rituals, there will be lots to keep you busy. We like attendees to immerse themselves into the conference atmosphere, to learn and share and celebrate with like-minded people. The site also has some beautiful spots for relaxing and trails to walk.
WHERE IS THE AWC BEING HELD?
Where is it getting held? This year the AWC will be held in Central Victoria, between Ballarat and Melbourne
HOW DO I GET TO THE AWC?
The venue is one hours drive from the Melbourne CBD. We will also be offering a shuttle-bus service from a nearby train station for a small fee. You will be provided full details when you receive your welcome pack.
CAN I PRESENT A WORKSHOP?
Yes please see our host a workshop page for details
CAN I SELL MY STUFF AT THE AWC?
Yes you can. There will be a Buy / Swap / Sell Fair on the Sunday morning where you can sell your wares. We ask that each stallholder contribute one small (reasonable) item to the Raffle that will be drawn at the Moot. Sellers must have appropriate licenses for their wares.
WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO SHARE A ROOM WITH A PARTICULAR PERSON, OR GROUP OF PEOPLE?
We are happy to place people together and will endeavor to do so if this is mentioned on your registration form. Please make sure you discuss this option with the other people on your list so that they can add you to their own list when they register.