The workshops and activities listed below are from the 2019 Gathering. We will update this page with 2020 workshops and activities as we get closer to the event.
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 "Arcadia Workshop Proposals" page.
Presenting a workshop or serving on a panel counts as a work shift.
Workshops and Panels
Doing It Digitally -- In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss successes and challenges engaging audiences at a distance – social media, online groups, podcasts, video channels, online classes and workshops, and virtual events. We’ll seek to gain perspective from both those who have created online content and those who have participated in it. Facilitated by Mel Mystery.
Information Session: The Arcadian Brotherhood – This will be an interest meeting for those who might be interested in joining the Arcadian Brotherhood. This Brotherhood is 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.
Keynote Speech – A keynote speech by our guest presenter. TBA.
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.)
Welcome Talk: The Space Between Us – As Pagan men who love men, we are often spread out across vast distances. As gay men we are often find it hard to connect with other men. As Pagans, the Divine is often portrayed and practiced in heterocentric ways. We are here this weekend to find ways to connect with each other and with the Divine in our own Queer affirming ways. Presented by Mel Mystery.
Working with Hermes – Workshop description TBA. Presented by C.J. Goodwin.
Main Ritual: Rite of Hermes -- This ritual will honor the Greek god Hermes.
Drum and Dance Circle -- What could be more Pagan than drumming and dancing around a fire? Bring your drums and other instruments!
Pan at the Disco – Our second an annual dance / social at the Arcadia Gathering. This year will have an 80s theme. We’ll have both 80s and Pagan music and a disco ball. BYOB. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite 80s clothing, 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 80s and Pagan music to share (CD and possibly MP3 format).