Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS IT?
The Hedoné Paris Convention is a yearly event organized by the Paris-based Hedoné e.V. collective.
Hedoné is an artistic 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 Convention consists of two parts: theory and practice.
The first part of the convention 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.
WHERE IS IT?
In a beautiful castle surrounded by nature, close to Paris (90 min drive, the exact details will be sent by mail to the attendees).
WHEN IS IT?
The Hedoné Convention 2023, which theme is “Poetry of the Heart”, will take place on June 14th at noon, to June 19th at noon. As participating in both theory and practice is a key for a transformation experience, doors will close on Friday 8pm.
Price of an Early Bird ticket is 320 Euros, Still Early Ticket will be 420 Euros and Regular Ticket price is 520 Euros. Tickets cover the 5 days experience and the whole education program. Accommodation in glamping tents or Castle rooms, parking spots, food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.
FOOD & DRINKS
Vegetarian and vegan food options will be provided for affordable prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For additional nourishment, there will be food and snack stands on site. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, fresh juices and herbal shots will be sold separately at designated bars.
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, 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. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, harassment or abusive behavior is not tolerated at this event. Anything understood as such, as well as any violation of consent, will not be tolerated.
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!
Our GALA is a mass performance representing the poems of Sufi masters over centuries. Costumes should evoque light, sensuality and divine connection. Costumes are mandatory from Saturday to Monday, we recommend to wear just confortable clothes from Wednesday to Saturday.
If this is your first time at Hedoné, please refer to our website or 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.
The most eco friendly way to reach the castle from Paris is to take the train (exact details will be sent by mail to the attendees). Arrival with private cars is also possible, but parking spots are very limited and not on the premises (10 minutes distance/public). We also have a few spots on-site (8 spots) for converted vehicles (available as an option when you buy your ticket).
Camping at the Castle with your own gear is included in the ticket price, with showers and toilets in the camping area.
“Glamping” at Hedonia Camp in beautiful teepees is available at an extra cost, as well as private rooms in the castle (See Brochure for more informations, and book them as options when you buy your ticket). Please note that a valid General Admission Ticket is needed to access the festival, even when you book an optional accommodation.
Hedogold is the currency for purchasing food and drinks on festival grounds and will be available for exchange at special exchange counters by credit card only.
FOOD & DRINKS
Vegetarian and vegan food will be provided for affordable prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For additional nourishment, there will also be food stands on site. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, deliciously made coffees and teas, will be sold separately at designated bars. Please refer to our Leave No Trace policy concerning cups.
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. Please note that we are implementing this year a strong “bring your own cup” policy which also applies to cutterly.
Volunteer registrations are open. Volunteers will have to complete 3 shifts of 6-8 hours during the convention. 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. A deposit (255€) and a contribution (65€) will be required upon acceptance, the deposit will be returned upon completion of both shifts within 30 days after the Seminar.
We have a no-refunds policy. However, cancellation from our side will be compensated with full refund.