Bear Your Soul: Winter Hibernation - Jan 15-18


Bear Your Soul: Winter Hibernation - Jan. 15-18
- more than your average Bear Run


 Break the cold and lonely spell of winter with four amazing days of connection, play, and discovery with men just like you who are looking for the perfect thaw. Four days to make new friends, light new fires, or rekindle old flames. Four days to let go and feed the bear within.

Bear Your Soul brings together men of all shapes, colors, sizes, and abilities, in order to build and foster a stronger bear community.  We take the idea of a Bear Run, with food, music, sauna and hot tub, time to connect and play, and add connecting growth experiences that explore masculinity, body image, healing touch, and much more.
Bear Your Soul offers workshops and discussions that allow men of all shapes and sizes to connect more deeply with themselves and one another. Our unique Loving Our Bear Bodies workshop, for example, leads participants through a shared yet personal journey of discovering the beauty within the bear body, all within the healing embrace of your fellow brothers.
Our goal is to foster a sense of radical acceptance, letting go of shame, and becoming comfortable with our full and true selves. We honor the body, mind and spirit of all of our brothers. We value heart centered interaction, authenticity, respect for ourselves and others, healthy sex positivity and inclusion.
This January, a circle of men who are ready to break out of winter’s frost is forming by the warm fire. And there is a place just for you. We’ve created four days that let you CONNECT, PLAY, and DISCOVER:

  • Relish rich conversation at home cooked family-style feasts
  • Dive into a guided puppy pile and feel the love
  • Connect with other men through massage class
  • Lounge with new friends in the hot tub or by the fire
  • Express yourself through art, music, and storytelling workshops
  • Explore your erotic self in the popular “Loving Our Bear Bodies” workshop
  • Step into your inner hero through meditation, yoga, and guided classes
  • Revel in your tribe in a special drumming and fire ritual
  • Dance the night away at our Sunday night Bear Dance
  • Enjoy great music, food and fellowship at a closing performance brunch


Easton Mountain is a gay men's retreat in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY (In Greenwich, just a 40 minute drive from Albany). 

Join John Hernandez on his Bear Your Soul Journey! His touching story , published in Bear World Magazine is a great way to learn about Bear Your Soul!

There are some things in life that can never be accurately described; they have to be experienced. Falling in love, the birth of a child, or the fulfillment of a long-term goal are some examples of this. For me, it is the life-changing journey I took via the “Bear Your Soul” retreat at Easton Mountain. ...... read more 


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 Rates and Accommodations

All rates include housing, food and programming unless
otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

Commuter: $295 - Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.


Garden Cabin: $395 - Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $495 - Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

SemiPvt500Semi Private: $595 - Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.


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with new brothers and old friends
Cuddle Parties - Small Groups - Discussions - Massage Exchanges  - Tribal Fireplace Ceremony

in your body and in nature
Dance Party - Snow Tubing - Sauna & Hot Tub - Talent Show - Art & Music 

yourself in trans-formative workshops
Loving Our Bear Bodies - The Hero Within - The Man Question - Free to Be Me - Heart Circles