JBK's Open Ostara Gathering is about celebrating the end of the winter and the coming of Spring.  It is a celebration of all the possibilities of the coming months.  It is a welcoming of Spring, and renewed life, and prosperous times.  For us, it is also the event that marks the time of the year when Midwest Heathens shake off the snow and begin to travel to see one another again.  We will honor Ostara and all of our Gods and Goddesses.  We will honor our Ancestors.   And we will gift the Vaettir of the land.  And we will do all of this together, as a Folk.

On March 8-9, 2014, heathen tribes, strong families, and solid heathen individuals from around the Heartland will gather at Gaea Retreat, a campground about 40 minutes outside of the Kansas City Area. There are normally 70 to 80 Heathens in attendance, including many children.  We will feast together.  Share a horn in Folk Symbel.  We'll play games, learn from one another, and catch up on everything that's been going on during the winter months.

Participation is FREE, and you don't have to pre-register.  Simply show up, bring a dish for the pot-luck dinner, and pay Gaea Retreat's inexpensive camping fees.  $5 for a day-pass, $10 for tent camping, and $15 for space in a cabin.  Kids are free.  You can come for the day, stay for a night, or stay for two nights and enjoy Gaea Retreat for the whole weekend.  We have reserved the Main Hall, so this event will be comfortable and successful regardless of the weather.  Click here for a tentative event schedule.

The cabins have electricity and heat.  To reserve a cabin, contact the Caretaker at Gaea Retreat at 913-796-2141.

Please bring the following with you:

  • A dish for the pot-luck feast on Saturday evening
  • A camping chair if you find those more comfortable than folding chairs
  • Warm clothes, in case the weather is a little chilly
  • Warm bedding, in case you are staying the night
  • Any beverages you wish to drink

You can click on any of the thumbnails on this page in order to view photos from our past Ostara Gatherings.  Please scroll down to see them all.  We'll post more information as the event gets closer.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about our Ostara Gathering, please contact mark@heathengods.com.

Jotun's Bane Kindred - Temple of Our Heathen Gods








JBK's Open Ostara Gathering 2014 will be our be our sixth Open Ostara Gathering.

It is an Asatru or Heathen celebration, in honor of the Germanic Goddess Ostara.

All Asatruars and Heathens are welcome at our Open Ostara Gathering.

Jotun's Bane Kindred is a kindred working to advance Asatru or Germanic Heathenry.