Fellowship, fun, spiritual community, relaxation and joyful-learning
in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
Is A.R.E. Camp only for kids? No. Besides Children's camps we offer sessions for families to come with (or without!) their kids, as well as programs for teens and retreats for adults 18 and over.
What do you do at A.R.E. Camp? Campers are invited to join together by experimenting with the simple lifestyle suggested by the Edgar Cayce readings. Guided by a spirit of love and cooperation, traditional and nontraditional camp activities are woven together to provide a balance in the areas of body, mind, and spirit. Activities include volleyball and soccer, nature exploration, arts and crafts, hiking, swimming, drama and music, along with dream exploration, quiet time, meditation, and study and discussion of the Cayce material. In addition, campers take part in K.P. (kitchen party) and other camp-care activities to help make the environment more pleasant for everyone.
Do you have to know about Edgar Cayce to attend? No: for those unfamiliar with the Cayce readings, A.R.E. Camp provides an excellent introduction to some of the concepts found in the material such as dreams, reincarnation, karma, and diet and health.. Staff members and fellow campers are enthusiastic about sharing those ideas and information with others.
Where is A.R.E. Camp? The camp is located on a farm in southwestern Virginia, near the small town of Rural Retreat, on a secluded fifty-acre site that adjoins a national forest. A mile-long gravel road through cow pasture leads to the Camp which is located in a beautiful valley between two mountain ridges. Campers are continuously surrounded by gorgeous wilderness and with very few towns nearby the stargazing at night is at its best (see map under "General Information".)
What is A.R.E. Camp like? The Camp setting and facilities are simple and very rustic; living close to the elements is one of the joys and challenges of the Camp experience! Facilities include screened-in cabins, dining hall and kitchen, wellness cabin, library, recreation hall, arts and crafts building, latrines, and shower house. A meditation grove, organic garden, soccer field, pond, and volleyball court are also integral parts of this setting.
Where do campers sleep? A.R.E. Camp's cabins are open-air screened and equipped with eight bunk beds with foam mattresses. Cabins are rustic, with no electricity or running water, but are close to wash-houses, latrines, and showers. During Children's Sessions, one or two staff members share each cabin with the campers; at Family camps, cabins are usually shared by two or more family groups; at Adult weeks, cabins are arranged for either men, women, or couples. Participants may also bring tents or campers to Family and Adult weeks (there are no sewage hook-ups for campers).
What is the food like? Meals are served family style and are prepared by kitchen staff familiar with the Cayce readings on diet and health - mainly vegetarian, with fish and fowl options for non-vegetarians.. A balance is sought between today's food tastes and the healthful dietary suggestions found in the readings. The organic garden provides some fresh herbs and vegetables.
What can you expect at A.R.E. Camp? Fun, relaxation, inspiration, spiritual community and joyful learning! A.R.E. Camp offers individuals of all ages the experience of relating to nature and to one another in a peaceful, loving, community atmosphere. It is a place of transformation where children, young people, adults, and families come together to develop in body, mind, and spirit. The ideal of A.R.E. Camp is to provide an environment where the Cayce concepts can be explored in practical ways, where a simple lifestyle can celebrate our spiritual heritage, and where individuals can practice love and service with joy.
What is the Big House? The Big House is a large three-story farmhouse located about a mile from the A.R.E. Camp. Sessions held at the Big House are usually for smaller groups (6-16 people), from one to three weeks long, and offer an experience less rustic than at Camp. Participants and program leaders at Big House programs live and eat together family-style, and usually share cooperatively in meal planning and preparation as well as K.P.
Please join us this summer!