Annual Labor Day Family Gathering
At the Ashokan Center,
Septmber 1st – September 4th, 2015
With Carl Big Heart
(arrive anytime throughout, as your schedule permits)
Wednesday (8/30): Community Camp Building Day
Thursday (8/31): Community Camp Building Day
Friday evening (9/1): Opening Ceremony
Saturday and Sunday (9/2 & 3): Sweat Lodges
Monday (9/4): Closing Ceremony & Camp Breakdown
* Sweat Lodges * Moon Lodge * Pipe Ceremonies * Primitive Skills * Classes * Activities and Skills for Teens, Children and Adults * Women’s Teachings * Raffle * Wooded Camping * Communal Meals * Clans
Together in service we build and prepare the camp (Wednesday & Thursday)
Wednesday afternoon a small circle gathers informally to prepare the space. Bring food to share for a pot luck that evening.
Thursday morning at 9:30am, in ceremony we will light the community fire: launching the community and camp building day. Bring a bag lunch, and then we will share the evening meal which will be provided through the gifted time and love of volunteer chefs.
The Opening Circle, welcoming everyone to the camp, is Friday evening after dinner. The closing circle is Monday noon, followed by lunch. Our community works together to prepare and serve meals to everyone starting Friday morning.
Classes & Workshops:
Each morning classes and special activities will be offered for all ages. If you have skills/crafts/games to share with kids, teens or adults, please contact Darrell at 585-507-1551, or email@example.com
Big Heart Family Album:
Registration, Camping/Housing & Fees: CLICK HERE
Getting to the Gathering:
There are a variety of directions and transportation options provided at this link.
What to bring:
*tent* sleeping bag* sleeping pads*pillow* personal items* toiletries* towels (extra towels for sweat lodge)*single sheet if sleeping in dorm beds* 1or 2 camp chairs* food from grocery list (see meals and kitchen info) * personal eating plates , bowls cups, utensils*drinking water (1 gallon/day/per person)* 2 additional gallons of water to donate to the sweat lodge* large cooler(s) with extra ice for the kitchen* flashlights and lanterns with 2 extra batteries* a mixture of warm and cool weather clothing* women: a dress where shoulders, knees and breasts are covered (a dress or skirt is worn in the moon lodge as well) *musical instruments, if desired* items to donate to raffle* extra money for auction/raffle* material fees for workshops that may require them* crafts, games and skills to share with others*
Community Meals and Kitchen Information:
*Groceries* (the grocery requests are significantly different this year so please check the link).
*Your own cup, mug, eating utensils, plate and bowl (these will not be supplied by the camp)
*Large coolers with extra ice (to be used in the kitchen)
About Carl Big Heart:
Carl Big Heart works by donation. Please, let us together support the important and valuable work of our elders by being as generous as we can. Donations for the gathering itself are also requested to help offset expenses for firewood, supplies, etc.
What Not To Bring:
No alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on the land. Pets are are not allowed on campus.