What is a Magic Hat Camp? . There's no set ticket price and no fixed roles. This can be a bit confusing, so don't be afraid to ask experienced people for advice. You put what you can afford into the "Magic Hat" when you arrive, and if you stay longer than you first planned put some more in. One of the good things about Magic Hat is that you don't have to commit yourself to staying for the whole of the camp. As well as money, you'll need to spend a couple of hours a day - more if you want - doing something that the "workers" usually do. Try to find out where you will be most useful by attending the morning or evening meetings, or just asking around and keeping eyes open. Maybe you've always wanted to know how to put up a dome - why not go and watch and pass the spanners?
Build up some good karma by helping recycle the rubbish or washing dinner pans; spend the afternoon playing football with the kids or telling stories. Can you play music? We'll help you set up a teaching circle, or could you get together with other musicians and rehearse a piece for everyone's delight Fancied running workshops in your chosen skill? Experienced people can support you first try. Workers for the other camps are often chosen at Beltane, come and try out the role you think you might like and meet the people you'd be working with. Magic Hat has endless possibilities to explore in just one short week; it's helpful if you prepare yourself by focussing your energy on a few things you'd really like to do.
There are two articles in the 2001 newsletter on Magic Hat. There are many ways in which the Hat works; these are just two. Lyn's and Sarah's
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