Primal Ordeal exists to provide a risk-aware space in which to celebrate our Primal natures and conduct sacred Ordeals work in a natural setting.
We are creating together a sacred environment supportive of intense and transformational sacred experiences. Toward this end, we require that participants honor the following commitments throughout the event:
"I will honor this space and the land we stand upon."
The entire space and weekend are serving as our sacred temple. Please be considerate of our communal experience by following all space-related guidelines. Use areas for their designated intended purposes. Help us keep the camp clean by disposing of waste in appropriate receptacles. Recognize the limitations of the camp's resources and especially do not waste water. Keep your camp site free of litter. If you have a physical need and aren't sure how to fill it, please approach any staff member for assistance.
"I will treat every being present as the master of his or her own Will."
In sexual spaces, it is especially important that everyone be assured that no one will in any way attempt to abridge another's right to personal sovereignty. That means everyone is responsible to assess for themselves what activities and engagements are appropriate and desired. No one will be pressured to do anything they do not want to do. When we agree to honor each others "no", we are also creating room for an authentic and enthusiastic "yes" to occur. However, you are responsible for clearly and plainly asserting your boundaries. Similarly, if you find yourself a guest in someone's camp site please be courteous and respectful to your hosts. If someone is pressuring you to do something you don't want to do, please approach any staff member for assistance.
"I will bear witness with care to the travails we have come together to seek."
Ordeals work invites temporary emotional instability as a matter of course. We agree that we are coming together to this end and purpose. Unlike many kink spaces, expressions of extreme emotion are invited and encouraged, both in and out of scene. Assume that anyone with whom you interact may be undergoing a transformational experience. It is ok to approach other participants to request heartfelt council for what you are experiencing. However, know that they may be processing something themselves - so ask first if they are in a condition to offer you care in your emotional state. If you need help processing something, approach any staff member and they will direct you appropriately.
"I will be open to the diverse views of my fellow practitioners."
The Sacred Kink community has members drawn from many backgrounds, spiritual traditions and walks of life. While we may intellectually disagree with one another on specific points, we are united in our goals and purposes so far as this event is concerned. There is certainly a place for lively discourse. If you find a conversation too heated, simply agree to disagree while it is still possible to do so without descending into hurtful speech. At the same time, please refrain from any remarks that denigrate a category of identity. Racist, sexist, homophobic or other categorically demeaning speech will not be tolerated. If someone is causing you harm in this way, please approach any staff member for assistance.
"This place is a sacred temple because we are agreeing together to make it so."
Why have we chosen a Western elemental structure?
Sacred Kink practitioners come from all different heritages, spiritual backgrounds and walks of life. Primal Ordeal respects every positive faith tradition. We have selected a Western elemental structure in which to express our community values because these symbols are the most widely used and understood by the majority of practitioners, even if they are not the ones used in an individual's personal practice.