Is there an age limit?
Yes. Shining Hearth is an 18+ event. This is not because things are all NSFW all the time, but to simplify administration by not having a separate adult "role" to manage and avoiding the liability and security problems inherent in collecting copies of government-issued IDs to grant access to it.
How do you define "fae"? Do nature spirits, elementals, peris, nymphs, Menehune, etc. count?
We don't have a strict definition. If you consider yourself fae, it's close enough!
I'm not an Elf, Fae, Sidhe, or Tuatha De Danann. Can I come?
Yes. We don't ask what you are on the registration form, nor will we deny anyone entry based on their 'kin-type. So far there have always been some items on the schedule that could also appeal to a more general audience of otherkind. But we are trying to maintain a topic and theme focus on the spectrum of elfae folk, so be aware that things may not necessarily be geared to your interests.
Are fictionkin and plurals allowed?
Yes. It doesn't matter to us if you're a fictional kind of elf or only one member of your system is fae. But see the above answer: elfae are our focus, so if that's not what you are, there may not be activities of interest to you.
I'm a psychological otherkin who is not into any spiritual or magical stuff. Can I come?
Yes, but we're trying for a certain magical vibe of the space, and both the programming and the crowd lean that way. Belief in past lives or whatever is not required, but if you don't tend to a magical/mystical mindset at all, this event might not be your jam.
Do you need any help running this gathering?
Staff signups closed on January 13. We open staff signups 3-4 months in advance of the event, if you want to keep an eye out for next year.
I'm interested in presenting or performing! How do I sign up for that?
Presenter signups closed on February 10th. But if you have an idea for a presentation, you can mention it in the server suggestion box when you attend! Presenter signups open around 3 months in advance of the event, if you want to think about it for next year.
How do I register to attend?
General registration closed on March 22. Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of registration dates for next year!
Can I show my art / sell my wares / etc.?
Yes! We have a Creative Works channel where you can post any kind of visual, musical, written, or other artwork (and a separate channel for NSFW art) as well as a Mythic Market for links to personal shops, offers for goods or services for sale or trade, etc. No separate signup besides your general registration is required, and there is no vendor fee.
I signed up to be staff / to present / registered, but I never got my invite code for the Discord server!
Invite codes for early-bird staff and presenters were sent out in mid-December. More were sent on January 13 when the regular signup period closed. Late presenter signups received their codes as we received their signup forms.
Codes for general attendance will be sent out on March 23rd, 2023.
If it's after the relevant date, check your spam folder, especially if you have a Yahoo, Hotmail, or Outlook address. If you still can't find it, contact us at staff (at) shininghearth (dot) net.
Last updated: 3/22/2023