TRANScend 2018

poster design: Abeni Jones

TRANScend: A Retreat for Trans and Genderqueer Folks

Friday October 5th to Sunday October 7th 2018

 at Saratoga Springs

New friends and old friends, TRANScend invites you to our second year of creating majick together as trans and genderqueer folks.

TRANScend is a gathering specifically designed for trans and genderqueer folks to teach each other, self-organize, create paths of resilience, redefine resistance, heal, socialize and deepen our social justice movements. Through workshops we will empower each other by centering the needs of our community, including sessions that focus on mental and physical health as well as leadership. We will pull from and build upon our rich and diverse histories as we seek to make even more. We know that self-care is critical to our wellness, so there will also be plenty of time to relax, rejuvenate, and dance under the stars.


This year TRANScend’s main theme focuses on: “Revealing our Majick“.

TRANScend 2017 group photo

How do trans folks hold our innate majick? How do we as trans and genderqueer folks create majick together? How do we choose to reveal our majick to our friends, community members and the world? What do we  reveal to each other that we don’t reveal to others outside of our communities? How has our majick been shaped through our ancestral lineage?

Majick has so many different meanings that shift across time and cultures, what does it mean to you?

Photo courtesy of Cristy C. Road

We know that when trans and genderqueer folks come together we create majick, we shift narratives, we make visible change that has the possibility to overthrow cis-tems. In this current administration it is so important for us to find these common threads, because while we may share common identities we also have our differences, and it is in celebrating and recognizing them both that we can truly move forward in our quest for intersectional liberation.

We are excited to announce the presenters for this years retreat. Please see their pictures below, click on them to see bios and the description of their workshops. We have also lined up a group of healers to aid in rejuvenation, more details about them later this month!

We will have more details about schedule soon!!!!

We are still raising funds to support our scholarship program and stipends for presenters, please consider donating and sharing to your networks. GoFundMe

If you haven’t register yet, now is the time to do so, space is filling up fast! The deadline for applying for scholarships in September 20th at MIDNIGHT pst.


Registration includes food, lodging, all activities, and access to Saratoga Springs’ retreat center including the large group hot tub and pool. We have cabin spaces available for around 100 folks who want them and then plenty of camping spaces (and extra tents for those who need them). We cook delicious, nutritious meals all weekend and make sure to provide options for all sorts of diets.

TRANScend works very hard to make sure that this event is accessible to all no matter your economic circumstances. We also prioritize people of color when it comes to scholarships and will be reserving 70% of our allotted scholarship for POC.  

We are no longer accepting scholarship applications at this time.

We have also secured a shuttle bus through our friends at FLUX to help with transport to and from the SF Bay area.  This will be available as a free option to the first 40 people who need this service, sign up below!

Charter Bus Page

We also have a carpool page setup for people to share rides on and for those whose needs aren’t met by the shuttle bus (link below). In other words, we’re making sure it’s mighty easy to get here for this important program.

Carpool Page

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Workshop details and Presenter Bios

*Click on pictures for bios and workshop descriptions

Nori Reed: Creating Our Own Stories: Self Empowerment Through the Art of Story Telling

Roman Flintroy: Looming Ideas – Deconstructing Unhealthy Thinking and Identifying Replacement Thinking

Kandi: Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Janet Halfin: Navigating the Healthcare System

Tố Như (Lotus) Đào: Gender Procedures and Medi-Cal

Karen Aguilar: Gender Procedures and Medi-Cal

Nico Dacumos: Riots Not Diets: Activating Ancestral Foods to Heal & Resist

Krizia Puig: The Love(s) We Long For: Radical Vulnerability, Trans Crip Magic, and Cosmic-Self Care

Q Wilson: Flirting 101

Sade Gryffin: Creating and charging Amulets

Abeni Jones: How to Take Care of Each Other: Community Care in Times of Crisis

Lev:Deepening Community for All

JD Doyle: Deepening Community for All

Eb Brown: Fiyah: Using our Voices to Ignite Freedom

Spirit McIntyre: Fiyah: Using our Voices to Ignite Freedom and Becoming Beloved Community: An Intentional Community Building Practice

TRANScend is organized by a talented team of trans and genderqueer leaders from diverse communities. Please feel free to get in touch with them if you have questions or would like to be more involved. They are featured below and you can click on each to get their full bio.

Janelle Vinson

Eb Brown

Abeni Jones

Jasmine Powell

Spirit McIntyre

Spring Transgender Genderqueer Retreat TRANScend

Spring Collins

TRANScend is able to pay all organizers, presenters, and healers and offer scholarships to all who need them because of our partnerships and community members who support us financially.  We would like to thank these organizations especially for their contributions this year to TRANScend.

No pets are allowed at Saratoga Spring’s events, only ADA defined service animals. If you plan to bring your service animal, email us at
Please make other arrangements for the care of your pets while you are here.

*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend***

poster design: Abeni Jones