What is the cancellation policy?
All Campers are requested to make a non-refundable deposit to hold their space at Pleasures of Beltane. Campers are asked to make their deposits by January 1, 2023 with full payment due on March 1, 2023. Campers who register and are accepted after January 1st will be requested to pay their deposit a week after receiving their invitation to attend.
What is the Covid-19 policy?
At this time, there will be no vaccine requirement to attend Pleasures of Beltane. We do have to comply with regulations set by the Mendocino Woodlands and we don’t foresee this changing.
What are the Principles of Unity?
The Pleasures of Beltane camp is a Reclaiming Camp and we request people review and agree to the Principles of Unity, which can be found here: https://reclaimingcollective.wordpress.com/principles-of-unity/.
How can I be less racist at witchcamp?
Reclaiming strives to be an anti-racist community. Here are 9 ways to be less racist at witchcamp. They are all based on personal experiences I have had at various camps. Why "less" racist and not "non" racist? Because given the white supremacist culture we live in, there is no way to avoid racist conditioning. Being completely non-racist is not possible; what IS possible is living anti-racist lives of constant learning, growth, and action.
This is a short list, and there are many other things that can be done, but 3x3 is a powerful spell, so use it in good health!
How to be Less Racist at Witchcamp
When first meeting someone, don’t immediately ask them about their race or ethnicity. Those kinds of conversations often require the trust of an established relationship.
When BIPOC create groups or events that exclude white people, remember that we need separate spaces in order to feel safe, often because we feel marginalized in majority-white spaces, like this camp.
If a BIPOC opens up to you about their background, remember that they are an individual human being, and do not make generalizations or assumptions about them or their identities.
Do not sexualize or fetishize BIPOC or their identities (eg. “Asian women are subservient”).
Do not expect BIPOC to educate you about racism. If you have a question about race or racism at camp, ask a fellow white person who has done work in these areas, attend an optional offering, and ask questions of BIPOC who have explicitly offered their knowledge and perspective.
Remember that reverse-racism does not exist. Prejudice can occur in any direction, but racism is institutional, and we live in a country founded on white supremacy.
Address racism when you see it. If someone does or says something racist, you might pull them aside and have a conversation about it. Even if they respond defensively, you have planted a seed of awareness that will hopefully lead to more respectful behavior in the future.
If you are told your behavior had a negative impact, take a deep breath and apologize without making excuses. Even if you had good intentions, it is important to acknowledge your impact.
Remember that being anti-racist is a life-long process. We were all raised in a racist overculture and must overcome deeply ingrained conditioning. Do not expect yourself to be perfect, and remember that the work and learning are never done!