Although the Grey School exists in the mysterious ether of the World Wide Web, an important goal of the administration and faculty is to hold “in person” meetings in different locations and from time to time.
These meetings generally fall under one of four categories:
Informal gatherings: These are casual, usually spontaneous events that may involve two or more Grey School students, faculty, staff, and families. These informal events are primarily for the purpose of meeting each other and sharing fellowship. There is no formal program, and the get-together is usually limited in time and scope. Its participants typically live close, geographically. The event may be casually advertised but typically isn’t widely available to the entire student body.
Examples: GSW students living in the same city get together to see a film, attend Pagan Pride, etc.
Grey School “Moots”: In the old Anglo-Saxon tongue, a “moot” is (i) an assembly held for debate, esp. in Anglo-Saxon and medieval times, or (ii) a regular gathering of people having a common interest. Moots are organized events that involve Grey School students, faculty, and/or staff, and are primarily for the purpose of getting together for learning purposes, workshops, etc. There is a semi-formalized program, and the get-together is usually limited to several hours or perhaps an entire day. Although the event may be advertised and available to the entire student body, its participants typically live close to each other geographically, making it easy for them to participate.
Example: Grey School students and faculty in the same city might hold a Moot to study a specific magickal practice, to hold a series of workshops, to crafts tools, etc.
Events in the Magickal Community: These are organized community events that involve the public and that may also involve Grey School students, faculty, and/or staff, either as participants and/or observers. The purpose of the type of meeting is to share magickal knowledge and extend the magickal community. There is always a formal program or structure, and the get-together may last for one or more days. Although the event may be advertised and available to the entire student body, its participants often live close, geographically, to the event’s location, making it easy for them to participate.
Example: (a) The annual Pantheacon meeting, a weekend event attended by many from the Grey School and at which many faculty and students participate as presenters.
Conclaves: These are structured, planned events that are typically planned months in advance and may involve Grey School students, faculty, staff, and families. Conclaves are designed for the purpose of meeting each other, sharing fellowship, and expanding magickal knowledge under the auspices of the Grey School curriculum. There is a planned program which may include classes, ritual work, and other hands-on experiences. The Conclave includes an overnight stay and lasts for at least two days. It is widely advertised and made available to the entire student body, and is typically attended by a wide geographical slice of Grey School students and faculty.
Example: Today’s GSW Conclaves are held at locations throughout the U.S. and last for 3-7 days.
Grey School Conclaves must be headed or mentored by a member of the faculty or administration; other activities may be led or organized by any GSW member, and are still obliged to follow GSW policies.
Youth apprentices must be accompanied to all GSW events by an adult over age 18, preferably a parent, or must attend with another family under conditions of signed waiver (contact the Dean of Students for details).
The Dean of Students should be kept informed of plans for Moots or Conclaves.