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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the 2023 Gathering begin and end?
Registered participants are welcome to arrive beginning at 3pm on Thursday, October 26th. Supper, our opening ritual, and even activities begin. The Gathering ends on Sunday, October 29th after our closing ritual.

Do I have to be a Dianic Witch, Amazon, or goddess woman to attend?

No, but you must be willing to be mistaken for any or all of the above and be comfortable in the presence of wild magical women. You may just find yourself leaving more empowered, inspired, and wanting more of it!

Can I bring my own food?

The camp provides food that meets most attendees needs; meat, vegan and vegetarian.  If you have severe conditions that require your own food, please email daughtersofidanagathering@gmail.com with details.  There is limited space for food storage.

Is tent or RV camping available?

No. There is a campground approximately 5-7 minute drive away.  The campground requires reservations.  It offers dozens of single and double campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Some accessible sites are available as well. There are no hookups at the campground, however, the parking aprons are paved and a dump station is available.

Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Firewood is sold at the campground.

 

Visit their website for reservations or more info at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/231975?tab=info

Is the site accessible for women with mobility issues?

Mostly. The common areas are all accessible and there is one cabin that is wheelchair accessible. Please indicate any specific needs on your registration form. We will make every effort to accommodate you, but because of camp limitations, we can't guarantee every request. The camp facilities are connected by paved walking paths that do not include an incline in some places.

A very limited number of parking passes will be available for women with specific needs who need to drive/ride in a car to get around camp. When you register you will be asked about what ADA accommodations or special needs you may have.

Is there cell phone reception?

We will be in the mountains so expect cell phone service to be limited. And emergency only. As always, this will depend on your service provider. The camp is in a remote area in the San Bernardino mountains. The camp's landline number for the camp's main number will be provided with registration confirmation packets.

How do I apply to be a vendor at DoD?

Due to space limitations, vending is only for DoD presenters at this time.

How do I find ride share resources?

Women are responsible for coordinating their own travel including ride-share. Once you register, you will be directed to a closed Facebook page that can be used for information sharing and travel coordinating with other registrants. However, if you are not a Facebook user please contact daughtersofdianagathering@gmail.com to ask questions or get further assistance.

How do I join closed Facebook group for the Gathering?

After you are registered you will get an email with what happens next and how to get yourself added to the closed Facebook group and join your other registered sisters. We understand that some of us use a different email and/or name on our Facebook Accounts. To help us send you and invitation to join, please provide the email address and name associated with your Facebook account.

If you aren't sure: to find your Facebook email address log into your Facebook account. Click on your name/profile picture. Then click ABOUT. You can find your email under CONTACT and BASIC INFO.

 

Copy and paste to an email to daughtersofdianagathering@gmail.com SUBJECT: Facebook Group

If you do not use Facebook, never fear we will be sure to also send direct emails with important information to our registrants.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any issues or concerns at daughtersofdianagathering@gmail.com

What are the closest airports and transportation to the Gathering?

The nearest airport is Ontario (about 50 miles), followed by Burbank (about 100 miles) and LAX (about 100 miles). Amtrack's closest station is San Bernardino (about 40 miles)

In the event of snow, the fire service will not allow you on the roads without tire chain and the camp will not provide them. Please come prepared with chains if you are driving up to the camp.

What are the beds like?

They are all twin bunk beds with the exception of a few that are being utilized for women with specific needs. Please specify on your registration form if you have specific needs regarding a bottom bunk or if you are willing to take a top bunk. You will need to provide your own bed linens and shower towel.

What are the cabins like?

Each cabin is different but all cabins have heating, plumbing, and electricity (including outlets). Each cabin has at least one bathroom and shower that are shared.

Why is this Gathering for females only?

Daugthers of Diana Gathering is dedicated to providing a female-centered spiritual space for women. There are few women's conferences, festivals, and gatherings remaining that are specifically safe spaces for women and girls to celebrate our power and honor our diversity as female-bodied human beings. At our Gathering (as well as all other Temple of Diana rituals, classes, and events) we agree that an individual's gender-identity is not equivalent to the sexed body, and cannot erase or replace the experience of girlhood and the lived experience of all females to navigate, survive, and endeavor to thrive in patriarchy. This is why, as a federally recognized Temple under United States law, we are able to provide an all-female environment that so many of us need in these challenging times.

 

OUR DEFINITION OF WOMANHOOD & WOMEN'S MYSTERIES

by Temple of Diana co-founder, Ruth Barrett

Women's Mysteries are at the center of Dianic practice. By "Mysteries" we mean the experiences of the female body from birth, girlhood, into womanhood, and elderhood. These Mysteries include our uterine blood mysteries  (menstruation, birthing, menopause), female sexuality and spirituality, and all the ways that our female bodies inform our diverse life experiences. Part of our work as a feminist spiritual tradition is to keep conscious of, and heal from the insidious ways that misogyny affects our lives, and includes our self-perception through the patriarchal views of the dominant culture, religion, and cultural inheritance. The commonalities that girls and women share are based in our biological sex regardless of other differences in race, ability, ethnicity, and class. For us, the exploration and celebration of Women's Mysteries is an embodied experience that defies words, and can only be experienced by female-bodied individuals. Dianic tradition has centered on the embodied female mysteries for over 50 years. We affirm our ability to be whole-unto-ourselves and as free as the goddess of the wild, Artemis. We affirm our right to gather as female human beings within our female-only circles to celebrate our rites.

 

We support male individuals in honoring their unique Mysteries of the male body from birth, boyhood, into manhood, and elderhood.

 

We encourage trans-identified individuals to create their own rites of passage that address their significant life cycle events from birth into elderhood.

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