1327 Camp Cedar Point Ln, Makanda, IL 62958
What to Pack:
Here are some things you might want to pack for the weekend:
- Headlamp Flashlight
- Bug Spray
- Twin Sheets (if you are in lodging)
- Sleeping Bag
- Towel, Washcloth
- Extra Clothes (Think Layers. It’s 70s during the day and 50s at night.)
- Hiking Boots
- Yoga Mat
- Musical Instruments
- Cup and / or Mug
- Camp Chair
- Tent if you are tent camping
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, face wash, etc)
Manifest Station is a family-friendly weekend with kids of all ages welcome. Kids who are under 4 are free. We have some sections of the 250-acre property designated just for adults, so you can get your freak on without disturbing the youth. The Craft Barn / Garage of the Great Spirit Lodge will host some kids’ craft activities. Youngsters will enjoy music, crafts, games, hula hooping, circus skills, Mindful Marionettes and yoga throughout the weekend. Kids will have their own aerial skills classes with ReKinection and perform in a showcase on Saturday night if they wish.
Campfire Sound Sesssions:
Sound sessions will be held around campfires at night. The campfire adjacent to the stage & dining hall will be host to kirtan / sound sessions led by Christine Kick, and including Ben Von Harz on hand pans, and JD Hughes on guitar. We will bring our instruments, please bring yours! If you want to bring singing bowls, shruti boxes, harmoniums, crystal bowls, flutes, canjos, ukuleles, guitars, drums, etc to gather and raise vibrations together in musical gatherings, please do so and make our dream come true.
The campfire near the lake will be host to late night acoustic jam sessions. S’mores of course will be available throughout the weekend. See the schedule for more details on campfire gatherings.
Acoustic jamming of all sorts is encouraged! Feel free to jam together throughout the weekend. However, no amplified music is allowed other than the bands on the Station Stage.
From St. Louis Follow I-64 E until it turns south at I-57 S. Take exit 45 from I-57 S to IL-148 N. – 1 h 50 min (126 mi)
Continue on IL-148 N. Take Grassy Rd to Camp Cedar Point Ln – 15 min (10.2 mi)
1327 Camp Cedar Point Ln
Makanda, IL 62958
On iMaps it still lists this property as Girl Scout Cedar Point Camp. It is correct on Google Maps. DON’T make the mistake of going to Camp Manitowa Rend Lake in Benton, IL. That is another property and is about 40 minutes away from Manifest Station.
Please consider carpooling, as it saves money, reduces ecological impact and makes roads safer. Please also consider finding your parking spot for your car and leaving it there for the weekend. All of the Lodges have parking spots in a driveway in front of them — Great Spirit Lodge, Sahara, and Bruce Lodge. We recommend bringing a bicycle, and comfortable walking shoes to get around camp.
When it comes to accommodations, there are many alternatives – each option is the same price — $100 — and are first come, first serve during the registration period. Registration closes midnight May 2 or when we reach our maximum of 108 registrants. Whether you sleep in an air conditioned room in a home, share an air conditioned bunkbed-style lodge space with other bunkers, choose a platform tent, hogan, or bring your own tent, you have many options on this 250-acre site.
To see photos of the accommodation options, visit the SHELTER page.
We have designated 2 huge fields next to a shower house and within sight / sound distance of the live music stage. There are also large areas for pitching a tent back in the woods far enough from the concert / dining area to be secluded from noise. We have designated one platform tent area for adults only including band members.
Hogans – Whippoorwill is one village of these screened door & windowed, no electricity wooden structures that will be used for our Healing Village. There are 2 others and they are a little distance into the woods from all the music / dining center. They have no electricity and no a/c and have bathrooms in the village of hogans along with a picnic / fireplace area. Each can easily accommodate 6-8 people.
There are a couple villages of platform tents available. These are a collection of 8 or so 15 foot x 15 foot canvas tents in a village out of the central area in the woods and will make for great solitude.
Air Conditioned Lodging:
Great Spirit Lodge – AKA “The Big House” – 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, numerous common areas, large deck, heat and A/C – accommodates 24 – Co-ed Lodging.
WOMEN Sahara Lodge – wood burning fireplace, common area, 2 dormitory style rooms, staff bedroom, showers and bathrooms, heat/AC – accommodates 25 – Women’s Lodging.
CO-ED Bruce Lodge – wood burning fireplace, common area, dormitory style rooms, showers and bathrooms, heat and A/C. accommodates 24 – Co-ed Lodging.
Camping Stoves / Fire:
Yes, camping stoves are permitted. We recognize all of you may not be capable of foregoing animal products. However, we invite you to try the vegan food, and promise to amaze you with its animal-free flavor. So if you feel you must cook some on your own, please do so in your dorm, or at your tent or campsite. Open fires are only permitted in existing fire pits / fireplaces. There are many fire pits and fire places on site. We may just need to forage for the wood and matches.
The ins and outs:
NO – Propane tanks. Only small camp stoves allowed.
YES – Camping stoves and small charcoal grills are permitted.
NO – Drones. These are neat toys, but we would like our skies free of them. Thanks.
YES – Go ahead and bring your dogs if you have them on a leash and they are dog / people friendly. Just know that music will be played until the hours listed on the schedule and that the woods likely have some ticks. The 250 acre property offers a lot of options for camping in privacy if you so wish.
NO – Underage drinking. This is the law and will be strictly enforced.
YES – Bring booze in any form and feel free to consume if you’re 21 and older. Just don’t drive.
NO –Firearms or weapons of any kind.
YES – Be safe. Be smart.
NO – Meat / Animal products in the dining hall. As vegan/strict-vegetarian, the co-founders of this retreat ask that if you wish to consume animal products, that you do so in your tent, your dorm, campsite or elsewhere on the property. We would like the dining hall reserved for the delicious vegan food we are preparing for you. You will surprise yourself when discovering how yummy vegan food can be.
YES – You are completely welcome to bring beer, wine and alcohol if you are of legal age. We will not be serving alcohol of any kind as a retreat though.
NO – Open fires or unauthorized fire dancing. Fire dancing is permitted only by authorized performers.
YES – Dance freely, spin, twirl, let your inner child out, just not with fire if you are not one of the pros we hired.
NO – ATVs or any gas powered vehicles.
YES – Bring your bicycle. Mountain type would be best, but road bikes and hybrids work here too.
PS – There will be a prize at the end for the most hugged person. Maybe someone you know will be the winner (just kidding… everyone wins).