celebrate gay men's spiritual retreat - 25th anniversary
Connecting with others has never been more important than it is today, yet many of us find that hard to do with our busy schedules and always-on technology. At the Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat this year - our 25th anniversary! - we invite you to unplug and unwind, to practice being present and aware, to uncover more about your identity, to connect and build community with your fellows, and to experience the freedom to be.
We will create space for like-minded gay men to examine and improve their spirituality in a supportive, open-minded atmosphere, through workshops and activities - both individual and group, and always optional. You can expect to be invited outside your comfort zone, and supported along the way.
Join us June 9-11 at the ever-amazing Camp Stevens in Julian, CA - we will go back to nature, back to our roots, back to basics and back to the future!
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.
Below is the tentative schedule for the weekend. Registration confirmation emails have gone out to all registered attendees. We will send a final information email and packing list about a week before the event. Let us know if you have any questions and see you soon!
* schedule subject to change.
This will be our 25th annual retreat to be held June 9-11, 2017 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!
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.
We are very fortunate to call Camp Stevens home to our annual summer retreat.
Our Dining Hall is located in the middle of the main camp area and can accommodate up to 120 guests comfortably. Tables seat up to 10 persons each. Meals are served family-style and as much food as possible comes from our gardens, is locally grown or is organic. It is lovingly prepared by our kitchen staff.
Camp Stevens has 3+ acres of land under cultivation, providing spaces for reflection, inspiration and learning as well as physical nourishment for our guests, campers, and resident staff. From egg-laying hens to fruit trees, our farm, gardens and orchard each cycle through their seasonal stages and produce a good amount of the produce and all of the salad greens and eggs that our kitchen uses throughout the year. All guests are invited to explore the gardens, on their own, or with a guided tour.
Designed by James Hubbell, the Chapel of the Transfiguration was rebuilt after the 2007 fire, and is now a bright, welcoming space for groups or private mediation. A nearby labyrinth is open for individual use at any time.
Archery, Swimming, Hiking Trails, Climbing Wall, Ropes Courses, Campfires, Arts and Crafts, Garden Tours.
This comfortable facility was completed in 1987 and features a beautiful James Hubbell stained-glass window that spans the length of the entry alcove. Upstairs there is a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 150 guests. It can be divided into 3 smaller meeting spaces if needed. The lodge also includes 2 fireplaces, 3 pianos, a small kitchenette for snacks, and a library that may also be used as meeting space. Restrooms and the coffee bar, located in the entry alcove, are accessible from each of the meeting areas.
The lower floor of Blum Lodge sleeps 48 persons in 8 rooms. Each room is fitted with 3 wooden bunk beds. There are large, wheelchair accessible men's and women's restrooms located across the hallway.
BISHOP WOLTERSTORFF LODGE
Rebuilt in April 2009 (after being destroyed in the 2007 fire), the central meeting room features a beautiful fireplace created by James Hubbell, a kitchenette, coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave. The northern side of the meeting room opens onto a deck with a fantastic view of Volcan Mountain. Wolterstorff Lodge sleeps 24 persons, 6 persons to a room. Each room has 2 bunks and 2 lower beds. Off the main hallway are located wheelchair accessible men’s and women's restrooms with showers.
Completed in 2010 Lax-Sadler Lodge is located near the swimming pool and volleyball court area and accommodates up to 28 persons. It has five 5-person bedrooms and one 3-person room with double bunks, each with a private bath and shower. The comfortable common areas include a fireplace, outdoor patio, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker for guests to use.