General Info

NCWHS is a women and children only space.

Opening and Closing Times

NCWHS opens at 12:00pm on Friday, for registration and camp set-up.
NCWHS closes at 2:00pm Monday, Please respect opening and closing times.

Check-in

When you arrive please check-in at the Registration Table. Here you will receive your wrist band, the Schedule of Events, and you will sign-up for your Community Work shift. If you pre-ordered a Proceedings of the Symposium book you will receive it here. T-shirts and Proceedings Books will also be available for sale at the Registration Table. 

Black Oak Ranch

NCWHS will be held at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California, in Mendocino County, about 150 miles north of San Francisco (see directions to the right). This ranch is home to Camp Winnarainbow, a theater arts and circus summer camp for children. The area that is available for our use is well shaded and has two creeks in which to play. The main meeting area is surrounded by eighteen tipis, some of which are available for sleeping ten, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to health department regulations the drinking water at Black Oak is chlorinated. Water filters are available in the tipi circle and near the Wellness Center for everyone's use.

Camping/Sleeping

There are 12-14 tipis available for sleeping up to 10, on a first come-first serve basis. If you would like to move into a tipi, find one with an open sleeping mat and claim it as yours for the weekend. Bedding is needed. The tipis are centrally located and are neither quiet nor private. You are also welcome to bring your own tent and set it up pretty much anywhere other than in our communal areas. Vehicle camping is also permitted. Inform the Greeter in the parking area when you arrive and she will direct you to the vehicle camping area. There is a nice trail through the woods into the back of camp from the vehicle camping area. 

Community Work

All participants will be asked to volunteer two hours of time to help ensure smooth running of all aspects of the Symposium. These hours may be spent in the kitchen, serving food, in child care, or in the First Aid/Wellness Center. We can offer the Symposium at a reasonable fee only because of our mutual cooperation and work. Thank-you for your full participation. There will be a sign-up board at registration when you arrive.

Cancellations and Refunds

If you cancel: If you cancel before May 1st for Spring Sessions 1 & 2 and August 1st for Fall Session, we will refund your full registration minus a $75.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel after this date, you will need to find your own replacement and work out the finances directly with her. No refunds are available after this date.

All requests for refunds must be in writing. No exceptions. No credits and no transfers to future sessions. if someone is unable to attend at the last minute. She is welcome to find her own replacement.

If we cancel: NCWHS has full intentions of holding the Symposium rain or shine. However, in the event that we are forced to cancel before May 10th for Spring sessions 1 & 2, and before August 10th for Fall session, we will refund as much of the registration fee as possible, to be determined at that time. If it becomes necessary for us to cancel after May 10th for Spring sessions 1 & 2, and after August 10th for Fall session, we may be unable to refund any of the registration fee.

Registration for each year opens on Feb 2nd, Imbolc.

Meals

Nine gourmet vegetarian meals will be served, beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Monday. This year Tami Grooney, and her skilled crew will be working magic in the kitchen. Delicious herbal teas will also be prepared each morning and evening by Julie Rothman of Flower Power Teas. No coffee will be served with meals. Hot water will be available at all times. 

Coffee, Chai, and Golden Milk will be available for purchase at the Coffee Cart in the mornings, near the kitchen area.

No snack foods will be provided, bring your own if desired.

Showers

Showers are available, hot water is limited. If you use the showers please use only bio-degradable soap and shampoo. Please no glass in the shower houses.
Please Note: Black Oak has asked us to no longer use Dr. Bronner's soap anywhere in camp. They say it has been causing damage to the finish on the wood in the sink and shower areas. Thank you.

 

What to Bring
We will camp together among ancient native oaks and firs. Be prepared for weather of all types including warm or hot days and cool nights, or rain. 

Essentials

Tent
unless you plan to sleep in a tipi, your vehicle, or you would like to sleep out under the stars
Warm sleeping gear
Personal eating supplies, such as:
plate, bowl, cup, silverware, chopsticks, etc. (NCWHS does not provide these)
Clothes for hot and cold weather
it can be hot in the day and cold at night
Personal items
Towel
Water bottle
Note-taking supplies
Flashlight
Sun protection
Time piece such as a sun dial, watch, or small clock 
Rain gear 

Optionals:

Musical instruments
we hardly see this as optional, though 🙂
Blanket for sitting on the ground
Folding camp chair
Ceremonial clothing for the Sunday evening rituals
we don't really see this as optional either..... 
Playful clothing
uh, not too optional either, don't ya think?
Snacks - none are provided
nope not optional either, eh?
$$$ for Coffee Cart
that's right, we charge for caffeine 
Items for the Venus altar
nor this either, actually.... 
Money or trading items to spend at Marketplace or at Sophia's Heritage Bookstore
and not this either!

Label Everything: Remember, this is camp. Things can get easily mixed up among so many lively campers!

Do Not Bring
Pets, drugs, alcohol, candles or burning flames of any kind (fire danger is high).
None of these items are permitted anywhere at the Symposium, including the parking areas. 

Please Note: Black Oak has requested that we no longer use Dr. Bronner's soap anywhere in camp. They say it has been causing damage to the finish on the wood at the sinks and in the showers. Thank-you for respecting this.

Ride-Sharing

Check back for info on ride sharing.

Our Schedule

Friday
12:00 p.m. Camp Opens
4:00-5:30 p.m. Class Session 1
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Opening Circle
9:00 p.m. Star Gazing

Saturday
7:00 a.m. Yoga & Morning Movement
7:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-1:00 a.m. Intensive Workshop 1
9:00-10:30 a.m. Class Session 2
11:00-12:30 p.m. Class Session 3
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:30 p.m. Open Forum
2:00-3:30 p.m. Children's Talent Show
4:00-5:30 p.m. Class Session 4
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Talent Show 'round the campfire
9:00 p.m. Star Gazing

Sunday
7:00 a.m. Yoga & Morning Movement
7:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-1:00 a.m. Intensive Workshop 2
9:00-10:30 a.m. Class Session 5
11:00-12:30 p.m. Class Session 6
1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-4:30 p.m. Marketplace
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Maiden's Rites of Passage Ceremony
7:30 p.m. Crone's Honoring Ceremony
8:30 p.m.-midnight Drumming & Dancing 
'round the campfire

Monday
7:00 a.m. Yoga & Morning Movement
7:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-1:00 a.m. Intensive Workshop 3
9:00-11 a.m. Class Session 7
11:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. Closing Circle
2:00 p.m. Symposium Closed

Five to six classes take place during each Class session. One to two Intensives may take place during each Intensive session.

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Trash & Recyclables

Please don't leave us yours! If you pack it in, pack it out. Any trash or recyclables left at the Symposium must be hauled out by one of us in the back of our pick-up trucks - and we have plenty to haul out already! So, please, don't leave us more. This also includes moon-time products. If you use disposable products, come prepared to carry them off -site for your own disposal. 

Childcare and Mid Kid Classes

A beautiful Waldorf-inspired childcare will be available for potty-trained children during workshop times. A special area will be set-up for mothers of non-potty trained children to coordinate childcare among themselves. All children must be registered to attend the Symposium, regardless of childcare needs. Bring your child's favorite snacks.
Mid Kids: Some very special classes will be offered through-out the weekend just for Mid Kids, people ages 7-11.

Wellness Center

First Aid * Bodywork Circle * Crone Corner
This is a warm and nurturing area for herbal first aid, bodywork, and many forms of healing work. It is also home to Crone Corner, where the Wise Ones gather. All are welcome to use this space to offer or receive any form of healing exchange. High Crone Jill will coordinate Crone Corner.

At Marketplace

On Saturday afternoon registered participants will be invited to trade or sell their hand-made products. For the afternoon we will shop, sell, trade. chat, visit, tell stories, share music... like the Marketplaces of old. This is a special thyme to honor our own and each other's art and handwork. Only registered participant's handmade items are permitted. Seller's fee is on a donation basis and is greatly appreciated. If you have not already done so, please let us know if you will be bringing items for the Marketplace.

Insta-Garden

Since Black Oak has only a small herb garden, Tina Goat of Crimson-Sage Nursery will kindly provide many potted medicinal plants to create an Insta-Garden for our educational benefit. On the last day most of these plants will be available for sale or trade. If you have any potted medicinal plants to add to our Insta-Garden, please bring them along. Be sure to label everything with both the plant's name and your own.

Sophia's Heritage Bookstore

Check out our pick of the best in herbal literature at this 'no-host' self-serve bookstore. Browse at your leisure and leave payment in the can if you would like to purchase something.

Open Forum

We are all teachers! This is a thyme set aside for anyone to offer a workshop, class or discussion group on any topic of interest. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Rainbow Bridge. Open Forum is Sunday from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Raffle

Help the Scholarship fund! During the Symposium we will raffle lots of cool donated items to raise money for our Scholarship fund. If you have any great items that you would like to donate, please bring them with you and place them on the raffle table near the Organizer's tipi. All quality items are gratefully accepted. Raffle tickets will be for sale at the Symposium for $1.00. On behalf of all the Scholarship recipients, Thank-you!

Special Workshops and Events

Intensives: Several four-hour Intensives will be offered through-out the weekend, each devoted to one subject of study.

Crones

There will also be plenty of Cronetime through-out the weekend. We welcome all Crones' participation in these special Crone Circles and encourage the wearing of bells, so that everyone will know a Wise Crone approaches! Crones, bring something to place on the Crone altar and ceremonial clothing for the Ceremony if you wish.

Ceremonies

On Sunday evening we will welcome our newly menstruating maidens into the Circle of Women with a very special Maiden's Rites of Passage Ceremony. Following this we will honor our own Wise Crones in an Honoring the Crones Ceremony. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in both Ceremonies. Wear fun Ceremonial clothing and for this festive and magical evening.

Get dressed up Grrlz! It's Partytime!