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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

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!

WHEN

9am Saturday, October 1st 2022 until 

3pm Wednesday, October 5th 2022 

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

TICKETS

  • 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.    

https://www.trybooking.com/CBJPE

DRUMMING EVENT – NEW!!

We’re grateful to have a Professional Drummer coming with drums to run Workshops & Drum Circles. Be prepared to boogie 🪘 !!

FOOD DONATION

To make yummy, vegetarian lunch & dinner meals together for the community – we rely on you to bring food to donate to our kitchen, particularly fruit and vegetables.

VOLUNTEERS

  • A condition of your ticket is to donate 2 hours to volunteering
  • No discounts or free tickets for volunteering, even our hard-working committee pays for their ticket
  • Without kitchen volunteers -there can’t be communal meals 
  • Setup starts on Saturday 1st October at 8am, please assist us with the pack-up on Wednesday afternoon.

LIMITATIONS

  • NO PUBLIC ACCESS, this is a private event on a private property – ticket holders only 
  • No Glass or Bottles (Site Owner hire condition except for kitchen/meals)
  • This is an ALCOHOL & DRUG FREE EVENT 
  • No pets permitted  
  • No nuts (Children with severe allergic reaction camp at this site) 
  • No individual camp fires – use fire pit only 
  • DO NOT access site’s buildings or outdoor adventure activity equipment 
  • Take your rubbish & kitchen surplus home with you  
  • If you get COVID symptoms and/or test positive you must leave immediately to keep the community safe 
  • No cars to move across site after dark, to keep everyone safe, especially children  
  • If you go outside our gathering mapped area e.g bushwalking / swimming etc.. you do so at your own risk
  • Be completely packed up and leave the site before 3pm on Wednesday 5th October 
  • Abide by our Code Of Conduct, (Click here for our Code Of Conduct) . We will have it available also at the Front Gate & be sent in a Welcome Email.

ESSENTIALS TO BRING

  1. Camping/sleeping gear, torch, Chair, water bottle,
  2. Food for communal kitchen & meals e.g. Vegetables, Fruit mostly needed,
  3. Your own breakfest (no communal facilities) plus snacks and whatever else you want to eat or drink,
  4. Plate/Bowl, Cup/Glass & Cutlery,
  5. Hat and Sunscreen,
  6. Insect Repellent,
  7. 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 😀

DIRECTIONS:

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?

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
  • 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.