Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS IT? The Hedone Paris is a yearly gathering organised by the Berlin-based Hedoné e.V. collective. Hedoné is an artist movement based on ethical hedonism as well as an NGO that supports victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) by donating all profits to organizations working to eradicate this cruel practice. The Hedoné gathering consists of two parts: theory and practice. The first part of the seminar is dedicated to various activities such as workshops, talks and panel discussions that will explore methods and tools to reach emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual balance and bliss. We then jointly celebrate the natural pleasures of life in a gala which is, simultaneously, a mass performance against FGM.
WHEN IS IT? The Hedoné Paris 2021, which thema is “Divine Feminine”, will take place on May 21st at noon, to May 23st at noon, 2021. As participating in both theory and practice is a key for a transformation experience, doors will close on Friday 6pm.
WHERE IS IT? A beautiful castle surrounded by nature close to Paris (2 hour drive. The exact details will be sent by mail to the attendees).
WHAT IS DIVINE FEMININE? You are surely aware that each human being has a feminine and masculine side, communally called Ying and Yang. In this year of huge cosmic shifts, we wish to explore our inner Divine Feminine. The sacred part of ourselves which supports our sense of creation, sensuality, empathy. Regardless of your gender identity, your body shape or size, your spiritual background, the Divine Feminine is already there waiting to help you bloom. You have it within you all already, sometimes just well hidden. Now more than ever, it is important to realise your powerful bound to
the Earth, and to discover how to balance your intuition with your Divine Masculine more anchored in reason and logic.
COVID-19 Precautions and hygienic measures will be taken to prevent transmission between people and make a safer environment. In that sense, carrying a negative PCR or Antigen test result will be mandatory to access the venue. There will be Antigen rapid tests available during at the door for a fee of 10€ as well.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Participation is granted upon the completion and evaluation of an application designed to ensure potential participants are aligned with Hedoné ́s purpose.
RULES OF THE GAME.
Consent is a Must. It is an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision by each participant. It is voluntary, and revocable at any times. Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. We do not tolerate any kind of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or abusive behavior. Be the highest, most loving and respectful version of yourself!
Leave No Trace. Ethical hedonists are protectors of the earth, guardians of the oceans, worshippers of Pachamama. We request you to bring your own cup/water bottle, if necessary, use bio glitter and always leave places cleaner than you found them. Single-use plastic is not permitted. Smokers: use a portable ashtray.
Be a Hedoangel. Beautiful souls overseeing that magic and safety are maintained throughout the party, hedoangels are guards of high vibes who take care of the space and one another.
Gifting. Hedone is a participatory co-creational event. Guests are encouraged to bring and share their gifts with the community. Spontaneous performances, interactive games, gourmet treats, etc...are all welcome and appreciated... Be your funky avatar!
TICKETS. Donation to the NGO is 200 Euros.
COSTUMES. Costumes of all sorts and of your wildest imagination are more than strongly encouraged. Our event is a mass performance against FGM, and outfits typically reflect the love, bliss, acceptance and happiness one would want to see in the World. If this is your first time at Hedoné, please refer to our website or the following link for ideas and inspirations :
A few items will be available for sale on site, but we strongly suggest you come with one or multiple costumes ready.
TRANSPORT. The most eco friendly way to reach the castle from Paris is to take the train. From Paris, trains depart approximately every 30 minutes from Gare de Lyon or Gare de Bercy and take 1h50 to arrive at destination. Price of one full fare ticket is 26€. On friday only, from noon to 5:30 pm, a shuttle will be picking up attendees at the nearest gare station (exact details will be sent by mail to the attendees).
Arrival with private cars is also possible, and a free parking area will be available right next to the Castle entrance. It takes a little less than 2 hours to drive from Paris to the Castle.
Drivers would be amazingly lovely to sign up to the following carpool link for others to join and reduce their carbon footprint : https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/0n6i5p
ACCOMMODATIONS. Camping at the Palace is included in the ticket price. “Glamping” at Hedonia Camp, or staying in one of the Castle bedrooms is opionnal. Showers and toilets in the camping area will be available.
CASTLE. The castle is a beautiful and delicate 18th century estate. It has a surrounded park with tree and luxurious nature. Once checked in, we strongly encourage all participants to stay in the designated Castle area. Early departure from site will be possible but definitive.
CURRENCY. “Hedogold” is the currency for purchasing food and drinks on festival grounds and will be available for exchange at the info point with credit card only.
FOOD & DRINKS. Vegetarian and vegan food will be provided for affordable prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, fresh juices and herbal shots will be sold separately at the bar. As much as possible, please bring your own plates and cutterly to reduce usage of single time items.
ECO. LEAVE NO TRACE. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave any place in a better state than we found it.
PROGRAM. Full program is to be announced. Consult another edition program to have an idea.
VOLUNTEERING. Volunteers will have to complete 2 shifts of 6-8 hours during the seminar. Even if a shift coincides with workshops, volunteers are expected to fulfill their shift. Please keep in mind we are a communal effort and our community is committed to a personal participatory ethic. Deposit of 150 euros will be required upon acceptance and will be returned upon completion of both shifts within 10 days after the event.
REFUND. We have a no-refunds policy. However, cancellation of the event due to a worsening of the pandemic scenario will entitle you to use your ticket for a future event or a complete refund.