Brotherhood by the Bog: A Spiritual Experience for Pagan and Pagan-friendly Men

DivinationPeering Through the Veil:

Divination and the Masculine

March 20-22, 2020

This event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will revisit this theme for a future retreat.

First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA

Cabin # to be announced.


Brotherhood by the Bog

Brotherhood by the Bog is an annual men's spiritual and bonding experience that takes place in the spring at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. The focus is primarily Pagan though all respectful seekers are welcome. We welcome men of all sexual orientations and backgrounds.

This year the retreat is being co-sponsored by Brotherhood by the Bog and the Tidewater Spirit Coalition men's group.


Be sure to join our Facebook group and RSVP on our Facebook event page (link coming soon).


 Times and workshops are tentative and subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, most activities will take place at (or at least start at) the main cabin.

All weekend activities

Your astrological birth chart explained: Sign-up with Nightshade on Friday evening to have your birth chart explained.  For best results, you need to know your birth date and time, and location of your birth.  Nightshade will print our your birth chart overnight and pull people aside during throughout the weekend to go over their charts.  You must attend Friday evening to participate in this as birth charts will be printed off-site between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Divination Play Table: Various divination tools will be set up on a table for folks to "play" and experiment with during the weekend.  These may include pendulums, scrying mirrors, Tarot decks, and other tools.  Feel free to bring something to share with the play table, but realize that if you put it out there you're giving others permission to use them.


Friday, March 20, 2020

3pm - Staff arrive / set-up

5pm and later – Guest Arrival and Check-in.

6pm -- Dinner

7:30pm -- Opening Ritual -- Cleansing space and affirming safe space.

8-10pm –Icebreaker: Win, Lose, or Draw - Magickal Edition.  Hosted by Nightshade.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

8am – Breakfast and Dream Discussion --  Dreams are often considered messages from the spirit world, as well as our subconscious. Did you dream last night? If you'd like to share, we can talk about what your dreams might mean.

9am – Spirit Hike / Walk -- Receive messages from spirit while hiking in nature.  The hike will be guided by Sage Haver.

11am -- – Bone Divination: How to use bones and curios in divination -- This workshop will be discussing using bones and curios to create your own personalized divination system.  Presented by Connie Picard. 

12noon – Lunch

1pm – – Masculine Energies and Archetypes in the Tarot -- A brief overview of masculine energies and archetypes in the Tarot, followed by an interactive activity identifying male archetypes and energies in specific Tarot figures. Presented by Mel Mystery.

2pm -- Norse Runes -- An overview of Norse Runes.  Participants will have the opportunity to make three Norse Runes of their choice to take home and keep. Presented by Michelle Blake.

3pm – Ogham Tree Divination -- An overview of the Celtic / Druid tree alphabet used for divination.  Participants will have the opportunity to make their own Ogham set from Popsicle sticks and learn how to use them for divination. Presented by Mel Mystery.

4pm – Divination Playtime -- Open time for folks to try out various divination techniques on their own. 

5pm – Dinner

7pm – Main Ritual: Peering through the Veil.  Led by Sage Haver.

8-10pm – Drumming


Sunday, March 22, 2020

8am – Breakfast

8:30-10am -- Pack up and Clean Cabin (we have to be out by 10am)

10am – Closing Ritual and/or hike. 

11am – Lunch at Shorebreak Pizza and Taphouse (2941 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach) for anyone who wants to stick around.  We plan to go to the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center after lunch for an ESP workshop.  Additionally, the A.R.E. has a walking labyrinth, occult library, meditation room, and gift shop.

1pm -- ESP Demonstration Class at the A.R.E. Center (for anyone who wants to join us after lunch).  Edgar Cayce is known as the "Sleeping Prophet." He was able to receive messages from beyond the veil while in a sleeping trance.  As such, the visit to his center ties in with the theme of the retreat.