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Freddy Freeman - aka Goldenheart

Goldenheart is the founder and organizer of Bear Your Soul. He is also the facilitator of Bear Your Soul's core workshop Loving Our Bear Bodies, a group experience of self-love and appreciation for the bodies we live in.  He has taken the workshop to Bear runs in the Midwest, and to Bear Week in Provincetown, where it was featured on the Viceland cable channel. He is happy to be presenting Bear Your Soul once again and is committed growing this unique community!

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Tom Workman - aka Laughing Spirit

Tom Workman has been on the host committee for 4 years. He has a passion for helping gay men find their spiritual awakening and divine higher self.  He is a certified Reiki practitioner, crystal energy healer, card reader, channel, and spiritual teacher.  He runs several local MeetUps to help men find their spiritual gifts and share community.

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Jay Freeman - aka Lanniakea

Jay Freeman is a graphic designer, musician, dancer, introvert, nature-lover, and anosmic. He has been co-hosting Bear Your Soul with his husband Freddy from the beginning. Jay has recently embarked on a shamnic path and uses his love of nature and reverence for wonder to lead Bear Your Soul's Fire Rituals and naming ceremony. He also leads Loving Our Bear Bodies with his husband.

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Manny Ramsey

Manny Ramsey is a young African American of Puerto Rican descent. He has been a Jr host of Bear Your Soul in the past, and is now stepping up to be a full member of the host committee. He is an HIV mentor and activist who offers a space of healing around HIV related issues for people of any status. As a graduate of Easton Mountain Leadership Academy, he is committed to social justice through empowering young people in diverse communities. 

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Xavier Shadowdancer

Xavier ShadowDancer is North Carolina's only male professional Middle Eastern dancer and choreographer, where he teaches lessons at Twisted Dance Studios www.twisteddance.com . He has been performing and teaching professionally for 5 years and studying the art of belly dance for 8 years. He performs for festivals, night clubs, GLBT events, and Bear Events. Xavier brings energy and sensuality to all proving that belly dance is for any size.

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Steve Farrington - aka Greenbridge


Steve Farrington is a community college language professor, world traveler, polyglot, author, and amateur comedian. One of his passions in life is comedy, and  he has worked his love of comedy and entertaining into a fun workshop of bear-themed parodies, or "bearodies" to help the attendees of BYS unleash their creative and comedic selves.

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Matt Knife

Matt Knife is the international Baron of Boylesque as well as a practicing shaman. Matt enjoys blending performance art, nudity, body positivity and healing into his work.  Matt produces Homo Erectus Boylesque at the historic Stonewall Inn.

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Adam Shapiro aka Adam

Adam Shapiro is an award winning actor and singer and has performed all over the world. In NYC, he can be seen on various stages, including theater, cabaret, and burlesque and loves to project an image of a healthy hairy bear, who's equally at home in sequins, leather, or less.

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John Robinson

John Robinson is certified personal trainer, CrossFit trainer, CrossFit Kettlebell trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For the first forty years of his life he was in poor health and extremely obese. At age 40 he began a journey to become healthy, happy and well both mentally and physically which has culminated in becoming a trainer for others who seeking wellness of mind, body and soul. 

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Jonathan O'Donnell

Jonathan O'Donnell is a frustrated corporate attorney who created Pawed NYC for Bears (Cubs, Otters and Admirers) that hosts massage exchanges, yoga, a cuddle party called Bear Hug, and the a more sensual event called Bears on Edge.  In his spare time he can be found day dreaming and creating immersion events such as "Roman Holiday" which he is pleased to bring to BYS!

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Damani Moyd - aka Eden

Damani Moyd is a Photographer, DJ and Writer based in Manhattan. He studied journalism at Fullerton College and photography at the Art Center College of Design, both in Southern California. He also studied digital imaging at the  School of Visual Arts in New York City. His hobbies include camping, vintage car restoration and collecting 45 RPM vinyl recordings. He has previously facilitated workshops at Easton Mountain and has been an active and proud member of the community since 2011.

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Dave Dietz - aka Petrichor

Dave Dietz is a photographer from Ithaca, NY who is best known for his spirited and candid portraits of men. He has been the official photographer for more than fifty retreats at Easton Mountain and other venues. His distinctive images have appeared in various print, online publications and exhibits and he is currently working on a book collecting images captured at Easton Mountain over the last decade.

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Fred Ciccerrelli - aka Truth Seeker

Fred Cicerelli is a community activist who began as volunteer for the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Long Island for 16 years. He began as a phone volunteer doing peer counseling and outreach. During this time he assisted with fundraising and also held the position of executive chairperson for 2 years. Fred loves the outdoors, camping and enjoys theme parks and carnivals.

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Jos Lloyd - aka Shamrock

Jos has been professionally doing hair with Aveda for 5 + years, and is currently working in a modern barbershop in Columbus, Ohio. He has combined his experiences with cosmetology, men’s barbering, and reiki, to help heal people learn the value of self-image care to help improve their overall well-being. I believe through professional and personal grooming you can infuse a positive body image every day.

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Rod Schichtel - aka Love

Jos has been professionally doing hair with Aveda for 5 + years, and is currently working in a modern barbershop in Columbus, Ohio. He has combined his experiences with cosmetology, men’s barbering, and reiki, to help heal people learn the value of self-image care to help improve their overall well-being. I believe through professional and personal grooming you can infuse a positive body image every day.

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Todd Michael Hall - aka Trojan Warrior

Jos has been professionally doing hair with Aveda for 5 + years, and is currently working in a modern barbershop in Columbus, Ohio. He has combined his experiences with cosmetology, men’s barbering, and reiki, to help heal people learn the value of self-image care to help improve their overall well-being. I believe through professional and personal grooming you can infuse a positive body image every day.

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Sean Terry - aka Heartfelt Firefly

Jos has been professionally doing hair with Aveda for 5 + years, and is currently working in a modern barbershop in Columbus, Ohio. He has combined his experiences with cosmetology, men’s barbering, and reiki, to help heal people learn the value of self-image care to help improve their overall well-being. I believe through professional and personal grooming you can infuse a positive body image every day.

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