Friday September 29th to Sunday October 1st 2017
Caring for our selves – our body, mind, and spirit – has never been more important as we face continued harm from a world which would like nothing more than to eliminate or assimilate us. That’s why Groundswell Institute is convening Self Care is Sexy, a retreat focused on teaching practical self-care skills that help us all with the stresses and harms we face as LGBTQ* people. We’re bringing together a wide range of queer health practitioners who will lead activities and workshops that teach wellness techniques that can be worked into your everyday life, from meditation to massage and beyond. We want you to walk away from this weekend way more ready than ever to face the challenges of the world.
Too often, self care is considered a luxury, available only to those who can afford hours of free time a day or the cost of a private trainer. This just isn’t true – the ability to improve our physical, mental, and emotional health lies within our grasp. It doesn’t take relentless commitment or resources, it only takes a bit more effort most days to lift our lives up and give us the resilience we need. A bit more effort for our selves, our relationships, and our communities, and, before long, we will be able to take on the world.
Workshops and activities will teach a broad range of wellness practices, and each day will have lots of options to choose from. Days will feature three workshop sessions with multiple classes that offer many choices for you to pick the kinds of self-care skills you want to learn or improve upon. At night, we will gather around the campfire and soak in the hot tub, connecting with each other and creating community – another essential piece of self-care. All of this is set at Groundswell Institute’s beautiful, nature-centered retreat center, with time for hikes and connection to the wild also offered.
The full schedule will be put out as soon as it is available and we will reveal all the tantalizing details as we get them finalized. Registration includes all workshops and activities, nutritious and hot meals day-round, lodging (in one of our cabin bunks or in your own tent), and full access to the retreat center. There are also partial and full scholarships available for any who need them – we don’t want money to be a barrier to access to this important program.
With the ever increasing stresses we face from the world around us, self care has never been more important. Besides, as Mama Ru reminds us, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”. Finding time and energy for self care may very well be the most important, and first step in caring for our communities as a whole.
We also facilitate carpooling – check out the carpool page here.
Apply for a scholarship here! We work hard to accept all who apply.
***Groundswell events are for people 18 years of age or older. Only service animals are allowed as guests of humans. Pleas e-mail us if you have a service animal you wish to bring with you so we can tell you about our guidelines**