We invite you to hear the call, from within and without, to join together with other 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and their allies from around the world to create and hold a trustworthy community of support through this online retreat.
Why attend this retreat?
As our world becomes increasingly polarized, the safety, rights and respect we once enjoyed or hoped for are under concerted attack.
In whatever ways we self-identify as Queer people, or as those who love and support us, we find ourselves in a tragic gap between a hopeless cynicism (“it’s all <fill in the expletive>”) and a kind of naive optimism (“it’ll all be okay if we keep our heads down and don’t make any noise”).
The activist and educator Parker J. Palmer assures us that it is possible to stand with courage and integrity in that tragic gap between these poles without giving in either to cynicism or a naïve positivity.
To do so, we need to come to a deeper sense of who we are as persons with whatever identities we claim, and of the gifts and challenges that are uniquely ours.
As the American civil rights and social justice activist Howard Thurman proclaimed,
“There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself…You are the only you that has ever lived…And if you cannot hear the sound of the genuine in you, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”
In order to hear or stay connected with that sound of the genuine within ourselves, and to know more deeply the strength, courage and giftedness that we each possess, we require a trustworthy community of support. We invite you to hear the call, from within and without, to join together with other 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and their allies from around the world to create and hold that trustworthy community through this online retreat.
This retreat is invitational (you participate as you feel ready to do so) and is open to all (it does not endorse or promote any particular religious or spiritual tradition).
This Circle of Trust retreat will have a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 39 participants, and will meet on the Zoom platform in order to provide access to 2SLGBTQIA+ persons and their allies from around the globe.
The retreat will begin at 9:30 AM ET and end at 3:30 PM ET, with appropriate breaks.
9:30 AM ET – 3:30 PM ET, with appropriate breaks.
You will be invited to times of reflection, sharing in small groups, and the opportunity to share in the full group as well.
Fee (in Canadian currency):
The suggested fee is $100.
The facilitators do not want the fee to prevent anyone from participating. If the above cost is problematic for you, when registering please propose a fee that is appropriate for you. You do not need to explain what you propose.
Your fee will be collected with registration. The fee can be submitted by e-transfer or PayPal to Ixchel Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. A receipt will be provided.
Alternately, you may send a Bank’s Money Order for $100 CAD (or your chosen sum as described below) to Ixchel Bennet. Contact Ixchel email@example.com for mailing information.
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