Bear Your Soul: Winter Hibernation

  • Easton Mountain Easton Mountain
  • 391 Herrington Hill Road Greenwich, NY 12834
  • Jan 18 - 21, 2019 (4 days)
  • Semi-Private - $695.00 Quad - $595.00 Garden Cabin - $495.00 Commuter - $395.00 Newbear - $395.00

About This Event

THEATER EDITION! 

Break the cold and lonely spell of winter! Bear Your Soul brings together men of all shapes, colors, ages, and sizes, to have fun and celebrate ourselves. Like most Bear events, we have great food, dance parties, hot tub, sauna, and opportunities for erotic connection, but we also focus on helping guys connect more deeply than they usually can. We create real community by offering workshops and activities that help you to Connect, Play, & Discover!

Some guys need more personal growth and spiritual experiences, some want to unleash hidden talents, while others may want to explore their erotic sides. That’s why we provide a wide spectrum of experiences! You can do what’s comfortable for you or you can challenge yourself! Our goal is to create a shame-free zone that fosters a sense of radical acceptance that helps us to embrace our full and true selves. We honor the body, mind, and spirit of all of our brothers, heart-centered interaction, authenticity, respect for ourselves and others, healthy sex positivity and inclusion.

Join us for our Theater Edition! We are using the themes of storytelling and theatricality to create a schedule of workshops and activities that will use theater games, improvisation, storytelling, and drama as tools to help us CONNECT, PLAY. and DISCOVER! Take a workshop in Improv or Comedy Skit Writing. Join Yolanda for Drag Queen Story Hour. Be a kid again with Saturday morning cartoons. Learn to tell yourself new stories about your body in Loving Our Bear Bodies or find your inner adventurer in Heroes Journey. Write new healthy scripts for your life with Coach Cub. Release Emotion and Stress in Shake it Off. Pamper your inner diva with Hypno Massage, Journey of the Senses, Body Scrubs and Essential Oils. Be a Snow Bear, by tubing on the slopes of Willard Mountain. Join Rev Glen to tell new stories of joy and peace about your life. Let your light shine in the talent salon! Then, get ready for our Sunday Spectacular, with Dinner Theater hosted by Frank Borelli (featuring improv, skits, and the premiere of Beary Poppins); followed by the grand theater of our Naming Ritual, and topping it all off with our Red Carpet Party Dance Party. After ending your evening relaxing in the sauna, hot tub or bear den, join us Monday morning for a Farewell Brunch, where Yolanda and Goldenheart take you on a journey through their musical and spiritual history together! All this and lots of old favorites, small groups, delicious meals and that unique Bear Your Soul sense of community that so many have come to love!   

On with the Show!  

BEAR YOUR SOUL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL MEN, INCLUDING OUR TRANS BROTHERS LIVING AND IDENTIFYING AS MALE

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It was so wonderful to be in such a beautiful mountain setting with the community. The opportunity to have intellectually stimulating conversations with a variety of men of all shapes, colors, and ages in a beautiful rustic face-to-face setting was spiritually enlightening and a welcomed change ... The majestic 170 acre setting was bursting with wildlife and it is actually on the top of a beautiful mountain with two ponds (one has a water-fountain), a big new swimming pool, and one really large wood-fired sauna along with a huge hot-tub too... I hated to leave and I can’t wait to get back!

Venue Highlights

Easton Mountain is a retreat center located near Albany, New York. It is a place for learning, healing, and growth, in a setting that also provides opportunities for recreation and appreciation of nature. We are located on 175 beautiful wooded acres and have multiple options for meeting spaces suitable for small to large groups. For overnight, weekend or longer events, we have a variety of accommodations, including private rooms, semi-private rooms, rooms for four, and dormitory-style rooms. In the warmer months, guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a number of wonderful sites.

Accommodations

We provide several options for housing:
The Guest House - Offering two room options, our two-story Guest House includes in-suite bathrooms with shower, and WiFi access. Room options include two beds or two bunk beds.
The Garden Cabin - A dormitory-style accommodation with five bunk beds, our Garden Cabin offers WiFi access and shared toilet facilities. Shower facilities are located on the ground level of the Lodge, approximately 500 feet away
Camping - Guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a variety of beautiful locations on the land. From a platform right on the duck pond to our hillside next to the Guest House, this option allows you to enjoy the beautiful land while still offering you the comforts of facilities available at the Lodge.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Meals are provided three times daily: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is usually served continental style, with assorted breads, bagels, and cold cereals available, along with a hot cereal, yogurt, a hot breakfast entree, and fresh fruit. For some retreats, the last day will feature light snacks in the early morning and a late morning brunch. Lunch and dinner are usually hot meals with fresh bread and salad available. We serve meat, usually in the form of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and fish. A vegetarian option is also available at each meal; we ask that this be reserved for those who request vegetarian meals, as there is not enough of the vegetarian option prepared for everyone to eat.

Snacks such as cold cereals, fruits and nuts, along with coffee, assorted hot teas, chilled water, and iced tea, are available 24 hours a day in the dining room. Please note that we can not always accommodate special dietary requests for food allergies. If you have specific food allergies, we suggest you contact us ahead of time and bring some special food for yourself to supplement any food that we serve which you can eat. Refrigerator space can be provided for you if needed to store your food.

Directions

Easton Mountain is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 30 miles North of Albany, New York and conveniently located within a three-hour drive of Boston, New York City, and Montreal. Please see our website for turn by turn directions. To set up your GPS, use the following address: 391 Herrington Hill Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

You can fly into the Albany airport, take the Megabus or AMTRAK to Albany (Rensselaer Station), or take the Greyhound/Trailways to Albany. We can usually arrange for a volunteer to pick you up. Please refer to our website for details

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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