Our beautiful new spa and surrounding sun/forest deck are complete! This is our first big new addition to our retreat center facilities and we’re really proud of how it has turned out. Soaking in our heated spring water, you can hear our creeks year-round, take in the stars or woods, and truly bask in the healing powers of nature and hot water.
The spa complex will be open to all attendees of Groundswell Institute’s programs. Now, you get to come learn about activism and art, or celebrate with community and queens, or develop wellness practices, AND spend the evenings soaking and socializing. The spa complex is also part of renting our facilities
, for those groups or individuals who might be interested.
Special thanks to Shane, Thor, and many volunteers for all their artisan carpentry, to our hot tub donors who funded the initial work, and to William Stewart and the Groundswell Community for funding the rest.
These past 36 hours, nearly everybody I speak to is in shock. We didn’t think we would be here again – our rights and safety now in a state of regression after so many years of progress. This is true not just for queer communities, but also for women, for immigrants, for people of color, for disabled people, for indigenous people, for the sick, and for all who are other. The consequences of this election will be felt for decades to come.
And, what is the lesson from this all? We must unite more and fight harder. We let our communities become fractured by petty politics. We let our community organizations be taken over by conservative corporatists. We let ourselves become complacent by the advancement of a few civil rights, while the rights of the many continued to be trampled. Too many of us have lost sight of our grassroots, rebellious history and how essential it was for gaining those few rights in the first place.
Now, we need to right our course, to unite and fight with all our strength the tide of bigotry and violence that has already begun. It’s time to put aside petty differences and petty entertainments, to turn off the screens and take to the streets. We will not be forced back into closets and shuttered bars. We will be louder and prouder than ever before. Read more
***Our cabin naming project stops taking submission at the end of the day TOMORROW Friday April 22nd. Please get yours in so your queer heroes can be honored***
Tomorrow is the last day we are taking submissions for the Queer Heroes cabin naming project, so we wanted to share a couple more of the inspiring queer heroes who have been shared with us so far. Just as a reminder: some of these amazing heroes will be memorialized by having Groundswell’s cabins named after them, with plaques sharing their stories. We want you to let us know about all the lesser known LGBTQ heroes that should be celebrated by our community. Please help us share the stories of these leaders by telling us about your queer heroes through this simple form.
Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was an American scholar of queer theory, Chicana cultural theory and feminist theory. She wrote about her experience as a Chicana lesbian growing up in Texas and about her struggle to assimilate to a world full of binaries. Writing was her life and she won many awards for her brilliant works: National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Award, Lesbian Rights Award, and the Sappho Award of Distinction. Once she said, “A woman who writes has power, and a woman with power is feared”. She died in 2004 from complications with diabetes. We honor you Gloria.
Kiyoshi Kuromiya was born in a Japanese internment camp in Wyoming. He became a committed civil rights and anti-war activist, fighting the good fight his whole life. He helped found the Gay Liberation Front in Philadelphia and acted as an openly gay delegate to the Black Panther convention that endorsed gay rights. Kiyoshi was also an assistant to Martin Luther King Jr. and took care of his children immediately following the assassination. During the eighties he was part of ACT-UP and helped facilitate distribution of AIDS medication to many people. He also fought indecency laws and bans on medical marijuana all the way to the Supreme Court. He died in 2000 from complications with AIDS. We honor you Kiyoshi.
Submit the queer heroes your want honored here.
A new time is dawning at Groundswell Ecovillage and Retreat Center.
Groundswell is pleased to present its new website. This is now where you can stay in connection with what Groundswell is up to. Over time it will grow as our community and the Groundswell Institute grow themselves. For now, take a moment to look around at the different sections we have created and enjoy some of the spectacular photos of the land. This is an exciting time for us, as we are launching into our first full year on the land.
Check back often for updates to both our blog and our website content. And, make sure to sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t already so you can always be the first to know about Groundswell’s events and programs.