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Next camp is

August 22-29,2020

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Camp announcements, mailings and registration- expected by mid winter 2020.

VWC organizing cycle for camp 2020 begun as of Samhain, 2019.  Organizing campers are Archer, Beth, Betsy, Casey, Cyd, Dave, Meadowlark, Stone, Wendi with resource camper Marten

 

Blessings on this Yule from the Vermont Witchcamp 2020 organizing and resource campers. 

 In this time we contemplate the encroaching darkness, blessing us with quiet and mystery and perhaps with uncertainty and fear. 

We are awake in the night.
We turn the Wheel to bring the light.
We call the Sun from the womb of night.
– Spiral Dance. 


At Yule, the nadir of the year, the sun rises and sets at the same place on the horizon for several days, seeming to “stand”— the literal meaning of “solstice”. This is a moment of stillness and anticipation, a sacred pause before the return of light seems certain. It is a time out of time, a space of emptiness and potential. 
 
What stories do we tell ourselves now, as we wait for the sun to move again?
 
“More than anything, stories hold us together. Stories teach us what is important about life, why we are here…and that inside us we have access to treasure, in memories and observations, in imagination.” 
—Anne Lamott
 
We can tell tales of a magical visitor or a blessed child. We can tell stories of emergence, origins, creation. We can rejoice in the cycle of the womb of darkness nurturing the seeds of light. 
 
In the face of all that’s wrong with the world, we can celebrate the eternal rhythms of the cosmos and of our own lives. May we do so this year with a grateful, joyful, and playful heart - Blessed Be

Welcome Home

"We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been -- a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power…Someplace where we can be free."

~as written by Starhawk

img_3159Once a year, in the fullness of summer, 130 people gather in the Green Mountains of Vermont to create a magical pagan community called Vermont Witch Camp. Our vision, rooted in the magic of the Goddess as the Immanent Life Force, is based on the Reclaiming tradition of the Craft. The work we do together during the week gives us energy to grow and nurture ourselves, our wider world and to birth a vision of a new culture.

Reclaiming is a community of all genders working to unify spirit and politics. We agree as a community to abide by the Reclaiming Principles of Unity and the Wiccan Rede.

 More general information about Vermont Witchcamp:

We gather together in the Reclaiming tradition of witchcraft, rooted in the magic and religion of the sacred mysteries, manifesting a union of spirit and activism. Throughout the week we learn and enrich our magical skills through a daily path experience, affinity groups, optional workshops, and community rituals. This is a magical intensive offering an opportunity to deepen personal connection to the Sacred Realms. We share this time opening, empowering, and transforming: ourselves,our community, the world. Witchcamp can be intense, joyful, provocative, and life altering. The intensive is sequestered for the entire 7 days. Please plan to attend the entire week.

Reclaiming Core Values are caring for the environment, self-determination for all human beings, embracing diversity, supporting the values of peace, community and family, and participating in efforts to support social justice. We agree to abide by the Reclaiming Principles of Unity and the Wiccan Rede (reclaiming.org).

Camp is hosted on a steep beautiful mountainside. This terrain is quite rugged. The dining hall, cabins and path sites are on the mountain- everywhere you walk is either up or down, and most paths are steep and rocky. There is a composting septic system, which means there are no flush toilets. For lodging, there are either rustic cabin spaces or a site for your tent. There is no electricity in any of the cabins, with the exception of the special needs cabin.  Much of the site is not fully accessible for those with mobility challenges.We work with you to make some physical challenges of the site less prohibitive. 

Delicious meals are served three times a day. They are primarily vegetarian with vegan options. Animal protein is served during the week. Much of the food is organically grown and raised locally. We serve high-quality food prepared with loving intention.

Vermont Witchcamp is All Ages.  If you have not yet been to VWC and plan to attend with your children, it is essential to first contact an organizing camper, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reclaiming respects the intensity of the spiritual and healing work done at camps and expects participants within the circle of camps to engage in the transformational work of changing consciousness at will without the use of external intoxicating substances.  Recreational drugs (including alcohol) are not allowed at VWC.

Work exchange and financial aid are available to help offset tuition costs. Work Exchange helps camp function and requires committed individuals willing to work throughout the week. Financial aid awarded based upon number of requests received.

Donations to our Camp Fund are always welcome as they allow us to keep VWC affordable for all. VWC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so your contributions are fully tax-deductible under the law.