Winter Retreat

4springs_stairs2018 WINTER CONTEMPLATION
Jan. 13-15, 2018 (MLK Weekend)

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The 2017 winter retreat is an introspective weekend for 30 trans men and trans masculine people. We gather at a beautiful private retreat in northern CA for a contemplative weekend of meditation, journal writing and heart circles.

Below is the description and schedule from our Winter 2017 retreat. We plan to offer this again next year on MLK weekend (Sat-Mon).


We’ll focus on meditation, journal writing, heart circles, and fostering community and connection. We’ll definitely laugh, sing, and have great conversations as well. The bonds of friendship that develop and deepen over the weekend will reinvigorate us in these difficult times.

Transmission retreats are clean and sober. Recreational drugs, marijuana, and alcohol are not allowed. 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. Transmission has a few other policies that we recommend attendees read ahead of time (quiet hours, privacy, etc).

quotescWe’ll sleep in shared cabins (2-3 per cabin, mostly twin beds and futons) in a beautiful wooded setting on 280 private acres. We’ll have delicious food (fully catered) and exclusive use of the site and its meeting rooms, dining hall, meditation rooms, library, sauna, and hiking trails.

Transmission is not for profit and is produced entirely by volunteers. Ticket sales and donations help offset costs and allow us to provide scholarships. About Us.


4:00-5:30 PM      Register & settle in
5:30 PM               DINNER
7:00-10:00 PM    Opening Circle
11 PM-7 AM         Quiet Hours

7:30-8:15 AM      Meditation
8:30 AM              BREAKFAST
9:30-10:15 AM    Journal Writing
10:30-12:45 PM  Heart Circle
1:00 PM               LUNCH
2:30-3:15 PM      Movement
3:30-4:15 PM      Meditation
4:30-5:15 PM      Journal Writing
5:30 PM               DINNER
7:00-8:30 PM     Sharing Circle
8:45-10:00 PM   Singing Together
11 PM-7 AM        Quiet Hours

7:30-8:15 AM     Meditation
8:30 AM             BREAKFAST
9:30-10:15 AM   Journal Writing
10:30-12:30 PM Heart Circle
12:30 PM            LUNCH
12:45 PM            Evaluations
1:30-2:00 PM    Pack, tidy up
2:00 PM             Depart


Description: We’ll start the retreat with introductions, and short exercises (guided meditation and journal writing with prompts) to help us identify and share our hopes for the weekend.
Colin co-founded Transmission. He looks forward to welcoming everyone.

Description: Meditation promotes relaxation, speeds healing, builds internal energy, and fosters compassion, generosity, love, patience, and forgiveness. We’ll use simple practices that are accessible for beginners and up.
Facilitator: Fresh! is a life coach, facilitator, and mindfulness leader who founded the Bay Area’s first Mindfulness group for Trans* and genderqueer communities.

Description: Journal Writing allows us the time and space to gather our thoughts, reflect on our experiences, and shed light on our inner workings. We’ll use writing prompts and compelling ideas to help set us free on the page.
Facilitator: Jake participates in a weekly writing practice. Whenever his busy schedule allows, he takes pen to paper. He credits writing with saving his life this year and opening a new world of raw truth and emotion formerly hidden within.

Description: Heart Circles are an ancient tradition and essential to Transmission. We sit together to become more present, heart directed, and connected. The group listens deeply without intervening as each person speaks authentically from the heart. Sharing is completely optional – no one is required to speak.
Facilitator: Lark participates in and leads Heart Circles in a range of communities. He also facilitates Restorative Practice circles with youth and is certificated in circles facilitation by the International Institute of Restorative Practices.

: The Movement and the Singing workshops will get us up off our seats, help us release energy, and bring us together. Movement will be accessible (stretching, breathing) and songs will be easy to learn and empowering (no prior experience required).
Facilitator: Nick has an MA in Educational Leadership and trained for three years with Music That Makes Community. He writes songs about transition and specializes in creating ritual through ceremonial songs. He has extensive experience promoting personal growth through song and movement.

This will be a Heart Circle focused on sharing our experiences and insights from the first day of the retreat.
Facilitator: Colin is professional facilitator and mediator, and he loves heart circles.