How do I get to Camano?
Camano Island is a drive on island, meaning that you do not need to take a ferry as it is separated from the mainland by a bridge. Just a 15 minute drive off of Interstate-5, an hour North of Seattle, and 2 hours South of Vancouver, BC. Get Directions to the State Park Here
What should I bring to the Green Gathering?
If you are camping, be sure to bring a tent and other usual camping gear. We encourage everyone to bring a tea mug, plateware and utensils for community meals and to help out Chef Nau - we provide a dishwashing station. The water on site is good and safe to drink. All classes are outside so you will need a chair to sit in during lectures, a notepad and pen, cash for the Market Place and tea tent. You may also wish to bring a yoga mat for morning yoga and a swimsuit for our invigorating morning dips in the Puget Sound. If you are planning to participate in the community potlucks, we ask that you bring food to share if available - homegrown, foraged, and homemade encouraged. For those wishing to enter the herbal cocktail competition bring your libations!
Do I Need A Discover Pass?
We are only given a limited amount of Group Parking Tickets so if you have or can afford a Discover Pass please bring one. Discover Passes are available for purchase on site. Carpooling is highly recommended.
Is car camping an option?
No, cars must be parked away from the group camp area. When you arrive, there is a small parking lot where you can unload your gear. After finding your camping spot, please take your car down the beach parking. It is a 10-15 minute walk back up to camp. If you have limited mobility, please contact us so that we may make sure you are comfortable and accommodated.
Other camping if I don't want to be in the group camp?
The park has 88 standard sites, two hiker / biker sites. The upper camping loop has pull-through sites (sites 43-88) and are better suited for RVs of up to 40 feet. All campsites are first come, first served. In June the park is relatively quiet and no one has ever come to the gathering to find the campsites all full up. For fees and other information you can check out the website: http://parks.state.wa.us/166/Camping-fees
Is there a shower?
Camano State Park is well equipped with showers, flushing toilets and portable drinking water from the campsite faucets. There is a small grocery store/gas station 10 mins away and a delightful cafe at the adjoining Cama Beach Park.
Is childcare available?
Yes! Included in the children's ticket. During class times, parents can bring their children to the camp, where they’ll be engaged in experiential herbal learning of their own! Please note that a ticket must be purchased for all children over the age of 2. This provides the option of using the children’s camp, or not.
What is the food situation?
The Green Gathering has a tradition of holding community potlucks at the beach at dinnertime where we share wild, foraged, and local foods. We are excited to announce that in addition there will be catered breakfasts and lunches and some dinners from local chef Chris Nau. Chef Nau has a farm-to-table restaurant in Port Orchard called Bay Street Bistro, and recently placed first the World Chef Challenge. In keeping with the Green Gathering’s commitment to affordability and accessibility, meals will be $15 each for an adult and $5 each for a child or you can purchase, at a discount, a meal ticket to cover all the meals. Visit our ticket page to purchase. If you are not purchasing meals, please plan to bring a cooler of food with you. There are very limited dining options, and all require driving out of the conference.
What is Dr. Ryan Drum’s herbal clinic?
Dr. Drum is offering 30min one-on-one consultations for a $40 fee. Consultations are purchased on the Green Gathering ticket page; signups for consutation times available upon arrival to the conference.
What is the policy on drug, tobacco, and alcohol use?
No smoking or drug use inside the group camp/classroom areas please. Many people do bring alcohol to share at the potlucks, although the sale of alcohol is not permissible. Last year we had a very lively herbal cocktail competition that may spontaneously occur again :)
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, for this event we are under the guidelines of the state park which allows dogs on a leash - and the ranger has the last word. Generally the park has a lot of space and freedom to be able to enjoy expressing your self, however quiet times are 10pm and obvious mayhem is curtailed as well as rampant parking. The entrance gates may be closed after dark but are not locked. You simply have to manually open/shut them.
I am a medicine maker/grower/herb crafter/kitchen witch/artist. Can I sell my goods?
Yes! We encourage you to come and share your creations. Please note there is a $75 fee upon acceptance, this includes cost of attending although there are times when you are required to be at your booth. Contact email@example.com.
Are scholarships available?
It has always been our goal to make the Gathering affordable and accessible to all. First, we encourage everyone to purchase tickets while they’re at the early bird price (up until June). For those who want to attend but are experiencing financial hardship, we offer partial scholarships in exchange for a certain number of volunteer hours. . Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our volunteer opportunities.