Adult Retreat (ages 18 and up)
Aug
4
to Aug 10

Adult Retreat (ages 18 and up)

Adult Retreat: Renewing the Cayce Legacy for Our Modern Times with Mark Thurston

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With Mark Thurston, PhD

The teachings and practical advice offered by Edgar Cayce nearly a hundred years ago presents timeless wisdom about the mind-body connection, the role of ideals in personal transformation, the way to form a cooperative relationship with one’s own soul-mind, and countless other topics. Our opportunity is not only to apply the ideas in our own lives but also to interpret them for the 21st century – that is, to find ways to make these timeless principles fresh, compelling, and relevant to the profound challenges facing humanity in the decades immediately ahead. This week will have a two-fold purpose. First, it’s to be a time of renewal and reconnection to a philosophy that has inspired and sustained us in years gone by. Second and equally important, it will be a week to create together a vision for the future. We’ll explore some practical steps for the roles that each of us have the chance to play in shaping the future of the Cayce legacy.

During Adult Retreat, your session resource person will lead you in an exciting program covering practical, down-to-earth material with insights from the Edgar Cayce readings.

The typical Camp experience will remain, with most days including options for morning exercises, meditation, group sharing activities, games, short hikes, organic wholesome meals, and the joy of living the Cayce lifestyle with like-minded people in a beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Special Note: This summer is the 50th anniversary of our Adult Retreat - whether it's your first, or your 50th time, this will be an amazing week for all.

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A time to let go and totally relax. Adult Retreat inspires a newfound sense of peace, tranquility, and equanimity. Meditate in the forest, lay in the meadow, and watch the stars. Recharge and take a break from the outside world.

+ ABOUT Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is an educator, psychologist, and author of more than a dozen books about personal spirituality. He is currently an associate professor at George Mason University in the School of Integrative Studies, and he serves as the faculty coordinator for a campus-wide undergraduate minor in well-being – including academic courses about mindfulness, resilience, and positive psychology. Mark worked at A.R.E. and Atlantic University from 1973 to 2008, including periods in jobs such as A.R.E. Camp counselor (two full summers), youth activities coordinator, director of educational development, co-executive director, and for his final eight years in Virginia Beach as Atlantic University’s director of academic affairs. Mark and his wife of 39 years Mary Elizabeth Lynch are co-founders of the non-profit educational organization the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute (Transformationandcourage.org), for which Mary Elizabeth serves as president. They are parents of two adult children, and they also love their relatively new roles as grandparents. More about his work can be found at MarkThurston.com.

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Family Camp Two
Jul
28
to Aug 3

Family Camp Two

Family Camp Two: Elements of Meditation with Judith Stevens, Susan Alexander, and Jack Callan

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At Family Camp, we provide a balanced program for all ages to enjoy: for adults, a popular resource person will lead workshops on the topic for the week; for children, a wide variety of counselor-led activities give kids a taste of what Children’s Camp is like. Most important, the session is about families spending time together.

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Elements of Meditation with Judith Stevens, Susan Alexander, and Jack Callan

This week at Family Camp, participants will explore a range of meditation techniques to discover forms that resonate with the unique preferences of each individual. Campers will join Judith, Susan, and Jack as they experience ways to begin or enhance their personal meditation practice including the use of movement, art, sound, and visual techniques. The peaceful and idyllic mountain setting will create the perfect environment for exploration of meditation, beginning with Cayce’s recommendations and expanding into many other practices stemming in origin from around the world.

ABOUT JUDITH STEVENS AND JACK CALLAN

Judith has been a student of the Cayce readings for 45 years, focusing on practical applications of the principles found in this life-giving material. A poet and yoga instructor, she founded the A.R.E. Prison Program and currently serves as A.R.E.’s National Outreach Manager.

Jack Callan is an artist, poet and carpenter. A Buddhist Quaker, his art, poetry and design work reflect an integrity and simplicity of style he has made central to his life.

ABOUT SUSAN COLLINS

Susan has a deep love for the earth and the natural world. She has attended A.R.E. camp since childhood as a Camper and Staff member. She is a Spiritual Guidance Mentor with Atlantic University, Environmental Educator at the University Of Michigan, budding herbalist, energetic space clearer, and a leader/facilitator of groups and workshops on dreams, meditation, spiritual study, and performs water healing ceremonies.

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A.R.E. Camp provides a unique setting where families can play games, sing, hike, and enjoy a campfire together--they can pray and meditate together too.

During the mornings, children are grouped by age to attend counselor-led activities while grown-ups meet with the resource person to discuss a relevant and interesting topic related to material from the Edgar Cayce readings.

All other activities are designed for the whole family to attend together. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles--all are welcome at Family Camp!

PARENTS: Family Camp can provide a positive experience for a young or first-time camper. If your child is not yet comfortable with attending a Children's Camp, or even our new, shorter “Cayce Kids” session, he or she might truly enjoy coming for Family Camp. After experiencing Family Camp, kids usually want to come back for more on their own!

 

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Teen Appalachian Trail Hike (Ages 12-17)
Jul
27
to Aug 3

Teen Appalachian Trail Hike (Ages 12-17)

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Here's your chance to experience a week entirely in nature – sleeping out under the stars, cooking meals over the fire, and seeing an abundance of Appalachian Mountain plant and animal life.

Every teenager (ages 12-17) should experience a week-long hike at least once. On the hike, you will incorporate the ideal of living close to nature with the opportunity to challenge perceived limitations in a close-knit and supportive group.

Each hike is individually tailored to meet the needs and experience level of the participants, and is guided by staff experienced in wilderness outings*. Campers will have the chance to learn wilderness skills, meet both physical and mental challenges, and explore the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

*Attendance at Children's Camp One is a pre-requisite for Blue Ridge Hike One, as Campers will participate in planning and team-building activities with their hike leaders and fellow hikers during the session.

 

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Kid's Camp - One, Two, or Three weeks (Ages 10-17)
Jul
7
to Jul 27

Kid's Camp - One, Two, or Three weeks (Ages 10-17)

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Children’s sessions are the heart of A.R.E. Camp. Throughout the summer we host two two-week sessions for children ages 10 – 16 years old, specially designed to give children an opportunity to laugh, sing, and play together; to explore talents, interests, and abilities; to challenge self-imposed limitations, and expand self- awareness; and to develop a closer relationship with God through nature.

Through everyday activities such as hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, music, drama, and sports and games, staff members and campers create a positive environment based on cooperation and loving acceptance. Emphasis is on the campers’ creativity, imagination, and well being through activities that bring about a balance of body, mind, and spirit.

One of the unique aspects of A.R.E. Camp is a sensitivity to children’s spiritual lives. Through dream exploration, prayer, meditation, and just being quiet together, children are supported and nurtured in their spiritual journey.

Staff members are encouraged to see that their own thoughts and actions are well grounded in a spiritual truth and that they teach primarily through example and the role model they present. Counselors are encouraged to view children as mature souls and to use love, reason, prayer, and emphasis on the positive as the backbone of their approach. The powerful effects of living simply and close to nature’s beauty are vehicles to aid the staff in their goal of awakening the campers to their deeper selves and to the reality of a loving way to live.

Additional Wilderness Hike Option

Participants attending Children's Camp One, who are ages 12 and up, have the opportunity to participate in a week-long backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail and surrounding Blue Ridge mountains. This spectacular adventure takes place the week after Children's One - for more info, see: Teen Appalachian Trail Hike.

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Family Camp One
Jun
30
to Jul 6

Family Camp One

Family Camp One, Body of Knowledge: Exploring our Senses as Sacred Tools with Rev. Kate Adamson

Click here to register for Family Camp One.

At Family Camp, we provide a balanced program for all ages to enjoy: for adults, a popular resource person will lead workshops on the topic for the week; for children, a wide variety of counselor-led activities give kids a taste of what Children’s Camp is like. Most important, the session is about families spending time together.

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Body of Knowledge: Exploring our Senses as Sacred Tools with Kate Adamson

This experiential workshop is an opportunity to explore and develop your relationship with your physical, sensory self. We will play with listening and responding to messages from our bodies about our physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of life, and take a deep personal look at what resistance we may have to being present in our bodies. This workshop is perfect for those who have difficulty getting out of their head and into their body, as well as for those who delight in physical experience.

ABOUT KATE ADAMSON

Rev. Kate Adamson is an actress, dancer, and interfaith minister living in Charlottesville, VA. Her ministry centers on the transformative power of ritual, deep awareness, and collective experience. She serves as a chaplain for birth and death, and everything in-between. She has studied and practiced Embodied Spirituality for over 15 years.

+ About Family Camp

A.R.E. Camp provides a unique setting where families can play games, sing, hike, and enjoy a campfire together--they can pray and meditate together too.

During the mornings, children are grouped by age to attend counselor-led activities while grown-ups meet with the resource person to discuss a relevant and interesting topic related to material from the Edgar Cayce readings.

All other activities are designed for the whole family to attend together. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles--all are welcome at Family Camp!

PARENTS: Family Camp can provide a positive experience for a young or first-time camper. If your child is not yet comfortable with attending a Children's Camp, or even our new, shorter “Cayce Kids” session, he or she might truly enjoy coming for Family Camp. After experiencing Family Camp, kids usually want to come back for more on their own!

 

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Cayce Young Kids Camp (ages 7 - 12)
Jun
23
to Jun 29

Cayce Young Kids Camp (ages 7 - 12)

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"Cayce Kids" is designed specially for children ages 7 - 12 years old. This unique session will give younger campers a chance to have their first solo experience at A.R.E. Camp. For five nights and five days, a staff specially trained to work with younger children will create an empowering Cayce-centeric camp experience allowing children to explore their independence while enjoying all of the beauty and magic of Camp. 

Through everyday activities such as hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, music, theater, and sports, staff members and campers create a positive environment based on cooperation and loving acceptance. Emphasis is on the camper's creativity, imagination, and well being through activities that bring about a balance of body, mind, and spirit. 

One of the unique aspects of A.R.E. Camp is a sensitivity to children’s spiritual lives. Through dream exploration, prayer, meditation, and just being quiet together, children are supported and nurtured in their spiritual journey.

Staff members are encouraged to see that their own thoughts and actions are well grounded in a spiritual truth and that they teach primarily through example and the role model they present. Counselors are encouraged to view children as mature souls and to use love, reason, prayer, and emphasis on the positive as the backbone of their approach. The powerful effects of living simply and close to nature’s beauty are vehicles to aid the staff in their goal of awakening the campers to their deeper selves and to the reality of a loving way to live.

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Young Family Retreat
Jun
8
to Jun 11

Young Family Retreat

Young Family Retreat

A new program for families will be back for a second year at A.R.E. Camp!

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A new program for families will be back for a second year at A.R.E. Camp! This three-day retreat invites young families to a taste the rhythm and joys of family camp in a bite-sized portion. Imagine waking up with your family in the dappled light of a green forest and rising to stretch and meditate before breakfast. Imagine sitting down with friends to enjoy a fresh, healthy meal that has been grown and prepared by loving hands (though not yours!). Imagine letting your children roam freely through the woods and meadows, knowing they are with friends and cared for. Imagine joining other families to make music and sing, spend the afternoon exploring along a mountain creek, and taking a swim in a cool and crisp pond. Imagine ending the day with stories and intentions around a campfire.

The days are simple, relaxed and structured around the needs of your family. You don’t need to keep track of the time, or plan for next activity. You and your family are held in the rhythm of A.R.E. Camp, and it is a rhythm created with intention:to nourish the body, mind and spirit.

This retreat is an opportunity to live together in community close to nature, to have the space and structure to cultivate mindfulness, to enjoy without distraction the unbelievable gift of family time. We look forward to sharing an amazing adventurous and relaxing weekend with you and your family!

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Dancing the Path - Retreat for Young Adults
Jun
7
to Jun 11

Dancing the Path - Retreat for Young Adults

  • 283 White Rock Furnace Road Rural Retreat, VA, 24368 United States (map)
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Are you a young person, seeking a sense of community, acceptance, and joy? Do you feel out of place in a world that increasingly values materiality over spirituality? Then Dancing The Path is for you. 

Dancing the Path is one of the most amazing sessions at A.R.E. Camp. Young people from all over the world come together to support each other in the gentle, and radical transition that we go through as we enter adult hood. 

We journey together, exploring who we are individually, and what the purpose of life is. How can we make a difference in this world? How can we be of service to our fellow brothers and sisters? 

This year, our workshop will be focused on how the Cayce Philosophy of Oneness and the spiritual practices of Buddhism meet. Led by Corinne Cayce and Jesse Luckett - expect to be enlivened and enlightened in meditation workshops, a Search for God study groups, nature immersion, and newfound lifelong connections. Corinne is an expert on Cayce spiritually, having studied the Cayce readings for over 15 years. The Cayce readings have made a profound impact on her life, and as a young adult, she wants to share how these teachings can help young adults find purpose in their life. Jesse has been studying Buddhism for over 15 years, and is deeply passionate about meditation and the philosophies and teachings of the Buddha. As a licensed counselor, he enjoys helping people love themselves and find that inner peace that resides in us all. Corinne and Jesse live outside of Charlottesville, VA and raising their two young kids. 

Edgar Cayce said that the purpose of life is to be a light onto others. What does this mean? And how can I do this? Together, we will attempt to answer these questions.

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Construction Camp
May
27
to Jun 7

Construction Camp

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Each year, we open the Camp for the summer season with a fun-filled hard-working two-weeks when volunteers can come for FREE in exchange for assisting us with gardening and/or construction.

During this session, we welcome participants of all skill levels to help clean up the buildings, make minor repairs, and get our summer off to a good start with their love, service, and elbow grease.

Come for a few days or stay the whole time! If you should happen to have carpentry or construction skills, we almost always have a project underway that needs your help! Laugh the day away with like-minded friends while really being of service to A.R.E. Camp!

Please note: Construction Camp is generally geared toward adults, but we welcome young campers (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian), who want to pitch in to help beautify Camp for the coming season! Come one, come all!

Remember, the setting is rustic, bring apparel for all kinds of mountain weather -- rain or shine!

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Cayce Fellows (Age 17)
Jul
8
to Jul 21

Cayce Fellows (Age 17)

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This program is designed for participants who are 17 years old who want to "create the magic" experienced at A.R.E. Camp and begin to delve into a personal exploration of individual and community leadership and team-building.

During this two-week session at the Big House, a spectacular farmhouse up the road from A.R.E. Camp, participants will have the opportunity to discover their individual strengths and interests through creative community and shared experiences. This session will include learning the basics of helping to create meals in the kitchen and how to lead a variety of our favorite Camp activities.

Through journaling, dream study, discussions, sports, storytelling, music, crafts, prayer/meditation, and a service project, each participant can discover and explore the magic within. Fundamentals of leadership, child development, and trust building will also be included in the action packed session. Come and discover how you can enthusiastically and creatively...Serve with JOY!

 

 

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A.R.E. Camp Family Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr
1
1:00 PM13:00

A.R.E. Camp Family Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia

Join A.R.E. Camp at IX Art Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a fun-filled day of singing, dancing, laughing, playing, and creativity! During the day, we will have family friendly activities like face painting, hula hooping, yoga, field games, and arts and crafts! In the evening, we will have several amazing musical acts, a square dance, and plenty of space to dance the night away! Food trucks will be on site to fill your belly, and the amazing staff of A.R.E. Camp will help fill your hearts with love.

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The Tour of Love in Virginia Beach
Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

The Tour of Love in Virginia Beach

Have you ever felt completely loved and accepted just the way that you are? This is what campers experience at A.R.E. Camp in Rural Retreat, VA.

Now this unconditional love is on tour! Sydney and Tyler, program directors at ARE Camp, are traveling the country, singing, laughing, and spreading joy. Come connect with them at Karen's house! We are going to eat delicious food and learn what A.R.E. Camp is all about. What to expect: live music, delicious food, a short video of Camp, and a great time. 

Please bring: a friend! :) And if you are moved to: a dish to pass (potluck style), musical instruments, poems, and stories - we’ll have time to share and connect.

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