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Q: Do I need to create a new username for this website?

A: You DO NOT NEED A USERNAME! This year we have changed our membership sales system, you no longer need to log into the website!

Q: I’m new here and this gathering looks really fun - where do I buy a ticket?

A: Welcome! As you can probably tell, Solstice is special, and as such is structured a little differently. In order to attend Solstice, we must ensure everyone on-site is a member and committed to our community guidelines and expectations. This year we are using Brown Paper Tickets for Membership registration. If you are ready you can buy your membership here.

Q: I need a ride; do you have a shuttle?

A: We don't have a 2018 shuttle organized. There is a Facebook Solstice rideshare page We also encourage you to check out our Facebook event and group pages. Many members will be in similar situations so offer to go in on a rental or collaborate a carpool.

Q: WHAT DOES MY MEMBERSHIFT ENTAIL?

A: Solstice continues to function because of the support from our members. Part of your membership is your membershift. This participation keeps the gathering flowing because everyone pitches in! Not only an excellent way to meet new friends, your membershift is an opportunity to be involved in the process - leaving you with the knowledge that your contribution helped make it all happen.

Responsibilities and hours will vary, depending on where you choose to do your membershift. Check out our On Site section to get acquainted. Scheduling takes place upon arrival at Centre Camp, so don't worry if you're not sure exactly which to pick yet. Please bring the necessities with you for your shift including water, appropriate clothing and snacks.

Q: WHERE DOES OUR MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT MONEY REALLY GO?

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This is the breakdown for 2017.

Q: MY DOG (AND OTHER PETS) AND I ARE INSEPARABLE. IS IT OK IF THEY JOIN ME?

A: We truly understand  our pets are part of our family, and we apologize for any inconvenience. We will be enforcing a strict no tolerance policy regarding bringing dogs and other pets to the land, so please find a sitter, or you and your pets will be turned away at the Gate.

Q: WHY DOES EVERYONE STILL CALL IT OM?

A: Hmmm… good question. The OM Festival hasn’t been around since 2004, and our Gathering has been called “Solstice” since 2012... the names we previously used changed every year (re:union, in:tent, re:treat, in:sight, re:leaf, in:fuse, re:generate), so people got confused... Maybe it’s because we still have an om circle to celebrate the solstice!

Q: I DIDN’T GET A PROOF OF MEMBERSHIP. WHAT IS WILL CALL?

A: Will Call is like picking up your tickets at the “box office”. This is pretty similar. All you need to bring to the gate is your valid photo ID. Will Call means that the Gate already has your name on the list when you arrive at the gathering. Easy peasy!

Q: CAN I REFUND MY MEMBERSHIP IF I CANNOT ATTEND?

A: Memberships are NON refundable however you CAN TRANSFER them to someone else using Brown Paper Tickets, where you purchased the membership.

Q: Why do you have memberships instead of tickets?

A: Our celebration of the Summer Solstice is an intentional commitment. We gather to observe the dawn of a new season and to reconnect. Our members are asked to complete a membershift, provide a food contribution for the kitchen and adhere to our values and Guidelines.

Q: I BOUGHT A MEMBERSHIP LAST YEAR, DOES THIS MEAN I AM A MEMBER STILL?Q: HOW DO I PURCHASE MY MEMBERSHIP?

A: Memberships to Solstice are purchased annually.

Q: HOW DO I PURCHASE MY MEMBERSHIP?

A: See our membership page for details!

Q: DO YOU OFFER LOW-INCOME MEMBERSHIPS?

A: YES! You can use this link to access the application form, the deadline for applications is May 31st 2018. Eva will be in touch with you in the first week of June to inform you if you qualify for a low income membership. .

Q: CAN I COME FOR JUST ONE DAY?

A: Of course you can come for just one day! However, we only offer Solstice memberships for the entirety of our week-long gathering. While we understand that not everyone can take a full week from their other obligations, we still encourage you to participate as much as you can, which includes working your membershift and having fun!

Q: I DON’T HAVE A CREDIT CARD OR ACCESS TO PAYPAL - HOW CAN I PURCHASE MY MEMBERSHIP?

A: You can have someone with a credit card can purchase one for you. Alternatively, we host a number of “drop-in's” for cash purchases in Toronto. We'll post more info on the Home page and on our Facebook group page soon with drop in dates/times.

Q: What happens after I purchase my membership through Brown Paper Tickets?

A:  A receipt will be sent to you from Brown Paper Tickets with directions, information about gate hours and membershifts.

Q: I also bought memberships for friends - what happens then?

A: You will be emailed the receipt/confirmation from Brown Paper Tickets and their names will be on the Will Call list at the gate. All members need to do is arrive with valid photo ID.

Q: I DIDN’T GET A PAYMENT CONFIRMATION FROM BROWN PAPER TICKETS

A: Like last year we are using Brown Paper Ticket services. If you have any questions about membership payment Call Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 Customer Service: 1-800-838-3006, any other questions email eva@solsticegathering.ca.

Q: I BOUGHT A MEMBERSHIP OFF SOMEONE AND THEY EMAILED IT TO ME - IS THIS ALL I NEED?

A: Please follow Brown Paper Tickets instructions for transferring memberships. (call 1800-838-3006) All you need to bring to the gate is valid photo ID - your name will be on the door list!!!

Q:  WHAT FORM OF ID SHOULD I BRING WITH MY PROOF OF MEMBERSHIP?

A: Any legal ID containing your full names, photo and birth date. This can be a passport, drivers license, health card, age of majority card or, citizenship card. If you don’t have ID, or have an extenuating circumstance, you MUST contact us in advance to make arrangements. Please email eva@solsticegathering.ca and harmony@solsticegathering.ca BEFORE the gathering starts.

Q: MY FAMILY IS JOINING ME THIS YEAR! DO I PURCHASE CHILDRENS MEMBERSHIPS?

A: Fun! Check out Family Camp for kid-safe spaces and friendly faces! Children 10 and under are free; however, they must also register for a membership when you purchase yours. This can happen any time leading up to the Solstice. Parents or Guardians must sign a Parental Waiver at the Gate agreeing that children will be supervised at all times. We adhere to the Durham County Children’s Aid Society supervision guidelines. If you have questions/comments about purchasing memberships for children (ages 11 years to 18 years of age) or would like to discuss the costs please contact info@solsticegathering.ca.

Q: I AM COMING WITH FAMILY.  WHAT ADMISSION PROCESS SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE GATE?

Here’s an outline of the gate process for families at Solstice.

Being prepared will make for a smooth entrance and orientation! Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be asked:

  • to sign the ORP standard waiver of liability, plus an additional section which covers children;

  • to provide the the name, age and gender of every child they register;

  • to provide multiple names for both onsite and offsite emergency contacts;

  • to provide their proposed camping location (if known), and description of their tent and any other identifiable landmarks;

  • to provide valid photo ID for all family members - including children

Other things:
Children, age 10 and under are FREE. Children 11 and over must purchase a full-membership;

With consent, all members under 18 will be photographed together with their parent(s)/guardian(s). These photos are available on site in case of a lost child situation, and will not be used for any other purpose. Photos may be collected from the gate by families as they are leaving if desired;

Underage members (age 15 and under) are admitted only if accompanied by their parent(s)/guardian(s);

Members, age 16-17, require a note from parent/legal guardian (with contact info) for admission;

All family members, including children must provide proof of identity (name & age);

Each adult is only permitted to register a maximum of 4 underage members (15 years or younger) into the gathering. They cannot return at a later time or day and check in additional underage members;

There is the understanding that costs may be prohibitive to families, so please do not hesitate to apply for low-income memberships if needed! It is there for both families and individuals in particular members age 11-18!

Q: WHY IS THERE AN OPTION TO DONATE MONEY WHEN I REGISTER MY MEMBERSHIP?

A: The donate to a cause option is something that Brown Paper Ticket offers and has no association to Solstice Gathering 2018. The portion that you are donating is taken from the service charge of the sales provider, not Om Reunion Project.

Q: WHAT’S WITH THE NEW RV PASS?

A: While we do understand RVs are convenient for the passengers, they restrict the accessibility for other vehicles in the parking lot. They create lots of issues for us as organizers. The mobility, turning radius, limits where they can be while maintaining a pleasant ingress and egress for all... it essentially acts as 4 vehicles when it comes to parking and accessibility.

The obstacles and extra effort are part of the reason for the expense.