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Dr Nick
SILVER Member since Nov 2004

Dr Nick

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Location: the land of Oz (melb)

Total posts: 10
Posted:so,
going to confest i hear,
me too.

Ill be the one with the fire....

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The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Infected Mushroom "The Missed Symphony"

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

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Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:NO!

I know this is rather disconcerting, but Im boycotting ConFest this year, and perhaps forever.

I dont agree with the organizers decision to close the market. I felt the market made ConFest like a village, and it was central to the community, that ConFest was. Im not into all this survivalist crap.

Instead Im going Tribadelic, if they finally find a site.

PM me if you want to discuss this issue.

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If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Dr Nick
SILVER Member since Nov 2004

Dr Nick

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Posted:I have personally enjoyed the commerce free option as it brings out the generosity. I spent a week in the middle of the desert and wanted for nothing. The very act of giving is reward enough. If people want to move form the consumer world it will take wee experiments like ConFest, White Cliffs and Burning Man.
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Nice view from up here.....


Hope you got all the new toys you wanted for Christmas.

I got a pile of MANGOS, and yes that is what I wanted.

I like mangos ok....

Dr nick


The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Infected Mushroom "The Missed Symphony"

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

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Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:Personally, I think of ConFest as an alternative life style festival, not a survivalist festival where people areexpected to rub two sticks together to make fire for one of the official community fires.



From the mid to late 1990s the place absolutely rocked. It was like a meeting of the tribes. There was much sharing, a market to sell and barter, hide tee pees and an assortment of weird and wonderful people telling stories, teaching stuff like juggling/tightrope/fire twirling and other circus type skills. Everyone put in, and did something special to make it a great experience which contributed to the great vibe.



IMO, all this back to the basics, goes against the grain of confest. They tried it a few years ago with earth quest of sumthing, and it failed.



The market was like a village, and central to the community, that confest was.



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If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

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Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:I was not happy with my last post, so Ill try again soapbox



Of course Ill get on my soap box. I love confest. I learnt to fire twirl at confest.



ConFest is as an alternative life style festival, not a survivalist festival. IMO, the market made confest a village; a unique haven away from the mainstream, where a diverse range of alternative type people could meet, eat and drink, talk and exchange ideas. I found the market central to the community, that confest was.



Perhaps, we could all share communal kitchens, as THEY suggest. But this may not appeal to everyone, or even happen given the array of different souls that come to confest. Do you remember when members of the Highwayman motor cycle gang rocked up to confest? They mixed in the market, but remained secluded at their campsite.



And what pray tell is wrong with commerce? Is it a free festival? Are the stalls free? NO. ConFest charge $50 admission and $400 stall fees. When will people get over this 70s commerce is bad rubbish. Doesnt happen! Many alternative lifestyle people use their artistic talents to help pay the bills, and would depend on festivals like confest to sell their creations, because people attending confest like these wares. Is this wrong?



Perhaps giving is reward enough, but it doesnt put food on the table. And people DO give at confest. Look at all the workshop. Why is it then that some people associate giving with material objects? This I feel undervalues the sharing of knowledge or skills.



Confest grew into what it is, probably from a fairly basic communal type festival. It had a life of its own, it grew, it matured. Why why chop down an "old growth forest"? Re-birthing doesnt work for every one. Anyhow, they tried this with survivalist thing with earth quest, and it didnt work. Why try and turn back time to a place that doesnt exist, and in the process destroying what does exist? Now, I hope u understand how I feel, and why I dont want to see something great, destroyed by a few military types who are trying to turn confest into a survivalist festival. Think Im making that up? PM.





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If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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roarfire
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

roarfire

comfortably numb
Location: The countryside

Total posts: 2676
Posted:Lemme guess....over 18 right?


I'd go if I was 18.


.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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myco
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

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Location: melbourne, victoria, australia

Total posts: 2084
Posted:I miss Confest. My boyfriend quit drugs a couple of years ago, and confest isn't the sort of place to go when you want to avoid drugs. if i went he'd get jealous and want to join me, and I don't want either of us to be put in that situation. But oh, I miss it. Anyone who reads this after they come back please share some lovely confest stories to let me experience it vicariously. oh, and for the record, I love the market biggrin

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

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Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:No xabandonedx, it's all ages. kids are welcome and contribute much to confest. Its just for a non-commercial venture, they have introduced a $5 charge for u 16s for the first time.

Interesting name myco. There was a problem, and while I dont agree with the tactics the organizers used, drugs are only a small part of confest now. Certainly, not like the big raves. Will happily swap stories about Moama

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If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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roarfire
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

roarfire

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Location: The countryside

Total posts: 2676
Posted:-cough- EARTHCORE -cough-

Too many drugs there!

Hmm then a 17 year old like me can tag along....maybe I will rock up.


.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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Dr Nick
SILVER Member since Nov 2004

Dr Nick

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Location: the land of Oz (melb)

Total posts: 10
Posted:yeh

The vibe at earth core was like a clock going up and down as every one popped pilz for the "big name DJ's". It looked like a prison camp around dawn as every one finaly came down.

Still It had Its moments.

Finding a nice boat and going for a quiet row up the river and then drifting down with my thoughts was one I will cherish. Its been at least 6 months since my last row and before that it was most weekends.

Life never gives me what I expect,
Thank god...


The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Infected Mushroom "The Missed Symphony"

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