A Weekend Retreat Bridging the Gap between Blind and Sighted Vision

Blind and visually impaired men: we invite you to come and make contact with sighted men, in an environment where you can trust that you'll be welcome as a full member of the community. Sighted men: we invite you to come to learn experientially what you're missing if you rely too much on visual communication: intimacy, intuition, and trust. All: we invite you to come and build a bridge between the blind and sighted members of the gay community, and share in the joy and magic that comes from making history.

$195 - includes housing, food and programming with the best available accommodations at time of registration. Bookings are per person per bed.  Scholarships are available.

Photo by Michael Wilson and Mert Erdem

Photo by Michael Wilson and Mert Erdem

Photo by Michael Wilson and Mert Erdem

Photo by Michael Wilson and Mert Erdem

Photo by Michael Wilson and Mert Erdem

Photo by Michael Wilson and Mert Erdem

In the weekend, we will run role-playing activities using acting, dialogue, partnered work, and plenty of blindfolds.  We'll share how blind and visual impaired people use technology, guide animals, and other techniques to navigate the world.  For the daring and willing, we'll indulge in the kinkier connotation of the blindfold to explore sex and sensuality without sight, as well.

We will also enjoy the magic of Easton: being in the beautiful cabins amidst the trees with gay, bisexual, and queer men united around spirituality, creativity, and development. We invite you do discover the pleasure in what can't be seen.

About the Facilitators

Michael Wilson is known at Easton for hosting Winter Spirit Camp and sharing his big heart with the people around him. In his home, New York City, Michael is Assistant Director of the CUNY SPS MA in Applied Theatre, where he also obtained his master's degree. Michael runs a theatre project called Man Question, dedicated to reimagining masculinity through creativity, and he is studying to become a certified life coach this May. Michael loves photography and video games and is married to his gorgeous man Mert.

Philip G. Rich is a Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State.  He grew up on Long Island, attended schools for blind children in New York State, and obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alfred University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively.  Phil leads presentations on health communication and disabilities for Siena College and has been involved the Harriet Comfort Mental Health Players.  Phil writes monologues on mental health and gay issues, showing his flair as a soulful, salty, school-marm opera queen.

A Corporate Lawyer in his native Honduras, Gabriel Lopez Kafati also completed his MBA at the Andreas School of Business in Miami, FL.  As a lawyer, his work experience includes legal representation of multinational corporations in Latin America; as an MBA, some of his expertise include international marketing and sales and general business consulting.  Some of Gabriel's biggest passions include Opera, yoga, wine, airplanes, and, most importantly, social involvement.  He finds himself full engaged with non-profit organizations serving the blind community.  Currently, he is the President of the Miami Beach Council of the Blind and represents this active group at the state level.  While he enjoys the unique experience provided by each one of the organizations with which he is involved, Gabriel says that the "jewel in his crown" is Blind LGBT Pride International (BPI), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.  He is fully identified and committed with the organization's mission of offering advocacy, education, programs, alliances and support for persons who are blind or vision impaired and part of the LGBT community.  In his current position as Vice-President and Chair of BPI's Public Relations Committee, Gabriel has expressed his passion to establish what he calls the "BPI Brand."  He plans to use the organization's accomplishments and milestones to create and deliver a strong message, projecting BPI's image and mission on the inside and on the outside of the organization.

$195 - includes housing, food and programming with the best available accommodations at time of registration. Bookings are per person per bed.  Scholarships are available.