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This year's retreat has been rescheduled to next year, due to the corona crisis.
Most men who signed up for this year will join us next year, but there are a couple of places available for new sign ups.
NEXT YEAR'S RETREAT:
Saturday 9 October - Friday 15 October, 2021!
It is possible again to sign up for 2021.
Limited amount of spaces available.
INTERNATIONAL GAY RETREAT 2021
So much more than just a gay holiday!
GaySpiritFriends and Spirit Journeys team up to offer the 9th annual international retreat. We welcome back all the guys from previous years, but also men who haven't attended our retreat before.
WHO: Gay/Bi/Queer men from all over the world. Singles and Partners welcome!
WHEN: Saturday October the 9th - Friday October the 15th, 2021.
WHERE: Charneux, Belgium.
LANGUAGE: Workshops will be in English.
Translations are possible to a limited extent. Other spoken languages during the retreat or during exercises depends on the participants.
QUESTIONS? Please let us know! Contact
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 in a powerful way. With new intentions set, it can become a new reality in our daily lives.
WHY A 'GAY' RETREAT?
Because part of our identity is being gay, bisexual or queer, we share certain themes that are important in our lives. In some ways they will be or can be very different from themes that straight men deal with in their lives. Having those things in common, can strengthen our bond and also help talk about them, feeling them etc. It makes us like-minded in those areas of our lives.
A gay retreat is also a wonderful opportunity to meet gay, bisexual 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 decreases. For deeper meaningful connections we need a social setting. At the retreat we have the opportunity to connect with our minds and hearts. A retreat offers a safe, social and often magical setting.
We will create supportive, loving community to understand and reclaim the gifts that each of us bring to this live.
So whoever you are, we would like you to be yourself the way you want to be.
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.
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, sports physiology, medicine 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!
Hunter will introduce you to the Native American Sweat-lodge tradition.
He is officially initiated in this amazing tradition by Native American Elders and has been offering professional and safe sweat lodge rituals for years.
Sweat lodges have been or still are a tradition in many cultures around the world, also in Europe.
It is, among other things, a very powerful ritual for purifying body and mind.
It certainly is one of the unique and amazing experiences during the retreat, which also 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 professional way, with a lot of respect for everyone’s boundaries.
The science of happiness, well-being and optimal living.
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.
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.
PRIVAT COACHING SESSIONS
There is also time for one-on-one shamanic healing, breath-work and coaching sessions with Hunter.
The sessions are scheduled during free times at the retreat and are for an additional fee.
LANGUAGE at retreat
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.
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.
€ 75,- Early-Bird-DISCOUNT
until the end of December 2020!
There is a limited amount of sign ups possible, so we encourage to sign up as soon as possible.
We encourage participants to take their own
travel and cancellation insurance!
YOUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES
- 7 days / 6 nights lodging in a beautifully renovated 17th century farmhouse, with 21st century comfort,
- Inspiring fun workshops and lively discussions,
- Lovely hiking trails through the wandering hills of the Belgian countryside,
- Free time every afternoon, and playful, soulful experiences with gay-bi men from around the world!
- One on one shamanic healing, breath-work, and coaching sessions with Hunter Flournoy. These are scheduled during free times for an additional fee.
- Dry and steam sauna
- Breakfast / lunch / dinner
- Bed covers and sheets
- Use of community rooms (with pool table, shuffleboard, table tennis)
- Travel expenses
- Travel insurance and transfer
We recommend everybody to take their own
travel insurance 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.
ARRIVAL BY AIRPLANE, TRAIN, CAR
We will help you with extra suggestions to plan your trip after sign up or after you contact us.
- Best to book your flight to Brussels Airport and follow-up journey by train.
- Amsterdam (Schiphol) Airport is also an option.
- 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.
Healthy nutrition is central to our program, but we do not use extreme 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.
The group accommodation where we are staying offers wonderful authentic bedrooms.
There are 4 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.