Mysteries of Orpheus Retreat FAQ

Do you have questions about the Mysteries of Orpheus retreat?  Here is what people are asking:

Are electrical outlets available for my CPAP? – Yes, there is at least one outlet in every cabin.  We recommend bringing an extension cord with you, and maybe a splitter in case there are multiple CPAP users in the cabin.

I have food allergies/sensitivities/dietary restrictions.  How will I know what I can eat? – The menu for the weekend and the ingredient list will be posted on the Sacred Well Ministries website page titled “The Mysteries of Orpheus:  Love, Death, Gods, and Mortals”  They will also be listed in your program, and posted in the dining hall.  There is a place on the registration questionnaire to note your issues, which will be passed onto the kitchen team.

I have restricted mobility and will need lower bunk/ADA accessibility. Is that possible? – Yes, the site has more than adequate lower bunk spaces for the modest size of our group.  We don’t assign beds to each person but have not had problems finding sleeping arrangement that fit everyone’s needs.  The two larger cabins have restroom facilities in the cabin itself.  The smaller cabins have two steps up to the door, and restrooms/showers are separate buildings nearby.  Just let a staff member know if you need help with anything.

Is there some privacy in the restroom/shower facilities? – Yes, there are doors on the restroom stalls, and curtains on all the shower stalls.

What about the cabins? – The cabins have bunkbeds, and if additional privacy is desired bring extra sheets or fabric to make a curtain or room divider.

I am LGBTQ/nonbinary/genderfluid.  Is this a safe space for me? – Absolutely.  Many of our community members are also.  We are committed to respect for all expressions of gender and orientation, as well as body autonomy, personal boundaries and consent culture.  People may ask for your pronouns.  Don’t hesitate to let people know what yours are if they don’t.

I would rather bring a tent instead of bunking in the cabins.  Is that allowed? – Yes, there are multiple tent sites around the retreat center.  The event is in late September so be aware of weather conditions.

I want to get a registration for a friend.  Why does the ticketing site only allow me to sign up for one registration?  –  You can register as many people as you would like, but each needs to be a separate transaction.  The Brown Paper Tickets platform generates and attendee list for us, and we need the information on the questionnaire for each person.

What kind of connectivity is available at the retreat center? – Not much.  Most cell phones don’t get very much reception, if any.  The recreation hall has WiFi available, though it is a bit unpredictable.

I have heard about a certain shrine at this event.  What is it? – There is one cabin near the recreation hall dedicated to Pan and Aex.  As the Charge of the Goddess says. “All Acts of Love and Pleasure are my rituals”.  And as stated before, consent culture is the standard here.

This is my first time coming to this event.  Is there anything I should do to prepare for it? –  Yes, check out the sacredwellministries.org website.  There is a page with information about the mythology of the Orphic Mysteries which introduces you to the mythos and philosophy of the Orphics.  There is also a page with practical info such as packing list suggestions, menus, event schedules, and other useful tips.

Will there be vendors at this event? – Yes!  For the first time this year we will have a vendor of magical goods at Orpheus.  Several of our musicians will also have CDs for sale. 

Should I bring a drum or other musical instrument? – Yes, we encourage folks to make music! Keep in mind that quiet time starts at 10 PM, and there are houses nearby.  The sound carries quite well across the bay, as we have discovered.

I can only come for part of the retreat.  Is that allowed? – It isn’t going to give you the optimal experience, but if you can attend Saturday you will get most of the ritual event.  Be sure to arrive early (by 9 AM at the latest) for orientation and purification to enter sacred space.  We cannot offer a price reduction on registration for partial attendance.

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