March 13, 2020
Dear Sacred Space and Between the Worlds Conference Community:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have rescheduled our conference. The new dates are: April 1-4, 2021, (next year) in the same location [Delta Baltimore Hunt Valley]. We are deeply grateful to our partners at the venue who had been working with us to reschedule even before the ban on large gatherings.
We are working with our teachers in the hope that they will be able to join us in the new dates and offer the same programs we had initially expected. If any of our teachers cannot attend, we will recruit new teachers to maintain the high level of programming quality that is our standard.
- Your registration will be AUTOMATICALLY rolled over to April 1-4, 2021. You don’t need to do anything to make that happen. If you cannot attend during those dates, you may use this form to request an 85% refund. The 15% is to help us recover our losses. We have expenses that have already been paid that will not be refunded to our organizations.
- You must cancel your own room reservations. We are unable to do so for you.
- If you have plane tickets, contact the airline and tell them that your event has been cancelled. Ask for a refund. If they will not give you a refund, ask for a voucher to use for the new dates.
- Please watch for the new code and URL for booking hotel reservations for the new dates.
In the interest of transparency, we have taken some financial losses, but have avoided the catastrophic loss we were preparing to take, if necessary, to protect our community and the larger society. If the State of Maryland had not banned gatherings over 250 people, we would have been contractually obligated to pay around $40,000 in cancellation penalties. A conference like this costs approximately $55,000 – $60,000, which is a lot for small volunteer organizations.
We are grateful for all of the support we have received from our community and we are going to ask for continued support in promoting the new dates for 2021.
Many blessings to you all.
The Boards of Sacred Space and Between the Worlds (Assembly of the Sacred Wheel)
The Sacred Space Conference is the premier annual esoteric conference on the East Coast for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Meeting in April in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, each year our featured teachers and a host of highly qualified regional teachers offer a wide variety of workshops and rituals developed for a more advanced audience. Our attendees tell us that they are particularly grateful for the opportunity to pursue their continuous development in the company of their peers across many magickal traditions
The Sacred Space Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization based in Virginia. Our primary mission is to run an interfaith esoteric conference held annually in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area.
The current Board of Directors consists of:
- Gwendolyn Reece
- Michael G. Smith
- Kayt Lewis
- Dave Rea
- Doug Jenkins
- Irene Glasse
A Joint Conference
Statement From The Board of The Sacred Space Foundation
On April 1 – 4, 2021, we will bring together Sacred Space and the Between The Worlds conferences into a joint event. In 2015, the two organizations presented a successful collaborative conference, and we look forward to doing so again. As Contemporary Paganism matures, we hope to provide a model for ways in which organizations can look for synergies and undertake cooperative initiatives.
The programs for both Sacred Space and Between The Worlds are geared toward serious and more advanced practitioners and are both based in the Mid-Atlantic. As an annual conference, Sacred Space fosters a strong sense of community among those who regularly attend. The missions of Sacred Space include building part of the infrastructure to support the continuing growth of intermediate and advanced practitioners, providing opportunities for regional talent to develop as teachers, and providing a venue for groups of people across traditions with similar interests and expertise to know and work with each other. Financially, the only goal of the Sacred Space Conference is to ensure that the conference is on sound financial footing so that its future can be ensured.
The Between The Worlds Conference serves a similar audience but is offered at particular inter- vals aligned with specific astrological events. It always includes a main ritual that is designed to address an important magical need, and the plenary sessions also discuss significant and timely topics. Financially, the Between The Worlds Conference is a fundraiser for the New Alexandrian Library—an important component of Pagan infrastructure.