Registered Participant Information
Please read the following information carefully
Thank you for joining us for our 32nd Annual Celebration of the NE WHC!! We’ll be meeting again at beautiful Camp Wicosuta on Newfound Lake in the little town of Hebron, NH. Camp Wicosuta has been a girl’s camp for over 90 years! Newfound Lake is considered to be one of the cleanest lakes in New Hampshire; we’ll have access to a small beachfront where we can relax, and swim. It is a lovely setting, and a joyful gathering. Let’s gather to create ‘magic’, fun, and powerful healing energy for the planet. Your presence is deeply appreciated and warmly welcomed. Come with an open heart, the special gift of who you are, and your plant wise spirit ~ we’ll have a joyous time together honoring woman spirit, the wisdom of our ancestors & the healing power of plants.
If you need to add anything to your registration, you can do so through the Registration page on the website. Please make sure to use the same email address as when you registered for the conference so the transactions will be linked in our system.
You will receive an abbreviated schedule at the NE WHC (without workshop descriptions). The full NE WHC schedule with workshop descriptions will be posted so that it can be downloaded on August 1. If you would like a copy of the schedule w/workshop descriptions, be sure to print it after August 1st.
Thursday, August 22nd (Pre-Conference )
Early Check- in: 4pm to 6:30pm ONLY Please do not arrive earlier or later. You must be pre-registered for early check-in or for the Pre-Conference Meal Plan (Thursday Dinner to Friday Lunch).
Friday, August 24th
Registration 7:30am to 12pm
Pre-Conference Intensives 8:15am to 11:45am
Opening Circle 1pm to 2pm
First Class 2pm to 4:30pm
Pre-Conference Meal Plan includes Friday Breakfast and Lunch. Conference Meal Plan begins Friday Dinner. Food Vendors arrive Friday Lunch.
Sunday, August 26th
Closing Circle: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Departure: 2:30 to 4:30pm
Many intensives still have room available! Click here to see descriptions. You can sign up for intensives (or add your name to a waitlist) on the website until August 17th. Click here to register. Please use the same email address as when you registered for the conference so the transactions will be linked in our system. To pay with a check, money order or PayPal, please contact us first to make sure there is still room in your chosen intensive. You will also be able to sign up for intensives at the NEWHC during Registration at the NEWHC on Thursday and Friday.
Important details to note & things to plan ahead for
No pets are allowed on the grounds; leave beloved furry friends at home. No exceptions.
Only Registered Guests allowed on campgrounds: Family and friends not registered for the NE WHC will not be allowed on the grounds. There will be a designated meeting place in the parking lot that is the Friends & Family Meeting Spot (look for sign). There are lovely campgrounds in the area (www.lakesregion.org & email@example.com) where friends and family can camp while you’re having fun & learning tons at the WHC. But please be clear with them that they will not be welcomed on the grounds.
There is no car camping or RVs allowed unless you have pre-registered and paid for one of the few spaces. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org you are hoping to sleep in a vehicle. Thanks!
No nudity at the camp. Also, No Camping or Car Camping in parking lot across the street from Camp Wicosuta. It is imperative that we honor these requests, as it is camp policy.
Smoking is only allowed in designated areas. No open flames, candles or burning herbs in the buildings and no campstoves or fires. Campers please note; smoking is not allowed at the campsites. Please honor this.
Swimming in the pool and at the lake are permitted at designated times only when the lifeguard is on duty. Times will be posted at the conference. All children must be under supervision of an Adult or Kids Camp while at the beachfront.
Circle within a Circle classes are ONLY for those who are 13 to 18 years old.
Massage with professional massage therapists will be available during the weekend. Massage is $65 per hour session. Sign up at the WHC information booth; sign up early as schedules fill quickly.
Relaxation Oasis with herbalist Dee Slingerland. Join Dee for free facials, hand and foot herbal baths and other relaxing treats. Treatments are free. Dee also offers beautiful herbal products for sale.
Hands on Activities There are a number of hands on activities, and some of the activities request a small donation to help cover material expense (usually $5). See Schedule for details. If participating
The Herbal Emporium is a very popular place at the NE WHC; Support your herbal community – this is one of the best market places filled with handmade items, colorful clothes, wonderful books, jewelry and herbal goodies!
The World’s Best Barter Faire on Saturday afternoon during Free Thyme, women bring out their wares and set up for the Barter/Trade Faire. You’re welcome to bring herbal items, books, fancy beautiful goddess clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts, etc. to sell, trade and barter. Everyone’s welcome to participate. But the Barter Faire is only open during the designated time on Sat. afternoon (see schedule) after which all of items must be put away.
Packing suggestions We are unable to drive up to the cabins or campsites, as the pathways to them are not drivable. In the main parking lot, there is a covered drop off place to put your baggage. It will be well marked and someone will be there to help you. We will have golf carts and helpers for anyone who needs help to take luggage to your cabin and/or campsite. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO PACK ACCORDINGLY. Put camping gear in duffle bags and keep luggage to a minimal. On Sunday, there will be drop-off spots around Remember, for 90 years girls have been doing this at Camp Wicosuta and we can do it too! It’s a very short distance...
All participants must bring their own bedding (sleeping bag, pillow)
Towels and personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, tooth paste, etc.)
Rain gear & boots (even in the summer in New England, rain is common)
Flashlight with extra batteries
Sun hat and sunscreen
Jacket and sweater (It can be cold)
Swimsuit necessary (no nude swimming)
Comfortable walking shoes
Items for the Barter Faire
Personal Snack Items & a Tea Cup
Notebook and pens/pencils
earplugs for light sleepers
optional; camping chair for comfort, yoga mat, meditation cushion, yarn, thread, beads, fabric to incorporate into our communal weaving.
The bunkhouses are clean & comfy! Think summer camp! Sister hood! Friendships! If you’re a light sleeper, bring earplugs and an eye pillow! Each cabin has a nice large bathroom area. You must register ahead for cabin space. Let us know ahead of time if there are friend(s) you wish to room with. If you are elderly and/or have difficulty getting around let us know ahead of time, and we’ll try to put you in one of the cabins closest to all of the activities. We will reserve a cabin(s) for women w/ children. Most cabins are centrally located. Everyone must bring their own bedding; sleeping bag, or sheets/ blankets and pillow. And towels and personal toiletries. Indoor lodging is $65 per person for the weekend (Friday & Saturday night).
There are several areas for camping. Portapotties will be located close to the camping areas. There are very limited showers. Campers need to bring all of their own camping gear; water proof tent (a must!), sleeping bag, pad, and waterproof tarp to put under the tent. There is no additional charge for camping.
Be kind to the Camp’s septic system: Take short showers and report any dripping faucets. Flush only when necessary – the septic system is older & it’s no fun when things go awry! Don’t leave water running while brushing your teeth. Use Portapotties as much as possible– they get cleaned everyday!
IMPORTANT FOR CAMPERS – The showers & bathrooms in BH #22 and BH #1 are available after 6pm or before 9am each day. Please do not use any other bunkhouse. Enter through the backdoor only and please keep the shower areas clean. We realize this is not a perfect situation which is why camping is free with Registration. With your help, and consideration, we are hopeful we can make this work. Remember there is always the lake for a refreshing dip!
Quiet Hoursare between 10:30pm and 7am. Listen to the forest, breath in the sweet breath of the plants, enjoy the peace and quiet of the night and let others enjoy a deep sleep. (You still may want to bring ear plugs!)
There is no car camping or RVs allowed unless you have pre-registered and paid for one of the few spaces. Please contact email@example.com if you are hoping to sleep in a vehicle. Thanks!
If you wish more privacy and comfort, there are several nice lodging options in the area. For a list of area lodging, please visit Camp Wicosuta's Lodging Page.
Click here to learn more about meals, including menus from last year
If you are not signed up for the Conference Meal Plan (Friday Dinner to Sunday Lunch), please plan to purchase food from one of the wonderful Food Vendors. There are a limited number of Conference Meal Plans, and they do sell out. The camp is not set-up for cooking stoves or fires, but you are welcome to bring a cooler and please let us know if you have special food needs that we can try our best to support them. New this year is the Pre-Conference Meal Plan, Thursday Dinner to Friday Lunch!
The Little Village of Goodness offers a cornucopia of personal healing treatments. Journey to the ‘Little Village of Goodness’ and find a village healer awaiting you. More information on each of these practitioners, and a schedule/cost of their offerings will be posted at the Registration Table at the WHC
The In Living Color Space Centering the needs & voices of black, indigenous, women of color, the In Living Color space exists as a way to help bring sisters together, to go deep in our work, to celebrate lineages & experiences. It is space designed by and for black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) to find emotional and physical support by way of BIPOC herbalists and herbal first aid.
The Red Tent- The Red Tent Movement is a worldwide grassroots movement creating woman honoring culture, envisioned and birthed by ALisa Starkweather at the New England WHC 10 years ago. This sacred space offers an opportunity to slow down and check in with your precious self, or connect with other sisters in respectful and compassionate exchange. Come in any time during the conference to rest, journal, share bodywork, herbal counsel, or healing, to sing, pray, dance, draw, meditate, restore.
The Lavender Luxury Lounge for Queer & Trans Celebration & Relaxation - More information coming soon!
Community Weaving Space is open for everyone to engage in; providing a space for the voice, creativity, being heard, listening, connection, storytelling, & support. There will also be a beautiful, community weaving project where we can all weave the wefts of cloth, plants, and our dreams together. We encourage everyone, at some point, to come to the Community Weaving Space and add your magic. Feel free to bring fabric and adornments from home to weave in!
Getting to the Conference
21 Wicosuta Drive or 100 West Shore Drive • Hebron, NH 03241
The Camp’s address (21 Wicosuta Drive) is often not recognized by GPS. If needed, use the following address: 100 West Shore Road. That will bring you to within a mile of camp. Once you “arrive” follow signs to Camp Wicosuta.
Approximate driving times: Concord, NH (1hr), Manchester, NH (1.5hrs), Boston, MA(2hrs), Burlington, VT(2.5hrs)
Make Friends, Save Money, Carpool! Please try to carpool, as parking is limited. Going by an Airport? Your Long-Distance Sisters Need You! https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/pdryg5
Children & Teens
Children's Registration (age 5 to 12) is FULL.
We love having the children and teens join us at the WHC. They bring a special magic to the NE WHC. With that said, there are very clear guidelines that parents who bring their children must respect and abide by. All children and teens must be pre-registered. We have limited space in Kids Kamp and when Kids Kamp is full, we are unable to accept any more children at the WHC. Children between the ages of 5-12 must either be at Kids Camp or with a designated care giver at all times; children are not allowed to ‘roam free’ at the WHC. We are unable to provide childcare for children under 5.
Young children (4 and younger) are welcome to join you are the conference, but please note that there is no child care available for them. The ‘little one’s’ are welcome to attend class with you, however, if they become fussy out of courtesy to others, please step away from the class. Please bring snack items for your child, change of clothes, and diapers if necessary.
Circle within a Circle for girls 13 and older. Circle Girls can attend workshops in the regular schedule or their own special schedule designed just for them! Please, no matter how ‘mature your 12+ child’ is, don’t try to get her into the teen circle. The Circle Girls created this rule themselves and when your young one is 13 and joins the Circle she’ll understand why!
Announcing the 11th Annual WHC
Cordial & Elixir Contest
Facilitated by the Cordial Queen, Desirée Cohen,
Bring your favorite homemade cordials, elixirs, meads, wine and beer to the cordial bar for sampling and sharing
Categories will be divided into homemade: (a) cordials (b)wines (c) beers (d) meads (e) herbal elixirs (can include herbal tinctures and vinegars made to taste yummy!).
1. Create a name and label for your product
2. Include your name and phone # on the bottom of the bottle.
3. Drop your product off at the WHC information booth or at the Cordial Bar at the designated times posted on the Cordial Bar Tent.
Official judge will be our very own Desirée, queen of the cordial bar, and her team of specialists. Judges and participants will be limited on number of tastes per category! (Who will judge the judges?!@). Judging will take place on Saturday during Free Thyme. Prizes for first and second place in each category
We invite you to a Fire Cider Tasting Event!
We will be hosting a Free Fire Cider Tasting at the WHC again this year. We invite you to make a quart (or more!!) of your favorite Fire Cider Recipe and bring it along to share with others at our Fire Cider Tasting event. We’ll all be the judges! Score cards & tasting cups provided.
JOIN IN THE FUN! AWARDS FOR THE ♥BEST ALL ROUND TASTING! ♥MOST ON FIRE (HOTTEST)! ♥MOST CHILD FRIENDLY! ♥MOST COMPLEX! ♥MOST UNUSUAL!
Help preserve an herbal legacy fire cider, a tradition not a trademark. Free Fire Cider! For more information on how to preserve an herbal tradition visit www.freefirecider.com
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If you have any questions please be in touch.
Wishing you joy and peace until we gather in August!
WHC CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:
ALL REFUND REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE AT THE DESIGNATED TIME NOTES BELOW; PLEASE EMAIL US AT firstname.lastname@example.org. AND/OR WRITE TO WHC/REFUND, P.O. BOX 101, Plainfield, VT 05667.
August 1: All fees except for an $85 deposit per registrant are fully refundable until August 1. (Fees includes tuition, intensives, meal & lodging fees) Partial refunds are subject to a 3% credit card processing fee.
After August 1 there are no refunds available. Registrations can be transferred to a woman of your choice at anytime, or donated to our scholarship fund.
The NEWHC expects to hold the conference, rain or shine. In the unlikely event that we were forced to cancel, we would refund as much of the registration fees as possible, which could mean we would be unable to offer any refunds. We ask that you note this Cancellation & Refund Policy, as there will be no exceptions.