Brotherhood by the Bog: A Spiritual Experience for Pagan and Pagan-friendly Men

DivinationPeering Through the Veil:

Divination and the Masculine

March 20-22, 2020

Due to concerns related to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to cancel the Brotherhood By The Bog retreat for the time being.  We hope to reschedule the retreat for a later date, but do not yet know when that date will be.  We will issue refunds to those who preregistered for the retreat.  Please check this page and our Facebook group periodically for any additional updates.

First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA

Cabin # to be announced.


Brotherhood by the Bog

Brotherhood by the Bog is an annual men's spiritual and bonding experience that takes place in the spring at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. The focus is primarily Pagan though all respectful seekers are welcome. We welcome men of all sexual orientations and backgrounds.

This year the retreat is being co-sponsored by Brotherhood by the Bog and the Tidewater Spirit Coalition men's group.


 Be sure to join our Facebook group and RSVP on our Facebook event page (link coming soon).


Want to host a workshop? 

We have a couple of workshop slots open.  If you are planning to attend, hosting a workshop counts as a work shift.  Your workshop should be related to some form of divination or method for "peering through the veil".    Your workshop should not duplicate divination techniques already being presented (see Retreat Schedule).  Exotic and uncommon divination techniques will be given preference. Send your workshop proposals This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Be sure to put "BBTB Workshop Proposal" in the e-mail subject line.

Photos of Brotherhood by the Bog Past Retreats

The current Brotherhood by the Bog retreats started in 2016. Most photos were taken by Mel Mystery or David Coffman.






Classic Retreats

These retreats were put on by mostly the same organizers and ran from 2003 to 2007.  Most photos were taken by Mel Mystery or David Coffman.



Please use the Brotherhood by the Bog link menu to the right of this page to navigate to other retreat specific pages.

Thank you for Pre-Registering for the Brotherhood by the Bog Men's Retreat to be held March 23-25, 2018 at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.

We should be contacting you by e-mail within the next few days to have you fill out an event Registration Form.

If you do not hear from us within a few days, please e-mail us using the e-mail on the registration web page.

Your pre-registration payment includes your registration fee, meals, and parking for the entire retreat or any part of the retreat you attend.

Please note that overnight accommodations in the cabin are extra.

You may purchase one or more nights in the cabin through us for $25 per night.  If you would like a cabin to yourself, please make arrangements directly with First Landing State Park for a private cabin.

There are also a number of hotels nearby.

Pre-registrations are non-refundable after Friday, February 23, 2018.


We look forward to seeing you at the Brotherhood by the Bog weekend in March!!!

1. Do I have to stay overnight if I attend?  You do not have to stay with us overnight to attend.  Overnight spaces are an add-on for those who do want to camp, and not a part of regular registration costs.  You are welcome to reserve your own cabin, campsite, or RV site directly through First Landing State Park (or by calling (800) 933-PARK) or stay at a nearby hotel.  If you live nearby, you are welcome to day trip.

2. I missed the registration deadline, but I'd like to stay overnight.  Is this possible?  It really depends on whether there are any spaces still available.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cabins sleep a cozy six people and we may be able to fit in a few more cots and sleeping bags.  If you missed our deadline and we don't have any spaces remaining, you are welcome to reserve your own cabin, campsite, or RV space directly through  First Landing State Park or by calling (800) 933-PARK. 

3. Are there bathrooms and showers with hot water?  Yes.  The cabin has a bathroom with toilet, sink, shower, and hot and cold running water.  There are also a number of public restrooms scattered throughout the campground. 

4. Do I have to be Pagan to attend? No.  We welcome all respectful seekers.  Our activities and workshops are geared toward Pagan and earth-centered religions, and we will be hosting a few Pagan rituals during the weekend.  If you are okay with this and the topics of the weekend catch your interest, please do join us for the weekend.

5.  Are you friendly to gay, bi, trans, straight attendees? We welcome men of all orientations and masculine identified transgender folks.  Our planning team is made of gay and  straight men. We even had a female to male transgender individual attend his first men's retreat with us one year. Unlike some mainstream religions, Pagans are generally very open and accepting of folks of all sexual orientations. We have no scriptures or mandates condemning alternative sexualities or sexuality in general.

6.  I'm a woman and I really resonate with the theme and topic of your retreat.  Can I attend?  We will not turn anyone away who feels they would gain from the weekend.  That said, the focus of our weekend is brotherhood and our workshops and activities will be male and masculine focused. 

7.  Are vegetarian meals an option?  Yes.  One of the retreat planners is vegetarian so this is always a consideration.  If you are vegan, have food allergies, or other diet restrictions, please let us know before the retreat and we will try to accommodate you.  Meals are included in your registration price.  You are welcome to bring additional or supplemental food items if you like. 

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Would you like to present a workshop or activity at our retreat?  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This year's theme is: "Lost Boys and Neverlands: Creating Magickal Connections in a Mundane World." 

Topics will include:

  • Finding and connecting with your tribe.
  • Rediscovering the magick within.
  • Achieving the balance between your inner adult and your inner child.

Possible workshop topics can include any of the above, additional topics might include:

  • Lost boy and Peter Pan archetypes
  • Growing up and growing older
  • Masks and Shapeshifting as a Lost Boy activity

We have a approximately six slots for workshops and activities (mostly on the main day of the retreat, Saturday). Our keynote presenter typically provides at least one workshop and often facilitates the main ritual.

From those workshop proposals received, we will select the most appropriate workshops and activities that relate to the theme of our weekend from those we receive by our Workshop Proposal deadline (December 31, 2017). If we receive a lot of proposals, we may keep some workshops in mind as backups should a presenter not show.

To be considered, you must be pre-registered to attend the retreat by the Workshop Proposal deadline. We will make our selections in early January and then confirm with you, should you be selected. We reserve the option to change workshop names or to edit workshop descriptions for grammar, punctuation, clarity, or space.