Fall Conference

  • 2019 GSV Fall Conference: Spiritually Sourced Activism

    2019 Fall Conference Picture

    Spiritually Sourced Activism


    a landmark conference and 30th anniversary celebration


    September 19 – 22, 2019


    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center ~ Highlands, NC


    2019 Fall Rates

    Register for Fall Conference


    Beloved Gay Spirit Visions Tribe:

    Come join us for a magical celebration of GSV’s 30th anniversary conference! For thirty years Gay Spirit Visions has created safe, sacred space where gay men can open their hearts, heal within, grow spiritually, and form heart-centered bonds that nurture and uplift their spirits.

    Never before has GSV been more relevant given the times we are living in now. This is a challenging moment in American history. How are we going to shine a bright light on these darker times? Are we going to respond to tomorrow’s headlines with self-defeating pessimism, or with vigorous spiritual empowerment and activism? What’s really at the core of America’s spiritual malaise, and how do we become a powerful healing presence in the midst of it?

    This conference will be a conversation on this current challenge. We’ll explore the underlying spiritual misalignment that creates the daily events we see, hear and read about in the media. We’ll have conversations about inspired activism, sacred activism, and activism by other names — all activism emanating from a spiritual source as a response to today’s events. This conference WILL NOT be a conversation on bipartisan politics, individual politicians, or the outer crust and everyday discourse we see, hear, and read about in the media.

    This conference will also be an anniversary celebration — a way to thank GSV for offering us three decades of spiritual magic. Thus, we invite you to join us in ritual, ceremony, dance, singing, parading, and performing. Spiritually sourced activism replenishes itself with joy, humor, music, dance, creativity, and childlike merriment … and there will be plenty of that!

    CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS


    RAYMOND L. RIGOGLIOSO – KEYNOTE SPEAKER


    Raymond L. Rigoglioso is the founder and executive director of Gay Men of Wisdom and author of the book Gay Men and The New Way Forward. Former GSV keynote speakers Toby Johnson, Will Roscoe, Jon Stasio, and Mark Thompson have offered positive reviews of Gay Men and The New Way Forward. Raymond’s work and vision are more relevant and urgent now than ever before.

    SILENT AUCTION


    The Silent Auction offers a wonderful opportunity to take home a lovely gift. As part of GSV’s ongoing effort to help offset the cost of gatherings for those facing financial hardship, the Financial Assistance Committee organizes silent auctions to benefit the Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund. More information about the Silent Auction will be included in the next conference announcement.

    SACRED TOUCH


    “The body is the temple of your soul.” ~ Osho
    You’ll have opportunities to experience unspeakably delicious levels of sacred touch in a series of safe, masterfully guided sessions.

    FRIDAY EVENING DANCE


    Bring outrageous costumes and prepare to dance like no one’s watching at our traditional Friday evening dance. GSV brother Kevin “Baby Bull” Biacsi will be our DJ. Choose two songs that you would like to have included in the dance and submit your request to Kevin at
    kevinjbiacsi@gmail.com.

    CABARET SOIRÉE SING-ALONG


    Belt out one show tune after another at our now traditional cabaret soirée sing-along with David Berger at the piano. This could be more fun than binge watching “Glee.”

    PARADE OF BEAUTIES


    Take it to the runway! Strike a pose! Bring on your splashy and creative attire, dazzling costumes, high-voltage drag, and anything else you’d like to wear (or not wear!). We’ll need several volunteers to assist performers with makeup and hair.

    VARIETY SHOW


    Be a star! There’s no business like show business, and you’re guaranteed to glow at our variety show. Fear not to appear onstage because you’ll have an audience from heaven rooting for you.

    I hope you’ll be there!

    Cami Delgado
    Convener – GSV 2019 Fall Conference

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade, American anthropologist.

    Watch your email inbox, the GSV Facebook group, and gayspiritvisions.org for more information about the 2019 Fall Conference. If you’re ready to register, click here.

  • 2019 GSV Fall Conference: Spiritually Sourced Activism

    2019 Fall Conference Picture

    Spiritually Sourced Activism


    September 19 – 22, 2019


    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC


    2019 Fall Rates
    Beloved Tribe:

    This year we are celebrating Gay Spirit Visions’ 30th anniversary … time for a great celebration! Never before has the organization been as relevant as it is today.

    We are living in unusually challenging times. Our society is experiencing an unprecedented spiritual malaise. It manifests in the outer crust of everyday political discourse but has its roots at a much deeper level. GSV’s 2019 Fall Conference will be a series of conversations on our society’s deeper spiritual misalignment and how we, as spiritually awakened gay men, can respond in a spiritually sourced way downloading guidance from higher realms.

    For centuries humans have faced challenging social and political scenarios. Some of them chose to tune in to a higher frequency, a higher intelligence, and responded to those scenarios from a spiritual perspective. They have left us a rich legacy. Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, the Vietnamese monk Thích Nh?t H?nh, and our own Martin Luther King Jr. faced deplorable circumstances and had every reason to become hateful and vindictive. They didn’t. They opened up, tuned in, and downloaded inspiration for guidance as to how to move forward and respond to the darkness with light.

    Our conference will NOT be a conversation on bipartisan politics. It will not be a conversation about individual politicians. Nor will it be a discussion of the outer crust and everyday discourse we read about in the media.

    The conference will explore ways of invoking and tuning in to spiritual inspiration, guidance, and solutions that empower us to create a world that is fair, inclusive, caring, and respectful of the earth and all sentient beings. We will explore how present social and political conditions can be seen as a call, a very loud call, for deeper healing, personal healing, and collective healing. Call it inspired activism, sacred activism, or any other name, it is activism emanating from a spiritual source.

    So let us have conversations on reaching out to spirit, opening to spirit, and receiving from spirit, so that we may move forward as empowered creators of a better world. Let’s share ideas, let’s cross-pollinate thought, and enrich each other’s understanding of the loving community we are.

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade, American anthropologist.

    RAYMOND L. RIGOGLIOSO – KEYNOTE SPEAKER


    Raymond L. Rigoglioso is the founder and executive director of Gay Men of Wisdom. He is the author of the book Gay Men and The New Way Forward. In his book, Ray assists the reader in realizing how he serves and heals humanity and frees and enriches the human spirit. Former GSV keynote speakers Toby Johnson, Will Roscoe, Jon Stasio, and Mark Thompson have offered positive reviews of Gay Men and The New Way Forward.

    Ray is a certified Life Coach through the International Coach Federation. His professional background includes more than two decades as a writer and editor for non-profit organizations in New York City and Boston. He co-founded the Danbury Area Gay and Lesbian Youth Group where he facilitated groups. After graduating from the New School in 1991, Ray went on to work at New York City’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Ray’s work and vision are more relevant and urgent now than ever before.

    ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION


    PRESENTATIONS


    Please send proposals for workshops, panel discussions, or any other format to khamillus@aol.com. All presentations should support the conference theme.

    SILENT AUCTION


    As part of GSV’s ongoing effort to financially support brothers who would like to attend our gatherings, the Financial Assistance Committee organizes silent auctions to benefit GSV’s Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund. More information concerning the silent auction will be included in future conference announcements.

    FRIDAY EVENING DANCE EVENT


    GSV brother Kevin “Baby Bull” Biacsi will be our Friday evening dance event DJ. Kevin requests that you send to him the titles of your top two favorite songs that you would like to be included in Friday evening’s dance event. Please e-mail your request directly to Kevin at kevinjbiacsi@gmail.com.

    THE PARADE OF BEAUTIES


    Take it to the runway! Bring on your splashy and creative attire, dazzling costumes, high voltage drag, and anything else you’d like to wear (or not wear)! And bring on the make-up!

    VARIETY SHOW


    Be a star. There’s no business like show business and at GSV’s variety show you are guaranteed to glow. Have no fear about appearing onstage, this is the audience from heaven!

    Cami Delgado
    Convener – GSV 2019 Fall Conference

    Watch for future e-mails and posts about the 2019 Fall Conference. In the meantime, register now!