Witchstock is a camping retreat for the Wiccan community, their friends and family in celebration of the autumnal season. We strive to keep our fees reasonable, only slightly higher than the per person fee the property owner/operator charges. We hope this helps to make attending Witchstock an affordable experience for everyone.
Attendance fees are $35.00 per person, if paid in advance, and $45.00 per person, payable at the gate. Children 13 and under are admitted free with a parent. Vendors are asked to pay an additional $5.00.
Registration forms are available from our "Files" page and at our open-circle rituals after Beltane. If you have problems downloading the form, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your request, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelop to:
The Celtic Groves/Dragonlair
P.O. Box 612291
Dallas, Texas 75261
Bring your completed registration form and camping fee payment to any of our open-circle rituals. Members of The Celtic Groves will be available to accept your forms and camping fees. You may also mail your registration form and payment to the address provided on the form.
Please aim to have your completed form to us by September 14. This allows enough time for processing and mailing your confirmation packet to you. Forms that arrive in the mail after September 14 may not be collected from our post office box and responded to in time for you to receive your packet.
Witchstock offers the opportunity to connect with fellow attendees as members of a community, and a family. It is a place were we can find ourselves again, where we can look to our neighbor and see our kindred, and where we can look within and find the Divine. Witchstock is a clothing optional event.
Even though the Celtic Groves is based in the Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas area, no particular geographical region is targeted. Many attendees do come from the DFW area, but others hail from Texas cities further away, like Tyler, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. We've also had attendees that have come from neighboring states Arkansas, Kansas, and Louisiana. The farthest anyone has traveled to attend Witchstock is California.
Witchstock attracts between 40 and 95 attendees each festival. We would like to see the event grow and still maintain the sense of family and community Witchstock is known for.
Clothing optional means partial or total nudity is permitted during the run of the event.
At Witchstock, we strive to exist in harmony with our environment and be respectful of the land and its creatures. We are known for leaving an area in better condition than it was before we arrived. If you moved something to set up your own camping area, put it back before you leave. And if a bit of human-made debris is where it's not supposed to be, pick it up and dispose of it properly.
Witchstock is held at a privately owned campground in North East Texas with fields, wooded areas, creeks and a pond. The property owners strive to protect the life of the land and water while offering a safe and refreshing experience to visitors. The property is a primitive, Leave-No-Trace campground. Consider this in regards to your supplies, camp gear, campfires, trash, etc.
There are no restrooms or shower facilities on site, and the closest thing to running water is a small creek that's a bit of a hike to get to. Portable latrines will be in place and strategically located about the campgrounds. Bathing in the pond or creek is discouraged. Any soaps and detergents you use for either personal cleansing or dish washing must be biodegradable.
Individual ground fires are not permitted and only established, fully-manned firepits will be allowed. If you bring a portable firepit, collect and burn only deadfall wood. Don't take wood collected for the revel fire. Ensure fire extinguishing materials and tools are readily at hand. NEVER leave a fire unattended. Any fire or flame, even a vigil candle, will be extinguished if found unattended.
This is a Leave-No-Trace campground. There are no trash bins or trash pick-up on site. You must pack out your own trash and discard it when you get home. Consider this when it comes to your supplies and that you will be riding home with your garbage from the weekend. It will take up space in your vehicle. It could leak. It might stink. Bring trash bags and buy items that use minimal packaging, pack items in reusable containers and take the empty containers home.
There are a few hotels within about 30-45 minutes of Hughes Springs, the town nearest to the property where Witchstock is held. Depending on where you are coming from, you may want to look into lodging in Linden, Mount Pleasant or Jefferson.
There are campsites that are suitable for pop-up campers, camping trailers and RVs, however there are no hookup facilities. Please contact the Celtic Groves if you plan on camping in an RV as the property owners may have new restrictions at the time of our event.
We have set times each day that the gate to Witchstock is opened and closed. This helps us ensure all attendees have signed the property and event liability waivers when they first arrive, and protects us all from uninvited people who might inadvertently wander in. It has happened before.
Gate hours are:
Friday: Open 3 PM - Close 12 AM
Saturday: Open 9:30 AM - Close 8 PM
Sunday: Open 8 AM - Close 2 PM
We ask that you don't arrive any earlier than Friday at 3:00 PM. The gate will remain locked until the official opening time. No early arrivals will be admitted. If there is a change, we will post an announcement on this website.
Attendees may come and go as they please while the gate is open, however after it closes you will need to ask a Witchstock staff member to unlock and open the gate for you to leave. Re-entering after the gate is closed will be handled on an individual basis.
Witchstock is held from 3:00 PM Friday until Noon Sunday. We expect all campers to be off the premises by 12 Noon on Sunday
Workshops and activities may be led by teachers from traditions other than that of the Celtic Groves. This results in a rich variety of topics from various spiritual paths and life experiences, offering attendees information and insights to different practices, perspectives, and interests.
We have had several interesting workshops over the years:
You can always expect Friday night's revel fire, and Saturday evening's ritual followed by revel fire. The Ritual Workshop is held every year and is intended for those with little experience in performing rituals, particularly for a large gathering. Members of this workshop will write and perform the main ritual. Other workshops will be listed here as we schedule them.
If you would like lead a workshop, please contact us or make note of it in the area provided on your registration form. We'll get back with you for more information, and may include it in our program if the schedule allows. The workshop schedule fills up quickly so let us know early if you'd like to hold a workshop.
Fundraising raffle tickets are a dollar each. You can buy as many tickets as you'd like and may collect a raffle item for each ticket number you hold that is called. Items that have been in past raffles include candles, wind chimes, t-shirts, music CDs, homemade jelly, wine, silver chalices, massage vouchers, bath salts, home-crafted soaps, sarongs, and original artwork. We are happy to accept any new and original items donated for the raffle. If you can contribute, we greatly appreciate it.
Witchstock is held in Autumn, in Texas. That means our weather can be unpredictable. Considering how many years we have held this event, we've seen just about every weather condition Mother Nature and Texas can dish at out this time of year.
Then we get wet. Witchstock is held rain or shine. The roads through the property and to the site are fairly good so getting stuck when leaving after a torrential downpour usually isn't a concern.
If you get too hot, take appropriate first aid measures for heat exhaustion and send someone for a Witchstock staff or security member. They will get you somewhere where you can cool down.
Though unusual, we have seen temperatures drop into the 40's in the wee hours of the morning. If cool weather is predicted, bring extra blankets to place under your bedding and over you for a more comfortable sleep.
Witchstock is a family oriented event. We make an effort to provide an environment that is as safe and enjoyable for children and their parents as we can, considering the natural setting and other uncontrollable elements. Please keep in mind, Witchstock is a clothing optional event.
Young people under 18 may attend only with a parent or legal guardian.
Ages range from elementary school age to the teen years; the 9 - 16 age-group being the most frequently represented. Some parents have even brought their babies and toddlers and had a wonderful time.
Many of our workshops and activities are suitable for any age. Depending on the number of children that pre-register, workshops and activities can be arranged with them in mind. We also have a stage magician on staff that can perform an impromptu prestidigitation stage show and teach the kids a slight-of-hand trick or two that they can amaze their friends with when they get home.
As far as we know there are no places on the grounds where children are not permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To our knowledge, we've had no problems regarding children at Witchstock. One year we had a group of under-aged teens show up without a parent, guardian or even parental permission. We had to send those young people home.
Parents are expected to watch their own children and are responsible for their children's behavior and well-being. We may ask that young people under 18 wear a brightly colored wristband (provided upon arrival) throughout the run of the festival.
If you love your pets as much as we love ours - and a few of us are avowed crazy cat people and avid dog lovers - don't risk you furrbabies to the unfamiliar and potentially pet-hazardous environment of a remote, primitive campground.
Unless your pet requires constant medical attention, please leave him or her at home.
We dare say there are, but we haven't see any. Besides squirrels, rabbits, opossums, deer, and raccoons, it wouldn't surprise us if there are also coyotes and bobcats in the area. Don't leave food out to tempt them.
Some of us are getting up in years, and accidents can happen to the strongest and healthiest of us. We operate with the thought that it's better to be prepared than sorry, so we do what we can to anticipate the rare but potentially devastating camping accident.
We ask attendees that are healthcare professionals to lend their expertise as Witchstock first responders. We have been fortunate to have a registered nurse or a paramedic lead our first response team in the past. Several staff members keep a well-stocked first-aid kit, and have taken first-aid certification training. The Hughes Springs paramedic team knows how to get to the property if a medical evacuation situation arises.
We will do what we can for attendees with medical conditions needing special arrangements, such as locating a suitable campsite or making an allowance for a service animal. We may be limited in how much assistance we can reasonably provide considering the terrain and facilities.
There is something special about eating outside. Whether you cook you meals over coals or simply chow down on sandwiches, sharing mealtimes with friends and family out in nature is an experience to be cherished and long remembered.
Meals are not provided and there are no food or drink vendors at Witchstock. You are expected to bring your own food and drink, and prepare your own meals. Understand that is no electricity, running water, or trash pickup on site.
Alcoholic beverages are permitted at Witchstock. If you imbibe, please drink responsibly. Take care with glass containers. Unacceptable behavior will result in expulsion from the event.
We prefer you did not smoke but if you must, exercise extraordinary caution if dry conditions exist and smoke only in areas where is it allowed. Do not litter. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable and do not burn. They are TRASH. Don't throw them on the ground or in the revel firepit. Please carry and use an ashtray or butt can, and dispose its contents in your trash.
Controlled substances, other than doctor prescribed medication, are forbidden. Anyone suspected of bringing unprescribed controlled substances onto the campgrounds will be expelled from Witchstock.
We realize that Witchstock is a small event, but we appreciate the vendors that set up shop during our event, and look forward to seeing what lovely things you have for us to buy every year.
Information on event T-shirts will be posted on our "Announcements" page when details are available. We recommend you order and pay for T-shirts in advance of the event. Look for the Event Merchandise block on our registration form.
Please contact us about your interest to advertise your shop on our website.