Folks are encouraged to bring information on their groups, gatherings, projects, and anything they wish to promote. We are not offering vendor space at this event. 

A table or other space might be set-up for sharing flyers, business cards, and so forth throughout the weekend.


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Parking

There are two cars allowed per cabin (though sometimes we've been able to fit a few more).  Overflow parking is near the picnic area to the right when you pass the gate house on the cabin side of the park.  There is additional parking near the main visitor center on the beach / camping side of the park.  

Parking passes are required for all vehicles within the park.  We are including parking passes in the registration cost for those who register with us before the retreat and will have these for our guests at the cabin.  If you did not register for the retreat ahead of time and plan to "pay at the gate", you are responsible for purchasing your own parking pass upon arrival.  Parking passes are typically around $7 per day.

Cell phone and computer policy

Consider unplugging for the weekend! Connect with nature, spirituality, and other people at the retreat!  Focus on the here and now!  Take a break from your regular contacts and obligations!  Frequent texting and phone calls can distract from the atmosphere of the retreat!

If you absolutely must stay connected, please keep your devices on silent or vibrate and take or make any calls or texts you need to away from the main cabin, workshops, rituals, and other group activities.

There will be one designated staff cell phone that will remain on (but silent) throughout the day so incoming guests can call to locate us. The staff cell phone will also be on in case of emergency.

There is no WiFi service at the cabins or campsites. There is WiFi service, for those who need it, at the main information center.

Photography

Photography will be allowed during the event and a staff photographer may be taking pictures for promoting future events. If you wish to take photos, please ensure that those persons in the photos do not mind being photographed. As with the cell phone and computer policy, please keep photography during the retreat as unobtrusive as possible.

Weapons / Bladed Ritual Tools

Bladed ritual tools, swords, daggers, athames, pocket knives, etc will be allowed. However, if they become an issue, we may ask you to put them away.  These items should not be concealed.  Please keep in mind that we are in a public park and that such items could raise the concerns of mundane guests in the park.  If you feel you need to have a gun for protection or defense, we ask that you keep it in your vehicle.

Alcohol

You may bring or partake of alcohol so long as you are over the age of 21, and so long as you do not get out of hand. Individuals who become a problem will be asked to leave.  Virginia State Law and campground policies designate that alcohol may only be used in private areas (inside a cabin or camping-unit).  If you wish to partake of alcohol outside, such as around the campfire, please put it in another container to make it less obvious.

Nudity / Ritual Garb

As the retreat will take place at a public park, nudity is not allowed in public. 

You may bring and wear your ritual garb at your own discretion. As already mentioned, this is a public park and we don't want to spook the mundanes (too much).

Stolen / Lost Items

We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  We recommend that you keep any valuables, wallets, cash, etc. on your person or locked out of sight in your vehicle.

Minors

This event is open to men over the age of 18. Youth over the age of 16 may attend with a parent or other adult guardian.

Work Shifts

All attendees are required to sign-up for a work shift / task throughout the weekend. Primary work shifts will involve helping to cook, cleaning up after meals, getting firewood, tending the fire and grill, and running errands.  Serving on a workshop panel counts as a work shift.

Quiet Hours

Park quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am.  There should be no excessive noise after 10pm.  Drum circles and other loud activities that could disturb other campers in the park should stop by 10pm.

Park Rules and Laws

Park rules and state laws supersede any policies we have for the retreat. 


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The Park

First Landing State Park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 2,888 acre park is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and features a number of different terrains and environments including a beach, wooded areas, and marshes. The park features a visitor center, a tent camping area, cabins, picnic shelters, hiking and biking trails, swimming at the beach, and other amenities.

The Cabins

We camped last spring, but have decided to return to the cabins for this year's retreat.

All cabins have AC and heat, a fireplace, a deck, a screened porch, and an outside grill. The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, a microwave, dishes, and so forth. The bathroom features a shower with hot and cold running water. Each cabin has two bedrooms with one full bed, and two bunk beds.  There's room for at least six people to stay overnight and if we have more, we can always rent cots or make room for sleeping bags.

Campsites

If you'd rather camp, reserve your own cabin, or bring an RV, you are welcome to reserve a cabin directly from First Landing State Park or by calling (800) 933-PARK.

Campsites and RV sites are on the beach side of the park.  Each campsite includes a fire pit / grill and a picnic table.  Two tents and two cars are allowed per campsite.  Some campsites have water and electrical hookups. There are several public restrooms with showers with hot and cold running water throughout the park.

Day Trippers

Day trippers are welcome.  Out of town folks who don't want to stay with us are welcome to reserve their own cabin, campsite, or RV site in the park or stay in a nearby hotel.

Climate

Average temperatures for Virginia Beach in March typically range from 40 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Directions

The address is 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23541. (Additional directions)


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David Coffman  David Coffman. David is a Virginia Beach attorney. He regularly presents a workshop on "Pagans and the Law" at the Hampton Roads Autumn Moon Festival / Pagan Pride Day. David served a number of years as a board member for Paganet, a former Pagan newspaper. He is currently a board member for Hampton Roads Pride.
 Mel Mystery  Mel Mystery. Mel is an eclectic Hellenistic Druid with a little bit of Norse thrown in. Mel hosts his own podcast "Discovering the Male Mysteries" for gay and bi Pagan men. Mel recently published a book on LGBT werewolves in mythology and folklore titled "The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts." Mel also dabbles in photography.
 Sage Haver  Sage Haver is the founder of the Tidewater Spirit Coalition Men's group and Owner/Operator of Red XIII Distributors. He has been a supporter of the local pagan community for over 10 years and has helped to promote many local vendor events with Mystic Moon and Aries Apothecary.
 Wes Jolly  Wes Jolly is an ADF Druid, Leatherman, and Kink presenter, and is active in the local and regional kink communities. He is also the Director of the Hampton Roads chapter of Masters And slaves Together (MAsT: Hampton Roads) a support organization that serves the those in power exchange relationships. He is a member of the Cavaliers Leather and Levi Club of Virginia, where he is the Sergeant at Arms and Pledge Master, and is a librarian and storyteller for the The Carter / Johnson Leather Library, Hampton Roads Annex.
   Zack Shackleford, is new to the planning of Pagan events. He has been active off and on with the Mystic Moon Community since 2002. Zack also helped out with the "Shine On" campaign. In which he,and the members of T.S.C. men's group replaced the lights and fixtures at Mystic Moon Norfolk. He has also been a frequent participant of Mystic Moon's Drum Circle periodically through out the years. He hasn't been lately due to work obligations. Zack looks forward to assisting the community in any way he can. He has various skills and knowledge to contribute. Zack also runs his own business "Paracord Creations by Zack."Zack is looking forward to what the future holds for our great community!

 


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