The Gaulin Project Presents “Celebrating Ourselves Home: An LGBT Spirit-Centered Workshop”


Helen Klonaris, founder and director of The Gaulin Project, announces an upcoming retreat—Celebrating Ourselves Home: An LGBT Spirit-Centered Workshop—during the weekend of June 20-23, 2013. The workshop will take place at Gaulin House, Ten Bay, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Description: We have often been made to feel that we don’t have a right to be here. And that our sexuality or our gender identities are wrong, and our desire suspect. We have often felt exiled from our churches, our communities, and from our bodies. As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in the Caribbean and the Diaspora, what would it be like to come home? To be celebrated, and to celebrate ourselves?

In this three-day healing retreat at Gaulin House, Eleuthera, participants will come together in the presence of ocean and Beloved Community to see and hear each other into wholeness. We will make sacred space that reflects our religious and spiritual traditions. We will make space for our stories of exile, and our stories of resistance; of finding ourselves and each other. We will witness to our individual and collective beauty, strengths, and triumphs. We’ll explore our relationships to Spirit and the Sacred. And through writing, movement, active imagining, and sacred witness, we’ll celebrate our bodies, and ourselves, home.

Participants can expect to: explore their journeys as LGBT Caribbean people through the craft of writing; tap into what the body wants to say through movement; nurture their unique relationship to Spirit in a contemplative environment; be witnessed by beloved community; and remember their sexuality/gender identity as Sacred.

Participants are responsible for their own food, lodging, and transportation; upon registration participants will receive a listing of available accommodations and transportation possibilities. Light breakfast refreshments will be available at Gaulin House. Space for the retreat is limited to 12 persons.

Helen Klonaris is a Greek Bahamian writer, performer, educator, and ceremonialist who lives, works, and teaches between Oakland, California and Nassau, Bahamas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Wesleyan University, and her MFA in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California. Her nonfiction and fiction have been published in a number of North American journals including Calyx, So to Speak, and HLFQ, and in Caribbean journals including The Caribbean Writer, Poui, Small Axe Salon, Anthurium, Tongues of the Ocean, Yinna, and Lucayos. Her work also appears in several anthologies including Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writings from the Antilles, edited by Thomas Glave; Caribbean Erotic, edited by Opal Palmer Adisa and Donna Weir, and A Sudden and Violent Change, edited by Sonia Farmer.

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