Our Haven Nature Sanctuary
 
 

Guidelines:

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Gate Hours

  • The main gate closes at 10:00 PM Eastern (9:00 Central) and opens at 9:00 AM Eastern during Our Haven sponsored events.
  • Please arrange your travel itinerary to arrive before the gate closes.
  • Pre-registered participants: please notify Our Haven if you require alternative arrangements such as arriving outside these hours.
  • For Non Our Haven sponsored events, please arrange with the festival coordinators for gate hours.

Behavior
Please remember that, you must have permission to touch someone and no-means-no. Sensual clothing / nudity, etc., is not an invitation to touch, nor does it imply consent in any way. Please be courteous and respectful of other people's space. Harassment will not be tolerated. Please immediately report any violations.

Local Laws
Our Haven Nature Sanctuary is a privately-run clothing-optional festival ground that obeys all local ordnances and laws. Firearms, illegal drugs, or alcoholic beverages not intended for personal consumption are not permitted.

Tolerance
Our Haven Nature Sanctuary is open to all races, genders, sexual orientations, and positive lifestyles and spiritual paths. Anyone heard or seen engaging in hurtful racism, sexism, genderism, ageism, hetroism, religious intolerance, or any other hurtful prejudiced behavior will be asked to leave Our Haven immediately with no refund.

Waivers
All visitors to Our Haven must sign a waiver. Waivers are available at the front gate and the founder's home. Other festivals may have additional rules, regulations and waivers.

Hunting, Fishing, Foraging & Planting
No hunting/fishing/foraging is allowed at the sanctuary without prior approval of Our Haven staff. Please ask permission before harvesting or planting at Our Haven. Even well-intentioned unapproved plantings can endanger the ecology of Our Haven.

Personal Welfare
Be responsible for you own welfare and for the welfare of those in your charge while at Our Haven. Our Haven will not be held liable for personal loss or injuries while attending the festival. Most of the festival season is very warm. Please be sure to drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen. Also, please take precautions against poison ivy, poisonous snakes, and insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, and stinging insects. Remember, you are in the woods! Keep foodstuffs contained and sealed up to eliminate wildlife raids.

Children
Children are welcome at Our Haven. We have playground facilities, and many of our family events offer children's activities and daycare programs. That being said, please keep in mind that children and minors are always the responsibility of their parent or guardian while at Our Haven. Children should not be left to wander unattended or unsupervised. If your child is being kept in our festival daycare program, please take a volunteer shift at the daycare during that festival. All children are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with all guidelines set forth. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the festival without refund. Children are not allowed in the Clothing Optional area unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Keep Our Haven safe for your family and all families responsiblity.

Pets
To all members and attendees, Our Haven knows that some four legged family members like to attend events too: dogs, cats, etc. Please note animals need to be leashed, securely held or caged at all times. You must always clean up after your animal and dispose of their waste properly.

Trash and Glass
Keep your camp area cleared of trash and clutter. No cigarette butts or other debris is to be tossed on any part of the grounds. Glass is not allowed at the main fire. Please decant all beverages you will be bringing to the main fire into plastic containers.

Garbage Removal
Plan to remove your own trash from your campsite when you leave Our Haven. We strongly encourage you to bring a majority of what will become trash in paper form as this can be burned on site.

Drum Etiquette
Please be respectful of other people's items, especially drums and other instruments around the main fire. Please do not play other people's drums without permission, and do not set items on drums. Drums are not tables, and can be damaged by pressure, moisture, and rough objects. Drumming is allowed at all hours during a festival, unless otherwise stated on a festival schedule, like quiet hours or silent ritual. Please check with festival organizers if you are unclear on when drumming is appropriate.

Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is allowed at the main fire, unless otherwise stated on a festival website. We ask that you please drink responsibly and in moderation. Drinks are often shared around the fire. If you are the parent of an underage child it is your responsibility to ensure that they do not consume alcoholic beverages while at Our Haven. Our Haven and its affiliates do not serve or sell alcohol to minors, nor do we endorse or knowingly allow underage drinking.

Fire Tending
The fire tenders around the main fire are trained and authorized by Our Haven to work with the main bonfire. Unless you are an authorized fire tender, please keep a safe distance from the bonfire. Only approved Our Haven fire tenders may handle fire wood or fire tending of the main bonfire. You can learn more about becoming an Our Haven fire tender here.

Choosing a Campsite
Camping is permitted in nearly any suitable location throughout Our Haven except for those areas specifically designated for vendors or where your campsite would be an obvious obstruction (in the middle of the road, or right in front of the main stage would likely be a bad idea). Also, please avoid setting up camp where it would block access to any of the shrines around Our Haven. If you require electricity, you will also be limited to a few campsites with power hookups. Please let the staff know if this is the case.

Active Areas
Please keep in mind that not all attendees of the festival will keep the same hours as you! The most active areas in the daytime are the workshop areas, the vendor's area, and the food area. The most active areas at night are the main fire and the stage. There is often all night drumming, dancing, and singing around the bonfire on the main field. The quietest areas to camp are the area between the two fields, the clothing optional area, deer grove, the high pasture, and across the creek near Ancestor Hill and Brigid's shrine. We strongly suggest that you plan your campsite according to your sleeping habits. To get an idea of the layout of the land, you may view a map of Our Haven's grounds and amenities here.

Firepits
There are many campsite firepits available at Our Haven. Please do not create a new firepit without prior permission from Our Haven staff. If you arrive early to an Our Haven event there is a very good chance that you will have access to a firepit at your campsite. If you are arriving to an event later you may still have access to the firepits, but may need to share with other later arrivals. Do not leave trash in the firepit. See Garbage Removal above.

Firewood
Please do not bring firewood with you to Our Haven. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is working with campsites throughout Indiana to control the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Firewood is available to purchase on site for use for just $5.00 per wheel barrow load.

Clothing Optional
There are designated clothing-optional areas of Our Haven year-round. Clothing optional means just that -- clothing is optional. You don't have to be nude or skyclad to visit the area, but please be aware that other people may be. As a result, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the clothing optional area without parental supervision. Some festivals may be entirely clothing optional. Please check the festival websites for details. Please remember that nudity is not an invitation to touch, nor does it imply consent in any way. Please be courteous and respectful of other people's space. Harassment will not be tolerated. Also, we recommend that you plan you clothing, or lack thereof, with the weather in mind! The weather may become hot, wet, or chilly.

Please Remember
It takes all of us working together to make Our Haven the safe harmonious sanctuary it's intended to be.
Please immediately report any violations of these Guidelines.

 
     


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