Happy New Year 2015!

Please check out John Stasio's New Year's video message. Best wishes for 2015 from everyone at Easton Mountain!

Hail the New - Dec 30-Jan 3

Hail the New - Dec 30-Jan 3

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Ring in the New Year with Our Annual Feast and Celebration - Dec. 30-Jan. 3

Facilitated by the Easton Mountain Residential Community and guest facilitators

96fireDo you yearn for an alternative way to mark this passage - to have an experience of connection rather than isolation. Join us in a weekend of Celebrating Brotherhood where we can reflect on where the year has taken us, as we look into the future filled with hope and encouragement.Enjoy spiritual retreat, personal growth and opportunities for relaxation and fun. Your time here will include new friendships, warming up in the sauna and hot tub and an experience of community with other men. We offer yoga, meditation, massage, bodywork, spirituality and expressive arts. Easton Mountain's 175 acres includes trails for walking, hiking, snow-shoeing (weather permitting!), other outdoor activities

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Easton Mountain 
is a gay men's retreat in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY (In Greenwich, just a 40 minute drive from Albany). 

Join Us For A Day of Recreation, Rest, and renewal. Consider Adding On A Special Pre-Day Prepared Just For You.

We invite you to consider joining us one day earlier for a more intimate day of community, workshops, and relaxation in preparation for our great days of fun, fellowship, and festivities.  For $100 consider adding on one day earlier and enjoying a special day of recreation, rest, and renewal to your Hail the New experience.  You can add-on this special day during the registration process   

DETAILS COMING SOON! 


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If you have questions about
rides
, meals, & more, visit our
FAQ PAGE 

 Rates and Accommodations

All rates include housing, food and programming unless
otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

Commuter: $450 - Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

•Garden-Quad500

Garden Cabin: $595 - Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $645 - Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

SemiPvt500Semi Private: $795 - Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.

 

 

 

Fifteen years of community

15 In 2015, we are thrilled to celebrate our 15-year anniversary with you! As we approach this occasion, we consider all the important work that has happened at Easton Mountain and we thank you for supporting it.

For fifteen years we have witnessed people come to Easton Mountain and transform- and it is a miracle every time. A miracle to see a shy middle-aged man who never quite fit into the gay community in his home town finally step into his full self expression; a miracle to see homeless LGBT youth come from the city, let their guards down, and begin to connect with each other and heal from their past wounds; a miracle to witness an older gentlemen newly out of the closet discover himself in new and exciting ways, and embrace life with new found gusto! These events and more have happened here at Easton Mountain again and again over the past 15-years, and that in itself, is a miracle.

Our journey together has been long, but it is far from complete. Easton Mountain is vital to the community it serves, to the larger LGBT movement, and to the world. We need this place to thrive so that folks have a place to heal, connect, grow and embrace their gifts, then share them with the world.

Every winter we face the hardships of a slow season coupled with large heating bills- it would be a miracle to go into our toughest season feeling financially stable and ready to face any challenges. Please consider the important work that has happened at Easton Mountain for fifteen solid years, then supporting that work by making a year-end gift by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you for being a part of this miracle called Easton Mountain!

With gratitude,

Your Easton Brothers

Love is incarnate!

1013634_10152684835563579_7498789565118506461_nA light has shined upon us this day, the wonder counselor prince of peace, mighty God is born for us… Love is incarnate! God enters the human condition in the humblest of circumstances, unwelcome in a foreign land, born to an unwed mother in a stable, needing assistance, homeless and vulnerable. Let Christmas remind us how God joins humanity. Let us all encounter the overwhelming grace which dwells in the manger of our own hearts this day. Let God be born in us as we encounter our own tender places and grow in love for one another. Blessed Christmas to ALL!

The cold war is over!

Those who have been critical of more normalized relations with Cuba reveal both a level of hypocrisy and expose the rigid ideological dogma still so prevalent in US politics. First, the US has full diplomatic, trade and travel relations with countries with far worse human rights records than Cuba. In fact some of our strong “allies” bulldoze peoples homes while occupied, forbid women from driving, behead people regularly and imprison poets for insulting their king. The cold war is over! Americans will no longer buy the lie that dictatorships backed by the USA who exploit their countries on behalf of multinational corporations to enrich themselves and a few other elite families can be called “democracies”while Socialists are labeled terrorists. Cuba is far from perfect, but the ridiculous rhetoric from Marco Rubio and company belongs to a bygone time.

Gifts

Jeff and I both enjoyed some theater last eve. We saw “gifts” a holiday play by Nolan Kennedy down in SOHO. The acting was great, and the original music compelling and wonderfully executed by a live band. The show is a proud addition to the work of the young theater company whose mission is to create approachable and dynamic theater at little or no cost to audiences. You can get tickets free online but these young artists deserve both financial support and a roaring round of applause… so get to SOHO and give yourself an evening of “gifts”!

Remembering the feminine face of God

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Ward Chronicles - Volume 6

Inspirational is the word that best describes Easton Mountain for me. It inspires me to explore, hike, swim- and most of all, to paint, do photography and write. I am an artist and it is one of my muses. What is a muse? In classic Greek mythology there were nine of them... all  women. They inspired great works in the sciences, literature, and most of all, the arts.

At Easton Mountain, where lines blur, I choose to think of my muses in the Man_Catchermasculine sense. One of the greatest gifts of this mountain has been the many creative men I have met here- men who have inspired me and men who I have inspired. Yes, I have had the great pleasure of  being a muse here at Easton. One night photographer Ross MacDonald, myself, and 9 others invented the "Penguin Pile" - similar to a puppy pile, only done standing! While "Penguining" we mused what our tribe would be like if we were Indians- and hilarity ensued. Instead of ponies we would ride pink flamingos! Our war paint would be eye shadow and our medicine man would know how to do botox! You get the picture. That night, I dreamed of a great spirit who instructed me to make a "man catcher"...similar to a dream catcher only bigger and used to, as the name implies, catch men. I made it the very next morning. while dressed in cowboy drag. PaulI was seen walking through the forest with it by noted New England landscape artist David Brewster who asked me to sit for a portrait that very morning. He called the piece "Man Catcher." The only gift greater than making a work of art is inspiring one. Hand of GodI was deeply honored to be his subject, his muse. I have since posed for 3 more of his oil portraits. I was also muse to photographer Giovanni Di Mola who I took to see the Cobb House, a mud and straw structure that has a medieval "Hobbit" feel to it. He loved the light and had me sit for a photo in a time-lapse series called "Di Ritardo" (The Delay) which evokes the chiaroscuro of a painting by Caravaggio. Giovanni is a true master of his medium. It felt almost "religious" to be a part of his process. Poet Scott Harris used me as inspiration for one of his works which now hangs on my door, framed in tree branches and crystals... fitting for a poem titled "Ward the Glitter Elf". I find myself inspired by men and nature. I go to them as the bee goes to a flower for a nectar I can make into my own honey. I have constructed a golden phone that hangs outside my cabin on which I can "Call God." I have taken angelic photos of my ghosty pic giogood friend Paul Tomilson, and every morning I write in the hours between sleep and awake...the place where dreams still live. When I let go and let God, he guides my hand, and art happens. Art often happens on Easton Mountain. It is my muse.

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Rag pickers

1912415_10152634908983579_6811049917142180925_oAnother throw back Thursday picture. Madras (now Chennai) 1987, I spent time with “rag pickers” and "rickshaw pullers”. These boys and men are among India’s poorest. Often runaways who survive picking up recyclable materials from the streets or by pulling people in bike powered rickshaws. Fr Vincent, my friend, offered them shelter and support.
I remember these days as some of the most powerful in my life. I was deeply enriched by these encounters. And from this time I am convinced that the notion that some people are more valuable than others must offend God more than most other human folly. All persons are made in God's image. Black lives matter! Immigrant lives matter! Queer peoples lives matter! Poor white people matter! As do rich, privileged people, even people who hurt and exploit others matter in the eyes of God!

Living in Anticipation and Hope: An Advent Retreat for All - Dec 4-6

Living in Anticipation and Hope: An Advent Retreat for All - Dec 4-6

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Hosted by John Stasio and Michael Kelly with guest facilitators

adventhandsDecember is a month of anticipation. For many it is the anticipation of a new year and the changes it may bring. For others, it is Advent, and anticipation of the birth of Jesus. For each person it is a season of hope for new life and healing. For all it is a time of reflection. This retreat offers you time to reflect on your hopes in this season of anticipation. This retreat is an invitation to all, regardless of faith, tradition or non-religious affiliation.  There will be a variety of workshops offered to help you identify your heart’s true longings and discover new ways to uncover the presence of the Divine in your life.  Together we will contemplate the genuine goodness of our shared humanity as a sacred gift where we meet God and awaken compassion for ourselves and one another.  A retreat is a great way for you to prepare for Christmas and the New Year while aligning with spirit. John Stasio and Michael Kelly will lead the retreat, joined by a team of workshop presenters.  You are free to attend the workshops of your choice, and enjoy time for community and personal reflection.  Join us in the beautiful setting of Easton Mountain.


REGISTERIf you have questions about rides to Easton Mountain, Meals, & more, visit our FAQ PAGE 

 

Newbie Special ! $195

If you are new to Easton Mountain, take advantage of this low rate. Includes food, programming, and best available housing at arrival time ! 

Rates and Accommodations

All rates included housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed


Commuter: $275
Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus. 
Garden Cabin: $295

•Garden-Quad500Our beautiful Garden Cabin is a dormitory style accommodation with 5 bunk beds that can accommodate up to 10 people. The bathroom facilities for guests staying in the Garden Cabin are located on the ground level of the Lodge, approximately 500 feet away.
Quad Room: $395

•Garden-Quad500Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds, its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

Semi Private Room: $495
SemiPvt500Each semi-private room has two beds, its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.

 

 

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Are you a friend of Dorothy? ..... Dorothy Day ?

“Are you a friend of Dorothy?” one might hear a closeted homosexual ask another man forty or fifty years ago. Referring of course to the girl from Kansas who ventured to the land of Oz. That question was code at a very homophobic time.

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On this day in 1980 another Dorothy clicked her heels for the last time and went home. Miss Day had a vision of another Emerald city, the city of God, where it was easy for men and women to be good. Where gospel values were practiced. The naked clothed, hungry fed, and lonely comforted. In her life she spoke truth to power, resisted violence and war for any reason and prescribed the works of mercy as a means to purify the soul. She knew a "long loneliness" and learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. Her portrait hangs on the wall at Easton Mountain and although most of our visitors may not know who she was, and might find some of her ideas objectionable, the fact is that her example of unrelenting commitment to human dignity is an essential part of our mission. On this day we pray for her intercession, guidance and proudly declare ourselves “friends of Dorothy!"

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Wikipedia entry on: DOROTHY DAY 

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Ward Chronicles - Volume 5

 

Most people think of being alone as a bad thing. I was one of those people. I use the word “was” because Easton Mountain can be a greathot guy alone in forest teacher. The lesson I have learned is that it can be beautiful to be alone and to be alone does not mean being lonely. It has been said that loneliness is the poverty of self and that solitude is the richness of self. I enjoy the quiet solitude of my cozy cabin. I first began to understand what it was to meditate by spending time alone in my room with the window open watching the forest with the same intensity I previously used to watch TV. There is nothing more beautiful then the beginning of rain as drop after dewy drop syncopates on green raindrop off leafleaves. The quieter you become the more you can hear. When I am not in my cabin I think of how I used to go to the parks of the various big cities I have lived in to be alone but never quite achieved it. Here I can sit in silence... complete silence on one of Easton's many seats of solitude. There is one by the upper pond where I can marvel in the wonders of nature, seeing a beaver slip across the surface of the water, watch a squadron of geese noisily descend for a splash landing, or simply observe the hum of a honeybee collecting nectar. There is another seat in the small burial Steve Grandfather Oakground of the Herrington family who were the former owners of this great land. It is a place of quiet reflection for me... usually about the men I have known who exist now only as memories in this world. My favorite seat is in the garden... it gently rocks. While gazing at flowers one day I wondered if blooms of the same species who were different in color had a unique odor. So, I spent that entire afternoon literally smelling the roses. I learned that, yes, there are variations in their scents- but more importantly I learned to embrace solitude. Solitude is a good thing. It seems counter intuitive but in fact I avoid loneliness by embracing solitude. It is a gift I can give to myself. I find that if I can't receive myself as a gift then how will I ever receive another man as a gift. Easton Mountain and the quiet solitude it can provide is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Thank you universe.

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Celebration and Community Building Weekend - Nov. 25-29

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Thanksgiving Celebration and Community Building Weekend - Nov. 25-29

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thanksgiv-dayThanksgiving Celebration & Community Building Weekend Flexible stays from Wednesday Nov 25th thru Sunday Nov 29th

Thanksgiving is a time for showing gratitude, and celebrating all of the blessings in our lives. We invite you to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Celebration and Community Building Weekend. Being of service and sharing in community is a great way to get in touch with our gratitude. Come for one night, or join us for a whole weekend of activities, community building projects and fun! 

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  •  Join us as early as Wednesday for a quiet evening of relaxing fellowship and a simple supper. Afterwards enjoy fellowship and relax in the hot tub and sauna. 

  •  Thursday we will have a light brunch around 10:00 a.m. and then have time
    to enjoy a relaxing day, perhaps hike a trail or just hang out with friends

    •  John Stasio will lead a community effort to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with his own Italian flair, to be served at 4:00 p.m.

    • In the evening, there will be a casual concert by Freddy Freeman and guests singing "songs of gratitude."

  • Stay the weekend and help us build community! Starting Friday, into Sunday, we will have a combination of workshops and service projects.

    • Pathfinder will lead the community in some improvement projects that will help Easton to thrive in the coming year.

    • Freddy Freeman is coordinating a schedule of playful and serious workshops.  In the evenings, we will continue to come together as a community for games, movies, music and more!

REGISTER
If you have questions about rides to Easton Mountain, Meals, & more, visit our FAQ PAGE 

Stay as early as Wednesday Nov 25th and leave as late as Sunday Nov29th! (Housing will be best available on a first come first served basis) When booking, choose your length of stay and make sure to let us know which nights you will be here !

You may come Thursday to join us for dinner only. If you do, we ask that you sign up and make a contribution of $50 Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. If the contribution is a hardship, please contact us!


Thanksgiving Dinner Only             $50.00  

Two Night Stay                                  $195.00

Three Night Stay                              $245.00

Four Night Stay                                 $295.00

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Embracing Desire - Nov 19-22

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Embracing Desire - Nov 19-22

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Discover What Makes You Come Alive! Facilitated by Dave Allen

With sap rising and bud’s popping, spring is the perfect time to dive deeper in to exploring and understanding your desire. What do you really want? What turns you on? What creates the fire that calls for deep and juicy connection?

Join us for a long weekend of exploring desire, naked in a circle of men. Through touch, experimentation and play we will use the power of eros to assist one another in bringing into focus what you really want – that which makes you alive. In an environment of experimentation we can be curious, naked and connected on the path to greater pleasure and joy.

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

Easton Mountain Resident Freddy Freeman attended Embracing Desire and had a lot to say about it! Read his post HERE !

About the Facilitator

196482_1008138397901_7865_nDave Allen is a life coach and a body coach. He believes his life work is to assist men to find success, fulfillment and the ability to live connected, rich, powerful and pleasurable lives, with a special emphasis on their erotic lives.  As a coach, mentor, trainer and workshop facilitator, he honors his beliefs and his values of curiosity, practice, connection, eroticism and synergy in his work.  Dave’s inspiration comes from many traditions including power dynamics, mysticism, Tantra, various spiritual paths including Christianity and Native American spirituality.

REGISTER

If you have questions about rides, meals, & more, visit our FAQ PAGE 

Rates and Accommodations All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

Commuter: $ 375 Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

tent1Camping: $ 395 Bring your own tent!  Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

spin_prod_925971712yyy4 Man Tents: $ 445  - Book into a large tent sharing with up to three others, with a cot, sleeping bag, pillows, side table and a lantern provided for each person. Bathrooms are available at the lodge

spin_prod_925971712yyyPrivate Deluxe Tent: $ 495 Book your own private tent, with futon, full bedding, duvet, pillows, side tables, and lanterns. If you want to bring a friend or your partner, they pay just the commuter rate. Bathrooms available at the lodge.

•Garden-Quad500Garden Cabin: $ 495 Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $ 545 Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

SemiPvt500Semi Private: $ 695 Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.

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Ward Chronicles - Volume 4

Chronicles2There is an anthem for Easton Mountain called "There Is A Place." It was written by composer Jonathan Comisar who is one of the Easton family. He penned a line so good it is used on t-shirts that many of us wear."Hear theFrog boy within you laugh once again.: I have spent the better part of this summer and fall doing just that... It is amazing how liberating it can be for me to do things I once did often as a child and never again as an adult. It started with me simply climbing a tree. I forgot how the imagination can soar when you are in the uppermost branches of a mighty oak. One moment I was a pirate in a crow's nest and the next a spaceman rocketing to the moon. When my feet are on the ground I am an expert frog catcher! Our lake, mud pit and even mere muddy tire tracks are crowded with amphibians at Easton. Their croaks lulled me to sleep all thru warm August nights.

Swimming HoleI play throw sticks with our resident dog, Rosey, and she helps me chase squirrels from my cabin. I have gone skinny dipping in our pool and have taken showers outdoors in the afternoon sun. The Battenkill river runs through the nearby town of Greenwich and many of us head over there to jump off the rocks, massage our backs in the waterfall, battle the rapids or to simply bathe in a quiet standing pool. Going there has made me feel like one of the subjects in a Thomas Eakins painting. I have been given a piggy back ride ( thank you Pathfinder),  flown a kite, hula cowboy gunhooped in my underwear, dressed up as a cowboy and blown bubbles both with liquid soap and thru a straw into my milk! When you next visit the mountain look for me... I am a bearded man with the soul of a young boy- thanks to my time at Easton. How will you know me? I will be the one skipping stones across the lake.

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Celebrating Gay Manhood - Nov 13-15

Celebrating Gay Manhood - Nov 13-15

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Gay Men of Wisdom presents a program that will help you to unlock your gay gifts and become leader in the world!  Facilitated by Ray Rigoglioso, author of Gay Men and the New Way Forward  index--element46 Gay men embody Sustainable Manhood, a form of manhood that all men will need to adopt if human beings are to survive on the planet. Yet as gay men, we often feel disconnected from our sense of being men. We can change that. Indeed, the times we are living in make it imperative that we do so. This weekend program will  invite you to discover, embrace, and celebrate how you are a man--on your terms, as you embody it--not as dictated by the dominant culture. cover6_wbleedUsing the Distinct Gay Male Gifts as a guide, you will explore your Masculine-Feminine Intelligence and Social Orientation. You will see how these gifts give you the power to lead and be of service. You will make the connection between your sexual expression and your social contributions. The program will include a powerful ritual that will help you release the messages, fears, and threats you have taken on from men. We'll journey into our individual and collective shadow side, and we'll conclude with a guided visualization through all 14 Distinct Gay Male Gifts. Celebrating Gay Manhood will help you stand tall in how you embody manhood. In doing so, you will discover how you are a leader for all men.

REGISTER

If you have questions about rides, meals, & more, visit our FAQ PAGE 

Rates and Accommodations All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

Commuter: $ 275 Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

Camping: $ 395 Bring your own tent!  Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

•Garden-Quad500

Garden Cabin: $ 395 Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $ 445 Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

SemiPvt500Semi Private: $ 595 Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.

From Past Program Participants

"All gay men can benefit from this work. When we experience the play of masculine and feminine energy in our daily lives, we understand what the deeper meaning of being a gay man is." Richard G.

"This program helped me get in touch with how important I am to humanity as a gay man. We have something incredible to do on this earth. We possess unique qualities. We matter. We are special. We have a sensitivity that is desperately needed by humanity. I felt immediately welcomed and connected to this group of men who care about how we as gay men can make a difference in the world." - Paulo F.

"Gay men must identify and integrate their masculine and feminine self in order to be fully present in the world. The world needs us." Jeff M.

Reboot Your Life - Nov 12-15

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Reboot Your Life - Nov 12-15

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Reboot Your Life: Create ‘What’s Next’ for You!

Design the life you really want, through the power of coaching.

Facilitated by Tim Kincaid, EdD, and Eric Freiman-Polli CPCC

This weekend of discovery will give you:

  • Greater clarity on who you truly are, your life purpose, and what you truly want
  • A deeper understanding of your core values, strengths, and need
  • Greater awareness of what’s holding you back
  • Clear, specific goals with an action plan to move ahead
  • New skills you can use immediately in all areas of your life
  • Ongoing peer support, coaching, and accountability

Drawing directly from the very successful predecessor retreat “The Art of Powerful Living,” this weekend will be a catalytic experience for gay men.  It will enable men to explore all aspects of their life thus achieving greater clarity, vision, and direction.  During the “Reboot Your Life” weekend, men will focus on relationships, money, career, spirituality, health, wellness, and other vital issues. Each participant will gain deeper personal insight by completing the powerful Enneagram personality survey online before the weekend. 

Who should attend “Reboot Your Life”. . .

  • You are at a crossroads, and are ready to create “what’s next” in your life
  • You feel “stuck” and want a breakthrough
  • You want to experience coaching as a powerful process for self-awareness, goal setting, and life design
  • You want to create a bigger, more fulfilling life for yourself.
  • You are already on your way and want support with refining your path.

Reboot Your Life” will be a highly experiential weekend. Through small group and one-on-one coaching, journaling, storytelling, self-assessments, and dialog, you will have the opportunity to deeply reflect on who you are and what you really want in life. You will receive honest, supportive feedback to help you create your goals and action plan in a safe, supportive tribe of gay men, guided by two professional coaches who are also gay men. We will use proven principles and tools from the field of coaching throughout the weekend.

Over the years, many men have returned to get great value by attending the Art of Powerful Living for a second time.  Why not come and experience this new and expanded version?

What past participants have said about the predecessor workshop:

  • "The weekend helped me identify areas of my life which needed attention and empowered me to take actions to get on track to a fuller life!”
  • “I found that the workshop propelled me into an awareness that I had not previously experienced despite years of men's work. I became aware that though I've struggled to free myself from the binds of my past, in fact I've been living in the story of my past as if that story was my life."
  • "I am lighter now and able to move on with identified realistic goals.”
  • "A place to be with a supportive community, all searching for some meaningful ways to express themselves. A place for change."
  • “A weekend where are you able to learn how to move things along in your life, and learn about tools to get you unstuck.”

REGISTER

If you have questions about rides, meals, & more, visit our FAQ PAGE 

Rates and Accommodations All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

Commuter: $ 415 Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

•Garden-Quad500

Garden Cabin: $ 535 Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $ 585 Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

SemiPvt500Semi Private: $ 735 Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.

To ensure the best possible experience for each participant, a small amount of pre-work and a short telephone interview will be required as part of the registration for the retreat. Your rate includes a $40 life assessment. 

DSCN1903 The facilitators of “Reboot Your Life: Create ‘What’s Next’ for You” are two highly trained coaches who have many years of professional coaching and leadership experience. Tim and Eric are both certified coaches and are active members of the Gay Coaches Alliance.

Want to know more? Contact us with questions:

Tim Kincaid drtim@kincaidcoaching.com 817-716-3103 www.kincaidcoaching.com

Eric Freiman-Polli boatrockereric@gmail.com 617-794-5920

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Pathways to Intimacy - Nov 12 -15

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Pathways to Intimacy - Nov 12 -15

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A 3 day workshop for individual men and male couples with Nick Evans and Roger Tolle

During this retreat, you will explore how authenticity and presence deepen intimacy. In the safety of the workshop setting, you will discover how clear communication, conscious touch, and movement allow you to let go of defensive patterns and connect more deeply from the heart.

Bring your partner, bring your friends, or come on your own. Join a remarkable group of men as we explore deeper connection in male-male relationships. This clothing-optional workshop will allow you to explore new strategies of intimacy and connection with a variety of partners, and learn to:

* chart the pleasures to be found in your partner's body, heart, mind, and spirit
* risk being vulnerable
* sustain presence and focus guided by your desire
* touch and be touched for the moment-to-moment pleasure of it
* invest in open-ended sensual possibilities rather than pre-scripted sexual scenarios.

To learn more about Pathways to Intimacy, watch this video.

 

About the Facilitators: NickandRoger4WANick and Roger have been building a conscious and open relationship for seven years. They are each long-time meditators, and are trained as Sacred Intimates through The Body Electric School. In addition, Roger leads workshops that focus on professional and personal growth through movement, awareness and touch, and is certified as a Surrogate Partner, working with gay men as an adjunct to sex/intimacy therapy. Nick says: “I embrace and celebrate my sexuality in openness to connection with both men and women. As a healer, I help others cast aside old habits and stories that constrict their ability to live full and rich lives.” Roger says: “I teach through the body itself, by means of experience. I tell my clients to let their bodies inform their minds, rather than their minds censoring their bodies...then find connection through the language of touch.” They both say: “And there is nothing we are presenting here that we have fully mastered.  Won't you join us in an experience of learning together?”

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Commuter: $ 375 Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

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Garden Cabin: $ 495 Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $ 545 Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

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What is Heart Centered Touch? - A Conversation with Adam Brown

header-logo Heart Centered Touch is a term I have heard quite a bit latley, but I was curious. What is it? What makes some kinds of touch Heart Centered and other kinds not. Why does it seem like so many men I know are trying it and getting great benefit from it. To find out, I talked to Adam Brown, who leads workshops in Heart Centered Touch here at Easton and beyond! Adam’s life is a laboratory for his work and his work is a natural outgrowth of his life. It is through practices of the body, mind and spirit of Taoism that Adam’s life and work takes form. Heart Centered Touch has grown out of his blossoming compassion, his unending curiosity and his desire to spread love-energy in the men’s community. He had a lot to say about the benefits and rewards of Heart Centered Touch FF: "So Adam, What exaclty is Heart Centered Touch?"

AB: "Heart Centered Touch is a group massage experience with the intention of making nurturing touch available to more men. Massage exchanges, both sensual and therapeutic are the touchstones of Heart Centered Touch. It is through practice and guidance that we learn to expand our vocabulary of touch and our capacity for intimacy through touch"adam_2_c3

FF: "Can you tell me a little more about the sessions?"

AB: Sessions are clothes-off, hands-on and guided. Verbal communication is an important part of the experience, in which personal boundaries are honored and deeper ways to connect are explored. Our focus is to increase awareness and compassion and, in so doing, increase intimacy. We use eros as a creative force. We embrace eros as joyous and life-affirming. The Heart Centered Touch model is one of learning through pleasure, not through pressure. This leads to a higher level of functioning, to more joy and and to increased authentic expression through nourishing touch.

FF: You have mentioned the touch that is nourishing. How do the men touch in more nourishing ways?

AB: Men touch men in nourishing ways when we pay attention to each other. When we listen to each other. When we are fully present for the other and not thinking of our own needs. We create a safe bonding space for men in which to voice our needs and set our boundaries. Those needs and boundaries are honored and respected. We learn to let go into the hands and arms of another man in order to relax and be taken care of during that delicious time receiving touch. The giver is also nourished in helping, channeling, facilitating another man's surrender into our hands. The massage exchange becomes a dance, a powerful and empowering energy feedback loop that feeds both men.

CARING_TOUCH_c5FF: Can you tell me a little more about this dance of energy between partners?

AB: Both the giver & receiver are in a partnership during any massage/touch session. During this workshop, the giver will be learning some valuable massage skills to address where we men tend to hold our tension.

FF: How Erotic do the sessions get? How do you use that energy for healing and growth?

AB: We will devote some time to erotic massage and to exploring the art of negotiation around this kind of touch. Touch is nourishing when boundaries are clear . We'll explore ways the giver creates a 'whole-body experience' using simple methods that produce a global-relaxation effect for your partner. The receiver is not passive during massage. He participates by using clear communication, giving honest feedback and establishing his boundaries. The art of receiving is one that we all can use more practice in Learning to use your breath while receiving touch is another important tool we will practice. This helps the touch sink deeper and also assists in the circulation of energy, erotic and otherwise in the body.

FF: Thank You Adam! I think I have a clearer understanding of what to expect at one the workshops. It sounds like a nurturing, healing and connecting experience.

AB: It is. Part of the 'whole-body experience' is exploring how any massage/touch session can become a dance between two people. If energies are aligned, both giver and receiver have a 'whole-body experience' that nourishes, enlivens and expands both men's experience. As always, it is my intention to make the day fun and pleasurable.

 

Adam will be bringing Heart Centered Touch to Easton Mountain next month!

Heart Centered Touch with Adam Brown Dec 5-7 2014 at Easton Mountain for more information and registration http://eastonmountain.org/hearttouch

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