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SKALITUDE


Skalitude takes its name from the Salish word skalalitude which translates as “When people and nature are in harmony, then magic and beauty are everywhere”. It is a perfect site for the Congress! It’s nestled at the end of a remote mountain valley in the North Cascades in the Methow Valley watershed. The property is 160 acres, surrounded by Forest Service land on all sides, lots of wildness and privacy! The inhabitants are ponderosa pines, douglas firs, aspens, bunchgrasses, countless wildflowers, deer, some coyotes, and an occasional wolf, cougar, rattlesnake, and bear; and many fairies.

Most of the Congress facilities are set up in one end of an expansive meadow ringed by forests and mountains. The adjacent forest provides shady camping and workshop space. Facilities include a large log-cabin lodge on a bench above the meadow, and the Sky Lodge down in the meadow. The Sky Lodge is a beautiful, winged structure, somewhat akin to a flattened out tipi. It is 54 feet across, 2200 square feet and can hold hundreds of people. We have a large, roofed, outdoor kitchen where we prepare our common meals. We also have a tea kitchen and a lounge. Most of the Congress activities take place outdoors.

Some Congress participants take hikes into the surrounding mountainous terrain; but most participants stay on the grass floor and gentle terrain of our core area. The ground is level in the main congress area. There is a moderate grade up to the parking area and the lodge which is a 5 minute stroll for most people. Some elderly or disadvantaged people have to go slowly and stick to paths and roads, but so far all have been able to make it. Take a look at the photos on Skalitude’s web site to get an idea what it looks like. www.skalitude.com

LEAVE NO TRACE


The hosts of Skalitude are very gracious to allow the Fairy Congress to be held there. We ask that participants be considerate of all their hard work in maintaining the place and to be respectful of the property. Practice “Leave No Trace” camping and please pack your garbage out with you.

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HONORING OUR NEIGHBORS


Skalitude is accessed by a dirt road through residential area.  Please keep your speed to 20 miles per hour along this road as it helps keep the dust down and keeps our neighbors happy!  We also really try to minimize traffic during the Congress, so please do not leave during the event unless absolutely necessary.  If you forgot something, ask around as someone else may be able to help you and save you a trip to town.

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POWER


Skalitude is completely off-grid, which means that they generate ALL of their own electricity. This means there often isn’t much to spare, especially when large groups are there. Please charge cell phone and camera batteries before leaving home, or charge them while driving.

WATER


There is a deep well at Skalitude which provides water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and showers.  The water table is replenished by snow fall in the winter, the local Devas have promised an adequate supply for Skalitude events but conservation is always appreciated, along with lots of gratitude for the life-giving gift of water!
There are two outdoor showers available for Congress participants, that are heated with sun and propane.  We also set up a mister if the weather is hot where people can get wet and cool down. The stream may be running during the Congress depending on the weather. If you want to take a dip in the magnificent Methow River on the way to or from Skalitude there is a lovely public swimming hole in Carlton on the north side of the bridge, 8 miles from the Congress.

CAMPING/LODGING


The best way to experience the Congress is to fully immerse yourself and to stay on-site. The gathering is mainly a camp-out event at the Skalitude Retreat. The grounds are really great for camping. Most people bring tents, but some people stay in their vans, there is limited space for RVs.  (Please call in advance if you are planning on bringing an RV). We have a noise curfew of 11pm on friday, midnight on saturday and there is a ‘quiet camping’ area by the parking.
There are some shared accommodations available (three people to a room) $160 for four nights, $195 for 5 nights, with access to shared bathroom.  Email register [at] fairycongress.com for more information.
If staying onsite is impossible for you, there are motels within driving distance.  The closest motel is the Country Town Motel in Carlton which is about 7 miles away. (509) 997-3432. The next closest motels are in Twisp, 18 miles away: the Idle-A-While Motel, (509) 997-3222, the Twisp River Suites and the Methow Valley Inn. There are more lodging options in Winthrop. We suggest booking early as the Methow is a popular summer tourist destination. You could also look for airbnbs or vrbos in the area.

CELL & INTERNET 


Most people get some cell phone service on-site, although you may have to walk uphill to one of the higher points on the property.  You may give out Skalitude’s land line number, 509-997-1032 as an emergency contact.  There is also wireless internet service available on-site.

WEATHER


In late June it’s usually hot during the day and cool at night. Typically it doesn’t rain, or at least not for long. But cool and rainy weather is also possible. We advise coming ready for hot daytime temperatures and cool to cold nights. Best to keep an eye on weather predictions for Twisp just before the Congress and bring appropriate clothing.

GRASSES


Note that the Congress does take place in a grassy meadow!  If you are allergic to grass or pollen please bring allergy medications and homeopathics!

MOBILITY ISSUES


We attempt to make our gathering as accessible as possible to everyone – including alter-abled attendees. Please note that we are located in a meadow that is not easily negotiated for those with some walking disabilities. Distances between workshop areas, camping, and eating areas are spread out over the site. Please inquire with us directly before reserving your space so we can be certain we can accommodate your personal needs.

DOGS


You are strongly encouraged to leave your dog at home, as time at the Congress is short and precious, caring for your dog will take away from the time you have for all the various Congress activities.  If you must bring one, dogs should be on a leash in the Congress areas (gathering, parking, camping).  There is room beyond the camping areas for off-leash exercise. People with dogs should plan on camping towards the fringes of the camping areas, such as at the top of the parking lot, or on the Forest Service road.

We used to not allow dogs at all in the main gathering area, but in the past few years we have had some very majestic and evolved dogs in attendance so we have adopted a strategy of ‘dog synergy’, where we let things be if everyone is getting along. However to keep the peace we do reserve the right to dictate which dogs may or may not be present at any given time. Keep in mind that it may be hot and uncomfortable for dogs, be prepared to be able to leave them at your campsite if necessary.