Turning the Tide 2016: What You Need to Know


Dear Turning the Tide Family,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Turning the Tide 2016 is THIS WEEKEND!! As we get ready for our tenth celebration, we are all busy preparing and packing in anticipation of spending the weekend with you in ritual, workshops, and more.

This letter contains all the information you will need for the festival. Feel free to print it out! If you have any questions ahead of the event, contact our Coordination Maven, Alpandia at ttinfo@emlc.net. Please remember there are no on-site registrations!

Plan for the weather! The weather report currently shows a potentially chilly, rainy weekend: highs in the 70’s and lows in the 60’s with a 50% chance of rain. Please pack accordingly. We will be heading towards a Full Moon this weekend, but be sure to pack your flashlights for heading to the bathroom at night! But remember that weather in Florida changes on a dime, so plan for sunny and rainy days.

QuickLinks to Important Information:

Our festival is held once more at the lovely Camp Greynolds, a private campground located off Miami Gardens Drive along the Oleta River. Specific directions are at the bottom of this page. It is common to see all sorts of wildlife, including egrets, ibis, and herons along the river, and owls, bats, raccoons, and foxes live among the great oaks of the camp. Nine cabins, all handicapped accessible and recently renovated, are steps away from a bathhouse and Great Hall with kitchen. A campfire ring is a short walk from the cabins and provides a beautiful spot for our rituals beneath the trees. The spirits of the land are alive and present at Greynolds – it is a well-loved spot that Witches and Pagans from South Florida have used for gatherings for over 20 years!

Our festival will once more include rituals, workshops, our Witchy Auction (so bring cash for tickets!), and drumming, plus a baby blessing Sunday morning! We cannot wait to celebrate with you!

Registration and Accommodations

Please be sure to have your photo ID with you to help expedite our registration and signin process. Registration will open at 4:00pm for those tenting, and 5:30pm for our family members in cabins. Yes, this is earlier than last year! This will allow you to check in and set up your tent/cabin while it is still light. Please Note: the campground is used by another group before we arrive. We will be able to access Cabins and the Great Hall once they have finished using the space.

Once you’re done settling in, feel free to pitch in with decorating the Great Hall! We’re celebrating Ten Tides Together, so our Great Hall will be decorated with pictures and memories from previous Turning the Tide celebrations.

Be sure to sign up for a volunteer shift when you register, and pick up your Spirit Bag. This bag will collect tokens from the events you attend at Tides and be a memory you can keep all year long.

Opening Ritual will be held at 9pm. Our gates will be locked during Opening Ritual, and throughout the festival with the exception of Lunch on Saturday.

Our gates will be open until 9pm Friday, and between 12:30pm and 3pm Saturday. If you plan to arrive outside of these times, please let us know so that we can alert our GateKeepers to unlock the gates.
When you arrive at Greynolds, please proceed to the Great Hall to check in for Registration. If you registered for a cabin bunk, you will be given your specific cabin name. Please bring your own bedding and pillow – twin-size bunk beds with mattresses are provided. Several individuals with special needs have requested bottom bunks. If you enter your cabin and see a “RESERVED” sign on a bottom bunk, please do not move it. This bunk is reserved for our guests with who specifically require a bottom bunk. Thank you for your understanding!

All cabins sleep up to eight and have electricity and overhead lights, but please do not plan to store food in your cabin. Critters can find their way inside! A sealed cooler with drinks and light snacks can be kept in your cabin. Ice will be provided in the kitchen for your use. Your feast food should be brought to the kitchen for storage as soon as you arrive. We will ask that you label your food for the feast. Feel free to bring coven banners or other decorations for your cabins and the Great Hall!

We ask our family to have their cabins cleaned and be ready to leave Camp by 12:30pm on Sunday. This includes emptying any trash as well as completely sweeping the cabin. There are brooms and dust pans in each cabin’s closet for this purpose. We will give thanks, say goodbyes, and hold Closing Ritual. Please pitch in to help us clean up the site before you leave.

Planning for Food

A continental breakfast is provided on both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30a-9:30am. The Yuletide Feast on Saturday night is a pot luck with lots of home made deliciousness. Please bring a dish or drink to share! Unsure what to bring? A vegetarian side-dish is always welcome, as are desserts. Please bring your contribution in a serving dish with utensils (as necessary). Keep in mind that there is limited space for food prep, so your contribution should be ready-made or only need re-heating. You will be unable to cook on site in the Great Hall kitchen. Our kitchen witches will be glad to show you around the kitchen but will not be cooking for you.

You are on your own for lunch on Saturday, but there are many stores and restaurants very close to the campgrounds, including Publix. This would be a good time to take care of any last-minute Feast needs.

The camp does not allow alcohol in glass containers. If you choose to imbibe sacred brew, please do so discretely and in a non-glass container.

For a full and complete FAQ about Food at Tides, click here!

Being Green

In order to diminish our footprint on Mother Earth, we ask our TTT Family to bring your own reusable plate/bowl/cup/silverware to the gathering. A washing station will be available after every meal, and we hope to greatly cut down on the solid waste we produce by having each person bring their own reusable utensils. There will be no paper products available this year, so you must bring your own items.

To help keep the campgrounds tidy, please also police your trash. If you are walking from your cabin to the Great Hall and see litter, please pick it up. Let’s leave the grounds cleaner than how we found them!

Rituals through the Weekend

Our festival is book-ended and punctuated by community rituals. We start with our Opening Ritual on Friday evening. Closing Ritual will be held Sunday mid-day. But the focal point is our Main Ritual. Our Main Ritual will be a Very Florida Yuletide Celebration! We will be processing to ritual as a flock, so if you have bird calls, feel free to bring them!

We will also be holding a devotional to Hekate Friday evening at Midnight. Feel free to bring offerings to leave for Her. Some suggestions may include pomegranates, figs, honey, barley, rosemary, dark red wine, also flowers.

Weather permitting, on Friday following Opening Ritual, and on Saturday after Main Ritual, our drummers will be building sacred energy around the fire. Feel free to bring your own musical instruments and/or drums to join in!

Fun Outside of Rituals and Workshops

We’ll be caroling again before Feast on Saturday night. Please sing along – you know the tunes!

On Friday and Saturday Evening, our amazing drummers will be keeping the energies high at the fire in the ritual circle. Bring your own drums or other instruments and lend your energies to the rhythm. If you’re more of a dancer, the area around the fire circle makes for great grapevining.

Sunday might be our last day of Tides, but it’s jam packed with activities. You are all invited to our community ritual – a Baby Blessing for our very first Turning the Tide baby! We’ll also be pulling tickets for our auction of Pagan Gifts. Be sure to purchase your auction tickets through the weekend! All proceeds of the auction are donated to EMLC to help us continue our philanthropic work in Florida.

Donations to This Year’s Charity

As part of building Community energy during our gathering, we would like our family to bring either a single, new unwrapped toy to be donated after the festival to Amigos for Kids. This organization is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect by valuing children, strengthening families, and educating communities. You can find out more information about them at their website.

This Year’s Workshops

A full listing of all of this year’s workshops can be found on our workshop page. Some workshops will run concurrently, so be sure to check the schedule you receive at registration to make sure you know when and where the ones you want to attend will be. Be sure to read our workshop descriptions ahead of time, as several ask that you bring items for use during the workshop. If you’re tech savvy, be sure to download the EventsXD app ahead of time. Our Turning the Tide workshop list is featured there, too!

What to Pack

Your ID Your Yuletide Spirit
Confirmation Email with Directions Bedding, including blankets, sheets, pillow
Personal Toiletries & Towel Reusable plate/bowl/cup/silverware for each person in your party
Pot Luck contribution for Feast Food for dinner Friday & lunch Saturday (or go out)
Cooler for Drinks and Snacks Cash for Auction Tickets
Decorations for your cabin Ritual Wear for Saturday Night Ritual
Pictures from past Turning the Tide celebrations. Flyers or business cards for your services of interest to the Tides community
Comfortable festival wear for days outside (check the weather!) Comfortable walking shoes
Flashlight Musical instrument and/or drum
Camp chairs or blanket for sitting outside Notebook for workshop notes
Camera (but get permission before taking pictures of people!) Binoculars for bird watching
Yoga Mat (if you are taking Yoga in the AM) Yoga Clothing
Cell Phone Charger Donations for Amigos for Kids
Offering for Hekate Devotional (something biodegradable: pomegranates, figs, honey, barley, rosemary, dark red wine, also flowers.)

Rules for a Safe Weekend

In keeping with the rules and regulations of our host site, no blades of any kind can be brought into Greynolds Park. We also regret that there will be no skyclad option. We request that our Tides Family respect our sacred ritual area and refrain from smoking anywhere near the Circle or the workshops. All buildings at Greynolds, including the cabins and cabin porches, are non-smoking areas. Smoking is allowed in the parking lot only.

In addition, we ask that you be responsible with your alcohol intake, especially with ritual in mind. While a glass of wine with dinner before Main Ritual is fine, if you are visible impaired or disruptive in ritual, you will be escorted out of ritual and back to your cabin. Should you enjoy adult beverages in the evening, remember that we are a community and to be respectful of those around you.

As a reminder, the camp does not allow alcohol in glass containers. If you choose to imbibe sacred brew, please do so discretely and in a non-glass container.

Finally, please be respectful of our family member’s boundaries. Whether it’s regarding smoking, alcohol, noise, etc…. we are a community spending a weekend in sacred space.

Directions to the Festival

Getting to Greynold’s Park is very easy. Take I-95 north or south to exit 14 (FL-860/Miami Gardens Drive), and head east (toward the water) on Miami Gardens Drive for 2.2 miles. Take a left at the light at NE 22nd Avenue and the entrance to Camp Greynolds is immediately on your right, through a chain link fence. Pull all the way into the parking area, park, and register at the Great Hall, the building on the right as you enter the Camp.

The Everglades Moon Community is incredibly honored to host another gathering of our Turning the Tide family. Joining together to celebrate the beauty of Florida and our diverse but exciting community is one of our favorite things to do, and we are so glad you have decided to join us! As we gather, let us do so with a sense of strengthening our community in mind. As we part, may we take with us stronger connections, clearer paths, and a deeper relationship with Mother Earth. See you all on Friday, December 11th!

Blessed Be!
Alpandia, and the Turning the Tide 2016 Planning Committee