Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this year's Spaghetti Dinner an unforgettable experience. Our creative design team transformed the room and catapulted all of us into the holiday season. Santa and his elves posed and frolicked, and our MC Joey kept the trains running faster than swiss hot chocolate. Thanks to your generosity, the event raised over $8,000 towards funding our annual retreat in Julian.
Now, enjoy some photos, courtesy of Big Mike. The full gallery of photos is here.
Camp Jammie Jam
Part of GMSR's mission is to help gay men examine and improve their spirituality in a manner that seems best to them. At the retreat in June, we will find ways to express who we are through individual and group activities, each of us seeking to identify, enhance and share our spiritual lives with our fellows.
This year's theme is "Camp Jammie Jam" - think summer camp without the homesickness ... pajama party sleepover ... ghost stories and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Arts + crafts, friendship bracelets, yoga, three-legged races, meditation, whatever! ... this is the kind of summer camp we always wanted.
Our aim for the retreat this year will be to ask participants to find the spirituality in the fun and challenging times that happen throughout the weekend and share these ideas with new and old friends - helping each other by example and inspiration to keep seeking, identifying, having fun, seeing what works for YOU, and talking about it so others can identify.
When we return back to our lives, we will have been successful if we have an increased awareness of each of our - and our friends' - spiritual lives.
This will be our 24th annual retreat to be held June 2-5, 2016 at Camp Stevens. The camp is nestled into the side of a mountain on the outskirts of Julian, California and offers spectacular views of Volcan Mountain and the surrounding area. Facilities are well kept and most are within a short walking distance to the main camp. Cabins are clean and modern, some with track-lighting and a fireplace. Sleeping arrangements are mostly dormitory-style, and the bunks have only mattresses so be sure to bring bedding, sleeping bag, pillows, etc. Feel free to decorate your bunk, your room and your common areas!
Camp Stevens takes great care to prepare tasty, nutritious meals for GMSR, carrying their respect for the Earth from their gardens to the kitchen and onto the table. We sit down together, family-style, to celebrate the bounty and to enjoy and promote a community atmosphere. Camp Stevens’ food is unprocessed, seasonal & local, plant-based and organic … and delicious!
There are two accommodation choices available: standard and deluxe. Deluxe cabins feature a comfortable common area with a fireplace, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. See accommodation details.
Meals and snacks are provided, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Snacks, soft drinks, and bottled water are available at all times throughout the weekend.
For the past 24 years, GMSR has hosted spiritual retreats and activities for gay men.
The Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat seeks to enhance the spiritual lives of gay men. The GMSR sponsors retreats and related activities through which gay men examine and improve their spirituality in a manner that seems best to them. We define spirituality as the sum of the non-physical attributes which define how a person lives his life.
Since 1991, GMSR's mission has been to foster spiritual growth by sponsoring spiritual retreats and activities that are non-religious non-sectarian and non-judgemental.
We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us fulfill our mission.
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If you're interested in the retreat, fundraisers, volunteering, or being a sponsor, please get in touch and we'll respond as soon as we can.
Gay Men's Spiritual Retreat
1286 University Ave. #552
San Diego, CA 92103
Federal Tax ID # 330553628
CA State Tax ID # 1855229