FAQ

Where is the festival held

6 Kent Road Riddells Creek. Within the Macedon Ranges

Riddles Creek is located in the Macedon Ranges Victoria

1 hr from Melbourne’s CBD or 30 Minutes from Tullamarine Airport

183 Acres of natural bush land complete with a fairy garden.

What is The Gathering Of The Goddesses

A Gathering of women of all ages from all walks of life coming together over 3 days and 2 nights to share experiences and making friends / family

Over the 3 days there will be a variety of workshops, sessions held where we share our talents, skills, ideas, concerns and philosophies in a caring fun loving and tolerant atmosphere.

Performances, art and craft workshops, dances, music, food stalls, markets, street theater, a dedicated children’s festival

Life-Transforming Leadership journeys and support platforms.

The gathering of the goddesses provides a safe and secure place to women of all ages

This gathering appeals to a diverse range of women of all ages and many nationalities. It’s a magical experience, and one not to be missed.

Who organised The Gathering of the Goddesses

3 women brought together through their own life adversities. They supported each other and wanted to share this support and love to as many women of all ages. Here is your village of Goddesses.

The Gathering of the Goddesses Funds:

Proceeds from The Gathering of The Goddesses Festival will be going towards improving the mental health of children and adolescence in Victoria.

Thank you for being apart of this movement and helping make a difference.

Cultural Acknowledgement

The following acknowledgement pays respect to the traditional custodians and ancestors of this country, and the continuation of their cultural, spiritual and religious practices. Australians Together wishes to increase awareness and recognition of Australia’s Indigenous people and their cultures. 

We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of the land of the Indigenous people, the traditional custodians of this land, and respect their culture and identity which has been bound up with the land and sea for generations. 

We would like to acknowledge that the land we hold this gathering on is the traditional lands for the The Wurundjeri people, and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We would like to acknowledge the The Wurundjeri people as the custodians of the Riddells Creek region and recognise that their culture and heritage is still important to the The Wurundjeri people today. 

We wish to pay respect to their Elders, both past and present, and further acknowledge the important role that Indigenous people continue to play within our communities. 

We acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people in educating all people in this country, which we all share and live in together.

How much are tickets:

We have partnered with Eventbrite for our ticket sales. See our Ticket page fro details on prices 

 

What Do I bring?

Torch, Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Sun Glasses, Hat, Mosquito repellent

Towel and toiletries – often with large gathering of women cycles sync. Be prepared

Bedding, Tent if camping, Sheets if bunking

Book and Pen, Yoga Mat

Comfortable clothes and walking shoes for forest areas if needed.

Cash for markets and food stalls – ATM will be on site.

As weather can be unpredictable please ensure you bring warm clothes for night time/ early mornings

We do have water fountains set up around the site, you can choose to bring your own drinking water too.

CAMPERS QUICK GUIDE 

  • Tent with ropes and pegs or camper van mattress and bedding 

  • Tarp with poles, ropes and pegs (if desired) 

  • Hammer  

  • Large water container 

  • Towels 

  • Toiletries (all-natural products, please) 

  • Battery powered light 

  • Torch 

  • Chairs and table (if desired) 

  • Rope for clothesline 

  • If self-catering, then: 

    • Esky 

    • Detergent 

    • Brush and washing up bowl 

    • Cups / crockery / cutlery 

    • Basic food supplies (ice order available daily and local supermarket nearby) – There are no cooking facilities though.

 

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival you will go to the marked gate area. Staff will be at each gate to meet you. Here you will receive a program. You will be allocated a camping area and parking area if you have a car pass.

What is a Day Pass?

 Day Pass ticket is valid just for one day of the Gathering. It allows you entry from 8.00 am on the day of your ticket, until the end of the program that night. If you’d like to participate in any of the early morning activities, such as 6am yoga, you’ll need a weekend ticket.

What is a Weekend Ticket?

A Weekend ticket is valid for the 3 day 2 night duration of the Gathering

Do I need to know the day I am coming before purchasing Ticket

Yes you will need to select a day of arrival.

What if I have friends coming too?

At ticket selection you have the chance to tell us who you would like to be allocated with. Or you can contact us after purchasing to tell us.  We encourage you to carpool, with friends or via our Facebook carpool connection page. 

I need a Travel / Gathering Buddy?

Join our Facebook page, car pool or chat with our festival goers. In the heart of our Gathering we have a meeting place as well as a hub setup in our camping area.

What are early bird tickets?

Early Bird tickets are available in 4 discounted rounds with the largest discount available in the first round. A limited number of tickets are available in each round. All tickets need to be purchased online.  You will not be able to purchase tickets at the Gate.

Do you have Student/pensioner concession tickets?

No. We aim to keep our festival tickets prices as low as possible for everyone and provide discounts through the ticket rounds. We also have an extensive volunteering program where people can volunteer for 2 x 2. 5 hours at the festival in exchange for a Volunteer ticket. You can apply for a volunteer ticket under our Apply Now

Do you offer payment plans for tickets?

Yes, we have payment plans! See Ticket Page

What do I need to pay for at the Gathering?

Any purchases at the stalls. Stallholders have food, drinks, services or merchandise.

We do have a wellness centre. The services in our wellness centre are discounted and cash only. ATM is available on site.

Pre Loved Market

We do have a market for you to bring your pre loved clothing and shoes to sell or swap.

Do I pay for parking?

Yes. You will need to purchase a Vehicle Pass. Cars will not be able to be driven on the site at night due to safety reasons. See Tickets Page

Can I sleep in my vehicle? 

Yes,We welcome Vans, Class B campervans, Poptop 4wheel drives, camper Trailers, Roof Top Tents, Annex.

No caravans allowed on site. 
This is festival grounds - no powered sites, no points to dump waste and no water connections available. 
The Gathering of the Goddesses are not liable to any damages to vehicles on site. You will be parking under and around forest area. Restrictions can be put in place regarding moving to and from site for safety purposes. You will be fully informed of these restrictions if put in place. 
You will need to purchase a large vehicle pass, one ticket per vehicle. You will need to purchase a festival camping ticket additional.  

How do I book for workshops?

We will display our program closer to the gathering date to enable you to start selecting what you want to do.

Online program booking can be made available. Workshops are free to all ticket holders.

Pets

The property is home to an abundance of native flora and fauna. For this reason we only allow assistance animals. Please contact us if you require to bring an assistance animal. 

Can I purchase Food/ drinks and Ice on site?

Yes you can. There will be a variety of food stalls available for you to choose from. We encourage Eco- Friendly food stalls and catering to all food requirements.

We will have water fountains around the gathering site to fill up your water bottle as well.

Ice will be available for purchase daily.

Do you have mobile phone reception?

Yes we do. There are some area located in the forest area that will not have reception.

We will also have a power up station area to charge up your mobile phones.

What social media do you have?

Check out our Instagram, Twitter & Facebook pages. #thegatheringofthegoddesses #TGOTG2020

 

Workshops – Age Limits and Bookings

Childrens Festival Workshops do not require bookings and are generally suitable for all ages up to the age. Children must be accompanied by a guardian/parent. If your children are alone you will be contacted by security to come and get them.

General Workshops are generally suitable for age 16+. Some may be suitable for young adults and it will be dependent on the person running the workshop as to whether they accept under 16s. Please email to confirm before booking.

How do I pay?

There is an ATM is conveniently located in the heart of the Gathering precinct. Most stallholders accept cards.

The Gathering Grounds

The Gathering of The Goddesses welcomes all women of all ages with access needs and we’re constantly working on ways to improve the site and the experience for all. Here are some things that might be useful for you to know, before you arrive:  

  • This event is held on 74 hectares of natural bush land and the terrain is often uneven and/or sloping.  

  • The pathways are either dirt or graveled and some may find it difficult to negotiate.   

  • This site is large, and the entertainment precinct area alone is on 50 acres. 

  • The accessible amenity blocks provided are clean and sturdy, but basic. 

  • During the day, the weather conditions can be hot, and on some evenings, quite cool.

  • We do have a shuttle bus to enable those to and from areas. 

 

Accessibility Camping /Parking

We are happy to assist people with disabilities in making plans for a pleasant and safe experience. Please complete these forms online or download and email back to us to ensure that your Accessible Parking and/or Accessible Camping space is secured. If you need further assistance or information about accessible camping, parking or access please email us:

Camping Areas

Every Camper is allocated a site and car space if purchased. You can select to be near friends just email us.

Bring our own tent or select a glamping tent. Sleep in your van, campervan, small class B motorhome or pop up 4 wheel drive. No caravans. 

There is a camp site slightly removed from the heart of the gathering. You will need to walk to the heart of the gathering from here. This site has its own hub where we encourage you all to have a coffee, let your kids play together, babies will have a soft play area. We will have a change table and bath tub available for use here. This site will also be staffed, as there is no phone reception here. Walkie Talkies will be available in the hub in case of emergency. You will have access to flushing toilets, hot showers, power charger station, and a kettle for that morning coffee.

Accessibility

This gathering has a designated accessible camping area situated close to the entertainment precinct entrance available for season campers with disabilities, and a dedicated accessible overnight camping area.

 A small number of camping sites in each of these locations have access to power (for life support equipment only) and all have access to accessible shower and toilet facilities. These camping sites are limited and must be pre-booked using the following forms.

Click here to contact us. You will be required to fill out the form and email it to  

We ask that you send in your form(s) prior to the set date here – this way we can best cater for your needs.

Glamping tents are available in the accessibility camping area.  

 

Are Males Allowed?

This gathering is for women of all ages, holding content primarily for women. We want women of all ages to share experiences, be role models, build support networks, grow in leadership and come together as a tribe. Some women would not be able to access these services should men be invited to attend. The gathering of the goddesses provides a safe and secure place to women of all ages.

There are a variety of Male only/ all gender/ family festivals you can attend if you would like this option.

Please note however, that we may at times throughout this gathering, we could be required to have male contractors on site, or the site warden,  if there are issues relating to infrastructure or power.

 

What do I do with my rubbish

We have a focus on ‘minimal waste’ or ‘Leave no trace’. Please take all your rubbish with you as you leave the event.

Please minimise the packing you bring. Remove things from their cartons. Please do everything possible to take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Please do not leave your rubbish in the gallon drums around the sites, these are intended for water for fire safety.

 

Can I take photos or record at The Gathering of the Goddess?

We encourage you to. Please be respectful and seek permission from others.

Please remember that there are some attendees who do not wish to have their photos / recording taken.

Some photos and recordings will be taken throughout the festival for creative and marketing purposes by event management. This will be announced beforehand to allow those not wishing to participate to leave the area.

All Photos, Video and recordings are rights to The Gathering of the Goddesses. #thegatheringofthegoddesses

 

 

What happens if there is a problem or emergency?

We plan before we arrive to avoid any possible problems. Please let us know if you have any potential emergencies via email:

We will have setup information spots throughout the 74 hectares. These areas will be shown to you on arrival. Please speak to our staff.

Our event management plan includes a detailed safety, emergency and incident management plan that meets the strict requirements outlined in by Workplace Health and Safety Act, Safety Regulation Act and Risk Management Standard AUS/NZ. 

During the festival we have 24/7 personnel in Fire First Response, VIC Police, Paramedics, VIC Fire and Emergency Services, and security along with festival organisers and staff. An Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) operates 24/7 during the festival to facilitate communications between these services. Event Staff will co-ordinate timely and appropriate responses to all incidents reported. Incidents will be escalated according to their severity.

If an evacuation is required, this will be coordinated in conjunction with VIC Police, VIC Fire and Emergency Services and festival organisers. Information will be communicated to our patrons in person, via text alerts, social media and through our PA systems.

 

Medical

There is a first aid Centre in the heart of the Gathering.

ESSENTIAL MEDICATIONS STORAGE

Limited cold storage of medications will be available if required, however may attract a small fee. Should you require this service, please contact us on by set date here so that adequate storage space can be arranged. 

 

Please Note

  • Parents need to be responsible for their children at all times. We do not provide child minding services.

  • Only assistance animals are allowed. No Pets

  • No fires, gas stoves, fire crackers, pyrotechnic, sparklers or flares

  • No drugs or alcohol

  • There will be no cooking facilities on site.

  • If you require a fridge, you will need to bring an esky and you can order ice daily.

  • Wearing appropriate footwear is recommended.

  • The Gates open at 8.00am and close at 8pm. All Gates will be staffed during this time. Access through the gates will not be available outside these hours unless an emergency.

  • Full Nudity is not recommended, feel free to be creative and use some form of coverage

Can I speak to someone

Yes - you can request a call back. One of the Founders Michelle, Julz or Emma will call you back. 

Your Question not answered? – Email us here: admin@thegatheringofthegoddesses.com

The Gathering  

6 Kent Rd, Riddells Creek VIC 3431