We all want to feel accepted for who we are, regardless of our shape, color or size. We long to feel a sense of belonging to a tribe, and a lot of guys have turned to the Bear community, going to weekend events called Bear Runs. Bear Runs are a lot of fun. We get to be explore our sexuality and be social, and enjoy food, drink & entertainment. However, many men are also still struggling with issues of body image and identity, and are craving deeper connections with each other on all levels, from physical, to emotional, mental and spiritual. We have created an experience that speaks to ALL aspects of who we are; one that includes the usual pleasures of Bear events, but expands upon them.
ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:
- The Art of Bearlesque
- The Story of My Life
- Creating a Roman Holiday Fantasy
- Cuddle Party & Bear Den
- Bear Carnival
- Morning Yoga and Meditation
- Talent Show
- Pool, Hot Tub, Mud Pit & Sauna
- Hiking Trails
- Intro to Belly Dance
- Meaningful Erotic Interaction
- Connecting Mind, Body and Spirit
- Bearodies! Sketch Comedy Workshop
- The Heroes Journey
- Loving Our Bear Bodies
- Community Discussion
- "I Feel Sexy" Dance Party
- Bonfire Naming Ritual
Bear Your Soul: Summer Camp brings together men of all shapes, colors, sizes, and abilities, in order to build and foster a stronger bear community. Our small, intimate events bring together workshops, playful fun, discussions, and revelry to create an experience that’ll send you home more connected to your brothers, more in touch with yourself, and more confident in your body. We hope to help guys of all body types feel more comfortable in their own skin. When we are authentic and vulnerable we are open to even more satisfying lives. In short, we hope to foster a sense of radical acceptance, letting go of shame, and becoming comfortable with our full and true selves. 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.
Easton Mountain is a gay men's retreat in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY (In Greenwich, just a 40 minute drive from Albany).
About the Facilitators
Rates and Accommodations
All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.
- Newbie Rate: $345
Includes meals, programming, and best available housing. For first-time visitors to Easton Mountain only.
- Commuter: $345
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.
- Camping - Quad: $495
Share a tent that we provide with up to three other guys. We also provide a cot and sleeping bag. Bathrooms nearby.
- Camping - Private: $545
We provide a tent and sleeping bag. Bathrooms nearby.
- Garden Cabin: $595
Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.
- Quad: $695
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.
- Semi Private: $795
Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.