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“I wish the rest of my life was like this” – Jake

Confest is a welcoming place where you can express your individuality amongst a non-judgemental and welcoming community, where you escape the narrow confines of societal expectation.

Sydney ConFesters gatherings are a living community of accepting people who gather together a few times a year to celebrate life, nature and creativity, and to invent new ways of being in community that are healthy, safe, free and inclusive. We grew out of the Down to Earth (DTE) ConFests which were initiated by Jim Cairns, Junie Morosi and others in the 1970s as part of the alternative lifestyle revolution.

We invite you to actively participate in a long weekend of talk, play, meditation, workshops, or whatever else you may choose to bring. Bring your thoughts and experiences and share them around so you will participate and make it a supper event. Have a cup of chai tea in the chai tent or just soak in the hot tub under the stars with friends. Bring your own food or contribute to yummy communal meals in our well equipped field kitchen.

Gatherings happen because we all participate in making them happen. Each participant offers a valuable contribution towards the end result. Sydney ConFesters gatherings are about freedom of expression, responsibility and self-respect. It is a clothing optional event therefore expect some nudity. Rude and or lude behaviour is not tolerated and persons behaving this way will be asked to leave.

Please note that this is a drug and alcohol free gathering. We want to meet the real you and look forward to chats around the fire.

Come Home, come to Confest

Next Gathering

Thurs 24th – Mon 28th January 2019
(incorporating the Australia Day Long Weekend)

More details coming Nov 2018….

TICKETING:

(online tickets will available – date to be advised)

Tickets available at the gate:
Cash only. WE DO NOT HAVE CREDIT CARD FACILITIES.
$80 pp 16 years and over (or $20 for day visitor)
$1 pp 15 years and under

COMMUNITY GIFTING:

To keep costs down and in the spirit of community, each person is encouraged to contribute at least 2 hours of their time to the service of the community. This can be done in many ways: Cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, tending to the fire, setting up or packing away the camp site. This is not a comprehensive list, for more information about the community spirit of SydneyconFesters click on these links:
How do I Participate?
How We Operate

Thinking of running a workshop? Post it on the Facebook event page to promote it and get people excited to attend. This is a lovely, intimate way to share your knowledge and skills.

If you have a musical instrument, please bring it along with you. There is usually a drumming/music circle each night with dancing, joy and laughter to restore your body/mind system.

FOOD:

Food is in the way of community cooking of vegetarian meals in the community kitchen. The kitchen will be stocked with basics such as grains and legumes, herbs and spices and Chai ingredients.

In the spirit of community, we ask that all participants bring ingredients to share in the community kitchen. The kinds of things we need are: Fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds of all kinds, protein foods such as eggs, cheese, various milks, tofu and good fats such as oils for cooking and salads.

What To Bring? click here

Please be aware that this is an ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE EVENT

Come early to assist with setup or stay late to assist with pack up 🙂

If you wish to know more about Sydney Confesters, contact us here

Look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your partnership in making this a fantastic festival.

What is Confest?

Confest embodies:

  • happiness and love
  • dancing and drumming
  • togetherness and peace
  • vegetarianism and healthy eating
  • ecstatic being – without needing alcohol/drugs
  • mind awareness and body health
  • conversations and workshops to expand your mind, free your body and deepen your soul

From a single shipping container, we pop out a beautiful home for alternative living in the Australian bush, including:

  • kitchen
  • hot tub
  • communal fire
  • chai tent
  • massage shelter
  • workshops space
  • river to swim in
  • shower and portaloos

Bring a tent, an open attitude, some clothes (optional) and prepare to unpack your own creativity!

Stories

“The infrastructure was top-notch, thanks to Jonathan Parfoot’s vision and the help of many who put a great deal of time and effort into setting it up. Nothing was amiss: we had a hot tub large enough to accommodate 20+ people, a swimming pool to dip into after an invigorating session in the Steam Tent. A mud pit almost large enough to accommodate the entire village and a beach complete with slippery dip entry. Not to mention, a Chai Tent with endless pots of chai on simmer, a Healing Tent, a well-equipped Common Kitchen, Children’s Space and a dedicated Workshop space that saw a good deal of use.

If workshops are a priority for you at Confest, I can assure you that they were there to be had. People shared their mastery and experience generously, just to name a few topics and workshops: Kinesiology, Sound Healing, Energy Conservation, several Yoga disciplines, Hug workshops, a Kissing Workshop, a Drawing workshop…the list went on.”
– Sage

“The kids had more fun than should be allowed – there was nothing to do – except workshops, swimming, hot-tub, steam-tent, body-painting, flat-rope and chai-tent-chatter and drumming!” – Lars

“Go camping. Make new friends. Challenge boundaries. Recharge. Discover your inner child. Find love and acceptance.” – Jimmy

History

Jim Cairns, prominent Labour politician and Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam government, issued the following invitation to the VERY FIRST Confest gathering back in 1976:

“The purpose of the festival is to show the urgent need to SHAPE ALTERNATIVES NOW. Ways must be found because of the violent, acquisitive, alienated, industrial society which now poses a threat to survival. People have for centuries searched for equality and the right and ability to determine their own development. Individuals must accept responsibility for themselves. Personal happiness and equality, as much as a good society, depend upon self realisation. The most vital factor today is a sense of true identity. This is lost because our identities are created by others – not by ourselves. The all-powerful externally created hegemony in this assumed-to-be-free society, and its internalised personal alienation, must be understood if self realisation can be achieved.

The starting point must be the “will to be the self which one truly is”.

Sydney Confest is a local offshoot of Confest, sharing the ethos and the love.