Children are a valued and welcome part of SpiritFire — we have seen our young ones grow and find their own voices, and we have joyously welcomed new lives into our circle each year! Yet please remember that a fire circle gathering brings special responsibilities for parents of young children, so please consider our policy below carefully before registering them for the event.
SpiritFire is an intensive retreat-style gathering focused on all-night fire circles and associated rituals and experiences based on immersion into the pathways of music, motion, voice, and Seva. Given this, most activities are appropriate only for those who are mature enough to fully participate (usually 12 and up will do fine, given parental supervision). SpiritFire is a small gathering and does not provide childcare services of any kind, but we do our best to help parents connect before the event to help each other with cooperative childcare arrangements. We recommend the Yahoo Group for this purpose.
Parents are 100% responsible for supervising their children at all times while on site. At no time should any minor be allowed to wander the site (even a populated area) alone, be left unattended, nor should they attend workshops or rituals without parental supervision. Please do not let children play on any event structures, such as vehicles, carts, trailers, or stairs.
Parents neglecting these agreements — either risking harm to their children through neglect or who permit their children to cause disturbance to participants or events — will be approached and asked to correct the situation immediately. If further issues occur, they will be asked to leave the gathering without refund as a protective measure for the involved child/children.
We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for SpiritFire parents who have over the years maintained a solid and safe presence for their children, and we invite any parents with questions to contact us.