Poster design by Abeni Jones

Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th 2017

TRANScend: A Retreat for Trans and Genderqueer Folks

This one-of-a-kind three-day gathering is created for and by trans and genderqueer people. We are creating a container to share our experiences, find common ground, and raise our collective voices. This is especially important in the Trump-era: the threats are real. Our trans sisters of color are being murdered, undocumented queers deported, suicide is at an all time high in our community, and trans youth unable to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender. We will pull from and build upon the rich history of work that has been done, and solidify new actions. We also believe that self-care is highly important, so there will also be plenty of time to relax, rejuvenate, and dance under the stars.

TRANScend is a gathering specifically designed for trans and genderqueer people to teach each other, self-organize, and create paths of resilience, resistance, and social justice in this current administration. Through workshops we will empower each other and focus on the needs of our community, including sessions that focus on mental and physical health as well as leadership. We’ll balance all our day-time work with an equal (or greater) amount of play at night, with dances, talent shows, campfires, and soaking in our huge hot tub. And, we promise lots of opportunities to connect with other trans and genderqueer folks all weekend long.

Register below!

Registration includes food, lodging, all activities, and access to our gorgeous retreat center including the large group hot tub. We have cabin spaces available for the first 70 who want them and then plenty of camping spaces (and extra tents for those who need them). We cook delicious, nutritious meals all weekend and make sure to provide options for all sorts of diets. Scholarships are available for any and all who need them! You are welcome to this program no matter what you can afford to pay. It’s just a quick 5-minute application here.

We are working to secure a large passenger bus to help with transport to and from the SF Bay area. This will be available as a free option to all who wish to attend. We also have a carpool page setup for people to share rides on and for those whose needs aren’t met by the shuttle bus. In other words, we’re making sure it’s mighty easy to get here for this important program.

Right now, we are still looking for workshop leads! Plus, we have stipends to support those who are willing to take this opportunity and share their wisdom and skills with the community. Workshops should be loosely focused on wellness, personal transformation, or leadership development. We are prioritizing communities of color when selecting presenters, but all are welcome to apply. Read the full presenter call and learn all the details here.


TRANScend is organized by a talented team of trans and genderqueer leaders from diverse communities. Please feel free to get in touch with them if you have questions or would like to be more involved. They are featured below and you can click on each to get their full bio.






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Please make other arrangements for the care of your pets while you are here.

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

Apply for a scholarship here!