Canceled: Moon Meet 2019

Unfortunately, due to lack of registration, I’m going to have to cancel the third Moon Meet gathering, which was scheduled for July.

One day, there will be enough motivation, energy and resources in the Atheopagan community for us to have in-person gatherings at other than a very local level. But it’s important to be realistic, and this particular event isn’t thriving.

Meanwhile, Atheopagan U. is a GO! We move onward!

Register now for MOON MEET 2019!

The third annual Moon Meet is a congregation of Atheopagans, non-theist Pagans and others interested in our paths, held from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, on private land on a redwood-covered mountain near Healdsburg, in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, California.

Registration is now open! Click here to register!

Moon Meet—named because we will hold it during the weekend nearest the full moon—is a group camping gathering; a few indoor sleeping locations are available by prior arrangement for those disabled or coming from distance and unable to bring their gear along.

We will share meals and workshops, hold a community discussion about how our Atheopagan community is developing and how best to move forward, and design and celebrate rituals together. We will share songs, poems and our creativity around the fire. And there will be time for hiking in a beautiful setting, or excursions to nearby wineries and historic sites.

Event pricing is $100– the minimum necessary to defray expenses. This includes five meals. Children under 16 are $35. A small fee will also be charged to pay for the registration service, Brown Paper Tickets.

Prices will go up to $120 on June 25, so please register early!

This third annual Moon Meet grows out of a frequent request in the Atheopagan Facebook group, that we find ways of physically convening as well as virtually gathering online.


Please contact us now! Use the form on the Atheopaganism blog’s “Contact” page. Workshop slots are 90 minutes in length.

I hope to see you there!

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!