Fall Conference

  • GSV 2022 Fall Conference: Last Call

    GSVFallRetreat2022

    Who do you think you are?


    September 22 – 25, 2022


    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC


    4 Day/3 Night Package (Thursday through Sunday)


    Lodge (shared room) $315.00

    Cabin (shared room) $315.00


    Bunk House (shared room up to 4 people) $270.00


    Register Now!

    “A thought is harmless unless you believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering.” — Byron Katie

    Dear Siblings,

    In just a few weeks, we will be gathering once again at The Mountain! You will be welcomed home to the summit of magical possibilities and embraced in nurturing serenity. Our time of introspection will be spent exploring the potential of our thoughts, those that guide our human development, and those we choose to create for our spiritual evolution. This journey called life is our creation and limited only by the constraints of our own making.

    Remember an early childhood memory and how that is still with you today. Are you still scared of the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz? Do you still sleep with a light or TV on? Do you still have visions of people burning in hell? Do you still long to wear a crown and walk the runway? Have you reframed that memory to something that has enhanced your journey? You can spend a lifetime trying to forget a few minutes of your childhood.

    “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Fall Conference
    With adulthood comes the realization that we have a choice in the thoughts we create. Thoughts created in the present moment and thoughts created long ago. In many ways reframing conditioned thoughts is a return to your essence. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a child and adult that became your beliefs about who you are.

    Our keynote speaker will be David Ault. David is an award-winning author, leadership coach, and global education advocate. His books include the bestseller Where Regret Cannot Find Me and the multi-award-winning book The Grass is Greener Right Here. David is known by many in Gay Spirit Visions as the former Spiritual Director at Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta. He loves leading through example and abides by the motto that people would rather “see a lesson than hear one.”

    COVID-19 and Monkeypox Information

    To help make this event safe and healthy for everyone attending, please review the following hyperlinked documents:

    2022 Fall Conference COVID-19 Safety Protocols
    2022 Fall Conference COVID-19 Notice of Actions Taken
    2022 Fall Conference COVID-19 General Liability Waiver
    2022 Fall Conference Monkeypox Information

    Please reach out to CovidSafety@gayspiritvisions.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    Financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, is available. The financial assistance application submission deadline is September 7. We hope that anyone who resonates with our mission and community, and who has a desire to attend, can join us at our gatherings. To that end, we offer financial assistance through the Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund. Please go to the Financial Assistance page on the Gay Spirit Visions website for more information about financial assistance (scholarships) and a link to the GSV financial assistance application form. Remember, the financial assistance application submission deadline is September 7.

    Make plans to return home to The Mountain in September, as you have been missed.

    In gratitude,
    Bill Harris
    GSV 2022 Fall Conference Convener

    Register Now!

  • GSV 2022 FALL CONFERENCE: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

    GSVFallRetreat2022

    Who do you think you are?


    September 22 – 25, 2022


    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC


    4 Day/3 Night Package (Thursday through Sunday)


    Lodge (shared room) $315.00

    Cabin (shared room) $315.00


    Bunk House (shared room up to 4 people) $270.00


    Register Now!

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Dear Siblings,

    As the hot, sticky summer weather gives way to the temperate breezes of autumn, you are invited to come home to the magic of The Mountain. In this serene atmosphere, you will be surrounded by loving siblings to rekindle longtime relationships or spark new ones. During our time together we will explore who we are, identify what restrains us, and choose what we can unload to enhance our life journey.

    Who we are and what we become are based on our thoughts! They include perspectives we bring to any situation or experience that color our point of view. Thoughts can be reactive and situational or grounded in willful awareness. While thoughts are shaped by life experiences, genetics, and education, they can be brought under conscious control. In other words, if we are aware of the thoughts that have formed our character and attitudes, we can choose to change them. We can change the tenor of our story and thereby enrich the quality of our journey.

    “Thoughts lead to acts, acts lead to habits, habits lead to character – and our character will determine our eternal destiny.” – Ezra Taft Benson

    Our keynote speaker will be David Ault who is currently walking the Camino de Santiago. David is an award-winning author, leadership coach, and global education advocate. His books include the bestseller Where Regret Cannot Find Me and the multi-award-winning book The Grass is Greener Right Here. He loves leading through example and abides by the motto that people would rather “see a lesson than hear one.”

    You are invited to share your gifts during this retreat by proposing a workshop. We are looking for persons with topic-related ideas who desire to provide an interactive and informative workshop experience. Contact convener@gayspiritvisions.org with your ideas and questions.

    COVID-19 Information

    To help make this event safe and healthy for everyone attending, please review the following hyperlinked documents.
    2022 Fall Conference COVID-19 Safety Protocols
    2022 Fall Conference COVID-19 Notice of Actions Taken
    2022 Fall Conference COVID-19 General Liability Waiver

    Please reach out to CovidSafety@gayspiritvisions.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    Financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, is available. The financial assistance application submission deadline is September 7. Our hope is that anyone who resonates with our mission and community, and who has a desire to attend, can join us at our gatherings. To that end, we offer financial assistance through the Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund. Please go to the Financial Assistance page on the Gay Spirit Visions website for more information about financial assistance (scholarships) and for a link to the GSV financial assistance application form. Remember, the financial assistance application submission deadline is September 7.

    Make plans to return home to The Mountain in September, as you have been missed. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

    In gratitude,
    Bill Harris
    GSV 2022 Fall Conference Convener

    Register Now!

  • GSV 2022 Fall Conference: Who do you think you are?

    GSVFallRetreat2022

    Who do you think you are?

    September 22 – 25, 2022

    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC

    4 Day/3 Night Package (Thursday through Sunday)


    Lodge (shared room) $315.00

    Cabin (shared room) $315.00


    Bunk House (shared room up to 4 people) $270.00


    Register Now!

    “Who you think you are each day, completely determines the universe you live in.”—Ram Dass

    Dear Siblings,
    Come together during the time of harvest. Celebrate your bounty; replenish your soul; examine your essence; acknowledge your gifts. Surrounded by loving siblings in a serene atmosphere, we will share time to reflect, inspire, and empower. Let us open the steamer trunk of who we are, see what is weighing us down, and what we can unload to enhance our journey through life.

    Who we are and what we become are based on our thoughts! Thoughts are our ideas, opinions, and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. They include perspectives we bring to any situation or experience that color our point of view. While thoughts are shaped by life experiences, genetics, and education, they can be brought under conscious control. In other words, if we are aware of our thoughts and attitudes, we can choose to change or discard them.

    Let us first explore the experiences that formed our beliefs. By looking at our formative self, we can nurture our innocence and provide the encouragement we desire. We will then identify our created story and examine the constraints that may no longer serve us.

    “Life is a journey, not a destination.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Pack lite, throw it in the overhead, grab a window seat, and enjoy the ride.”—Bill Harris

    Our 2022 Fall Conference keynote speaker will be David Ault. Known by many at Gay Spirit Visions as a spiritual teacher from Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, David is also an award-winning author, leadership coach, and global education advocate. He loves leading through example and abides by the motto that people would rather “see a lesson than hear one.”

    You are invited and encouraged to share your gifts during this conference by proposing a workshop. We are looking for persons with topic-related ideas who desire to provide an interactive and informative workshop experience. Contact me at convener@gayspiritvisions.org with your ideas, dreams, and questions, and we will be glad to support you in the creative process.

    Financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, is available. The financial assistance application submission deadline is September 7. Our hope is that anyone who resonates with our mission and community, and who has a desire to attend, can join us at our gatherings. To that end, we offer financial assistance through the Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund. Please go to the Financial Assistance page on the Gay Spirit Visions website for more information about financial assistance (scholarships) and for a link to the GSV financial assistance application form. Remember, the financial assistance application submission deadline is September 7.

    Make plans to return home to The Mountain in September, as you have been missed. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

    In gratitude,
    Bill Harris
    GSV 2022 Fall Conference Convener

    Register Now!

  • GSV 2021 Fall Conference – Last Call

    GSV 2021 Fall Conference

    (Re)Directing Our Energies to Queer Worldmaking


    September 23 – 26, 2021


    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC


    4 Day/3 Night Package (Thursday through Sunday)


    Lodge (shared room) $436.26


    Cabin (shared room) $404.24


    Bunk House (shared room up to 4 people) $372.21


    Register Now

    Dearest GSV Brothers and Siblings,

    The magic of the Fall Conference is coming together, breath by breath, seed by seed, story by story. I have had the honor of speaking with many of our brothers and siblings over the last several months, hearing their laughter and words of excitement for our return to The Mountain. Indeed, our love is buzzing and the hope for sharing hugs is electrifying.

    “Everything vibrates. Everything moves. Even when matter appears to be standing still, its atoms are moving. More important, the energy animating it is moving. Similar vibrations gather together.”
    —Christopher Penczak

    As I promised in my first call, this year’s Fall Conference will be a gathering of both old and new, past and future bridged in the present to reconnect with ourselves and each other in a space we call home.

    We will engage in familiar rituals with a sacred fire and our beloved talking stick, weaving our hearts together in circles, small and large. We will revisit workshops of yore, breathing life into memories long since passed and energies needing renewal.

    I mean, really. Who doesn’t love a good hands-on enneagram workshop? Or a body-centered performance breakout session? A little art, anyone? Wanna run some energy, or meditate, or exchange a massage? Perhaps do a deeper dive into some tango or tarot? Maybe you’d like to honor our ancestors while directing our energies forward during a Lingam Puja?

    Are you also looking for some downtime to talk with one another? Or to “talk” with one another? To listen to each other’s stories in space and time, to feel each other’s energy in breath, intertwined?

    Maybe you need a moment at Meditation Rock, or a contemplative pass through the Labyrinth? How about a gaze at the waning gibbous moon from atop the Fire Tower, or perhaps a special rendezvous in the Love Nest?

    A dance? A musical soirée? A parade of beauties? A variety show? Let’s not forget some Faery chants.

    We are the flow and we are the ebb.
    We are the weavers, we are the web.
    —We Are The Flow, Shekinah Mountainwater

    My questions above serve as winks to what you can expect from our Fall Conference.

    What else can you expect? A slightly slower pace—built-in breath breaks and coffee space for us to come and go as we need and as we please, to reconnect and to recharge.

    What you can also expect, different from years past, is a memorial ceremony of one of our earliest founders—Ron Lambe. We will take time to honor Ron and his contributions to our tribe. We will breathe in statements from Peter Kendrick and Running Water Farm. We will take in songs and gifts from Ron’s time here on Earth. And we will make space to reflect on our futures with Ron and his guidance from the spiritual realm.

    And you can always expect the love and the light of GSV family, shining together and fire-bridging from afar.

    I call to you, dearest GSV brothers and siblings, to write up your stories of Ron from over the years. We would like to compile the stories and share them with our Gay Spirit Visions Oral History Project at Georgia State University. And we would like you to share them with us during his memorial ceremony. If you cannot be with us in body, email them to me and I will invite our brothers and siblings to read your stories in your honor.

    I also call to each of you who will be coming together on September 23rd to join a working circle. Whether this is your 1st GSV gathering or your 32nd, we welcome your gifts and your energy in transforming The Mountain as our brothers, siblings, and ancestors have done before us.

    Financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, is available. The financial assistance application submission deadline is September 9. Our hope is that anyone who resonates with our mission and community, and who has a desire to attend, can join us at our gatherings. To that end, we offer financial assistance through the Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund. Please go to the Financial Assistance page on the Gay Spirit Visions website for more information about financial assistance (scholarships) and for a link to the GSV financial assistance application form. Remember, the financial assistance application submission deadline is September 9.

    Our time is coming, dearest brothers and siblings. Prepare your long wing feathers and make space to circle around the boundless universe of the queer worlds you wish to create.

    Blessed be,
    Bumblebee (Greg Hummel)
    GSV 2021 Fall Conference Convener
    convener@gayspiritvisions.org

    Register Now

  • GSV Seeking Cellist

    Dear Brother Musicians,

    We are seeking a cellist who will be attending the Fall Conference to assist in playing “Reverie” for piano and cello, composed by Ron Lambe, one of GSV’s founders. We hope to perform this as a way of memorializing Ron at the conference. If you are interested, please contact David Berger by email operadavid@yahoo.com or phone 614-579-2324.

  • GSV 2020 Fall Virtual Conference

    GSV 2020 Fall Conference

    GSV 2020 Fall Virtual Conference


    Resilience through Recounting


    September 24 – 27, 2020


    Register here

    Greetings GSV Siblings,

    This is not the conference I originally envisioned. Well, you know, life happens, and pandemics are a (thankfully, rare) fact of life.

    As COVID-19 necessitated changes to how we do just about everything, I faced a familiar mix of resistance and excitement in planning for the fall conference. On bad days, I can’t face the challenges. On good days, I see so many fruitful possibilities.

    I want this conference to be a space of sharing a similar mixed bag of experiences. We are full of so many stories. Some are about accomplishments. Some are about disappointments. Some are written on our bodies in scar tissue and wrinkles. Some soar up from our deepest spiritual center.

    I don’t know what happens next; that is part of living in a story. Maybe you are eager for the end; maybe you want it to go on forever. Either way and at all points between, there is opportunity for recall, recounting, and resilience.

    We tell our stories not just to record what happened, but to sing ourselves into being. And this is the story about the time we held our annual fall rituals online. Lean in. Listen. Share.

    Our Conference Schedule


    This is the schedule (below) in its pared down form. There is a more detailed and constantly updating version of the schedule at the link provided. There, you will find bios for all our presenters and more details about our workshops and presentations.

    Mindful of best practices and advice for an online conference, I have endeavored to leave empty space on the schedule so that we don’t spend the weekend just teleconferencing. To the best of my ability, I have tried to schedule with the different time zones of attendees in mind.

    I took note of feedback from the Spring Retreat Gathering to make sure small groups were part of this conference, both to honor our fall traditions and to provide more intimate virtual groupings to share in.

    I have also worked to provide asynchronous content to facilitate different registers of engagement. Each day begins with a downloadable semi-guided meditation. You may sit with that at the usual early morning hour, or you can take advantage of that whenever you wish.

    Similarly, I have set up several murals for the conference. One is linked at the bottom of this page and includes a more detailed conference schedule. That mural is “read only” but will contain links to other murals and content that you can interact with and add to. I chose this platform because it is relatively easy to use, with hopefully clear guides for how to add content and interact with the provided material. If you have questions about how to use it, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Take Care of Yourselves


    Take breaks when you need to. Connect with others on your own platforms when you need to. Get up out of your chair and move around when you need to. Use the white spaces in the schedule as you need to. Drink lots of water. I know we aren’t at The Mountain, but we still need space for self-care.

    I believe that stories heal and help us. But I also know that healing can take a lot out of us. And some stories, whew! You need a moment, right?

    Additional information about Guardians, pop-up sessions, ways to connect, etc. will be shared on the fuller schedule mural link. That is a work in progress and will be continually updated throughout the conference. We will also email out connecting information for the Zoom sessions to the attendees. Enjoy!

    Registration is now open. The GSV program fee is $50. In addition, a donation to The Mountain would be greatly appreciated due to their loss of income caused by coronavirus and subsequent cancellations.

    Blessed be,
    Jonny/Mothra, Convener, Fall 2020


    Conference Schedule


    Thursday, 9/24
    7-9 pm EDT
    Welcome and Heart Circle

    9:30-11 pm EDT
    Self-Pleasure
    With Mahan-Kalpa Khalsa

    Friday, 9/25
    Early Morning
    Downloadable Daily Meditation

    11-12:15 pm EDT
    Yoga
    with David and Teddy Jones
    Or
    Enneagram Circle
    with Tim Flood

    2-3:15 pm EDT
    Small Groups

    4-5:15 pm EDT
    Embody Your Inward Sage
    Guided by Andrew Ramer
    Or
    Archangel Gabriel brings us Inspiration/Creativity/Boldness
    With Pete Cossaboon

    7-9 pm EDT
    Telling Our Stories
    Panelists: Jonny Gray, Greg Hummel, David Manning et al.

    9:30-11 pm EDT
    Lingam Puga
    With Mahan-Kalpa Khalsa

    Saturday, 9/26
    Early Morning
    Downloadable Daily Meditation

    11-12:15 pm EDT
    Small Groups

    2-3:15 pm EDT
    Keynote Address
    Padraig O Tuama

    4- 5:15 pm EDT
    Introduction to Rainbow Awakening
    With Damien Rowse
    Or
    Mindful Doodling
    With Jeff Beacham

    7-9 pm EDT
    “Making Masks Fun Again!”
    Online Variety Show and Masquerade

    9:30-11 pm EDT
    Open Zoom Room – To do with as we please

    Sunday, 9/27
    Early Morning
    Downloadable Daily Meditation

    10-11 am EDT
    Small Groups

    11:30-1 pm EDT
    Closing Circle and Farewells

  • GSV Fall 2020 Fall Virtual Conference

    GSV 2020 Fall Conference

    GSV 2020 Fall Virtual Conference


    Resilience through Recounting


    September 24 – 27, 2020


    Register here


    Greetings GSV Siblings,

    I am getting so excited about our upcoming fall conference, “Resilience through Recounting.” Folks are stepping up and offering some amazing workshops that I think fit well with our theme and online format. And I am thinking a lot about how stories are helping me cope with this ongoing pandemic.

    As I have been busy putting my college courses online this semester, I have been struck by the importance of narrative framing. With fall fast approaching, I realized I really didn’t want to teach online. I spent a lot of time this summer teaching myself how to do it. Very quickly, an important message from a colleague sank in: don’t focus on what you can’t do online, focus on what online teaching allows you to do really well. Such a simple piece of advice, but so profoundly helpful! As I met my students in teleconferences or on discussion boards, I avoided saying how we would be covering this material if we were in person. Instead, I approached them with excitement about the different ways of engaging our material that the online platforms would allow.

    I want to pass this insight on to you. Our fall conference will not be what we have come to know, expect, and cherish in our time together on The Mountain. But if we let it, it can be amazing in its own way. It will be its own kind of conference, and it will come with opportunities that an in-person gathering cannot allow. I am getting very excited about that!

    I am working with the GSV Council to provide some fall conference experiences additional to the Zoom rooms. We are figuring out how to hold the silent auction online. I am pursuing some ideas for sharing spaces and asynchronous interactions that feature exploring our stories together.

    Perhaps most exciting is our keynote speaker, Pádraig Ó Tuama. When we realized the fall conference needed to be online, we challenged ourselves to find an exciting speaker who could contribute to our theme. Since travel wasn’t an issue, we reached out “across the pond” to find an excellent practitioner of resilience and reconciliation who makes poetry and storytelling central to his work. Padraig is, quite simply, an amazing human being, and I am so happy he agreed to join us. It is worth noting that he was already aware of our organization and was eager to join us this fall. If you would like to know more about Pádraig, I highly recommend this TED Talk.

    I am looking forward to seeing you all online in just under a month. I am eager to add this year’s fall conference to our treasure trove of stories we tell about ourselves and how we persevere even in the face of challenges.

    Registration is now open. The GSV program fee is $50, for which financial assistance is available. In addition, a donation to The Mountain would be greatly appreciated due to their loss of income caused by coronavirus and subsequent cancellations.

    Blessed be,
    Jonny/Mothra, Convener, Fall 2020


    Keynote SpeakerKeynote Speaker: Pádraig Ó Tuama. Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict, and religion. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher, and group worker. He is the author of four volumes of poetry: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Belfast, Ireland.


    Convener: Jonny Gray (Mothra). Jonny has been coming to GSV since 2015. When he isn’t being aMonthra fabulous if large moth dancing around the sacred GSV fire, he pays the bills by being a professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, where he specializes in arts-based environmental advocacy. He is also the host of the weekly show, Isn’t It Queer, which broadcasts on local community radio (WDBX) and is released as a podcast.

  • GSV 2020 Fall Virtual Conference

    GSV Fall Conference 2020 Photo

    Resilience through Recounting


    September 24 – 27, 2020

    While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay
    There are frail forms fainting at the door
    Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
    Oh, hard times, come again no more
    (From: Hard Times Come Around No More, Traditional)

    Hard times. Many of us have been here before; many will be here again–but not all of us, and none of us in the same way. We know sickness at the door. We know incompetence at the highest level and dealing with such sickness only makes it worse. Both seem out to get us and see us suffer and die. Or, at least, that’s one way of telling the story.

    Stories link us in networks of shared understanding if not always agreement. They help us learn about things we haven’t directly experienced. Stories give us a frame to hang the ambiguous on so that it starts to make sense. They make the uncomfortable a little more palatable when seen through the frame of familiar narrative structures. Ah yes, we say, I know this story.

    When we cannot gather together in person, when we cannot hug and otherwise explore each other with sacred touch, when we cannot raise our voices together in song or generate steam from our bodies entwined in pulsing dance, we still have stories.

    This fall, Gay Spirit Visions invites you to a COVID-19-compliant online gathering to connect as we are able. We come together to tell and to listen to one another’s stories, for stories, too, are a powerful medicine. How are we weathering this storm? How is it familiar? How is it strange? Are there other stories that arise from our current situation that we want to give space to?

    Circle ‘round. Listen up. What I have is a story …

    Many events conducive to sharing our stories are already being planned, including an online talent show, panels consisting of some of our best homegrown storytellers, an online silent auction, and opportunities for discussions in small groups. As always, our members’ willingness to provide workshops and activities is strongly encouraged and appreciated. If you have something you want to contribute or present, please contact the Fall Conference convener, Jonny Gray (a.k.a. Mothra).

    Registration information and suggested donation options will be handled through The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center registration platform. Details will be coming soon.

    Jonny Gray,
    Convener
    2020 GSV Fall Conference

  • 2019 GSV Fall Conference: Last Call

    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

    Beloved GSV Tribe of Beautiful Men:

    It’s countdown! Can you feel the buzz? Registration is high. Everybody’s talking about the conference, planning, preparing, and all psyched up…

    Never before has a GSV event been more relevant than this conference given the dark times we are now living in. This is a spiritually challenging moment in American history and we as spiritually awakened men are called to rise in inspired ways, so let’s talk about how we are going to shine a bright light on these darker times.

    There will be dynamic spiritual empowerment in our workshops and rituals. Raymond Rigoglioso, Toby Johnson, Hunter Flournoy, Mahan Kalpa Khalsa, Peregrine, Jim Stratton, Peter Cossaboom, Tim Flood, and Rocky Beeland are just some of those offering uplifting and inspiring workshops.

    There will also be revelry and plenty of it. How can you have spiritually sourced activism if you don’t charge your heart-center battery with celebration? Wait until you experience the high voltage energy of this year’s rituals, dance, cabaret sing-a-long, walk of beauties, variety show, sacred touch, and yoga amidst the loveliness the Altared Spaces Work Group has sprinkled throughout The Mountain.

    So, click on the link below to register for this year’s fall conference and remember to also…
    * Pack splashy and creative wardrobe, rain gear, a flashlight, and hiking shoes.
    * Bring items to donate to the silent auction as well as cash, personal checks or credit card to make purchases.
    * Bring a very special gift for the small group gift giving ritual.
    * Bring your drums and percussion instruments for the drumming circle.
    * Sign up for the talent show in advance by contacting Dev at devdev5@msn.com.
    * Send favorite song suggestions for the Friday evening dance to Kevin at kevinjbiacsi@gmail.com.

    Vibrational hugs now, fleshy hugs in two weeks,

    Cami Delgado
    Convener – GSV 30th Anniversary 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.

    Link to REGISTER NOW!

  • 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.