Workshops are tentative and are subject to change.
If you would like to propose or lead a workshop, or be on one of our panels, please see the "Workshop Proposals" option on the right "Arcadia Gathering Menu."
Presenting a workshop or serving on a panel counts as a work shift.
Workshops and Panels
Arcadia and Utopias -- A panel discussion on the need for Queer spiritual spaces outside of mainstream religions. We are looking for a handful of folks to be on this panel.
Creating an Arcadian Brotherhood -- This will be an interest meeting for those who might be interested in forming / joining the Arcadian Brotherhood. This brotherhood will be for Pagan and Hellenistic men-who-love men. One our primary activities will be sponsoring this annual gathering, but we hope to form a platform where members can also form groups in their local areas. Presented by Mel Mystery.
Is there a place for sexuality in the sacred? -- A panel discussion on the place of sacred sexuality within Queer men's gatherings and spiritual groups. Can the sexual and the spiritual exist side-by-side? Is spiritual prudery limited to Abrahamic religions? How can queer men integrate sexuality into their spiritual practices? Is there such a thing as too much sexual freedom within Queer spirituality, groups, and gatherings? These are a few questions that might be addressed. We are looking for a handful of folks to be on this panel.
Paganism for Newbies -- An overview of Paganism and some of its more common paths. This workshop is ideal for our non-Pagan guests and those who are new to Paganism. This workshop will also highlight how LGBTQ folks might resonate with Paganism and pitfalls to avoid. This workshop will be offered early on the first workshop day of the retreat. We are looking for someone to lead this workshop.
What is Arcadia? -- What was the historic Arcadia of ancient Greece? What was it's mythology? How did Arcadia take on the role of a utopia for male-male love in the European Renaissance imagination? Is Arcadia a place or a state of mind? Presented by Mel Mystery.
Where do we go from here? -- As we come near the end of this year's gathering, we open the planning process for those interested in helping plan next year's gathering, for those who want to provide input, and for those who want to hear more about where we're planning to go. What went well? What could have gone better? Should we continue at this campground or is there a better place for year two. Does anyone have ideas the next theme or possibly guest speakers? There is also a loose four-year plan in the works. What does it involve? Facilitated by Mel Mystery.
Working with Pan -- We are looking for one or more folks who include Pan in their personal practices to tell us more about this god and their experiences working with him.
Main Ritual -- More information to come!
Drum and Fire Circle -- What could be more Pagan than drumming and dancing around a fire? Bring your drums and other instruments! More information to come!
Pan at the Disco -- We are hoping this will become an annual dance / social at the Arcadia Gathering. It might be a disco dance in a pavilion or meeting space. It might be a social in the woods where we dance around the fire circle. Specifics will depend on the number of attendees, available budget, and park spaces and rules. Whatever it turns out to be, there will be disco music and a disco ball. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite disco digs, as their favorite deity or mythological creature, or some combination of the two. In lieu of a formal DJ, we encourage folks to bring their favorite disco music to share (CD and possibly MP3 format).