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Dark Sky Gathering – For Sale

September 27 @ 5:00 pm - September 29 @ 11:00 am

Dark Sky Festival

PLAYA is hosting the first annual Dark Sky Gathering in the Oregon Outback!

PLAYA staff are joining forces with experts in dark-sky gazing to host PLAYA’s first official Dark Sky Gathering September 27 – 29, 2019. We’ll explore Oregon’s fall constellations, principles of astrophotography, the Milky Way, the deep silence of night on the playa, and other wonderful aspects of life in the sparsely populated Oregon Outback.

We had such an overwhelming response to this event that we have partnered with the Summer Lake Hot Springs to offer more space. The weekend includes two nights in a private cabin at  Summer Lake Hot Springs, with full in-cabin kitchens for preparing your own breakfasts and lunches. Light dinner fare will be served at Playa Saturday evening for all Dark Sky guests staying at either location.

This is the schedule for the event. Please note that last-minute changes may occur. The programming will be held on PLAYA grounds. Those staying at the Hot Springs will need to drive about 12 miles to Playa to participate in these events. Costs range from $550.00 to 750.00 per cabin – The cost of lodging and Dark Sky Programming is combined in this price. Cabins accommodate 2 people at $550 and to $750 for 3 people.


  • 4:00 pm – Check-In 
  • 4:00 – 5:45 pm – Dinner on Your Own
  • 6:00 pm – Talk about Bats with biologist Mary Jo Hedrick in Commons
  • 6:30 pm – Bat Viewing on the Docks (Bring Your Own Beverage)
  • 7:00 pm – Poetry by Eleanor Berry
  • 8:00 pm – International Dark Sky Film “Saving the Dark” & Chasing Darkness Videos
  • Late Night: Star Party with Telescopes


  • Ongoing –  Astrophotography Show in Avocet and/or Sandhill Studios
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm Richard Berry Astrophotography – Sky Photography with Ordinary Cameras
  • 6:00 pm – Light Dinner Fare in Commons
  • Sunset on the Playa and Group Photo
  • 7:30 – 10:00 pm Star Lore with Story Teller (Open to the Public) – Mary Stewart Adams. 
  • Late Night: Star Party with Telescopes
  • Ongoing – Commons Slide Show – Art and music inspired by the night sky (from themed residency)
  • Tea, Coffee, Cider, and Snacks in Commons 


  • 11:00 am – Check Out

Please follow the steps below to register.

  • To register please have every member of your party fill out this form: https://forms.gle/91qqBmTpqa3q1Afw8
  • The cost of lodging and Dark Sky Programming is combined in this price. Cabins accommodate 2 people ($550) to ($750). Please go to the “Shop” tab on our website home page (upper right) and choose your cabin at the Summer Lake Hot Springs for September 27 – 29. Check-in on Friday and check out on Sunday. If you have a question about their cabins and accommodations please call 541-943-3931.


Cancellation Policy
If you need to make a registration cancellation, please call 541.943.3983 or email trina@playasummerlake.org.
–  Canceling a registration 30+ days prior to workshop = 100% refund less a $50 administrative fee
–  Canceling a registration 14-30 days before workshop = 50% refund less a $50 administrative fee
– There is no refund for registration cancelations made less than 14 days before the first day of the workshop.
– Refunds will be issued by check or PayPal
– PLAYA may cancel a workshop 14 days before the start date if enrollment is too low or if requested by the instructor. We will notify you, and you will receive a 100% refund.


September 27 @ 5:00 pm
September 29 @ 11:00 am
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