“For with law shall our land be built up and settled, and with lawlessness wasted and spoiled.”
– Njal’s Saga, chapter 69
The Hail and Horn Gathering is an open, spiritual retreat for the exclusive practice of modern Heathen spirituality. The gathering is also a socially inclusive place. Those attending the event are expected to express frith and grith in their interactions with others while at the event, both in word and deed. The folk at the gathering are expected to be good guests and to be non-discriminatory to one another and the wider society.
The Ontario’s Human Rights Code itemizes the areas where discrimination is not tolerated, which are the same as those at the gathering. These protected grounds are: age; ancestry, colour, or race; citizenship; ethnic origin; place of origin; creed; disability; family status; relationship status; gender identity or gender expression; receipt of public assistance; sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding); and, sexual orientation.
Those not conforming to these expectations may be asked to leave the event without refund, at the discretion of the event organizers.
The Hail and Horn Gathering takes place at Raven’s Knoll Campground, near Golden Lake Ontario. Please visit the website to learn more about the location. In particular, you may want to visit the page outlining directions to the campground and take a look at the campground rules.
For those of you that are new to the gathering, are new to camping, or are just plain forgetful, the HHG Camping Checklist may help you out.
The Aesir Vé
In 2012, at the first Hail and Horn Gathering, a sacred place of worship was established at Raven’s Knoll for honouring the gods and goddesses of Heathenry and Ásatrú. For the first time in Canada (to our knowledge) there is a public place of worship set aside for the honouring of the pre-Christian Scandinavian and Germanic holy powers.
To learn more about the Vé, please refer to the book Rites of Raven’s Knoll, which includes a chapter on the founding of the Raven’s Knoll Vé, the raising of the god-pole to Odin, as well as some other Heathen tidbits.