Mel Mystery Mel Mystery. Mel is an eclectic Hellenistic Druid with a little bit of Norse thrown in.  Mel hosts his own podcast "Discovering the Male Mysteries" for gay and bi Pagan men.  Mel recently published a book on LGBT werewolves in mythology and folklore titled "The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts."  Mel also dabbles in photography.
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Arcadia Camp Out will be changing our location for the 2021 Camp Out (Why the change?

Our new location this year will be First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.

The Park

First Landing State Park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 2,888 acre park is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and features a number of different terrains and environments including a beach, wooded areas, and marshes. The park features a visitor center, a tent camping area, cabins, picnic shelters, hiking and biking trails, swimming at the beach, and other amenities.


Campsites and RV sites are on the beach side of the park.  Each campsite includes a fire pit / grill and a picnic table.  Two tents and two cars are allowed per campsite.  Some campsites have water and electrical hookups. There are several public restrooms with showers with hot and cold running water throughout the park.

The Cabins

Cabins are an option for those who do not wish to tent camp.  If you'd rather reserve your own private campsite away from our main camp, reserve your own cabin, or bring an RV, you are welcome to reserve any of these directly from First Landing State Park or by calling (800) 933-PARK.  If you reserve your own cabin, RV site, campsite, stay at a local hotel, or decide not to camp because you live nearby, you are only responsible for paying Day Trip rates to the Arcadia Retreat.

All cabins have AC and heat, a fireplace, a deck, a screened porch, and an outside grill. The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, a microwave, dishes, and so forth. The bathroom features a shower with hot and cold running water. Each cabin has two bedrooms with one full bed, and two bunk beds.  There's room for at least six people to stay overnight and if we have more, we can always rent cots or make room for sleeping bags.

Day Trippers

Day trippers are welcome.  Out of town folks who don't want to stay with us are welcome to reserve their own cabin, campsite, or RV site in the park or stay in a nearby hotel.


Average temperatures for Virginia Beach in early October typically are in the mid-70s.  Temperatures this time of year rarely go below the mid-50s at night or above the mid-80s during the day.


The address is 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23541. (Additional directions)








 Arcadia 2023: Otherworld Spirits


Arcadia: A Retreat and Gathering for Queer Pagan Men

"Those who dwell in Arcadia seek out that secret Eden because of its isolation from the troubled world and its safety from the arrogant demands of those who would deny freedom, curtail human action, and destroy innocence and love." - Byrne R.S. Fone


November 3-5, 2023

Join us for our first Virtual Arcadia! 

We plan to start alternating a virtual retreat with an in-person gathering every other year.



Theme: Otherworld Spirits

Theme includes:

  • Honoring and communicating with ancestors and those who have crossed over the veil.
  • The Fey
  • Working with Otherworld spirits and deities


What:  A Queer-positive Pagan men's gathering open to men of all orientations, spiritual paths, and backgrounds.

When: November 3-5, 2023

Where: Our event is virtual this year.  Workshops, discussions, entertainment, and other activities will take place in Zoom.  Communication for this event will take place in our Facebook group.

Why: Because there's a need for gatherings and discussions for Queer Pagan Men.  We are especially trying to get a regular Pagan Queer men's gathering established on the U.S. mid-Atlantic region.

Who: Anyone over 18 who identifies as Pagan or Earth-based spirituality who is also gay, bi, queer, or trans. We will not turn away any respectful seeker regardless of gender identificaiton, sexual orientation, or spiritual path.



See Arcadia Registration page to register.

Please consider joining our Facebook group to keep up-to-date.

Please help us spread the word by downloading our flyer
and sharing it to your local Gay and Pagan groups and venues.

Click here to download Flyer -- Updated flyer coming soon!

Please feel free to print and share!!!


 Questions or concerns should be sent to Mel's e-mail.