5 Days Celebrating Brotherhood
Celebrate the freedom to be your authentic self!Freedom Camp is a five-day event nourishing body, mind, and spirit for men who love men. Laugh, love, and learn with a community of your brothers.
You will have many opportunities to explore your growth edge through a wide variety of personal growth workshops, participation in fun social games, an evening fire ritual, drum circles, cookouts, body painting, and more.
Men of all ages, backgrounds, and interests come year after year to form a sacred community of brothers where friendships are made and nurtured through conversation, social activities, and shared learning. You will experience the freedom and safety to explore as many (or as few) workshops as you want.
Learn more about meditation, yoga, creative ways of self-expression, erotic healing, and holistic living – all offered at our beautiful 170 acre mountain retreat in the northern Hudson Valley of New York State.
In addition to the many activities to feed body, mind, and spirit, you’ll enjoy walking any of our many marked hiking trails, swimming in our new pool, and relaxing with others in our hot tub and outdoor wood burning sauna. Best of all you’ll be celebrating the freedom to be your authentic self in the company of an outstanding group of your brothers from all over the United States and beyond!
Gay Freedom Camp is a special time for you to revel in the magical space that is created when men who love men share their passion and love of life with each other.
About the Facilitators
John Hearst is part of the Easton family having been coming regularly since 2004, in large part because his partner Tim lives there, but also have done many transformative workshops there. I work as both a family physician and a healer, practicing traditional family practice in a shared practice and also practicing hands on energy healing with patients. I have staffed Gay Freedom Camp in the past and really appreciate being able to pay forward some of the gifts I have received at Easton to other men. It is a gift to have time dedicated to coming home to ourselves.
Steve Schwartzberg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Body Electric instructor, writer, and intentional nomad. He has extensive training in mindfulness-based meditation and walks several intertwined spiritual paths. His writing son Buddhism, travel, and life without a home can be found on the Huffington Post and at SteveSchwartzberg.com
John Salvato has written curricula that are inclusive of gay-positive lessons, and continues to be an advocate for eliminating homophobia in schools. He is currently teaching at a small Long Island college, training future teachers and leading anti-bullying workshops for new teachers. John has created a workshop for the gay community called Sports for Fairies that, in a playful, non-threatening way explores feelings and memories of dreaded gym classes. Everybody becomes first on the team. He has be a participant and leader at Easton every year since it was founded.
Raymond L. Rigoglioso is the founder of Gay Men of Wisdom (www.gaymenofwisdom.com), a project that advances awareness of gay men's contributions to humanity. Through his book, Gay Men and the New Way Forward (Mond Press, 2015), he synthesized the body of literature that explores gay men's social purpose, and he created teh first-ever framework describing gay men's 14 distinct gifts. He runs programs that help gay men recognize their distinct gifts and fully express them for the greater social good. Ray is a certified life coach through the International Coach Federation. He has an extensive background as a writer, facilitator, and trainer for nonprofits in New York City and Boston. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Moss Tidd is a metal sculptor living in Vermont. He enjoys creating functional art to spark delight in the viewer/user. Moss loves playfulness, spiritual connection and human touch.
Jonathan Comisar's eclectic music background includes Eastman School of Music (pre-college), Oberlin Conservatory (piano) and composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici. He is currently completing his Masters in classical composition at the Manhattan School of Music and premiered his first work for full orchestra this past week.
Comisar is an invested Cantor with a Masters in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and served the Community Synagogue in Rye, NY with distinction from 2000-08. He is a noted and sought after composer of Jewish themed music throughout North America and served on the faculty of the HUC Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. The American Conference of Cantors, commissioned Comisar to write a composition for their 60th Anniversary, premiered at the URJ Biennial in 2013.
Jonathan Comisar is an emerging musical theater composer (Public Theater, Jerry Orbach/Snapple, Don't Tell Mama) and a member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Comisar's musical theater piece "Things Are As They Are," about the life of American photographer Dorothea Lange, was awarded Best of the Festival Audience Favorite Prize at the NY Musical Theater Festival (2010) and was twice nominated for the Fred Ebb Foundation Award, 2009 and 2011.
Justin Taylor is a graduate of Byron Katie's School for the Work and a Certification Candidate in her Institute for facilitators of The Work. He has been applying The Work daily to every aspect of his life for the past eight years and enjoys nothing more than meeting his mind with understanding and watching it transform. He is passionate about sharing this process with others, including at Easton where he shares The Work whenever he can. Learn more about him at www.thrivingyou.net
Manuel Grau is a dermatologist and a MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) instructor. He is the founder of MindfulGay, a platform that promotes Mindfulness and stress reduction among gay men. He started last year collaborating with Easton Mountain, giving three sessions at Gay Freedom Camp and facilitating a 4day-long Mindfulness workshop, Opening the Box, in November. He also works with Gay Love Spirit in Europe. Learn more about Mindfulness at www.mindfulgay.com, and at MindfulGay, on Facebook.
Rates and Accommodations
All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.
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: $695 - 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: $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.