Guidelines,Etiquette, and Code of Conduct
By participating in the Virtual Arcadia event, you agree to the following guidelines, code of conduct, and virtual etiquette policies. Violation of these policies may be grounds for dismissal from the virtual retreat.
Attendance to the Virtual Arcadia is open to all respectful seekers who feel they have something to learn or offer by participating. The event itself is marketed toward Queer Pagan men, but we welcome our allies. Our underlying focus throughout the weekend is brotherhood and exploring Pagan topics through the lens of Queer male experience. We welcome FTM Transgender men to take part. We are open to all respectful seekers regardless of path, practice, political or religious affiliation, or other characteristics.
We realize that many folks will be attending our workshops and activities while juggling mundane activities such as work, family, and other obligations. We encourage you to take in as many workshops and activities as you can, but we realize that you may not be able to attend everything. We hope to offer recordings of our workshops and activities at a later time for those who cannot attend during their regular scheduled time.
This virtual event is free. To attend, you must agree to our “Guidelines, Etiquette, and Code of Conduct” and join our Arcadia Facebook group. Links to all workshops and events will be posted there.
Workshop and Activity Proposals
This group will be a primary means of communication between the planners and attendees and vice-versa. To protect the privacy of attendees, this group requires approval and you should read and understand these Virtual Arcadia Guidelines before joining. In the Arcadia Facebook group announcements will be made, links to virtual workshops will be sent, and links to recorded workshops will be shared. Attendees and workshop presenters experiencing technical problems or other issues may share them here. We may offer “rooms” as a social component during the retreat.
Please be aware that most workshops, rituals, and activities will be recorded so that those who could not attend can watch them at a later time. These will be shared to a private YouTube channel. To protect the privacy of participants, please do not share this link with others who did not attend the virtual retreat.
The recording, sharing, or publishing of any video or photos from the virtual retreat for any reasons beyond the retreat itself are not permitted.
Arcadia reserves the right to use some images for archival and marketing purposes and on our website. If you have any concerns about your personal image appearing anywhere public, please contact a staff member.
- Please be respectful and courteous to other presenters, other attendees, and staff during the virtual retreat.
- Arcadia is a spiritual retreat, not a political one. Therefore, any discussions of politics should relate specifically to the workshops, activities, and themes at hand, if these are discussed at all.
- Hate speech will not be tolerated.
- Abusive language or behavior will not be tolerated.
- Please be on time for all events as this will allow presenters to start on time and minimize distractions during their workshops. In most cases, presenters will start allowing participants in 5-10 minutes early so the activity may start on time. If you must be late, please enter quietly.
- Please mute your microphone during workshops and activities when you are not actively presenting or contributing to discussion. This will help reduce background noise.
- Presenters will state their preferences whether they will accept questions during the workshop or whether there will be a Q&A session at the end. Please abide by their preferences.
- A timekeeper / moderator will be appointed for each workshop / activity to ensure that each event wraps up on time. He will alert the presenter by private Zoom message at the 15-minutes, 10-minutes, and 5-minutes before the scheduled end of the workshop. The timekeeper will also watch the virtual chats and alert the presenter by private message if there are any questions or comments that require attention. In some cases, the presenter may ask that questions and comments be saved until the end of the workshop.
- Please don’t dominate the conversation. Allow other folks time to talk when audience participation is allowed. This is especially true if you are an ally. Sometimes the most important thing you can do as an ally is to listen. Also, extroverts please give the introverts a chance to be heard.