If you reserve a campsite or cabin at First Landing, you are allowed up to two cars per site and will receive a parking pass for the weekend.
Day trippers are responsible for any parking fees imposed by the park. Usually, a $10 parking per day fee is charged at the gate. Car pooling is encouraged to keep your costs down.
Day trippers should park near the main Visitor center on the beach side of the park, and then proceed to the retreat campsite. Park maps are available in the Visitor Center.
Parking at nearby shopping centers might also be an option, though please be aware that signs in those parking lots suggest that towing is enforced.
Our campsite this year (2023) is within easy walking distance of the Visitor Center Parking area.
Cell phone and computer policy
Consider unplugging for the weekend! Connect with nature, spirituality, and other people at the retreat! Focus on the here and now! Take a break from your regular contacts and obligations! Frequent texting and phone calls can distract from the atmosphere of the retreat!
If you absolutely must stay connected, please keep your devices on silent or vibrate and take or make any calls or texts you need to away from the main cabin, workshops, rituals, and other group activities.
There will be one designated staff cell phone that will remain on (but silent) throughout the day so incoming guests can call to locate us. The staff cell phone will also be on in case of emergency.
There is no WiFi service at the cabins or campsites. There is WiFi service, for those who need it, at the main Visitor center.
Photography will be allowed during the event and a staff photographer may be taking pictures for promoting future events. If you wish to take photos, please ensure that those persons in the photos do not mind being photographed. As with the cell phone and computer policy, please keep photography during the retreat as unobtrusive as possible.
Weapons / Bladed Ritual Tools
Bladed ritual tools, swords, daggers, athames, pocket knives, etc will be allowed. However, if they become an issue, we may ask you to put them away. These items should not be concealed. Please keep in mind that we are in a public park and that such items could raise the concerns of mundane guests in the park. If you feel you need to have a gun for protection or defense, we ask that you keep it in your vehicle.
You may bring or partake of alcohol so long as you are over the age of 21, and so long as you do not get out of hand. Individuals who become a problem will be asked to leave. Virginia State Law and campground policies designate that alcohol may only be used in private areas (inside a cabin or camping-unit). If you wish to partake of alcohol outside, such as around the campfire, please put it in another container to make it less obvious.
Nudity / Ritual Garb
As the retreat will take place at a public park, nudity is not allowed in public.
You may bring and wear your ritual garb at your own discretion. As already mentioned, this is a public park and we don't want to spook the mundanes (too much).
Stolen / Lost Items
We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. We recommend that you keep any valuables, wallets, cash, etc. on your person or locked out of sight in your vehicle.
This event is open to men over the age of 18. Youth over the age of 16 may attend with a parent or other adult guardian.
We will be looking for volunteers to help the retreat run smoothly. Tasks may include helping to cook, cleaning up after meals, getting firewood, tending the fire and grill, and running errands. If you are interested in volunteering, please let a staff person know. There may also be a volunteer sign-up sheet upon arrival.
Park quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am. There should be no excessive noise after 10pm. Drum circles and other loud activities that could disturb other campers in the park should stop by 10pm.
Park Rules and Laws
Park rules and state laws supersede any policies we have for the retreat.
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