HOST - Freddy Freeman - aka Goldenheart

Freddy Freeman, AKA Goldenheart, is an award winning Singer-Songwriter, music producer, festival organizer and workshop facilitator. After over a decade of going to Bear events, he wanted  a Bear event that fostered deeper interactions and formed real community.  so he  created Bear Your Soul at Easton Mountain.  He is also the facilitator of Bear Your Soul's core workshop Loving Our Bear Bodies, and has taken the workshop in the road! He and his husband Jay Freeman have been full time residents of Easton Mountain for 6 years, where Freddy is the current Director of Marketing and Communications !

He will be leading or Co-leading: 
- Loving Our Bear Bodies
- Erotic Massage
- Mud Massage

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HOST - 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 shamanic 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.

He will be leading or co-leading:
- Loving Our Bear Bodies
- Cuddle Party
- Bonfire Ritual and Naming Ceremony

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HOST - 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.

He will be leading or co-leading:
- A Hero's Journey
- Brother to Brother
- Finding Your Inner Drag Persona

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HOST - Eric Polli aka Orso

Eric is a certified Leadership and Life Coach. His passion is helping gay men stand in their power and find their purpose as healers in the world. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Gay Coaches Alliance. Eric has co-designed and facilitated Reboot Your Life at Easton Mountain.

​​​​​​​He will be leading or co-leading:
- Free To Be
- Brother to Brother
- Finding Your Inner Drag Persona

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Fred Cicerelli - 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.

Fred is our Logistics Coordinator

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JoJo DeRodrigo aka JoJo Bear

JoJo DeRodrigo is a Somatic Sex Coach and Educator who uses somatic bodywork as a tool to assist people with change, insight and exploration around the body, sex desires and pleasure. He also is a Hypnotherapist who uses hypnosis and guided imagery for liberation and enhancement around the world of sexuality. His passion is working with people with body issues. He uses a modality called “Hypnomassage” that integrates hypnosis and touch to link the subconscious mind with the physical body. His main intention is to help people find their own pleasure! JoJo was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived in California for the past 22 years

He will be leading or co-leading:

- Bearotic Massage
- The Soul Hug
- The Art of Pleasure
- Mud Massage

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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 theatre, cabaret, and burlesque and loves to project an image of a healthy hairy bear, who's equally at home in sequins, leather, or less.

​​​​​​​He will be leading or co-leading:
- Journey of the Senses

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Jon Fischer aka CoachCub

Jon Fischer, AKA Coach Cub, is a Men’s Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach who works primarily with men in the bear community.  He’s also the co-founder of Pawed NYC.  He studied to become a Health Coach in 2014, and has since enjoyed working with bears in NYC and beyond.

He will be leading or co-leading:
- A Beary Healthy Morning
- Aqua Zumba

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Shane Scott aka Warrior

Shane is a Clinical Social Worker and a Coach. Shane helps men who are struggling with their sexuality, gender identity, and/or substance use, and helps his clients develop the awareness and skills needed to live their most authentic lives. Shane has a coaching and therapy practice in West Hartford, CT, and facilitates workshops and trainings for professionals throughout the New England/New York region.

​​​​​​​He will be leading or co-leading:
- Authentically You

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Erik Ribera aka Bear

Erik Ribera is a fifth year BYS Alum and is presently pursuing his graduate counseling degree at Cleveland State University in Ohio. His desire and dedication to helping people stems from his own personal experience as a female-to-male transman. He has received life-saving and necessary support from family, friends, and the bear community over the last nine years, and seeks to learn and educate as a means of passing that forward.     

He will be leading or co-leading:
- Crafting Our Bear Selves

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Robby Piazzaroli aka Lumos

Robby is a New England boy from Connecticut who has a passion for architecture, trying new restaurants, writing books that will never get published, watching scary movies and talking politics. He is 100% Italian, first generation American and loves the culture he was raised in. He has been to Bear Your Soul at least 5 times over the last 4 years and has come to use Easton Mountain as a place of respite, where he can unplug from social media and connect with gay men from around the world, especially those who have become part of his tribe. 

​​​​​​​He will be leading or co-leading:
-
Lumos’ Late Night Lounge
- Local Activism with a Smile

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Jay Cummings aka Peregrin

Jay Cummings is a private practice therapist in Stratford, Connecticut. He began attending spiritual retreats with his Catholic youth community, and has continued learning and growing in providing safe healing space through his adult career. Beginning in 1994 in nonprofit behavioral health, Jay continues to explore the joy, peace, and loving connections that bring meaning to our human journey. He has enjoyed facilitating meditation, healing touch, ritual space, and discussion workshops at previous Easton retreats.

He will be leading or co-leading:
- Ritual Of Self Awareness and Recognition, 
(a process originated by Guy Rolland) 

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Carlos L. Alvarez III

Carlos is a NYC-based yoga instructor. He was introduced into yoga to help heal an injury he experinced. Never would he have imaged yoga would go on to affect every aspect of his life. He's an inspiration to men who don't currently feel flexible or strong - as he never was before starting his journey over four years ago. The strength and growth from first learning yoga and then going on to become an instructor has given him has been a blessing. Carlos began running a yoga class for Pawed NYC in June of 2017. What he shares with the bear community through Pawed NYC is that through patience and practice you can improve, grow, and learn a lot about yourself no matter who you are or where you begin.

He will be leading or co-leading:
- Partnered Stretching
- Aqua Zumba

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Scott Maitland

Scot Maitland, co-founder, and principal of Scot Maitland Creative helps individuals and businesses take their messages to the next level with photography and content. For over 14 years, Scot has worked in the healthcare and wellness space as a massage therapist, pharmacy owner, and consultant. Driven by connecting people and analytics, he takes pride in putting people first to achieve long-term success. Scot works with clients to help them tell their story through their photography, websites, blogs, and other communications. In addition to his primary business, Scot facilitates massage exchanges with Pawed and is a photographer for the Men's Naked Drawing Group.

He will be leading or co-leading:
Body Image Photography Workshop

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Charles K. Brown aka Chabear

Charles is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville TN. His original songs touch deep emotions, and he brings his unique voice to a jukebox worth of covers of classic country, rock, and folk tunes. He performed with Freddy and Jay Freeman for many years as part of Bearapalooza. Bear Your Soul will be the first time he has performed at Easton Mountain, and will see him reunited with the Freemans for the first time since 2012!      

He will be leading or co-leading:
- An Acoustic Evening with Charles K. Brown

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