The Visionary’s 25th Year Edition

Visionary, The Journal of Gay Spirit Visions 2014

Visionary, The Journal of Gay Spirit Visions 2014

“To understand how Gay Spirit Visions came to be, it is helpful to look at what came before, and especially what happened in gay consciousness between about 1970 and 1990.”  – Bob Strain (Palindrome)

Thus begins the prologue to this special 25th year edition of the Visionary, the Journal of Gay Spirit Visions. Tremendous gratitude is due Bob Strain, Gary Kaupman, and Tony James for the passion and vision each of them brought to this issue of Visionary, which would not have been published without their dedication. There are also many other voices in this issue, and gratitude is extended to each of the men who shared their words and wisdom.

Download a PDF of the 25th year Visionary (Recommended) >>
View a PDF of the 25th year Visionary in Google Drive >>


With warm regards and bright blessings,

The Council of Nine

Touching The Body, Touching The Spirit: A Bodymind Meditation Retreat

“The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy! The nose is holy! The tongue and cock and hand and asshole holy! Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is holy … Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!” —Allan Ginsberg

We are beings of living energy in an ocean of infinite bliss.
We are beings of blood and bone, breathing spirit.


2015 Winter Meditation: Four Practices


Join us for a playful and profound bodymind meditation retreat, devoted to gently and safely nurturing our experience of spirit in the body. With awareness, compassion, and curiosity, we will explore the spirit in the body through bodymind meditations, including:


Touching The Spirit in Our Own Body

Touching The Spirit in Our Own Body

Standing in Spirit, Sitting in Spirit
Ecstatic Breathing Meditation




Touching Each Other’s Spirits

Touching Each Other’s Spirits

Discovering the I Am through Touch and the Surrendered Breath
Touching Each Other: Intimate Sacred Touch with Partners
Touching Each Other: Sexual Sacred Touch with Partners




Touching The Spirit in the World

Touching The Spirit in the World

Touching the World with Our Whole Being




Cultivating a Sacred Self-Touch Practice

Cultivating Sacred Self-Touch

Cultivating a Sacred Self-Touch Practice





This weekend is designed to cultivate a mindful atmosphere of awareness, compassion, respect, and curiosity. Meditations will be offered at all levels of intimacy. Participation is always optional, and we will support every person’s participation at a level that feels safe and sacred for them. We’ve also included unscheduled time for self-reflection, and for brothers to offer their own safe and sacred workshops and ceremonies.

Read about the Winter Meditation >>
Read about the Planning Retreat >>

Fall 2014: Before You Arrive…

Gay Spirit VisionsBrother,

Gay Spirit Vision’s Fall Conference is just a few days away. Our conference theme is Community and I am very excited to be in the community of a group of men that I first encountered fourteen years ago. As this is our twenty-fifth anniversary, we will look back at what we have created and where we might be headed.

As you prepare to make the trek to The Mountain, I would love you to be thinking about what it is you bring to this community and what this community has given to you. We will gather together to contemplate who we are, what we come together for, and where we want to go next.

I hope you are all anticipating a meaningful, full, and delightful conference. I know I am.

I await your arrival with hugs, good will, and an open heart.


Scott Dillard
Convener, Fall Conference 2014


Preparing for the Conference

Please take a moment to read about our time together and what you might consider bringing with you in preparation for this weekend, especially if this is your first time with us.

This weekend’s conference will start with a social time on Thursday at 5:30 pm in The Commons next to the dining room and will end with lunch on Sunday starting at 1:00 pm. You may check in as early as 3:00 pm on Thursday afternoon.


What Will I Need?

Small Group Gift
Come with a small gift that has some personal meaning to exchange during your small group ritual. Some folks purchase something, others bring something from home or something found along the way.

Altar Object
Come with something to place on the altar; something that might represent your intentions for the retreat, some memory you hold dear, or a way to honor an ancestor.

Clothes for Movement
Come ready to move; bring clothing in which you will feel good doing so.

Talent Show
Come with sheet music or anything that might be necessary for your talent show performance.

Optional Items
Consider bringing any of the following optional items you may choose to share with our circle: personal writing journal, sketch pad, drums for drumming and other instruments, photos, sacred objects, floor pillows, night light, rain gear, layers and varieties of clothes, shoes for indoor/outdoor, for changing activities, water bottle and/or travel mug.

Silent Auction
Consider making a donation to the Silent Auction to benefit the GSV Scholarship Fund. Bring one item you wish to donate and complete an auction form when you register, or download and bring the completed form with you.

Alcohol & Non-Prescription Drugs
Please leave all alcohol and non-prescription drugs at home.

Fall 2014 Silent Auction Fundraiser

As part of our ongoing effort to financially support brothers who would like to attend our gatherings, the Scholarship Committee organizes annual silent auctions to benefit GSV’s scholarship fund.

Japanese Tea Set

Japanese Tea Set
Donated by Jim Best, Fall 2013

Please consider donating an item for the Fall 2014 Silent Auction that a brother might enjoy taking home with him at the end of the Fall Conference. To donate:

  1. Complete a donor form.
  2. Bring your item with you to The Mountain (or coordinate delivery with someone attending the conference).

When you arrive at The Mountain, please bring your donation to the Silent Auction display area. The Silent Auction will likely be displayed in the basement of the Tree House, and you can ask for more information when you check in at registration.

Complete a donor form >>
Read more about the Silent Auction >>

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