2018 Annual Gathering

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Setanaoko replied the topic: 2018 Annual Gathering

Hello again everyone!!!

So, we have been offered 2 scholarships to the Jedi Gathering. One of our supporters is offering to pay for two people to attend the Jedi Gathering, but only their fee to the gathering ($150), getting there will have to be on you. Still getting that initial payment up can be difficult, and we hope that two of you who really want to attend but can’t figure out how to pay the $150 will take advantage of this opportunity.

To get the scholarship, we are asking that you write a minimum of 1 page (double-spaced) on why you feel it would help you as a Jedi to attend the gathering. You can send your papers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These are due by 1 May 2018.
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Having to go in order of our itinerary has been HARD! But I finally get to tell you my favorite event of this whole gathering. For years Gabriel Calderon has been a leader in the Jedi Community, and runs the oldest offline order Chicago Jedi. As a family member of this community, it's only natural for many of us to want to join him in one of his greatest joys- marriage.
Gabe and I have worked for years to create ceremonies for our Jedi Mystic program. And of all the things we've created, the ceremony that gains the most influence from Star Wars is the wedding we crafted. Inspired by Luke and MaraJade's wedding in the fiction (thank you Kitsu Tails for pointing us in the right direction!!! ^^), we hope that you'll be excited to join Gabriel and J Rolla Calderon as they share the first Jedi Wedding Ceremony ever performed in this tradition.
(P.S. Don't worry about what you're wearing to this event. The only people that are expected to go all crazy with their attire are the people involved in the ceremony ;); also if you're thinking to bring gifts....Just remember that they are coming with a packed car from Chicago! They need room to get back home! XD)

I'll be posting food next week, and the full bare-bones schedule.
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We will have a variety of cold drinks (including bottled water) available for every meal. If any of my attendee notices something in here they are allergic to, or think there might be an ingredient they are allergic to- LET ME KNOW so I can switch it out.



Thursday (21 June 2018)
We will have a variety of cold drinks (including bottled water) available for every meal. If any of my attendee notices something in here they are allergic to, or think there might be an ingredient they are allergic to- LET ME KNOW so I can switch it out.



Thursday (21 June 2018)

Arrival-6:30
Navigation Cafe while we are greeting people coming in and talking Force Realist Philosophy with one another (navigating our beliefs and learning as we go, “Navigation”, get it? Okay, I thought it was clever… XD), we will be enjoying Nightsister Tea and a selection of finger desserts.

6:30-7:30
Dinner: Spaghetti…I know it’s a bland description, but I don’t know how to describe it- I’m not the one making this one. Apparently the sauce is amazing though. :D People who have had it just keep saying “Oh, it’s good.” :D

7:30-9:30
You can take this time to talk more with each other and get to know one another and settle into your bunk-space. There is something Gabe and I are looking into, so we might have another little surprise to fill in this time gap. We’ll see. ^^



9:30:
Your choice of Gabe’s Shamanic Journey or Ally’s Inner City Meditation.

Friday (22 June 2018)

Until 9:30
Breakfast: Grits, Biscuits & Turkey Sausage Gravy, Scrambled Eggs w/ cheese (unless someone that can cook a prettier egg than me wants to help out, then we can have some over-easy and/or fried…I just can’t do pretty eggs XD). If you’re still hungry, there will be an assortment of pastries, instant oatmeal, cereal and yogurts left over.



9:30-11:30
A Day of Efficiency with Sith Lord Khaos



11:30-12:30
Lunch: Sandwich Bar (create your own), Vegetable Platter, and Assorted Chips



1:00-3:00
The Podcasting Panel



4:00-6:00
Wealth Management

6:30-7:30
Dinner: Antebellum Inspired dinner with Collard Green stuffed Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes (REAL mashed potatoes, none of that instant non-sense XD) and Peas with Pearl Onions.



7:30-9:30
After Dinner Dessert & Jedi Sextant: The Navigation Cafe opens once again, this time to play our rounds of the Jedi Sextant and enjoy the discovery of our thought processes once more! This time, however, we will be having Capriole Tea and a selection of finger desserts.


Saturday (23 June 2018)

Until 8:30
Breakfast: Assorted of pastries, instant oatmeal, cereal, yogurts, and eggs & sausage/bacon for anyone that wants to cook their own.

8:45

Field Trip Departure for the Sinks in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

9:30
Morning Meditation at the Sinks

10:45
Leave the Sinks for Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, where we will spend the remainder of our Smokey Mountain’s Field Trip

11:00
Lunch: Sandwich Bar (create your own), a small assortment of picnic salads, Vegetable Platter and Watermelon (well as long as I can find a few! It IS the summer, there’s no telling when everyone wants one!!!)



12:00

SAR Workshops



3:00-3:30
Snack Time: since we’re having a slightly later dinner, and we had an earlier lunch. Snacks will include things like pretzels, small cookie packages and drinks.



3:30-4:45
SAR Exercise



5:00
Return to Cabins



7:30
Gabriel and Jay Calderon’s Jedi Wedding



8:30
Dinner: Shabu-Shabu. It’s a Japanese communal dish, look it up. It’s really awesome :D. Hope you guys can use chopsticks!!! It’s just not the same without them!!!

After Dinner Dessert: Finally we have the Celebration Cafe. This cafe opens in honor of both our wedded couple, and your journey here at the Jedi Gathering. Featuring a tea called “The Shaman’s Love” and a specialty coffee “Apple of His Eye”, served alongside Japanese-inspired parfaits. During this time, have fun with the people you have met this weekend, talk about things you learned, sign each other’s commemorative journals you got at the beginning of the gathering.


Sunday (24 June 2018)



Until 8:30
Breakfast: Assorted of pastries, instant oatmeal, cereal, yogurts, and eggs & sausage/bacon for anyone that wants to cook their own.



8:45
Knighting Ceremony for anyone that passed the Knighting Reviews.



9:00-10:00
Final Clean-ups and Farewells

Drive Home: If there are leftovers, like lunch meat and the like, we will be providing you with ziplocks so you can take some food on the road with you. Maybe stop at a nice outdoors location and enjoy the scenery of East TN on your way out, or in between states. :)
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Setanaoko replied the topic: 2018 Annual Gathering

I can't believe it! Tomorrow I set out for East TN, to attend and host the largest Jedi Gathering to date!!!

We booked the whole place, and have a couple of attendees staying off site. I'm looking at 36 attendants! THIRTY-SIX!

I am so excited, but please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I cook for all of them! :D
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Wish I could be there.
Hope the weather smiles upon you and it's a super weekend!
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