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Easton Mountain's 2nd Annual Gay Men of Color Retreat

Fifteen men who attended Gay Men of Color 2017

Fifteen men who attended Gay Men of Color 2017

On the weekend of April 7th-April 9th, Easton Mountain hosted the 2nd Annual Gay Men of Color Retreat. Thanks to the generosity of the Gamma Mu Foundation, Easton was able to host twice the number of men this year than last. Easton is happy to report that over half the 24 attendees were first timers to the Mountain. The men attended workshops on subject matter that included: community building, racism and inter-racial dating, masculinities in gay men of color, healing touch, optimism, affirmations, loss and mourning, etc. Attendees also partook in a dance party, viewed the Academy Award winning film Moonlight, played in the drag closet, walked the grounds, and sweated in the sauna. The men shared personal tragedies and triumphs in the heart circles. Many had personal catharsis' and others quietly allowed the land to begin their healing. The Easton Mountain community is looking forward to next year's GMOC Retreat.

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Next Steps for Easton Mountain

Throughout its history, Easton Mountain has been a place of continual change, growing from the ground up into a thriving spiritual community that serves thousands each year. As we approach our 17th anniversary event this Memorial Day, our community faces another period of change.

After five years at Easton, and two as Executive Director, Wil Fisher has announced his decision to step down from his role to pursue new opportunities. During his tenure, Wil has made a tremendous impact. He has been instrumental in creating a cohesive and stable community, expanding our mission-driven work with LGBTQ youth, and spearheading efforts to ensure Easton’s diversity and accessibility. We are so grateful for his leadership, energy, and passion these last few years.

In addition to Wil’s departure, our board president, Ed Marchi, is finishing his tenure after 3 (6?) years of service to Easton. Under his leadership, Easton Mountain has continued to grow, with new programs and an expanded annual budget. He has been tenacious in his efforts to make Easton a more professional and transparent organization. We will miss his leadership and dedication, but look forward to his continued presence in our community.

With so much change in the air, we now look to Easton’s future and how we can continue to build on the successes of the past few years. We realize the need for some structural changes in staffing and leadership and are excited about new plans we have moving forward. Under John Stasio’s direction, the day-to-day operations of the retreat center will be taken over by Miguel Villalobos. Miguel has been a resident at Easton for over two years, successfully managing the Front Desk operations. In this new role, Miguel will be tapping into his background in the hospitality and food service industries.

Additionally, Daniel Butterworth, our newest resident, will be expanding on his role as Development Director to include other aspects of organizational management, including finances, strategy, mission-driven programming, and external partnerships. A Capital Region native, Daniel brings a background in nonprofit administration and strong connections to the Albany and New York communities.

While this is a bittersweet moment for us as we say goodbye to some great leaders, we are looking forward to Easton Mountain’s next chapter as a retreat center, community, and sanctuary. We are confident that our new leadership team will carry on the traditions that have made Easton the place we know and love. And we hope that these changes will allow us to better tap into the resources of our entire community to carry us into the future.

Many thanks for your support!

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17th Anniversary T-shirt Design!

We are all getting excited for Easton's upcoming Edge of 17 event ! We are celebrating 17 years of building community at this annual Memorial Day weekend fundraising event with a gala dinner where we will be honoring an activist, philanthropist and volunteer of the year, workshops, live entertainment and more ! Since the great Stevie 's has a song called Edge of 17, we themed the weekend ... 

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Everybody is a Coach

Do you want to help someone get better results in their life or work?  There are many ways to go about doing this.  One of the most effective is how a professional coach might approach it.  This article is about how anyone can use coaching principles to help move ...

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What Is Tantra?

Tantra is the ultimate fusion of your sexual energy and your spirituality. These create states of bliss and ecstasy and in Buddhist and Hindu traditions are a path to your enlightenment. Modern Tantra blends these historic teachings together with ... 

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Wellness

My partner and I have been together for more than 30 years.  Early in our relationship we realized that we grew up on the exact opposite sides of the “body image” scale.  Rob was the “fat kid” and Steve was the “skinny kid”.  During Rob’s formative years, he experimented with many different diets – some with success and some ... 

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Gay Spirituality and Easton Mountain

For many, the idea of “gay spirituality” seems like taking the “gay” thing one step too far. We have too much of gay this and gay that. After all, there doesn’t seem to be a “heterosexual spirituality.” The need for this designation arises out of the impact of various kinds of oppression. Thus, we do have bodies of work on “women’s spirituality” and “black spirituality.” They have allowed us, even with ... 

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Farewell

One of my fondest Easton memories is standing naked near the upper pond on a bright sunny summer day, getting spritzed down with lube by Moss Tidd, then sliding gleefully head first down a long slippy slide as naked men on each of side of me cheered. The playful, innocent, unadulterated joy that

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