FAQ

 

Entheogenesis Australis 2017 Symposium FAQ

 

How to get to EGA

Instructions for how to get to EGA:  EGA2017 Transport Guide (pdf)

Ticketing

How Do I Receive My Tickets?
All tickets are eletronic. No paper tickets are sent.

Do I need to print out my electronic ticket to gain access to the conference?
There are two options - you can print out the ticket you were sent electronically or you can have the email open on your smartphone as you attend registration.  Depending on reception, it might pay to take a screenshot of your ticket/s as a backup to present on your phone .  You will be required to provide Photo ID.

Are day passes available?
Due to venue capacity restrictions, we are unable to offer day passes to EGA 2017

Are discounts available?
Discounts are available for students/pensioners/concession card holders.

Can I Get a Free Ticket If I Volunteer?
There are no free tickets for volunteer positions as such, but there will be limited places available for those who want to contribute some time/skills and part payment to the event and purchase a discounted ticket in return. Contact: contributors[at]entheogenesis.org

I bought a ticket but I can no longer attend the conference. Can someone attend in my place?
Yes. Up to two months before the event, you can transfer your ticket to someone elses name. A fee will apply.  Contact ticketing team for more info around this: tickets[at]entheogenesis.org

Will EGA refund tickets I purchased? It is the responsibility of the purchaser to resale their own ticket if they can not attend the Conference.  A name change on the ticket to the new owner will need to occur for any new owner to use the ticket during registration. Contact ticketing team for more info around this: tickets[at]entheogenesis.org

Dates and Times

When is EGA 2017?
The conference runs from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December 2017. There will be some post conference programming on the Monday.

When does the conference start/finish each day?
Friday 8th December - conference starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 11.00pm, Saturday 9th December conference starts 9.30am and finishes 11.30pm, Sunday conference starts 9.30am and finishes at 11.30pm. Note: Breakfast is from 8am for attendees who have pre-purchased meal packages. Some healing modalities may start earlier, please see your program for more details.

I'm staying at The Pondage - when do I need to check out?
Monday 11th December - 4pm. If you want to stay longer you will need to book with staff at The Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (note, as EGA Conference attendees you'll receive a discount off the normal rate).

I'm staying at Holmesglen at Eildon - when do I need to leave?
Monday 11th December - 10am. After this you can choose to access the programmed post-conference activities at The Pondage.

Conference Registration

I'm staying at The Pondage - what do I need to do to get into the conference?
Everyone attending EGA 2017 must first register at The Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (10 Eildon Road, Eildon, Victoria) before going to the conference site at Holmesglen at Eildon. Registration opens at 11am, Friday 8th December. You'll need to bring a print out of your ticket that was emailed to you OR a copy of it on your phone and some ID. Once you've registered you can board the EGA shuttle bus to the conference site. You will not be able to take your car to the conference site.

I'm staying at Holmesglen at Eildon - what do I need to do to get into the conference?
Everyone attending EGA 2017 must register at The Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (10 Eildon Road, Eildon, Victoria) before going to the conference site at Holmesglen at Eildon. Registration opens at 11am, Friday 8th December. You'll need to bring a print out of your ticket that was emailed to you OR a copy of it on your phone and some ID. Once you've registered and received your vehicle access pass, you may drive to Holmesglen at Eildon where gates open at 2pm.

I'm staying at local accommodation - what do I need to do to get into the conference?
Everyone attending EGA 2017 must register at The Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (10 Eildon Road, Eildon, Victoria) before going to the conference site at Holmesglen at Eildon. Registration opens at 11am, Friday 8th December. You'll need to bring a print out of your ticket that was emailed to you OR a copy of it on your phone and some ID. Once you've registered you can board the EGA shuttle bus to the conference site. You will not be able to take your car to the conference site.

Can I drive my car to Eildon at Holmesglen?
Only if you are staying in accommodation at Holmesglen at Eildon and have received a vehicle access pass via registration at The Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (10 Eildon Road, Eildon, Victoria). During event operation times, you need to come and go from the conference site using the EGA shuttle bus.

Camping

If I am taking up the option of camping at the Pondage, what do I need to bring, What would i expect to be there?
The Pondage is a caravan park with a campground on one side and a more permanent set up area for the long term stay on the other. EGA has sole use of the Campground over the weekend of the conference. The campground has nice facility’s like hot showers, toilets and a food preparation area as well as BBQ. More info on the Facilities can be found here - http://www.eildonpondage.com/facilities/   

However, you will need to bring everything you need for general camping, for example, Tent, bedding, ice chest, Good lighting and torch, portable stove and cutlery.  It is worth reading the following camping cheek list and researching the area before packing - https://www.australianexplorer.com/camping/camping_checklist.htm

Can I bring my camper-van?
Yes, if you are camping at the Pondage.

What camping times are included in the confrerence ticket? When can I arrive / leave the campground at The Pondage?

With the conference Ticket, you can arrive and set up your camp Friday Morning on December 8th from around 9 am. Camping Friday night to Sunday night is included in your EGA 2017 ticket price. Check out time is before 5 pm Monday the 11th of December. However, there is a pre and post camping available by arrangement with the campground office.

How does the pre and post conference camping work? 
As EGA is using a professional campground for the first time this year, you are welcome to arrive early and/or stay on after the main conference. There will be other conference attendees and some crew doing just that, so why not extend your EGA experience. The campground is offering a discount rate for three nights before the conference commences (5-7th Dec) and for three nights after the conference concludes (11-13th Dec). Simply head to the Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (EGA campground) during office hours to arrange your pre and post EGA camping. On Thursday the 7th of December the office will be open late (at least until 9 pm) to assist with the pre-camping rush.  Post-camping can be arranged on Monday the 11th at the Site office.

Camping Fees: The discounted rate is $27 per unpowered site per night for two adults (children 4 and under are free). There are also powered sites and cabins on site; you will need to contact Eildon Pondage Holiday Park to confirm availability and fees.  You will need to show your digital or printed EGA conference tickets to claim the discount. 

Note: EGA has sole use of the campground on over the main conference dates but not over pre and post camping dates.  All powered sites and cabins are already pre-sold to EGA staff or conference attendees over the conference dates, so you will be asked to relocate to another part of the campground or cabin during that time if you use cabins or powered sites during your pre-conference stay. 

Address: Eildon Pondage Holiday Park, 10 Eildon Road, Eildon, Victoria 3713
 

General

Are children welcome at the event?
Children 4 and under are free of charge at EGA.  Children are 100% the responsibility of their guardians.  Children over 4 require a children ticket that is $150. Email info [at] entheogenesis.org if you would like to organize a children's ticket.

Can I get a pass-out?
During event operation times, you can come and go from the conference site as you please using the free EGA shuttle bus. Your wristband is your access pass for the EGA Shuttle bus.

Is there phone reception on the site?
Yes - both Holmesglen at Eildon and The Pondage have mobile phone reception.

I've lost something, what do I do?
At the conference, site see First Aid or the Info Tent. At The Pondage see Registration.

Will attendees be photographed or filmed at the conference?
Psychedelic Science conferences attract significant interest from journalists and filmmakers. By entering the event premises and by participation in this event, you consent to the use of your photograph, likeness, or video or audio recording in whole or in part without restriction or limitation for any educational, promotional, or any purpose for distribution online and in printed publications or publication in other media. You release Entheogenesis Australia, their officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitization, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, or video and/or sound recordings. We are happy to remove your image from any digital property over which we have control upon your request. An example of use is for the EGA YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/entheotv

What should I bring to EGA?
To set yourself up for a comfortable conference day outdoors (and indoors) we suggest bringing a small folding camp chair or cushion (maybe a picnic rug), water in a refillable bottle, a hat and sunscreen, a warm jacket and a head torch for night time. An umbrella for shade would be useful as well as a notebook and pen, and sufficient spending money.

Can I get a receipt for Australian Tax Office purposes?
Yes. You can pick up an official EGA Tax Receipt from the Info Desk at the conference. Please bring photo ID and the ABN of your business.

Can I get proof of participation for my university?
Yes. You can pick up an official EGA Proof of Participation letter from the Info Desk at the conference. Please bring photo ID with you as well as Student ID if applicable.

How do I stay up to date with EGA goings on?
Sign up to the EGA online newsletter.  Email info [at] entheogenesis.org with JOIN in the subject

I lost my wristband...what do I do?
If you are at The Pondage campground please see Registration. If you are the conference site at Eildon at Holmesglen, see the Info Tent.

Looking for information on, or things to do in the area?
Visit the Eildon Visitor Information Centre: Main Street, Eildon, Open 10am – 2pm. Website: www.lakeeildon.com Email: eildoninfo[at]virtual.net.au

Transport

When do the EGA charter buses run?
Friday 8 Dec 2017: Departs: Melbourne Flinders Street – rear of ACMI* at 10.00am then arrives at Melbourne Airport – T2 Groups & Tours Lane departing 11.00am then arrives at Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (campground) 13.45pm. Monday 11 Dec 2017: Departs: Holmesglen at Eildon at 10.30am then arrives at Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (campground) at 11.15am. Departs Eildon Pondage Holiday Park (campground) at 12.30pm then arrives at Melbourne Airport – T2 Groups & Tours Lane at 15.15pm then arrives at Melbourne Flinders Street – rear of ACMI* at 16.00pm.

When do the EGA Shuttle buses run?
EGA Shuttle buses run continuously each day of the conference. See the last page of the EGA Transport Guide

What can I not take on the Shuttle buses?
Large or dangerous goods, alcohol of any kind, open food or drink, people without conference access armbands.

What other transport is available?
Regional bus services leave Eildon (which is a 10min walk from the main campground) twice daily at 7.30am and 9.00am Monday to Friday. Here is some more info about those busses https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1935

How do I get from the Pondage campground to the conference at Holmesglen at Eildon?
Once you have registered, you can use the free EGA shuttle bus. Your wristband is your access pass for the EGA Shuttle bus.

How do I get from Melbourne Airport to the conference?
There is an EGA Charter bus service you can access by pre-booking a ticket. More information is here http://www.entheogenesis.org/transport

Programming

Where can I access the daily timetable?
Timetables will be supplied during registration and as downloadable PDF two weeks before the event. You can also view the daily program at the Info Tent (Holmesglen at Eildon) and at Regstration (The Pondage).

Food and Beverage

Is there a banquet this year?
Yes, it's free for all attendees - Sunday 10th from 6.30-8.30pm at Holmesglen at Eildon.

What food and beverage options are there?
There will be four food stalls plus on-site catering via pre-purchased meal package ticket here http://www.entheogenesis.org/tickets

Is there access to drinking water?
Yes. Drinking water is available both at The Pondage and also the conference site. We recommend bringing your own refillable drink bottle to minimise waste.

Can I bring alcohol to EGA?
The Pondage campground is BYO however the main conference site has a licensed bar therefore BYO is not allowed at the conference site.

House Rules

Can I bring my dog?  No. (guide dogs are an exception).

Can EGA get me some good drugs?
EGA is a conference ABOUT plant substances and altered states, not a conference ON plant substances or psychedelics - so please do not bring any items that would endanger yourself, the organisers or the future of the event. Also keep in mind there are police-operated random drug and alcohol testing buses operating all over Victoria and certainly we anticipate that this will include in and around our event.

Can I smoke cigarettes or vaporise at EGA?
Yes. You can smoke or vapourise at the Pondage Campground. At the conference site it is permitted in designated areas that will be outlined closer to the date. Due to both alcohol and catering on site as well as fire safety the area for smoking have been restricted.

Where can I park my car?
Car access is only available to attendees who have purchased accommodation at Holmesglen. Please follow the direction of the EGA (or Holmesglen at Eildon) parking crew when you are on site. If you are based at the campground you are required to catch the shuttle bus to and from the conference each day.

Can I walk in the bush around Holmesglen at Eildon?
Yes. There are six marked trails. Visit the Info Tent during the event for more details.

Emergency Procedures

I've had an accident, what do I do?
At the conference site see First Aid or the Info Tent. At The Pondage see the site office, Registration or an EGA contact. In the event of an emergency call 000

Merchandise

Will there be any EGA merchandise available?
Yes. See the info tent for a range of EGA merchandise and other goodies.

Is there an EGA journal this year?
Yes. Each ticket holder receives one copy of the EGA 2017 journal with their ticket. Additional copies as well as previous year's journals can be purchased from the info tent at the main conference site.

Market

How can I get a market stall at EGA 2017?
Submit an application online at this link http://www.entheogenesis.org/online_applications

What market stalls will be at EGA?
There will be four food stalls plus additional psychedelic related things, such as books, clothing, art and other wares. If you'd like to apply for market stall please see  http://www.entheogenesis.org/online_applications

Accessibility

Access for those with mobility challenges? Wheelchair access?
The main conference site at Holmesglen is on a slope and there are a number of steps down to where the main activities will take place. If you require alternate access please contct us and we will be happy to assist. Please email: info[at]entheogenesis.org

Raffle

Is there a raffle this year? Where / how can I get raffle tickets?
Yes! Please visit this link http://www.entheogenesis.org/raffle You can also purchase tickets during the conference from the Info Tent.

How can I contribute a prize to the raffle?
Thank you for your support! Please contact: raffle[at]entheogenesis.org