Opening the Box - Nov 5-8


An introduction to mindfulness for gay men Facilitated by Manuel Grau

MindfulGay01“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally”. Jon Kabat-Zinn

When you cultivate your awareness of the here and now, you are more likely to see other response options to the pressures of everyday life. You learn to step out of the ‘automatic pilot’ mode in which most people are immersed most of the time.

More than thirty years of scientific studies show that most people who practice a mindfulness program like MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) benefit both psychologically and physically.

In Opening the Box you will explore different mindfulness tools which enable you to be more present and aware of what is happening within and around you. You will learn several techniques to help you reduce the stress that every one of us faces in everyday life. You´ll learn to recognize stress and address it earlier, and how to cope with it more effectively. You´ll explore different types of meditation, like sitting, walking, and lying down. And you´ll experiment with mindful movement and mindful yoga,  Most importantly, you´ll be doing it in a safe space, surrounded by other men who like men, gathering together, sharing a common energy that empowers us as members of a group or tribe - our group, our tribe.

About the Facilitator

MindfulGay02Manuel is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher who trained at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, UK, and at the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer and Bob Stahl. He is also a dermatologist with a strong interest in psychodermato-logy, and regularly applies his mindfulness skills with his patients. He has attended many silent meditation retreats with teachers such as Catherine McGee, Sharda Rogell, Arinna Weisman, Pascal Auclair and Winnie Nazarko. Manuel is the founder of MindfulGay, a website and blog on mindfulness, MBSR and spirituality for the gay community. He offers various types of mindfulness-based workshops and courses for gay and bisexual men in Europe and the United States throughout the year. More information about his work can be found at his website.




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

Commuter: $ 375 Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

Camping: $ 395 Bring your own tent!  Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.


Garden Cabin: $ 495 Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

quadyQuad: $ 545 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: $ 695 Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.