FAQs

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Transmission only for male identified folks?
Transmission welcomes the broad spectrum of trans men and trans masculine folks. If you were assigned female at birth but don’t identify as female, you are welcome.

How far along do I have to I be in my “transition” in order to attend, or to fit in?
You don’t need to be anywhere in particular in terms of a social or medical transition. Come as you are!

What age group attends Transmission retreats?
Transmission retreats are limited to adults (18 years or older). We get a great mix of ages, with balanced representation from every decade.

I’m straight … or gay or bi or queer or asexual or pansexual or poly or exploring. Will I fit in?
Yes, you’ll fit right in! People of all sexual orientations attend Transmission.

Do people of color attend? Do you offer POC-centered activities?
Yes and yes! Our Planning Teams and facilitators include POC, and we raise funds to be able to offer scholarships to make the retreat more accessible.

Does Transmission organize carpooling?
If you need a ride or can offer one, select the rideshare option when you register. We will add you to the rideshare board so you can coordinate with others who want to carpool. While there are no guarantees, everyone has found a ride so far.

What should I bring?
We’ll send you a packing list after you register, but generally speaking you’ll want to bring layers of clothes appropriate to the weather, comfortable shoes, swimming attire, scent-free personal toiletries, a towel, bedding (pillow plus sleeping bag or blankets & sheets), earplugs (for sleeping), a flashlight and batteries, a journal or notebook, and reusable water bottle. You are welcome to bring acoustic instruments, too.

Leave these at home: laptops, ipads, electronic games, recreational drugs, and alcohol.

Can I bring a service animal? Can I bring an emotional support animal?
In our experience, retreat sites allow ADA service animals but do not allow emotional support animals. According to the Americans With Disabilities Act, service animals are highly trained to perform a necessary function for a person with disabilities. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, but the ADA does not consider them to be service animals. The ADA only recognizes dogs as service animals (and in some rare cases, miniature horses). If you wish to bring an animal with you, please contact us as soon as possible so we can find out whether the site will allow this. You will need to answer three questions in writing so we can check with the facility about your request: (1) Is this a service animal that is highly trained to perform a necessary function related to one or more disabilities you have? (2) What work or task has the service animal been trained to perform for you? and (3) What type of animal is it?
Please note: if your service animal is disruptive, the facility may ask you to leave.

What happens during a retreat? Are the organized activities mandatory?
We offer a full schedule, and you choose what you’d like to do. You can participate in meditation before breakfast, attend the heart circle before lunch, go to activities and workshops in the afternoon, and join a sing along or check out the Open Mic Night after dinner. You can create your own “pop up” workshop or discussion circle, or take a hike, go swimming, hang out, play games, take a nap … you get the picture! It’s totally up to you to decide how to spend your time at Transmission. You can do whatever fills your heart, provided you remain sober, treat others kindly and respectfully, and keep noise levels low after 11pm.

What is a Heart Circle?
Experiencing a heart circle is both deeply personal and profoundly collective. A heart circle is an opportunity to sit together (in a circle) with the intention of becoming more present, heart directed, and connected. Participants speak authentically from the heart, one person at a time, in a confidential environment while the circle listens supportively without interrupting or talking back. Sharing is completely optional, and listening compassionately is just as important as speaking from the heart. Attending heart circles is optional (like all of our activities), but participants who sit in heart circles report getting the most out of our retreats, so we hope everyone attends.

Are Transmission retreats scent-free?
Yes. Fragrances in toiletries and personal care products can cause adverse health effects in some folks, including difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms, and more. In the spirit of caring for community, participants bring fragrance-free products (shampoo, body wash, lotion, shaving cream, sunblock, soap, etc.), and do not wear aftershave, cologne, body spray, etc. You can find a partial list of fragrance-free products here.

Are your gatherings tech-free?
We unplug from technology during Transmission to facilitate connecting to each other. Your phone can be used as an alarm clock, watch, or flashlight – provided you set it to silent and “do not disturb” mode and don’t engage in email, texts, social media, games, surfing the web, etc.
In case of emergency, your loved ones can reach you through the facility’s landline, which is provided to folks after they register.

Is Transmission a clean and sober retreat?
Transmission retreats are substance free. Recreational drugs, marijuana, and alcohol are not allowed.

What about medicinal marijuana?
Participants with prescription medication (including medicinal marijuana) should bring and use their medication discretely to treat their medical condition as instructed by their doctor. Sharing or recreational use of prescription medication of any type is not allowed.

What is the refund policy? Can I sell my ticket to a friend if I discover I can’t attend?
Requests for refunds of registration fees must be received by email no later than 4 weeks prior to the first day of the retreat to be honored, minus a $50 processing fee. There are no refunds offered after that. Tickets are not transferable. Selling or giving a ticket to someone else voids the ticket and makes it ineligible for a refund. Anyone wishing to attend Transmission needs to complete our registration process to receive a valid ticket in their own name.

Do you have any retreats planned?
We hold 2 to 3 retreats each year. Check our retreat page for a list of upcoming retreats.