You are invited to go on a powerful inner journey…together. Ultimately, each of us is called to do the important work of understanding, appreciating and loving ourselves more fully. Some of this work happens in solitude, and some of this amazing growth can happen gathered in community amidst our peers as witnesses. We inspire one another with our stories and courage. We may find an answer to our sense of isolation and disconnection discovering that we are not alone. To be witness to another’s story and in return have our own story witnessed and affirmed is profoundly healing.
Come join other mindful queer peers discover, heal, and share themselves in a safe, affirming environment. In joining together with intention, we allow the wisdom in the room to surface.
The retreat is a facilitated, experiential weekend- engaging the mind, body and spirit in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills and greenery. We will grow from sharing our stories, music, reflection, walks in nature, writing, hugs, laughter, and probably a few tears. There will be time for play and relaxation as well, with a talent show, dance night, and a wonderful pool and hot tub too. Themes we will explore: finding meaning in a challenging world, creating meaningful and deeper connections, owning and appreciating ourselves fully, and asking ourselves “What do I have to give?”
WHEN - Friiday - Sunday, March 16-18, 2017
Arrive after 3pm on the first day. Dinner is at 6pm with program starting at 8pm sharp. Retreat finishes at 3pm on last day.
Please plan to stay for the entire retreat.
WHERE - Saratoga Springs Retreat Center 10243 Saratoga Springs Rd, Upper Lake, CA 95485 Map
(We will carpool. )
COST - NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS
$200 would be lovely, donte to another's tuition.
Being Present - Because of the expected intensity of the experience and in honoring our desire to be fully present for one another, we ask participants to refrain from alcohol and drugs immediately before and during the event. Our experience is we have greater clarity, group cohesion and presence in a drug and alcohol free environment.
MORE INFO - This retreat will be facilitated by Gregg Cassin and friends. He's been leading retreats and workshops for the LGBT/HIV, and at-risk youth communities for over 25 years.
During the height of the epidemic Gregg founded the Healing Circle, and the San Francisco Center for Living, as well as leading conferences nationally with AIDS, Medicine and Miracles. Gregg is now a staff member of Shanti.
This retreat is an experiential workshop. Participants are encouraged to be engaged with the community gathered.
“Gregg Cassin is a truly masterful facilitator. He is not one of those slick or over-polished personalities. Rather, he is genuine, warm, and humble—with a wicked sense of humor that puts people at their ease. He makes people feel that he is “one of us.” He has that ability—so rare among professional facilitators—to speak from his heart, respond to the real needs of a group in the moment, and make it safe for others to speak honestly.
Indeed, I have never seen anyone who can help a group “open” so effectively, making it instantly safe for them to explore even sensitive issues with both kindness and compassion.”-- Martin Boroson, Author, One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go.
For LGBT asylum seekers/asylees/refugees retreat please see this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/147492739186213/, registration form link is https://goo.gl/forms/604XtiIExVuAZ6hQ2
This page will be used for Young LGBT retreat in March 2018.
Just some of the incredible people creating this gathering.