Who Can Attend the Samhain Retreat?
All Reclaiming-friendly adults, as well as young people with parent or guardian, are welcome!
Reclaiming is an inclusive tradition, and welcomes all sorts of people. You do not need prior magical classes or Reclaiming training. We ask that all participants agree to work within Reclaiming’s Principles of Unity. Reclaiming events are drug- and alcohol-free except for legal and prescription medications (see below).
This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. Please plan to attend the entire event unless you make advance arrangements, and be committed to helping create camp culture.
For other Reclaiming-tradition camps for adults, teens, and families, visit www.witchcamp.org
What Happens At Camp?
Camp is a mix of ritual, nature, magic, and community.
This is a time for deep magic and transformation, interspersed with light-hearted moments. How that looks this year will evolve over the coming months – and at camp!
Together we will create camp community. Each of us brings talents and gifts to share, knowing that for some reason beyond reason we have been called to share this time among the redwoods.
We will invite participants to help create the magic in the final month or so prior to camp – watch for updates once you register.
Let the circle be cast – let the magic begin!
Is the Campsite Accessible?
Mendocino Woodlands is not designated wheelchair accessible, although some folks have managed. Most cabins, toilets, and all showers are up slight inclines. With advance notice we can arrange for an accessible toilet that is not up an incline (we must know by September 1 to order the accessible toilet.)
The camp is rustic dirt paths and wooden bridges and is difficult terrain for wheelchairs (although it has been done). People have gotten around with walking sticks and crutches at past camps. We will do our best to support your needs.
Please notify us in advance on the registration form or via email, if you have special needs so we can discuss them with you. (We especially need to know well in advance if you need an accessible toilet!) We will do our best to accommodate special needs. We also invite you to be the initiator and take responsibility for yourself and getting the support you need.
Tent Cabins or Camping
The site features 4-person A-frame tent cabins. Cabins have simple cots and foam mattresses. Bring your own sleep gear. No electricity in cabins. Camping in your own tent is also an option (at same cost – Woodlands charge us per person).
What About Food?
Your camp fee includes meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the day we leave. All meals include vegetarian offerings, and our menus will be built on your registration form dietary responses.
We will also offer these options by pre-camp request (on your registration form or contact us before camp):
– vegan and vegetarian; gluten free; any other allergies or restrictions
We will make every effort to provide alternative selections, and you can also help prepare meals. However, the kitchen is small, and not available for personal cooking.
If your needs are highly individual you might want to bring some prepared food – there is a shared camper refrigerator. Contact us with any questions.
There is no snack bar, soft drinks, etc. If you need snacks or special food, we can store a small amount in the camp frig. Raccoons and chipmunks will eat anything in your cabin or tent.
Does Camp Run on a Schedule?
Yes. Although we don’t punch the proverbial sundial, meals will be close to announced times. Workshops and rituals will start close to listed times. Camp opens at 2pm on Friday, and the first circle begins at 4pm – please arrive early enough to unpack before then. Camp ends at 11am sharp on the final day.
What About Cellphones, Internet, Etc?
There is usually no cellphone or internet reception at the site or anywhere close, and we invite all campers to power off for the weekend.
Can I Bring Pets?
Sorry, the Woodlands has a strict no-pets policy unless it is an essential, licensed and registered support animal. Please send us copies of license and registration for your pet when you register and bring copies with you to camp. You can board pets at the nearby kennel. Contact us with any questions.
Will I Need Money At Camp?
The only costs beyond your registration are transportation, and anything you want to spend at the funk trunk or silent auction. These are fundraisers for our camp, so please plan to help if you can!
Will There Be Carpooling or Transit?
We will not organize carpools, but campers can use our yahoogroup or facebook group to post requests for or offers of rides. Traveling to the retreat with others is part of the magic!
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