Winter Retreat

4springs_stairsWINTER CONTEMPLATION
Jan. 14-16, 2017 (MLK Weekend)

IT WAS AMAZING!

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The is an introspective weekend for 28 trans men and trans masculine people. We’ll gather at a private retreat site in northern CA.

Schedule and Travel information are posted below.

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. 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.

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY JAN 14
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

SUNDAY JAN 15
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

MONDAY JAN 16
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

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

OPENING CIRCLE 
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.
Facilitator:
Colin co-founded Transmission. He looks forward to welcoming everyone.

MEDITATION
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.

JOURNAL WRITING 
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.

HEART CIRCLES
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.

MOVEMENT and SINGING TOGETHER
Description
: 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.

SHARING CIRCLE
Description:
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.

TRAVEL

GETTING HERE: Participants will get the exact address and directions once they have completed registration. The site is about an hour north of Santa Rosa by car, about 2.5 hours west of Sacramento (without traffic) and about 3 hours north of San Francisco or Oakland (without traffic).

The last 30 miles of the route consists of a two-lane rural highway (well maintained), which includes 9 miles of tight, winding road up and over a pass of about 2200 feet in elevation. Expect wet weather and allow extra time for a safe drive.

RIDESHARE: If you need a ride or can offer one, select the rideshare option when you register. We will add you to the rideshare board and the rest is up to you. If you need a ride, it’s helpful if you can be as flexible as possible about where and when you meet the driver.

AIR TRAVEL: The Sonoma County Airport (STS) is about one hour from the retreat. Two airlines offer service from STS. Alaska Airlines offers flights from Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego. Other options include Sacramento International airport (SMF), approximately 3 hours drive to the retreat, or San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK) airports, both of which are approximately 3.5 hours to the site by car, depending on traffic.