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VOLUNTEER

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.  Mahatma Gandhi

Volunteers help with almost every aspect of running the organization and retreat center. There are a variety of ways you can get involved. 

Spend the summer at a dynamic Gay retreat and community. Easton Mountain is a community, retreat center, and sanctuary located in the mountains of upstate NY. We offer workshops, programs, and events that provide opportunities to celebrate, heal, transform, and integrate body, mind, and spirit. We are looking for talented people to spend the summer living in community (anytime between May and September) during our exciting summer season of retreats. In exchange for your volunteer time, we offer room, board, the opportunity to participate in retreats and workshops and experience life in community with a diverse group of gay men from around the world.  

Volunteers may be granted complimentary attendance at a future retreat  at the discretion of the director based in volunteer time accrued.

  • Retreat Volunteers - Join us at Easton Mountain during one of our weekend or week long retreats. Enjoy supporting the retreat community, share meals, and the peace of the Easton Mountain environment, while you offer service in exchange for time in the country and away your routine , in a diverse community of gay men.

  • Short-Term On-Site Volunteer Stay for up to one month For volunteers who have already experienced volunteering on the weekend basis and who want to stay longer, it is possible to request one-week, two-weeks, three-weeks, or four-weeks. You should get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator a month in advance to discuss availability, Easton Mountain's need, and the areas of talent / interest that you may bring to Easton. You will be asked to fill out a longer form application, exploring your interest in Easton Mountain and our mission.

  • Long-Term Volunteer Stay for one to three months, or longer - After having served as a volunteer and having attended several of our retreats as a participant, the Residential Community of Easton Mountain may consider an application for a Long-Term Volunteer position. In exchange for a minimum of 30 hours' work per week, you will be given suitable housing and meals for the time of your stay. These positions are few in number and are given according to the needs of Easton Mountain.

  • Special Project Volunteering - if you have a special skill you'd like to share with the organization from your home, please get in touch with us to discuss your idea. Examples may include help with marketing, fundraising, public relations, writing, etc. Or your love of flowers, seasonal decorating, and musical DJ skills may be what you would like to donate to Easton. Again, please be in touch and we can discuss how best to proceed.

 

All inquiries regarding volunteering should be made through our Volunteer Coordinator. You can reach him at volunteer@eastonmountain.org.

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Men with painting tools outside Guest House

MEMBERSHIP

Help us keep Easton Mountain’s mission alive and thriving by becoming a member! Are you ready to join us on this mission?

Why We Need Your Membership

As a largely volunteer-run organization that is committed to keeping our sanctuary and programs accessible to all, we cannot survive without the active support of our members. We invite you to get involved in Easton Mountain and our mission by offering your time, talent, or treasure.

Our members:

  1. Volunteer: Please consider how your unique gifts can enrich our community.

  2. Contribute: Support us with a monthly contribution that is suitable to your financial situation.

  3. Commit: As a member, we ask you to commit to keeping the mission of Easton Mountain alive!

The Benefits of membership Include:

  1. Discounts on workshops and retreats.

  2. Invitations to special member only events.

  3. Free housing upgrades based on availability.

  4. Receive updates with special membership opportunities, as well as ways you can help Easton Mountain's mission thrive.

  5. And most of all, the enriching experience of participating with other passionate people in the evolving community gathered around Easton Mountain.

BEST FRIENDS PROGRAM


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Our popular Best Friend's Program now lasts from the day you purchase it, for one calendar year! Start enjoying the benefits by signing up today!

Many of our guests come to Easton Mountain several times a year. Some plan their leisure time for the entire year ahead of time, others are more spontaneous. Some come for one or two weeks for our summer camps, others like to come for several weekends during the year. If you would like to come to three or more of our programs in the next 365 days, then the Best Friends Program is for you. For a full year (from the date of purchase), it gives you one price for every Easton Mountain program you can fit into your schedule.

By becoming a Best Friend of Easton Mountain, you will:

  • Enjoy MORE of Easton in 2018-2019!

  • Get a nice discount. More bang for your buck!

  • Help Easton Mountain sustain its operations during the winter season.

Which Easton camps are included?  

ALL of them! We have camps in the summer and winter!

  • SUMMER: Kink Odyssey, Freedom Camp, Gay Spirit Camp, Bear Your Soul Summer Camp

  • WINTER: Winter Gay Spirit Camp, Bear Your Soul Winter Hibernation

Is the program only for camps or are other events included?

You can attend other Easton Mountain sponsored programs, including:

  • Singles Weekend

  • Easton sponsored weekends with various teachers

  • Our most popular event; Hail the New!

  • And more to be announced

How much does it cost?*

  • Camping / Commuter $1,995

  • Garden Cabin $2,295 (you will get a bed in the Garden Cabin)

  • Quad $2,995 (You will get a bed in a Quad if it is available at the time of booking)

  • Semi-Private $3,495 (You will get a bed in a Semi-Private if it is available at the time of booking)

Are there any other benefits? 

  • If a better room or accommodation is available at check-in, we will give you a free upgrade.

  • If an event you are trying to sign up for is sold out, you will get priority on the wait list.

  • We also invite you to bring a friend who has never been to Easton before to any of our Easton sponsored weekend programs for just $99. If you've been wanting to introduce someone to the magic of Easton, this is your opportunity!

*As with any good deal, some restrictions apply

  • Certain programs require a workshop leader's approval to attend.

  • Rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis.

  • You don't get a refund if the program you want to attend is full, or cancelled, or if you are given a lesser accommodation because the accommodation you selected when you became a Best Friend is sold out for the program.

  • When a retreat is repeated during a calendar year, you get to attend once as a Best Friend.

  • The Best Friend promotion doesn't include personal retreats or additional days before or after an event. For these, there will be a nominal charge.

  • This offer does not apply to outside group rentals (like the Body Electric programs)

  • We invite you to bring a friend who has never been to Easton Mountain before to any Easton Mountain sponsored weekend program for $99 (If you would like to bring a friend to a longer program, please contact us for a discounted rate quote) If you've been wanting to introduce someone to the magic of Easton, this is your opportunity!


SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Recognizing the wonderful diversity of the LGBTQ community, Easton Mountain strives to include people of every sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, difference of ability, and socio-economic status. With this spirit in mind, recognizing that every person doesn’t have the financial resources to attend all of the retreats we produce, we offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. We ask that each applicant attempt to make some sort of financial commitment according to their ability, no matter how small.

Our Management Team will review the applications and respond via email regarding the possible awarding of a scholarship. Please know that we will not be able to honor every request. We will work hard to review each application and ensure a fair process of awarding scholarships.

Thank you for your time and for your interest in our shared mission at Easton Mountain!

Click here to fill out the Easton Mountain Scholarship Application


LIVING SOULFULLY

The work of Easton is supported in large part by a fellowship who visit regularly and support the mission and vision of Easton Mountain by offering their time, talent, and financial support. One of the ways this community connects off the land is through a collection of groups called Living Soulfully.

These groups meet in many cities including Boston, New York City, Hartford, Philadelphia, Central Jersey, Cincinnati, Delaware, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Montreal, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Toronto. To find out how you can join these groups, please go to www.livingsoulfully.org

 

CAMPAIGNS

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WISH LIST

You can help us to improve and expand our capacity and facilities by donating items to Easton. We are in need of many items or donations to cover the costs of them. If you would like to help, please visit our Amazon Wish List.  If you have an item not listed that you think we might be able to use, please contact us by email using our contact form or call us at 1-518-692-8023. *Please note: Since our needs change over time, please be sure to contact us prior to donating any goods or services to ensure we are still in need of the item(s) you want to donate.

LEGACY PROJECT

One of the traditional roles of community is to hold the memory of those who have died.  Easton Mountain has created a place to serve this important function. Our Memorial Garden is a peaceful space where loved ones can be remembered. It is a quiet space for reflection, where one may sense the presence of loved one who are now gone.

Located above the apple orchard, the area was originally established as a family cemetery by the Harrington Family, early settlers who came to Easton Mountain shortly after the American Revolution. We have added a sculpture designed by artist and community member, Moss Tidd, as an altar to the ancestors with a columbarium for ashes of those who have passed. There are plans to continue developing the Memorial Garden as it becomes more utilized by our community.

We invite you to make use of this sacred space.

Here are some possibilities:

  • Have a stone in the garden with a deceased person's name on it.

  • Place ashes of a loved one in the columbarium sculpture.

  • Reserve a place in the columbarium sculpture for yourself.

As part of the Legacy Project, we invite communitie members interested in using the Memorial Garden to consider including Easton Mountain in their bequest. Your gift can help Easton continue to be a place for healing and growth for the LGBT community and beyond. For information, please contact us using  our contact page  or by talking to Harry or John.