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 round table discussion on the need for Queer spiritual spaces outside of mainstream religions.
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.
Dating the Greek Gods -- Part I will feature an exploration of ancient Greek homosexuality and bisexuality; an overview of a number of Greek gods with homosexual and bisexual associations; a summary of the book "Dating the Greek Gods" by Brad Gooch and his concept of "dating" the Greek gods; Part II will cover an introduction to basic concepts of ancient Greek religion; and learning to perform a basic Greek ritual to honor a Greek god.
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.
Mask Making -- We'll be providing blank masquerade type masks and craft supplies for people to make and design their own masks. While you're on you're traveling through the park before the workshop, you might look for and collect stones, sticks, and other natural items to include in your mask. Folks might consider wearing their masks during the Rite of Pan ritual.
Moonlight Spirit Walk -- Optional night meditative hike for those who want to join in after campground lights out. The full moon is only a few days away, so the moon should light the way. Bring flashlights and/or glow sticks because who knows where the night will lead us. We’ll tour some of the landmarks in the campground, swing by the lake, and go on a meditative romp through the woods.
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. Depending on available time, experienced Pagans might have the opportunity to share their experiences and advice. 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 discussion 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?
Working with Pan -- There will be a short presentation on Pan followed by a discussion. We are especially looking for folks who include Pan in their personal practices to tell us more about this god and their experiences working with him.
Main Ritual: The Rite of Pan. This will be a journeying rite. What lessons and gifts does Pan have for you? Will you offer a gift in return? We'll honor each of the elements as we journey toward spirit.
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).