Moon Meet 2018—Some Lessons

Our second annual Moon Meet gathering was not what I expected it to be, but it was still wonderful.

A cascade of last-minute cancellations brought our numbers down radically, to a core group of six, all of whom had been at the gathering the previous year.

I was disappointed not to meet new Atheopagans who had registered for the event but had to cancel, but so it goes: things happen. Moon Meet 2018 was more of a retreat, rather than a community gathering.

We  discussed it, and we think there are multiple reasons for this. Asking for a three day block of time is a lot, and the logistics of reaching the off-the-grid, four-wheel-drive required site are challenging and may sound intimidating when reading the directions.

So it was small. But what we had was truly lovely.

We had comradery, great discussions, delicious meals, downtime for fellowship and just hanging out, a fantastic mask-making workshop, and a moving and deep ritual on Saturday night, which we planned together that afternoon, in which we used our masks to invoke Qualities and characters. Mine (above on the left, as seen on the event Focus) was about the preverbal animal nature, the Wild Self.

In our discussion of how best to facilitate building Atheopagan community, we concluded that single-day, more accessible events are the way to go. So we’re looking for a place in a public park nearby where we can do a potluck Harvest feast and ritual in September. I encourage you to gather with loved ones for your own Harvest feasts: everyone loves a good spread of food and drink!

We’ll do Moon Meet again next year. It’s good to have a retreat with a core group of people who are devoted to this path and to helping it to be visible in the world, and hopefully those who had to cancel this year will be interested in attending next. But even if not, we’ll do more accessible events requiring a bit less effort to attend, and hopefully these will meet the needs of the community better.

I want to thank each of those who attended, and particularly host Jeffry Winters for his incredible hospitality and cooking. Much love to all of you!

 

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Moon Meet: Free or Discounted Tix!

Due to a generous contribution, we are able to offer some FREE or discounted admissions to Moon Meet, happening in Sonoma County, California on Aug. 24-26! If you would like to take advantage of this, please email me ASAP at atheopagan@comcast.net

Moon Meet is an in-person gathering of Atheopagans and friends for fellowship, workshops, discussions and rituals. I hope to meet you there!

Call for Workshops! Moon Meet 2018

Hi, folks! We’re gathering proposals for workshops at Moon Meet 2018–we have some, but could use more!

Moon Meet is a gathering of Atheopagans, other nontheist Pagans and those interested in or curious about our paths, to be held on the weekend of Aug. 24-26, 2018. It is held on private land in the hills outside of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, California. For details, click here.

Workshop slots are 90 minutes long. Typical topics are teaching ritual chants, drumming, dance/movement/tai chi/yoga etc., ritual poetry writing, and crafting ritual tools.

We’re excited at the prospect of the second year of Moon Meet, and look forward to meeting you there!