Friday, December 19, 2008

West Jet Seat Sale until Dec 22

Now you can choose whose cheap seat you fly on. WestJet is also offering seat sales at 50% off till December 22. The rates are about the same as Air Canada.

For more information:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Don't Delay. Book Your Travel Now

For most of us, travelling to and from Gaia Gathering is the most expensive part of the conference. So we negotiate discount rates with major carriers and also keep our eye out for seat sales for you (Yet another reason to subscribe to our RSS feed or yahoogroup!).

Right now Air Canada has some fantiastic deals if you book before December 22nd. And I do mean fantastic.

Sample airfares to Vancouver from:
Halifax $239 each way, works out to ~$646 return
Montreal/Ottawa $199 each way, works out to ~ $550 return
Toronto $189 each way, works out to ~$492 return
Winnipeg $129 each way, works out to ~ $365 return
Edmonton $104 each way, works out to ~$297 return

For more information, visit the Air Canada website at

PS. If you hear of any great travel deals we should check out, please drop us a note at info(at)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Preliminary Vending Details

Once again the 2009 CNPC, Gaia Gathering, will have a vending area for individuals and businesses who have goods of interest to the Pagan communities that they wish to sell.

The vendors room will be located in the main conference area near the workshops. It will be open during the day and locked-up from evening to morning. Vendors can leave their wares in the lcoked room.

Vending tables are available only to preregistered conference attendees and will cost $35.

Vendors can share tables but can not rent more than one table. Tables will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. A total of two tables will be reserved for local vendors.

As well as the vendors room there will be a panel discussion on Pagan business and a networking. We are also anticipating some sort of business component to the conference (we are open to input) to help artisans and businesses broaden their market across the country.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Guest Speaker: Kerr Cuhulain

We are pleased to announce that Kerr Cuhulain, internationally-acclaimed Wiccan authour, policeman and long-time Pagan organizer from British Columbia, has been confirmed as the Guest Speaker for the 2009 CNPC.

Kerr was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his religious beliefs. He has been Wiccan for 39 years and has been involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community since 1986. After 29 years of service, Kerr retired from the Vancouver police department in 2005.

Active in Pagan rights, Kerr is the former Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon , and was awarded the Shield of Valor by the Witches League for Public Awareness. He is the author of the Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Witch Hunts, and Magickal Self Defense, with more on the way. He also has a column on WitchVox.

Preliminary Events Outline

The organizing committees have more-or-less finished the big details. The conference site is secured, the guest speaker confirmed, and a block of rooms reserved for participants. Registration is underway, and information for vendors and about potential travel subsidies will be available soon.

Our next step is to start to work on the details. Here is how the long weekend is shaping up so far.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING– Registration, 4-7pm, welcoming remarks & opening ritual 7pm, followed by social activities.
SATURDAY AM – Guest speaker, Kerr Cuhulain
SATURDAY AFTERNOON – Academic stream and general panels
SATURDAY EVENING – To be determined
SUNDAY – Panels and workshops, music stream.
SUNDAY EVENING - Banquet and entertainment
MONDAY MORNING –AGM, elections, choosing the 2009 host city, and closing ritual.

The Vancouver team is currently looking at options for entertainment and panel discussion topics. Watch this spot for more details.

If you have a suggestions, we'd love to hear from you:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pre-registration, accommodation and vending

Some Q&A from recent discussions on the yahoogroup:

When can we register for the event and book accomodations?
We will be accepting registrations starting in November. There is a block of rooms pre-booked at the University of British Columbia. In addition to single room, several suites as well as wheelchair accessible rooms have also been reserved for our use in the same residence. The organizing committee will be grabbing one suite and setting up the "hospitality" there. Click here to book online directly with the University

Will vending be allowed and if so what restrictions might exist?
One of the three smaller meeting rooms across the hall from the main meeting room and beside the two other small meeting rooms will be reserved for venders. It'll be locked at night and unlocked in the morning so you'll be able to leave stuff out overnight. Nothing illegal, stinky, or really really big will be permitted. Details on the number of tables and costs will be posted soon. You can expect a regular sized table.

Sam Wagar
Chair, Vancouver in '09 Committee
Canadian National Pagan Conference

Saturday, July 26, 2008

CNPC 2009: A Sneak Preview

Dear sisters and brothers in the Art Magickal,

The Vancouver in '09 committee had our first in-person planning meeting since Ottawa on Wednesday afternoon. We reviewed what has been accomplished so far, the assignment of tasks and progress along toward our goal of a tremendous conference that raises the bar for future events, and set some rough priorities for the next couple of months.

The space has been booked, some accommodation has been prebooked. When the website is revised, which it should be in a month or so, people will be able to book accommodation at a conference rate directly from that. The University of British Columbia hosts a number of conferences every year and their staff are a pleasure to deal with. Details of audio-visual and catering will be worked out closer to the conference - our priority right now is getting the broad outlines of activities settled and getting people firmly settled in charge of those areas. We also need to revise the website and set up the bank account (in co-ordination with the national Board).

Dan Miller will be co-ordinating the academic stream - details of the general structure of that to follow but it will be organized in past/present/future thematic blocks, priority given to Canadian academics and Canadian topics. Diane Morrison will be co-ordinating a panel on rural / urban Pagan issues and also the music and culture stream - we're looking into having an evening showcasing our local musical talent, possibly onsite. Jen Thrasher-Stroud will co-ordinate a Pagan Business panel. Sam Wagar will continue as Chair to do overall co-ordination and publicity, liaise with the national Board and with UBC, and look for potential co-ordinators and panel leaders.

We have approached some local Pagans to co-ordinate a polyamoury panel and a Pagan kink panel and details of those will be settled in a week or so. We also will be having a panel on Organizing In The Pagan Communities (and no bloody herding cats jokes - BC has several very successful long term organizations, which differ from one another in many ways but which have been proven to work). Other panel suggestions are appreciated, particularly by people willing to do some work to organize them. Outreach is continuing into other Pagan communities and we hope to broaden the representation on the committee over the coming months.

Kerr Cuhulain has agreed to be our keynote speaker - he's well qualified to speak to a number of issues of anti-defamation, the law, and the Warrior Path and details of his talk will be settled soon.

One of the three classrooms we have booked will be assigned as a venders room, except when it's in use for a panel discussion. Details to follow.

The conference's theme is "Left Coast Paganisms" and so British Columbia's ways of doing things will be featured. But this is the 5th anniversary - a positive milestone, and we will have gone Coast to Coast with the conference, which is also significant in our huge country.

Please, spread the word. And mark your calendars. May 15-19 2009, University of British Columbia.

And this, very preliminary, report is submitted in service,

Sam Wagar
Chair, CNPC '09