2019 Theme: Every day Sacred; Everyday Gifts

Weaving our gifts into the web of community,
we deepen the Sacred in everyday life, connecting with ourselves, each other, and Gaia.

Can everyday tasks be Sacred? Can sharing our Gifts be an act of service? This year's camp theme is about recognizing the day to day moments of Sacred inspiration that enhance our lives with a sense of purpose, gratitude, and reverence.  At VWC 2019, we will reflect on using our Gifts to nourish ourselves, connect to each other, and bring devotion unto Gaia.

In 2019, the roles of Path Leaders, Campers, and RFT will shift. For this year, each Path (leaders and participants) will plan and facilitate one all-camp ritual during the week. This work will be supported by the newly imagined Ritual Flow Team (RFT). The renewed role for the RFT will be to provide support and guidance to Paths as they plan and realize their rituals. The RFT will also assist to maintain the continuity of the week’s magical arc. 

Organizing campers are aware that this is a big change and we are committed to supporting the camp community on this experimental voyage. We ask the community to open to Mystery and to wholeheartedly supporting one another through this process of co-created magic making.

    In an instant, inspiration strikes,
        Sparks rush forth in celestial wonder:
        Ink meets paper. Hand meets drum. Feet meet soil.
        Words act in concert with melody, inspiring soles to dance upon the Earth,
        Healing rhythms beat in time with the heart of Gaia.
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Path Proposals - deadline was March 4 -  thank you for all the beautiful proposals - we are no longer accepting new proposals for 2019.

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Work Exchange and Financial Aid for VWC 2019

Mission : To use available funds to assist as many campers as possible who wish to attend camp but are unable to without financial help. Financial aid is one method by which organizing campers address accessibility at VWC.

Who administers the program and decides how to allocate the aid?  The Financial Aid Work group is composed of 3 independent members of the 2019 Camp Organizer team. Financial aid may be combined with work exchange positions, with expectation that campers receiving aid will pay their share of F&W fees ($245).  In some circumstances,  amounts awarded may exceed that.

How is the total amount of Financial aid available for 2019 camp determined?  Funds available are based on money raised in the previous year through raffle, donations and vending tithe. The total budget for financial aid is approved by the VWC Finance work group with review and consensus from the entire 2019 VWC Organizing team. While the total budget for financial aid cannot be exceeded in a given camp year, if aid requests are less than anticipated the camp organizing team may consense to roll the funds over to the following year.

What’s new for 2019? Camp organizers have allocated an additional $500 of aid specifically for youth 16-23, as well as an additional $500 with the intention of helping to grow the circle of camp attendees. These funds are designated for potential campers who have been challenged with right-livelihood or other forms of institutionalized discrimination affecting their ability to afford camp.  Prospective campers interested in this specified aid, which could cover their entire camp tuition will be asked to communicate directly with Beth and/or Lesle-ann. This category of aid would be included as a separate line on registration form. If these targeted funds are not assigned the Financial Aid workgroup, in consultation with Finance w/g, may either roll the funds into the 2019 general financial aid budget or return to general VWC operating budget.

Is there a set amount of aid given to each camper needing it? In the majority of cases - Yes. The Financial aid work group will not attempt to judge each camper’s need with the goal of awarding a unique amount of aid. Campers will typically receive an equal share of available funds determined by the total aid budget and the prospective number of requests. Amount will be determined at beginning of the process, using past statistics for aid.  This approach helps ensure we meet our mission to help as many campers as possible and eliminates the need for any camper to have to share highly sensitive/personal financial information with camp organizers. Campers applying for both financial aid and work exchange will first be considered for work exchange positions.  If work exchange is awarded and more aid is requested, additional aid will be capped at $50-80. In rare instances, the Financial aid work group has the authority to award a higher dollar amount of aid for anyone.

How do campers apply for aid?

Upon registration, campers send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

An application for financial aid, and for work exchange (including work exchange job descriptions) will be emailed to them.  Applications will also be available on camp website.  Any camper, ages 16 and up, including all organizing campers, may apply for financial aid and/or work exchange positions.  Members of Financial Aid w/g will recuse themselves from decisions concerning their applications. Path leaders and Ritual Flow Team members are ineligible for work exchange jobs or financial aid.

When will campers be notified that their request for aid/work exchange has been approved and the exact $ amount? Within 3 weeks of when completed applications are submitted.

Upon acceptance of aid and/or work exchange assignment this information will be shared with the registrar.  Information will be updated on Excel spreadsheet, and shared with workgroup and registrar.