The CWPN coordinated with Camp Cedarcrest,
the home of Harvest Gathering to revamp the fire pit and 
surrounding area. 
We are able to do this from contributions
from our community. Below is a list of contributors who are 
dear family and friends of CWPN's Harvest Gathering family. 
Each one of you is a spark of flame that ignites this spiritual fire.
Lisa Tonner
Cori Burke
Darlene and Steve Marks
Jacki Charette
Charlie Beisser and Pat Graf 
            In Memory of Thomas Graf and Bren Shepherd
Elizabeth Dillen LaBarca
Karen Storminger
Tony Griego
Kelli-Ann B
Kerri DeBlasi
Rev. Karen
John Oberg
Dark Wing
Carol Hayes
Chris Swiderski
Sarah Castrovinci
Jimmy Clark 
Melissa Jacouzzi at
Cee Elle
Sandy Nutter
Doug Yeager
Malia Re

Driving Directions to Camp Cedarcrest

886 Mapledale Road, Orange, CT

Camp Cedarcrest is located one minute from CT Route 15 (also known as The Wilbur Cross Parkway and The Merrit Parkway), on the interstate highway network, 6 miles from New Haven, 60 miles from New York City and convenient to all of New England.

886 Mapledale Road
Orange, Connecticut 06477
Phone: (203)799-2150


From New Haven:

  1. Take Route 34 (Derby Ave) west heading toward Derby
  2. From the intersection of Derby Ave. and E.T. Grasso Boulevard note your mileage. You will travel west on Route 34 for about 4 miles.
  3. Landmarks you will pass along the way will be the Ravens Stadium on the left; a Nissan car dealer on the left; then Maltby Lakes and a Mobil gas station on the right.
  4. At the end of these 4 miles, you will come to the intersection with Orange Center Road.
  5. There is a gray building on the right hand corner (a flower shop).
  6. As you pass through this traffic light, immediately get into the left -hand lane (you will see a green sign on the left-hand side with says Junction 15).
  7. Immediately after this sign you will take a left -hand turn which is Mapledale Road. (If you come to an entrance rap for the Merritt Parkway, you have gone too far.) You will pass 4 houses on the right.
  8. After the houses, at the bottom of a small hill, on your right is a brown sign that says Camp Cedarcrest. Look for the HG enterance sign. The entrance to the main parking lot for the camp is immediately past the house.
  9. The driveway is between two white pillars on your right.

From Route 15:

  1. Get off at Exit 57 (West Haven – Orange) and continue on Route 34 East.
  2. Take the second right onto Mapledale Road.
  3. You will pass 4 houses on your right.
  4. After the houses, at the bottom of a small hill, on your right is a brown sign that says Camp Cedarcrest. Look for the HG enterance sign. The entrance to the main parking lot for the Camp is immediately past the house.


Harvest Gathering Policies


Each individual is responsible for their own actions. Violent, disruptive, dangerous, illegal or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. 


Illegal Drug Use is strictly prohibited

Anyone caught using or disturbing illegal drugs the police will be will called immediately. Your admission to Harvest Gathering will be revoked without refund.



We ask those who are of legal drinking age drink and behave responsibly. 

Connecticut State Law prohibits the following activities:

  1. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by any person below the age of 21
  2. The distribution of alcohol to anyone below the age of 21.

Anyone in violation of CT State Law will be asked to leave immediately and admission to Harvest Gathering will be revoked without refund.



No smoking except in designated areas. Please be considerate of this policy.


Media and Photography

Harvest Gathering is a private event on private property. Media coverage is not permitted unless there is prior authorization from the event manager. Photography is permitted only with the permission of all those being photographed. If photographs are being uploaded to social media and/or internet, please ask permission of those photographed.



Children are the responsibility of their parents/guardians and must be supervised at all times. Failure to do so will result in both child and parent/guardian to leave the event without refund. We do not offer a babysitting service or children unattended by parents/guardian activities.



No open flame should be left unattended. No tiki torches should be used at campsites or cabins. No camp fires are allowed on camp property. Cooking fires are allowed at stone barbecues (provide by the camp) and camp stoves. 


Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, Harvest Gathering will refund the cost of the event minus $30.00 filing fee up to June 1, 2017. After June 1st, 2017 no refund will be issued.

Payment Plans are not refundable. 

The event manager reserves the right to revoke your admission to Harvest Gathering without a refund.



Here’s a list of other items you may want to pack:

  • Please bring photo I.D.
  • Bed linens, blankets and pillows
  • Tent, tarps, easy-up
  • Clothing for 4 days
  • Water bottle and additional snacks
  • Coolers and ice
  • Camp stove, and/or charcoal for grills
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Garbage bags (please take your garbage with you when you leave)
  • Good walking shoes - for rough terrain
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Sun block
  • First Aid kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels and Wash cloths
  • Children's supplies
  • Rain gear
  • Bug spray
  • Folding chairs
  • Portable altar
  • Ritual and festive clothing
  • Over the counter medications
  • Drums, rattles, shakers, etc
  • Prescribed medications
  • Ear plugs - we cannot control those who snore or events sounds
  • Notebooks and writing instrument
  • Money for vendor purchases
  • An item to charge on the Ancestral Altar (please make remember to take this home with you. CWPN is not responsible for items left on Alter) 

Fire Circle Etiquette

The Fire Circle is open to everyone attending the festival. The fire circle is sacred space and must be treated in that manner. When attending a working fire circle, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the safety and comfort of all those attending we ask that you take into consideration the following rules of etiquette.

The Fire

If you would like to help with the building or tending of the nightly bonfire, please speak to our Fire Coordinator and tell them you would like to help. Working a fire can be strenuous and possibly dangerous. When volunteering, please take this into consideration.

Things to consider if you are tending the fire


If you arrive at the circle and the fire has not been lit, please speak to a staff member and find out what time the fire will be started.


Wear something to cover yourself in a material that won't catch fire very easily. Avoid wearing flowing skirts and pants.


Help to keep the woodpile area free of people and obstructions.


For the safety of all attendants, the following is recommended:

  • If you see burning ash fragments land on the ground, please extinguish them before someone steps on them with bare feet.
  • If you see burning fragments land in someone's hair, please put them out.
  • If you notice a rock, cigarette butt, bottle cap, or other hazardous item lying on the ground, please pick it up and properly dispose of it.
  • If you have spare time in the evening before the bonfire gets started, it's nice to walk around and check the dance area for hazardous small objects, and to help fill up water jugs.


Drummers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. If you are a beginner please

be mindful not to disrupt the other drummers.


The drummers need the heat to keep themselves and their drums warm. They also use the fire as an energy source. To stand directly in front of them is to cut them from their source.


The fire circle is for dancing and fun. Please try not to stand around the fire because dancers may not be aware of you, which could lead to a dangerous situation.  If you identify someone who you feel might be unsafe near the fire, please see a a staff immediately.

Other Considerations


If you want to smoke, please do so only in the designated smoking area.


Little ones are more then welcome to join in the festivities, but we ask that you take full responsibility for the well being of all children in your care. It's for their own safety.

How To Help Yourself Make The Most Of The Fire Circle

There will be water made available every night of the fire. Be sure to drink lots of water. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you. If you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, or light-headed, sit down, rest and drink some water. If you feel the need to ground and center, please do so. Please use good judgment. Items to bring to the fire circle include blankets & coats (both to sit on, and to keep you warm when you are not dancing), a flashlight to assist you in finding the way back to your cabin or tent, and extra food and water jugs if you have them. If you see what seems to you to be careless or unsafe fire play, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of festival staff.