Hello lovely mad people…..
Come outside and play with us… at an amazing learning experiencing networking event…
Welcome to Mad Camp July 20-24, 2023!
Hello everyone living with visionary altered and extreme states of consciousness who has escaped from, is on the run from, is trying to flee, in hiding from, or dreams of transforming, psychiatry! And hello to all our wonderful allies and supporters!
We are Will Hall, Dina Tyler, Monica Cassani and the Mad Camp crew, survivors of psych diagnosis and extreme states who live outside psychiatry and have been activists and advocates for abolishing the mental health system and replacing it with love.
We are very excited to announce MAD CAMP 2023 and hereby invite planet earth’s survivors/evaders/transformers of psychiatry who are living with altered/visionary/extreme states of consciousness:
Join us for a 5 day summer camp slumber party at the beautiful Four Springs Retreat Center in Middletown, California July 20-24, 2023.!!! The retreat is two hours north of San Francisco (On public transit from the San Francisco/Oakland airport and on the Bay Area transit line.)
(Check our Frequent Questions page for more details!)
Now announcing the barn-raising to make this happen, including asking for donations for travel and scholarship money. Please join us to make this a reality!
We want to feel stronger connection with you – the amazing incredible people of the mad movement, and we want to enliven our community solidarity with each other. Since the early days of the movement summer camps have been an antidote to burnout and key to weaving friendships and sharing our vision. We are called to reignite this spirit through MAD CAMP!
And we ask everyone – including allies and family members and supporters of the mad movement – please help make this happen! We need you to donate to our scholarship fund!
Mad Camp 2023 will be: fun, friendship, community, healing, replenishment, fun, sunshine, electrolytes, dancing, music, listening time, mutual aid, remembrance, art-making, more fun, swimming, hiking, hanging out, open mics, delicious food, frisbees, poetry, meditation, scavenger hunts, nap times, ecstatic dance, acupuncture, storytelling, healing offerings, starry sky gazing, jenga / board games, sun lounging, campfire hang outs, swimming pool, disco/80s happy hour, hanging out, get to know each other gatherings, optional day-long breathwork session, optional it’s-all-groovy community spirit ceremony, optional raging against the psychiatric machine (but encouraged), and optional scheming for activism (also encouraged).
You are also totally welcome to hide in your tent the whole time! No judgment! This is the MAD MOVEMENT!
We are at the very very very early stages of this – the few people discussing this so far all share a lot of excitement and are eager to join together to help. So we want to take the first step and announce this and set the universe in motion to make it happen!
We are thinking – no alcohol or substances (except your regular day-to-day). Allergy aware, no-scents. Healthy and plentiful food. (Disabled access, language, and other needs contact us). Participation encouraged – if you want to share an offering or service or something let us know! Check out Frequently Asked Questions page for details on how things are shaping up!
All organizing is volunteer. All funds raised go to costs and scholarships. All finances transparent. 5 day event all-inclusive tickets probably in the $550-650 range (minus your travel). We are trying to keep costs very low, with accommodations, food and events included. If you have any ideas on how to save money let us know but with the food covered this is what the price is looking like – we are setting up tiered pricing, add-ons for cabins, some scholarships etc. (we are working on it!). Fundraising is crowdsource only: not accepting foundation, grant, or public funds.
So start saving now people and save that date!
All donations are tax-deductible thanks to our fiscal umbrella friends Mental Health Association of Portland (longtime supporters of Portland Hearing Voices).
Space is limited! Accepting applications for 40-50 person capacity soon – selection will be by group balance plus lottery. Start saving money for your ticket and travel costs now! Cross-country, international, intergalactic, and interdimensional travelers welcome! Consider combining with a CA visit, lots of festivals and things to do in late July. Volunteers welcome (please click here to volunteer or offer a service) but we can’t guarantee scholarships, work-trade tickets, etc., too complicated at the moment!
THANK YOU for your generosity. We expect to not be perfect and humbly ask forgiveness! We have lots of questions too, we are figuring it out. We are doing our best to make this awesome – please offer feedback any time. Our hearts are really warmed by this vision of reigniting the core of our movement with community and connection.
Lots of love,
The Mad Camp Crew
(including Will Hall & Dina Tyler & Monica Cassani & Karen, Sibylla, Mali, Jamie, A, and more – and you!
Contact: madcamp2023 (at) g (mail) (d0t) com