Dearest Allies and Weavers of Reclaiming Magic,
I can clearly recall in early February 2011 when the request to find a home for D5 was first
announced. Perhaps like some of you who considered this inquiry, this stirred our hearts and we
were moved by the possibility of co-creation and inspiration. In our community, Satya planted
a first seed that perhaps this could be our offering, and Portland witches responded. In April of
2011 our offering was accepted and Dandelion Organizers began to collectively envision the
container of this gathering. In April we began the organizing work of creating this vision, and
our early discussions were of logistics, timing, location and manifestation of the event. In very
early May we began doing outreach to national and international camp communities to inquire about
camp dates, with the intention of working collaboratively with our camp allies.
As we were doing this outreach, we were simultaneous doing the important work of determining our
group organizing agreements, decision making process and crafting the container for our organizing
work. Satya, Panther and horizon, created their intention as anchors:
We would like to share with you our intention as an anchoring group. We are committed to clean
communication, which means you should be able to be heard and responded to. We believe we should
be held to our commitments and that individuals and the group as a whole are empowered to call us
to those commitments. We are hosting Dandelion to celebrate our healthy community and shared
values and as a reflection of that we should model the intention we are inviting for the gathering.
We acknowledge that there are many talents in the group and we want to call those forth and
celebrate them. We see our work as holding the container for Dandelion, tending, nurturing
and catalyzing the magic we are birthing together. We hope by setting and sharing this intention
that the community of organizers will take up these ribbons and weave a pattern. Together we can
build something bigger and better than any of us can individually.
This process work and clarification of group agreements were solidifying as we continued our search
for a camp home for D5. In May we scheduled our first site visit to a camp. We continued to look
at dates and homes for the event over the next two months, considering and balancing:
1) Community interest in holding Dandelion in the Summer to make it available to teachers, students and families
with children in school.
2) Portland's weather pattern and interest in avoiding the rainy season which is a small window
of 6 weeks from mid July to the end of August.
3) Accessibility for families.
4) Accessibility for those with different mobility needs (and how to make Dandelion inclusive as a
manifestation of celebrating and tending healthy, diverse Reclaiming communityone of the core
intentions of Dandelion).
5) Organizer availability to operationalize the event.
6) Working with proximity and scheduling of other camp communities specifically Witchlets in the
Woods and Free Cascadia Activist Camp (though we did outreach to all known summer Witchcamps
about their planned scheduling).
7) Financial cost and accessibility and
8) Facility availability.
When August 1st–5th became the clear best date after intentionally considering all the above factors,
we began engaging more specifically with the Witchlet Weavers Organizing Community about working
in collaboration for planning the events. We identified and set a clear intention to work
collaboratively with our Witchlet allies in the hopes offering both events harmoniously and not
in date-conflict with each other. (This was true with Free Cascadia camp as well, though
Free Cascadia Organizers communicated that they hoped to plan their camp in proximity to
Dandelion so that their camper community might have the possibility of attending both).
Through these intentional conversations, we learned that while the dates for Witchlets were
not yet finalized, they had little ability to change their dates (based on their agreements with
their campground) and the two camps had a definite possibility of overlapping. (It was also
true that in addition to Witchlets, there were a number of witchcamps who did not yet have confirmed
dates for the 2012 summer, which made date collaboration more complex). Witchlets planned to see
if there was a possibility of switching camp dates with Elderflower, and there was some dreaming
about a caravan between the two camps and possibly sending Witchlet attenders off from Dandelion
to Witchlets with some intention. All the while we communicated a clear commitment to working
harmoniously and in partnership with each other. It was also true that while we deeply wanted
to avoid potential date conflict, it was difficult to avoid this with without solidly knowing
the final dates of Witchlets and also balance all the considerations we were holding. After much
thoughtful discussion and consideration, we made our reservation and deposit at Camp Adams for
the dates of August 1st–5th, 2012. We maintain a deep and intentional commitment to working
collaborative with our Witchlet allies.
We have been considering for months ways to make Dandelion accessible to families and children.
Though these are conversations we are continuing to have in our organizing group, some of the ways
we have thought about doing this is reduced attendance cost for families, reduced attendance cost
for those attending more than one camp, making Dandelion accessible to those who can only attend
part of the event (consistent with last years' gathering) and a continued commitment to working
with Witchlet Weavers (and attenders!) about making this balance as accessible and compatible as
possible. As we understand it, there is much more demand for attending Witchlets than there is
space to accommodate all the families who want to attend. One way to view the proximity of these
events could be that offering two different kid-friendly events creates MORE accessibility and
inclusivity, rather than taking it away. As organizers, we are holding and tending a commitment
to making Dandelion accessible to children and families as well as scheduling it in the summer so
that families have the possibility of attending for the week.
We have heard, clearly, some understandable sadness about the possibility of Dandelion being
scheduled in close proximity to Witchlets, particularly from families who are especially seeking
more family accessible opportunities within our Reclaiming community. These concerns of family
inclusiveness are ones we have mindfully considered as we have moved forward with our organizing
process, and are important considerations. For the many of us who feel strongly that families
need more voice, representation and opportunity in Reclaiming events, and to those of us who honor
families with a commitment of solidarity, we hope you can envision Dandelion as one (though
certainly not the only!!) forum we have to gather, talk about, tend and respond to our diverse
As an organizing group we are doing our best to hear all the discussion that is being raised around
our planned dates. Please know that we will continue to mindfully and respectfully consider your
thoughts as we continue with our organizing work. As organizers, we remain committed to making
Dandelion as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. We deeply and sincerely want to
celebrate! this gathering of our tribes as we intentionally invite Reclaiming witches from the
international community to Oregon next August to dream, celebrate, create, vision, heal, inspire,
make magic, raise energy and create/tend connection with others in our tradition. We want to honor
and celebrate the diversity that each of us offers as gift to our community--that which makes us
the fabulous magical community we are and are becoming. We want to tribute those who have come
before, acknowledge those of us today who inspire and co-create this beautiful community, and
honor and envision with people from all ages and parts of our community the future of our tradition
as we strive to co-create this vision of justice, healing and liberation for all Life in this
In Magical Solidarity,
The D5 Core Organizing Team (Craig, Misha, Serenity, Otter, Topaz, Rosemary, Panther, horizon and
Satya) and the other D5 organizing allies who are working to operationalize the vision of this