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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.

Click HERE to book online for our January 2019 Gathering
– this is the BEST and Cheapest Way to book!

Or else see below for more options.

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.

Our gatherings are drug and alcohol free. We want to meet the real you and look forward to chats around the fire.

Come Home, come to Confest

Next Gathering

January 2022 Weekend Gathering

Where you can be yourself, open your heart without a scalpel and reboot your soul

Thanks for your inspirational words Drow Smith and Mark Taylor!

WHEN

9am Saturday, January 22nd 2022 until 

3pm Wednesday, January 26th 2022 (Australia Day Public Holiday)

WHERE

The Outdoor Adventure Camps – Castle Mountain Site

Address: 256 Webbs Creek Rd, Webbs Creek NSW 2775

IMPORTANT: Set your GPS to accept Ferry Crossings otherwise you may be taken the long way around on unpaved backroads

EVENT ACCESS

  • No Public Access – this is a private event on private property – only ticket holders may enter the property
  • No CASH tickets are available at the front gate this year
  • Negative RAPID ANTIGEN TEST (RAT) is a mandatory – BYO to be used at Front Gate – (No -ve RAT=No Entry)

TICKETS
Limited number only available Online until 6.00pm Thursday 20th January 2022

https://www.trybooking.com/BWSAB

FRONT GATE TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE 

PRICING

  • $130 per person (pp) 16 years and over (plus 50c booking fee)
  • $5 pp between 6 to 15 years
  • $1 pp 5 years or under

Limited COVID 19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are available online  only – use ONLY as a last resort if you cannot source your own.

REFUND POLICY

Entry ticket will be refunded if unable to attend for any reason but you need to request before Sunday 23rd January 2022.  COVID 19 Rapid Antigen Tests are NOT refundable

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Sydney Confesters is committed to keeping this gathering as safe as possible for all attendees. People are potentially infectious two days before they test positive with a Rapid Antigen test, so we are recommending  the following precautions:

  • On arrival give a verbal confirmation you have no Covid Symptoms
  • Social separation (1.5 m)
  • Wearing masks (mandatory in communal camp kitchen)
  • Recommend hand washing/sanitising frequently
  • Disinfecting shared toilets/showers daily
  • No communal dish washing up facilities, bring your own basin
  • No self-serving of communal meals
  • Food Safety Handling protocols
  • Bring your camp chair

FACEBOOK

Tell your like-minded friends to join you by inviting them through the Sydney ConFesters Facebook event page Link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1109401973166779

FOOD DONATION

Meals are vegetarian – to keep costs down we rely on you to bring a donation food for our kitchen particularly fruit and vegetables. Watch our Facebook posts for suggestions

VOLUNTEERS

  • A condition of your ticket is to donate 2 hours to volunteering
  • We particularly need volunteers for set-up and packing up
  • We are unable to offer discount or no cost volunteer tickets
  • Without kitchen volunteers and/or team leaders for meals – you won’t be eating
  • We welcome kitchen leaders to volunteer to prepare a meal, and can help with ingredient costs if you can contact us before the event, or bring your docket

LIMITATIONS

  • This is an ALCOHOL & DRUG FREE EVENT
  • No pets permitted
  • No glass containers outside kitchen (Site Owner hire condition)
  • No nuts to be brought onsite (Site Owner hire condition)


ESSENTIALS TO BRING

  1. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) – to be used at Front Gate
  2. Masks  (sufficient for the days you are attending)
  3. Hand Sanitizer
  4. Plate/Bowl, Cup/Glass & Cutlery (or disposables)
  5. Chair
  6. Washing up bucket/bowl & detergent (no communal facilities)
  7. Sun protection (hat, umbrella and/or sunscreen)
  8. Insect Repellent
  9. Snacks
  10. Positive expectation of connecting with others in a welcoming community

PARTICIPATION
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.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Sydney Confesters is committed to LEAVING NO TRACE – please bring rubbish bags to remove your own rubbish, and help dispose of non-composable community garbage at the end of the gathering

If you have questions please contact us on our email at
sydneyconfesters2@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your participation in making this a fantastic gathering 😀

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.