BBTB Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome men of all orientations and masculine identified transgender folks. Our planning team is made of gay and straight men. We even had a female-to-male transgender individual attend his first men’s retreat with us one year. Unlike some mainstream religions, Pagans are generally very open and accepting of folks of all sexual and gender orientations. We have no scriptures or mandates condemning alternative sexualities or sexuality in general.
Brotherhood by the Bog always takes place in the spring – usually a weekend in March or April. We alternate between virtual and in-person retreats each spring. Virtual BBTB retreats usually take place in even numbered years and in-person BBTB retreats usually take place in odd numbered years. Virtual retreats allow us to reach a larger audience who may not be able to attend our in-person retreats.
Virtual Brotherhood by the Bog retreats are FREE as we have low overhead. We do not need to reserve campsites or provide food or supplies for attendees at our Virtual retreats. If you like what we are doing and would like to make a monetary contribution, please do, but this is not a requirement to attend our virtual retreats. Any monetary donations would go to marketing our events or toward the costs of our next in-person retreat. While Virtual retreats are Free, in-person retreats do require registration costs to attend.
Brotherhood by the Bog always takes place in the spring – usually a weekend in March or April. We alternate between virtual and in-person retreats each spring. Virtual BBTB retreats usually take place in even numbered years and in-person Arcadia retreats usually take place in odd numbered years. Physical retreats allow us to meet and bond in the real world.
No. We do not stream in-person retreats for a number of reasons. The main reason is that we just don’t have the staffing to manage both simultaneously. Another reason is that Wi-Fi and cellular service can be spotty or even non-existent within the campground where the retreat is taking place. Streaming would also be a distraction to the discussions and bonding taking place as we gather together in person. There is some possibility that select workshops and activities will be recorded for posterity, but there is no guarantee that this will happen at any given retreat.
Some years we may offer tent camping options. Other years we may offer space in a cabin. Much will depend on the the budget we have available ahead of time to make reservations. Most of our in-person retreats take place in at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, VA.
You are welcome to seek other accommodations directly from First Landing State Park (campsites, cabins, RV spaces, yurts, etc.) or to seek other nearby accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, etc.) If you seek your own accommodations, you are still required to pay for your regular retreat registration, but you will not be charged extra for overnight space at the retreat.
First Landing State Park does offer RV and camper sites. If you secure an RV site directly from the park, you are still required to pay for your regular retreat registration, but you will not be charged extra for overnight space at the retreat.
That depends on whether we have any spaces left. Overnight cabin and/or campsite spaces may be limited. We may also limit the size of in-person retreats to allow for a quality experience. If there is space still available and if there is still suitable time to process your request, you may still be able to attend. Any requests to attend that are made after our posted registration deadline will be on a case-by-case basis.
Yes. First Landing State Park has bath houses with toilets, showers, and hot water in the tent camping area. First Landing cabins feature a bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet, and hot water.
We usually post the staff contact number in our Facebook group and often in an e-mail sent out to attendees prior to the retreat. Calling or texting this contact number is the preferred way to contact us once the retreat has started and generally the 24 hours prior to its scheduled start time (staff might arrive up to a day ahead of the retreat). Because Wi-Fi and cellular service can be spotty or non-existent within the campground, we do not recommend trying to contact us by email, Facebook, Messenger, or other social media once the retreat has started or up to 24 hours before the retreat.
That depends on the type of site we get. Tent camping sites usually do not have electricity. Cabins do have electricity. Unless we have a cabin or it is otherwise stated, don’t expect that electricity will be available. Please consider bringing a car charger that you can use in your vehicle or purchase a portable battery charging pack and charging cord compatible with your device.