12th Annual GBTQ Men’s Shamanic Retreat

  • Easton Mountain Easton Mountain
  • 391 Herrington Hill Road, Greenwich, NY 12834, USA
  • Oct 4 - 6, 2019 (3 days)
  • Semi-Private - $595.00 Quad - $495.00 Garden Cabin - $395.00 Commuter - $295.00

About This Event

Heeding the Wisdom of the Elders

Connect. Deepen. Share.

Gather in community with other men – gay, bi, and queer – to broaden, deepen and share your shamanic practice. Inspired by the strength and wisdom of the masculine and feminine energies that have shaped our life journeys, we’ll look to the spirits of our elders, our mentors, and our families (of origin and of choice) for guidance, those who taught us and came before us—including our fathers, grandfathers, mothers, grandmothers, and our ancestral lines.  Together, we’ll discover shamanic pathways to use with our healing practices for connecting with Spirit, in service to ourselves, others, our communities, and the land we share.

Activities include: Solo and Partner Journeys, Dancing our Power Animals, Co-created Fire Ceremony, Community Healing Session, Ancestral Tribute, Nature Spirit Bonding, Evoking Power Songs, and Journey Skills Review (for men newer to shamanic practice). Join us for a weekend of shared learning and healing activities with beginner, intermediate, and advanced practitioners.  We welcome men from all shamanic traditions. It is important to have an understanding of Core* shamanism practices and the associated journey skills which we will use as the structure for making spirit contacts.  As such, we appreciate an honest self-assessment of your knowledge and skills to attend this retreat.

The programming in this retreat is designed to provide an immersive experience in modern shamanic practices and does *NOT* involve erotic themes or sensual touch.

Join us as we drum, journey, explore and celebrate our healing shamanic pathways. Relax. Retreat. Allow. Learn. Discover. Share. Connect.

Testimonials from the past Gay Men’s Shamanic Retreats

“I learned a lot of new things, some of which are new phrases, ideas, or connections I’ve never thought about before. Journeys I’ve never done before.  So thanks again, I really feel like my shamanic practice has moved to a higher level”   – 2007 Retreat

 “Over the course of the weekend each of you men said things that rang the gong of my soul, whether you knew it or not.  Thank you for being that conduit of Spirit” 2007 Retreat

 “Last weekend was AMAZING, I’m still tingling from it”  – 2009 Retreat

“My heart opened up to receive so much love in this retreat we both came home with such beautiful memories” – 2010 Retreat

 “I’m still shining all over from the medicine, guidance, and caring connection we all shared at Easton. Thank you so much brothers” – 2015 Retreat

“Shamanism returns power to the individual, and yet connects the individual to nature, the mysteries of the universe, and our tribe. The practice loses something without community. This weekend provides that re-connection. Tony and Jay are highly experienced and are excellent facilitators. They are true teachers” – Ray R – 2016 Retreat

“The experience was truly amazing and I look forward to next year and will definitely tell others” – James S – 2016 Retreat 

 Articles from Easton’s Blog detailing the history of the prior 10 years of retreats:

May 1, 2019

Why Shamanism Now?

Aug 25, 2017

A Decade of Shamanic Retreats at Easton Mountain

Sep 20, 2016

Jay Thomas Writes About Finding Spirit in Nature

PHOTOS FROM PAST SHAMANIC RETREATS

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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 (contact info blocked) I hated to leave and I can’t wait to get back!

Schedule


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
  • Includes 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

Thank you!

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