GSV 2018 Spring Retreat

Embodying Community: Our Big Spring Thing!

April 13 -15, 2018


at The Mountain, Highlands, NC

Cost is $257.43 (double occupancy) | $332.16 (single occupancy)

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
— Mitch Albom

Greetings Brothers!

We’ll soon gather at The Mountain, GSV’s spiritual home for more than 26 years, to enjoy hugs, laughs, great conversation, open-hearted men, beautiful vistas, hiking, napping and more. During our Big Spring Thing, you’ll have opportunities to explore what Embodying Community is all about. If you haven’t registered, there’s still time. Click here to get started.

Community Workshops

If you have an idea for a workshop, activity or discussion at the Spring Retreat, we still have a few times available. Just send a short description of your idea to council@gayspiritvisions.org and include a list of supplies you would need, if any. Please send your proposal no later than Tuesday, April 10th.

A sign-up sheet will be available at The Mountain for any last-minute workshop ideas.

What Kinds of Workshops Will Be Offered?

Some of the workshops we have on tap will provide opportunities to:
•Let your inner kid come out to play
•Experience a one-man musical show about life in the theater and the theater in life
•Explore yoga in a free and liberating way
•Start your day with positive intentions
•Understand what makes you happy and develop deeper appreciation for who you are
•Learn about and experience the benefits of Sacred Sound
•Surrender to the healing power of Sacred Touch
•Take a wild ride from isolation to exaltation
•Explore erotic physical play in a safe setting
•Find the joy of non-verbal communication through physical movement
•Learn the power of positive affirmation
•Explore the importance of recording gay history
•and more!

Financial Assistance

Economic challenges may make it difficult or impossible for some to attend our gatherings. The Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund was established to help prevent registration costs from imposing undue financial hardship. For more information and to apply for assistance, visit the Financial Assistance page on our website.

Th-th-th-that’s all folks!

We hope to see many of you on The Mountain next weekend.

Your GSV Council

Register for the 2018 Spring Retreat

GSV 2018 Spring Retreat

Embodying Community: Our Big Spring Thing!

April 13 -15, 2018

at The Mountain, Highlands, NC

Cost is $257.43 (double occupancy) | $332.16 (single occupancy)

Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
— Auntie Mame

Lovely Brothers,

What are your driving passions? What fascinations do you have that you might want to share with others? What portion of the experiential banquet can you provide for Our Big Spring Thing?

We would love for you to present a short workshop on a topic dear to your heart, so that we can benefit from your enthusiasm and experience.

GSV retreats are, and have always been, a place for our community to share gifts, hone skills, and reveal our deliciousness to an open-hearted audience. This year’s Spring Retreat aims to be a showcase of our community for our community.

Sharing our interests in this way helps to expand our minds, share our fascinations with others, and tighten the weave of our community.

Several of your GSV siblings have already signed up to share their knowledge, gifts, and talents. Our Big Spring Thing is shaping up to be a delightful feast of experiences, and we’d like the benefit of your knowledge, your hobbies, and your experience as well!

Won’t you please join us for Our Big Spring Thing?

If you have a clear sense of what you would like to present, please send a short description of what you have in mind to Council@GaySpiritVisions.org along with a list of any supplies your workshop might require. Those who sign up in advance will get the better presentation spaces, but, as in years past, there will also be a sign-up sheet for those who get up to The Mountain and decide at the last minute that they would like to offer a workshop, give a presentation, or host a salon.

We look forward to seeing you, and learning from you, up on The Mountain!

Your Council

Register for the 2018 Spring Retreat

2018 GSV Spring Retreat

April 13 -15, 2018

at The Mountain, Highlands, NC

Cost is $257.43 (double occupancy) | $332.16 (single occupancy)

Embodying Community: Our Big Spring Thing

Sweet siblings in Spirit, we are delighted to invite you to this year’s Gay Spirit Visions Spring Retreat that we are calling Embodying Community: Our Big Spring Thing!

From its inception, Gay Spirit Visions has woven together the voices, stories, and gifts of our brilliant, open-hearted community, and this year’s Spring Retreat hearkens back to the early days of GSV when all programming came from the vast pool of talent that is y’all.

We have always striven to make our events a nurturing, empowering setting for revealing our gifts to our community, to the world, and, sometimes, to ourselves, and this spring we are inviting you to share your talents, your passions, your hobbies, and your calling with your siblings in the tribe.

What do you know, or know how to do, that you can share with us? What fascination do you have that you might also kindle in a GSV sibling? Whether you’re sharing a skill you’ve been honing for decades or a hobby you took up last year, we would love the benefit of your enthusiasm and knowledge. Can you show us how to knit? Can you direct us in a play? Can you host a witty, erudite salon? Have you always wanted to convene a puppy pile?

If you have a clear sense of what you would like to present, please send a short description of what you have in mind to council@gayspiritvisions.org along with a list of any supplies your workshop might require. Those who sign up in advance will get the better presentation spaces, but, as in years past, there will also be a sign-up sheet for those who get up to The Mountain and decide at the last minute that they would like to offer a workshop, give a presentation, or host a salon.

We look forward to seeing you, and learning from you, up on The Mountain!

Your Council

Register for the 2018 Spring Retreat

Save the Date

2018 GSV Spring Retreat

April 13 – 15, 2018

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center

Highlands North Carolina

Registration and pricing information will soon be available for the 2018 GSV Spring Retreat. Mark your calendars and plan to join us at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands North Carolina from April 13th to April 15th.

2018 GSV Winter Meditation

Picture of total solar eclipse

Bringing Darkness to the Light

January 12 – 14, 2018

at The Mountain, Highlands, NC

Cost: $235.02 – Double Occupancy | $309.74 – Single Occupancy

“What hurts you, blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.”
— Rumi

Dear Siblings,

As the days become shorter, and the nights enshroud us with darkness earlier, the GSV Winter Meditation approaches! Be a part of a beloved community of intentional queer men for a weekend of contemplation and celebration.

Together, we will share stories of our own dark nights, follow ancient heroes on their epic quests, and join mystics as they search the darkness for their Beloved. What will we find in the darkness? We may experience fear, but we will also encounter our deepest dreams and desires. We will boldly claim our darkness!

There will be time to get pampered and time to get crafty. Design your own devotional candle to bring light to your life after the retreat. Our GSV brother Rocky Beeland will offer gentle yoga on Saturday afternoon. His style of yoga is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Saturday evening will include a ceremony of light and darkness, based on the ancient ritual of Tenebrae (with a queer twist!).

Those wishing to stay until Monday may register to do so, but meals will not be provided by The Mountain after lunch on Sunday.

In darkness and light,
Andy Foskey, Convener

Andy is an Atlanta native who now resides in the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN, nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is a librarian by day. His essay “All About My Job Hunt” appears in Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians, an anthology of personal accounts by librarians and library workers relating experiences of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer at work. He enjoys hunting for rocks and crystals at flea markets and creek beds, and creating tiny altars whenever and wherever he can. This is his third time contributing to a GSV gathering.

Register for the 2018 Winter Meditation

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