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
October 2022 Weekend Gathering – celebrate the warmth and juiciness of Springtime!
“Where you can be yourself and reboot your soul”
Thanks for your inspirational words Drow Smith and Mark Taylor!
9am Saturday, October 1st 2022 until
3pm Wednesday, October 5th 2022
TheOutdoor Adventure Camps – Castle MountainSite
Address: 256 Webbs Creek Rd, Webbs Creek NSW 2775
IMPORTANT:Set your GPS toaccept Ferry Crossings otherwise you may be taken the long way around on unpaved backroads
Early bird $120 (per adult). Early bird price is restricted to the first 40 people (simply apply Earlybird at the check-out) – GET IN EARLY!!
Online ticket $140, after early birds sold out (per adult)
$5 per child between 6 to 15 years old
$1 per child 5 years old or younger
Gate ticket $150 per adult (PA) after 29 September (cash only – there is no, repeat no, EFTPOS)
$50 for a day visitor - purchase online and come for any one day must leave site by 8pm
REFUND Policy - Entry ticket refundable minus $10 admin fee if you can’t attend and provided you send your request by 26/09/2022.
Look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your participation in making this a fantastic gathering 😀
Make sure your GPS navigation software includes Ferry Crossings!
At the bottom of hill just as you enter Wiseman’s Ferry (before hotel) – TURN LEFT to Webbs Creek Car Ferry (runs 24/7 free).
After crossing the Hawkesbury River drive 100m. Take FIRST LEFT past signpost The Outdoor Adventure Company.
Drive 200m to an intersection – take RIGHT side onto dirt road – this is Webbs Creek Road.
Drive another 3km and you will see the Castle Mountain Log Entrance.
500m further on you cross a suspension bridge and the Castle Mountain campsite is another 400m from there – WELCOME HOME SYDNEY CONFESTERS.
What is Confest?
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:
shower and portaloos
Bring a tent, an open attitude, some clothes (optional) and prepare to unpack your own creativity!
“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.”
“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
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.