This year we are experimenting with adding an extra day to the retreat to see how it goes over. In one of our surveys, someone suggested adding an extra day to allow more time to socialize and for recreational activities.
The main retreat is still from Friday night through Sunday morning and that is what is included in everyone's registration costs. However, if you preregister for a weekend tent space before February 14, we will add a Thursday night tent space to your registration for FREE if you'd like to stay the extra day.*
The extra day will allow people to arrive early to set up camp, and we will have some loosely scheduled activities on Thursday and Friday for those who arrive early.
* We reserve the right to limit the number of free tent spaces available Thursday night based on available budget and the number of pre-registrations received by February 14, 2019. If we get a huge number of pre-registrations, we may have to rethink this.
Times and workshops are tentative and subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, most activities will take place at (or at least start at) the main campsite.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
There are no formal activities for Thursday. This will be a laid back to arrive and settle in. Informal activities might include hiking, swimming, a scavenger hunt, a tour of the First Landing State Park Visitor Center, field trips to the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. center and/or Neptune statue, and meals on your own.
12noon - Staff arrive / set-up
2pm and later – Early guests can arrive early and set-camp. Check in at main campsite. Feel free to bring decorations to decorate your campsite. Guests will be randomly placed in campsites and "tribes" via the sorting bowl. Will you be part of the Sasquatch tribe (Earth), Mothman tribe (Air), Chessie (Chesapeake Bay Monster) tribe (Water), or Dismal Swamp Firebird tribe (fire)?
8-10pm – Conversations around the fire.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Formal retreat activities will be begin in the late afternoon. Those who arrived early on Thursday might consider continuing the informal activities suggested for Thursday. Friday arrivals will be setting up camp on Friday afternoon.
1pm-6pm – Regular guests arrive / set-camp. Check in at main campsite. Feel free to bring decorations to decorate your campsite. Guests will be randomly placed in campsites and "tribes" via the sorting bowl. Will you be part of the Sasquatch tribe (Earth), Mothman tribe (Air), Chessie (Chesapeake Bay Monster) tribe (Water), or Dismal Swamp Firebird tribe (fire)? After setting up camp, each tribe will be given the opportunity to create a shield for their tribe. Arrive by early afternoon Friday for the best opportunities for participating.
6pm – Dinner: Camp pizzas and salad.
7pm – Icebreaker: Declaring Your Tribe. By now you have had the opportunity to co-create the space by decorating your campsites and by co-creating a shield for your tribe. Our icebreaker will involve each tribe unveiling their shield.
8pm – Opening ritual on the beach. What do you want to gain from the weekend? A gift for a gift. We'll offer our hopes for the weekend and an offering to the sea. Ritual led by Sage Haver.
9-10pm – "Outside looking in. Inside looking out." This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better. Each of us belongs to many tribes in our life outside the bog. Some tribes are well-understood and others have special needs that we wish the world outside knew more about. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and the tribes you bring with you to the weekend. You can share as much or as little as you like. We will have a story stick and whoever holds the story stick has the floor. The discussion will be moderated so that no one person dominates the conversation.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9am – Breakfast: Sausage (and veggie sausage), eggs, toast, and jelly
10am – Panel Discussion: "Valuing our Diverse Spiritual Paths." A panel of folks from different Pagan spiritual paths will answer questions and share information about their specific paths. Moderated by Sage Haver.
11am – Morning hike
12noon – Lunch: Hot dogs, chips, and sides
1pm – Panel Discussion: "The Intersection of Sexuality, Masculinity, and Spirituality." A panel of folks of different sexual orientations and lifestyles will answer questions about how their sexuality and gender orientations play into their spirituality. Moderated by Mel Mystery.
2pm – Workshop: "So, You Want to be Masculine, but you don't have_____." Let's talk about the masculine disconnect. Let's talk about regional approaches, ups downs and the like. Let's talk about you, me and them. Don't forget to bring what you need for this. Presented by David Spain.
3pm – Craft Activity: "Making Tribal Masks." Make a mask to represent your tribe - whether your Bog tribe or one of the tribes you belong to in life. We'll provide masks and craft materials like markers, glue, and so on. While you're on you're traveling through the park on Friday and Saturday, you might look for and collect shells, stones, sticks, and other natural items to include in your mask.
4pm – Workshop: "Tribal Drumming." Bring your drums as we sit down to learn about how to drum in a "tribal" context. Presented by Sir Hex Nottingham.
5pm – Dinner: Make your own "haystack" nachos. We'll provide the basic ingredients and you can build your own.
7pm – Main Ritual: Tribes of the Stag God. You may know him as Cernunnos, Herne the Hunter, Pan, Faunus, Dionysus, Shiva Pashupati, or some other name. The Stag God has gifts for the tribes and we offer a gift in return. Ritual led by Mel Mystery.
8-10pm – Drumming. We'll have on the beach or at the campsite depending on weather. Bring your drums and other instruments. Led by Sir Hex Nottingham.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
8am -11:30am -- Activities will be light. Folks should have their campsites packed up and clean up any trash so that we can leave the park by 11:30am.
9am – Breakfast: Bagels, cream cheese, fruit
10am – Closing Ritual.
What gifts and experiences do you bring back from this retreat to your tribes and communities at home? Ritual led by Wes Jolly.
11:30am – Lunch at Shorebreak Pizza and Taphouse (2941 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach) for anyone who wants to stick around and possibly a visit to the A.R.E. or Neptune Statue.
1pm -- Everyone heads their separate ways
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