7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Bohemian Grove and Its Members

Bohemian Grove is a reserved location of about 2700 acres of land in Sonoma County, California. It primarily gained a lot of publicity over the years because of its association with the Bohemian Club. While the grove is widely known as a place where old and successful people gather to have fun and get away from their daily activities, there is more to it. Check out the facts that are worth knowing about this restricted area and its connection to the most affluent Americans in history.

7 Facts About The Bohemian Grove and Its Members

1. It’s a secret gate-away location for the elites

The Bohemian club which owns the Bohemian grove was established in 1870 and its founding members were generally military officers and heads of colleges. The grove was formed to give them an avenue to spend a week on less serious matters and have fun.

It is also known that their motto “weaving spiders come not here” means that matters must be left out of the gates of the Bohemian Grove. These issues were generally worries of life that cause stress, such energy-sapping distractions were not allowed in the grove. The point they wanted to make was that anyone who enters the place must enjoy life to the fullest, such that’s devoid of all forms of worries.

2. The Bohemian Grove is only accessible to its members

The Bohemian Club is not a free club – it runs on the finances of its members. There are dues and membership fees. More so, it is known that becoming a member of the group is very hard, it is said that the waiting list for membership takes about 10 years; this is because there is a limit to the number of members – 2700. That underlines why the grove is only open to registered members.

3. A lot of strange things happen in their meetings

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Bohemian Club members having a dinner: image source

The alleged creepy happenings range from making sacrifices to naming the camps in the campground with weird names like Silverado Squatters, Lost Angel, Isles of Aves, Cave Man, and a bunch of other names. It is also strange that the club vehemently abhors females from entering the Bohemian Grove. In addition to that, they don’t have a woman on their membership list.

4. The Bohemian Grove is not the only meeting spot for the Bohemian club

It has been gathered that the Bohemian Club has another meeting venue beside the grove. They have been sited holding their meetings in their clubhouse which is situated in Union Square District, San Francisco. However, when it comes to their yearly camping, they all converge at the Bohemian Grove in Sonoma Country.

5. Everything done in Bohemian Grove is meant to be kept as top secret

Even though their meetings have over the years been infiltrated, with Alex Jones (a member) capturing some of their events on camera, the fact still remains that the Bohemian Club keeps their affairs in the grove super private. During an interview, one of its members, the former White House Staff Assistant David Gergen confirmed that members are mandated to be mute about the happenings at the Bohemian Grove. He totally avoided questions about his club, insisting that they are not allowed to let the cat out of the bag.

6. The Bohemian Club members are very influential people

Members of the group are known to be very influential, largely consisting of high-class citizens, politicians, and affluent individuals. Former United States presidents like Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, as well as influential people like William Ritschel, Jo Mora, Arthur Putman, Xavier Martinez, and Arthur Frank Matthews, are believed to be some of the most prominent members of the club.

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7. The Bohemian Grove has laid down rituals for its members

A lot of rituals go on in their camping, but a peculiar one is the Cremation of Care. The event holds in the Bohemian Grove at the lake and it is a theatrical event meant to banish worldly cares among the members. But according to Alex Jones who filmed the Cremation of Care ceremony with a hidden camera, the ceremony is an ancient mystery religion with Luciferian, Babylon, and Canaanite connotations.


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