Here's one resident's account of how we create a retreat at Easton Mountain.
Jay Thomas was recently interviewed by the Q+ Spirit Shamanic Healing Network. Here is an excerpt:
As a massage therapist and body worker for over thirty years, and having worked with so many gay, bi, and men beyond sexuality labels, I know the power of touch to offer comfort, connection, and to help men to heal from feelings of ...
I started studying Shamanism 18 months ago. I was looking for an expression for my spirituality and intrigued by the universal connection of shamanic practice across cultures and time. I started taking classes at a local community center, then had the opportunity to ...
This week gay men who practice the ancient healing principles and methods of shamanism, for themselves or for others, will once again gather for the tenth time at Easton Mountain’s welcoming Land.
Eight men gathered at Easton Mountain for my second weekend workshop in “Exploring Conscious Touch”. As I planned the workshop, I
Easton Mountain's Mission Statement describes us as "a force for positive change in the world." Rudy Ballentine's Kali Rising describes the body of Eastern teachings and practices known as tantra and shows how tantra can help us in the West navigate through the changes, positive and negative, that are all around us.
by Tony Allicino
Next month, gay men who practice the ancient healing principles and methods of shamanism will again gather at Easton Mountain. This will be their tenth retreat at Easton’s welcoming land.
by Tony Allicino
The idea of a retreat for gay men who practice shamanism came from a shamanic journey I had during the New York City Gay Men’s Shamanic Circle’s (NYCGMSC) annual visioning circle in 2007.
“Sitting, reminiscing after a truly beautiful Edge of 17 retreat, full of gratitude for the amazing generosity and community support, and hope for the future! Thank you to all who make Easton Mountain possible!”
At Easton, I’ve experienced authenticity, love, connection, depth of exploration, and healing.
Stress: we carry it with us like that favorite blanket we had when we were kids.
Along the road leading south from the Lodge there are six staff cabins and the Energy Healing Cabin. Tim Cooley's Cabin is the tallest cabin and the only one on the east side of the road.
In this video Jason Tantra has an exercise for you; something for you to try out at home.
The mind; it is our greatest source of inspiration, knowledge, insight and bullshit! Yes, that’s right - BULLSHIT!
I first started coming to Easton Mountain in 2003. That was after two years where many volunteers helped clean up and restore the derelict buildings and grounds.
As the community of Easton Mountain has changed over the years, so to have our holidays and rituals. When some of the community members represented Pagan, Wiccan and Radical Faerie traditions, Beltane, the Galic May Day festival, became an important event on our calendar.
"To The Edge"
Hello boys I'm here to say
That it's time for a Holiday
Our tenth-year celebration was a stellar event...., and many of the guests, volunteers and staff were sporting the brightly colored anniversary t-shirts.
In the spring of 2014 John Stasio agreed that I could come to Easton Mountain to offer healing sessions, with the same arrangement that Tim Cooley was, and still is, doing massage sessions. I came up to each of the camps that summer and I did my first healing session at Easton Mountain in John's cabin.
It became apparent to me that if I was to continue to do healing work at Easton Mountain, I needed a dedicated place to do it. After some negotiation with Easton Mountain's Board, it was agreed that I would build two cabins, one for my use while at Easton Mountain as a volunteer and one to be used by me for energy healing and by others for massage, Reiki and other one-on-one sessions. John arranged with a man who had much more experience as a carpenter than I have to do most of the work of building the cabins.
Work started in the spring of 2015. Shortly after Memorial Day, I moved into my not-yet-winterized cabin, while work continued on the Healing Cabin. I had hoped to have it ready for Gay Freedom Camp, but delays kept it from being finished until mid August.
That fall I went to England and Scotland, and when I returned I started to use the Healing Cabin as my residence while my own cabin was winterized. I didn't move back to my cabin until the spring of 2016. At that time I covered the interior wood of the Healing Cabin with shellac, as this is easier on the environment than varnish or polyurethane.
I brought various items from where I had been living to enhance the heaing atmosphere of the cabin.
The bells came from my mother.
The small statue of Kwan Yin is one of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, made by the Chinese both for their use and for the tourist trade. This one had been given by my father to my mother about the time I was born I don't know if he bought it in China or in Chinatown - it could have been either as, for all of his adult life, he rightly described himself as a "world traveler".
The enameled bowl, here shown with oranges in it. was a gift to me from one of the teachers of the Inner Focus School, where I earned my certification as an energy healer. The three pictures behind it reflect my Universalist spirituality by showing, left to right, Jesus with an angel, a nature spirit, and Krishna,
In recent years, I've moved away from individual healing sessions to doing group healing work, but I feel a calling to go back to individual work again. If you would like to know more about the healing work I do, give me a call at Easton Mountain. My number here is 518-692-8023 extension 216.