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A.R.E. Camp Welcomes Summer in New Facilities


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A.R.E. Camp Welcomes Summer in New Facilities 

Dining Hall and Shower House Grand Opening June 30 - July 2


Virginia Beach, Va. – Two years ago this week, fire destroyed the A.R.E. Camp dining hall. But today, after raising more than $500,000 for the project, the dining hall has been rebuilt bigger and more beautiful.  In recognition, the A.R.E. Camp community is about to launch its 2017 summer season with a Grand Opening celebration. Located in a pristine 3,000-acre mountain valley near Rural Retreat, Va., the A.R.E. Camp community and guests will celebrate the opening of the dining hall along with a rebuilt shower house over the weekend starting June 30, and ending July 2.

“The Grand Opening weekend will be an adventure-filled line-up of activities,” said Jennie Taylor Martin, A.R.E.’s director overseeing A.R.E Camp & Youth activities. “Think: Best camp day ever!” The weekend will kick off on Friday, June 30 with a celebratory dinner at the renovated, historic Bolling-Wilson Hotel in Wytheville, Va. Saturday, July 1, the celebration continues at the Camp itself. In addition to the dedication of the two new buildings, activities throughout the weekend-long celebration include morning exercises and meditation, music-making, campfire-side storytelling and singing, square dancing, volleyball, field games and races, survey lectures, swimming, hiking the Blue Ridge, and more. The group will also paint a mandala to be displayed in the new Dining Hall. Healthful, Cayce-recommended meals are also included.

Campers may reserve a spot in a cabin or bring a tent. Guests who prefer overnight hotel accommodations (and then traveling to Camp during the day for festivities) can reserve a room at the Bolling-Wilson Hotel in Wytheville, Va. More information is available at

To date, A.R.E. has raised more than $500,000 to complete this project. To learn more about how you can support A.R.E. camp, please visit For general information about A.R.E., call (757) 428-3588 or visit

A.R.E. Camp at Rural Retreat, Va., was founded nearly 60 years ago in response to the desire of many to live the Cayce-recommended lifestyle of body-mind-spirit health, organic meals, meditation, and communing with nature. Edgar Cayce founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries—all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce, who died in 1945. The mission of A.R.E. is simply to help people around the world change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the Cayce readings. The Virginia Beach headquarters is a popular site for locals and tourists with free daily lectures, a Health Center & Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage, an extensive metaphysical library, a meditation garden, a stone labyrinth, and a bookstore and gift shop. The campus is also home to Atlantic University which offers two masters degrees (Transpersonal Psychology and Leadership Studies) through an online platform, as well as continuing education and certificate programs. Through A.R.E.’s many programs, services, publications, and membership outreach, individuals from all walks of life and religious backgrounds are provided with tools for personal transformation and healing at all levels—body, mind, and spirit. For more information, please visit