Posts in BYSC17
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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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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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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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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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 . 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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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.

He is leading or co-leading:
- The Art of Bearlesque

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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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