Gay Men of Color

  • Easton Mountain Easton Mountain
  • 391 Herrington Hill Road Greenwich, NY 12834
  • Sep 6 - 8, 2019 (3 days)
  • Semi-Private - $595.00 Quad - $495.00 Garden Cabin - $395.00 Camping - Bring your own tent - $295.00 Camping - Private - $395.00 Commuter - $295.00 Newbie - $295.00

About This Event

 

Come join us in manifesting an innovative community

The retreat for the weekend will include: community building, creating a safe space, discussions of spirituality, socio-politics, food-related groups, mindful bodywork, yoga, movies, dancing, intersectionality, and identity issues.

As a man of color, you have probably found that there are very few places where you feel welcome, and this can be felt more strongly when you are gay or queer. This weekend is about cultivating compassion, experience, joy, individual knowledge, wisdom, the acknowledgment of the divine in each other, and love.

Join your queer and gay brothers in learning ways to manifest the power of creation, a power that roots us in a vision that will sustain and enrich us, so we can better care for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.

Memories of Gay Men of Color 2016 by Tony Gray

There was an impressive range of workshops, with many opportunities to interact with the other participants,  who included warm interesting men of various ages and occupations. In a self-selected workshop, a facilitator shared tips about creating a healthier, chemical free home environment.  Another facilitator guided us to share the ways in which shame has influenced our experiences and behavior around sexuality. Another group hiked the grounds to learn more about Easton Mountain and enjoy each others company. Early risers participated in a yoga class.  Meals were healthy and delicious with freshly baked bread, muffins, and desserts. Vegan and vegetarian options were available. Our evenings were free to enjoy the hot tub and sauna.  Optional events included movies, raiding the Easton Mountain drag collection and dancing!

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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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