Groundswell creates the opportunities for queer people to have more fulfilled lives through deep connections to self and community.
- By celebrating people’s queerness we help them find the courage to be their authentic selves and to see their queerness as personally meaningful and valuable to the world.
- We help people deepen their engagement with community and develop lasting relationships by creating opportunities for communal effort and joy.
- By creating opportunities for personal expression, we broaden peoples’ perspectives and inspire them to discover their creativity.
Most of our programs will have elements that help people find personal fulfillment. In 2017, the following programs will focus on personal fulfillment and connection to community:
Beltane Gathering – 4/28 – 5/2
In the sun we’ll gather once more to celebrate and dance and weave our community together. Beltane is a time for reflection on where you are, where you want to be, and how you move yourself forward with intent. The weekend will feature the main events, with campfire dancing, maypole and creek rituals, as well as the legendary Miss Mayhole Talent Extravaganza. Guests are invited to stay until May 2nd for more woodland delights and community connection.
Into the Woods – 5/26 – 5/29
The Haus of Towers and Groundswell are teaming up for a weekend of reveling in the beauty of our queerness. Your favorite SF parties are calling you into the woods, with Dick @ Nite, Sir/Ma’am, Slumbersexual AND Ladies Who Brunch. It’s going to be nonstop genderqueer fabulosity which ALL will be invited to join in on. Bring your own gorgeous looks or find something outrageous in our drag closet. Pond parties, dance parties, slumber parties – it’s going to be quite the weekend.
Forth Queerly – 6/30 – 7/4
Summer is in high heat so why not come to Groundswell for a weekend of pond parties and campfire dancing. We have a special pond dock “swimwear” drag show, great music all weekend, and some performance treats, too. There will also be workshops and discussion groups exploring how we go Forth Queerly into the world and act as fierce beacons for those who do not yet have the freedom to.
Where the Wild Queers Are – 10/6 – 10/8
Come out to Where the Wild Queers Are for a weekend of dancing and delights as Groundswell brings out some great DJs and performers for a celebration of queer culture. Swim in the pond, go for a hike, and soak in our hot tub during the day, then shake your booty all night long. DJs soon to be announced.
Halloween Gathering – 10/27 – 10/31
It is only because of our ancestors, the honored dead who fought to get us here, that we are able to live and love as freely as we do. Let’s live, love, and laugh in their honor with a weekend of community revelry and ritual. We will have the Ghastly Talent Show on Saturday, followed by our Dead Diva dance party. Sunday will be focused on ritually honoring our dead beloved, both those we knew personally and those we didn’t. Guests are welcome to stay on through Halloween day.