Guiding principles of Hedoné Seminar:
Consent is a Must.
The basic principle of consent is that every person has the right to personal sovereignty. Every person has the right to not to be acted upon by someone else in a sexual way unless he or she gives clear permission to do so. Consent is never the mere absence of a “no.”
Consent is an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. For consent to be valid, there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual consented to that specific sexual conduct.
Consent is voluntary. It must be given without coercion, force, threats, or intimidation. Consent is an expression of free will.
Consent is revocable. Consent in some form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent to sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship, by itself, is not sufficient to constitute consent. Even in the context of a relationship, there must be mutual consent to engage in sexual activity.
Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. A person cannot consent if she/he/they is too incapacitated by drugs, alcohol, or medication to be able to truly say yes. This clearly includes someone who is unconscious or coming in-and-out of consciousness. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows that the other person is incapacitated has violated this policy.
It is not an excuse that the individual committing sexual misconduct was intoxicated and, therefore, did not realize the incapacity of the other.
Leave No Trace.
Ethical hedonists are protectors of the earth, guardians of the oceans, worshippers of Pacha Mama. We strive to not only minimize our impact but to leave places better than we found them. A little bit of planning and awareness goes a long way and are the tools to ensure the sustainability of our gathering. Aside from picking up after yourself and removing any abandoned trash you may find, we advise:
Remove all excess packaging from everything (food, supplies, tools) before you pack it to the festival–and recycle it! The less trash you bring from home, the better.
Bring an easy-to-carry cup to use throughout the festival. NO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS!
Smokers: use a portable ashtray (a mint tin works well) to collect cigarette butts and ash.
Glitter: These microscopic pieces of plastic end up in nature to never ever disappear again. For this reason we urge our festival crowd to ONLY use biodegradable glitter.