10-year anniversary

October 2022 will be our 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY RETREAT in Belgium.

For ten years, GaySpiritFriends (Netherlands) and Spirit Journeys (United States) have created playful, soulful, and heart-opening community for GBTQ-men in our International Gay Retreats – and now we’re ready to CELEBRATE! Please join us for our 10-Year Anniversary Retreat!

Reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you share in the most powerful experiences from our former retreats, some wonderful new surprises, and a special opportunity to extend your retreat experience. For the first time ever, we are offering a weekend workshop prior to the main retreat, focusing on heart-opening, growing our capacity for intimacy, and building the skills for healthy, resilient relationships. You can participate in just the weekend, just the retreat, or both!

  1. The Intimate Connection Weekend: 3 days, from Fri 7 - Sun 9 Oct 2022.

  2. The International Gay Retreat: 7 days, from Mo 10 - Sun 16 Oct 2022.

  3. Both: 10 days, from Fri 7 - Sun 16 Oct 2022.

We offer a variety of workshop experiences during both events and a playful multidimensional approach, drawing on spirituality, psychology, and cutting-edge developments in personal development.

  • The Intimate Connection Weekend is designed to help you open your heart, grow your capacity for intimacy, and building healthy, resilient relationships. More details will follow soon. 

  • The International Gay Retreat is built around four themes: exploring the gifts in your shadows, celebrating your own unique talents and gifts in a supportive community, seeking a new vision and setting new intentions, and integrating and implementing all of these new insights when you go home again. 

There will be a limited amount of places available for both experiences!  
If you want to be informed as soon as sign-ups are possible,
just
e-mail us and we'll put you on our e-mail list.

Looking forward to meeting you in 2022!

Danny, Hunter & the GaySpiritFriends Team. 


ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL GAY RETREAT

YOUR WEEK INCLUDES

- 7 days/6 nights lodging in a beautifully renovated 17th century farmhouse, with 21st century comfort;
- Tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners;
- Sheets and covers for your bed;
- Suggestions and help with travel arrangement;
- Inspiring fun workshops and lively discussions​;
- Lovely hiking trails through the wandering hills of the Belgian and Dutch countryside;
- Free time every afternoon and playful, soulful experiences with GBTQ-men from around the world;
- Steam Sauna, Wifi-connection and use of community rooms (with pool table, shuffleboard, table tennis).

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEK

- Travel expenses
- Travel insurance and transfer
We recommend everybody to take a travel- and cancellation insurance.
- Costs for drinks and meal during the community day will be for own account.
These costs usually are between 20 - 30 euro, depending on how much and what you drink with your meal. 


WHY JOIN A RETREAT?
The magic of a retreat!
No matter how happy we are in life, a retreat offers us the opportunity to get away from the daily hustle of our lives and to distance ourselves from everything we think we know.
It offers the possibility to experience ourselves, others and the world in a new powerful way.
We create a safe space to re-experience what really matters to us, see our potentials and set new intentions.
With new intentions set, we can experience a new reality in our daily lives.


WHY A RETREAT for GBTQ-men?
Because we experience ourselves as gay, bisexual, trans or queer, we share certain themes that are important in our lives. These themes that can be very different from those that straight men deal with.
Sharing our stories with others who share similar themes, hopes, dreams, and challenges can create a powerful experience of safety, belonging, and clarity around ourselves and our lives. It can potentially also create friendships to last a lifetime.

A retreat for gbtq-men is also a wonderful opportunity to meet gay, bisexual, trans and queer men in a whole different setting.
Although we have more options to connect through social media and dating sites than ever before in history, the quality of our connections has decreased dramatically. 
For deeper, more meaningful connections we need a real social setting.
At the retreat we have the opportunity to connect with our minds and hearts.
A retreat offers a safe, fun and often magical setting. We will create supportive, loving community to understand and reclaim the gifts that each of us bring to this life.
Whoever you are, this is a place where you can be yourself, the way you want to be!


THE PROGRAM

We offer a variety of workshop experiences during the week and a multidimensional approach. The week is build up thematically from exploring the gifts of your shadows, to celebrating your own unique talents and gifts, to setting new intentions and integrating new insights when you go home again. 


SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES YOU WILL SHARE AT
THE INTERNATIONAL GAY RETREAT
WILL BE DESCRIBED BELOW.
 


21st CENTURY
CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATHING

Our breath is a powerful tool for health, healing, and transformation.
At the retreat, Hunter will introduce you to 21st-Century Conscious Connected Breathing.
He will provide you with amazing insight into your own breathing patterns, exercises to free your breath and practical skills you can use every day for the rest of your life.
Drawing from the latest discoveries of interpersonal neurobiology,  polyvagal theory, sports physiology, and proven spiritual practices from around the world, the conscious breathing practices offered can set your breath and your life free.
With powerful conscious breathing, you can:
- Breathe easy, recharge, relax, sleep better, and feel more at ease in your body.
- Relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and the little traumas life brings.
- Cultivate awareness, self-love, authentic power, and spiritual connection.

NATIVE AMERICAN
SWEAT-LODGE TRADITION

Hunter will introduce you to the Native American Sweat-lodge tradition.
He has trained, been initiated, and been given permission by his Two-Spirit Native Elders to pour water for (to facilitate) this ceremony and share these teachings and has been offering profound and safe sweat lodge ceremonies for over twenty years.

Sweat lodges have been or still are a tradition in many cultures around the world, including here in Europe.
It is, among other things, a very powerful ritual for purifying body and mind, connecting you with your own truth, and revealing new possibilities in your life.
It has the power to transform you in ways you couldn't imagine.
Hunter will guide you through the process in a very gentle, loving, and expert way, with the greatest respect for everyone’s personal boundaries.


POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
The science of happiness, well-being and optimal living.
We're implementing new scientific tools for cultivating your happiness, your well-being, your optimal potential and your ability to face stress and problems in a more effective and healthier way.  

MINDFULNESS, POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, DANCE, YOGA, ANCESTOR RITUAL AND MORE
The retreat also includes mindfulness, positive psychology, meditation, shamanic work, body work, traditional trance dance, yoga, dance, psychodrama, mindful touch, mindful movement, a community day and much more. 
The entire program and more details will be handed out on the first day of the retreat. 
NOT KNOWING EVERY DETAIL is part of the adventure. Surprise yourself. 


FREE TIME
In addition to the workshop experiences, there will still be plenty of time to socialize and explore all corners of the attractive property Charneux or the beautiful surroundings. The property has several attractive spaces for you to retreat or socialize. There is also a 6-person sauna & infrared cabin, where you can relax.

LANGUAGE during the workshops

The workshops are prevalent in American English. If there are problems with understanding or expressing, then of course we will give you a helping hand.
We can translate in Dutch or German, sometimes French. If you have any questions about this, please let us know. 
During the breaks multiple languages possible. 


TRAVELLING
We will help you with extra suggestions to plan your trip after signing up or after you contact us.
- Flight to Brussels Airport and follow-up journey by train, approximately 1 hour. 
- Flight to Amsterdam Airport and follow-up journey by train, approximately 3-4 hours. 
- We will create a carpool suggestion list once we have relevant sign-ups to make combinations. Travel buddies can be part of your journey. 
- The location is easy to reach by car and parking is free. 


FOOD
Healthy nutrition is central to our program, but we do not prefer any nutritional philosophy.
Our Burgundian local nature and way of life will be at the forefront.
If there are any food allergies or special diets, please let us know when you book.
We will do our best to take this into account, within reasonable limits.

BEDROOMS
The group accommodation where we are staying offers wonderful authentic bedrooms.
There are 4, 3 and 2-person bedrooms.
The rooms are randomly assigned upon arrival at the retreat. We assume equality of everyone and an open attitude. Single rooms are not available. If necessary, room assignments can be adjusted by mutual agreement.

ABOUT OUR ACCOMMODATION

The old stone farmhouse dates back to + / - 1650 and originally served as a syrup distillery. Nowadays the farmhouse is used as a holiday accommodation after thorough renovation.

The accommodation is situated on a hill with beautiful views over the meadows. It is located in Herve, in the triangle Maastricht-Liege-Aachen. The accommodation has a large capacity and an interesting layout of rooms and floors. It exudes nostalgia and atmosphere and has many surprising rooms and corners to discover. The property also has a large attractive workshop space, where we will withdraw for the workshops.