Fall Conference

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • GSV 2018 Fall Conference: Last Call to Have Fun!

    GSV 2018 Fall Conference

    Last Call to Have Fun

    September 27 – 30, 2018

    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center ~ Highlands, NC

    4 day / 3 night package (Thursday through Sunday)
    Bunkhouse $324.18 | Cabin $380.22 | Lodge $418.65
    5 day / 4 night package (Wednesday through Sunday)
    Bunkhouse $398.90 | Cabin $473.63 | Lodge $524.87

    Dear Men Who Love Men,

    Many of us will soon gather at The Mountain for our annual fall conference. If you plan to attend but aren’t registered, please
    click here to register now. We’ll send an email that explains how to prepare for and what to bring to the conference to all registrants around September 12th.

    Our keynote speaker will be artist Patton White. Patton will present “Insatiable Curiosity/Radical Collaboration” as a two-part experience, asking deep questions and seeking answers. In the first session, we will get in touch with our bodies and creative energies by examining a dance/movement technique developed by Lawrence and Anna Halprin called RSVP Cycles. In a later session, we will work in small groups to create brief performances that embody the collaborative investigations that have happened during the weekend. These sessions will serve as bookends, of sorts, for the work that takes place throughout the weekend.

    About Patton White

    Patton has been working as a multidisciplinary artist for over 40 years. He has designed costumes, created installation sculpture, video art work, and photography, and has choreographed and danced since the late 1970’s. He has worked as an independent artist and has been a part of many performing ensembles, including Beacon Dance, Core Dance, Dance South, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre (now Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre), The Georgia Ballet, and many others. For the past decade he’s focused on improvisation as a performance technique and the intersection of social dance and dance for the stage. As a member of Alternate ROOTS since 1997, he believes passionately in the arts as a tool for social justice.

    The fall conference workshops will address ideals set forth by one of history’s most insatiable curious gay artists: Leonardo da Vinci. These are some examples:

    To test our questions and to demonstrate our thoughts we will create poetry and embrace our gender outsiderness.

    To exalt in our sensuality and how we experience the world we will honor and adore our bodies and participate in sacred healing touch.

    To celebrate ambiguity and paradox we will examine faith versus reason and question whether the beliefs we developed as children were based on faith or reason.

    To cultivate grace, beauty, and spirit we will communicate answers to deep questions using motion storytelling and body language, practice yoga, and examine the male nude through drawing.

    To learn how to embrace a balance of logic and imagination, and art and science, we will embrace the spirit of Peter Pan and Euclidian geometry, examine how things fly, and create flying objects.

    To recognize and appreciate the connectedness of all things and phenomena we will explore the roots of our compassionate hearts and minds and examine our stories to go beyond the work of the ego.

    To embody persistent empowerment we will acknowledge the cultural significance and importance of the role of the gay man as a leader, prophet, and healer for our tribe and community, and we will create personal symbols of empowerment to use in our daily lives.

    Evenings at the conference will continue exploration of the theme of insatiable curiosity. On Friday evening we will have a contra dance (a communal-style folk dance that’s easy to learn and needs no experience) with live musicians. An expressive dance with recorded music will follow. There will also be opportunities to sing, perform, and find your drag persona with a cabaret sing-along, talent show, and the ever-popular Parade of Beauties.

    The conference will be supported by:
    • The opening and closing rituals that call upon the forces and ideals of hope to guide us in the work that we do.
    • A community altar that represents the ambiguity and paradox that we find in the world.
    • Heart circles that allow us to meet in sacred space, be fully present with one another, and share openly, honestly, and lovingly about our conference experiences.
    • Small group meetings that allow each of us to feel acknowledged and supported while we share and discuss confidentially how our conference experience fits with (or challenges) our personal spiritual journeys.

    Financial Assistance

    We want anyone who resonates with our mission to be able to attend our gatherings. The Raven Wolfdancer Financial Assistance Fund was created to help offset the cost of a GSV gathering so that attending does not impose undue financial hardship. For more information and to apply for assistance,
    click here. Financial assistance applications must be submitted no later than September 16 th.

    We’d like to thank everyone who’s given generously so that others may find sanctuary and space at our gatherings. Your tax-deductible donations are needed to sustain the financial assistance fund. Visit
    GaySpiritVisions.org and complete the DONATE TODAY section on the right side of any web page.

    In conclusion, please bring to the conference your affection for men who love men and your insights about how our being gay allows us to question society’s expectations and replace our subservience with insatiable curiosity.

    With loving intentions,

    Randy Taylor
    GSV 2018 Fall Conference Convener

    Register for the 2018 Fall Conference

  • GSV History Field Trip!

    Sweet Brothers in Spirit,

    We have a special treat in store for you after this year’s Fall Conference! Many of you have recorded interviews for the GSV archives housed at Georgia State University, and some of you have donated programs, photos, and various assorted items to this collection. Now we’re going to gather while we’re still basking in Fall Conference afterglow to take a trip to the archives!

    On Monday, October 1st (the Monday after the Fall Conference concludes) we will gather at the Chamblee Marta Station at 9:15 a.m. and board the 9:34 train for GSU. After spending a few delightful hours at the GSU Archives, wandering through the past, looking at our organization’s history, and, perhaps, identifying brothers in pictures we will share a late lunch together before returning to our default lives.
    Brothers may leave at any time, and it’s an easy walk to the GSU MARTA station for those who need to get to the airport or other destinations.

    If you would like to host an out-of-town GSV brother on Sunday night, or if you are an out-of-town GSV brother needing a place to stay Sunday after the conference, feel free to arrange that at the Fall Conference or send a note to council@gayspiritvisions.org and we’ll see if we can help.

  • GSV 2018 Fall Conference: Insatiable Curiosity

    GSV 2018 Fall Conference

    Call for Workshops

    September 27 – 30, 2018

    The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center ~ Highlands, NC

    4 day / 3 night package (Thursday through Sunday)
    Bunkhouse $324.18 | Cabin $380.22 | Lodge $418.65
    5 day / 4 night package (Wednesday through Sunday)
    Bunkhouse $398.90 | Cabin $473.63 | Lodge $524.87

    Dear Brothers in Spirit,

    The GSV 2018 Fall Conference overall goal is to investigate how the gift of gayness includes curiosity. When this curiosity becomes insatiable we can change the world (see the invitation to the conference for more detailed information).

    If you will be attending and would like to present a workshop that fits the overall theme of the weekend, please do the following:

    Make sure your idea matches one of the goals or the theme of the gathering.
    Through this curiosity we will explore the following:
    • Find ways to test or prove the answers to our questions.
    • Exult in our sensuality and how we experience the world.
    • Create ambiguity and paradox.
    • Cultivate grace, beauty, and spirit.
    • Balance logic and imagination, art and science.
    • Recognize and appreciate the connectedness of things and phenomena.
    • Embody persistent empowerment.
    We will use Leonardo da Vinci as a model that embodies these ideals.

    Please provide the following information:
    • Your full name
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Workshop title
    • Area of the theme to which the workshop connects or explores
    • Objective of the workshop
    • Description (include the format for the workshop, e.g. hands-on, lecture/talk, discussion, etc.)
    • Time needed for completion
    • Specific requirements (meeting space, setup, audio/visual, etc.)
    Send the information to workshops@gayspiritvisions.org.

    Your proposal will be reviewed and considered for the Fall Conference based on the match to the conference goals. I want to confirm workshops by August 20, so please get them in by August 15. Thank you for your willingness to share your experiences and curiosities with your GSV brothers.

    Randy Taylor
    2018 Fall Conference Convener

    Register for the 2018 Fall Conference

  • GSV 2018 Fall Conference: Insatiable Curiosity

    Fall Conference Tier Pricing

    Sweet Siblings in Gay Spirit,

    I hope summer is treating you well and that you’re looking forward to gathering with us again for the Fall Conference in September!

    Many of you have noticed that you have more pricing options for this year’s Fall Conference than you’ve had before, with the cost being determined by your housing choice. This is something The Mountain does for other groups, and the GSV Council wanted to see if this would work for our community. We are mindful of the fact that our conferences — wonderful as they are — can be hard to fit into a budget. Our goal in moving to this tiered pricing structure is to make the Fall Conference more affordable for more people. This price structure could be the difference between a man being able to attend the Fall Conference or staying home. Or it could be the difference between a man being able to stay the extra night or not.

    Last year the cost of the standard 4 day/3 night Fall Conference was $405.65, regardless of where you were housed. This year you get to choose from three price tiers, which are determined by your housing choice. Staying in a bunkhouse will cost $328.18, which is $77 LESS than last year’s Fall Conference. Staying in a cabin will run you $380.22, and if you opt to stay in the Lodge you’ll pay $418.65. Again, these prices are for the standard 4 day/3 night event; staying the extra day will, as it always has, cost a bit more.

    We also think this system is fairer. In previous years, housing was randomly assigned, and you wouldn’t know until you got up to The Mountain whether you were staying in the Lodge, in a cabin, or in a bunkhouse. This way you’ll be able to choose the housing option that best suits your needs.

    I hope this sheds some light on why we moved to the new pricing structure. Please bear in mind that this is an experiment. We will be asking for your feedback in the post-conference survey, and we look forward to hearing about how this pricing structure works (or doesn’t work) for you.

    Here are a couple of points to keep in mind when registering:
    • We recommend registering early if you know you want to stay in the Lodge; those rooms go quickly.
    • If you want to have a particular roommate, be sure to coordinate with that individual to make sure you both have the same housing option in mind.
    I hope to see you at the Fall Conference!

    Gourmet hugs,

    Nightshade
    Presiding Elder, Gay Spirit Visions
    On behalf of the GSV Council: Wendell, Tony, Doug, Randall, Bill, Mahan-Kalpa, Jason, and Dandy
    council@gayspiritvisions.org

    Register for the 2018 Fall Conference