Easton Mountain is proud to announce the launch of a new queer Labor Day weekend event called Q-Topia. We have created a long weekend to bring together and expand all the colors of our vibrant queer community! Join a diverse group of people of all races, religions, orientations and gender expressions for a one of a kind retreat.
- Workshops and discussions exploring issues like: Diversity, Gender, Queer VS. Gay, social justice, climate change and more"
- Yoga, Massage & Meditation, Bonfires & Drum Circles
- Dance Parties, movies, Karaoke and other nighttime entertainment
- Hiking, Canoeing, Pool, Sauna and Hot Tub
Let's dance with abandon together !
Let's work toward social justice together !
Let's have conversations about change together !
Let's learn and grow together !
Let's create community together!
Let's laugh and love together !
HOSTS AND FACILITATORS
Wil Fisher is a teaching artist, producer, writer, performer and non-profit professional. After graduating with a BFA in theatre from the Hartt School, Wil moved to New York City and quickly found his energy pulled towards social rights issues- predominantly those effecting LGBTQ youth. He became the director of communications and special events for the Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation's largest organization dedicated to housing homeless LGBTQ youth. While at AFC, Wil earned his MA in applied theatre from CUNY, and discovered the ways theatre can be used for community building, education, and for addressing social rights issues. He has brought this work to NYC classrooms in workshops focused on ways students can change their school's culture around the perceptions and agreements of LGBTQ people. Additionally, Wil co-founded the company Man Question which offers workshops exploring people's relationships to masculinity and gender. Currently, Wil is the Board President of the Brooklyn-based non-profit Theater Company, Letter of Marque, and serves on the governance of Faerie Camp Destiny. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of Easton Mountain.
Kristen "Feathers" Wise is a genderqueer singer-songwriter with a haunting multi-octave voice. Her performances in Philadelphia, NYC, and Radical Faerie fire circles garnered a nomination for SF MOTHA's 2013 Musician of the Year award, and a spot in World Cafe Live's Philly Rising showcase. At Easton Mountain's Arts in the Woods event, Wise co-facilitates the music program for LGBT youth from NYC and Boston shelters. She is also a frequent visitor-steward at Short Mountain Sanctuary in Woodbury, TN, where she plays music, bakes bread, chops wood, and indulges her passion for homesteading projects.
Freddy Freeman is an award winning Singer-Songwriter, music producer, festival organizer and spiritual facilitator. He has organized LGBTQ music events like Qnity, Bearapalooza and Out in the Woods, and has been nominated three times for Outmusician of the year. He is a music instructor for Arts in the Woods, a summer arts camp for at-risk LGBTQ youth at Easton Mountain, a spiritual retreat center, and the organizer of Bear Your Soul, a spiritual retreat for the Bear community. He has toured festivals and venues across the country where he has shared stages with artists like Cyndi Lauper, Indigo Girls and Toshi Reagon, and his music has been featured in the major motion picture "Bear City" and on radio programs such as Queer Music Heritage (KPFT Houston), and "Music Speaks Louder Thank Words" (Unity.FM) His discovery of a new spiritual path has led him to create new music. His third album "Raise it up" is all about love, forgiveness, empowerment, spirit, and community. He says " Music has the power to touch hearts and help people love themselves more. People who love themselves and feel empowered will carry that out into their communities, and that's how we change the world. One heart at a time". He is also the current Director of Marketing and Communications at Easton Mountain
Rev. Yolanda is a MAC award winning singer songwriter, Interfaith minister and gender bending performance artist who writes and performs Original and Traditional Gospel & Inspirational music. Rev. Yolanda is a member of the GLBT Hall of Fame, alongside such notables as Harvey Milk and gender bender DIVINE. Rev. Yolanda will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on Feb. 11, 2015 at BB Kings in NYC for her cd "Country Gospel Kirtan" (submitted for Grammy nomination 2013) and her lifelong dedication to Southern musical genres.He/she has been called -" Dolly Parton plus Louise Hay with a heapin helpin of Mrs. Doubtfire". Rev.Yolanda's performances are celebratory experiences of worship, praise and gratitude for Life !
Mac Newman completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2012 and is currently working as a substance abuse clinician at The Brattleboro Retreat and an outreach clinician at a local homeless shelter. Prior to seeking his Master’s degree, he worked in the personal growth field, giving private sessions and classes in body/mind/spirit therapy, meditation, Reiki, tarot, and conscious communication. He was part of founding, building, and living in a 28-unit cohousing community. He was a single parent. As a gay transman, he has been part of the Faerie Camp Destiny community since 2001, volunteered with AIDS prevention, and cofounded a monthly trans potluck in the Brattleboro VT area.
Vanessa Rae (Pennyroyal) is a global feminist good witch based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a cisgender queer femme woman with a lifetime of kitchen practice, more than two decades of AIDS movement experience, and a well-worn passport. She works professionally as a writer, facilitator, and strategist for international human rights and social justice organizations—especially related to sexual orientation and gender identity related vulnerabilities, resilience and rights. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned the human rights award for her graduating class. She helped to launch the weekly Family Dinners program at Sylvia’s Place, an emergency shelter for LGBTQ young people in New York City, and co-facilitates the Easton Mountain Leadership Academy (EMLA) retreats for queer youth. She makes many things by hand. Her most recent article, Girl on Fire: A Feminist Stop, Drop and Roll, is up at http://sherights.com/2014/11/24/girl-on-fire-a-feminist-stop-drop-and-roll/. She is on Twitter @glitter_sweets.
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Rates and Accommodations
All rates include housing, food and programming unlessotherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.
** Newbie Special: $195 Special discount for guests who haven't been to Easton before. Good for a quad or garden cabin bunk (best available on first come first served basis).
Join us on Sunday! Your day pass includes: Pool Party, Dinner, Cocktail Party, Workshops and Activities and Out in the Woods Concert!
Commuter: $ 195 Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.
Camping - Quad: $245
Share a tent that we provide with up to three other people. We also provide a cot and sleeping bag. Bathrooms nearby.
Camping - Private: $395
Enjoy the privacy of a tent that we provide or share it with a friend who pays the commuter rate. Bed and bedding provided. Bathrooms nearby.
Garden Cabin: $ 295 Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.
Q-Topia will also see the return of the popular "Out in the Woods"concert . It's a full day cookout and pool party with live entertainment featuring LGBTQ musicians and performers !