Good morning, Sisters,
MFR is not able to offer shuttles from Grand Rapids airport to MFR, Wayland Farms. We do have a sister that is working as a LYFT driver and will be available for transporting from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo (for a fee). Nicole VZ will provide through her Lyft, she is not working on behalf MFR. She will charge $5 (pay more if they can or less if they can't, normal fee for this service through LYFT would be $15) for airport pick up or drop off. Her number for arrangements is 517-505-1143. Again, MFR is not connected or affiliated or responsible for this service but is willing to share the information.
Sisters SHOW UP! SSU Wims sign up at signup genius!
If you are interested in being one of the Amazons that comes in early on Thursday so you can be there to greet and welcome Sisters as they arrive at Wayland Farm, this information is for you.
You may enter the festival between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Thursday August 3, 2017. At that time you can set up your camp, get your wristband, and get settled. In exchange for coming in early you will be working the Friday morning and/or afternoon shifts while other Sisters are just arriving.
We will need womyn working in the following areas:
ARC Welcome Center/Pussy Central
Please sign up to be a Sister SHOW UP (SSU) here:
Are you an Eager Beaver?
An Eager Beaver is a womyn who is dedicated to creating a safe space for womyn with time, toil, and sweat. An Eager Beaver is a womyn who has committed her sweat energy to coming in the week before Michigan Framily Reunion and putting the finishing touches on this jewel. An Eager Beaver has been to the property for an Amazon Work Weekend and is familiar with the grounds’ layout and how to operate most of the tools. An Eager Beaver is hardworking and willing to help other womyn. If you are interested in being an Eager Beaver, please fill out an application below. You must be willing to come in between the hours of 7-8am or 11-1pm on the day you designate for arrival. If you arrive outside of these times, please wait until the next available window of opportunity.
Apply for Eager Beaver Status here:
Goddess Bata (Bat)
Bat (or Bata) was an ancient Egyptian cow goddess associated with Upper Egypt.
She was originally a deification of the Milky Way (which was compared to a pool of cows milk).
Her name is the feminine form of the word "ba", the name of one of the major elements of the soul.
She was associated with the ankh (the symbol of life or breath) and with the sistrum (which was also associated with Hathor.
Her cult center was in Sheshesh (the seventh nome of Upper Egypt) known as the "Mansion of the Sistrum".
Bata Forest--NW quadrant of South Woods/#5
A wild horned cow goddess of eternal love, Hathor also signified happiness and good tidings, apart from acting as the custodian of women, dance, and music.
I the early images and paintings available, she wears the head of the cow or also as a woman wearing the wild horns of the cow.
She was the mother of Horus; her name, Hathor means the “house of Horus”, which provides us a clue of her link. The queen of Egypt identified very closely with Hathor, as the queen was the mother to the mighty pharaoh.
Legend shows her immortal power: as soon as a child took his birth, seven important Hathors used to come near the bedsie to foretell the future and the hour of death of the just born child.
Hathor was an Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of love, beauty, music, motherhood, and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt.
Hathor Forest--NE quadrant of South Woods/#6
Goddess Mut (Maut, Mwt)
Goddess Mut (Maut, Mwt) was the mother goddess of Thebes (Waset, in the 4th Nome of Upper Egypt). The ancient Egyptians considered the vulture to be a protecting and nurturing mother, and so their word for mother was also the word for a vulture, "Mwt".
She was either depicted as a woman, sometimes with wings, or a vulture, usually wearing the crowns of royalty - she was often shown wearing the double crown of Egypt or the vulture headdress of the New Kingdom queens. Occasionally she was depicted as a male, in part because she was "Mut, Who Giveth Birth, But Was Herself Not Born of Any", and in part due to the superstitious belief that there were in fact no male griffon vultures (the male is almost identical in appearance to the female). In later times she was shown as woman with the head of a lioness, a cow or a cobra as she took on the attributes of the other Egyptian goddesses.
#8 South Woods Mut Forest—SW quadrant/South Woods
Goddess Neith is one of the oldest deities in Egypt.
She is believed to be self-created at the time of creation. She is the goddess of weaving, and other domestic arts. More importantly, she is the goddess of war dating back as early as the Pre-dynastic period of Egypt. She is also believed to be the protector of gods.
Her name literally meant water that is associated with creation. Thus, this garnered Neith the title, “the Mother of all Gods” and “the Great Goddess”
In Upper Egypt, she was depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness. She is also often seen as a woman holding a specter or two arrows or a weaving shuttle while wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.
She is described to be a goddess whose wisdom prevails over her other counterparts. In fact, the Greek goddess, Athena was modeled after her.
As a war and hunting deity, she was invoked upon for blessings on weapons for warfare and hunting. This made her attributes of the arrows and the shield. She also blessed the weapons that in early times were placed in tombs as protection from evil spirits. She is also seen as an arbitrary participant in many wars because of her military prowess and impartiality. She gained the epithet “Mistress of the Bow, Ruler of Arrows” because of this.
As a goddess of weaving and domestic arts, she was depicted as a protector of women and guardian of marriage.
Neith Forest--SE quadrant/South Woods #7
Ancient Egypt held the goddess Nut as one of the most loved goddesses. Known as the sky goddess, she held the title of “she who gives birth to the gods.” From birth to death, Nut played an important role in Egyptian mythology as the barrier between the order of creation and chaos.
In Lower Egypt, the Milky Way was viewed as the celestial image of Nut. She was adopted into the family tree of the Egyptian gods as the daughter of Shu, the god of the air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture. She became the sky, while her brother Geb became the god of earth.
In the creation story, Egyptians viewed Nut and Geb as passionate lovers. At one time, they embraced so tightly that nothing could come between them. Shu became jealous and separated the two. Shu became the air that moves between the sky and the earth. This story explained the separation of the sky from the earth. She gave birth to all of the stars and planets. http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/nut.html
Nut Kitchen—corner of West Thigh & LV Lane/#9 South Woods
Hippo was a famous queen who helped found the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Cyrene, and Myrina. She conquered the Asia Minor & Syria. She then set up a wooden statue of Artemis next to a beech tree in Ephesus. Amazons would often go there to perform rituals like the shield dance, beating the ground in unison to the accompaniment of pipes, playing a wild, warlike melody. The name Hippo is the Greek word for “horse” and not surprisingly, appears in many Amazon names.
--- Path that curves around
Falcon’s workshop grove/South Woods/SE border
“Chasca’s themes are the sun, fire, divination and love. Her symbols are the sun, fire and flowers. In Incan tradition, this Goddess created the dawn and twilight, the gentlest aspects of the sun. She uses light to draw sprouts from the ground and inspire blossoms. Her tender nature give Chasca associations with love. According to lore, She communicates to people through clouds and dew in a type of geomantic observation.
In the ancient Peruvian Incan Festival of the Sun, Incans reveled in Chasca’s power and beauty around this time when the sun reached its zenith. People made offerings to the Goddess, followed by folk dances around ritual fires. So, if you can hold an outdoor ritual today, build a fire and dance come dusk. Allow Chasca’s inspiring, growth-oriented energy to fill you to overflowing.
Incans also burned old clothing in ritual fire to banish sickness and bad luck. Try this, or burn an emblem of your troubles instead. As the token is consumed, Chasca transforms the negative energy into something positive.
If you’re fortunate to have a semicloudy day, go outside and ask a question of Chasca (ideally about relationships). Then watch for an answer in some form. For example, a heart would indicate that love is on its way!”
(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)
Amazon Acorn Grove/West of Bruno Shuttle Path/North of L2L Lounge
Andrean fertility Goddess depicted with multiple breasts. Her name translates from Quechua as “earth mother” or “world womb”.
Workshop Way Trail from Hippo Trail to J-Walk
South Woods/SE border
The coca Goddess, her name in Quechua means “mother of coca”.
She is associated with health & joy.
In Incan mythology, Mama Kuka was originally a promiscuous woman who was cut in half by her many lovers.
From her body grew the first coca plant, the leaves of which are chewed to boost energy and are used by the Andrean priests in ritual offerings known as k’intus.
#10 NE corner of South Woods kitchen at corner of Amazon Rising and J-Walk
Inca Goddess of the moon
She is the daughter of Mama Cocha, Goddess of the sea, and sister/wife of Inti, God of the sun. Mama Quilla was worshipped in particular by women, because she ruled over menstrual cycles and marriage.
While she was imagined in a human form, she was often represented by a disc made of either gold or silver—silver was considered to be Mama Quilla’s tears fallen to earth.
Their love for Mama Quilla made the Inca very afraid of lunar eclipses. They believed that the shadow on the moon was an animal attacking her, and they would throw weapons and yell at the animal to make it go away.
Mama Quilla’s name, which means “mother moon,” is also seen as Mama Kilya.
Quillya Woods--SE quadrant of North Woods/#5
Wild Irish Goddess who battles against injustice for woman & children
“Macha’s themes are victory, success, protection, fertility and fire. Her symbols are red items, the acorn and the crow. Macha means ‘mighty one.’ Macha used Her potency to clear the land for wheat, giving Her associations with fertility. She also used Her might to protect the Celts’ lands agains invaders, thereby becoming a war Goddess and guardian. Art shows Her dressed in red (color abhorrent to evil) and with blazing red hair, forever chasing off any malevolence that threatens Her children’s success.
Bonfire Night is May 22, Goddess Macha’s streaming red hair is honored through the red flames and it banished any evil spirits from the earth. So don any red-colored clothing today, or maybe temporarily dye your hair red to commemorate this Goddess and draw Her protective energies to your side. Eating red foods (like red peppers) is another alternative for internalizing Macha’s victorious power and overcoming any obstacle standing in your way.
Or, find some acorns and keep them in a Macha fetish bag (any natural-fiber drawstring bag). Anytime you want her power to manifest, simply plant the acorn and express your wish to it. Macha’s potential is in the acorn, ready to sprout!”
(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)
Macha Woods—SW quadrant of North Woods/#3
The Celtic Moon Goddess Rhiannon
Born at the first Moon Rise and Divine Queen of Faeries
She is the Goddess of fertility, rebirth, wisdom, magic, transformation, beauty, artistic inspiration and poetry. Rhiannon manifests as a beautiful young woman dressed in gold, riding a pale horse, with singing birds flying around her head. The singing birds can wake spirits or grant sleep to mortals.
Rhiannon teaches us that with truth, patience, and love we can create change no matter how bleak life seems at the moment.
Ideally, Rhiannon would be worshiped at night with Moon high in the sky, within a grove of trees, upon an Altar made from forest materials. In the real world we can create an Altar to Her made of wood or stone, adorned with images of horses, birds, golden or white candles, and a bouquet of daffodils, pansies or pure white flowers. Soft music playing in the background would be a perfect offering to Her.
Call on Her to reveal the truth in dreams, and to remove the role of victim from our lives. She teaches us patience, forgiveness and guides us to overcome injustice. She will aid us in magic concerning Moon Rituals, fertility, prosperity, divination and self-confidence.
Rhiannon rings like a bell thru the night
And wouldn’t you love to love her
She rules her life like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover…
And who will be her lover…
All your life you’ve never seen
A woman – taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win…
She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark-
And when the sky is starless-
All your life you’ve never seen-
A woman – taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win…
Love’s a state of mind.”
(by Stevie Nicks, sung by Fleetwood Mac)
Rhiannon Woods—NE quadrant of North Woods/#4
Danu is the most ancient of the Celtic gods. She was referred to as the mother of the Irish gods, which indicates that she was a mother goddess. In this guise she probably represented the earth and its fruitfulness. Many place names in Ireland are associated with her, most notable the Paps of Anu in Kerry, which resemble the breasts of a large supine female, part of the land. She is the ‘beantuathach’ (farmer), which reinforces the fertility aspect of the goddess. Rivers are associated with her, and represent the fertility and abundance in a land. There is a suggestion that Danu might have had dual characteristics, one being the beneficent, nurturing mother goddess, and another being the strong, malevolent side of the warrior goddess. The root “dan” in ancient Irish means art, skill, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom.
She is most associated with the Tuatha Dé Danaan, the people of the goddess Danu. These were a group of people, descended from Nemed, who had been exiled from Ireland, and scattered. It is thought that Danu offered them her patronage, under which they succeeded in rebanding, learning new and magical skills, and returning to Ireland in a magical mist. The mist is thought to be the loving embrace of Danu herself. She is seen as having influenced them, nurturing these broken people back to strength, and imparting magic and esoteric wisdom to them. The Tuatha Dé Danaan are the clearest representatives in Irish myth of the powers of light and knowledge. In this story we can identify aspects of the nurturing mother goddess, the teacher imparting wisdom, as well as the warrior goddess who does not give up.
The Tuatha Dé Danaan were associated with Craftsmanship, music, poetry and magic, as was Danu herself.
Danu was clearly a very powerful and fundamental earth goddess, from which all power, wisdom and fecundity of the land poured forth. She was a wisdom goddess of Inspiration and intellect (In this case she is very similar to the goddess Brigit, who is thought to be the same goddess with a different title). She was also a teacher, as she passed many of her skills on to the Tuatha Dé Danaan. She also had aspects of the warrior goddess. In Danu we find traces of the triple goddess, so commonly associated with Irish goddesses.
Danu Kitchen: Kitchen at the intersection of Penny Lane & Tata Trail
NE corner of Flidais Woods/North Woods/#1
A complex Celtic Goddess with many differing stories and aspects. She represents both our domestic and our wild natures and is an appropriate Goddess to call on on this day of balance. She first appears in the ancient mythological cycles as an Earth Mother. She was the mother of the Irish cultivator heroes, Arden, and Bé Téite and the “she-farmers” Bé Chuille and Dinand. From Her they gained the power to cultivate and work the earth for the community.
She is considered a woodland Goddess by modern Celtic pagans. As Lady of the Forest she protects wild fauna and flora. But in mythology she is equally connected to both wild and domestic animals. In particular deer and cattle are Her sacred animals, both of whom she milks. She Herself called all the wild animals “her cattle.”
Through Her many children Her aspect as a Mother Earth Goddess is seen. By Her strong association with milk and milking she can clearly be seen as a Goddess of Abundance. During the Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúailnge) her magical herd of cattle supplied milk for the entire army every seven days.
In addition to her Earth Goddess aspect of nurturing and providing abundance, Flidais was said to be a shape-shifter, a Goddess of Sexuality, and a Healing Goddess. She was part of the Tuatha Dé Danaan. (“peoples of the goddess Danu”) – believed to come from the pre-Christian deities of Ireland. Similar to the Welsh Mabinogion, the Irish Ulster Cycles were first put into written form in the medieval period. In this Medieval cycle the “ Tuatha Dé” were morphed from ancient Goddesses and Gods into mortal queens, kings, and heroes..
She is often called Flidais Foltchaoin – Flidais the “Soft-haired” or “Fair- haired”. Some scholars believe that Her name means “wet one” whereas Monaghan feels that her name means “doe” and that she is closely associated with Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt.
Flidais Woods—NW quadrant of North Woods/#2
I know you have questions. Here are some questions from a woman that is interested in camping in ARC. If you have additional questions, please email:
I Have a few questions as I didn't want to clog up FB any more.
Is there an extra charge for electric in ARC for bi-pap?
No, there isn’t an extra charge to use your bi-pap in ARC. This might change next year and donations for being able to have this access, would always be appreciated. Send donations to
(choose friends & family). Thank you.
Is there a shuttle to help me get my things from the parking lot to arc? Or a cart I could use?
I would recommend bringing a cart but ARC women will check in and drop their stuff right at the ARC Welcome Center. You will then drive your car to ARC parking and a shuttle will bring you back to ARC to set up.
Also is there a sign up to help in ARc to the best of my abilities? I'm still struggling some w my knee and can assist w set up of tents at my pace and direct folks.
You will have an opportunity to sign up for your volunteer shift once you check in and get your wristband. You will sign up for a 2.5 hour work shift.
Is there a pack in on Thursday for those volunteering? In arc or other spots? I can help in other areas, I thought I saw an area to sign up and can't find it again. Also when would I know if there is a spot in arc for me?
If you are interested in being a Sister Show UP and coming in on Thursday to set up and work an early Friday am shift, the sign up is available here:
Keep in mind, if you have mobility needs, there might not be any SSU work shifts left that do not require moving and physical activity.
Yes we have electric at ARC approximately 50 total sites. Please submit an ARC application. See Sue Fitzgerald link. Please remember that women with highest needs will be placed in ARC. May need up to 200' cord. Cpaps 16/3 minimum. Scooters etc. 14/3 cords minimum.
ARC-Amazon Resource Center application:
You will receive a confirmation email once your application is reviewed & accepted.
Good morning, sisters. Have you gotten your ticket yet? We are filling up. At this time, we are closing RV to new campers. RV section is full and closed. We encourage you to camp on the lovely beds that our dear trees have provided. Also, there are many campgrounds with services close to Wayland Farm. Thank you so much!
I'm sure you know her and if you do know her, you love her. If you don't know her, you will soon love her. I am so very pleased to say Thank you so much, Paloma Rosales, for agreeing to be our WOC coordinator.
As an artist and a drummer, I've been nurtured and influenced by some of the most amazing people on my life path. It's mostly lesbians and womyn of color (such gems!) who have shown me the value of inclusiveness, politics, courage, looking out for each other, speaking up even if I'm afraid, honoring our ancestors, celebrating, eat, cook and to be swept away in love. These things and so much more. Especially the rule that no one should leave here feeling bad. Where ever 'here' may be.
The Detroit Women's Coffeehouse, Festivals & W.O.C. at Michigan, fundraisers, potlucks, workshops and Womyn's Communities have fed me from a baby dyke to the crone I am today. Hence I'm happiest in a circle of womyn!
It's my honor to be the keeper of the W.O.C. tent for Michigan Framily Reunion, August 4-7, 2017. Womyn of color and friends are welcome to come in to visit, share stories, network, make music, drum, play a board game, share poetry, offer a spontaneous workshop, lead discussions, make new friends and love on old friends. Please come and celebrate our various cultures and share our ideas and friendship together!
Chairs? What's the story on chairs for the event? (How tall? how low? any restrictions?)
There will be a section just south of the stage that is reserved for ARC women. This area will also be a space that is acceptable to use full size (tallness) chairs.
As the hill inclines (going away from the stage), beach chairs or 6” chairs are recommended.
Tall chairs and sport-rella shelters are acceptable on the top of the hill furthest from the stage area.
Producers reserve the right to ask you to remove or move your sport-rella if it impedes flow of traffic or vision of other festies, so please be considerate of your Framily.
No smoking in the stage area. Smoking is allowed at the top of the stage behind the sport-rella area (in the spruces, see attached map, subject to change as producer sees the need). Smoking area will be designed
Alcoholic beverages are acceptable throughout festival farm. Please do not use glass bottles if you can avoid it. If you are loud and rowdy, please be respectful and kind to your framily. If you plan to be loud and rowdy late in to the night, please consider camping in the zone to be considerate of your framily.
If you are loud, obnoxious, or rude, or any variation of disruptive, the producers reserve the right to ask you to leave.
Please remember what you pack IN, you PACK OUT!
Use recycle containers, trash containers, and “returnable” containers (Michigan bottles and cans have a 10cent deposit).
Thank you for your consideration! See you in the woods, sisters.
In regards to RV, ARC, Vendor/ARC, and ARC/RV–
When sending RV information to MFR Acorn Coordinators, please send to this address:
They will be answered by a Acorn Coordinator.
When you send your rig information, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Mailing address (for tickets to be sent to)
Size of rig
ARC needs (please fill out ARC application here:
In the notes section on the ARC application, please also indicate if you have an RV and send email with specs.
Please remember that we do NOT have electrical or water hook up and dumping is not available on site but there are dump stations that are within in 20 minutes.
Local dump stations:
Is there Accessible RV space for ARC womyn/craft'swomyn with scooters and walkers?
As of right now, we have not had any requests for ARC/Vendor spaces.
If you are interested in vending and have ARC needs, please contact us ASAP.
This can be developed but we need to know the need.
If you do have ARC needs and want to vend, it is absolutely possible to create this space within vendor camping.
but you would need to pack in on Thursday and not on Friday. You would also not be allowed to remove your rig during festival times and would have to exit festival grounds with your RV and product on Monday am.
What are the rules for RV Rigs..
Do they have to be parked for the duration from the time you arrive until the time you leave?
Yes, if you have an RV, we ask that you pack your RV in and do not pack it out until Monday.
If you have a car that you pulled with it or a truck, these will be parked in regular parking to make more room for RVs.
No screen tents or awnings in the RV parking area.
There is a wooded area right next to RV that you can set up screen tents or awnings that would be right next to RV area.
Be respectful of the limited space so more sisters can use it.
Thank you Drum Mama Sue for asking such insightful questions…”how delightful it all turned out when we came together, offering what we could, volunteering, and filling in the needs, and co-creating together for FRAMILY time” and how delightful it will be to come together as FRAMILY again…
MFR Acorn Coordinators
Personal invite and call out to:
Women of Color: please come to visit Wayland Farm. Please assist and guide and direct regarding WOC/Sister Space location on farm. Pj Young has been working with me and we have some thoughts. I would love to have additional input and guidance.
Elders, crones, grandmothers: We honor YOU at MFR 2017. We are seeking elders & crones that would share their "jewels" in a 5 minute Jewel Talk that will exhibit and demonstrate your experience, knowledge, and wisdom regarding women, sisterhood, life "hacks", feminism, women's culture, women's festival culture.
Amazon Acorn--Mothers! Please collaborate and decide what Amazon Acorn space is going to involve.
I value all of these places and want to embrace all of the good (that we can) from MWMF and recreate these spaces in MFR at Wayland Farm but I cannot do it alone nor should I do it alone. These are projects and endeavors that beg for community input and involvement. I need you, sisters. If you are interested in working on any of these spaces, please comment below or email MFR Acorn Coordinators at email@example.com
Work Crew Sign up:
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