As our world becomes increasingly polarized, the safety, rights and respect we once enjoyed or hoped for are under concerted attack. We invite you to hear and respond to the call to join together with other 2SLGBTQIA+ folks from anywhere in our world to create a trustworthy community of support, to know more deeply the strength, courage and giftedness that we each possess.
A Zoom Circle of Trust® retreat for members of our communities.
Why attend a 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, we find ourselves in a tragic gap between a hopeless cynicism (“it’s all <fill in the expletive>”) and a kind of Pollyanna 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 from around the world to create and hold that trustworthy community through an online retreat.
Rather than allowing others to define who we are, we are invited to take back that authority for ourselves.
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 32 participants on the Zoom platform in order to provide access to 2SLGBTQIA+ persons from around the globe.
The retreat will begin at 9:30 AM and end at 3:30 PM Eastern Time, with appropriate breaks.
Cost (in Canadian currency):
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 in Canada by e-transfer to Mike Saver at email@example.com (no password needed) or by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. A receipt will be provided.
Alternately, if you would like to send a Bank’s Money Order for $100 CAD (or your chosen sum as described below) contact Mike Saver (email@example.com) for information.
Registration closes on September 29, 2023. A waiting list will be held. Fees will be returned if cancellation occurs before Sept. 29.
Come Home to Your 2SLGBTQIA+ Self Saturday October 14, 2023
10:00 Session One
12:30 Lunch & Renewal Time
1:30 Session Three
Options for payment:
Fees may be submitted by e-transfer to Mike Saver at firstname.lastname@example.org . No password is needed. Please send Mike an email describing the fee you have submitted. Receipts will be provided.
Alternately, please send a Bank’s Money Order for $100 CAD (or your chosen sum as described below) to:
1720 – 77 Maitland Place
Canada M4Y 2V6
You may also pay through paypal: email@example.com
The facilitators do not want the fees to prevent anyone from participating. If the above costs are problematic for you, when registering please propose a fee that is appropriate for you. You do not need to explain what you propose. Minimal fees are certainly possible.
Fees will be returned if cancellation occurs before Sept. 7.
This retreat is expected to fill quickly. A waiting list will be held.
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