Thursday, November 10, 2016
The 14th Annual Gathering on the East Coast of Michael Students will take place at Sevenoaks Retreat Center near Charlottesville, VA between Tuesday, April 25, and Sunday, April 30, 2017. The Gathering is like the best family reunion you could ever imagine combined with adult summer camp. It's a time to hang out with like-minded people, make new friends, hear interesting and informative presentations, learn how others are applying the Teachings to their daily lives, take walks through the woods, meditate with a group, lead an activity, participate in fun or challenging games, relax by the river, create ceremony at the medicine wheel or labyrinth, share your experiences with others, and make essence contact. We would love for you to join us!
We will have full use of this beautiful campus from 4 pm on Sunday, April 23rd until noon on Monday, May 1st. Events, however, will officially kick off with Dinner on Tuesday, April 25th, followed by a welcome party. Sessions, presentations and activities will begin Wednesday morning and continue through Sunday Lunch. Last year, the majority of attendees found it most convenient to travel on Tuesday and Sunday but you are welcome to attend for the entire week or any portion that works for you. See Program details on the Program Schedule tab.
If it is more convenient for your travel plans or you would like some time to enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains or Thomas Jefferson's estate Monticello, you are welcome to stay on campus both Sunday and Monday, April 23-24, before the event officially starts Tuesday evening and afterwards overnight Sunday, April 30th. The meals onsite begin with Tuesday breakfast and continue through Sunday lunch. Additional meals on the early and late travel days may be available if there are enough people staying on campus. Details on that will be announced as we get closer to the date.
As always, we urge you to let us know your plans to attend as soon as you can. Even if you are not absolutely sure, it is very helpful to the organizers to know your intentions so that we can plan accordingly. There is a discount for early registration and those who commit first will have priority in the rooming arrangements on campus, which is the most economical option. Off-campus options are limited, mainly the rather expensive Holiday Inn Express as well as some nearby camping facilities, unless you can stay with friends in the area. See pricing and facility details on the Registration tab.