Easton Mountain is the home of an Interfaith Spiritual Community of queer people. This community is comprised of full and part-time residents who work in some capacity as the staff of the Easton Mountain Retreat Center. Read more about the members of the community, and Easton's adjunct staff, in their bios below.

Residents & Staff

  • Tim Cooley
  • Harry Faddis
  • Wil Fisher
  • Freddy Freeman
  • Jay Freeman
  • Alan Haney
  • Mike Hands
  • Tracy Hunt, Maintenance
  • Pathfinder
  • Vanessa Rae
  • John Stasio, Founder
  • Sunfire

Board of Directors

  • Raul Castanon
  • Tim Cooley
  • Michael Harbison
  • Andrew Kerivan, Treasurer
  • Drew Lynch, Secretary
  • Ed Marchi, President
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Tim Cooley thought early in his life he might become a priest. Five years of Carmelite seminary convinced him otherwise. Becoming a member of an ensemble theatre company was another rewarding path explored, followed by teaching school and doing social work. When massage entered his life, he connected with a vocation that suited him beautifully. He has continued to explore the wonder of body/mind/spirit connection as a licensed massage therapist for over twenty years. Yoga has been an integral part of his whole adult life. Eventually he completed yoga teacher training (Interdisciplinary Yoga, as developed by Don and Amba Stapleton), motivated mainly by a desire to deepen his own practice. Soon afterward, he was given the opportunity to teach yoga and has continued to do so ever since. He feels totally blessed to be able to share his yoga, massage, and life here at Easton Mountain Retreat, a place he literally fell in love with at first sight.

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Harry Faddis, D.D., CPCC  has been a member of the Easton Mountain Community since its founding and is also a member of the Board of Directors. He is a professional life coach and spiritual director who works with gay men, focusing on all male issues, including spirituality, eroticism, career, finances, and personal power. He is one of the founders of The Gay Coaches Alliance at  www.thegaycoaches.com, an international association of Gay Coaches.  At Easton Mountain he works in programming and special projects.  He also facilitates workshops at Easton Mountain; these include Life Coaching, Psychodrama, Japanese Calligraphy, Introduction to the Enneagram, and Fundamentals of Martial Arts. He practices Tae Kwon Do and was awarded a Second Degree Black Belt in 2010; and he is the co-host, along with Steve Sims, of The Quest of Life at  www.thequestoflife.com,  a weekly radio show about queer spirituality. They can be heard on Fridays, 12:00-2:00 p.m., on WRPI, Troy and on line at www.wrpi.org (click on Listen Now). To learn more about  Harry  and his work, visit his website at  www.harryfaddis.com.

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Wil Fisher is a facilitator, producer, performer and writer,   After graduating with a BFA in theatre from the Hartt School, Wil moved to New York and quickly found his energy pulled towards social rights issues- predominantly those effecting LGBTQ youth. He served as the Northeastern Regional Director of Scouting for All, a national organization working to change the Boy Scout's discrimination policy against gays and atheists. Later, he became the director of communications and special events for the Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation\'s largest organization dedicated to housing homeless LGBTQ youth. While at AFC, Wil earned his MA in applied theatre from CUNY, and discovered the ways theatre can be used for community building, education, and for addressing social rights issues. He has brought this work to NYC classrooms in workshops focused on ways students can change their school's culture around the perceptions and agreements of   LGBTQ people. Additionally, Wil co-founded the company Man Question which offers workshops exploring people's relationships to masculinity and gender (www.manquestion.org). Wil also performs as his drag alter ego, Sylvia London, and is a contributing writer for the gay publication, Next Magazine. Wil is dedicated to deepening the dialogue about sexuality and gender to create a more safe and accepting social paradigm. At Easton Mountain, Wil focuses on marketing and communication, fundraising, program development, and facilitating workshops.

Mike Hands is delighted to make Easton Mountain his new home. He brings to Easton a rich spiritual life that integrates elements of eastern and western traditions while being bound exclusively to none. At Easton Mountain, Mike is the Volunteer Coordinator and is therefore the contact person for anyone wishing to volunteer. Mike is a Life Strategist and Certified Wellness Coach specializing in helping men enhance their physical and emotional well being from a whole-person perspective. At Easton he facilitates a variety of workshops designed to integrate mind-body-spirit with a balanced flow of energy. For his Master of Arts degree he wrote on the work of Joseph Campbell and how each of us are called to make a Hero’s Journey. Other interests he brings with him to Easton include a thirty year background in several martial art disciplines, a passion for snowboarding and a love of kayaking. He is a certified sommelier and worked as a wine director, sommelier, and manager for several fine restaurants in New York City.

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Freddy Freeman first came to Easton Mountain to facilitate their first Bear weekend in Jan of 2012. He is now a full time resident, along with his husband Jay Freeman, and manages front desk operations. He has now expanded that first Bear experience into the annual Bear Your Soul weekend and looks forward to facilitating more workshops in the coming years. Freddy is also a singer songwriter who has been very active in the GLBT music community for over a decade, organizing various GLBT music events. In 2002 he created Bearapalooza, a music event for performers who identify with the gay subculture known as "Bears". He also has his own Audio Production company called Ear 2 the Ground Audio and has created Easton Mountain studios at his new home. He hopes to have musicians come to Easton for personal recording retreats and other musical workshops. In recent years, Freddy has embarked on a new Inter-Faith spiritual path that includes New Thought, A Course in and Miracles, Buddhism and more. This path has called him to teach and to use his music and talents as a ministry of love, creating new music with themes of Forgiveness, Spirit, Gratitude and Divinity.

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Jay Freeman is a graphic designer, musician, dancer, introvert, nature-lover, and anosmic. After living his whole life in the American South, he moved in mid-2012 to New York State with his husband Freddy Freeman, and a few months later they joined the Easton Mountain residential community. Jay and Freddy were legally married in NY State in 2012, and yes — they actually have the same last name. Jay is thrilled to be Easton's official graphic designer, and looks forward to letting out his inner Faerie. He will be facilitating Bear Your Soul with his husband and hopes get even more involved with programs in the coming years.

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John Stasio  is the founder of Easton Mountain. His vision for social justice, interfaith spirituality and the potential of a spiritual community of gay men began at a young age and motivated him to begin Easton Mountain.  In 1989 he founded Brothers Together Inc to promote community, spiritual growth, healing and transformation among men who love men. Prior to establishing Easton Mountain in 2000, John worked as a body-centered therapist and workshop facilitator. John was a member of the Jesuit Urban Center's Urban Ministry team where he provided spiritual direction and bodywork to people living with HIV/ AIDS. He is a former seminarian and member of the Catholic Worker Community. John's undergraduate studies at Boston College focused on Philosophy and Theology and their application to contemporary social challenges. He received the Lisle Fellowship in 1987 to study non-violent social change at the Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi India and then stayed on in India to work with Mother Theresa's sisters at the home for the dying in Calcutta. While in India he met Dom Bede Griffiths with whom he had a powerful connection and remains committed to promoting interfaith dialogue. Additionally he seeks to apply the principals of Spiritual/Global Psychology, studied at the Concord Institute under the direction of Tom Yeomans, to his work for social change, in his own life and in his work with others. He splits his time between sharing a home with his partner and a golden retriever in Albany and retreating to his cabin in the woods of Easton Mountain.

Mike Hands is delighted to make Easton Mountain his new home. He brings to Easton a rich spiritual life that integrates elements of eastern and western traditions while being bound exclusively to none. At Easton Mountain, Mike is the Volunteer Coordinator and is therefore the contact person for anyone wishing to volunteer. Mike is a Life Strategist and Certified Wellness Coach specializing in helping men enhance their physical and emotional well being from a whole-person perspective. At Easton he facilitates a variety of workshops designed to integrate mind-body-spirit with a balanced flow of energy. For his Master of Arts degree he wrote on the work of Joseph Campbell and how each of us are called to make a Hero’s Journey. Other interests he brings with him to Easton include a thirty year background in several martial art disciplines, a passion for snowboarding and a love of kayaking. He is a certified sommelier and worked as a wine director, sommelier, and manager for several fine restaurants in New York City.

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Sunfire  has been involved with Easton Mountain since its first summer, and has lived here since 2005. He has been leading workshops and retreats that combine spirit and body since 1988 and has studied with Joseph Kramer and other faculty of the Body Electric School, from which he holds certificates in massage, breathwork, and sacred intimacy. He is certified as an Advanced Energy Healer by the Inner Focus School. Additional studies have included meditation, A Course in Miracles, Ira Progoff's Intensive Journal Work, and several Native American practices. At Easton Mountain, he assists at community-led retreats with meditations and workshops on healing.