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WHAT MAKES A NEW CULTURE CAMP UNIQUE:

No Gurus and No Dogma: We've found that no single human technology or practice can encompass the human experience; our goal is to build a *culture* in which insights drawn from many sources are common knowledge, *available* but not imposed. We bring in many new presenters every year, and the result is that our participants have a huge pool of technologies and practices to draw from. Each person is fully "at choice" in any of our events, and each person is free to use the insights and practices that work best for them.

We Gather for an Extended Period of Time: Many of us have been consciously involved with the personal growth process for years; but we have seen that most people struggle to be able to incorporate those processes into their daily lives. Our retreat is long so that there is time for real issues to come up -- i.e., relationships form and shift, people push their edges, folks get upset at each other. Campers support each other to work through these issues in new ways. As a result, in the words of one participant, "Ideas become practiced ways of being."

Group Practices Supporting Transparency and Understanding: Many shared practices bind the community together: ZEGG Forum where people can share deeply and be compassionately witnessed by the community, Going Deeper where we nurture our interpersonal connections, Love Pods where people can check in with a small "family" group, Morning Circle where we connect and get ready for the day together, and Karma Yoga- working together to share the tasks of cleaning, cooking, childcare or whatever needs to be done to take care of each other on the physical plane.

Results: Powerful and long-lasting. People change their lives as a result of camp - new jobs, new communities, new projects. Most participants wind up connected with other participants on an ongoing basis.

Caveat: Besides being a wonderful escape from some of society's repressive social constraints, retreats can be an intense personal and interpersonal experience. As such, it offers opportunities and challenges to face our own innermost inconsistencies, insecurities, and instabilities, and to encounter and respond to those of others. Be aware that not every situation may be to your liking, and that you are always at choice to participate or not. Typically, many campers practice multiple loving relationships. However, this retreat is a place where all relationship choices and orientations are honored equally.