About The Teacher
[SUN CLAD HOST] If we were to take a poll of who has brought the most fun to Easton Mountain, nine out of ten men would say Moss Tidd. He probably can’t count the number of body painting sessions he’s led. And he always says that the aim is to have fun smearing paint on a friend’s bare skin. But sometime the results have been spectacularly artistic.
Then a few years ago he introduced the slippy-slide, where you get to slide down a hill covered with wet plastic — Sometimes one at a time, sometimes in groups.
Three years ago, he built a new mud pit for us – a source of much delight.
In addition to bringing us fun, Moss has brought us beauty. He’s an accomplished creator of welded metal sculpture; and several pieces grace our property, including one that stands on the deck of the Temple.
Its creation started with a fire ritual that Moss led during Gay Freedom Camp 2015. At a bonfire on the High Meadow, each participant was given a railroad spike to hold while he spoke of someone who was instrumental in his journey toward gay freedom. Then he threw the spike into the fire. Moss collected the spikes from the ashes, and cleaned, bent, and welded them into this sculpture which he named “Wings of Freedom.” Feeling that the center of true freedom is the art of living through love and compassion, Moss placed, in the center of the piece, a heart that spins with joy.
Moss has said, “I am forever grateful for having Easton as my ʻother familyʼ…. a place where I can connect with gay friends, new and old, and continue to contribute to the spirit of what goes on here.”