Who we are

We are an informal network of queer people who meet locally in ‘faerie circles’ and several times a year in international gatherings in natural spaces like Terschelling…

We come from throughout Europe (and North America) – From London to Tallinn and all points in between!

Most of us come from Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom or France. But, we are growing and expanding with every gathering.

Our interests in nature, spirituality, fun, and deep communication with each other is what brings us together….Our gatherings are a kind of ‘spiritual playground’ – a place and space where we can be deeply free with ourselves and each other – the kind of environment that most of us queer folk have never had in either our childhood or adult lives!

Our Identity

“Otherness, far from being denied or diminished, is made central to the Radical Faerie identity. This is a positive, self-constructed Otherness, however, which allows queer people to construct, or reconstruct, models of reality, which are useful to themselves, and which emphasizes the nature of the Other as being good, functional and necessary. The concept of androgyny was taken on by the Faeries and given a distinctly spiritual bent. Rather than referring to an asexual or omni-sexual state, androgyny for the Fairies means radically juxtaposing elements of the masculine and feminine in psychological as well as physical formulations. The role of the fool, the trickster, the contrary one capable of turning a situation inside out, is one of the most enduring of all archetypes. Often cross dressed or adorned with both masculine and feminine symbols, these merry pranksters chase through history, holding up a looking glass to human folly…. The Drag Queen, the image of the glamorous cross-dressing male who emerged from the 1970’s “gender fuck”-generation, represents a modern embodiment of the Androgen figure for the Faeries …..


…..The second core concept of Radical Faerie spirituality is subject-SUBJECT- consciousness Originally proposed as a principle by Harry Hay, it has been taken up and expanded upon more fully by Walker (Walker, M. (1987) Visionary Love: The Magical Gay Spirit Power. In: Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning. by Mark Thompson (ed), New York pp. 222-235) and Burnside (Burnside, J. (1989) Who are the Gay People? and other essays, San Francisco: pp 15-20). It is based on the notion that gay peoples experience and relate to the world in a fundamentally unique way. …. a queer way of perceiving the world, is a force that has build into it a positive self-definition of Other. Queer people are Other because they perceive the world in an essentially unique way – a way which is integral to the well-being of themselves as individuals, and that of the world as a whole. When the individual (as the microcosm), and the world (as a macrocosm), are perceived as subjects, then all the problems of exploitative “objectification” disappear and an utopian vision of everyone open to everyone in perfect trust appears. ….”

Quoted from Bill Rodgers, The Radical Faerie Movement: A Queer Spirit Pathway. In: Social Alternatives, Volume 14, No.4 p 35-36

What we do

Since it seems so hard tell who we are, maybe we’d better just tell what we do?

1 comment for “Who we are

  1. Sunflower
    26th July 2011 at 11:38 am

    “The Faeries are both gay men, and men who prefer to use any other moniker that might describe them, as well as women who wish to be a part of the group, and people who choose not to be called men or women and beings who choose not to be called people. Faeries are organized as a group attempting to create community out of ritual and cooperation, except for faeries who are attempting to create community out of subversion of process and structure, as well as some faeries who wish to create chaos, often celebrating it, often not admitting it.

    Many faeries are spiritual, lifting whole or part of their spirituality from any one of the world’s religions or spiritualities. Some make up their own. Some make a mix. Some react against spirituality and religion as it’s own evil, some find a spiritual path in reacting against spirituality.

    Some Faeries just want to dress up in drag and perform in the woods, some want to dress up and not perform, some faeries want to dress up anywhere they can, some faeries don’t dress particularly different than they would in any other environment.

    Some faeries combine their spirituality with sex, some don’t, some are part of the faeries just to get laid. Some resent that. some just want to drum by a campfire, and some want to camp far away from the drumming and get some sleep.

    This is what faeries are, except for faeries for which none of this applies.”

    by Constance Craving

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