Nestled deep within the remote forest of ancient redwood trees in Northern California lies a place shrouded in mystery and intrigue, where every July some of the wealthiest men gather. Bohemian Grove, a sprawling 2,700-acre campground located near the Russian River in Monte Rio, Sonoma County California. This has been the subject of fascination, speculation, and conspiracy theories for decades. An exclusive retreat, known for its annual encampment that gathers some of America’s most powerful men. This is the epitome of secret societies and hidden agendas. In this blog, we delve into the dark history and secrets of Bohemian Grove, exploring its notable members, controversial rituals, and the pervasive influence it wields over politics and power.
A Gathering Shrouded in Secrecy
Bohemian Grove’s roots date back to 1872 when a group of newspaper writers formed the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, seeking to rent a picturesque setting for their summer camp. This destination was originally created as a space to share a love of the arts by a group of artists. Over the years, the club evolved to an association of gentlemen. its membership expanded to include wealthy businessmen, politicians, former U.S. Presidents, Hollywood movie stars, and famous musicians. Bohemians were pushed out as it morphed into an elite institute. United states writer Mark Twain was given the title of an honorary membership to bolster the arts representation in the group.
The annual Bohemian Grove encampment, which takes place over a few weeks in the Summer. The camp brings members together for a unique blend of lakeside talks, druid worship (although members insist, they are just “revering the Redwoods”), musical performances, and heavy drinking. The Grove has camps that possess strange names such as “Mandalay,” “Lost Angels,” “Isle of Aves,” and “Silverado Squatters.” Former valets revealed that attendees even indulged in hot chocolate spiked with horse tranquilizer.
You Can’t Sit with Us
The list of Bohemian Grove’s notable members reads like a who’s who of American politics and entertainment. Former U.S. Presidents like Richard Nixon, George Bush and Ronald Reagan, along with influential figures such as Henry Kissinger, Clint Eastwood, Richard M. Nixon and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, have graced the Grove’s guest lists. Business magnates like Charles Schwab and media personalities like Walter Cronkite have also been associated with the club. Herbert Hoover, a Republican Presidential candidate was a proud member, and even created his own version of the bohemian grove called the Cave Man Camp.
“The Bohemian club! Did you say Bohemian club? That’s where all those rich Republicans go up and stand naked against redwood trees right? I’ve never been to the Bohemian club but you oughta go. It’d be good for you. You’d get some fresh air.”
-Former President Bill Clinton
William Shakespear & The Manhattan Project
The all-male club’s motto is a William Shakespear quote from the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream as their “weaving spiders, come not here,” implying no work is to be done while participating at the camp. However, there was one exception, the planning of the Manhattan Project was orchestrated at the Bohemian Grove, which would lead to the creation of the atomic bomb. Membership allegedly involves a $25000 USD joining fee, and new members must be referred by current members of the 2500-member club. The waiting list to become a member has purportedly been up to 33 years.
“You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand … urinating into the bushes. This is the most gloried-in ritual of the encampment, the freedom of powerful men to pee wherever they like. A right the club has invoked when trying to fight government anti-sex discrimination efforts and one curtailed only when it comes to a few popular redwoods just outside the Dining Circle.”
-Philip Weiss, who posed under cover as a guest in order to write an article for Spy magazine.
Cremation of Care: Dark Secrets and Conspiracy Theories
One of the most infamous rituals associated with Bohemian Grove is the “Cremation of Care“ opening ceremony. This cremation event, held near a man-made lake, involves a symbolic coffin effigy burning that is said to represent the release of worldly cares. The participants don robes in front of a 40-foot concrete owl statue, described by its members as “a traditional musical drama celebrating nature and summertime.”
While club members insist it is simply a theatrical display, conspiracy theorists have spun elaborate narratives suggesting connections to human sacrifice and occult practices. Notable conspiracy theorist Alex Jones famously infiltrated the Grove in 2000, capturing footage of the ceremony and further fuelling speculation.
Jones’s infiltration and subsequent documentary about the Grove transformed the “Cremation of Care” from an esoteric ritual to a focal point of suspicion and fear. His documentary featured eerie visuals, ominous narration, and insinuations of an insidious plot at play. While his claims lacked conclusive evidence, they stoked the fires of existing conspiracy theories, causing them to spread like wildfire across online forums and alternative media platforms. Theorists have debated that instead of a rich boy summer camp, that it may indeed be the annual meeting of illuminati.
The Illuminati..is the Queen a Reptile?
The Illuminati, a secret society that is the subject of conspiracy theories and legends. The term has been used to describe various secretive and influential groups throughout history. it is important to note that there is a significant gap between the historical reality and the speculative claims often associated with the term. Conspiracy theorists believe that a group of powerful and wealthy individuals run the world, and savagely guard their secrets in order to establish a New World Order.
The original Bavarian Illuminati was a secret society founded in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, a professor at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria (now Germany). Weishaupt formed the group as he was unable to afford the Masonic lodge fee at the time. The group’s goals were to promote enlightenment ideals, rationalism, and secularism. They aimed to counteract religious influence on public life and promote reason, science, and individualism.
The Bavarian Illuminati was short-lived and disbanded by the government in the late 1780s due to fears of its influence on political and social matters. However, modern conspiracy theories linked the Illuminati to global control, secret manipulation, and New World Order agendas. These theories often claim that the Illuminati continue to exist in some form, orchestrating world events from behind the scenes, alien coverups, coded phone calls, reptilian royalty and symbol making popstars pepper these stories.
Influence and Decision-Making
Bohemian Grove is more than just a social club for America’s elite. It’s also a place where influential individuals gather for private discussions and decision-making. The “lakeside talks” held during the encampment provide an opportunity for these power players to exchange ideas and potentially shape public policy behind closed doors. Some critics argue that such gatherings allow for an undue concentration of power and influence, far removed from the public eye.
Bohemian Grove’s secretive nature has made it a breeding ground for conspiracy theories. From claims of political corruption, “New World Order”, occultism and even paedophilia. The Grove has captured the imagination of those who believe in hidden political agendas. While many of these theories lack substantial evidence, they continue to persist in the realm of speculation.
In recent years, Bohemian Grove has faced increased scrutiny, partly due to the efforts of organizations like the Bohemian Grove Action Network. These groups seek to expose what they perceive as the undemocratic and unaccountable nature of the club’s influence on American politics. Their efforts have led to leaks of membership lists and discussions about policy matters, shedding light on the inner workings of this secretive institution.
Bohemian Grove remains an enigmatic and controversial entity, drawing fascination and suspicion alike. While some aspects of the Grove’s history and rituals may have been exaggerated by conspiracy theorists, there’s no denying the influence that this exclusive club wields over some of America’s most powerful decision making mechanisms. From the giant owl, the lakeside talks to the Cremation of Care ceremony, Bohemian Grove continues to evoke curiosity and concern about the connections between the world’s elite, and their impact on society and public policy.
Mush Love xo