About Us

About Us


2018 Spring Inspiration

CHARI & Jake have teamed up to produce the Spring Inspiration retreat.

We’re committed to making this a safe, inclusive, fun gathering. Our Planning Team and workshop facilitators include people of color. We’ll have a POC-only meeting space 24/7, with someone available to hang with at designated times. We’ve reserved half of the retreat tickets for people of color as well. If you have other ideas to make this a welcoming retreat, please let us know.

CHARI attended their first Transmission the summer of 2016 and quickly became an avid supporter of Transmission. CHARI is a musician, humanitarian, and all around creative being. They specialize in leadership and confidence building, as well as facilitated conversation. They are the founder of Musicians for Humanity, a start up organization that focuses on eradicating hunger and homelessness in the Bay Area. CHARI lives with their wife in Marin County and enjoys bike riding and jamming to their vinyl record collection in their spare time.

Jake has been involved in every Transmission, starting out as a volunteer at Summer 2015, as a workshop facilitator at subsequent retreats, then as a planning team member for Summer 2017, and is thrilled to be coordinating with CHARI for the Spring Inspiration. He is the founder and facilitator of TRANScribing Our Lives, a journal/writing circle for the trans* community.  Jake lives in Sonoma County with his menagerie of children, dogs, and cats.


Eli and Marin are pouring their hearts and souls into planning the 4th Annual Summer Gathering. Check back soon for their photos and bios.


Transmission was founded in 2014 by Colin and Kris to provide heart-centered retreats serving our trans masculine community.

  • COLIN co-founded FTM Sonoma County in 2004, co-produced the Northern CA Conference on Trans Health & Wellness in 2008, and conducted the national 2011 Transitions Survey. His 2014 masters thesis focused on Dr. Alan Hart’s transformation from female to male in 1917. Colin lives in Sonoma County with his wife, son, and fur kids. His current passion is meditation.
  • KRIS has been involved with the Billys since 2012, and was inspired by his experience attending and volunteering at Billy gatherings to create a retreat for trans masculine people. He lives in Sonoma County with his boyfriend and dogs.


Transmission is not for profit and produced entirely by volunteers. We have no paid staff and no advertising budget – so how do we spend the money we receive?

  • 84 cents of every dollar goes toward renting a site and providing meals
  • 10 cents of each dollar pays for ongoing expenses such as insurance, our website, software fees, and bookkeeping
  • The rest (about 6 cents per dollar brought in) pays for supplies and materials for retreats.


Thank you to the Billys, our 501(c)3 sponsor. We are so grateful for your 25 years of building heart-centered community for gay and bisexual men (cis and trans) and your generosity and willingness to help us create the same for trans masculine folks. We are following your foot steps, honored to learn from your collective and individual wisdom.