All people are welcome to fully participate in NWSC, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, race, national origin, physical ability, or other immutable aspect of their particular life experience. Campers are welcome to use cabins and restrooms corresponding to their established gender identity. Any questions related to this policy should be directed to the Health & Safety Committee.
What to Bring: YOUR SMILE…. And bedding/sleeping bag, pillow, towels, and clothes for a week (weather may range from cool, hot, dry to rainy), warm jacket, personal toiletries, time piece/alarm clock, and flashlight. Cloth napkin/bandana for dining (help us reduce paper waste!), cushion, chair/low seat, festive clothes, musical instruments, personal mug or wide-mouthed water bottle, a box of your favorite tea, earplugs, roll of paper towels for tent or cabin, camera, insect repellant, sunscreen, swimsuit, beach towel, journal, special treats, comfort or specialty foods.
If working in the Kitchen for Karma Yoga, you must bring closed toe shoes and wear them to your shift. If tenting, bring your own tent and equipment. Cabin beds are small, twin-size, mostly bunks. Cabin occupants are encouraged to bring ear plugs and/or sleeping masks!
Leave Behind: Pets and non-prescription drugs, alcohol and pets. No exceptions!
NWSC has a no pet policy. If you have a certified Service Animal you wish to bring to camp, please let the Registrar AND Manager know in advance so appropriate accommodations can be made. You will need to provide certification paperwork, preferably before arriving at camp. Companion animals may not be brought to camp.
Service animals are of course welcome anywhere while performing their duties, but we request they be kept out of the food service and preparation areas whenever possible, including the main dining hall while it is being used for food prep. We also ask that they not be brought into the main circle during dance, zikr, and all camp classes. If you are unsure if your animal meets the legal definition of a service animal, please see: http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm.
Diet: Our fabulous kitchen staff provides regular and some special diet needs. Please note special dietary needs on your registration. Many cabins have kitchens; efforts are made to accommodate those needing them. You may bring foods you need, and there is shopping available in a nearby small town.
Karma Yoga: “Using the stuff that makes up your daily life as the vehicle for coming to Union is called Karma Yoga.” – Ram Dass, Be Here Now
Karma Yoga (KY) is an opportunity to reach spiritual union through service in our community. Each camper contributes an average of about an hour a day (6-8 hours in the week) in a variety of ways to help benefit all and keep costs low. The group camaraderie can make Karma Yoga one of the most enriching aspects of the entire camp experience.
We are happy to offer online signup for Karma Yoga a couple weeks before Camp. We will email all campers with instructions for early sign up. If you are unable to participate in Early Sign Up, you will be invited to sign up at REGISTRATION.
KITCHEN ATTIRE STATE HEALTH & SAFETY CODES REQUIRE:
1. Closed Toed Shoes.
2. Hair tied back or covered
3. Long pants, skirt or apron.
If you anticipate doing your community karma yoga in the kitchen, be sure to bring appropriate attire and wear it to your shifts.
CAMPER TIPS: Check the schedule of classes included in the email and select a KY position that won’t conflict with the classes/activities you desire to participate in. Teens may want to avoid shifts during the 1:45-2:45 time slot so they can attend the Teacher’s Tea, a highlight of the Teen program.
Lunch & Dinner prep is a three-hour shift on two consecutive days.
NWSC board safety policy requires a public database Sex Offender check for anyone working with youth (Kids/Tweens or Teen Camp).
Dervish Bazaar: Sufi-related items are sold in a bazaar, held during the lunch break on two days of Camp (usually Tuesday and Saturday). Art, jewelry, clothing, etc. vendors are welcome; they should plan to provide their own tables and change. NWSC sells books and music; do not sell these (except for your own releases) without checking with the Bazaar Coordinator. If you sell music, you may want to bring a listening device for buyer previews. Vendors who wish to leave their tables set up between bazaar days may do so, AT THEIR OWN RISK. A 10% tithe to NWSC is collected by Bazaar Coordinator on all sales. Contact Munira Love – email@example.com 707-445-0668 – for more info and to request a spot.
Individual Healing Sessions: If you wish to offer healing sessions, such massage, you may, as long as you have each recipient fill out a liability waiver that will be provided at Camp. Practitioners charging money will need to provide relevant, current, required licenses on request.
Health and Safety:
The Sufi Invocation expresses the intention of the Northwest Sufi Camp. We open our hearts; we awaken new energies; we move toward the vision described in the Invocation. We must be able to evolve in an atmosphere of safety. This includes physical safety, emotional safety, and freedom from coercion of any type. To promote the safety of all participants, the NWSC Board has developed the following guidelines for the wellbeing of the camp as a whole. Camp is an opportunity to train the nafs (ego nature). The Board does not want to play the role of police and believes that when participants are made aware of their role in creating the camp atmosphere, that behavior will be appropriate. However, there are specific behaviors that will not be tolerated:
- Sexual coercion, abuse, or violence
- Deliberate physical violence
- Use of alcohol or other controlled substances.
The Northwest Sufi Camp Board has established a Health and Safety Committee, whose membership is announced at the opening of camp, and periodically during camp. Any participant who feels unsafe for any reason is encouraged to speak to the Camp Nurse, Camp Manager, or any member of the Health and Safety Committee. The Committee will review the situation and determine appropriate action. Our goal is always to work with campers and staff to resolve a situation before it becomes a major problem.
Although the emphasis is on the entire camp, we recognize that the teens may have special needs in this area. A mandatory meeting is held at the beginning of camp with all teens, their parents/sponsors, and Teen Camp staff to discuss how the teen community fits into this overall vision of safety.
We ask for your support in creating a camp atmosphere where every individual is free to grow and awaken without fear for their safety.