How To Get The Most Out Of Gather

Just as we did with our post on how best to pack for Gather, we asked veterans of the event what advice they have to get the most out of your Gather experience.

  1. “Don’t skip opening ritual.” -Camille
  2. “Ground thyself, every friggin chance you get. Don’t become overwhelmed so that you run, if you need help/feel weird, shout it out.” – Jennifer
  3. “Eat, shower, sleep. Don’t forget. Also, know your limits. It’s a lot of energy.” – Amber
  4. “Take care of yourself. If you’ve never been to an event like this, make sure you’re not running yourself ragged, getting friends and trying every ritual you can. Sometimes it’s just a bit much.” – Ges
  5. “Post-gather hangover is a real thing, be prepared to feel crappy, especially if you over do it! Also I agree, don’t miss opening ritual.” – Amber
  6. “Don’t skip opening ritual. No seriously, don’t.” – Dani
  7. “Looking up briefly what caste system a lot of H.K members use will help. While gather isn’t forcing beliefs on anyone, a lot of people who attend bring up terms in casual conversation without realizing it.” – Kristan
  8. “Don’t be scared. Shield yourself when necessary and if you can. Be open about things. When you feel overwhelmed take a breather. The patio track is the best. A great place to meet new friends. Keep yourself nourished and rest when you can. The people you meet will all be amazing and have many things to offer.” – Holly
  9. “Reiterating especially if you are new, attend opening ritual. Remember to try to follow your normal eating schedule. You may find that you aren’t hungry but trying to find food at 11pm isn’t always easy (even with close food options). Having a plan for the weekend is a good thing. It’s okay if you need to rest or take time away. The whole event can be overwhelming to attend.” – Rhys
  10. “Going to sound like a broken record, but yeah. Go to opening ritual.” – Jessica

How to Pack for Gather

Gather is coming, and so begins a series of posts about how to best prepare for a weekend of energy work and camaraderie. We asked veteran attendees of Gather how to best pack for the event. Here is the advice they have to give.

  1.  Pack snacks and food as if you have blood sugar issues even if you don’t normally have blood sugar issues. Dramatic changes in energy levels often exhibit the same biochemical response and can be handled in a similar fashion.” – Gryphon
  2. “Plot out what classes you are really interested in.” – Jessica  (There are a lot of great classes, and scoping them out ahead of time will help you feel less stressed and overwhelmed. You can find the list of classes at this link.
  3. “Not only should you plot your classes you want to attend, but keep an eye out for extra goodies you want to pay for – so that can be worked into the weekends times.” – Kristan (We have artists plying their trade each year, and also a merch table for all manner of goodies. Elyria would like to remind you to bring cash for merch.)
  4. “Each hotel room has a microwave and fridge so bring snacks and your favorite beverage. Maybe even a travel cup for a continual caffeine feed.” – Jane
  5. “Hand sanitizer (for this and every con, to avoid the crud).” – Elyria
  6. “If you’re a tea or coffee fiend, bring an electric kettle so you can have caffeine without leaving your room.” – Elyria
  7. “A notebook to keep track of everything in – people’s names, topics, words to follow up on later, resources from classes…” – Elyria
  8. “In all my years of going, I have always slightly overpacked and don’t see that changing. It’s the only day of the year when some of us get to be ourselves – so packing concerns the outfits and outfits are your masks or lack there of- so that means a lot of thought and preparation involved. Which means some extra stuff. But at the same time, I have narrowed it down to the selections of items that are always the same… I can’t think of special items that we could imagine someone would need for sure. Comfortable shoes, something black ( in case they want to blend in) everything else is individual. “ -Rez
  9. “Bottle opener, because it’s good when people with alcohol need your help ;)” – Elyria
  10. “You’ll need a photo ID at registration to pick up your badge. Be sure to bring one.” – The Registration Desk

These little tactics should help you get to Gather prepared and ready to go.  Our next post will tell you what to do once you arrive. Stay tuned!

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