Queer It Yourself

Friday July 21st to Sunday July 23rd 2017


We queers are builders of our own identities, families, and paths forward in life. Our makers festival, Queer It Yourself, is a chance for you to indulge in your creative spirit as you join other LGBTQ* makers for a weekend of crafting and building. There will be sculpting, carving, cooking, confecting, brewing, sewing, felting, and concocting of all kinds. It’s going to be an event packed full of natural beauty, sun soaked days, queer creativity, and people getting sweaty while they make fantastical creations. Plus, in addition to workshops and skillshares, group projects and craft areas will be happening all weekend so you can even bring your own projects to work on.

Groundswell is a space for exploration of yourself and of newphoto by Kegan Marling avenues in life. Maybe you’ve never been a maker but have always wanted to? This weekend is perfect place to pursue that passion. We’ll be hosting workshops on a variety of interesting skills: previous years have included workshops ranging from screenprints to resin casting to felt animals to marketing your crafts. We’ll be posting the full schedule in the weeks leading up to the event, so stay tuned.

Register Below

Enjoy sharing your skills and know-how with others? We want you to help us build this event. This is a co-created program and we are still looking for workshop presenters and activity leads. Teach a skillshare, lead a group project, or even just share your own talents with the community. Read our full call for presenters here.

Queer It Yourself will culminate in a large-scale collaborative sculpture project that invites all to co-create a work of art with found materials. Together, we will build a statue in the woods, made of natural materials and inspired by shared vision. Rather than destroying this sculpture at the end of the event we will let it stand and decay. Eventually we hope to create a series of decomposing works of art in the woods – testaments to the beauty of group creative power and the natural world.

Registration includes all activities, delicious meals, lodging (70 cabin beds and plenty of camping spots), and access to the whole retreat center including our large group spa and swimming pond. There are also scholarships available for any who might need them – apply for them here. We look forward to crafting and creating with you soon!

Worried about how to get here? We have a carpool page!

*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend***

Read last year’s call.